June 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Cars Land! Our Radiator Springs Top Ten

Cars Land Carsland Birthday DCA Disney California Adventure
One year ago today, Cars Land opened to the public, rocketing Disneyland Resort into one of the most exciting and successful seasons in theme park history. Overnight, the once-ridiculed DCA became an outstanding full-day park and the entire resort began firing on all cylinders like never before.

In honor of the land that saved an entire park, Mouse Troop happily presents the top ten reasons we find it tough to leave DCA's amazing automotive universe.

1) THE ROCK WORK

Cars Land Carsland Birthday DCA Disney California Adventure
Pictures and videos don't do justice to this enormous, amazing fantasy landscape. Although it's all part of Radiator Springs Racers, the rock work of Cars Land is also an attraction in itself--one that can be enjoyed at leisure by all guests. It's certainly the main reason we find it hard to tear ourselves away from the place.

2) RADIATOR SPRINGS RACERS
Cars Land Carsland Racers DCA Disney California Adventure
Currently our favorite ride on the planet, this masterpiece of humor, heart, thrills and joy isn't just a great ride--it completely succeeds at pulling you into the story and making you the main character in a quest to take part in Race Day at Radiator Springs. Absolutely amazing. The Single Rider queue provides a great way to avoid the often two-plus hour waits.


3) FLO'S V8 CAFE
Cars Land Carsland Flo's DCA Disney California Adventure
This combination of great food, friendly service, wonderful music and eye-popping views of RS Racers makes Flo's our favorite restaurant at DCA. We consider it as important to the Cars Land experience as the big ride. Grab a table with a view, relax, and simply soak it all in. The difficult part is leaving.

4) RADIATOR SPRINGS AFTER DARK
Cars Land Carsland neon DCA Disney California Adventure
Life could be a dream...Doot doot doot doo SH-BOOM! Just like in the film, the little town lights up at dusk to the sounds of the classic Chords single. Between the glowing mountain range, the brilliant neon and the land's catchy song soundtrack, nighttime in Radiator Springs is just about as good as a theme park experience can get.

5) LIGHTNING AND MATER ON THE ROAD
Cars Land Carsland Mater DCA Disney California Adventure
On their way to and from their meet and greet appearances, Lightning McQueen and Mater enter and exit the town along Cross Street, talking to guests as they go. The effect is charming and great fun.

6) MATER'S JUNKYARD JAMBOREE
Cars Land Carsland Jamboree DCA Disney California Adventure
Easily our favorite "flat" (spinner-type) ride of all time, this wild, musical swing around Mater's stomping ground is one of the funniest and most unexpectedly thrilling rides in the entire resort.

7) THE COZY CONE MOTEL
Cars Land Carsland Cones DCA Disney California Adventure
It's not just the delicious, crazy food  all served in cones...The fun is in just how insanely far the cone-theme is taken. It's like a gigantic, living hidden-picture puzzle that keeps unfolding and unfolding and unfolding...

8) THE DOC HUDSON MUSEUM
 Cars Land Carsland Doc DCA Disney California Adventure
Technically, this is part of Flo's, but it's also a must-see stand-alone attraction for any Cars fan. Covering Doc's racing career and medical practice, it's full of fantastic details about the film's world.

9) LUIGI'S FLYING TIRES
Cars Land Carsland Tires DCA Disney California Adventure
This whimsical, off-the-wall ride is a lot of fun, as well as a unique experience you're not going to get anywhere else. For a couple of minutes, you get to pilot your own hovercraft on a giant air hockey table. Don't waste time trying to bump other folks; head for open space and cruise!

10) MEETING LIGHTNING AND MATER
Cars Land Carsland Meet DCA Disney California Adventure
The photo-op with Lightning and Mater (they alternate) is one of the most well-run meet-and-greet locations we've ever seen. The cars greet guests as they approach, and often continue to joke around throughout the experience. A real effort is made here to highlight the cars' personalities, and it turns this encounter into a truly good time for all ages.

There's much, much more to Cars Land beyond this list: we didn't even get to the town's incredible music, Mater's Petting Zoo or the hundreds of fun little details to discover all over Carburetor County!

Please join us Monday as we focus on DCA's other one-year-old land, Buena Vista Street!



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