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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions 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.

  • Redd Rockett


    As always, thank you for your update this week.

    A comment about the Fantasy Faire project that bothers me a little bit:

    One of the original buildings just to the right of the old Carnation Plaza dance floor is a two story wooden building with a big square window on the second floor facing the hub. The progress photo posted today shows a steel frame structure going up around it. The fact that Disney has chosen to box in this old structure rather than tear it down may be revealing something about their design approach to this new area……

    1. The design team charged with changing over this area may have been told they had to work within a specified budget so rather than starting with a clean slate, they were forced to work around the existing structures. I think this may be the case, after all they aren’t tearing down the circular dance floor cover either.

    2. The City of Anaheim and the State of California may drive new higher property tax requirements on a new structure. Remodeling the old one with this sloppy boxed-in approach may be a way around it.

    Either way, I’m disappointed that the imagineers appear to have been given some severe limitations on what they were going to be allowed to do. This is not good construction practice and Disney should always be striving for the best possible show first and not settle for sloppy work like this.


    • Ravjay12

      It’s actually part of Rancho Del Zocallo Mexican restaurant structure and restrooms pass thru. The wooden building above is just a facade with no purpose. To tear it down they probably would have had to rip into the restrooms. The structure itself isn’t as old as the stage. They built it in the late 90’s? They could’ve just repainted the old facade there if they wanted to be cheap. They are building out the rest of it to house the meet and greets. From the models and concept drawings it looks like its going to be well themed. This was probably the best way to change it without tearing into a perfectly good restaurant.

  • Tinkbelle

    I was thinking the same thing, bummerkit.

    We missed Dateline Disneyland last week, Andy! Glad you are back. It may be time to update the refurb schedule, though.

  • TodAZ1

    They’re going to sell balloons anyway. They’re going to sell t-shirts anyway. And cookies. And antennae toppers. The fact that they were mindful enough to know their guests and cater to them is awesome.

    I love it!!!

    I also love the Oswald t-shirt!!

  • Tinkbelle

    Yeah, they will sell those things anyway, but I think they knew they would sell much MORE of those things if they catered to the large group of visitors who were there celebrating something.

    The red balloons were pretty.

    • TodAZ1

      It’s along the same lines of selling Christmas items at Christmas. Halloween at Halloween. I mean, would anyone buy a 4th of July t-shirt at Thanksgiving? Probably not.

      • Tinkbelle

        I agree with you. Just because they do the candlelight ceremonies or sell Christmas stuff, does not mean they support Christianity or at least not over other religions. They do things to make money. People who are in the parks to celebrate Halloween may be more likely to buy a treat or merchandise if it is Halloween themed etc. It is knowing your customer and marketing. They take advantage of special events and occasions to make money. If they know there is going to be a large influx of a people celebrating something it makes sense to market to them.

  • Timekeeper

    On Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port, I have to wonder why they picked various shades of yellow? (Is it because it’s shades of cheese, pasta and Alfredo sauce?) Also, great update.


  • ayalexander

    I don’t like the paint job of Pizza Port… it resembles the old copper tones of the “New Tomorrowland 1998”. You’d think they’d go with shades of blue, white and silver like the rest of tomorrowland…
    Disney may be making profit on those things for Gay Days, but like someone else said, they are going to sell those things anyway and think about what Walt would say: “Its what the guests want”

  • troyer

    Thanks for the update Andy. I missed not seeing it last week.

  • Completely agree with your assessment of WDW. I have the opposite perspective in that I have been going to WDW since the 1970’s and my first trip to Disneyland wasn’t until 2002, but feel the exact same way.