Cars Land last night held its grand opening ceremony for media and invited guests and all the attractions and food locations were open. We will have videos of all new attractions and locations in Cars Land up within the next few days. First video we have is a full ride through of Radiator Springs Racers including a full walk through of the queue, the two variations of the car “alteration” scene, and two angles of the thrilling race to the finish line.
DLNT Reporter Hayley Nance was lucky enough to be able to attend one of the Cars Land and Buena Vista Street annual passholder previews and took a plethora of newsworthy photos of both new land at DCA. On to the photos!
There was a big line to get in
A special map provided to those attending the event
Wristband for the event
Everyone was so happy…
First ride, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Reviews have been surprisingly popular for this ride so far
Filming on Route 66
The queue for Radiator Springs Racers was pretty long
Yes, they built the fountain from the movie…. awesome
Lighting McQueen out meeting guests
Ramone’s House of Stroller Parking… I mean body art
We know you’ve been waiting for it… new trashcans!
The hoods displayed at the D23 Expo are in the windows
The entrance to Luigi’s Flying Tires
Side entrance to Ramone’s
The Fastpass machines that wont be used for a while. Racers’ fastpass will be distributed at the former It’s Tough To Be A Bug location
The path to Pacific Wharf
Now for a walk through the Racers queue
The Radiator Spring
Stanley and Lizzie getting married
There is a house made of oil bottles…
In the boarding area
I spot a WDW bag… anyway…
The attention to detail is insane
Yes, there is an on-ride photo
The word is that the Single Rider line moves quickly if you don’t mind your party being split up
Luigi’s Flying Tires
Path to Bugs Landhas neat sign, selling the land as a tourist trap along Route 66…
It’s funny where DCA impedes on Cars Land, like the Boudin Bakery visible from Fillmore’s
Plenty of fruit and drinks available
YES! The cone umbrellas from the movie!
Flo’s Breakfast Menu
Alright, lets move on out
Buena Vista Street time! A leather jacket featuring the Storytellers statue
Plenty of sweets at Trolley Treats
Mad T Party candy…
Pluto out on the street in his fancy new duds
Ads inside the trolley are brilliant. Take note of the Hollywood Tower Hotel before the tallest tower was added
Let’s take this puppy for a spin…
The new guest relations building is the Chamber of Commerce
More new trashcans!
It’s amazing what paint can do to this old facade
Back in Cars Land, Red was out
Thanks for reading! Don’t forget, DLNT will have continuing coverage of all things opening at DCA and Disneyland over the next week, including coverage of the media festivities June 13th-15th! Stay tuned!
For the past few days, cast previews have been underway at Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Today, the first AP Preview took place where you could pay $50 to experience Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. Videos and photos have begun to surface of all thing related to the two new lands. Already up, two videos of Radiator Springs Racers. And to make it even better, this particular videographer got both version of the ride with the tire change and the paint job. Let’s take a look…
Paint Job in Ramone’s
Tire Change In Luigi’s
We may be just days from the opening of Cars Land’s E-ticket attraction Radiator Springs Racers, but we’re just now getting our first look inside this gate-busting extravaganza:
The sign for the attraction
The mountain range is as close to the real thing as you can get
Right out of the movie
Even the bridge with the waterfall from Lightning and Sally’s drive is here
As day turns to night, the facade takes on a magical appearance
Inside Radiator Springs Racers, Doc Hudson talks you through a tire change
Through a projection effect, Red is watering his plants
Lizzie at the Curio shop
Sarge and Filmore at Flo’s V8 Cafe
The finale of the ride, your car rolling through taillight caverns
From Paul Hiffmeyer of the Disney Parks Blog:
When night falls in Cars Land, all I can say is “get your camera ready!” For years, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering all the different photographs to be had at the Disneyland Resort once the sun goes down, so having the opportunity to explore all the new photo possibilities in Cars Land at night has been a real treat.
When you enter Cars Land at night, you’re going to want to walk down Route 66 and take in the spectacular lights and neon signs of Radiator Springs.
This photo was taken just outside Radiator Springs Racers. You can really see the shape of the front of a car come into view in the rockwork with the way it is lit at night (the grill to the left, hood ornament on top, and even a wheel well on the right). Be on the look out for more surprises in the rockwork, some things are easy to find and some are a little harder.
This photo is one of my favorites so far. The cars are close and you have great view of the mountain range. It was taken just after sunset and I used a slow shutter speed to show motion.
Check back soon as I will be sharing more photos from inside Cars Land. I’m thinking of sharing some pictures highlighting some of the amazing (and fun) detail you’ll see throughout Radiator Springs.
