5 Fun Facts About Cars Land in Disneyland Resort

My favorite place at the Disneyland Resort is Cars Land in California Adventure Park. While in Disneyland for the Disney Social Media Moms conference, I learned some fun facts about Cars Land and had to share them with you!

5 fun facts about Cars Land

1. In 2008, when Cars Land was just a twinkle in the eye of Imagineers, a Concept Team toured Route 66 with a historian (who happens to be the voice of Sheriff in Cars) while taking notes about the “must have” landmarks for Cars Land. You can see the video here:


2. Every. single. thing. in Cars Land–from the buildings to the signs to the benches–was inspired by something seen on Route 66. The one exception is all of the beautiful trees you see. Imagineers understood that in the sometimes hot California sun, their guests could get uncomfortable. They decided that it was more important to add trees to the Cars Land than to stick 100% to the concept from Route 66.

Main Street Cars Land

Two of the most impressive landmarks that were replicated for Cars Land are Cadillac Ranch and the Cozy Cone Motel:

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch in Cars Land

Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone Motel Cars Land

3. At nearly 300,000 sq. ft., the mountain range is the largest rock construction in any domestic Disney theme park and stands 125 feet at its highest peak (the 1959 Cadillac). The six peaks of the mountain range represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962.

4. The car-acters of Radiator Springs include Lightening McQueen, Mater, and Red the Fire Truck. Did you know that Red will “sing” Happy Birthday to you if you tell him it’s your special day?

Red the Fire Truck in Cars Land

5. Radiator Springs Racers is the most popular ride in Cars Land. Actually, it’s the most popular ride in all of California Adventure! The line for Fast Passes begins the minute the park opens, and Fast Passes are usually gone by mid-morning. The average wait (as of today) is 120 minutes. Here’s a video of Radiator Springs Racers from start to finish.

Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers Facts:

  • top speed is 40 mph
  • can be compared to the Test Track ride at Walt Disney World
  • you’ll never know who will win the race–a random car is chosen each time!
  • after tractor-tipping, if your car re-enters town and turns left, you’ll receive a tire change at Luigi’s Casa Della Tires
  • if your vehicle turns right, you’ll receive a coat of paint at Ramone’s House of Body Art (my favorite part!)

Some of my personal tips about Cars Land? Ok, ok–I’ll share.

1. The soft-serve ice cream at the Cozy Cone Motel is my favorite treat in Cars Land. The line is usually a little longer at this cone, but it’s worth it!

Cozy Cone Ice Cream


2. If you’re dying to ride Radiator Springs Racers, but don’t want to wait for 2 hours, split up your group and get in the single rider line. You’ll stay together throughout the wait, and then be split up for the ride at the last minute. The wait for single riders is usually 35-45 minutes.

3. The most under-rated ride in California Adventure (in my opinion) is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Go on… ride it!

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

 So tell me… what’s your favorite thing about Cars Land?

This post is not sponsored. I have been the guest of Disneyland several times in the last few years and am sharing my favorites with you.


  1. 1
    Michelle says:

    My favorite thing besides the racers is the Red Freeze drink and pretzel bites with cheese at the Cozy Cone! It’s a fantastic combination!

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    Julie B. says:

    Love Cars Land, especially at night with all the neon lit up :)

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    Love this post. Have to send to my 13 year old daughter as Cars is her favorite movie franchise. We are headed to Disney World for the the twelvth plus time in November and made it to Disneyland a year before it opened (we are in St. Louis).

    So wonderful to have Fast Pass but what a great suggestion to split up to manage the wait quickly.

    Hope you had a wonderful experience, Becca. Sharing.

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    Cindy Petersen says:

    My favorite part is on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree when Mater gives his instructions in Spanish and says, “Por Favor”. Classic! You must listen for it!

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    My kids would go absolutely crazy to visit Cars Land. I thought the cars in the ground were cool looking.

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    Dena says:

    On our most recent trip we made a bee line for Racers as soon as it opened. The line que started way back at Sarge’s but we made it on in 30 mins. That’s about as close to walking on as you can get. We chose a morning that did not have Magic Hours and got there 30 minutes early so we could be inside at rope drop. We never go for the fast pass, they’re always gone so fast, plus we like to jump right in. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is so fun! Totally under appreciated but that is great news for those that know. Love Cars Land! Happy travels!

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    Mater’s junkyard is my favorite! It’s so fun and totally unexpected :)

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