The opening of a 12-acre Cars Land expansion at Disney California Adventure Park fueled big crowds and long lines at the Anaheim park this weekend.
Disney officials declined to disclose attendance numbers for the park, but Al Lutz, founder of the online Disney blog Miceage.com, reported Monday that California Adventure drew a record 43,000 visitors Friday, opening day for Cars Land.
Lutz, who has a long history of disclosing behind-the-scenes information on Disney's two parks in Anaheim, said attendance hit 45,000 on Sunday.
Cars Land's most popular ride, Radiator Springs Racers, broke down twice Friday, pushing the wait time for riders to 51/2 hours at some points. "During the initial opening period for a new attraction, it is not uncommon to experience more down times than with other attractions while we are testing and adjusting," said Suzi Brown, a Disney spokeswoman.