Disneyland California Adventure Review of the new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street

On Friday, June 15th, 2012 Disneyland guests were welcomed into a new “vintage” Los Angeles that Walt Disney became very familiar with when he arrived in 1923 on Buena Vista Street. This area encompasses countless dining and shopping opportunities for every guest highlighted by Elias & Co. (a great place to find all of your souvenirs!). You can satisfy your sweet tooth at Trolley Treats- which we highly suggest you try their  hand-dipped caramel apples! A lot of research and detail went into the design of Buena Vista Street, where a keen eye is sure to find a hidden Mickey or two.  

As far as enjoy an elegant meal during your stay, we suggest the new Carthay Circle Restaurant. Inside there are 3 main themes to the decor- The first-floor public lounge celebrates Disney and studio history, with details that recall the original Carthay Circle building; the second-floor dining room, is decorated with photos of Walt Disney and celebrities at several different events and awards ceremonies in and around LA; a hidden area most won’t be able to ever access is the 1901 lounge, open only to members of Club 33, the private dining venue above New Orleans Square at Disneyland. For dinner, we suggest the Grilled Rib Eye  with sautéed mushrooms and Gremolata of Red Flame Grapes, blue cheese, red onions and parsley. Definitely try the Carthay House Biscuits that are stuffed with white cheddar, bacon, and jalapeno and served with apricot honey butter. Even if you don’t get to eat here, take time to check out the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the park at Carthay Circle!

Heading over to the brand new, 12 acre Cars Land.. WOW. You are instantly transported inside the movie! You enter Radiator Springs along the famous Route 66. Heading to Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel you pass Fillmore’s and Sarge’s across the street – just as you see in the Cars movies. Sally’s is where you can find all of your traditional Disney park snack foods (popcorn, pretzels, Mickey Ice Cream bars., etc).

Next to Sarge’s and across from the Cozy Cone you will see Flo’s V8 Cafe. Here Flo has an impressive 300 seat restaurant with views  of Radiator Springs from every seat! Flo serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a great children’s menu as well. Flo’s also has a  rotisserie that you can see grilling meat all day long!

On to the rides! Radiator Springs Racers is AWESOME! For fans of the Cars movies this is a  re-creation of Ornament Valley. Each car (that seats six) takes you into the mountain and through Radiator Springs before passing through Luigi’s Casa Della Tires or Ramone’s House of Body Art and sending you out to race another car (winners are random).

Luigi’s Flying Tires is a new Disney take on bumper cars- this time you are in the air!  Here you board your very own tire and move the tire by moving your body in the direction in which you wish to go.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is a ride that features trailers pulled by a baby tractor (picture the cow tipping scene in the first Cars movie) dancing along to the music performed by Mater! This ride is very similar to a scrambler ride that whips the riders inside their seats!

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