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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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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 16th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


John Krasinski and Emily Blunt went for a race on Radiator Springs Racers at Cars Land recently. Looking closely at this photo, can you guess what other Disney California Adventure park attraction they “dropped in” on?
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

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Sheryl Crow and Sons Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 13th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Sheryl Crow and her sons, Wyatt and Levi, stopped by Cars Land recently. It was hard to tell who was more excited about walking through Radiator Springs!
Sheryl Crow and Her Sons in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Do you remember what Sheryl’s special connection to “Cars” is?

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Chip Foose-Inspired Pin Set Rolls into Disney California Adventure Park on August 2

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


New Chip Foose-Inspired Pin Set Coming to Disney California Adventure Park on August 2

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.
One of the Chip Foose-Designed Car Hoods on Display at Ramone’s House of Body Art

“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.”
New Chip Foose-Inspired Pin Set Coming to Disney California Adventure Park on August 2

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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Things You Might Not Know About Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 24th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Ornament Valley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Cars Land is officially open and welcoming guests each day at Disney California Adventure park. At 12 acres, this immersive addition to the park really makes you feel like you’ve driven down Route 66 and straight into Ornament Valley. Here are some things you might not know about Cars Land:

  • At more than 280,000 square feet of rockwork, the Ornament Valley mountain range is the largest rockwork created in a domestic Disney theme park.
  • Every year, each Radiator Springs Racers ride vehicle will travel approximately 36,000 miles – that’s equivalent to more than 14 trips down the original Route 66.
  • The section of Route 66 in Cars Land is approximately 525 feet long and 23 feet wide.
  • Guests float on a bed of air created by 6,714 air vents at Luigi’s Flying Tires.
  • None of the 22 tractors in Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree are the same – each has a distinctive look and personality.

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Designing a Desert Landscape in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 20th, 2012 by Kathy Mangum, Executive Producer & Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering


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!

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Disney 365 Reports from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Cars Land is now open at Disney California Adventure park, and Disney 365 is bringing you an inside look at all the new attractions and experiences – with the help of Disney Channel star Jake Short from “A.N.T. Farm” and Disney XD star Alex Christian Jones from “Kickin’ It.” What did they like best about Cars Land? Find out in the video below!

And keep an eye on Disney 365 on Disney Channel for more news on all things Disney!

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Imagineer Q&A: Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

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


The five-year expansion is complete, and Disney California Adventure park is officially reopened! Now that Disneyland Resort guests are enjoying Cars Land, let’s hear from some of the people who made it possible: the Imagineers.
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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

Why are you excited for guests to experience the Radiator Springs Racers attraction in Cars Land?

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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