As promised, the roving staff of Panda Travel ® has completed its long awaited return visit to Disneyland. But now, in line with the theme on reporting on new stuff, you must first know that Disneyland is now referred to as the “Disneyland Resort.” Don’t really know why, but that’s what Disney calls Disneyland now. So you might as well get used to it, although we suspect that almost everyone will still simply call the happiest place on earth, Disneyland.
So what’s new? Well, most of the neat new things are at the California Adventure park, of which the Cars Land area is the most exciting and spectacular. Cars Land is based upon one of Disney’s most popular recent animated motion pictures, “Cars” and recreates the town of Radiator Springs which is supposedly located along Route 66 and an area called Ornament Valley. It’s been reported that the fictionalized town of Radiator Springs is based upon the actual towns of Peach Springs and Seligman (see above), which are located on the Arizona stretch of Route 66. While Ornament Valley is obviously based on Monument Valley, the Navajo tribal park which has provided the iconic back drop of many classic movie westerns, such as Stagecoach and Fort Apache and more recently in scenes in blockbuster movies such as Forrest Gump and Back to the Future. As Panda Travel ®’s roving staff has frequented many parts of Route 66 as well as Monument Valley, we can confidently state that Disney has nicely captured the essence of these historic and scenic areas in their new Cars Land attraction. And, in our opinion, if you only went to the Disneyland Resort to only see Cars Land, it would still be definitely worth the effort.
Without question, the star of Cars Land is the thrilling new Radiator Springs Racers ride, where you can compete against another race car along Ornament Valley. For those who have been to Disney World in Florida, you can see that the engineering and technology behind the Radiator Springs Racers ride is based upon the already proven Test Track ride in Epcot. But somehow, in our humble opinion, the ride and thrill factor at Cars Land is much better than at Epcot. Not surprisingly, the wait line for this ride can be up to 3 hours because it’s so popular. So we highly recommend you get a Fast Track reservation for this ride; but you’ll have to get them early in the morning because the Fast Track reservations typically run out by mid-day.
Stay tuned for more as Panda Travel ® will be filing more updates about the new things in the Disneyland Resort in our upcoming postings.