Moms Panel Monday: Amanda & Laura Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

This weekend, I put on my big sunglasses, my pink fedora and channeled my inner Nora Ephron and headed to Hollywood to be a director! Well, not exactly Hollywood, but to Disneyland Resort to a film shoot at the soon-to-be-opened Cars Land! Disneyland Mom Amanda Ficili and I spent the weekend filming some fun segments for the Disney Channel. Also making her TV debut was Amanda’s adorable daughter, Princess Bella. Yes, that’s her real name and she works it!

Disneyland Resort Mom Amanda Ficili and her Daughter Bella Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Amanda and I also were able to spend the day with her co-star, Cole Pendery, “Disney 365” star and member of the up-and-coming band, “IM5.” Both Amanda and I kept telling his mom that he was the sweetest, most well-raised young man we had ever met. There is no doubt that in the near future, his poster will be on my daughter’s wall.

Since the filming took place in Cars Land, we got an early sneak peak into one of Disney California Adventure park’s newest and most exciting lands! I won’t spoil all the secrets, but everything there exceeded my expectations. I even got to take a ride on the new Radiator Springs Racers attraction, a dream come true for me. A fast race car, a pink dress, high heels and the sunshine of the West Coast. That’s California dreamin’ my way!

Cars Land opens to the public this week. Let me know if you loved it as much as we did!


  • i agree Cars land is amazing! i was lucky enough to attend an AP preview event over the weekend. WHen i walked into the land i had goosebumps. everything there is exceptionally well done and it feels like you’re walking into a movie.. oh and i really do think every 3rd blink on the stop light is slower 😉

  • Laura —

    You are always so sweet in your posts (they are among my favorites) — but I have no idea who Amanda is. I feel ignorant, but I have never heard of her. Is she a famous person?

    Thanks for all you do,


    • Hi Patricia!

      Amanda is one of our very first Disneyland Moms Panelists along with Disney Dad Ari. You can visit them and ask your Disneyland vacation questions at!


  • Dear Ms. Spencer,

    What exciting news! We spent Christmas and New Year’s last December at the Disneyland Resort and were teased by the construction of Cars Land daily. One could clearly see how promising and innovative this attraction would be and we’ll be sure to visit again in the near future!

    Thank you for sharing the advice and wisdom of the Disney Moms Panelists, it’s interesting and informative.

    Best regards,

  • I agree Laura, Cars Land is awesome. I especially love Radiator Springs Racers, its such an impressive ride with great effects and great animatronics. 🙂

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