Some really awesome photos from Paul Hiffmeyer on the Disney Parks Blog:
Behind the construction walls of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, a photographer’s dream is waiting to be discovered. From the awe-inspiring rockwork to the whimsical traces of all the residents of Radiator Springs, there is so much to see (and shoot), that I thought it was time to share some of my favorite photos from this one-of-a-kind place.
When I saw the clouds this day, I knew I had to shoot Ornament Valley. Shooting this location is like being transported to another place. You can already imagine cars zooming by Willy’s Butte! The plant life in Cars Land is really amazing. It seems like there are as many photos to take as there are cactus in the valley. Here is a slightly different angle on the entrance to Radiator Springs Racers that Kathy Mangum shared yesterday. This arch really invites you in to this incredible attraction, not to mention photo location. Before we leave Cars Land, it seems only fitting to show the statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. This location is surely going to be a popular one when Cars Land welcomes guests this summer.
I’ll be sharing more unique photos from “the cutest little town in Carburetor County,” so check back soon!
From Kathy Mangum of the Disney Parks Blog:
I’ve already told you about the neon signs and merchandise location signs we’ve installed at Cars Land, but I’m back today to show you the marquees that have been installed at each of our three attractions. What I love about these marquees is that they are so varied from each other while perfectly capturing the essence of the attraction they represent. From Luigi’s exuberant hand-painted window sign for Luigi’s Flying Tires, to Mater’s unique take on how he’s adapted his home to host Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, to the archway that guests will pass under to enter Radiator Springs Racers, our Walt Disney Imagineering graphics team has outdone itself!
From Shannon Swanson on the Disney Parks Blog:
For this point-of-view video, a camera was mounted on the driver’s side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a recent test run in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Vehicles are being tested seven days a week, mostly at night. By the time each vehicle is commissioned, it will travel approximately 36,000 miles per year!
The video also shows a quick sneak peek of what to expect inside the mountain range. Guests will get to see the entire track for themselves when the attraction opens on June 15.
We were able to acquire some never before seen photos from inside Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers. Take a look…
A neat photo of a Racers vehicle going over the bridge
Picture of an Imagineer with a baby tractor at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
A small photo but the first time we have seen the yellow or blue vehicles for Radiator Springs Racers
Neat photo of a billboard at the Curio Shop. Love the little trucks on top.
Photo taken from Route 66 of the Courthouse
You can see the base that will hold the brass Stanley statue
Another picture of Junkyard Jamboree
And one last photo of Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Fountain
Along with these photos, it was mentioned that the Pixar Play Parade is retuning to DCA late spring 2012.
For New Years Eve, I spent the day and the following few days at the Disneyland Resort and captured quite a bit of photos to share of all the festivities and much more…
Starting off this New Year celebration with a ride on the Fun Wheel but it was strangely down
YAY! An actual use for Maliboomer Park
Stage set up for NYE
Balloons in Paradise Gardens for NYE
Holy Corn Dogs!!!
Was playing with my camera so here are some nifty photos of this pretty bridge
Double the spotlights, double the celebration
It was a very foggy new years evening and the fog made for some really good pictures
Some neat foggy WOC shots
In our spot for midnight WOC, the fog kept rolling in
Now on our way out to the other park
The castle looks huge for some odd reason
Dance party still hopping by Small World
This is one of my favorite photos taken that night
Happy New Year, hoping on the monorail
Buena Vista Street pics from the monorail
New nerdy shirts in World of Disney
Though an awful hat, bleh
I wonder why Monsters doesn’t use the flick cards like all the other nice attractions.
How about some Cars Land Pics From The Fun Wheel
Disney Channel Rocks set pieces behind Screamin, unknown if the show is coming back
Random shot backstage
Bountiful valley cows celebrating the holidays
The junkyard jukebox
Look at that WDI stuff, How about the WDI stuff
Yikes, kinda faded
The Bugs Land bridge needs a little tlc
Besides the part that was smashed last summer
Cool wrought iron on the Carthay Circle Theater
Wonder how long these are staying
I hope this is gone soon
Over in Innoventions, a new exhibit has debuted, Nanooze
Here you can discover how to make real little stuff, look like big stuff with magnifying thingys
In all seriousness, it is a neat exhibit learning about atoms and molecules
Just look at how much fun Tom is having!
The Xbox 360 area also got a major facelift
Disneyland Kinect Adventures. Awesome
The stupid circle seat things are gone
The Honda exhibit is back
Down in the dream house, the walls have been turned into a giant screen where you can play…..
Thats right, Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Innoventions is still loading through the top floor, so that means Tom Morrow is no where to be found which is a shame because he was a very good AA.
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, some quick pictures around the grounds
Finally wrapping this up, it looks like the Soundsational Drummer were getting into the Holiday spirit
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