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Disney set to open Cars Land attraction

California Adventure will unveil Cars Land, based on the 'Cars' film, on June 15. Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain also are preparing to launch new rides for this summer.

April 07, 2012|By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times

The latest expansion of Disney's California Adventure, the new Cars Land attraction, is set to open June 15, Disney officials said Friday, as the park offered a peek at one of the biggest attractions featured in the $1-billion expansion.

The 12-acre Cars Land, featuring the characters from the Disney-Pixar film "Cars," will open with several new restaurants and three rides, including Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi's Flying Tires and Radiator Springs Racers.

The most elaborate and anticipated attraction is Radiator Springs Racers, in which small, convertible cars carry passengers around realistic-looking buttes and canyons. Disney posted a short video Friday showing the drive around the track from a passenger's point of view.

Next door at Disneyland, the Matterhorn ride, which has been undergoing a six-month renovation project, is scheduled to open by June 15 as well.

The opening of Cars Land sets the stage for this summer's battle of the Southern California theme parks.

Universal Studios Hollywood is scheduled on May 25 to unveil its latest attraction, Transformers: The Ride 3D, an attraction that features the autobots and decepticons characters from the Transformers movies. It's a thrill ride that carries guests along a track and envelops them in the world of transformers using special effects and high-definition 3-D technology.

In Valencia, Six Flags Magic Mountain plans to open on Memorial Day its newest attraction, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, which is billed as the world's tallest vertical-drop ride. The ride lifts passengers strapped into seats up a 400-foot tower before dropping them to the ground, reaching speeds of up to 85 mph.

hugo.martin@latimes.com

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