Cars Land Radiator Springs Experience at Disneyland

When I stepped out of LAX airport last week, little did I know that I would return to my childhood days in less than 24 hours later. Surely Disneyland in California must have this effect on all of us. It was a sight to make even this super serious mom smile from ear to ear. Watching little girls dance merrily through the crowded streets in full princess gear and adults with bedazzled Mickey Mouse ears, could only bring out the kid in me once again.

Cars Land was of my main event stops. From the entrance of Radiator Springs, I immediately felt as if I was walking through a scene of Disney’s Cars. The outer shells of the buildings were properly placed and mirrored the decor of the film. You get that giddy feelings looking around going wow, this is what it looks like up close. Once you enter each of these facilities, you are taken into the world in itself through each shop and ideally you are seeing, what it would look like in the creator’s mind. No detail was left out; no stone unturned. It is a fabulous display of film brought to life.

The walk through Cars Land eventually lead to Radiator Springs Racers, the ride of choice. For a few moments the group of DisneyinHomeBloggers watched as the character cars races past us, speeding towards the win.

Finally it was my turn to step into Lightening McQueen’s car taking a dark journey through a Cars experience. After a few twists turns and some magically talking cars, we were hopped up for a tire change and awaited the race to begin! Beside us pulled up Sally holding another smiling 6 passengers. A few revs of the engine and we are off. Speeding through the mountain top. wind blowing in my hair and a few unforeseen turns. At last we lost, but I had a whole lot of fun getting there!

Disclosure: I received accommodations and travel associated with #disneyinhomebloggers /Disney Press event. No additional compensation has been received. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.



  1. Terri Betz says

    Oh Teri! I am so jelly! Haha! I grew up near Disneyland, but I haven’t been there for…17 years! Eek! It sure looks different! It looks like you gals are having too much fun! Sure makes me want to go back! So many new things to see! My favorite ride was always Peter Pan! I still remember it so well! Disneyland is a magical memory maker for sure! So glad you got to go! :)

  2. Amber Lamphere says

    I love how it looks just like the movie! Obviously that was the intent, but still, the builders did such a wonderful job. I want to see it in person now!

  3. Veronica De Luna says

    Wow! This looks amazing! I would definitely love to take my kids here one day. It does resemble the movie exactly the way they showed it.

  4. Melissa H. says

    Oh wow! What a super fun trip to Disneyland! I love your photos as everyone looks to happy and excited to feel like a kid again :) The descriptions of your sights and overall experience in Radiator Springs allowed me to envision myself being there, yet also yearning for the chance to travel there so I can satisfy my inner child and give my son a memorable experience! Thanks so much for this magical post! :)

    • Teri says

      This was my first time back at Disney period in nearly 10 years and my first time ever at Disneyland. I definitely felt and looks like a kid again. That huge grin on my face shows my excitement. It was so fun. I even hooped and hollared through the rides and had so much fun along the way.

  5. Amber Nara says

    This is so exciting to look at your photos!! We just got our Disney Land disc(dvd) in the mail today!! You have reassured me to go!!!! Thanks for sharing these awesome photos 😉 ;0 😉

    • Teri says

      I ordered one of those too a few months back to plan a family vacation late Fall. The kiddos are so excited after seeing all the goodies mommy brought home. I know you will all enjoy it. You must let me know how it ends.

  6. Marianne Reeher says

    I ‘ve never been to Disney World, but someday I hope to get the chance.Looks like tons of fun for kids and adults.

  7. June says

    It looks like you all had a great time at Disney. Seeing your pictures reminds me so much of the movie and how crazy my nephews were of CARS when it first came out.

  8. Sarah B. says

    Wow! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I was wondering what this park was like. Now I really want to take my boys there as they are IN LOVE with Cars.

  9. Jan Messali says

    We live about 1 1/2 hours from Disneyland and used to go there at least once a year, but haven’t been for the last couple of years. This looks like so much fun and makes me want to plan a trip asap! Thanks for sharing.

    • Teri says

      I wish we were closer. Heck my planes (yes with an s) took more than 7 hours from start to finish to arrive. Not to mention another 45 minutes from The London hotel to Disneyland. LA traffic is a mess! I am telling ya though. If I was within a quick driving distance, we would be there at least once a year!

  10. says

    I claim to be one of the biggest Disney fans out there…well, Disney movies and cartoons, anyways! Though, I’ve only been to Walt Disney World in Florida twice. Once when I was little (I think I was about 10) and once as an adult (I was 25). I love how particular the craftsmen are when creating the adventures that pertain to the movies. One can definitely feel like a kid again! Someday I hope that we will be able to take our daughter when she is older.

