Last week Disneyland Resort celebrated the VIP premiere of Cars Land with a whole slew of activities, celebrities and a grand finale with fireworks! In what has been the largest piece of the five-year expansion at Disney California Adventure Park, Cars Land has added 12 acres of fun and freewheeling to the park.
Cars Land invites guests to explore “the cutest little town in Carburetor County,” where they will enjoy three family attractions showcasing places and characters from the movie: Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Radiator Springs Racers, one of the largest and most elaborate attractions created for a Disney theme park.
Many of the automotive winks were inspired by a research trip Imagineers took along Route 66. Others were inspired by working with the animators from Pixar.
The “Cars” gang gathers to prepare visitors for the big race in Radiator Springs Racers, to take them through the beautiful mountains of Ornament Valley. Guests board cars, each with their own personality, for a scenic road trip that takes them through Radiator Springs, with a stop at either Luigi’s Casa Della Tires or Ramone’s House of Body Art. After getting some final racing tips from Doc Hudson, the cars zoom over the roadways in a nose-to-nose, high-speed race, never knowing which car may win.
Elsewhere in Cars Land, Luigi invites guests to the test-drive his new shipment of Fettuccini-brand “Cuscino D’Aria” tires – which are just like riding on air (or being on an enormous air hockey table). At this festival of flying tires, riders lean left and right aboard Luigi’s Flying Tires, floating and bumping along in a 21st century attraction reminiscent of the classic Disneyland Flying Saucers attraction. Music plays and giant inflatable balls glide along the floor, adding to the fun.
There is plenty of music and entertainment to go around as well! The streets of Radiator Springs hum with DJ’s (the party car) big road-trippin’ mobile boom box with giant speakers and a built-in disc changer, inviting guests to “DJ’s Dance ‘n Drive,” a spontaneous, interactive dance party.
The road leading into Cars Land is dotted with large animated neon signs reminiscent of the ’50s era of cross-country travel along Route 66 and other aspects from the movie.
In addition to the gift shops offering stocks magnets, antenna toppers and license plate frames, tees and other fun trinkets, guest can take advantage of Car-themed dining options. These include the quick-service Flo’s V8 Cafe, modeled on the quirky roadside eateries along old Route 66. Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel offering quick service cone-themed snacks from five different cones, including ice cream cones, chile “cone” queso, pop “cone” and other “cone”-coctions. Fillmore’s Taste-in celebrates the Cars Land “new age” hippie-van-in-residence. His food and beverage kiosk offers the “high-octane” natural health benefits of fresh fruits, bottled water and juices.
Sounds fantastic! Have you ever been to Disneyland? If so/not does the addition of Cars Land entice you to visit?