7599.7 #11 (DL Qual #4

Jun 14, 2012 12:00 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Since it’s now official that Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are now open, I can now post my review online. I’ll try not to give away the entire experience because I know a lot of you haven’t had to chance to explore Cars Land yet, but here’s more of a general view of the new land. I’ve also been sort of quiet about my experiences in Cars Land, prior to the opening, because there is so much that the company did not want to reveal, so I could not either. I got to experience Cars Land twice prior to any of the CM or AP previews. Once was back in March, when I was selected to test out Luigi’s Flying Tires. With about a dozen other CMs, we rode Luigi’s over and over and over, for about 4 hours. Even though we didn’t get to see the other parts of the land, it was fun to be in a new land that remained a secret from the public. The second time was a few weeks ago, prior to working Grad Night. My leads surprised us and took us on Radiator Springs Racers, as they were offering CMs to experience it for the first time. This was the first time many of us got to walk the streets of Radiator Springs and as we all walked onstage; we were all in awe of how majestic the rockwork and the neon signs were. Not knowing the complete details and the attraction was still in “dress rehearsal” mode, we all rode it and were all amazed of the show work and the thrill of the high speed race. What was the take home part for me was the new style of the Audio-Animatronics, as the Imagineers brought the cars of the film to life! Then after last week during the Cast Member previews, I finally had the chance to walk around the land and explore the town of Radiator Springs. My sister and I decided to ride Luigi’s first. It was her first time riding this attraction after me telling her all about it for weeks, and it was the first time I got to see the queue (it was an empty room during the testing). She enjoyed it a lot and can’t wait to ride it again. Then we rode Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, which was the only attraction I had not experienced yet. There was a short line as we watched the others ride it while waiting in the queue. I agree with many that this attraction will be a “sleeper” attraction that many will hopefully not look over. Regarding the food of Cars Land, we only had enough time to try to the churro bites from the Cozy Cone. We were lucky to get a fresh batch of freshly cooked churros. There was enough churro bites to share with another person, but too much for one. Also, the chocolate dipping sauce made it interesting, but we could do without it. While waiting in line at the Cozy Cone, we saw Lighting McQueen and Mater both come out for their meet and greets. It was neat to see actual cars drive around the streets of Cars Land (makes sense…) and it definitely added a lot of atmosphere to the area. And for the Cars Land stores, I enjoyed walking around, perusing the new merchandise for the land. They were a lot smaller than I thought they would be, but each had their own unique merchandise for each store. And with only a few minutes left for the CM Preview, we quickly went and walked around Buena Vista Street. Even though I was a little upset that none of the stores were open, just seeing this new way that the park is going to immerse guests into this new theme was awesome. A little over 5 years ago, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger presented a 5 year vision. In this statement, he presented his goals for both parks in Anaheim and the future of the company. Now after 5 years of construction, we made it! Now at Disneyland Park, we have new attractions (Star Tours: The Adventures Continue), classic attractions that were refurbished (ie: Matterhorn, Captain EO and more) and new restaurants and stores. In Disney California Adventure though, we’ve seen the largest change-over, giving the park a complete new identity. 