It Was A Deal Even At 6:00 AM On A Saturday (Page One)
Robin found a deal whereby those with full-time passes could get into California Adventure an hour ahead of the general public... Catch, we had to be in line by 7:00am meaning getting up at 4:00 am to get ready. We thought we were crazy. We were not, it was GREAT!
Did You Know? - Cars Land is a themed area in Disney California Adventure Park of the Disneyland Resort, inspired by the 2006 Disney·Pixar film, Cars. The 12-acre (4.9 ha) land was built as part of the $1.1 billion expansion plan for Disney California Adventure Park on the former Timon Parking Lot behind the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and "A Bug's Land." A major "E ticket" attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, features the third-generation Test Track technology, an attraction found at Epcot in Walt Disney World. The land debuted on June 15, 2012. Aside from attractions, Cars Land has dining and shopping venues as well.
First, A Comic Overview Of The Morning....
Let The Adventure Begin.... At 7:00 Am Saturday Morning...
Downtown Disney at 6:30 am....
Not a single kid in front of the Lego Store
The bar is empty... Good idea at 6:30 am
The new California Adventure entrance looks like the Pan-Pacific Auditorium
How it looked in the 1950's
Did You Know? - Imagine a structure hailed for its exterior design that took 60 days to build, was trafficked by hundreds of thousands of people for almost four decades, spent 17 years abandoned with an uncertain fate, contributed to the launch of LA's preservation movement, and took one night to burn to the ground.
One structure that once stood in Los Angeles fits precisely that bill: The Pan Pacific Auditorium. The Pan Pacific Auditorium was a masterpiece of a branch of architecture known as Streamline Moderne done by the prominent firm of Wurdeman and Becket. The green-and-white building was west-facing, and had four towers reaching skyward that resembled aircraft fins. Behind the glorious facade, however, was a more modest wooden structure that was more of a sprawling gymnasium; there was little remarkable about the design of the interior that was 100,000 square feet and could seat up to 6,000 patrons. The fact that it was wooden (read: highly flammable) is what eventually made its fiery demise possible.
Lines of course but we are an hour ahead of everybody else
Sue managed a smile at this early in the morning... All if well
We Are Inside And Walking Fast
Did You Know? -The layout of Cars Land from the guest's perspective is one of looking down the main street of Radiator Springs, U.S.A., as seen in the original Cars film and before the time period in the Cars 2 film. The main street is Route 66 coming in from the Golden State area, across from the Golden Vine Winery and currently Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar.
The other two entrances into the land is through a path in A Bug's Land between the entrance of Heimlich's Chew Chew Train and Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies, and through a tunnel being constructed as a part of the rockwork making up Ornament Valley from the Pacific Wharf.
The two other entrances are the same path crossing through the middle of Cars Land. The path's name is Cross Street. At the end of Route 66 is the courthouse/firehouse where the street splits. To the left of the split is still unknown, but it may be a backstage access gate. To the right of the split is the entrance to Radiator Springs Racers. In the distance, the Radiator Cap and Ornament Valley Range can be seen.
Highway 66 memories all over the place
Flo's V-8 Cafe
Flo's Cafe looked real!
Did You Know? - Flo's V8 Cafe is a car cafe for drinking oil and gas in Radiator Springs in the movies Cars and Cars 2. It also appears in numerous video games. Most residents of Radiator Springs visit there for a drink once in a while.
Did You Know? - In 1948, two best friends named Guido and Luigi moved into Radiator Springs, and had the most amazing time of their lives. After they were done in [ Radiator Springs]], they decided they never wanted to leave. So they stayed, and opened Luigi's Casa Della Tires on April 5th.
Just Walking Down The Main Drag
Highway 66 all over the place.... The Mother Road
Did You Know? - Ramone owns and operates Ramone's House of Body Art, Radiator Springs' custom body and paint shop. Ramone is an artist - a true magician with paint and metal. There was a time when his only canvas was himself, so he repainted himself daily. But since Lightning McQueen helped put Radiator Springs back on the map, Ramone has had his share of customers - including the star race car himself. Before heading off to the World Grand Prix, Lightning stops by Ramone's for a new paint job, and Ramone gives him a whole new look, even adding a spoiler to him.
