So... we were at the Cars Land preview yesterday and were standing at the start of Route 66 next to the Radiator Springs sign. A cast member approached us and asked if we knew why the Radiator Springs population sign had been changed from 11 to 12 as seen below. We answered the obvious answer, which was that Lightning moved to Radiator Springs, and he said "That's right!" and we moved on.
Several hours later, we realized that there are indeed 13 residents of Radiator Springs and not 12. Did they make an error or am I making a mistake somewhere:
- Lightning McQueen
- Doc Hudson
- Lizzie (Mrs. Stanley)
We researched it a bit and realized that Doc died between Cars and Cars 2, but we feel that he should be included in the list of residents since he appears in Radiator Springs Racers. The only character on the above list that we didn't actually see anywhere in Cars Land was Lizzie, but her Curios Shop is there and she appears in both Cars movies so I don't think we can say that she "died" like Doc. Finally, if any characters did die, then they wouldn't have needed to change the sign since Lightning moving in would have offset anyone dying or leaving. Any thoughts?
On a different note, Cars Land is AWESOME. I won't go on about it except to say that we really didn't have an appriciation for the scale of the site until we walked through it. On your first visit, I recommend entering through the entrance on the Wharf. It by far offers the best views.