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Walt Disney Studios Park Paris - Part 8 - Toon Studio – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah, Cars Race Rally, and Crush's Coaster

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Les Tapis Volants " Flying Carpets Over Agrabah


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Flying Carpets Over Agrabah


For those of you familiar with the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, “Flying Carpets Over Agrabah” is the exact same attraction as “The Magic Carpets of Aladdin” in Adventureland. Sixteen flying carpets circle and soar around an ornate structure and the Genie's lamp. However in Paris, the attraction is part of an elaborate movie set rather than an event outside the marketplace of Agrabah.

A large backdrop encircles almost half of the ride. Painted on its surface are various scenes from the movie, Aladdin.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Flying Carpets Over Agrabah


To the side of the attraction we can find Director Genie, megaphone in hand, watching over his actors. Before the carpets take flight, he yells “Action!” and the “movie” begins.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Flying Carpets Over Agrabah


One nice feature that “Flying Carpets Over Agrabah” has over its Florida counterpart is a viewing stand on the second floor. This allows parents to get close-up photos of their little pilots as they fly by.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Flying Carpets Over Agrabah


Each carpet holds four guests, two in the front seat and two in the back. The front seat has a control that regulates the carpet's height and the back seat controls its pitch. The adventure last approximately two minutes.

This ride is intended for children, but its fun for everyone.

The next two attractions are new since my last visit. The pictures were provided by my friend TDLFAN.

Cars Race Rally


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Cars Race Rally


Welcome to Radiator Springs!


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Cars Race Rally


Walk down Route 66 and you'll see some of your favorite stores from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars.” You can stroll by Flo's V8 Café, Luigi's, Ramone's, Doc Hudson's, and Tow Mater's. These buildings house the queue for “Cars Race Rally.” While in line you can enjoy a number of props such as street signs, an old gas pump, a map of Radiator Springs, and a lot of other gas station paraphernalia.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Cars Race Rally

Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Cars Race Rally


The ride itself is reminiscent of the Tea Cups. You board four-passenger cars that spin and turn. But instead of being on a large turntable, here your cars ride on a figure-eight and they nearly collide with one another as they cross over from one circle to the other. Country music plays and driving advice is dispensed by Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater as you race in the desert landscape.


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Although I have not seen this attraction in person, I have seen videos of Cars Race Rally and it is visually appealing to watch.


Crush's Coaster


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Crush's Coaster


The exterior of Crush's Coaster is reminiscent of a Wyland sculpture and painting. First we see a statue of Crush enjoying himself in the sun and in the background, Soundstage 5 is painted with a large mural depicting creatures of the sea.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Crush's Coaster

Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Crush's Coaster


The boarding for Crush's Coaster takes place at Angel's Cove, a Sydney fishing pier. The area is rustic and you can almost believe the ocean is nearby. The selfish Seagulls are perched nearby squawking “Mine, mine, mine.”


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Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Crush's Coaster


Crush's Coaster is sort of a cross between “Primeval Whirl” at Disney's Animal Kingdom, “The Seas with Nemo and Friends” at Epcot, and “Space Mountain” at the Magic Kingdom. Four guests ride in a turtle shell, two facing forward and two backwards. The seats are tight so larger folks might want to request a seat to themselves.

As soon as your shell leaves the pier, you enter a dark tunnel and you travel up a small incline. As you descend the hill, you emerge outside for a short moment before reentering the building.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio Crush's Coaster


Your vehicle slows slightly and a number of sights come into view. You're surrounded by a coral reef and you see Nemo and Squirt playing in the water. You might also encounter an angry Angler Fish who is hungry for a bite. Another turn and you see a number of jellyfish bobbing up and down. A short while later you enter a sunken submarine and ascend a second, larger hill. While traveling upwards you see Bruce and some of his shark friends hungrily peeking out at you.

At the top of the hill you enter the EAC (East Australian Current). With the exception of bubbles being projected everywhere, it's very dark. At this point, the coaster portion of your voyage begins, as does the spinning of your turtle shell. With each dip and bank and rise and fall you turtle shell spins accordingly as you travel through the EAC.

The ride is approximately two and a half minutes in length. It reaches a speed of 37MPH and the spinning can be intense for some. If you're okay on “Primeval Whirl” and the “Tea Cups,” you should be okay on Crush's Coaster, otherwise, you might want to think twice before riding.

Toon Studio offers a great photo op. Here you can stand in front of a façade of ToonTown. Occasionally a character or two might show up.


Walt Disney Studios Park Toon Studio


Well, that's it for my description of the Walt Disney Studios Park. I'll be writing one more blog to sum everything up.

The previous post in this blog was Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village Part 2.

The next post in this blog is Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village Part 3.

Comments (6)

Scott Ernest:

Jack, you are the best blogger on AllEars! (shh...don't tell Anita I said that)

Your blogs are always very descriptive and contain information about the latest and greatest that Disney has to offer. And you add a bit of history and nostalgia into the mix. Thanks for your wonderful work.

On my trip to WD Studios in Paris last summer, I had the chance to ride Crush's Coaster. Your description of the ride is spot on! My fiancee gets motion sickness on rides in the dark, so I rode Crush's Coaster alone. When describing it to her, I said exactly the same thing: "a mix of Space Mountain, The Seas, and Primeval Whirl." (I also think she could have handled it, but we didn't have time to ride it again, because it had the longest wait in the park, and we had to catch the Metro to the city).

I am going to miss your Disneyland Paris blogs, but I know you will continue to entertain with more exciting stories!

Nicki Selley:

These are all new attractions since our last visit in 2007 so things are looking up! Thanks Jack for bringing these exciting rides to our attention, perhaps a trip to Paris may be in order!!

Sue Graham:

Hiya Jack, I emailed you at the start of these blogs, about my resort stays at DLP. I have thoroughly enjoyed the series, which has shown how the 2 parks have improved (and are still improving) over the years. A lot of people went at the beginning and were disappointed, so didn't go back - now they might!!

Fernanda:

Hi, Jack!
Yeaah, you're the best blogger ever! I had the best time reading your posts about Disneyland Paris... I'm brazilian, so it's kind of hard to find good information about the other Disney parks, but since I really love Disney, I ended up finding nice blogs and sites.. Thank you soo much for all these informations and pictures... Last year I made up my parent's mind for us to go to California, now I'll try Paris for sure! Maybe Tokyo someday too!
(sorry about any english mistake, I'm trying hard to learn everything)

Linda Wilday:

I am very impressed with your photos and info on Disneyland Paris. You certainly have done yoour homework. While it is sad that there aren't bigger crowds, I wish the lines were as short in WDW.

Jamie P:

When we were there in June 2007, the Toon Studio area was brand new. We were at Walt Disney Studios when the park opened and I think everyone headed for Crush's Coaster first. It was like a mosh pit as everyone pushed and shoved trying to merge into the line and I almost lost my 6 year old son - it was very scary and took me the entire 25 minute wait to calm down. I will say I absolutely loved the ride itself and it would be a great addition to WDW. I usually get motion sickness, but was fine on this ride. When we got off the wait time was already at 1 1/2 hours.

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