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Robert Niles

Disney California Adventure celebrates its Cars Land grand opening

Published: June 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Tonight Disney California Adventure celebrated its celebrity grand opening ceremony for Cars Land. Now, even though the "Grand Opening" was tonight, remember that the new land won't be open to the public until Friday morning. (Disney California Adventure will be closed to the public tomorrow, June 14, for its media day.)

Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy, the voice of Mater in the films, walks the red carpet. See Theme Park Insider's Facebook page for the complete red carpet photo gallery.

After the red carpet, everyone made their way down the pathway toward the entrance to Cars Land for the opening ceremony, where Disney Park chief Tom Staggs and Cars director (and Disney Creative Chief) John Lasseter opened the land with a jump start.

Cars Land opening
Tom Staggs, lower left, and John Lasseter declare Cars Land open

Cars Land party
Thousands of invited guests pour into Cars Land for the post-premiere party.

We'll be in Anaheim tomorrow for the media day, and Friday morning for the rededication ceremony for Disney California Adventure at 8am. Keep watching Theme Park Insider here on the Web, on Twitter and on Facebook for updates.

Replies (2)

Anon Mouse

Published: June 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

It looks amazing on Youtube. I will have to visit when it gets less crowded.
Anon Mouse

Published: June 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The cheezy dancing in the opening ceremony has to go.

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