Today is a big day in family travel news. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California had a grand re-opening of the Disney California Adventure theme park. The park underwent a billion dollar renovation, part of which was the building of an entirely new land, Cars Land. The entrance to the park was also re-themed to a 1920s California theme, Buena Vista Street, reminiscent of the time when Walt Disney first came to California. I love the Disneyland Resort and think this is exciting news for any family who loves Disney. Many people considered California Adventure a disappointing park from the beginning. Our family enjoys the great rides like Soarin’ over California, Grizzy River Rapids, Toy Story Midtown Mania and Monsters, Inc; however, it seems the majority of visitors thought the park was a let-down. I’ve even read some reports where people refer to California Adventure as a ½ day park; meaning it doesn’t warrant a full-day of touring. Well, that is not the case any longer. The new Cars Land 12-acre expansion adds three new rides to the park in addition to new eateries and shops–all based on the popular Disney-Pixar film Cars. Radiator Springs Racers is the new big draw for Cars Land. It is referred to as an “E ticket” ride. This is from the old days when you would buy leveled passes based on how major a ride was; all the top thrill rides required “E tickets” for admission. Radiator Springs Racers has 2- 6 person cars that travel along a track visiting various scenes based on some Cars characters then finishing with a race between the 2 cars at the end. The results of the race vary; you might be the winner or the loser. The other two rides, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, are new twists on some basic “fair” rides but with the gorgeous Disney décor and theming making them stand apart as exciting and new. I’m really impressed with the level of detail that Disney has put into this new remodel. From all the pictures I’ve seen when you enter Cars Land you’ll feel like you’re walking down the main street of Radiator Springs. I can’t wait to see my daughters’ expressions when we first enter the new land.
Seven new restaurants were added to this remodel/expansion, including a café serving Starbucks and a new elegant restaurant called Carthay Circle. Also added were many new shopping stores, certain to separate you from some of your hard-earned cash.
This summer will probably see large crowds as people flock to the Disneyland Resort to experience these new, and much publicized, attractions. If you’re planning a visit, I’d like to refer you to one of my favorite Disney planning sites: www.disboards.com.
For more information on Disney California Adventure Park, visit their website at: http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneys-california-adventure/