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Cars Land-Inspired Holiday Decor You Can Make at Home

posted on December 18th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


You may have decorated your house top to bottom by now, but what about your garage? If Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park is any indication, cars love to celebrate the holidays, too! David Caranci, Manager of Resort Enhancement at the Disneyland Resort, is back today to show us how to make easy, inexpensive, Cars Land-inspired holiday decorations at home.

 
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Brad Paisley Performs in Cars Land for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

posted on December 17th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Brad Paisley Performs in Cars Land for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Country superstar Brad Paisley recently taped a special performance at Disney California Adventure park for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade which airs on ABC December 25.

Brad is no stranger to Radiator Springs. You may remember he joined us for the grand opening of Cars Land in June, and of course, he sang two songs for the original soundtrack of the Disney•Pixar film “Cars.” One of those songs, “Behind the Clouds,” is the song you’ll see Brad perform Christmas Day on ABC. In the Eastern time zone, tune in from 10 a.m.-noon; in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones, tune in from 9-11 a.m. to catch all the fun from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts!

Brad Paisley Performs in Cars Land for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Disney and the Rose Parade: A 75-Year Tradition Continues

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’ve been showing you updates on the construction of the “Destination: Cars Land” float which will appear in the 124th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., here on the Disney Parks Blog. We’re really excited about this year’s Disneyland Resort float – not only is it a tribute to the all-new Cars Land, but it also continues a 75-year tradition of Disney involvement with the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. Disney’s relationship with the Tournament of Roses began in 1938 when characters from the newly premiered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” were prominently featured in the parade. And of course, the Rose Queen and her Court, along with the competing Rose Bowl football teams, have visited Disneyland Resort each year since 1960 (be sure to check back here on December 26 for photos from this year’s visit).
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at the Tournament of Roses Parade

In 1966, Walt Disney served as Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade. Later, Roy E. Disney, Walt’s nephew and the head of Disney Animation, would serve as Grand Marshall in 2000. Members of the creative teams at Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Entertainment have served as float judges numerous times throughout the years.
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In 2004, Disneyland Resort presented “A Sudden Drop in Pitch,” the tallest float in Rose Parade history at 110 feet, featuring live performers dangling in a elevator attached to the top. The float’s title played off that year’s theme of “Music, Music, Music,” and the float was inspired by The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction, which opened in Disney California Adventure park that spring.
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The 50th Anniversary of Disneyland was celebrated in 2005 with both a dazzling Rose Parade Opening Show and a spectacular castle float titled “The Happiest Celebration on Earth.” That year’s Rose Parade also featured Mickey Mouse as Grand Marshall.
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Disney broke another Rose Parade record In 2006, with the longest float (150 feet) at the time in Rose Parade history. Titled “The Most Magical Celebration on Earth,” the float celebrated Disney Parks around the world.

Be sure to tune in for the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013, on ABC-TV to see the latest in a long line of Disney-inspired floats!

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Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 7th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

Radiator Springs is a small town with a big heart, so it’s no surprise that each of its residents goes all-out for the holidays. As we showed you in our recent video, Sally, Mater, Luigi and even Sarge have decked every hall in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. I’ve got a few more peeks to share with you today, but you’ve really got to see it for yourself to believe it.

Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

The first thing you will see upon arriving at Cars Land is the festive welcome sign and adorable Snow Car. This little guy has become an attraction all his own – be sure to stop by and take your photo with him!

Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

In front of the Cozy Cone Motel, Sally has built a tree made of (what else?) cones – illuminated with the help of an oversized car battery.

Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

My favorite Cars Land tree can be found in front of Radiator “Winter” Curios. It’s Lizzie’s tree, covered in Route 66 signs.

Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

Even the town’s founder, Stanley, has gotten into the holiday spirit, with a bag full of presents and a hubcap-covered tree.

Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

And of course, a holiday visit to Cars Land is not complete without saying hello to Santa Mater! From spark plugs to radiator caps, this jolly tow truck brings holiday wishes to all the good cars and vans throughout the town!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the holiday season at Disney Parks, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Get Ready to Be Floored: Behind the Scenes of Cars Land Float Construction for the 124th Rose Parade

posted on December 7th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Cars Land is being built again, but this time on a smaller scale for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. In the video below, we take you behind the scenes of the Cars Land Rose Parade float construction in Azusa, Calif. It takes a lot of people and a lot of metal to re-create Radiator Springs, the fictional Route 66 town from Disney•Pixar “Cars” – a place you can now experience for yourself at Disney California Adventure park here at the Disneyland Resort.

 
I can’t wait for the float to be covered in flowers! All your favorite “Cars” characters will be represented on the float: Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally, Luigi and Guido. Get ready to be floored when our Cars Land float drives down the parade route in the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013, on ABC-TV – or you could see it up close in Pasadena!

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Get Revved Up for the Holidays in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 30th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The holidays have come to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park! If you haven’t seen all the automotive-themed decorations and Christmas trees that line Route 66 in Radiator Springs, we’ve got you covered. My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Shannon Swanson, hit the road recently and brought us back this look at all the festive fun in Cars Land. Take a look!

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Merchandise at Disney California Adventure Park is Definitely One For the Road

posted on November 20th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s official…the holidays are in high gear in Disney California Adventure park. Here are a few things that will be popping up in stores over the next couple of months that you should definitely keep on your radar.

Welcome to Cars Land – Season’s Speedings Billboard Collection Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

Dashing Through the Snow Tees Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Happy New Gear Tees Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

First up are a few things to get you in the spirit of the season, from our Welcome to Cars Land – Season’s Speedings billboard collection (which appears on a tee, fleece and postcard) to our Dashing Through the Snow and Happy New Gear tees for kids. Tip: Look for these art images on mugs, too, for those needing a little bit more of a kick start in the morning.

