Changes underway in Cars Land as Gay Days brings thousands to Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Cars Land, Dateline Disneyland, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on October 08, 2012 at 5:09 am with 28 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • brem

    Crazy busy this weekend! Spent most of our time at DCA since it seems to handle larger crowds better.

  • eicarr

    Cool update.

    Love the new Cars Land and Oswald shirts.

    So many people I’ve talked to just can’t take that awful humid/hot Disney World experience. I used to brave the rain and long shuttle rides/waits every 5 years till ’98, but the loss of Disney World’s 70′s mojo just made me sad on my last visit. They replaced cool well thought out experiences with cheap rides and exhibits. EPCOT used to have that great 60′s World’s Fair vibe. They did to my favorite swamp park EPCOT what they did in the 90′s to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.

    Every radiator springs Racers video on YouTube I’ve ever seen has comments from Disney World regulars saying its just a copy of their “Test Track” and some say their original version is faster/better. So maybe they’ll just add Carsland.

  • Gregg Condon

    What’s the point of taking the healthier option with a Turkey Burger if they are going to put all that crap on it and serve it with Fries and a Cookie? Come on Disney, if Carl’s Jr. can figure it out, you should be able to as well.

  • jcruise86

    Thank you, Andy!
    I especially appreciated your incisive & eloquent Walt Disney World comments.

  • WheresMickey

    Great update!

  • Irving

    I am completely agree with your thougts of Walt Disney World porperty. I was also at Epcot for the 30th anniversary, and honestly, it was kind of sad to see the park in its current state. 30 years ago there used to be a great educational, yet fun park, with great adventures in Communications (current version of Spaceship Earth is not as “rich” as it was before), Energy (Ellen’s is so old and tired theme), Health, Future living (we all miss Horizons), Motion (While a thrilling experience, Test Track, it is not as educational as World of motion was), Imagination (Is there imagination left at that pavilion?) The Land and Seas (Now a mere aquarium with not a futuristic, but cartoonish theme). I think WDW management needs to refocus Epcot as a showcase to new techonogies, and a as a promise of a great future, as it is suposed to be, and it was during its early years.

    Great update Andy!

  • DVerstegen

    Great update, Andy!

    One question – does anyone know why the parks open at 10:00 on Sunday? Usually they open earlier, but just this Sunday, both parks open kind of late.

    Thanks everyone!

    • Pipeek

      Choc Walk is Sunday.

  • Pipeek

    That’s not a stage they’re building near Earl. It’s an Ice Skating Rink for the holidays.

  • SpectroMan

    WDW is one example of GOOD 70s architecture/design. They really need to preserve what’s left; it stands as a monument to excellent craftsmanship and design vs. all the cheap crap being put out today.

  • DisneyDrums

    I’ll be there in a few days. Going to Price is right on Wed, then DL for Thu, Fri, & Sat. Just can’t wait!!!!!

  • bummerkit

    Are they supporting Gay Days or just trying to profit from it?

    • TodAZ1

      Who cares??? I love the support! I love the red shirts! I REALLY love the red balloons!!

      Well done, Disney!!!

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Can’t argue with your comments on WDW.

    Thanks for the update.

  • lnsemsf

    Might be time to remove Alice in Wonderland from the refurbishment schedule. I don’t think it’s going to make that early September closing.

  • chesirecat

    Disney Hollywood Studios is built out, there isn’t room for Carsland.

    Been visiting WDW for decades, the Florida property was bought with the idea of building Walt’s version of Epcot, not a theme park. Under pressure from reporters and the public, and wanting a second gate, Disney did Epcot. Artistic yet, but not Walt’s Epcot, (a futuristic city). While World of Motion and the Wonders of Life Pavilion had some vague educational aspects, i.e. teaching kids that people used horses for transportation (and that white blood cells attack splinters stuck in your finger!), but this glamorized version of pseudo-educational rides wasn’t really educational.

    Yes, there is an optimistic/futuristic vibe, but this is just the theming. Same theming, the attractions have changed though. Test Track might be more educational than World of Motion given that it might lead kids to think about car design versus old types of transportation. All borderline educational experiences anyway.

  • girlonawire

    I want one of the rainbow shirts! Hope they will be available online.