Monday, May 5, 2014

美國::Disney California Adventure::Cars Land

講開車的遊樂場,
點少得加州迪迪尼的Cars Land!  
將個 Radiator Springs 整係個樂園入面,
Cars 的主要角色都有出現!
Disney California Adventure官網 就好吸引啦.
但就好似冇乜中文人係網上報告樂園的特色?

不過我依家對迪迪尼的興趣真係好低.
如果有一日瓜話想去要算啦.
可能到嗰時佢已經唔鐘意車啦.

其實我都好期待有一日瓜會自己同我講佢想去邊度邊度,
應該會好有新鮮感!
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Information from Theme Park Insider

Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

On June 15, 2012, Disney opened the newest land in the Disney California Adventure theme park, Cars Land, based on the Disney/Pixar animated films. Cars Land is the centerpiece of a $1 billion-plus transformation of the California Adventure theme park.
Doc Hudson
Doc Hudson has some advice for you on Radiator Springs Racers, in Disney's Cars Land.
  • Radiator Springs Racers
    A high-speed race through Ornament Valley, inspired by the first Cars film.
  • Luigi's Flying Tires
    You'll hover on air, floating on "flying" tires in the back of Luigi's shop.
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
    A musical whip-style ride with Radiator Springs' favorite tow-truck.
  • Flo's V8 Cafe
    A new restaurant, featuring Route 66-inspired comfort food, such as roasted meats and pie for dessert.
  • Cozy Cone Motel
    Serving snacks and light meals... in a bread cone, of course.

Disneyland brings Cars Land to Pasadena, in a 2013 Rose Parade float


By Robert Niles
Published: January 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Happy New Year 2013 from Pasadena!We're sitting at the corner of Orange Grove and Pasadena boulevards on New Year's morning, watching the 124th annual Rose Parade, which includes this year's float from the Disneyland Resort -- a 125-foot-long floral recreation ofCars Land at Disney California Adventure (and, if rumors prove true, coming soon to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida -- we'll just ignore the existence of the severely abridged version at the Walt Disney Studios in Paris).

Cars Land float
The Rose Parade float depicts the town of Radiator Springs, along with all three Cars Land attractions

Cars Land float
But since it's a theme park ride, something has to go terribly wrong. In a flash of fireworks, the float "breaks down."

Cars Land float
Fortunately, Cars Land is home to a certain tow truck, who drives up to give the float a jump, and save the day.

Cars Land float
Lightning McQueen and Sally ride at the front of the float

Cars Land float
Here's Sally, from the other side.

Cars Land float
Here's Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

Cars Land float
And Luigi's Flying Tires, followed by dancing waiters and waitresses from Flo's V8 Cafe

Cars Land float
It's flowers depicting car parts depicting flowers!

Cars Land float
Radiator Springs Racers brings up the rear of the float. The only thing missing? The two-hour-plus queue of visitors, of course.

Cars Land float
Here's another view of the entire float. Click for a larger view.

Cars Land float
And Mater and friend, bringing up the rear.
Here's a video of the float going by - I was sitting in the "TV bleachers" located across the street from the TV cameras at turn on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards. Unfortunately, the sun came out just as the Cars Land float approached, so I was shooting into the sun.

This year's Rose Parade theme was "Oh, the Places You'll Go."

Rose Parade opening float
So, yes, Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat made an appearance, for you Universal Islands of Adventure fans:

The Cat in the Hat in the Rose Parade
As did Thing 1 and Thing 2 and a certain fish in a pot:

Dr. Seuss float in the Rose Parade
Happy New Year, theme park fans!
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Of course, the Rose Parade leads up to the annual Rose Bowl Game, which this year features Wisconsin versus Stanford.

