The grand opening of Disney California Adventure's Cars Land expansion took place on June 13, 2012, ahead of its opening to the public on June 15.
A host of celebrities attended the grand opening, with the media flooding the park the following day to capture photos and videos of Cars Land before its full debut. Among the celebrities on the red carpet was Disney's chief creative officer, John Lasseter, who heads up the company's animation studios and directed the Cars movies upon which the new land is based.
Disney has released an official video of the opening ceremony, which is embedded below:
Dominated by $200 million E-Ticket attraction Radiator Springs Racers, Cars Land is also home to two other attractions: Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Along with a number of shops and restaurants, these are an accessible from a recreation of Route 66 that runs through the fictional town of Radiator Springs.
In addition to Cars Land, the new Buena Vista Street entrance area has also opened at Disney California Adventure. Home to a number of restaurants and retail outlets, it is designed to evoke 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles as Walt Disney would have found it when he set up his animation studios with brother Roy. Both Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are previewed in the video below:
You can find full details of the Pixar-inspired expansion to Disney California Adventure in our in-depth Cars Land preview.
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