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Cars Land is a themed area of Disney California Adventure, inspired by the 2006 Disney·Pixar film, Cars. The 12-acre (4.9 ha) area, built as part of Disney California Adventure Park's $1.1 billion expansion project, opened on June 15, 2012. It contains three rides as well as shops and restaurants, all situated in a replica of Radiator Springs, the fictional town in which most of the film's events take place.[1] The area's main attraction is Radiator Springs Racers, a racing ride that uses the technology of Epcot's Test Track.

History

Most of the present-day site of Cars Land had been used as the "Timon" parking lot since 2001; the lot had been designated as future growth space for Disney California Adventure when it was originally designed in the 1990s, and was partially built over with The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Flik's Fun Fair section of A Bug's Land. A small portion of Cars Land was built over the site of the Bountiful Valley Farm, one of the park's original attractions.

Concept art for "Carland" appeared in the "Dreaming" section of the Walt Disney Company's 2006 Annual Report, released on December 12, 2006, 6 months after Cars was released in theaters. The concept art depicted a racing simulator ride but provided no specifics; Disney CEO Bob Iger stated at the time that the concept art depicted projects at various stages of development, and that some of the projects depicted "may never be built".[2]

On October 17, 2007, Disney announced a 5-year, $1.1 billion renovation and expansion plan for Disney California Adventure.[3] The plan included a major overhaul of several existing areas of the park and the addition of Cars Land, an area themed to the 2006 film; Cars Land would be anchored by Radiator Springs Racers, a Cars version of Test Track, a ride at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Cars Land along with the re-designed entrance plaza, Buena Vista Street, were the last features of the 5-year project to be completed, and opened on June 15, 2012

Layout

The layout of Cars Land from the guest's perspective is one of looking down the main street of Radiator Springs, U.S.A., as seen in the original Cars film. There are references to the events of Cars 2 throughout the land, such as a billboard (seen when entering from A Bug's Land) that gives Mater the title of "Sir", and a signed photo of Finn McMissile with Luigi and Guido in Luigi's Casa Della Tires, in addition to souvenirs from their World Grand Prix trip in a display case.

The main street is Route 66 coming in from the Golden State area, across from the Golden Vine Winery and Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar. The other two entrances into the land are through a path in A Bug's Land between the entrance of Heimlich's Chew Chew Train and Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies, and through an archway as a part of the rockwork making up Ornament Valley from Pacific Wharf. The two other entrances are the same path crossing through the middle of Cars Land. The path's name is Cross Street. At the end of Route 66 is the courthouse/firehouse where the street splits. To the left of the split is a backstage access gate. To the right of the split is the entrance to Radiator Springs Racers. In the distance, the Radiator Cap and Ornament Valley Range can be seen. The eastern edge of the Ornament Valley Range includes the Cadillac Mountain Range that consists of Cadillac tail fins that are 125 feet (38 m) high and covers 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2).

Attractions and Entertainment

Former Attractions and Entertainment

Restaurants

  • Cozy Cone Motel
  • Flo's V8 Cafe
  • Fillmore's Taste-In

Shopping

  • Ramone's House of Body Art
  • Sarge's Surplus Hut
  • Radiator Springs Curios

References

  1. Staggs, Tom (2012-03-07). "Taking a Tour of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre – Opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park".. Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on 2012-03-08.
  2. "2006 Annual Report".. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved on June 28, 2011.
  3. Los Angeles Business (17 October 2007). "Disney engages in mass renovation of California Adventure". Retrieved on June 28, 2011. 


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Red Car Trolley
Hollywood Land
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Grizzly Peak
Grizzly River RunRedwood Creek Challenge TrailSoarin' Over California
Pacific Wharf
The Bakery TourWalt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
A Bug's Land
It's Tough to Be a Bug!Flik's FlyersHeimlich's Chew Chew TrainFrancis' Ladybug Boogie • Princess Dot Puddle Park • Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
Paradise Park
Goofy's Sky SchoolSilly Symphony SwingsGolden ZephyrJumpin' JellyfishThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Cars Land
Radiator Springs RacersMater's Junkyard JamboreeLuigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
Pixar Pier (Opening in 2018)
IncredicoasterToy Story Midway Mania!Mickey's Fun WheelGames of the Boardwalk
Current Entertainment
World of Color
Resorts
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & SpaDisney's Paradise Pier Hotel


