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New Cars Land Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 16th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you running on empty when it comes to something new to wear? Then take a spin with me as we take a look at some of the new Cars Land inspired merchandise hitting the streets of Disney California Adventure park.

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When it came to the new look for the Cars Land logo merchandise, the teams took the term, ‘put some fire in it,’ quite literally. The flame details, along with the classic Cars Land logo on the adult and kids tees, hat and drinkware, adds heat to this red-hot collection. Not your speed? Gear for ladies and kids will have you racing to the finish line.

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Cruising for something different? The Motorama Girls collection debuting soon will surely get you back to your ‘routes’ and looking sassy and classy for any day trip. Va-Va-Vroom!
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This next item will get those wheels turning! Last but certainly not least … the new Mater novelty hat! I can attest that as we were photographing the hat, kids of all ages (those adults who stopped me know exactly who they are) were asking where and when they could get it. Can you ‘tow the line’ when it hits stores in the coming months?

Be sure to make Radiator Springs Curios, Ramone’s House of Body Art and Sarge’s Surplus Hut in Cars Land a stop on your next trip!

Which collection is your favorite?

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Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes to Give Away Dazzling Prizes During Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on April 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Imagine winning a Disney Diamond or a Cinderella glass slipper, or enjoying a private excursion and dinner in Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park. Those are a few of the exciting prizes that will be awarded to some lucky guests during the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration that begins May 22, 2015.

Disneyland Diamond Days is an exciting sweepstakes in which daily prizes are awarded to some visitors, on the day they are visiting, as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Daily prize winners must be present on the Disneyland Resort premises at the time of entry and at the time of prize redemption in order to be able to enjoy these special experiences, and theme park admission is not necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes.

Enter the Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Crystal Cinderella Slipper Adorned with a Diamond-and-Topaz Pendant Enter the Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite

In addition to the daily prizes, Disneyland Diamond Days will offer guests a weekly opportunity to win exceptional Disneyland Resort prizes and experiences. Appropriately, the most exciting prizes are authentic diamonds, custom-engraved for Disney! One and two-carat Disney Diamonds will be awarded throughout the celebration, and the one-carat Disney Diamonds will even be paired with a stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite. Other weekly prizes include a clear, crystal Cinderella slipper adorned with a diamond-and-topaz pendant, and unique experiences that only Disneyland can offer, such as a private party in Fantasyland, a romantic cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, or a tailgate party in Cars Land. The available prize will vary each week.

Full official rules will be available at Disneyland.com/DiamondDays on May 22, 2015.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Specific prizes to be awarded in the weekly sweepstakes will be announced online at Disneyland.com/DiamondDays the preceding week. Sponsor: Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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A Unique Point of View: Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 8th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Here’s a perspective most racers don’t get to see when they’re revving their engines at the start line on Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park. Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer got a special, front-row seat right across from Luigi and Guido to get these shots.

I love the reflection of Radiator Springs’ two biggest racing fans in the windshield of the car in this photo …

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Any bets on which car won this race? But then again, we’re all winners when we make new friends, right?

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite series here on the Disney Parks Blog takes readers to a very special, very rare time of day – Disneyland Resort at Dawn. In these serene, almost surreal videos, my fellow author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before.

See the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range in this video from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

According to this post, fishing is best along Big Thunder Trail in the early morning.

Shannon tells us in this post that the inspiration for this series came from walking through Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park early one morning. She was fascinated by all of the sounds and details she had missed during the daytime.

The very first video in this series is probably my favorite: a time lapse video of Sleeping Beauty Castle shot from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fire Trucks and Tow Trucks in Cars Land

posted on February 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


When Red the fire truck isn’t busy watering the flowers at Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, as seen in the photo below …

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… you can find him meeting guests at various locations throughout Cars Land. He’s easy to find – just listen for his ringing bells and blaring sirens. I was fortunate to catch up with Red at the Cozy Cone Motel one evening and he was happy to pose for photos.

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Later that same evening Mater stopped by to say hello, too. It’s always fun photographing Mater.

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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Luigi’s Flying Tires to Become All-New Experience at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Ever since Cars Land opened at Disney California Adventure park in 2012, it has been a huge success. This new land immerses guests in the world of “Cars” and makes them feel like they are standing in the town of Radiator Springs. We’ve heard from our guests that the cars themselves are one of the things they really love about Cars Land – and today I’m excited to tell you about a project that will bring even more four-wheeled fun.