Wisconsin cheerleaders
The uh, somewhat infamous Stanford Band behaved themselves for the TV cameras, though it made the turn at Colorado Boulevard in its own, distinct way:

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Earlier, the people at Disney released a couple of videos documenting the construction and decoration of the Cars Land float:

Remember, every surface of a Rose Parade float must be covered in flowers or other organic material. That creates a huge last-minute rush to decorate these floats, as participants need to ensure all that flora will be fresh on New Year's morning.
Here's what the crew from Cars Land was wearing (from the Tournament of Roses' press release): "[Lightning] McQueen will be covered in red carnation petals, strawflower and seaweed. Sally will be covered in cut statice, lunaria and clover seed. The tractors will be covered in a variety of seeds, mums, seaweed and black beans. The animated signs will be decorated in a variety of seeds, strawflowers, mums and marigolds. The mountains and rocks throughout the float will be covered in lentils, clover seed, mums and strawflowers. Throughout the deck of the float will be live pinon trees, cactus, succulents and a variety of grasses. There will be thousands of roses, carnations and gerberas spread throughout the float."

P.S. Disney's other big event today is the opening of entries for Disney's 2013 sweepstakes - one Disney vacation given away every day in January.

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How to fly Luigi's Flying Tires


By Robert Niles
Published: June 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Of all the new attractions in Disney California Adventure, Luigi's Flying Tires holds the most re-ride appeal for me. Why? Not only is every ride different on Luigi's, it's one of those rare and welcomed attractions where your input makes the difference in your enjoyment of the ride.
Luigi's Flying Tires
Luigi's Flying Tires rewards you for paying attention back in your math and physics classes. The tires themselves float on a cushion of air, like a puck on an air hockey table. But it's up to you to make the tires move around the platform. Take a look at this video:

For the TL;DW (too long; didn't watch) crowd: As you lean to one side, you're tilting the tire, changing the angle of the underside of the tire relative to the platform. That changes the angle at which the air coming up from the platform is hitting the underside of the tire, pushing the tire to one side. That is what moves your tire around the platform.
The trouble is, if you lean too far to the side, the edge of your tire will hit the platform and the friction between the tire edge and the platform will bring you to a stop. So you've got to find a balance that gives you a push without scraping an edge and slowing to a halt.
It's easier for beginners to get the feel for the ride if you go alone. But if you're in a group, breaking up is going to reduce the ride's hourly capacity and blow up the line - so at least try to get everyone in your group to work together when you ride. Select a leader who'll make the decisions when to shift direction, and try to steer your tire in a circle for a moment so everyone can get a feel for the ride when you start.
That's Tire Flying 101. Now let's move on to more advanced flying technique!
Remember momentum. If you keep leaning in one direction, your momentum will build, moving you faster across the platform. If you need to change direction, try to do so gradually, so you don't scrub off your speed with a sudden change in direction.
Watch for traffic. The last thing you want to happen is to get boxed in by a bunch of other tires. Look for open spaces on the platform and aim for them.
Use traffic to your advantage. This is the really cool part of the ride. If you remember force vectors, here's your chance to test that in a theme park. Look for tires going in your general direction, and try to glance off them to get a get a momentum boost. If you're really good, you might even be able to get your tire to start spinning when you do. Be careful, though. If you hit the angle wrong, you'll lose your speed.
As crowds settle down in Cars Land this summer, I recommend going to get a Radiator Springs Racers Fastpass first thing when you arrive in the park at opening. Then go make Luigi's your first ride in the morning, as it doesn't have Fastpass and a low hourly capacity will result in some pretty long waits later in the day. Keep riding Luigi's until the line backs up over 15 minutes or so, then move on to Racers, or wherever else you'd like to do in the park. But take a moment to think about the physics before giving Luigi's a try. If you know what you're doing, Luigi's Flying Tires can be one of the more unique and delightful ride experiences you've ever had in a theme park.