    This was a really neat post to read! My nephew would love it there because he adores the movie Cars : ) And I developed a very fond appreciation for it after we stayed in the town that the movie was based on. It was a fluke that we landed there! We had no idea, but both my Husband and I loved every minute and we could see firsthand where they took inspiration from : )

    • Teri says

      That is super cool! My hubby would tell that from out of no-where we ended up here story forever and a day! Sounds like one place I need to add to my bucket list.

  11. Jamie Zheng says

    This looks fun ! Definitely have to go there when i go back to Disneyland ! Thanks for sharing your experience !

  12. Deb Dorrington says

    What a lot of fun you had, I am I haven’t been to Disneyland in over 20 years but I hope to get back there next summer. It looks just like the movie!

    • Teri says

      Seriously, hua? I am a very non-humorous person and I laughed and smiled till my cheeks hurt. It was an amazing experience.

  13. Kirstyn Clouse says

    This looks like so much fun. My family went every year to Disneyland when I was growing up. I cannot wait to take my daughter when she is a little older to experience the magical feeling that Disneyland has!

  14. Debbie Fitcher says

    Thanks for the pictures and info, this sounds like a lot of fun for kids of all ages.To watch the movie and then go to Disneyland and have it brought to life had to be amazing.My grandson loves the Cars movie and if he was to go there and get to ride in Lightning McQueen,he would be one happy kid.

  15. Richard Hicks says

    looks like a wonderful place to take the kids. KInd of nostalgic for us older folks and I am sure fascinating to kids and adults alike.

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  16. Deborah Hogue says

    It’s been years since I’ve been to Disney Land. Apparently it has changed quite a bit from 15 years. Even though my kids are all grown, I would love to take a road trip and let them fully experience all the featues that Disney has to offer. Thanks for your awesome review.

  17. Kelly Carpenter says

    My daughter is so excited about CarsLand! What a fantastic idea by Disney. I love when they have physical places that kids have seen in the movies. thanks for sharing your great pictures.

  18. Linda R says

    I loved Cars Land. We waited 1 hr 10 min to get into the cars ride and it was so worth it, Im going back tomorrow to spend my bday

  19. shanon hyatt says

    Looks and sounds like you all had a fun and great time-I would love to take my kids there-we have never been any where close to Disney land.I love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Sara says

    I didn’t even know about cars land until now ! My son would love it! We are contemplating a west coast trip next summer and this gives me even more leverage :)

  21. Jessica Rowe says

    Great review. My sons love Cars and I cant wait to be able to take them to Cars Land, they would love it so much!!!

  22. says

    Disneyland is a very magical place. I grew up near there when I was younger in fact I still tell my kids today Wow that’s an E Ticket Ride! LOL. Now those where the days!, But they do keep on improving and I can’t wait until I can take my Grand kids.

  23. Joy Person says

    Looks like so much fun!!! I so wish we were still in Cali so we could take our daughter but we moved when my husband deployed for a year and it wasn’t open then. Maybe one day we’ll head back to Cali for a vacation and go. Love the pictures!

  24. Rebecca Sinclair says

    Oh man, looks like you had an amazing time! Something about Disney…it just puts that smile on your face! I get like that every time I go!

  25. Jordan says

    So I just wanna say I am so jealous. Cars is my favorite disney movie and I would LOVE to go visit the park. Plus its in California. Those pics are great, that place even looks like the movie. I would be in heaven there, i would kick and scream if someone tried to make me leave lol. I’m such a big kid.

  26. mell says

    Love the photos. My son has been asking to go to Cars Land Radiator Springs for at least 3 months. As a surprise, we are taking the kids there during our next school break (Thanksgiving). It’ll be the first major theme park experience for my youngest child.

  27. kindra baron says

    We’ve heard about this & my kids would absolutely LOVE to be able to go here! But you never really know how a place will be & hate to spend the money for it without knowing more…so thank you for this post! The pictures were great & give good insight into the attraction itself!

  28. Melissab97 says

    I have never been able to take my boys to Disneyland but I can guarantee that if we ever went this would have to be on the list for stopping! My youngest is a huge Cars fan and I know the other two would love it as well…and one of them is almost 15 😉

  29. Samantha D. says

    I’m 24 and never been to DIsneyland or Disney world. But If I ever get their this would be one of my stops because I for one love the Cars franchise (even though I don’t have kids). I think its wonderfully designed and the rides are imaginative and fit with the Cars theme to a T. I forget where I heard about this attraction orginally but when i did I was excited lol. Great pictures. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

  30. Robyn L says

    your review and the pics have me wanting to be there and seeming as if I
    were there; the grandkids would absolutely love it.


