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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.


Here are a few of my top picks:


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).


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.


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!


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.


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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Experience Cars Land on the Go with Cars Land Racers Mobile Game

posted on July 29th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

If you’re a fan of Cars Land or our popular Cars Land Racers desktop game, I’ve got exciting news for you. You can now take the fun on the go with the new Cars Land Racers Mobile.

The new mobile edition also comes with its own rewards. If you play the game while you are inside Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, you will be able to earn three special achievements! And, if you are logged in through Facebook, you can unlock upgrades and achievements that will be reflected on the desktop version of the game, allowing you to fast-track racing upgrades.

Experience Cars Land on the Go with Cars Land Racers Mobile Game Experience Cars Land on the Go with Cars Land Racers Mobile Game

Cars Land Racers Mobile will feature:

  • Lightning’s Endurance Race: Drive for as long as possible without running out of gas, while trying to steer clear of obstacles and collecting as many gas cans as possible along the drive.
  • Luigi’s Order Line: Help find objects in Luigi’s shop to fill his tire orders in this scrolling hidden object game.
  • Mater’s Tow Fishin': Inspired by the final scene in “Cars,” this game has you fishing for auto parts to earn as many points as possible.

Go to from your mobile device to play now, and don’t forget to check out the upgrades you have unlocked by visiting from your desktop computer!

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This Week in Disney History: Cars Land Opens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 14th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

One year ago tomorrow, we said “Welcome to Radiator Springs!” as the first guests cruised down Route 66 in Cars Land. June 15, 2012, was a big day for Disney California Adventure park as it celebrated not only its grand reopening, but the addition of this entirely new land. Let’s celebrate by hearing from some of you – our Disney California Adventure park guests – telling us about your favorite parts of Cars Land.

Now it’s your turn! What do you love most about Cars Land? Tell us in the comments!

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Lea Thompson Meets Mater in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 14th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Lea Thompson, who stars in the hit ABC Family series, “Switched at Birth,” stopped by recently to experience Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park with her family and friends. We caught up with her over at the Cozy Cone Motel, where Mater. was waiting to welcome her to Radiator Springs. It was hard for me to hear exactly what they were discussing, but I thought I heard something about Stanley and time travel

Lea Thompson meets Mater in Cars Land

Then Lea’s daughter, actress Zoey Deutch, came over to get a picture with Mater. If Zoey looks familiar, you recognize her from her recurring role on a popular Disney Channel comedy that ended its run in 2011. Can you name the show? (Please, no cheating – time travel included.)

Lea and her daughter, Zoey Deutch pose with Mater

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Moms Panel Monday: Start Your Engines at Disney California Adventure Park!

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Amanda Ficili and I were at Disneyland Resort filming a commercial in the not-yet-opened Cars Land. As we walked down the vacant Route 66 that morning, we were beyond giddy with excitement. In just a few days, the grand opening was planned and we were running on all pistons. Not far from that spot, Courtney Bautista was also giddy in anticipation for the park that would thrill her then 2-year-old moto-tot Mason.

What a difference a year makes! Courtney’s dreams came true and she became our third Disney Parks Moms Panelist representing the Disneyland Resort. Now that Mason is turning three this summer, Courtney and her family have made it a must to visit Cars Land whenever they can.

“From the moment we entered Cars Land, it was like stepping into the town of Radiator Springs. The look on Mason’s star-struck face when he spotted his favorite characters, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, was one I’ll never forget.”

Cars Land has become one of Courtney and Mason’s favorite places to visit at the Disneyland Resort, but for Courtney, it’s the snack fare that gets her motor revving.

“Every time we are there, the Disney foodie in me has to grab one of the tasty ‘cone-coctions‘ from the Cozy Cone Motel. My favorite? The dill pickle flavored popcorn.”

Courtney says the evenings are a great time to visit. “Cars Land is especially stunning at night. The countless colorful neon lights and the Cadillac Mountain Range in Ornament Valley truly look like the skyline of a bygone era. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the six peaks of the mountain range represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957-1962!”

What is your favorite blast from the past at Cars Land?

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Good Afternoon from Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 30th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Cars at Radiator Springs Racers Line up to Take a Spin Through the Ornament Valley Range

It’s a beautiful, sunny afternoon here at Disney California Adventure park, and the cars at Radiator Springs Racers are lining up to take a spin through the Ornament Valley range. Whatever you’re doing this afternoon, stop and take a moment to think of your favorite part of Radiator Springs Racers and let us know in the comments.

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By the Numbers: Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Can you believe it’s been seven months since Cars Land opened at Disney California Adventure park? Since then, thousands of guests have cruised down Route 66, raced through Ornament Valley and (if they’re like me) downed quite a few Red’s Apple Freezes. At 12 acres, the size of Cars Land is enough to impress, but here are a few more numbers that might knock your socks off:

280,000 – Square feet of rockwork in Cars Land, making Ornament Valley mountain range the largest rockwork created in a domestic Disney theme park

125 – Height in feet at the tallest peak of Ornament Valley range

4,000 – Tons of steel used to construct the Ornament Valley range and Radiator Springs Racers

36,000 – Approximate number of miles per year each Radiator Springs Racers vehicle will travel, equivalent to more than 14 trips down the original Route 66

6,714 – Air vents keeping the tires flying at Luigi’s Flying Tires

525 – Approximate length, in feet, of the stretch of Route 66 that runs through Cars Land

70 – Species of native plants in Cars Land (including more than 450 trees and cactus)

16Neon signs in Cars Land, with the Flo’s V8 Café sign standing tallest at 27 feet

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‘Destination: Cars Land’ Makes its Rose Parade Debut

posted on January 2nd, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

Did you see our float, “Destination: Cars Land” in the 124th Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif., yesterday? If not, you’re in luck because we have a video recap for you! The 125-foot-long float was a floral replica of Cars Land, the new land at Disney California Adventure park here at the Disneyland Resort, and it floated down Colorado Boulevard to the classic tune, “Get Your Kicks On Route 66.” From the thousands of volunteers to the thousands of flowers, seeds and foliage, everything seemed to go off without a hitch — until it broke down! Check it out.

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Rose Parade Fans Floored by ‘Destination: Cars Land’ Float

posted on January 1st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Happy New Year! If you, like many across the country, like to start your new year watching the annual Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif., you probably saw the Disneyland Resort “Destination: Cars Land” float this morning. I had the privilege to watch the parade myself from the stands along the parade route, and seeing our float in person was incredible. If you missed it, or if you just want a closer look, I’ve got photos to share with you from our chief photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, who was also at the parade this morning.

The float got off to a good start as it stepped off onto Orange Grove Blvd., but then …

… it broke down! In a flash of sparks and smoke, it looked like the fun would be over. But Mater, who you can see following close behind in the photo above, was there to save the day! With a quick jump-start, Radiator Springs’ favorite tow truck had the float running good as new and on its way down the parade route!

On board the float was Disney Channel “Shake It Up” star, Zendaya and DJ Ernie D from Radio Disney, who broadcast live from the float during the parade.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a shot of the entire float. You can see Lightning McQueen and Sally racing in the front, on top of a floral “Welcome to Cars Land” sign; Flo’s V8 Cafe and Cozy Cone Motel signs (along with a mini Cozy Cone Motel underneath); floral representations of ride vehicles from Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree; Luigi and Guido cheering on miniature Radiator Springs Racers vehicles racing through a floral replica of Ornament Valley – with a real waterfall!

Check back tomorrow for one more behind-the-scenes video from the float construction!

And I want to say a special hello to Disney Parks Blog reader, Jazmine – I enjoyed meeting you and your dad at the parade this morning!

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