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New Cars Land Neon Merchandise at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


They say when the cat’s away, the mice will play. That general rule applied here. While I was out of town visiting our Disney Theme Park Merchandise offices based on the east coast, my friends and fellow colleagues had some fun in the sun, showing off some of the new Neon Cars Land ‘At-Tire,’ which recently made its way down Route 66 and into Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

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Capturing some of the most notable locales in Cars Land, these T-shirts and tanks can be paired with anything from jeans to skirts. Of course, the hats are a great addition to any look!

Special Tip: One of the coolest features on these items is the glow-in-the-dark and neon embellishment that has been added to certain areas on the print. Look at the zzz’s that appear on the Cozy Cone Motel or the logo on the Cars Land T-shirt.

Here are a few other things that got my wheels spinning. The Cozy Cone Motel light-up magnet and keychain, and of course, our trading pins. Take a look!
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Will you go with the ‘Flo’ or ‘Cozy’ up with any of these designs?

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First Look at New Cars Land Pinstriping Merchandise at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What’s summer without a road trip? Where did my travels take me? Well, most recently Radiator Springs in Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort. If you’re planning to cruise through Cars Land yourself this summer, here are a few things that are rolling into locations that you should keep an eye out for.

The new car culture couture lifestyle collection featuring ‘Pinstriping by Ramone’ can be found at Ramone’s House of Body Art. You’ll love the fine pin-striping detail that appears on adult and youth tees, fleece, hats and more, bringing Disney•Pixar “Cars” characters like Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally to life with a little bit of an edge.

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Need something to help you get your motor running in the morning? Check out these brand new mugs detailed in a metallic paint finish that will surely help shift gears to a productive and successful day! Look for them on store shelves towards the end of summer.

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Something else you might want to are the Kitschy Piston Cup and Decal inspired collections which you will find on tees, tanks, beach towels, tumblers, hats and more at Radiator Springs Curios.

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If pins are more your speed, then be sure to race in to pick up the new Mystery Collection, available now.

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What will drive home with you?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Moon Over Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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This photo seems to be all about a full moon … but is it? With a closer look, you’ll see that it’s framed by the neon lights on top of Luigi’s Casa della Tires – the entrance to Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. I wanted to share this photo with you as part of our “Disney Parks After Dark” series because even though it is a bit abstract, unique details still make it a recognizable location at the Disneyland Resort.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 18th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Since Cars Land opened on June 15, 2012, no trip to Disney California Adventure park has been complete without experiencing Radiator Springs Racers. From the state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics technology to the thrilling race through Ornament Valley, this attraction truly is the definition of an “E-ticket” experience. In honor of the attraction’s second anniversary earlier this week, I’m thrilled to continue the “Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series with Radiator Springs Racers. With so much detail behind one of the largest attractions ever built for Disney Parks, today’s post will focus on the story of Stanley’s Oasis, which serves as the queue area for the attraction.

Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, sold radiator caps along Route 66. It wasn’t until he found the spring of water now known as Stanley’s Oasis that Radiator Springs became an iconic destination in the middle of the desert. To reach Stanley’s Oasis, turn right at the courthouse and follow the pathway under two bridges. The first bridge you pass under is a steel structure built in the 1940s and the second bridge was built out of wood in the 1920s.
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After passing under the bridges, you have arrived at the entrance of the historic Stanley’s Oasis! You’ll immediately recognize the original Radiator Spring that continues to bubble after all these years. Directly behind the spring, notice the water tower where Stanley once invited customers to relax and enjoy a nice, cold drink. The pathway then heads into a covered structure – the first building Stanley established at the oasis. This is called the Cap ‘n’ Tap shop because of the various types of caps for sale. Next, the neighboring structure, called Stanley’s Service Garage, tells the story of Stanley’s once-booming auto-care business (remember the radiator caps he sold on Route 66?). Saving the best for last, you’ll continue on to the world-famous Oil Bottle House – the area’s most popular roadside attraction!

As you enter the wheel-well-shaped cavern, you’ll see Stanley’s Comfy Caverns Motor Court – a lodge nestled deep inside the expansive cave. Because the oasis became so popular, Stanley and his wife, Lizzie, built the lodge to accommodate the high demand from visitors who wanted to stay overnight. From here, you hop in your car and head back to town for the big race! Ka-chow racer!

What is your favorite Cars Land memory? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: March 2012

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Two years ago this month, we were looking ahead to big expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Let’s take a look back at March 2012 in this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.”