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At the end of the operating day on February 16, 2015, Luigi’s Flying Tires will close as our favorite Fiat departs for a vacation to his home country of Italy to visit with family. When he returns, his Casa della Tires will reopen as a completely new attraction in early 2016. The attraction will feature a new ride system and ride vehicles. We are excited to tell you more about this ride technology, so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates as work progresses.

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What are Your Disney California Adventure Park Must-Do’s?

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we shared our Disneyland park must-do’s … and I’ve got to say, you all had some pretty good things to share. This week, let’s head over to Disney California Adventure park. These are my must-do’s – share yours in the comments!

Stop #1 – Red Car Trolley, Buena Vista Street

I love a nice stroll down Buena Vista Street, but the Red Car Trolley is the best way to see it in style. Read about the real-life inspiration behind this attraction in this post.

Stop #2 – Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Buena Vista Street

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Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is the only place at the Disneyland Resort where you can get a customized, hand-dipped ice cream bar!

Stop #3 – Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Buena Vista Street

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Carthay Circle Restaurant is an amazing place to eat – the beautiful restaurant, the delicious food. But if you only have time for a quick stop, I recommend the downstairs lounge. I love the vintage-inspired cocktails.

Stop #4- Frozen Fun, Hollywood Land

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This is a brand-new addition to my list. “Frozen Fun” includes so much to do – and my favorite is “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” I grew up in Florida and now I live in Southern California, so playing in the snow is a genuine novelty for me.

Stop #5 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Land

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This is one of my favorite Disney Parks attractions of all time, so yeah – must-do.

Stop #6 – Cozy Cone Motel, Cars Land

Some time ago, my friend Kelly and I demonstrated our love for all things at the Cozy Cone. Top of my list: Red’s Apple Freeze.

Stop #7 – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Cars Land

Did you think I was going to say Radiator Springs Racers? Well yeah, that’s an obvious one, but my absolute favorite attraction in Cars Land is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. It’s surprisingly intense but still great for kids … a perfect Disney Parks attraction.

Stop #8 – Alfresco Tasting Terrace, Pacific Wharf

I love this quiet spot, where you can almost forget you’re in a theme park. And the wonderful wines and delicious food just makes it even better!

Stop #9 – California Screamin’, Paradise Pier

The only roller coaster at the Disneyland Resort with an inverted loop is definitely a must-do!

Stop #10 – “World of Color

Even though it’s closed for refurbishment right now, this nighttime spectacular remains on the list. It’s continued to evolve throughout its nearly five-year run, and I’m amazed by it every time I see it.

That’s my list. Share yours!

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Good Morning from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Good morning from Cars Land! You have to be here pretty early in the morning to see a sight like this – the sun rising over Ornament Valley and the businesses along Route 66. But sometimes our guests do get to see the sunrise here … especially those who have braved 24 hours here at the Disneyland Resort during our special events the past few years. So, those of you who have seen it, tell me … where is your favorite spot to watch the sunrise here at the Disneyland Resort?

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Readers Cruise into the Holidays at Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers braved the rain last night to attend the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure park. We started the evening with reserved viewing for “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” then we cruised over to Cars Land for our private, after-hours event.

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We were even joined by Radiator Springs’ own resident superstar, Lightning McQueen!

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Of course, no holiday meet-up would be complete without plenty of sugary snacks. Guests enjoyed a bounty of goodies from the selection of limited-time holiday treats now available at the Disneyland Resort.

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Meet-up guests enjoyed all of the Cars Land attractions – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Radiator Springs Racers and Luigi’s Flying Tires – many of us more than once. (Am I right?)

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To paraphrase Lightning McQueen, we’re all winners when we make new friends – and every Disney Parks Blog meet-up is an opportunity for just that. Here I am with one of my newest friends!

Did you join us at the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Register Now to Race into the Holiday Season at the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

It’s time to celebrate the holidays, Radiator Springs style! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Celebrating the Holidays in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Lightning McQueen and his neighbors have decked out Route 66 for the holidays, and they’ve invited us for a special, after-hours party! The evening will begin with reserved viewing for “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” then we will celebrate the holiday season by racing through Ornament Valley, sipping cocoa, enjoying special holiday treats and more.

So join us the evening of Wednesday, December 3! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disney California Adventure park admission will be provided beginning at 7 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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