Nice photos Ron.
Looks like some big cacti backstage:
IMG_6613 by socal_ron, on Flickr
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Peek-a-boo beyond the arch:
IMG_6597 by socal_ron, on Flickr
Thanks for all the pix, Ron!
If you look at the full size version of this pic:
IMG_6538 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! by socal_ron, on Flickr
You can just barely see that it says "Pepper's ghost proj. of Ramone and Flo" inside Ramone's House of Body Art.
The wall on the right has been covered with rims:
IMG_6604 by socal_ron, on Flickr
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On the left here:
IMG_6611 by socal_ron, on Flickr
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The view down the cross street:
IMG_6561 by socal_ron, on Flickr
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Through the arch:
IMG_6552 by socal_ron, on Flickr
IMG_6553 by socal_ron, on Flickr
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Looking close at this plan it looks like the main drag will have the fresh asphalt put down by Lightning while the cross street will have older looking asphalt and the road leading to Stanly's Oasis and the circular drive at the Cozy Cone will be old and very cracked.
IMG_6547 by socal_ron, on Flickr
I wonder exactly where the locations are for new attractions for Carsland. I'm guessing their version of Sci Fi Dine in fits into a building by Flos.
Well, the original Cars Land plan (the one announced in 2007 which is basically what we're getting) did have planned the Radiator Springs Drive In which was going to be a Sci Fi Diner experience but for Cars. Some earlier concept art and one of the models from the 2009 D23 show the drive in being roughly next to Luigis but up the path some more. It would have been right on the way to Bugs Land or Hollywoodland transition. If you notice, there is an expansion plot right now in Cars Land that is roughly in same spot as originally planned.
I count ten track spurs. Am I the only one who feels that imagineers didn't use the showbuilding space as wisely as they could have? Surely they didn't need that many switch tracks.
^I feel like you can't really say anything till you actually see what they've done inside the show building. All ride layouts look far more simple that the rides themselves. If you look at the layout for the Mummy at Universal, you'll notice it looks far less complex than the ride feels when you are actually on it. I'd say give Disney the benefit of the doubt until you actually ride the thing and see what's inside.
What I love about the BSC exhibit is that they still barely reveal what's going to happen inside the show building. We haven't seen any of the animatronics, nor have we seen any actual interior shots of the building. It's brilliant because they have so much they can show off for Carsland while still keeping the truly important things under wraps.
What is going to be at the cozy cone motels? shops? snacks?