Disney’s Cars Land (Or: The One Place Where You Can Count On A Broken Down Attraction)

Cars Land Mainstreet

It was Christopher’s first and my second time at Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure! I love the place – I think it’s genius they made it look just like the place in the movie. And of course I think it’s awesome just the same that they actually have the characters drive around as real cars that will speak to you. There’s almost no topping that.

Lightning McQueen and Mater at Cars Land

Christopher was quite excited to get to see Cars Land. Forget about the Mickey and the Magic Map, the new show over at Disneyland Park – he wanted to see Cars Land! And he was not disappointed. We spent pretty much all day just in that land, meeting Lightning, Mader and marveling over the beautiful 60s look. Or was it the 50s? I don’t know, but either way, gas was 63 cent a gallon. Thanks, Disney, for rubbing that in our faces… 😉

Gas station Cars LandWe loved Luigi’s Flying Tires, but not as much as we loved Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. We went on it twice. Or 3 times?

Luigi's Flying Tires

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Cars LandThe one thing I just absolutely hate about Cars Land is the main attraction – The Radiator Springs Racers. Yes, it’s an absolutely awesome ride; that is if you actually get on it. Fastpasses are generally gone at 10:30 every morning. Getting a fast pass for this ride is about as competitive as getting a Fastpass for World of Color. Both totally worth the crazy run-to-beat-all-the-others-to-the-punch, but unfortunately we weren’t in the park until 1PM. All passes were long gone. So we stood in line… a 55 minute line that was. And (NOT to my surprise), after 40 minutes of wait time, the ride broke down and we were told that it might make sense to not wait, but leave and do something else. No make good. No front-of-the-line pass. No Fastpass. Nothing. Just a wasted 40 minutes.

Racers Wait Cars Land

Interesting fact you learn while waiting in line at the Racers: One of the sheds that shadows you is made of oil bottles that come from the real Route 66! And it looks so cool (see picture of Christopher climbing on them).

Luckily, next time we got in line (about 45 minutes after the ride had broken down), we actually got on. Christopher was super excited and actually ready to immediately stand in line again for yet another 55 minutes, just so he could ride it again. I said no. Absolutely not. And thank goodness we didn’t get back in line, because as soon as we had come off the ride, it broke down again… and remained broken down for the remainder of the night. Come on, Disney! Cars Land has been open for over a year now. You should have this figured out by now.

Luckily, the second time around, we had a really nice single dad with his little boy right behind us… so both of us got to make friends (instead of having an annoying-as-hell family in front). Hey, way to see the silver lining, right? 🙂

The Cozy Cone Motel at Cars Land


One thought on “Disney’s Cars Land (Or: The One Place Where You Can Count On A Broken Down Attraction)

  1. Anne, this is quite some work you got here. I was looking at Karneval stuff for Erik and I and stumbled upon what I didn’t know then, but know now, is YOUR blog. Craziness. So much to learn from on all your posts. Thanks for the hydrogen peroxide post. My Kitchen, bathroom, and teeth will owe you a “thank you” very shortly LOL. Keep up the posts, what little I have read so far, has enlightened me!

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