10 Reasons We Love Cars Land on Its 10th Anniversary

Can I get a Ka-chow!? Cars Land at Disney California Adventure is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary. We thought what better way to pay tribute to this incredibly immersive land than to highlight 10 of the things that we think make this part of the park extra special.

Cars Land first opened to visitors on June 15, 2012 and immediately became a fan favorite for the way it brought storytelling to the parks in a whole new way. You’ll find yourself in the middle of Radiator Springs and into the world of Pixar’s cars franchise. This area of ​​Disney California Adventure spans 12 acres and remains just as beloved today as it was when it first opened a decade ago.

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1.) Meet Your Favorite Cars Car-acters

It wouldn’t be a visit to Cars Land without an opportunity to mingle with the legendary race car, Lightning McQueen. You’ll find him and his pal Mater parked just outside of the Cozy Cone Motel.

2.) Get the New Tow Mater Premium Popcorn Bucket

Pop by Flo’s V8 Cafe, Filmore’s Taste-In or Cozy Cone Motel to pick up one of these Tow Mater Premium Buckets. We don’t expect these beauties to be around for long so race over at get yours while supplies last.

3.) New! Guido Photo Location

To celebrate Cars 10th Anniversary guests can pose with the legendary Guido during a limited Meet and Greet experience in front of Luigi’s Casa Della Tires. Strike a pose and say “Buongiorno!” to Guido!

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4.) Race on Radiator Springs Racers

The best way to experience Cars Land is by zooming through Radiator Springs and past the incredible scenery of Ornament Valley during this high speed race. You’ll square up against another car at the starting line and take to the road, over hills and along thrilling straightaways.

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5.) Take a spin!

Hop into a miniature Italian roadster at Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and glide, turn and spin across a trackless “dance floor.” Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters was the first Disney attraction in the United States with a trackless ride system.

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6.) Score a Special Souvenir

Looking for that perfect memento of your time at Cars Land? Pop by Sarge’s Surplus Hut or Ramon’s House of Body Art for merchandise, toys and apparel celebrating Cars Land and car culture. Here you’ll find the new Cars Land 10th Anniversary limited edition pins featuring Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.

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7.) See Radiator Springs at Sunset

There’s no bad time to visit Cars Land but there is something truly special about the moment when all of the neon signs in Radiator Springs light up the night sky! The incredible site pays tribute to driving down Route 66 in 1950s America.

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8.) Enjoy a milkshake and a meal at Flo’s V8 Cafe

Modeled after roadside eateries along the original Route 66, Flo’s V8 Cafe is a delicious dining spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fill your tank with the Ka Cheeseburger or Flo’s Famous Fried Chicken and a Flo’s Classic vanilla, chocolate or strawberry milkshake topped with “road gravel” cookie crumbles for dessert. Tip: Mobile order in advance on the Disneyland app to pick-up in a jiffy!

9.) Make a Pit Stop at the Cozy Cone Motel

Check in at Sally’s roadside motel to try different “i-cone-ic” sweet and savory treats from five welcoming walk-up windows shaped like orange traffic cones. You may have a hankering for the Chili Cone Queso made with beef chili, cheddar cheese and corn chips, served in a bread cone!

10.) Sightseeing Along Route 66 to Cadillac Range

Enjoy the spirit and charm of the Route 66-inspired road in Cars Land where sightseeing, snacks, pit stops and shops abound in the town of Radiator Springs. Off in the distance, you’ll see the breathtaking backdrop of Ornament Valley and the six mountain peaks of Cadillac Range which represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957 to 1962.

Check out this fun video about the history of Cars Land from Roger Gould, creative director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios:

And here’s another fun fact: During Halloween Time and Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Cars Land receives delightful, decorative overlays themed to these special seasons.

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