This year, the Walt Disney parks and resorts are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Disney Imagineering; since Disneyland is one of our favorite getaway destinations, we at Getaway Brigade are paying our own homage to these artists by sharing with you some fun facts about our favorite Disneyland rides.
The last installment of our three-part series takes us to Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land. I’ve written about Cars Land before but a single review does not do justice to this attraction. Disney’s Imagineers, under the leadership of John Lasseter, have recreated Radiator Springs in mind-blowing detail. From Luigi’s Leaning Tower of Tires to Fillmore’s hippie hut, the iconic landmarks from the film invite guests to take a leisurely stroll down Cars Land’s Route 66.
On a first visit to Cars Land, it’s easy to be awed by the beauty of the structures that line the streets and to be starstruck by Lightning and Mater. We missed many of the smaller details incorporated by the Imagineers during our first visit in 2012. There were simply too many things to experience. But these hidden details are what make Cars Land believable, and taking the time to discover and enjoy them is worthwhile.
As in the other installments of this series, I will not try to create an exhaustive list of every hidden detail. However, here are five things to look for in Cars Land the next time you visit.
Every third blink is slower.
When we first meet Fillmore and Sarge in the film, they’re watching the town’s traffic light blink yellow. Fillmore says to Sarge, “I’m telling you man, every third blink is slower.” While Sarge might not believe him, Fillmore is right. Every third blink is slower.
Enjoy High Octane at the Cozy Cone Motel.
In Cars Land, Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel provides counter food service rather than room service. While the food is lackluster, the drinks pack a punch. For those of us over 21, the Cozy Cone serves drinks with an optional shot of “high octane” (i.e. vodka). While it’s a bit pricey, the drinks do give guests a boost.
Cars are not all you can see.
While you’re at the Cozy Cone, be sure to take a look inside Sally’s office. Not only is it a near perfect replica of Sally’s office in the film, but it also pays homage to Toy Story. On your next visit, look for Buzz Lightyear, Ham, and Rex inside Sally’s office. All three of them are visible from the window as you face Route 66.
Also be sure to head on over to the Radiator Springs Curios and look for the snow globes high up on a shelf. In the middle of this tiny collection you’ll find Knick Knack, the snowman featured in this Pixar short.
Cave paintings in Radiator Springs Racers.
There is so much to see in Radiator Springs Racers that this is easy to miss. As the ride vehicle nears the load platform after the race, look over your shoulder to the right to discover hidden cave paintings on the wall. It seems tractors have been a staple of car life for many, many years!
Dance with the neon lights.
Each night at sunset, the neon lights in Cars Land come on one by one and recreate another scene from the film. It really is an experience as the sun goes down, the music plays, and Cars Land comes to life.
And there you have it. Cars Land continues a sixty year tradition of meticulous attention to detail and continuous creative quests. The next time you visit Disneyland, be sure to look for all of the hidden details in Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and Cars Land. Happy sixtieth anniversary, Disney Imagineering!