In the last few weeks, we’ve taken you on a virtual “drive-through” and behind the wall of Cars Land. Today, let’s go back to the beginning. Just two years ago – on July 8, 2009 – John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering, dug the first bit of ground at what would become Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
Lasseter was joined in the groundbreaking by Jim Kearns, WDI VP of Project Management; Ed Grier, former President of the Disneyland Resort; Bob Weis, WDI EVP, Creative; Kathy Mangum, WDI VP & Executive Producer, Cars Land; Bruce Vaughn, WDI Chief Creative Executive; and Mary Niven, Vice President of Disney California Adventure park.
At the ceremony, Lasseter even spray-painted an impromptu Lightning McQueen on the pavement!