The Happiest Place on Earth Gets Even Happier

The Happiest Place on Earth will get even happier this summer, starting on June 15, 2012. That’s when the eagerly awaited Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park will finally be open!

But that’s not all… there’s so much else happening this summer at the Disneyland Resort, you definitely don’t want to miss out on any of the fun.

Of course, who isn’t dying to visit Cars Land? From personal experience (yes! I have already been inside), I can tell you that guests will feel like they have actually stepped into the the town of Radiator Springs.

In typical Disney fashion, absolutely everything is perfect including the Cozy Cone Motel, Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-in, Ramone’s House of Body Art, Sarge’s Surplus Hut and you can’t forget Radiator Springs Curios.


But what everyone will soon be buzzing about is the new rides! Yep! Three new attractions will soon be open at Disney California Adventure Park, inside Cars Land…

Luigi’s Flying Tires: where guests will be able to “glide on air” aboard special tires, whirling around with their pals.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: where guests will whip around behind a baby tractor and enjoy tunes from a giant jukebox built from Mater’s most prized possessions.

& Probably the most anticipated ride of all, Radiator Springs Racers: a twisting, turning, high-speed adventure through Ornament Valley and the town of Radiator Springs.

But Cars Land, isn’t the only thing new to Disney California Adventure. Starting June 15, guests will enter Disney California Adventure along Buena Vista Street, a place that transports them to an era when Walt Disney arrived in California with new dreams: 1920s Los Angeles.

Buena Vista Street features Red Car Trolleys, inspired by the transportation system that once served Southern California, and the Carthay Circle Theatre, modeled after the site of the 1937 world premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Carthay Circle Theatre will include a lounge and the elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant, which is destined to be the premier dining location in Disney California Adventure.

Adding to the fun at Disney California Adventure this summer will be the return of Pixar Play Parade, and the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Pacific Wharf, and the new Mad T Party which will feature nighttime, family fun inspired by the wild and whimsical world of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Not to be left out, Disneyland has been busy making changes & adding enhancements… Several new shops & the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café have opened along Main Street, U.S.A.

& Everyone’s favorite classic Disneyland ride, the Matterhorn will soon be glistening with new snowy paint, as actual mountain climbers return to the peak, & riders will enjoy brand new bobsleds. Unfortunately, new sleds mean a new height requirement. When the Matterhorn re-opens on June 15th, the height requirement will change from 35″ to 42″ (I haven’t had the heart to tell my daughter she’s now too small for her favorite ride).

So is anyone getting excited? I know I am, & so are the kids… they ask me on a daily basis if Cars Land is open. Although, I can’t decide if I’m more excited to ride Radiator Springs Racers, or see Cars Land at night, all lit up in a neon glow – hopefully I’ll get to do both, very very soon!

xoxo, K

images via the Disneyland Resort


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Just Spotted is a family & kid oriented guide to living, visiting and dreaming about Orange County. Written by two real moms (Coleen & Kelly), living real lives, in the real OC. Coleen & Kelly seek adventure in the everyday, and Just Spotted is the place where they highlight those adventures. Just Spotted, the premiere family guide to Orange County, is a free public service and online resource offered to provide Orange County residents and visitors a wealth of knowledge with daily posts on things to do, where to go & places to shop in Orange County. xoxo, C & K

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