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An update on Cars Land March 6, 2011

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Movies.

The Cars Land addition at Disneyland Resort in California will open in about 15 months. It’s based on the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs in the 2006 Disney-Pixar movie “Cars,” and Cars Land no doubt will get a nice bump in interest after “Cars 2″ hits theaters this June.

I found out that YouTube contains several good sneak previews of what Cars Land will look like. First, here’s the artist’s rendering first unveiled in September 2009:

In June, Disney provided an update of what Cars Land would look like. The neon lighting in Radiator Springs looks particularly exciting:

Here’s the actual construction of Cars Land, from October:

And here’s preliminary testing of one of the Cars Land slot cars:

It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful attraction. The key is to get people on the real Route 66 after they experience this make-believe on.

UPDATE: Also found this about the Luigi’s Tires attraction:


1. Gerry Mantel - March 6, 2011

That’ll be tough … getting the Yahoo Crowd to put aside Disney’s Foo-Foo Land and get with the real program (the historical preservation of US 66), even if you can get them to make the connection.

Ron - March 6, 2011

Hence, the reason this site exists.

And, to its credit, Pixar has done its part by touting the real-life Route 66 sites in the closing credit of “Cars,” plus the Route 66 documentary on the DVD.

2. Gerry Mantel - March 6, 2011

10-4 … I was just elaborating a bit on your use of the word “trick.”

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