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Cars Land, the 12-acre expansion inspired by the Disney•Pixar film “Cars” opened on June 15, 2012.
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Cars Land, modeled on the movie’s Radiator Springs setting, will feature three new attractions, including the E-ticket excitement of Radiator Springs Racers – taking guests zooming through the Cars Land landscape. Other Cars Land attractions will include Luigi’s Flying Tires (which should strike a chord with anyone who remembers the Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland) and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, a tow-truck themed attraction. (via DisneyParks Blog)
The rides, restaurants and shops of Radiator Springs will include:
East side of street
> Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree — Visitors take a spinning tractor ride through Tow Mater’s Towing & Salvage yard.
> Cozy Cone Motel — The snack stands will serve chili cone carne, cone on the cob, popcone and other food pun novelties.
> Radiator Springs Curio Shop — The Route 66 tourist trap will sell traditional roadside souvenirs, trinkets, knickknacks and bric-a-brac.
> Luigi’s Roamin’ Tires — Riders steer a levitating bumper car through tilting towers of retreads behind Casa Della Tires.
West side of street
> Fillmore’s Taste In — A hippie-themed snack shack under a tie-died geodesic dome.
> Sarge’s Surplus Hut — Disney Imagineers have yet to announce whether the military-style Quonset hut will be used for retail or food sales.
> Flo’s V8 Café — Customers dine al fresco on Route 66-inspired food at tables stationed between gasoline pumps. The restaurant will feature Flo’s Motorama girls posters, Doc’s Piston Cup trophies and other memorabilia.
> Ramone’s House of Body Art — The retail shop will sell Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers merchandise.
South end of street
> Radiator Springs Courthouse — The domain of town judge Doc Hudson will be reserved for a future use.
> Radiator Springs Racers — The indoor-outdoor attraction combines a leisurely dark ride prelude with a dueling side-by-side race-car finale. The ride’s queue will wind through Stanley’s Oasis, Tap N Cap and the Bottle House.
The Walt Disney Park & Resorts exhibit at the D23 Expo revealed some details about the upcoming Cars Land (via Orlando Attractions)
Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty was on hand yesterday to tell all about the Radiator Springs Racers attraction coming to Disney’s California Adventure. Whether you’re a fan of the Disney/Pixar film “Cars” or not, it sounds to me like you will love this ride.
The roughly 4.5 minute journey will take guests through every element of the film, including a slow drive through the mountains and past a stunning waterfall, a character-filled journey through the town, and culminating in a race against another vehicle over bridges and around tight turns. [...]
The vehicles will be very similar to those found at Test Track in Epcot but with a modified chassis for a more “Cars”-like styling. The vehicles won’t travel as fast as on Test Track, but they will be paired side-by-side in a race. Until the race portion of the ride, the cars will travel individually through the first scenes of the ride. The track will then split off sending guests in opposite directions to prepare for their races.
The characters featured in Radiator Springs Racers are lovingly being referred to as “auto-animatronics.” They each feature animated eyes and a mouth that makes the cars really appear to be talking. One particularly fun moment during the ride will be when Mater, the tow truck, pulls out in front of the guests’ car. Since Mater drives always backwards, he will actually be facing guests and talking to them while driving backwards in front of them.
Over the next few years, Disney’s California Adventure will be expanding to include Cars Land, an entirely new, 12-acre addition, featuring Radiator Springs Racers, a major “E-ticket” attraction, which places guests right in the middle of the amazingly detailed, dimensional Cars world of Mater, Lightning McQueen, Doc and Sally. Guests get a quick race briefing from Doc and Lightning, and suddenly find themselves in the midst of a race around hairpin turns and steep banks.
Blending the legendary adventure and excitement of Route 66, California’s love of Cars, and Walt Disney’s legacy if innovative storytelling, Cars Land recreates the memorable town of Radiator Springs Disney-Pixar’s animated film Cars. Route 66 was once the only auto route connecting Chicago to sunny LA. It represented the freedom of the open road, the migration west, and the dream of a brighter tomorrow in the Golden State for thousands of new arrivals in CA. That dream revs back to life in Cars Land. The project is projected to be completed by 2012.
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You need to consider the following; is your stay at Disney lengthy and warrant a suite-type of room that offers a kitchen and more space, or do you just want to be in the center of everything? Will you be renting a car? Disney Vacations Deals
If you stay in the Disney area, most resorts offer free shuttles to the Disney parks. Here are some off-property economical options in the Disney area: Disney hotels such as the Holiday Inn Hotels & Suites Main Gate East has all the amenities for value-conscious families. They offer the KidSuite concept which features a main room for adults and a themed area for kids, designed to provide a home-like environment that gives kids and parents togetherness and privacy at the same time (up to 4 people). The Holiday Inn Family Suites offers a breakfast buffet, and kids 12/under eat lunch and dinner free.
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Ideal visiting times are late summer (August - September) when parks are less crowded and resort prices drop, and after Thanksgiving until the new year is perfect, the weather is park friendly and its decorated for the holidays (although water parks may not be weather agreeable).Disney Theme Park Souvenirs
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