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Ride review - Radiator Springs Racers and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure


By Robert Niles
Published: June 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Pixar's "Cars" provides what might be Hollywood's purest depiction of story from a child's perspective. Like a child imagining a narrative for his collection of toy cars, "Cars" creates a world where every character is an automobile, from a Porsche working as a lawyer to a Fiat who sells tires. It's as if Douglas Adams' Ford Prefect actually got it right in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy," and the cars really are the dominant life form.
Lightning McQueen
Yet unlike other movies where toys come to life - most notably Pixar's own "Toy Story" - there's no attempt in "Cars" to ground the movie's narrative in a human world. The cars don't revert to inanimate form when the people happen by. In "Cars," there are no people, so the cars are free to go on being whatever imagination dreams them to be. It's pure fantasy, with no concessions - or apologies - for its conceit.
But now, people are entering the land of "Cars," in Disney California Adventure's simply just-as-simply-named Cars Land, the new theme park land which opens to the public tomorrow.

Cars Land
As in the movie, Disney's made no attempt to explain how Cars Land fits into the human universe. Cars Land is just here, and now you can visit it. Disney didn't take the route Universal Orlando did, when it stretched Harry Potter canon by explaining that Professor Dumbledore had invited us "Muggles" to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the day. Hey, we're playing here. There's no need to explain it.
Not that "Cars" didn't have its conflicts. Fitting with its child-like perspective, "Cars" told the story of a child-like racer named Lightning McQueen, a spectacularly talented rookie who turned away his crew and many fans with his selfish immaturity. Heck, Lightning McQueen was so young, so inexperienced, that he didn't even know how to make what might be the most basic move in auto racing, driving in "opposite lock" to carry maximum speed through a turn. But when Lightning's selfish insistence on rushing to California for a championship race landed him in the forgotten Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, he was forced to grow up, by learning how to make friends.
In Cars Land, Disney's Imagineers have faithfully recreated the entire town of Radiator Springs, from its courthouse square, framed by the towering rockwork "tailfins" of Cadillac Range, to Mater's weathered junkyard on the edge of town. Disney's even shown us more of Radiator Springs than we saw in the movie, with a queue for its centerpiece Radiator Springs Racers which shows us for the first time the "Original Radiator Spring" which gave the town its name.

Radiator Spring
While the physical setting dazzles, the time setting for Cars Land looked to me a bit fuzzy - the Lightning McQueen that drives around town greeting guests sports "Allinol" stickers from "Cars 2," but Doc Hudson, who died before the events of "Cars 2," appears in Radiator Springs Racers. Then again, it's just play. There's no explaining Cars Land's place in the human universe, or in the human timeframe.
So what of the rides? We often joke here on Theme Park Insider about that moment in every theme park attraction when something goes terribly wrong. But Radiator Springs Racers is one major theme park ride where nothing ever does go terribly wrong. It's a day in the "Happily Ever After" instead - when Lightning McQueen's made his friends, there are no villains to be found, and there's nothing more important facing us than a high-speed race around Carburetor County.

Racing through Cars Land
We're along for the ride as 'toon convertibles race through the desert surrounding Radiator Springs. Using the same high-speed, flat-track ride system as Epcot's Test Track and Tokyo Disney Sea's Journey to the Center of the Earth, Radiator Springs Racers starts us with a drive past the Ornament Valley waterfall before returning us to Radiator Springs at nightfall, where Mater's tipping tractors, and Lightning McQueen and Sally await us before we prepare for our big race.
At this point, the track splits and we are sent into one of two alternative routes on the ride - a visit to Luigi's tire shop for fresh whitewalls, or a trip through Ramone's body shop for a fresh coat of paint. (Ride enough times and you might also notice the interior colors in Ramone's shop changing to match your car's color.) From there, Doc Hudson offers you a last-minute tip before Luigi and Guido drop the green flag for our high-speed race through Ornament Valley. At the finish line, we pass through Tail-light Caverns, where Lightning and his best friend Mater congratulate us before we exit.

