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Disney’s Cars Land – A Photo Journey through Radiator Springs

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Disney's Cars Land Photos: A Photo Journey through Radiator Springs

As a mother of two young children who are positively smitten with the Cars movie, it felt a bit surreal to walk into a real-life version of the film’s fictional town of Radiator Springs at Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land. The magic (or, in this case, the ka-chow!) of Disney is in the details. Take a journey through Radiator Springs via these photos.

Radiator Springs sign

There are 1,800 different signs and graphics in Cars Land, including those on this Radiator Springs welcome sign.

Cars Land fruit stand

In addition to three official eateries in Cars Land, you can grab a quick, healthy snack of fresh fruit and other goodies at the Taste-In.

Cars Land fruit balloons

There is no shortage of Cars Land tchotchkes available for purchase at Cars Land and throughout Disney California Adventure, like these Lightning McQueen and Mater balloons.

Luigi's tires

Wind your way through Luigi’s Casa Della Tires (designed to look like a shoe store for cars) as you wait to board Luigi’s Flying Tires.

Luigi's tire ride

Luigi’s ride kept giant “tires” floating two inches above the ground with 6,000 air vents. This slow-moving ride was made more magical with the addition of beach balls because, hey, beach balls make everything more fun! (Alas, this ride was replaced with Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, which is, let’s face it, an equally ho-hum ride.)

Luigi's tire hats

These appear to be THE souvenir of choice amongst Cars Land goers, Luigi’s Flying Tires hats.

Tow Mater's baby tractor ride

Here’s an adorable warning to other Radiator Springs’ residents to be on the look-out for baby tractors at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree ride.

Tow Mater's tractor ride

Thankfully, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree was both MORE exciting and LESS motion-sickness-inducing that I had expected.

Cars Land tire statue

Tow Mater’s Junkyard is decorated with darling “junk” like this.

Cone-themed treats at Cars Land

Get a Chile Cone Carne (a cone-shaped bread bowl filled with chile and Frito chips), an ice cream cone, a cone filled with the surprisingly delicious dill pickle-flavored Pop Cone and other “coney” treats at the Cozy Cone Motel.

Flo's V8 Cafe juke box

As a frequenter of roadside diners, I am a fan of Flo’s V8 Cafe, with its doo-wop music and Route 66-inspired cuisine.

Flo's V8 Cafe meal and ugly pie

Comfort food is served up at Flo’s V8 Cafe – like this turkey platter served with mashed potatoes and gravy, raspberry jam, peas n’ carrots, homemade roll, and a slice of strawberry-rhubarb “ugly” pie for dessert.

Radiator Springs Racers sign at night

Even my ride-phobic 4-year-old can’t wait to ride on Radiator Springs Racers, the king attraction at Cars Land. He’ll get his chance at the end of summer when I head back to Disneyland, this time with my family. Here’s the ride’s neon sign all lit up at nighttime.

Radiator Springs Racers waterfall

Radiator Springs Racers starts out with a leisurely tour of the impressive man-made OrnamentValley, where you drive through the Cadillac Mountain Range and past Radiator Falls.

Radiator Springs Racers paint job

Then riders are diverted to one of two spots to prep for a big race, Luigi’s Casa Della Tires or Ramone’s House of Body Art. Both times I rode the racers, my car got spiffed up with a new make-believe paint job at Ramone’s (shown above). Vehicles come in eight different colors, so warn kiddos beforehand that they may not be able to sit in a red Lightning McQueen car.

Radiator Springs Racers

Next, riders zip through the beautiful desert landscape in a race with a different carload of Cars Land visitors. Another twist? You never know who is going to win!

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What aspect of Radiator Springs are you or your kids most excited to experience at Cars Land? Let us know in the comments!

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. I can’t wait to go!

  2. @lifebycynthia says

    I love your post! We are so excited to visit Disney’s Car Land with our son who is a Cars fanatic! Thank you for sharing your experience! LOVE the pictures! Now I’m (ok, WE) are EVEN MORE excited to visit!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! I am sure your son (and you!) will have a wonderful time at Cars Land!

  3. Great review! 🙂 I know we’ll be heading here at some point, but I just can’t swallow waiting hours in line just yet. Maybe this fall? Looks fab!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Debi – I’m hoping the lines will die down by the time we visit at the end of August. I bet your boys will LOVE Cars Land!

  4. Does Radiator Springs have a FAST-PASS? It definitely will need one if it hasn’t one yet. I’m probably going to be WATCHING family members ride it before I consider going on it.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Ellen (MOM) – Radiator Springs does have a fast-pass. On the media preview day (which had much fewer visitors than a regular day), there was a 40-minute wait…for the single rider line! So, if going soon, grab your fast-pass first thing in the morning before they run out or expect a VERY long wait!

  5. Kate, SD Deals and Steals says

    oh my goodness! My son is going to flip out! It is SO cute – I love all the special touches (tire/shoe store = cute)
    thanks for sharing!

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