The firetruck was making a load of sounds
Oil makes the place go!
City hall... We turn right to go to the Radiator Springs Races
Amazing rock work... Like being in Radiator Springs
To The Races
Did You Know? - Before you hit the open road, you'll stroll through the original settlement of Radiator Springs. See how Stanley capitalized on a natural cold spring and built a series of ingenious attractions — like a "pull up and fill-up" coolant station, a building made entirely out of empty oil bottles and the Comfy Cavern Motor Court — that grew into the lovely town we know today.
We are off to the races
Did You Know? - Radiator Springs Racers — a slot car dark ride. The attraction takes guests in a six-person vehicle through a briefing with Doc and Lighting McQueen, characters from the film Cars. Suddenly, guests find themselves racing another guest vehicle through hairpin turns and steep banks, ending with a randomized race result.
We have arrived
See the road? The cars indeed do zoom by
The cacti are indeed real!!
The lines are long but they keep you entertained
The painters must have had a ball doing this
Loads of things to look at
Just like the movie
Oil comes in bottles you ask???
Old pumps were on display
The Oil Bottle House
Bottle house made from "Oil Bottles"
Did You Know? - Before oil cans came into use, drivers pulling into a gas station asking for oil had it pumped from a barrel into a spouted glass bottle, often embossed with the brand name of the oil company. From there they would pour it into the car's engine.
The sell for $300 each on eBay today!
Read it carfefully
"This is fun even at 7:00 am on a Saturday
Snapping pictures all morning... Paul escaped the camera
We hear the car as it passes by overhead
The oil bottles on the top shelf
Where did they go to get all the bottles
The cactus is away form the crowds or they woujld be stickers in the kids hands
The rocks look like parts of carfs
Check the paint job
First real sighting of the vehicles
Nice bright colors
Oh oh.. We can't go in there
Gas pumps are ready to fill 'er up
The open air gas stations
The line does meander
We are getting restless
Way up in the Cadillac Mountains
Did You Know? - The towering Cadillac Range mountains serve as a majestic backdrop for Radiator Springs Racers. Car aficionados will notice that the 6 mountain peaks resemble the tail fins of classic Cadillac models from 1957 to 1962. The mountains are inspired by the iconic Cadillac Ranch public art installation created by Ant Farm. Cadillac Ranch is located along Route 66 near Amarillo, Texas.
The Car... The Car.... Let's go!
We thought the ride would not be that fast.... Oh dear!
The Ride Begins
Did You Know? - The journey begins peacefully enough, as you board a 6-person car for a scenic road trip through Ornament Valley, including a drive by the valley's famous plunging waterfall, Radiator Falls.
Next, you'll head towards the town of Radiator Springs and along the way you'll encounter some familiar faces — including Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Luigi, Guido, Mack, Ramone and Doc Hudson — who will welcome you to the big race and help you along the way. Well, they'll mostly help you; Mater is known to recruit newcomers to participate in one of his favorite activities, tractor tipping.
To get you ready for the race, you'll fine-tune your car at either Luigi's Casa Della Tires or Ramone's House of Body Art. You'll want to ride multiple times to see both!
The cars are ready to go.... So are we
We are in....
Hang on.... We are about to take off
ming up for a safety check
We are going up near the bridge in a few seconds
"OK... Listen up... Seat belts on... Smile..."
The first turn is easy!
A cave right off the bat?
We are up the mountain
The Hudson was hiding in the bushes
Then he was waiting inside the paint shop
Inside the mountain
They wished us luck in the race... RACE?????
The starting line
Did You Know? - For the thrilling conclusion of the attraction, you'll be pitted against another car filled with Guests for a friendly competition to see who can get to the checkered flag first. Zip over hills, zoom around high-banked turns, and cruise down camelback straightaways past spectacular red-rock formations. While there is only one winner, everyone is sure to have a great time — just like in the movie Cars, it's about the journey, not the finish line!
The race begins.... Camera down... Hang on!
Oops... Snapped a picture mid race
Tow Mator had a good laugh at our expense
We escaped with our lives.... Barely
Out quickly and a new bunch enter... Very efficient
We passed by the race track on the way out
Right after the cooling mist of Radiator Springs
The last view of the Cadillac Mountains