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!
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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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 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.
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.
In June, I visited Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park during a short vacation to the Golden State. Wow! I was beyond impressed with this new land (and equally as impressed with Buena Vista Street, where I enjoyed dancing to the music of Five & Dime!). One thing I loved in Cars Land was the details, such as the car hoods found at Ramone’s House of Body Art. The hoods were designed by legendary custom car builder and designer Chip Foose. He enlisted the help of Swedish artist Ray Hill to create the 11 hoods (which, according to Chip, each have a hidden Mickey in their designs). You may recall my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Kathy Mangum discussed the work that Chip and his team did for Cars Land. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one impressed with his work. Julie Young, Product Developer for pins, told me that one car hood in particular served as inspiration for a new limited edition pin set arriving August 2.
“I first saw an image of the ‘Ramone’s’ car hood during a meeting about Cars Land construction,” explained Julie. “As soon as I saw the image, I thought it would make a great pin. For many pins I develop, I like adding characters to the artwork. These 11 car hoods, however, don’t feature characters, as I think they are iconic enough to be their own characters.”
Julie worked with artist John Henselmeier to create the pin artwork inspired by car hoods. You may recall John from recent discussions about the merchandise he designed for the 30th Anniversary of Epcot. I think my favorite hood is the one pictured in the top row, third from the left. The colors used for that one are beautiful!
The set will be released at Ramone’s House of Body Art, Radiator Springs Curios and Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park, and at Disney’s Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District. The set has an edition size of 500 and a retail of $165.00.
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Cars Land has been open for just over a month now and many of our you have commented on our beautiful landscaping. It’s almost its own attraction! Our landscape architects really outdid themselves as they researched and designed just the right planting palette to add beauty and detail to Radiator Springs. And of course they also were concerned with providing appropriate trees to provide shade and comfort for our guests.
What you probably aren’t aware of is the amount of research that went into designing a desert-looking landscape for the middle of Anaheim and the numbers of trees, shrubs, plants and cactus that were used in the making of Cars Land.
Check out the video below, where two of our talented landscape architects, Russell Larsen and Jennifer Mok, talk about the beautiful plants in Cars Land!
Kathy Mangum - Executive Producer and Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering
How does Cars Land connect with guests at Disney California Adventure park?
The magic of our parks is we take you to places you can’t otherwise go to … What Disney does so well is immerse guests in experiences, and that’s what Cars Land does. As you walk down the street and you walk towards the mountain the real world goes away, and Cars Land reaches out and hugs you. You are surrounded by Radiator Springs and you are in the middle of a movie.
Kevin Rafferty – Senior Concept Writer and Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
Radiator Springs Racers is going to be one of the greatest attractions Disney has ever designed and built. A great attraction takes you somewhere – it takes you to another place, and that’s what Radiator Springs Racers does.
What would you like guests to take away from their visits to Cars Land?
When our guests step into this land and they see the spectacle and the panorama of the landscape, I want them to feel like this is the greatest road trip they’ve ever been on.
Check back next week for a Q&A with Lisa Girolami, Ray Spencer and Coulter Winn – the lead Imagineers on Buena Vista Street.
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