Being a huge fan of Pixar's Cars movies, it was like all my Christmases coming at once when I found out that Cars Land was opening at Disney California Adventure in 2012. However, Cars Land is not the only attraction on Disney's long list of updates for Disneyland's sister park.
This week saw Disney release a video shot inside the Blue Sky Cellar, which showcases models and concept art of upcoming attractions at the park. It has got me all shaken up with excitement, so this week's Big Debate asks: with the park having struggled to attract guests in the past, will the revamped Disney California Adventure be a success?
The shiny new entrance to the park is now in place, the spectacular World of Color show opened last year, updated rides such as Goofy's Sky School are up-and-running and the long-awaited The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure debuted to positive reviews. However, the pièce de résistance is going to hit in 2012, with the opening of Buena Vista Street and (wait for it) Cars Land...aarrrggghhh! (sorry - I always get an involuntary burst of excitement whenever I think of actually visiting Radiator Springs).
The Buena Vista Street entrance plaza is going to evoke 1920s Los Angeles, a time and place which Walt Disney himself would have experienced. For many this will not be truly appreciated on first sight due to the inevitable stampede that will ensue to get to Cars Land. But the designs suggest that this will be an amazing area to wander around later in the day to soak up Los Angeles in its heyday.
The 12-acre Cars Land will feature the $200 million headline attraction Radiator Springs Racers as well as Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi's Flying Tires. It will also be home to two new dining locations (Fillmore's Taste In and Flo's V8 Café) and two retail outlets (Ramone's House of Body Art and Sarge's Surplus Hut).
The list seems to go on and on of new rides and attractions, new eateries, new shops, updated areas - surely people in California and around the world won't be able to resist the urge to go and visit Lightning McQueen and Mater and check out the completed new look Disney California Adventure?
For some, Florida's Walt Disney World may remain the draw with its wider choice of parks and resort hotels. And can Disney California Adventure ever truly stand up to its neighbor, Disneyland, which remains the only Disney park to have been constructed under Walt's supervision?
Will Disney California Adventure see a lasting attendance boost when the updates are completed? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll below.
Will the revamped Disney's California Adventure be a success?
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