Video: Godmother Mariah Carey Christens the Disney Fantasy in New York City
March 2012 started with a bang as Mariah Carey christened the new Disney Fantasy.

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs Behind the Construction Walls at Disney California Adventure Park for a Hard-hat Tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land

Taking a Tour of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre – Opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park
Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, recalled his hard-hat tour of Cars Land, which was then speeding toward its summer 2012 opening at Disney California Adventure park.

First Look: Walt Disney Imagineers Offer a Taste of the Be Our Guest Restaurant
Walt Disney Imagineering gave us the first look inside Be Our Guest Restaurant, which would open later that year.

New Story Rooms Open Today at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World Resort – With a Regal Twist
Royal Guest Rooms officially opened on March 9, 2012, at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort, and Michelle Baumann brought us this peek inside.

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Caption This: The Hungry Pirate at Disneyland Park
We marked the 45th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland park with this special “Caption This!”

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Red Car Trolley Tests the Track at Disney California Adventure Park
On March 28, 2012, we brought Disney Parks Blog readers the first look at the new Red Car Trolley traveling down the track at Disney California Adventure park.

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’-Themed Monorail to Debut This Spring at Walt Disney World Resort
Two years ago this month, we were all anticipating the upcoming release of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” and Walt Disney World Resort guests were getting ready to welcome “The Avengers”-themed Monorail.

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New Nostalgic Authentic Cars Land T-Shirts Debut at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 20th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you find yourself cruising through Cars Land during your next visit to Disney California Adventure park, do what I did and make a pit stop at Radiator Springs Curios to check out the newest nostalgic authentic T-shirts that have hit the floor.

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As you can see, the short sleeve T-shirt, in black is themed to Ornament Valley and features some of Radiator Springs most iconic ranges including Willy’s Butte, Piston Peak, Cadillac Range and Radiator Cap. The art on the long sleeve grey T-shirt (on the right) definitely appears a bit more distressed and gives you a glimpse at what seems to be the perfect view of Radiator Springs from Piston Peak. This T-shirt in particular hits home for me, as it’s definitely my dad’s speed, since he is a huge vintage car buff. So dad, if you’re reading this post, look away because I’m pretty sure you’ll be getting it as a gift shortly.

Here’s one more thing that might drive you a little crazy until you can get your hands on it. Take a sneak peek at two Cars Land D-Tech iPhone cases that will be appearing shortly in Radiator Springs.

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Have you found any favorite nostalgic or authentic souvenirs on any of your road trips or journeys through Cars Land?

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Keep Warm and Look Cool at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 14th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For all of you Disney fans here in California, you are probably like me and are sometimes at a loss of what to wear. The calendar says winter is officially here and yet, it’s definitely ringing true to a California winter! In my experience, that feels more like a cross between spring and summer. However you know that it cools down quite a bit at night and that winter chill slowly creeps up on you and before you know it … you’re cold. So how can you plan on keeping warm but still look cool while visiting the Disneyland Resort or while watching some of our nighttime parades and spectaculars? It’s easy… here are a few top choices and quick tips.

Consider what we call the Disneyland 55 Authentic hooded jacket which comes in navy blue and charcoal grey. The navy blue one features Mickey Mouse on the back, while the charcoal grey features Grumpy. Look for them at Disney Clothiers and Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland park; World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District; and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park.

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Another way to stay warm and cozy is to snuggle up with one of our fleece throws. I especially like the design featuring Snow Car, available at Radiator Springs Curios and the Radiator Springs Racers throw which features elements, icons, and characters from the attraction, and is available now at Ramone’s House of Body Art and Sarge’s Surplus Hut.

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Quick Tip: Purchase this Disneyland Throw for only $19.95 when you spend $40 (before tax, after discount) or more in merchandise at participating Disneyland Resort locations. Check it out!

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The special offer is taking place right now at locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including Disney Showcase, Emporium, Gag Factory, Pioneer Mercantile and Star Trader in Disneyland park; Gone Hollywood and Oswald’s in Disney California Adventure park; and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District as well as Disneyland Resort Hotel stores.

If you are looking for something that is more your cup of tea, maybe this will work. Plan on taking home some of our Disney Wonderland Tea. It’s the ‘Official Unbirthday Tea’ you can enjoy all year round. Enjoy flavors like Earl Grey, Lemon Chamomile, Blueberry, Mad Tea Party Blend, Mango and Pomegranate.

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Hot cocoa is more my speed, so if you’re lucky enough to come across some, be sure to add it to the mix.

Quick Tip: Remember to use your Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder merchandise discount whenever applicable.

