Cars Land sneak peek shows fun rides, good food


Cars Land is based on characters and settings from the Disney-Pixar films, "Cars" and "Cars 2."

It features three attractions. Radiator Springs Racers is the main ride that takes visitors through the mountains of Ornament Valley. It starts out with a nice drive past all of the incredible rockwork, past a waterfalls, then you go inside for a couple minutes, through a quick car wash, and then it's the race. The ride lasts about four minutes long at speeds of up to 45 miles an hour.

Luigi's Flying Tires makes riders float along while leaning left and right. It's reminiscent of the Flying Saucers from Disneyland in the 1960s.

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree is a little wilder. It's similar to the Mad Tea Party, aka the tea cup ride, at Disneyland.

There are also restaurants, shops and neon lights. Fans of the movie will recognize places such as Flo's V8 Cafe, Cozy Cone Motel and Ramone's House of Body Art. Food items include roasted pork loins, citrus turkey salad, chicken tamales with scrambled eggs, pretzel bites, chili cones and flavored popcorn.

Also debuting at the theme park is Buena Vista Street, a newly themed entrance that immerses guests in a setting reminiscent of Los Angeles in the 1920s. Red Car Trolleys will be rolling along the roads, and there will be performances by Red Car News Boys and other entertainment.

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