If you like what you’ve seen so far, get ready, because these next items are going to make you stop in your tracks. For you Disney fans who have scoured every inch of Cars Land, you’ve probably noticed the Pixar images of Radiator Springs on the display rack in the Cozy Cone Motel lobby – now look for some of these images on tees, fleece, mugs, key chains, magnets and postcards. And for those of you in the mood to “cozy” up this winter, you have come to the right place: Cozy Cone Motel tees are all the rage, so be sure to pick one up.

Flo and the Motorama Girls Merchandise Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Flo and the Motorama Girls Merchandise Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Flo and the Motorama Girls Merchandise Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

Now for those fans with more of a “Go With the Flo” attitude… consider this perfect timing! You’ll find that phrase and others like “Hubba, Hubba, Hubcaps,” “Back To My Routes,” “I’ve Taken A Shine to You” and “Ain’t No Highway Long Enough” on a variety of apparel items including tees, long sleeve shirts and tanks. So fill up! Because Flo and the Motorama Girls are cruising into Radiator Springs Curios and Ramone’s House of Body Art now.

Additions to the Champions Custom Speed Shop Collection Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Additions to the Champions Custom Speed Shop Collection Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Additions to the Champions Custom Speed Shop Collection Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

As you race toward the finish line to complete your holiday shopping, make sure that you make one last pit stop at Ramone’s House of Body Art. Why? Because on November 26, you will find an all-new expanded location (in the space known as Lube-O-Rama) with product themed to The Curb Feeler, Sparky’s Spark Plugs, Ornament Valley Oil, The Oil Pan and even more from our Champions Custom Speed Shop collection. Under the Hood Tip: Be on the lookout for specially created collectible signs themed to Greetings From Radiator Springs and Rust-eze.

New Limited Edition Figure Inspired by the Disney•Pixar 'Cars' Character John Lassetire New Chip Foose Art Piece, 'Finns,' at Disney California Adventure Park

Have I driven you completely crazy? If not, then you’re bound to speed through the streets for this next set of releases. On December 8, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering, will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of a new limited edition figure inspired by the Disney•Pixar “Cars” character, John Lassetire. Joining John for the signing is none other than Chip Foose, owner of Foose Design and star of TV’s “Overhaulin’,” who has created a new line of “Cars”-inspired collectibles, including a Piston Cup, “Cars” hood ornament business card holder, t-shirt, and one of his newest pieces of art, titled “Finns,” depicting Finn McMissile in front of the Cadillac Range. Special Tip: John and Chip will appear from 2-4 p.m. on December 8 at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Check out all of the details at www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

Have you told Santa Claus what you want yet? Time is ticking, so don’t miss out! Santa has taken up residence in Elias & Co., so be sure to add some of these great Cars Land-inspired items to your holiday list.


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

posted on November 15th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


In one of my previous “Disney Parks After Dark” posts, I promised to share photos from my favorite place at the Disneyland Resort after dark, Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park. This one requires little backstory on Radiator Springs: Stanley, the town’s founder, sold radiator caps in Ornament Valley along Route 66. After he discovered an oasis of water (later named Stanley’s Oasis) the little town of Radiator Springs sprung up around that spring in the middle of the desert. A statue of Stanley was built outside the town courthouse in his honor.
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He’s donning a Santa suit now during the holidays, but at night, Stanley’s statue always takes on a special glow from the neon along Route 66.
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By taking a long exposure, the water around Stanley’s Oasis reflects the light off of the surrounding rocks, and the water flowing from the radiator cap on the Original Radiator Spring becomes more noticeable. The starbursts from the lights on the water tower bring a unique drama to the scene.

What are your favorite Cars Land spots after dark?



Look below for more posts from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series:

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Cars Land, Radiator Springs Racers, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, Receive Honors

posted on November 13th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park Receives Honor From TEA

Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the winners of the 19th Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. It’s been a big year for Disneyland Resort and Aulani in Ko Olina, Hawai`i, and we’re happy to report that the following projects were all honored:

  • Cars Land received the award for New Theme Park Land, with the citation noting, among many other details, “…the overwhelming scale of the rockwork panorama…”
  • Radiator Springs Racers was honored in the Attraction category for “…true excellence in design, technical innovation and execution.”
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge received the citation for Theme Park Restaurant, noting, “…high quality service, distinctive setting and cuisine…”
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, received the award for Themed Hotel Resort – “The Aulani resort experience is one-of-a-kind.”

In addition, Frank Stanek, former Corporate Vice President of Research and Planning for the Walt Disney Company, will receive The Buzz Price Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. During his years with Disney, Stanek provided background and analysis in the original development of Walt Disney World Resort and the expansion of Disneyland Resort, as well as Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. His wide-ranging professional career also includes developments for the City of Osaka and Universal.

Each of the winning projects will be recognized at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held April 6, 2013, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Congratulations to all of our Thea Award winners!

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Jason Bateman and Daughter Francesca Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Jason Bateman and Daughter Francesca Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

“Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman visited Cars Land recently with his daughter, Francesca. Jason and his family are regular visitors to the Disneyland Resort – you may remember that they stopped by for a visit this March. This time, they were here to celebrate Francesca’s sixth birthday. They wanted “to get the year started right, with a trip to the happiest place on Earth,” he said, adding that she was looking forward to being able to ride more attractions now that she is a bit taller. But, he told me, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror “still scares daddy.”

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