Opening day of Cars Land is little more than two weeks away now and Disney has been posting photos and videos of the new attraction at California Adventure almost daily. Each one gets me more and more excited about the June 15 opening.
I have never been at a Disney park on opening day of a new Land. I’m looking forward to being a part of all the excitement and celebration, and 20 to 30 years from now being able to say, “I was there when it opened.” I realize that means being elbow-to-elbow with thousands others and waiting in line for an hour or longer to get on a ride, and I’m ready.
Check out the video at http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneys-california-adventure/cars-land/?CMP=SOC-DLRUSENFY12Q1TWPRVSG0003 released over the weekend. It’s interactive and directs you to the various aspects of Cars Land, including the centerpiece of the new 12-acre Land, Radiator Springs Racers. Photos make this ride look like it’s going to be fun day and night.
Can’t wait to take a spin on Luigi’s Flying Tires also, which looks a lot like the Flying Saucers ride in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland from 1961 to about 1966. I don’t recall ever riding the Flying Saucers, but pictures I’ve seen at www.yesterland.com make me wish I had.
Junkyard Jamobree with the dancing tractors looks pretty awesome as well.
Cars Land also includes shops and places to eat, just as all Lands of the Disney theme parks.
Disney also released more photos over the weekend of Buena Vista Street, the revamped entrance area as you enter California Adventure. I hear some of the walls were even taken down over the weekend, giving park guests their first look up close.
The street is designed to take park guests back in time to the streets of Los Angeles in the 1920s when Walt Disney first arrived. Check out photos of the fountain at Carthay Circle and other features of Buena Vista Street at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/05/carthay-circle-fountain-revealed-at-disney-california-adventure-park/
The $1.1 billion renovation to California Adventure also brings Carthay Circle Restaurant, an upscale eatery much like Disneyland’s Blue Bayou restaurant off of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
It’s fun to be excited about going to California Adventure for more than just two rides. I hope Cars Land and especially Radiator Springs Raceway deliver.
Good news is, this is a FastPass ride. Also, Annual Passholders are finally getting the chance to take advantage of early admission to both Disneyland and California Adventure. If you’re a passholder, check the AP link at www.disneyland.disney.go.com where you can reserve a date.