Sunday, June 24, 2012
Cars Land is now open at Disney California Adventure, and crowds are flocking to Radiator Springs! I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening, so I got to see all the attractions, stores and restaurants that visitors can enjoy in the newest addition to the Disneyland Resort.
Disney has really outdone itself in recreating the world of Cars. With the majestic mountains in the background down to the beat-up signs and neon lights on the buildings, it is really easy to immerse yourself and imagine that you've entered Radiator Springs.
Cars Land is situated between A Bug's Land and Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure. Once you enter Radiator Springs, you will find yourself walking on Route 66, with all the Cars Land attractions, shops and restaurants on either side of you. Here's a bird's eye view of the layout:
Cars Land has 3 main attractions (locations are indicated by the yellow dots on the map above)
1) Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
2) Luigi's Flying Tires
3) Radiator Springs Racers
Cars Land has 3 places to eat (locations are indicated by the green dots on the map)
1) Cozy Cone Motel
2) Flo's V8 Cafe
3) Fillmore's Taste In
Cars Land has 3 places to shop (locations are indicated by the blue dots on the map). All 3 stores have tons of Cars-themed merchandise -- shirts, hats, pins, keychains and more.
1) Radiator Springs Curios
2) Ramone's House of Body Art
3) Sarge's Surplus Hut
My boys loved this store because all the cast members there had pins to trade, and there were lots of Cars-themed pins for sale!
There are so many new things to see and do at Cars Land, you'll need at least half a day to soak it all in -- and if you will be visiting the Disneyland Resort this summer, when everyone wants to be the first to see Cars Land, you'll want to add an extra day. On the first day, the Radiator Springs Racers wait time reached 6 hours, and it will probably be at least 1 hr all summer long!
Disclosure: The Disneyland Resort provided media privileges, park admission for my family and accomodations for the duration of the Cars Land opening event. Other costs, including transportation,meals and extra days at the Disneyland Resort, were incurred at my expense. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.