Cars Land grand opening lights up with Hollywood stars, neon and fireworks

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

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Published on June 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm with 20 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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  • Emily Baker

    Awww, Bella Thorne (the red head) and Zendaya (the brunette) are just nameless “Disney Channel Stars”? Shake It Up is one of the only shows worth watching on the Disney Channel! Besides, even as a 26 year old, I am 100% jealous of Bella’s wardrobe!

  • Tiny Mermaid

    Really enjoying these daily mini-updates. Will they continue after this week?

    • Absolutely. We are doing our best to cover all the events for our readers so you don’t miss out on anything important! In fact, one of the goals of our redesign was to create room for breaking news on our front page. From now on, you can expect a Dateline article on Monday, but also periodic updates from Dateline and In The Parks throughout the week and at any time of day.

      • Tiny Mermaid


  • inferno032

    Since when did DeAndre Brackensick from American Idol season 11 become a Disney channel star as listed in the pictures of “Various Disney Channel stars”???

  • Disneyaholik

    It’s Mini not Minny, Mini like a MiniVan…..

  • scarymouse

    I would like to see the lighting ceremony every night maybe Mickey and friends could take turns turning on the Neon of Cars land and with a shot of fireworks was very impressive and would help draw to DCA.

  • bakhuizen

    Guests have already started lining up for tomorrow’s opening!

  • Timekeeper

    Woah, I predict longs lines and popularity in DCA to sky rocket!


  • Timekeeper

    Also, is it just me or are we getting Dateline Disneyland mini-updates more and more? I’m missing and longing the old, long article format already.


    • kirbilicious

      I’m with you on that, I sorely miss the long article format. I appreciate that we’re getting breaking news coverage, but those being lumped in under “Dateline Disney” or “In the Parks” in addition to the mini articles is just leaving me confused and overwhlemed. It leaves me with the feeling that I must be missing something.

  • smathur

    Anybody know if we’ll be able to see or attend the Grand Reopening of California Adventure tomorrow morning? We’re planning on camping out tonight but just curious if we’ll be able to actually see anything either inside or outside the park in the morning. Any input helps, thanks!!

  • mratigan

    I was going to camp but not anymore
    Yes nameless Disney channel stars 🙂

  • Explicit

    Looks good, but how does a land have a grand opening and only celebrities can enjoy it? At least they had fun. Great update of the event last night

  • trueBruin86

    getting goosebumps just looking at the pics! So excited to set foot on Cars Land real soon!!

  • KENfromOC

    I’ve come to realize that despite your great coverage, you guys also get it wrong quite often. Case in point were your dire warnings of Luigi’s Flying Tires. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! I been there for all the media events, and yesterday (June14) I was with my family and we all LOVED Luigi’s Flying Tires ! AND I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THE TIRES ARE VERY EASY TO MANEUVER!
    In fact my wife, my 5-year old girl and myself were in one tire while my other daughter and her boyfriend were in another and we all had a blast! Not to mention EVERYONE I talked to who had been on the ride LOVED IT! Yes, it is slow loading and the lines will be long and yes you need to step over the inflatable tire to the seating deck. But they have a cast member who gathers the next group of riders and humorously and in a fun way explains how to operate the tires.
    So don’t believe everything MiceChat writes. (And contrary to another thing they said about the opening, Racal Flats was not there to sing “Life is a Highway”!)
    And PS: This site has gotten more confusing… not better!

  • Tinkbelle

    Aww, Snow White and Prince Charming from Once Upon a Time were there.

    As for the new format, while I enjoy getting news more often, it does seem more complicated, cluttered, and harder to navigate. I do sometimes find that I missed an article from a couple of days ago that I would have been interested in reading. I have to do more hunting now. I’m not adverse to change but this doesn’t feel user friendly yet.

  • Barbossa

    Looks like it was a fun time! Now lets get Phase 2 going!

  • firedude932

    Looks awesome! I can’t wait to see it in person the next time I can make it back home to So-Cal!

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