Whether Walt Disney intended to use Hollywood as a model for his beloved theme
parks or not, walking into the newly opened “Cars Land” at California Adventure Park’s 12-acre attraction, one would think it was his plan all along.
“Cars Land” is based on Disney/Pixar’s 2006 animated film, Cars. The children’s movie features two automobiles: the super sleek red sports car, Lightning McQueen, articulated by Owen Wilson, and Mater, a sassy-mouthed beat-up truck voiced by Blue Collar comedian Larry the Cable Guy — and they are the stars in these parts.
The unlikely motorized duo’s quest to save a once-thriving town from disappearing along a vanishing stretch of the legendary Route 66 is the focus of
the film, and “Cars Land” is nothing short of walking into this Hollywood set.
Imagineers didn’t allow any details to escape their attention in Disney’s newest
Standing at the main entrance of Radiator Springs, the first thing you’ll
notice is Cadillac Range, the imposing 125-foot red stone monolith jutting
skyward in the background.
As your gaze marvels at the site of the horizon punctured by rose-colored rock formations normally found in the desert, the sound of thousands of excited little voices screaming, “There’s Mater!” will quickly make you realize you're are standing in the middle of Anaheim.