In the days following the big grand opening celebration of Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World in Florida quietly debuted their own version of Radiator Springs at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Less than three weeks after the new hotel’s first wing opened, themed to Finding Nemo, Disney has begun welcoming guests to a wing devoted to Pixar’s “Cars” franchise.
Taking on a notably different tone than the vibrant Finding Nemo wing, the new Cars wing embodies the feeling of that sleepy little town made famous by the “Cars” films. Though it may not feature exciting rides or unique foods as Cars Land does, fans now have a chance for a different type of experience outside of a theme park, with an opportunity to stay at the Cozy Cone Motel, lounge in and around its pool, take pictures with familiar characters, and even visit one iconic “Cars” location completely absent from the Disney California Adventure expansion.
Video: Walk through Cars wing and Cozy Cone pool area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Video: Cars wing family suite room tour at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Buildings within the Cars wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are painted to resemble the vast mountain ranges of Radiator Springs’ Ornament Valley, with blue sky murals topping each. When not looking directly at these buildings, the feeling of being within a valley is evoked while wandering down the winding path between them. Along the way, “Cars” characters are positioned to “look at” and welcome hotel guests, with no barriers preventing close-up photo ops.
Full-size “Cars” characters featured at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are Sheriff, Doc Hudson, Ramone, Flo, Luigi, Guido, Mater, Fillmore, Sarge, Salley, and Lightning McQueen.
Serving as the entrance to two of the three Cars wing buildings are Luigi’s Casa Della Tires and Tow Mater Towing & Salvage. Though they don’t house rides like they do in Cars Land, the entrances are rich with detail and offer two of the new area’s best photo spots.
Just beyond these two entrances sits the Cozy Cone Motel, marked by a giant sign rotating overhead. At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, guests are invited to relax by the Cozy Cone Pool, tucked away just behind the “lobby” building.