5 years ago, DCA really didn’t have an identity and guests were wondering what adventure in California are they looking for? Now, with the new entrance of Buena Vista Street, guests will be taken back to Los Angeles of the 1920s and experience what it was like to step into an exciting city, just like Walt did. Also, with new attractions such as Toy Story Midway Mania, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Radiator Springs Racers, this park now has a “complete” feel to it. Back in the 1950s as Walt was building his dream theme park, he had the idea of submerging his guests into a magical place where they were to be transported from their daily life to a place where they can experience various environments by building his lands. He would often use his set designers from the studios to help design his new lands. This brings to the quote from one of the Imagineers when designing Cars Land. He said that in a film, you can control what the audience sees by placing certain things in the frame, but in a real life-environment, the guest has a 360 degree view of the area. Having this idea, the Imagineers had to bring the culture and energy of Radiator Springs to life. At Disney, we call this aspect the “show”. Show can be the way the attraction and/or land is decorated and portrayed, to having a clean area, or how the merchandise is neatly folded and stacked for guests’ shopping. This is why Disney puts a lot of effort into the décor and the way their “lands” are presented because they want their guests to leave their daily lives and to be transported to a magical place, like the small town on Route 66 feel of Radiator Springs or the vintage but modern twist of Buena Vista Street. I can’t wait to see the reactions of guests the first time they race around Ornament Valley or the first time they see Buena Vista Street at night. As Walt said, “Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
Bravo!!  That was great!! Thanks so much for this. And wow!  That you kept it in so long.  Thanks again!  Can't wait to visit! - misschurro  6362.2 #17 1:18PM
Thanks for your thoughts, BBM! My family and I attended the preview on Monday and, something I'd like to add- the imagineers did a a fantastic job thinking about the visitors' experience. There was SHADE. All the queue areas were well shaded (A/C in Luigi's!). I had stopped to buy a hat on BV street because I forgot mine and thought I would bake over the course of the hot afternoon in Cars Land... But we didn't! Another note on the shops on BVS- they were wonderful! So much merchandise I had never seen! They were spacious and carpeted and the ceilings in the toy shop changed colors! Big thumbs up. My final comment was how friendly and excited all of the CM's I encountered were. I am so excited for them, CA Adventure's future as a park, and our wonderful Disney! - MoonWillow  381.3 #589 8:36PM
Glad you enjoyed your visit! - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 9:04PM
So good to know!! Besides running out of things to do in CA before, it was always so much hotter than DL. It's like they knew this and made it better! 😄 - PeachKay  311.1 #846 10:51AM
Thanks so much for this! and kudos on being able to keep a secret from us for so long! - SteamboatMinnie  310.6 #851 1:24AM
Yup, you are an amazing CM.  - lina1990  124.3 #3139 1:45AM
I can't wait to go!!! I'm so excited. - annamichelle  234.5 #1548 12:04PM
Cars Land is amazing. It definately exceeded my expectations. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 12:06PM
As always, thank you for your review. Your an amazing CM and MWer. - Mrs.mouse  543.6 #377 12:08PM
Thanks :) - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 1:05PM
Thank you for your detailed review. I am really looking forward to seeing everything you mentioned, and your review makes me even more eager to get there.   - jmgphx  323.1 #789 12:09PM
Nice job BBM!!!!!!!! I have ADHD so i could only get through the first two sentances - Dave  13498.2 #2 12:12PM
I had to take a nap I. The middle of reading your post, because I never read an entire book without stopping to snooze. But seriously, I can't handle how excited I am to see this, and I'm so glad you got to experience it in an extra magical way. - LittleAprilShowers  587.1 #345 12:12PM
Great review BBM. Thanks! - cesium55  531.8 #390 12:12PM
You're welcome! - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 4:18PM
Thank you for your review enjoyed reading it! So excited to see all of the new amazing things in 3 weeks. - MikaDreamsEverythingDisney  249.1 #1364 12:14PM
Thanks! That was a great review! - mamamartin  3.4 #29994 12:15PM
This is an amazing review! I haven't had the pleasure to visit Carsland or Buenavista yet but your words just take me there! Thank you for sharing this!! 😊 - gigibunny2  242.8 #1447 12:19PM
I love reading reviews! Thanks!!! - iamdugsmaster  878.7 #208 12:21PM
You hit it right on the head. Nicely done. - Melody_CM  13474.2 #3 12:24PM
Excellent review and more!! - DisneyPhotoFan  920.2 #199 12:34PM
