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Monday, April 28, 2014

Cars Land at Disneyland's California Adventure


My kids and I had the chance to attend the opening of California Adventure’s new Cars Land attraction before it opened to the public.  We are big fans of California Adventure . . . it’s a Disney park adjacent to Disneyland and it really is my favorite of all the Disney parks.  It is a very Pixar-centric park, and in my opinion it’s the best park for small kids because there are so many rides catering to them, and because the lines tend to be shorter than the Magic Kingdom.  It’s also a park that is “doable” with four kids and only one adult.  My kids already love going there for the Ariel, Monsters Inc, and Toy Story rides, and the Bug’s Life area is like a mini amusement park for the preschool set. I’ve been really excited to see what Cars Land would be like.

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I’ll admit, we’ve been seeing commercials for Cars Land on tv and I’ve been skeptical that it would look like the renderings they’ve been showing.  You guys . . . IT DOES.  It’s wild.  It really does feel like you’ve been transported to a scenic desert.  In classic Disney fashion, every single detail has been created to transport you into radiator springs, right down to the trashcans.  There is a great new restaurant called Flo’s Diner, that has a retro vibe and lots of great gluten-free options.  There is also a section of smaller food vendors with really fun options like pickle-flavored popcorn and vegetarian chili in a bread cone.
 
The three new rides are the biggest draw to Cars Land.  My kids really loved Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.  Karis was old enough to ride, and she threw her hands up in the air before it even started:


The kids also had fun on Luigi’s Flying Tires, which is similar to bumper cars except that the tires are propelled by air, sort of like a human ___. But the real piece de resistance in Cars Land is the Radiator Springs Racers ride.  I think this will quickly become one of the most popular rides of all the Disney parks.

We had a blast trying out all the new rides, and my kids are already asking to go back.  I was so grateeful to Disneyland for giving us such a fun sneak preview, and was trying to impart what an honoro this was to the kids.  As we were leaving the park after ark, we passed by the parking lot, where upwards of a thousand people were lined up to camp overnight in anticipation of the big opening the next day.  I pointed out all of the people, and explained that they were all willing to sleep there all night just to get a chance to do what the kids just did.  To which the kids responded, “Why can’t WE ever camp in the parking lot at Disneyland!” 
So, yeah.  I think they really have a good perspective.

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