Father’s Day almost always has me scratching my head. It’s hard to figure out what to get my husband that won’t be the same old things I get him every year. So when I visited the RIDEMAKERZ store at Downtown Disney recently and saw all the dads in there having fun — more fun than the kids, actually — building custom toy cars, I knew this would be a great dad’s day outing.
This Father’s Day weekend, RIDEMAKERZ is offering a build-one, get-one free special on their cars. The store carries a line of Disney/Pixar Cars toys that are not included in the special, but all of their “RIDEZ” vehicles, which include Mustangs, Vipers, Corvettes, Challengers and lots more.
I took the Theme Park Dad and the Theme Park Kid to the Ridemakerz at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney a couple days ago to check out the store. It’s a big industrial space with some tricked out real cars inside for eye candy.
Our guides, Ana and Liz, led us over to the car body section to choose what kind of car we wanted to build.
There are so many choices. Besides sports cars, you can also build pick-up trucks and even emergency vehicles like fire trucks. And there are the Disney/Pixar Cars characters, including versions of Finn McMissile from Cars 2.
Theme Park Dad had a hard time choosing just one.
Next it was time to choose a sound chip to go into our RIDEZ. There is a listening station where you can check out the different sounds available. Most of them include some music and, of course, some serious revving engines.
Then we each choose our tires and rims. You can go with the base model on all these things, or pay a few dollars extra to customize your car. They had some fun colored tires and whitewalls, as well as cool rims – everything from very girly intertwined heart designs to pirates and skulls. Then it was on to the chassis section. You can get a push chassis or a remote control one here. The remote control cars run on regular batteries, but you can also buy a rechargeable battery pack that makes the cars run much faster and for longer periods of time.
Then came the big moment, when we were each instructed on assembling our RIDEMAKERZ cars. I said it was a “build-one,” get-one free special for a reason. Everyone assembles their own vehicle. Ana and Liz started timeclocks and we raced to finish.
I finished first. That’s right – me! I assembled my car (yes, that’s Sally from “Cars”) in 47 seconds. Naturally, I took photographic evidence to prove my win.
And then, the Theme Park Kid finished.
And *yawn* finally, FINALLY, Theme Park Dad completed his RIDEMAKERZ car. He tried to say he was purposely going slow to let us win, but I was there, people, and he was struggling.
So at this point, I figured our RIDEMAKERZ experience was done, but it was just beginning. Liz and Ana led us to another station to customize our vehicles and really trick them out. There were so many choices here – side pipes, light bars, nitrous tanks, hood scoops, spoilers. Pretty much anything you can think of for a custom car is here in miniature. I was pretty fascinated with this Sally built on a monster truck chassis.
We added our accessories, and then it was time to test out our new RIDEZ. I couldn’t get Theme Park Kid to stand still while driving hers. She was SO excited.
We had such a great time checking out the RIDEMAKERZ store, and we have been having a blast playing with the cars together as a family at home. I really recommend it as a fun Father’s Day weekend outing. There are RIDEMAKERZ locations at Downtown Disney in Florida and in California, as well as a few other locations throughout the country. Check out their website for all the locations. You can also build and customize a RIDEMAKERZ car online.
Check out this post for information on how much RIDEMAKERZ costs and how to visit the store on a budget: How much does RIDEMAKERZ cost?
RIDEMAKERZ invited my family to visit the store and comped our experience there.