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First Look: ‘Cars’ Wing Takes Shape at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on May 21st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

For a few months now, my fellow blog author and Imagineer Kathy Mangum has been keeping you updated on the progress of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

I’m happy to finally have some “Cars” fun to share over here at Walt Disney World, with the first look inside the “Cars” wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This second phase of the resort is set to open June 18 (the first phase, a “Finding Nemo”-themed wing, will open May 31).

The “Cars” wing is themed after Radiator Springs, and features nods to places in the film, such as Tow Mater Towing & Salvage. It also sports 11 life-sized characters from the film, including Sheriff, Doc, Sally, Sarge, Lightning McQueen, Flo, Mater, Fillmore, Luigi, Guido, and Ramone (seen above), the latter of which our Imagineers created with automotive design superstar Chip Foose.

Here’s a look back at a previous behind-the-scenes look we shared here on how Ramone was designed:

Incidentally, Chip will be here at Walt Disney World Resort June 2-3 for Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more information!

Read these posts to learn more about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort:

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Brian on May 21st, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Can’t Wait to Visit!!! <3


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 21st, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Me, too!


Kyra on May 21st, 2012 at 7:29 pm

It looks better than Cars Land!:)


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 22nd, 2012 at 9:29 am

I’m looking forward to visiting both. How about you?


Angela from CA on May 22nd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Chip Foose at SEMA a year ago. He is such a talented, down to earth and sweet guy. So excited he had his hands on this project and I’m so excited to check out Cars Land in person!


Fred from CA on May 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

With all due respect to Kyra, I doubt that this “better” than Cars Land.
Cars Land is a real-life recreation of Radiator Springs, has a huge mountain range, and features three rides, including one that is 6-acres with audio-animatronics characters! :)


Kazumi on May 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 am

I want to go to carsland.I have to get air ticket.I’ll check into it;)


Fred from CA on May 23rd, 2012 at 10:44 am

…Oops, I meant to say “I doubt that this is “better” than Cars Land.”


Michael on May 23rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Will you be able to enjoy the different cars, etc even if you’re not a guest at that resort? We’d love to visit but will be staying elsewhere on property.