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Cruisin’ Cars Land with new collectibles, cold weather, and decreasing crowds at Disneyland Resort

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It’s been roughly seven months since the grand opening of the highly successful Cars Land expansion of the Disney California Adventure theme park and since its debut it has remained immensely popular with daily crowds pouring into Radiator Springs Racers and taking in its many intricate detailed touches.

Though I’ve been back to the area a few times since it premiered, my visit to the Disneyland Resort last weekend provided an opportunity to offer an overall update on what’s new, different, and unique or simply what I hadn’t previously had a chance to try.

So welcome back to Radiator Springs…

Cars Land
Last week California was hit with record cold temperatures, in the 50s during the day and dropping into the 30s at night. It made for quite the unique experience at the Disneyland Resort. Many visitors were bundled up and shivering while a lot of locals simply stayed home. Fortunately, the residents of Radiator Springs are always out, including Mater posing at the Cozy Cone Motel (with Lightning McQueen pulling up behind him).
Cars Land
One of the most magical moments in Cars Land is to see the characters driving through. It really makes it all come alive. Here Mater strolls past Flo’s V8 Cafe.
Cars Land
Lightning McQueen can often be spotted cruising by Ornament Valley.
Cars Land
This spot out back behind Flo’s V8 Cafe remains one of the best views in all of the Disneyland Resort.

Cars Land
Red the fire truck was out too. These characters are so irresistible that even Disney’s cast members want to take pictures with them.

Cars Land
DJ made his rounds too, though I still don’t think Cars Land visitors know just what to make of this show. Very few people are ever dancing along, even after being invited. It’s visually pleasing and quite colorful, but also creates a traffic jam.

Cars Land
Inside Flo’s V8 Cafe, signs of lessening crowds were obvious. Since the grand opening, this queue has often been packed with people, with Cars Land never quite finding any down time moving straight from summer into the busy Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. But with the cold weather setting in and no holidays to celebrate, visitors could finally enjoy it all without too much waiting in line.  (That’s my wife Michelle in the red, zipping through ahead of me!)


  1. Nice update Ricky. Just noticed alot of rust on the Radiator Springs Racer sign, from where the neon tubes join the actual sign – has it always looked like this or has it only just been noticed by myself?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      That’s definitely an intended part of the sign. Here’s a photo from even before the grand opening: http://www.flickr.com/photos/insidethemagic/7464272692/in/set-72157630008990579

  2. Jeff Lynch

    Cars Land is a silly place. I love it. My favorite part are the plants that look like tail lights and things. I ate at the V8 cafe and had the pork with the cola BBQ sauce. It was delicious! I told my mom about it.

  3. Brandy C

    thanks so much for the update! We were waiting to visit until the crowds died down a bit, so it looks like now (pre summer) is a good time! thanks for letting us know. I am so getting the cozy cone t!

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