Much like Radiator Springs revitalized Route 66, Cars Land has revitalized Disney’s California Adventure. I had the special privilege to preview this brand new 12 acre land prior to its public opening on June 15, 2012. When you first walk into Cars Land, it feels as if you are stepping into the Pixar movie, Cars. If you are a fan of the movie, you’ll not be disappointed. Every store and restaurant is located in the exact same location as the film. From the glowing neon of Flo’s V8 Café to the white walls of Luigi’s Tires, even for Disney, the details are amazing. The Cozy Cone Motel is counter service dining with the must have souvenir drink “cones” and pickle flavored popcorn.
But let’s talk about the rides… With three new attractions, Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Radiator Springs Racers, Disney’s California Adventure will now be a destination on its own. Radiator Springs Racers is the new “E-ticket” ride. This race car ride starts as a scenic tour of Ornament Valley where you will be visiting all of your favorite characters, including a little tractor tipping with Mater. From there, you visit either Ramones Body Shop or Luigi’s Tire Shop and the racing begins. You will race another car, reaching speeds of 42 miles of hour. This high energy, well themed attraction is sure to be the most popular, with long wait times, get there early for your Fast Pass. Luigi’s Flying Tires is a call-back to the 1960’s flying saucers of Disneyland. These cars don’t need a steering wheel, all you need to do is lean and watch out for giant beach balls. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is a fun-filled spinning ride with music sung by Larry the Cable Guy. For years, Disney has tried to do little tune-ups to Disney’s California Adventure. With the brand new Car Land, they have finally completed the over-haul to spark people’s interest.