Review: Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Like opening the door to Oz, walking into Cars Land at Disney California Adventure is like stepping into a real-life version of the fictional town of Radiator Springs from the 2006 animated movie. The enveloping and breathtaking new 12-acre land takes you to another world and makes you forget that the Anaheim Convention Center is just behind the towering, man-made mountain range.

Read the review from The LA Times. Also reviewed: Luigi's Flying Tires, Maters' Junkyard Jamboree, Radiator Springs Racers.

Friday, June 15, 2012 9:57 AM
Jeff's avatar

That's unfortunate to hear that the tire ride blows. I'm most intrigued by Radiator Springs Racers, because it sounds like they got to do something interesting with the Test Track platform that isn't, well, Test Track.


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Friday, June 15, 2012 10:27 AM
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I read another review of the tire ride and the reviewer said he really enjoyed it.


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Friday, June 15, 2012 12:37 PM

They already did something interesting with the test Track platform, Journey at TokyoDS. The mind boggles at the amount of money spent just on the Radiator Springs Racer ride, from the mountain range to the ride system to the animatronics... it's obscene in the best way.

-B


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Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:42 AM

Jeff said:
That's unfortunate to hear that the tire ride blows. I'm most intrigued by Radiator Springs Racers, because it sounds like they got to do something interesting with the Test Track platform that isn't, well, Test Track.

I thoroughly enjoyed Luigi's Flying Tires.... I just didn't like the obscene wait it had. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree is super fun and doesn't take too long to get onto.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:23 PM

Cars Land rocks. Spent yesterday in the park and Disney has a monster hit on their hands.

Luigi's Flying tires is much better than the review. Face it, it's one of those rides that old jaded people will find reasons to hate, but the vast majority of the public will enjoy. I saw lots and lots of smiling faces riding it. The load/unload is abysmal and 90 minute waits will be the NORM. Dispatch cycles of over 5 minutes. Worse than any of the horrible throughput rides at Disney (single Dumbo, teacups etc).

The crowd was buying souvenirs like crazy. Not quite potter land fast, but I was shocked at how many people had some form of Cars souvenir. The "tire" hat was a big hit, as were the drinks in a plastic traffic cone.

Racers is a solid E ticket along the line of Indy. It's not a roller coaster so don't expect those kinds of forces. It gets enough speed to be fun, and the dark ride portion is very solid.

The real plus to the whole thing is how it looks at night. The rock work is lit spectacularly and the neon is just incredible. All in all it's a huge win, and the park now feels like a Disney Park.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:25 PM

ThemeDesigner said:
. The mind boggles at the amount of money spent just on the Radiator Springs Racer ride, from the mountain range to the ride system to the animatronics... it's obscene in the best way.

-B

Way north of $200 million. WAY North

(meant to type 200mm but darn iPad)

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:43 PM
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 1:33 PM

Wait times for RSR were 180 minutes for standby most of the day, single rider line was 50-65 minutes, and Fast Passes were gone before well noon.

This was on a Saturday, where you can assume that most of the early crowd was Premium pass holder types. DCA had a buzz that i've only felt there back during the initial days of World of Color. With Cars Land now open, and all of the other DCA 2.0 efforts finished, they really have a full day park now. That was certainly evidenced by how many people were eating late dinners in the park. Which has been the goal all along.

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