Are there any jackets, throws, or accessories that top your list or you never leave home without while braving the cold?

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The Christmas Trees of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 24th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s Christmas Eve! The most wonderful day of the year is just hours away, but the residents of Radiator Springs have been celebrating for weeks here at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park. Let’s take a look …

Fillmore's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

On your right as you enter Cars Land, you’ll find Fillmore’s tree. Our favorite eco-conscious van loves to create art out of materials he finds around town. Naturally, he adorns his tree with peace signs, but my favorite detail is the car angel at the top of his tree.

Sarge's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Not to be outdone, Sarge has built a patriotic holiday spectacular. No need to create your own star when there’s one right under your nose – or in Sarge’s case, on your hood.

Mater's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Across Route 66, Mater has also created a tree out of materials he found in his junkyard – a stack of tires topped with a spark plug.

Sally's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Next door, at the Cozy Cone Motel, Sally has CONE-structed her own CONE-ifer out of traffic cones, lit with the help of – what else? – a car battery.

Lizzie's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Sally’s other neighbor, Lizzie, has built my favorite Cars Land tree out of Route 66 signs.

Flo's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

And inside Flo’s V8 Cafe, you can find this shiny tree backed by the best view in Carburetor County!

Which Cars Land tree is your favorite?

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Speed Into Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park For Your Holiday Merchandise

posted on November 29th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Get in gear, Disney•Pixar “Cars” enthusiasts! This year’s Cars Land-inspired holiday collection is full of good tidings and season’s speedings and is guaranteed to get your motor running.

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Here are a few of my top picks:

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The Snow Car! Words can’t express how cute it is. See for yourself!

If you became an instant fan of the Snow Car, like me, keep an eye out for the Snow Car fleece blanket as well (available now at Radiator Springs Curios).

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For kids, kids at heart or car collecting enthusiasts, our holiday-themed die-cast collection featuring Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Doc Hudson and Ramone are only available at Disney Parks.

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Other great gift ideas include the Mack Truck Hauler with 15 Die-Cast Cars, a Piston Cup Award and Star Wars-themed “Cars” die-cast vehicles. If the last item left you saying “what?”… It’s okay! I had to see it for my own eyes as well, but now there’s no turning back. Sally as Princess Leia, Mater as Darth Vader, Lightning McQueen as Luke Skywalker, Fillmore as Yoda, Tractors as StormTroopers and Luigi & Guido as C-3P0 and R2-D2. Enough said!

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Have you picked out this year’s greeting cards to send to your family and friends? If you answered no, and are a fan of Disney and “Cars,” take note, because this might be exactly what you’re looking for. The set of 12 cards feature four different designs: Tow Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally and Ramone! Each card includes a cleverly themed holiday message such as Happy New Gear, Dashing Through the Snow, Fueltide Cheer and Feliz Navidad.

So where can you find all of these items? In Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park of course! But specifically, look for toys and stocking stuffers for the kids at Sarge’s Surplus Hut. For your ‘big kid’ (a.k.a. Dad), Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios are probably your best bet.

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One final thing … but I’ll warn you, it will take you on a trip down memory lane. How many of you remember having a Name Plate Keychain that you may have picked up on your own trips over time. I know I can remember having one (or two) when I was little, and I’m pretty sure you’ll remember getting one too. Well, a Cars Land-inspired version just hit store shelves at Radiator Springs Curios, so stop in to see if you can find one with your name on it or perhaps a clever phrase.

So hit the road and stop in to our Cars Land stores the next time you’re cruising through town.

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Two New Breakfast Scrambles at the Cozy Cone Motel at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 17th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Chefs are “scrambling” the breakfast menu at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land, adding two new hearty breakfast cones to start your day in the park. A smart first stop – you can munch and walk, no need to linger as the neat bread wrappers are made for on-the-go eating.

Chorizo and Eggs Cone at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land

Fans of zesty chorizo will go for the Chorizo and Eggs Cone, with scrambled eggs, chorizo, tart tomatillo sauce and a finish of fresh pico de gallo. (That’s our favorite.)

Southwest Scramble Cone at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land

Or try the Southwest Scramble Cone with a substantial filling of scrambled eggs, bell peppers, onions, roasted corn, black beans, Cheddar cheese and a kicky avocado corn salsa.

Both are $6.99 plus tax and on the menu from park opening until 11 a.m. Stay tuned for more ideas. And beginning November 6, the Cars Land Dinoco blue “holiday cone” sippers are back while supplies lasts.

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