Cars Land construction update: March 2012
Written by Robert Niles
In the middle of yesterday's One More Disney Day at Disneyland, I took a few moments to hop across the esplanade to check out the construction at Disney California Adventure.Tweet
Workers are making progress toward the planed June 15 opening date for Cars Land and the new Buena Vista Street entrance. In fact, the exterior of the park's new centerpiece, the Carthay Circle Theater, is already complete.
As is much of the exterior work on the big new attraction, Cars Land.
Zoom in for a closer look, and you can see the facade detail on the Radiator Springs Courthouse, as well as the sign for the Flo's V8 Cafe restaurant,
The Cozy Cone counter-service restaurant,
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree,
And the Route 66 sign that will welcome visitors to the town of Radiator Springs.
Yesterday, Disney opened its latest exhibit in the Blue Sky Cellar at California Adventure, focusing on Cars Land. In the center of the room, you'll find a scale model of the new land.
Along one wall, you'll find concept art for the land's new attractions, including the high-speed track ride Radiator Springs Racers.
The images here show some of the early scenes in the ride, where your car will go through Test Track-style stations where your tires are checked and the car's paint is touched up before you race out onto the open road. Radiator Springs Racers will use the same basic ride system as Test Track, but the inclusion of an indoor cave scene raises my hopes that Radiator Springs Racers also will offer some moments reminiscent of Disney's other ride using that same system, Tokyo DisneySea's Journey to Center of the Earth.
That's an early design scheme for the new land, and here's a "tour map" of the caverns that Radiator Springs Racers will explore.
After seeing what Disney's Imagineers can do with this ride system when I rode Journey to the Center of the Earth in December, I'm eager to see what they've done with Radiator Springs Racers. We'll be there for the opening in June.
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