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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.
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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.
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“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


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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.
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The float got off to a good start as it stepped off onto Orange Grove Blvd., but then …
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… 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!
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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.
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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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Destination: 124th Rose Parade

posted on December 31st, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Tomorrow is the big day! Our amazing float, “Destination: Cars Land,” is almost ready for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The floral replica of Cars Land, our new land at Disney California Adventure park, is 125 feet long and 35 feet high! More than 2,000 volunteers helped decorate the float with more than a hundred different kinds of flowers, seeds, foliage and cactus. Lightning McQueen alone is made of more than 2,000 red carnations!

The “Destination: Cars Land” float is truly a work of art that began two and half months ago. The decorating took two weeks, and in this video you can see the final touches being added at the warehouse in Azusa, Calif. Make sure to tune in to your local ABC station in the morning and see it roll down Colorado Boulevard. And as we like to say around here, get ready to be floored!

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The Cars Land Rose Parade Float is Lookin’ Good!

posted on December 28th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


I am floored by our Cars Land float for the 124th Rose Parade! It even has a cool name, “Destination: Cars Land.” In this video, we take you behind the scenes one more time to the warehouse in Azusa, Calif., in a follow-up to the first video we showed you a few weeks back, when the float was only a metal frame. But wait until you see it now! Click play, check it out and make sure to check the Disney Parks Blog next week, as we take you behind the scenes again as hundreds of flowers are added to the float.

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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).
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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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