So I went to the AP preview of Cars Land today and was very impressed by the scale of it all and how impressive those desert mountains were. Radiator Springs Racers is a true E-Ticket, and I think the theming here is second to none.
There's one other thing I noticed, as an Arizona native who grew up in a crappy little town just like Radiator Springs: it's really, really hot, and there isn't much shade. Most of the stores won't have anything in front that will shade you from the punishing sun.
This seems to be the guiding design principle for much of Cars Land: not a lot of shade, not a lot of shelter. It's a big slab of steaming concrete and you're on your own if you need even a moment's relief. It's early June - not the hottest part of the summer - and I found myself wondering why, in this billion-dollar plan, they didn't bring in some fully-grown trees. Something to block out the sun a little bit. I waited around for something to open up in the shaded tables under Flo's V8 Cafe, and there are a few indoor dining options, but even the carnival rides - Mater and Luigi - are outside, on - as I said - a big slab of steaming concrete with no shade that's been painted black.
I wasn't hit too hard today, but I really pity the people who will be waiting on the concrete in 3-hour lines for RSR this summer, standing next to a sun-bleached desert where the concrete you're standing on is soaking up the heat faster than you are.