It's all in good fun, without the high-stakes, good-vs.-evil conflict that defines Universal Creative's Transformers ride, which debuted at cross-town rival Universal Studios Hollywood last month. That absence left me without the same adrenaline rush I felt after riding Transformers for the first time, though I remain amazed at the animation quality in Radiator Springs Racers' Audio-Animatronics. The lifelike eyes and mouths of the cars leave you completely convinced that these are the animated characters of "Cars" brought to life in front of you. The rich detail throughout the ride rewards repeat visitors (keep your eye on the moon after you escape Frank in the tractor-tipping scene), and for the best experience, ride at night, which not only better fits the narrative of the ride, but also gives you some sweet views of the awesome neon display that Disney's created for the town of Radiator Springs.
The land's other rides - Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree - offer simple physical thrills, each with its own twist. On Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, one of six original songs crooned by Larry the Cable Guy (the voice of Mater) serenades you as you whip around the junkyard behind one of Mater's tractors.

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
On Luigi's Flying Tires, you're floating on a cushion of air (like on an air hockey table), which forces you to learn how to shift you weight to change the angle that your tire sits on the air, allowing the air to push it in different directions. Get the feel right, and Luigi's rewards you with a truly unique ride experience, where you can bounce and glance off other tires to race your way around the yard. Get the feel wrong, though, and you'll stay glued in place, unable to get your tire moving.

Luigi's Flying Tires
But the greatest attraction in Cars Land is the land itself - a buffet of eye candy that keeps rewarding visitors even as they slow down to linger over its details. That planter over there? A tire on its side, filled with "flowers" of tail-lights. The waterwheel in front of the Cozy Cone? Upside-down traffic cones. And Cars Land's greatest highlight might be that moment in the twilight each evening when the land's abundant neon comes to life - bathing the land in waves of color.

Cars Land at Night
For in a land where nothing goes terribly wrong, it's nice to get to savor a moment, instead, when something goes wonderfully right.

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Disney opens Cars Land to its annual passholders


By Robert Niles
Published: June 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM
Disney is letting the public have its first look at the final stages in its $1-billion expansion and makeover of Disney California Adventure theme park. Today, we'll take a look around Cars Land.
Cars Land
Annual passholder preview day crowd at Cars Land. AP-holders could visit Cars Land for a morning or afternoon this weekend for an extra $50 charge.
Cars Land faithfully recreates the town of Radiator Springs, the setting for much of the first Cars film, where Lightning McQueen gets stranded on his way to the Piston Cup final, only to learn some lessons about friendship while he's there.

Lightning McQueen
You'll see Lightning, along with other Cars characters, driving the streets, greeting guests throughout the day. But let's not dawdle too long out on Route 66. Let's take a look at each of the rides and restaurants in the new land. I'll have more details and full reviews, plus additional photos and video, after Cars Land's media preview day this Thursday. In the meantime, you can follow the links below to submit your own ratings and reviews for these Cars Land attractions, if you were among the preview crowds this week.
Radiator Springs Racers is the centerpiece attraction in Cars Land, a high-speed race through the desert-scene Ornament Valley.

Radiator Springs Racers
You'll want to pick up a Fastpass from the machine located next to A Bug's Land on your way into the park, to avoid what promises to be an hours-long wait when this ride opens to the public, starting Friday, June 15.
Inside the queue, you'll find Stanley's Oasis, home of the Original Radiator Spring (and the source of the town's name).

Stanley's Oasis
I was among the first to board the ride this morning, only to have the ride stop just as we entered the main show building. The work lights came up, and Disney cast members evacuated the car in front of us. But after working on the car ahead, the cast members retreated off stage, dimmed the lights and allowed us to continue.

Work lights on
Within moments, we were flying through Ornament Valley.

Racing through Ornament Valley

Around the bend
And crossing the finish line.

Crossing the finish line
Lightning McQueen and Mater congratulate the racers at the end of the ride. (And the cast members at unload allowed us to ride again, since our first journey was interrupted.)

Lightning McQueen and Mater
Luigi's Flying Tires is a unique attraction where riders float on air in giant tires around Luigi's back yard.

Outside Luigi's Flying Tires
I don't want to get into too much opinion here, but I absolutely loved this ride. And I found making the tire move around the giant "air hockey"-like platform to be a snap. It's just basic geometry.