  31. Amanda Herren says

    WOW, This looks so awesome!! I can’t believe I never went to any of the Disney Parks as a kid but I do want sooo badly to take my son and this really has me excited about going. I will be taking him to this event/site, Thank You so much for the awesome review!!

  32. shanesha T says

    Wow, this sounds fun. I’m guessing this was the trip for bloggers. I see budget savvy diva in the picture, she instagram some pictures from the trip. I believe it was a great experience.

  33. Joni Mason says

    I have 5 year old twin great nephews who are car fanatics! I’m forwarding this post to their mom so she can hopefully arrange their vacation plans to visit this awesome attraction. Truth be known, I wanna go too!!!

  34. Deb says

    i hope to go to disney land one day. i love the pictures you took. i love the cars movie and would love to walk through radiator springs.

  35. Stephanie Thompson says

    I am 46 and have dreamed of going to Disney most of my life, now I am a grandmother of two little boys and this would be an awesome adventure for all of us to see. We will get to go one day. What a great story about your adventure.

  36. Serena Lewis says

    Wow what a fun trip to Disneys Cars Land. I can only dream to one day share that experience. It truley looked like a blast. I got to go once to Disneyland But I was 13yrs old and was seperated from my older cousins for 4hrs (most of our time spent). I was so scared. Anyways Im glad everyone had a safe wonderful time in the land of magic an make believe. The pictures speak for themselves.

  37. Dez says

    I’ve never been to Disney Land or Disney world. It looks like so much fun. I’ve always wanted to go. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to plan a family vacation once my osn is old enough to actually appreciate it.

  38. Sandra Beeman says

    I really like the Disney “cars” picture where the cars are side by side in the dark. The darkneww makes their feature stand out so well!

  39. Sandra Beeman says

    I really like the Disney “cars” picture where the cars are side by side in the dark. The darkness makes their feature stand out so well!

  40. Sandra Beeman says

    I like the picture taken of the Disney”Cars” in the darkness. THe features are so clear and it just looks like they are out on the town!

  41. Dawn Justice says

    It looks like you all had so much fun. My 7 year old would love Cars Land :), I’d have to bribe him to leave lol. Have been considering going to Florida for a trip next year. My son has asked to visit Lego Land (he knows not of Cars Land) and I am dying to go to Harry Potter World (or whatever it is called lol). If we go we may as well see it all right?

  42. Amber Nara says

    I love looing at these and reading this post! I think my fav part is knowing you can go on a race ride…lol enjoyed!

  43. Anita Gambrell says

    Oh my y my! Y gbabies would go crazy there! It looks great! THANKYOU for sharing your trip! I never knew it existed!

  44. Peggy Bolling says

    I absolutely love this movie!! I really hope that one day I can go visit here. I know you must have had fun!!

  45. lisa says

    I’ve never been to Disney. Looks like everyone had a great time.I agree with the reader that was amused seeing all the adults without kids.

  46. Stephanie Foster says

    I haven’t been to DisneyLand since I was a small child. It would be great to experience with my family today.

  47. Christina says

    Awesome, looks like you had a great time :) Never been to the one in California, but have been to Orlando lots of times and I become a kid everytime too :)

  48. Christina Kelbel says

    This looked like a lot of fun,my son LOVES cars………..he would go crazy there. The pics are very well taken.

  49. Michele Koterbski says

    My 19 year old daughter loves, loves these movies. I bet she would love to see this at Disney. Thank you for sharing these great pictures.

  50. Chev Sopkin says

    I’m not sure who would get more of a kick out of this; myself, or my 3 1/2 yr old son! lol. This looks like a great time. Great pics! They really give a great idea of what it actually feels like to be there. We hope to get to Disney for my son’s 5th bday. Actually, we are going to go a month or two early, since his bday is in June & that’s peak season. My husband grew up in L.A. & had been there many, many, many times & refuses to go during peak season because he doesn’t want to wait in line for rides for an hour. Me either! haha.

  51. Lanie says

    This looks like so much fun! I don’t have kids but even I would enjoy checking this out. The last time I went to Disneyland they did not have this. I would also love to check out California Adventure as well. When it comes to Disney you can’t really go wrong!

