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January 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
I've been trying in vain for the better part of a decade to get my family to take a road trip along Route 66. Nothing worked until my wife and daughter stepped onto the fake Route 66 in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure - and suddenly their interest piqued in the Mother Road. Photos: The real Route 66 inspirations for Disney's Cars Land In an attempt to close the deal on my dream vacation, I decided to search for the real-world inspirations behind the fictional town of Radiator Springs.
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January 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
I've been trying in vain for the better part of a decade to get my family to take a road trip along Route 66. Nothing worked until my wife and daughter stepped onto the fake Route 66 in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure - and suddenly their interest piqued in the Mother Road. Photos: The real Route 66 inspirations for Disney's Cars Land In an attempt to close the deal on my dream vacation, I decided to search for the real-world inspirations behind the fictional town of Radiator Springs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's Pixar Animation's 25th anniversary, and the studio has kicked back and given a present to itself and its ever-expanding audience with the genially entertaining "Cars 2. " A movie that loves autos and doesn't care who knows it, "Cars 2" is so close to the heart of John Lasseter that he carved out time from being the creative czar of both Pixar and Disney animation to direct it himself, the first time Lasseter's done that since, well, the original...
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June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
Car Land's best-reviewed ride -- Radiator Springs Racers -- broke down on opening morning of the newest land at the Disney California Adventure park. Riders stranded when the ride stopped Friday were escorted away safely, and workers -- appropriately wearing mechanics' costumes -- walked  onto the tracks to inspect. The ride got going again a little more than an hour after halting. Debbie Heaton, 41, emerged from it, saying it was worth the wait -- “Because it was racing!
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June 14, 2012 | By David Colker
Cars Land, the giant new attraction at Disney California Adventure, looks in many ways like one of those retro diners that try to invoke nostalgia for what seemed like an easier era. There is lots of neon, wacky sign shapes, bright colors and coffee cups as a design motif. This could all seem very tired, except that Disney craftspeople put it together and money seemed not to be much of an object (Cars Land is the major piece of a $1.1-billion upgrade of the park). The storefronts and objects show off painstaking attention to detail, even to light fixtures - one eatery sports a chandelier fashioned out of exhaust pipes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011 | By Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times
"Cars 2" is a hit with the younger crowd, thrilled to see familiar animated friend Lightning McQueen engaged in action-packed motor racing and fender-deep in cool, spy-world gadgetry. The new Pixar animated sequel also features Mater the tow truck and many of the characters from the original 2006 film as they travel overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix and become entangled in James Bond-esque intrigue. But young visitors to Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre can take the adventure further.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Radiator Springs Racers is the kind of ride nobody but Disney can do. The new $200 million attraction in the 12-acre Cars Land at Disney California Adventure brings to bear all the theme park giant's strengths and abilities: immersive storytelling, detailed thematic scenery, life-like animatronic characters and the illusion of speed and thrill. PHOTOS:   Buena Vista Street  |  Cars Land  |  Radiator Springs Racers  |  Mater's Junkyard Jamboree  |  Luigi's Flying Tires  |  Carsland origins The E-ticket ride is so amazing that Disney may need to come up with a new attraction designation: F-ticket.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
Car Land's best-reviewed ride -- Radiator Springs Racers -- broke down on opening morning of the newest land at the Disney California Adventure park. Riders stranded when the ride stopped Friday were escorted away safely, and workers -- appropriately wearing mechanics' costumes -- walked  onto the tracks to inspect. The ride got going again a little more than an hour after halting. Debbie Heaton, 41, emerged from it, saying it was worth the wait -- “Because it was racing!
NEWS
October 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
What's better than an E Ticket ride? How about an F Ticket? Radiator Springs Racers aims to redefine our expectations of an E Ticket attraction by combining a classic dark ride with a thrilling head-to-head drag race. Currently under construction at Disney California Adventure , the $200-million ride debuting in summer 2012 will take passengers on a four-minute journey through stalactite caverns, around hairpin turns and along high-speed straightaways. Each side-by-side race ends with a randomly selected winner.
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October 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Radiator Springs will celebrate California's car culture with a nostalgic trip down Route 66 when the fictional film town built for and by cars debuts at Disney California Adventure in 2012. > Photos: "Cars" town of Radiator Springs at Disney California Adventure Cars Land, the 12-acre themed spot currently under construction at California Adventure , will feature three new rides set amid a faithful re-creation of the isolated red rock desert town populated by Lightning McQueen and other animated vehicles in the Pixar movie "Cars.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2012 | By David Colker
Cars Land, the giant new attraction at Disney California Adventure, looks in many ways like one of those retro diners that try to invoke nostalgia for what seemed like an easier era. There is lots of neon, wacky sign shapes, bright colors and coffee cups as a design motif. This could all seem very tired, except that Disney craftspeople put it together and money seemed not to be much of an object (Cars Land is the major piece of a $1.1-billion upgrade of the park). The storefronts and objects show off painstaking attention to detail, even to light fixtures - one eatery sports a chandelier fashioned out of exhaust pipes.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Radiator Springs Racers is the kind of ride nobody but Disney can do. The new $200 million attraction in the 12-acre Cars Land at Disney California Adventure brings to bear all the theme park giant's strengths and abilities: immersive storytelling, detailed thematic scenery, life-like animatronic characters and the illusion of speed and thrill. PHOTOS:   Buena Vista Street  |  Cars Land  |  Radiator Springs Racers  |  Mater's Junkyard Jamboree  |  Luigi's Flying Tires  |  Carsland origins The E-ticket ride is so amazing that Disney may need to come up with a new attraction designation: F-ticket.
NEWS
October 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
What's better than an E Ticket ride? How about an F Ticket? Radiator Springs Racers aims to redefine our expectations of an E Ticket attraction by combining a classic dark ride with a thrilling head-to-head drag race. Currently under construction at Disney California Adventure , the $200-million ride debuting in summer 2012 will take passengers on a four-minute journey through stalactite caverns, around hairpin turns and along high-speed straightaways. Each side-by-side race ends with a randomly selected winner.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011 | By Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times
"Cars 2" is a hit with the younger crowd, thrilled to see familiar animated friend Lightning McQueen engaged in action-packed motor racing and fender-deep in cool, spy-world gadgetry. The new Pixar animated sequel also features Mater the tow truck and many of the characters from the original 2006 film as they travel overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix and become entangled in James Bond-esque intrigue. But young visitors to Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre can take the adventure further.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's Pixar Animation's 25th anniversary, and the studio has kicked back and given a present to itself and its ever-expanding audience with the genially entertaining "Cars 2. " A movie that loves autos and doesn't care who knows it, "Cars 2" is so close to the heart of John Lasseter that he carved out time from being the creative czar of both Pixar and Disney animation to direct it himself, the first time Lasseter's done that since, well, the original...
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The idea for a themed land at Disney California Adventure celebrating California's car culture had been kicking around at Walt Disney Imagineering for years. The working premise focused on the classic cars, tourist attractions, auto-centric restaurants, roadside architecture and cross-country road trips popular during the 1950s and '60s when vehicles became less about transportation and more about personal expression. > Photos: The evolution of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure The Carland concept, like many other lands and attractions at Disney California Adventure , lacked one key ingredient: Disney characters.
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