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Cars-Logo
Media
Cars/SoundtrackCars 2/SoundtrackCars 3/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Original Score SoundtrackMater and the GhostlightCars ToonsDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden BookVideo

Video Games: Cars: The Video GameCars 2: The Video GameCars: Mater-National ChampionshipCars: Race-O-RamaThe World of Cars OnlineCars: Radiator Springs AdventuresKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney INFINITYCars: Fast as LightningCars 3: Driven to Win

Disney Parks
Cars LandDisney's Art of Animation ResortArt of AnimationCars Quatre Roues RallyeDisney Animation BuildingLuigi's Flying TiresLuigi's Rollickin' RoadstersMater's Junkyard JamboreeRadiator Springs Racers

Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular
Restaurants: Cozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InFlo's V8 Cafe
Shops: Radiator Springs CuriosRamone's House of Body ArtSarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadePaint The Night ParadePixar Play Parade
Firework: World of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Cars: Lightning McQueenMaterSally CarreraMackThe KingChick HicksBrush CurberNot ChuckMia and TiaHarvBoostDJWingoSnot RodBob CutlassDarrell CartripDoc HudsonFloRamoneSheriffLuigiGuidoSargeFillmoreRedLizzieStanleyBessieJuniorTex DinocoLynda WeathersVanMinnyMichael Schumacher FerrariJay LimoFredToddFrankTractorsVroomaroundus BugusRalph Carlow

Cars 2: Finn McMissileHolley ShiftwellCrabbyTony TrihullLeland TurboRod "Torque" RedlineTomberMiles AxlerodMel DoradoProfessor ZündappGremAcerFrancesco BernoulliLewis HamiltonJeff GorvetteMax SchnellMiguel CaminoRaoul ÇaRouleNigel GearsleyCarla VelosoBrent MustangburgerDavid HobbscapVladimir TrunkovVictor HugoTubbs PacerJ. Curby GremlinFred PacerIvanAlexander HugoUncle TopolinoMama TopolinoOtisSiddeleyCartney Brakin
Cars 3: Cruz RamirezJackson StormNatalie CertainSterlingMiss FritterChase RacelottDanny SwervezRyan "Inside" LaneyBubba WheelhouseCam SpinnerRich MixonCal WeathersBobby SwiftBrick YardleyTerry KargasReb MeekerHamiltonSmokey
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: KabutoBig DSandy DunesBlue GritIdle ThreatShifty SidewinderDidi 05Mike 07
Video Games: CandiceEl MachismoStinger
Deleted Characters: Zil

Episodes
Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad MaterMater the GreaterEl MaterdorTokyo MaterUnidentified Flying MaterMonster Truck MaterHeavy Metal MaterMoon MaterMater Private EyeAir MaterTime Travel Mater

Tales From Radiator Springs: HiccupsBuggedSpinningThe Radiator Springs 500½
Cancelled Episodes: To Protect and Serve

Songs
Real GoneLife is a HighwayOur TownSh-BoomRoute 66Find YourselfBehind the CloudsMy Heart Would KnowFree RideYou Might ThinkCollision of WorldsNobody's FoolRun That RaceRide
Organizations/Groups
DinocoThe Delinquent Road HazardsWorld Grand PrixLemons
Locations
Radiator SpringsCity HallMunicipal ImpoundTow Mater Towing & SalvageFlo's V8 CafeLuigi's Casa Della TiresRamone's House of Body ArtCozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InSarge's Surplus HutSarge's SUV Boot CampDoctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal CombustionRacing MuseumMrs. PistonWilly's ButteRadiator Springs CuriosRadiator Springs Drive-In TheatreWheel Well MotelLondon, EnglandParis, FrancePorto CorsaTokyoCaliforniaU.S. Route 66Interstate 40Los Angeles International SpeedwayMotor Speedway of the SouthOrnament ValleyCadillac RangeCarburetor CountyBig BenTop Down TruckstopBig BentleyNASCAHollywoodThomasville
Objects
Piston CupAllinolBombEMP EmitterTripleDent Gum
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box