Road trips represent a rite of passage in American life and are an iconic staple in the life of many relationships, romantic and otherwise. Youth, freedom, spontaneity, adventure, and people who make an impression â they are all in the essence of long drives through the middle of nowhere. A date night inÂ CarsÂ LandÂ is all those things and more.
Life Could Be a Dream
Start your walking road trip with a kiss. Amble to the middle of the street a few casual minutes before sunset to wait for your green light, then as soon as the music pumps up and âSh-Boomâ starts playing, set your dateâs heart racing. Why precisely then? Every night at the moment of twilight, all the neon lights in Radiator Springs light up at once, recreating the moment fromÂ CarsÂ when Lightning McQueen begins to fall in love with the town for the first time. Perfect.
Get your racing partner revved up for date night at the moment of sunset.
Fill ‘er Up
When youâre ready (no rush!), move on down to the road to Floâs V8 for a pit stop. Like lots of Disney eating establishments, this roadside diner has a full story that will enhance your dining experience. Theirs includes a sassy girl group of singers, a whole jukebox of songs from the dawn of rock ân roll, and inspiring views. Eat inside on sparkling vinyl booths or outdoors with the roar of racers zooming past. Either way, you can enjoy generous helpings of homemade fare while you watch the moon rise over the red rocks.
A ’50s diner is pretty much always a hit for good times and sweet feelings.
After sharing a slice of Floâs Signature Chocolate Mud Pie-O-Rama, patronize the rest of the local businesses. CarsÂ LandÂ has a lot of unique merchandise that transcends the traditional park offerings, so itâs fun to shop around and see it. Thereâs plenty of logo merch, but the designs are a finely curated mix of kitsch, retro, and kustom kulture that will make you feel like youâre somewhere in the real world instead of tucked safely inside a Pixar film.
Cats and kittens alike will dig these curio shops.
If youâre a seasoned Disneyland dater, you might balk at the idea of waiting in the standby line for Radiator Springs Racers, but slipping into a lower gear on purpose will give you loads of time to talk. You could challenge yourselves to as manyÂ car-related topics as possible (your firstÂ car, dreamÂ cars, favorite movie vehicles, driving pet peeves), or you could just let it flow as you wind slowly through the twists and turns of Ornament Valley. Waiting in the ride line also lets you fully appreciate the amazing playlist of rockabilly music that underscores life in Radiator Springs. And it will give you plenty of time to try to get your penny toÂ landÂ right where you want it in the fountain at Stanleyâs Oasis.
Now who doesn’t love a fountain?
Once you’re buckled in, enjoy the ride. Night time is a great time to race. TheÂ illuminatedÂ waterfall is extra special, and the illusion of entering Radiator Springs under starlight is seamless. Squeeze hands when the pedal hits the metal and the wind rushes through your hair.
Why not let the scenery inspire you to plan a real road trip?
Toast the night by checking in at the Cozy Cone Motel for victory slushies.
You’ve got a little Red’s Apple Freeze, just there on your lip…
Photo credits: Souvenir Shops by Michaela Hansen, Ornament Valley by Matthew Hanson, and Cozy Cone by Kevin Crone – all of toursdepartingdaily.com.
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