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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!

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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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.


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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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?



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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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Disneyland Resort to Feature Cars Land-Inspired Float in the 124th Rose Parade

posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re bringing the excitement of the newly expanded Disney California Adventure park to Pasadena, Calif., with a Cars Land-inspired float in the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013! This year’s parade theme is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” – which is perfect for a story like “Cars,” in which the journey is as much a part of the experience as the destination.

Disneyland Resort to Feature Cars Land-Inspired Float in the 124th Rose Parade

The float will feature floral representations of the stars of “Cars” – like Lightning McQueen, Sally, Luigi and Guido – along with familiar sights from the new Cars Land, including Ornament Valley, Radiator Springs Racers, the Cozy Cone Motel and more.

My favorite thing about Tournament of Roses Parade floats are all the moving pieces, and this float will have plenty! Our Cars Land float will come to life with a bouncing tire from Luigi’s Flying Tires, a bubbling “Original Radiator Spring,” real waterfalls and smoke-puffing baby tractors – you have to tune in to the parade to see all the amazing features for yourself!

The first Rose Parade was held on January 1, 1890, as a way for the city of Pasadena to show off its abundance of fresh flowers; parade entrants would decorate their carriages with hundreds of blooms. Today, the Rose Parade floats feature high-tech animation and natural materials from around the world.

Be sure to watch the 124th Rose Parade – either in person on January 1, 2013, in Pasadena or live on ABC-TV.

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Take a Pit Stop at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 10th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Cruising down Route 66 in Cars Land and need a quick refuel? You should CONEsider the Cozy Cone Motel. As Pam told us a while back, there is a CONE-ucopia of unique snacks and drinks for hungry travelers – check out all the options in her post here. My fellow Disneyland Resort cast member, Kelly George, and I have become a couple of CONE-ivores lately – we can’t get enough of those culinary CONEcoctions. Come along with us for a tour of the Cozy Cone Motel!

As you can see, I’m a huge fan of Red’s Apple Freeze. What’s your favorite Cozy Cone Motel treat? Let us know in the comments!


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Our Cast of Characters Put the ‘Cars’ in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 3rd, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Have you had a chance yet to get out to the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park? It’s really incredible how fully immersive the entire place is. From Route 66 to Ornament Valley, you really feel like you’re in Radiator Springs! Of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without getting to meet some of the town’s automotive residents. In this video, Sr. Show Director Glenn Kelman introduces us to Red, DJ, Mater and Lightning McQueen.

I’m already looking forward to my next chance to “motor west” and visit the gang in Cars Land!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Surprises in the Night Sky at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 23rd, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I guess it’s not a big surprise that my favorite place after dark would be Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the moment when the neon signs on Route 66 turn on, you’re going to want to. It’s very cool.
The Moon Over Luigi's Casa Della Tires in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

The neon signs also make for some very interesting photos, and who knows – you may even see a full moon in one of the tires on the roof of Luigi’s Casa Della Tires.
Fireworks Over Flo's V8 Café in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

While you’re checking out the neon signs – or photographing them – if you time it right, you might see a little bit of the fireworks at Disneyland park behind the Flo’s V8 Café sign.

Check back for more photos from Cars Land in my next “Disney Parks After Dark” post.

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