Riding Luigi's Flying Tires
Did you ever stick your hand outside a car window, or in front of a fan? Do your remember how, if you tilt your hand in one direction, the rushing air pushed your hand in that direction? The same principle's at work here. Your tire is floating on a cushion of air. If you lean your body weight to one side, it will create an angle underneath your tire that the air coming up from the ground will push against, pushing you in that direction.
But if you lean too hard, the edge of the tire will hit the ground, and the friction between the tire and ground will stop you immediately. You've got to find the right balance to ride the air. I think this will be much easier for single riders, since you won't have to coordinate with anyone else. I got the hang of this almost instantly, and enjoyed making my tire spin, bump into and avoid other tires, and even race around the platform a bit.


One of the many "planters" inside Cars Land
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree is a classic "whip" ride.

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
You ride behind Mater's tow trucks, which will whip you around the junkyard, as Mater serenades you with several original songs, written and recorded for the ride.

Riding Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
The action on this ride surprised me. It's quick, you move from side to side quite a bit, and the songs are fun.
Now, on to the food. The Cozy Cone Motel serves snacks and light meals in five different giant roadside cones. Cone 1 serves churros bites. Cone 2 offers soft-serve ice cream and root beer floats. Cone 3 has bread cones with scramble eggs for breakfast, and chicken verde or chili con queso for lunch and dinner. Cone 4 serves pretzel bites and "Red's Apple Freeze," a frozen drink. Cone 5 offers two different flavored popcorns daily.

Cozy Cone Motel
Since it was early, and I needed breakfast, I chose the bacon and scrambled egg cone, with cheddar cheese sauce ($6.49)

The bacon was pretty much just a garnish, a single thin and crispy slice. The scrambled eggs were covered in a thick, though not very sharp, cheddar sauce. The bread cones at the Cozy Cone tasted like a pretzel bread (without salt) - firm and not doughy. The people in front of me chose the salsa verde-sauced scrambled eggs, and I'd wished I'd gotten that instead.
For the grown-ups, Cone 3 also serves a pomegranate limeade with vodka. Yep, the booze flows in Cars Land, with speciality beers and hard liquor available in the land. Throw in the huge amount of neon that will illuminate Cars Land each night, and this place has the potential to seem more like a club than a kiddie land.
Cars Land's main restaurant is Flo's V8 Cafe.

Flo's V8 Cafe
Look up when you enter Flo's to see the light fixture mounted inside the "air filter" rotunda. The light display changes color every few moments.

Inside Flo's
I was amused by the inscription on the back of the many cans of "Quality Oil" stacked in front of Flo's, too.

Quality Oil can at Flo's
Flo's is a counter-service restaurant, serving roasted meats with vegetable sides, salads and vegetarian casserole, in addition to those speciality beers and wines by the glass. For dessert, Flo's offers milkshakes, as well as individual pies, including apple/Cheddar, and chocolate Mud pies.


Inside Flo's
I opted for the citrus-marinated roast turkey breast, sliced thinly and served with turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and a roll. For my two sides, I picked the mashed potatoes and a roasted corn medley. ($11.49)

Citrus-marinated roast turkey breast
This is old-fashioned diner food, just like I've had in several family-run joints on the real Route 66 over the years. (But tastier!) Yet one family next to me in line just had to complain that they couldn't get hamburgers at Flo's.


Check out the giant rear-view mirror, mounted above the back dining room at Flo's.
Just kill me now. Let every other freakin' theme park on the planet have their cliche, 50's burger joints. Thank goodness Disney's trying for something better with Cars Land. I'll get into more detail later this week, but Cars Land abounds with such touches where Disney could easily have opted for the conventional, but instead chose to try something quite a bit more ambitious. To me, that's something to celebrate - and not to complain about.
Cars Land opens to the public on Friday, June 15. Tomorrow, I'll write aboutDisney California Adventure's new Buena Vista Street.

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