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Five years in the making, today (June 15, 2012) finally marks the opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. This 12-acre land is jam packed with highly detailed theming, three attractions (one of which is a thrill ride), high quality animatronic characters and fun for the entire family, bringing the five year California Adventure $1 billion dollar+ expansion to a close. As you may imagine, you can expect massive crowds throughout the next few weeks, even months.

But the real highlight of this land is its big new ride – Radiator Springs Racers. It recently received a glowing review in the Los Angeles Timesas they claim that it “redefines the Disney E-ticket.” They say that “The E-ticket ride is so amazing that Disney may need to come up with a new attraction designation: F-ticket.” This $200 million attraction combines a classic dark ride through scenes from the Disney/Pixar “Cars” movie with a “thrilling head-to-head drag race around hairpin turns and along high-speed straightaways.” This technology is based on Epcot’s Test Track. Mercury News calls it the best new ride at either Disney park since Space Mountain.

Radiator Springs Racers is pictured above. Is it the best ride in Disney California Adventure? It sure sounds like it.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is pictured above, this kiddie ride features multiple Maters moving in figure eights, towing you behind as you slide back and forth like someone greased the driveway, while the tow truck’s voice happily calls out the amusement park equivalent of a square dance. It’s fun, but not thrilling.

Lugi’s Flying Tires (as pictured above) is a very creative concept that allows riders to sit in large tire shaped cars. Its your classic bumper car ride with big bright beach balls.

We would love to hear from our readers – What do you think of Cars Land? Does the “new” Disney California Adventure Park level up to the same quality as the other Disney parks?

PS – Check out this video of the Disney California Adventure Grand Reopening celebration:


Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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