The New Disney Themed Plane Arrives In Seattle
Alaska Airlines has dressed up their Boeing 737-800 with familiar images of Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi, and it even has its own name! The “Adventure of Disneyland Resort” celebrates Alaska’s partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Disney-themed plane. Alaska Airlines and Disneyland Resort have been partners for quite some time now and the new plane is the fifth themed aircraft to hit the skies.
Alaska’s other Disney-themed planes are the “Spirit of Disneyland II,” launched in 2009; the “Spirit of Make-A-Wish,” which debuted in 2006; and “Magic of Disneyland,” which entered the fleet in 2005. Alaska’s first Disney plane, the “Spirit ofDisneyland I,” joined the fleet in 2002 and was repainted in 2009.
At a special airport event, Mater himself made a satellite appearance from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, providing travelers with updates on the arrival of the plane as it neared Seattle. After the ceremony, the aircraft officially joined the Alaska fleet on a flight to Orange County, Calif., and will then fly throughout the carrier’s 65-city network.
Joining passengers flying on Flight 500 were four Make-A-Wish children from Washington and Alaska, ages 3 to 7, and their families, who will spend the next several days at the Disneyland Resort. During their visit, they will be treated to special activities and enjoy overnight accommodations at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Resort.
The plane adds a whole new level of excitement to a child’s (and adult’s) trip. Don’t you think?