The last time I visited the Disneyland Resort, Disney's California Adventure (DCA) was undergoing some major reconstruction. True to the Disney style, even the barriers were entertaining! Who else but Disney would turn a Pardon Our Dust sign into a work of art?! Adorable as the barriers were, I'm sure most people wanted them gone so they could finally see what lay beyond.
Guess what -- on March 7, the Disneyland Resort made the announcement on June 15, everything will finally be complete! That date marks the ends of a major DCA revamp that began way back in 2007. Over the years, Disney gradually introduced new attractions, like the wildly popular Toy Story Mania and World of Color. Last year they opened Ariel's Undersea Adventure and redesigned the turnstiles at the entrance.
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And on June 15, the final touches will be in place, as Disney's California Adventure opens up Buena Vista Street, the Carthay Circle Theatre, and Cars Land. It's going to be amazing! Here's the rundown on what to expect:
Buena Vista Street
The new entryway to DCA will mirror the Main Street of Walt Disney's childhood that people see when they enter Disneyland. At DCA, guests will be transported back to the Los Angeles of the 1920, the way Walt saw it when he first arrived in California. The old Golden Gate Bridge replica at the entrance to DCA has already been replaced with a replica of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, to be more in keeping with the period and theme. Guests will be able to walk down the street street, enter storefronts (all done in period architecture, of course), or ride the Red Car Trolley, another 20's LA icon.
Carthay Circle Theatre
Just as Main Street in Disneyland ends at Sleeping Beauty's Castle, so will Buena Vista Street end at DCA's new landmark icon, the Carthay Circle Theatre. This is where Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" opened in 1937, and Disney imagineers have replicated this beautiful Spanish-style theatre. Inside will be the Carthay Circle Restaurant, which will be DCA's luxury dining destination.
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This is probably the most awaited of all the new developments: 12 acres of pure Radiator Springs fun. Cars Land is going to resemble radiator springs, complete with Flo's V8 cafe and a great view of the mountains, just like you see in the Cars movies. Here are the 3 main attractions at Cars Land:
* Luigi’s Flying Tires -- This will be like a bumper car ride, but as the name suggests, the vehicles are shaped like tires, and they actually hover in the air!
* Radiator Springs Racers -- Modeled after Epcot Center's Test Track ride, visitors will be able to race around Radiator Springs, culminating in a side-by-side dual racecar finish; this is going to be Cars Land's E-ticket attraction!
* Mater's Junkyard Jamboree -- An adorable kids' ride similar to the Mad Hatter Teacups, kids can sit in trailers pulled by baby tractors, and go round and round to music sung by none other than Mater, everyone's favorite tow truck.
With so much going on, there's no way families will be able to allocate just a single day to Disney's California Adventure any more. It's going to take 2 days at the least to see and enjoy everything the park has to offer -- which means you'll want to budget 4 or 5 days or more for the whole Disneyland Resort -- Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney -- especially if you've never been there before. It's going to be so much fun!
Disclosure: I was invited to lunch by Disneyland Resort PR to learn about upcoming events at the Disneyland Resort. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.