I have heard from a few sources that it is planned, even within the Radiator Springs Racers ride (the finale, featuring weird caves and strange rock formations) that the area is planned to feature a lot of sort of "tribute material" to the classic roadside attractions and their vibe. Some of that is apparent in the film, with the "Kozy Kone" motel and similar little nods. I really hope they go this direction in a strong sense, as that would be a lot of the appeal to me: nods to existing and fictional quirky attractions, and that vibe of making kind of deliberate weird, homespun attractions to lure in tourists.
Given the execution of a kind of similar area in Animal Kingdom (Chester and Hester's Dinorama) with varying levels of success, what do you think of this kind of slant on the new area? I think this is something Disney could really do well, and I say that as one who isn't as crazy even about the Cars film. They truly could tap into this unique vibe and do a tribute to the classic, offbeat "tourist traps" while still making it true to the film/fantasy world. In real world attractions, there is often some kind of distinctive physical/natural feature that the weirdness springs up around, and this certainly could be the case with the finished town of Radiator Springs, having the Cadillac Ranch-inspired mountains as the backdrop.
What do you think, should and will Carsland exploit this thematic material and go the kind of strange, slightly offbeat route in presenting the town's "attractions" in this manner, like many real California attractions past and present have done? (the Mystery Spot, Buena Park Alligator Farm, Salvation Mountain, Pollardville, the muffler men statues, Claude Bell's Cabazon dinosaurs, etc).