  52. Anne C says

    Super fun trip. I appreciate the pictures because I’ve never been to Disneyland. oping to bring my son there one day soon.

  53. Ashley Null says

    This looks like so much fun! and the pictures are great! I would love to do something like this one day! One day when I save up the money I will!

  54. ANN*H says

    wow this is so cool. My grandson love the Cars as well as it seem the adults do to according to the pictures here. Lots of great pictures posted , I have to show them
    to my grandson then.He was at Disney for the first time last year at the age of 3 and he had so much fun. He seen a lot of Cars things and does have his picture taken with Lightning McQueen .

  55. Dorothy B. says

    i would have been smiling from ear to ear, because i’m a big kid.. i love all the shots you took and am glad you had a wonderful time, its good to have memories 😉

  56. Jen Rodrigues says

    Always wanted to go to Disney Land. Looks like you guys an amazing time. Nice pictures. They came out really good. What camera do you guys use? Thanks for sharing your experience.

  57. Jen Rodrigues says

    Wow that looks amazing. You guys look like you had so much fun. Always wanted to go to Disney Land. Your pictures came out really good. Thanks for sharing. :)

  58. krista grandstaff says

    It looks like you had a wonderful time :) I have this dream where not only do I take my kiddos back to disney world… I’d like to go without them…I always feel bad when I say that, but it would be so nice to only hear myself whining…LOL

  59. Lucero De La Tierra says

    Thank you for sharing your pictures. It is amazing how Disney so accurately reproduced what we saw in an animated movie! It’s one of our favorites. BTW, how in the world did you get hooked up with Disney for this home blogging event?

  60. Alana Vester says

    So awesome! I have a cousin that would absolutely LOVE to go here! And I could definitely use a vacation too!

  61. Theresa H. says

    Wow!! This attraction looks amazing!!! Both my son and my nephew would love to go see this!! Truthfully, I would too!! I loved the Cars movies!!! It looks like you all had a wonderful trip!! Hopefully, one day I will get to travel to this magical town of “Radiator Springs” with our family!

  62. Stephanie Thompson says

    Very good blog/description of just how fun it was. I hope I get to take my grandchildren in the near future.

  63. Megan F. says

    It must be so cool to work at Disney and come up with all of this stuff. It looks so fun, and I’ve never even seen Cars! :)

  64. Megan F. says

    It must be so fun to work at Disney and have it be your job to come up with all of this stuff. It looks so fun, and I haven’t even seen Cars! :)

  65. Maddie K. says

    Looks like you had a great time. Isn’t it amazing how creative people are to make such an experience happen?

  66. Donald Poole says

    Carlands is not something I’ve been to yet. Next time I go to Disneyland, I’m going to check it out. BTW, I love the Route 66 sign.

  67. Donald Poole says

    I’ve never been to the Cars Land Radiator Springs Experience at Disneyland. It looks like so much fun. Next trip to Disney, I’m going to go experience it!

  68. Caitlan Meador says

    Oh wow! My 3 year old LOVES cars! He calles McQueen just Queen and he LOVES Mater! Thanks for sharing, the pictures are wonderful!

  69. Elle Briarson says

    Wow Cars Land looks awesome! It looks like a place where the adults and kids can each have a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics!

  70. Kay M. says

    Oh, this looks like so much fun! I have never been to Disney, but I swear, I WILL GO TO DISNEY ONE DAY!! Thank you for this wonderful inside look!

  71. Diana C says

    This looks like it was so much fun. I can’t believe how real the town looks! Thanks for sharing, we love Cars.

    Diana C

  72. Lesley M. says

    OMG! I have never been to Disney, but this look amazing and makes me want to go like yesterday. Cars is one of my favorite movies, and my son likes it as well, so this would be such a fun experience for us. Time to start planning our vacation :)

  73. Wanda Tracey says

    We had to take our grandchildren to the theatre to see’Cars’.They would have loved Carland from looking at your pictures.I’m glad you had fun there.

  74. Varsha says

    AH!!! I’m so excited for you!!! I was lknioog at the Disney one when it was announced but decided against it because I spent a week / a boat load of money last halloween there! I’m super excited for you!!! Okay so goal is to look excited when you run by a camera, or just close your mouth and give smoldery eyes to the sun. I know you can pull this off Um longest distance, you know I just ran my half and prior to that I had been running diddly, SO adrenaline, clothes that you won’t chaff in, good music and some gu and I think you are gunna rock this!!!

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