Great review man! Very helpful... - madsdad  1868.2 #92 12:35PM
you're welcome! hope to meet you when your at DL - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 1:06PM
Nicely written, BBM. Thank you for sharing your experience, and for also keeping details vague for those that haven't yet been able to experience Cars Land. - Jacqueline  580.0 #349 1:21PM
Nicely said, sir! Can't wait to experience it for myself. - LaneSparrow316  847.0 #218 1:24PM
You're welcome :) - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 4:18PM
:-) thank you! - PrincessDuckie  905.1 #202 1:44PM
You're welcome :) - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 4:18PM
Thank you 👏 - Dizkid  457.8 #474 4:22PM
You're welcome - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 4:24PM
Great job BBM! Very nice review! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1190.7 #145 4:30PM
Very well said. Thank you. - DisneyTwins  206.8 #1909 4:33PM
So excited. - chipanddalefan  733.4 #264 4:47PM
Great review, thank you. - thestalkerNIN  362.4 #636 4:51PM
I love your review, I cannot wait to see it all tomorrow! - monkeboy2042_CM  317.0 #815 4:51PM
Great review.  And he knows baseball too. - sr_citizen_space_ranger  70.0 #4162 5:00PM
great review, since I have been, I agree it was awesome and then some. - Plumiegirl  10135.2 #8 5:21PM
Great info here. Thanks for sharing your experience. Can't wait to enjoy it for myself. - Minnique  631.0 #321 5:27PM
That was an awesome read! We can't wait to go and enjoy a "whole new world"! - no1goof  248.3 #1377 6:25PM
Thank you so much for that review!! - Alicewhoareyou  2567.5 #53 6:29PM
Thank You so much for the in-depth review from a CM. Making it harder to wait till Sept - nitromouse  299.7 #918 7:20PM
Thank you that was an awesome review! - LoveMyAriel02  3.7 #26959 7:29PM
Thank u so much for all of the info.. I'm so excited for our next visit in December :0) - acesdisneygirl  155.3 #2635 7:39PM
Great review! I agree with how flawless the decor or mise-en-scene (to use a cinematic term) is here. I feel like I am in another world, like when I watch a movie. I never felt that way before dca's makeover. - Princess_Pirate  8.0 #12797 8:02PM
nice vocab word! - BaseballMickey_CM  7599.7 #11 8:19PM
Great review, Kevin! I just hope we manage to get in the park tomorrow before it reaches capacity! - wg4ever  364.8 #627 9:11PM
Wow! Great review! Everything sounds amazing, I can't wait to see it for myself!✨✨✨ - JessM4  269.6 #1171 9:16PM
Thank you! I can't wait to see CarsLand!!! - Boundin  711.8 #272 9:22PM
Fantastic review,  thanks! - Grindcore  556.2 #365 9:35PM
Thank you so much for the great review! Can't wait to see it all in person! - Roto  245.6 #1406 9:36PM
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your review. - LaPearleNoir  1789.7 #94 11:16PM
BBM. You are so right on with your review. Mr Hubby works Mater and Lugigi and the day he came home and said " I got to ride racers today and it is awesome" I told him those were words for divorce. Lol. I went to the Cast preview and was blown away at the detail. The food at Flo's is awesome. Great portions and reasonable price. Can't wait to try it again in sept when the crowds die down. And Maters is really fun. - Jimineycricket  197.8 #2017 11:53PM
Awesome review!!! Thank you sooo much! I cant wait to see it!!! - Zipitydoodahdad  270.0 #1164 12:06AM
It was magical, so amazing. I was there for only a couple hours the evening of the opening. Having to be pushed around in a wheelchair was probably not the best way to experience my first Cars Land visit but it was amazing just the same. I cannot wait to experience without restrictions!  - PrincessLani  111.3 #3409 4:23PM
Thank you! Waiting to experience it in September! 🏁🚧⚠ - DisneylandMe  31.1 #5880 3:37AM
Thank you!  I've never been too excited about CA but I can't wait to explore it in December now! - Aurora1111  119.1 #3244 10:05AM
Something I love about Disney is the fact that even the people who work there get just as excited (if not MORE excited) about new lands/attractions at the parks. I also love that you said you couldn't wait to see how guests would react to the changes! It's kind of like when you take a friend whose never been to Disneyland/DCA and how you're watching them react to what their seeing for the first time. Great review! I hope you get as much joy watching us experience it as WE will undoubtedly get from actually experiencing this new look for DCA! - PumpkinKing  45.6 #4961 11:14AM

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