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.

About Teri

Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.


  1. This is really neat! We love the movie Cars and Tow Mater is our favorite!

  2. Diane Sallans says:

    I haven’t been to Disney in a few years – I’d love to get back there!

  3. 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! :)

  4. 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!

  5. Doreen Musson says:

    Okay, this just looks like too much fun. I will have to take my grandkids as soon as possible!

  6. 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.

  7. 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! :)

    • 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.

  8. I can’t wait to take my little guy there. He is obsessed with cars!

  9. Love these pics- especially the retro cafe!!

  10. 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 😉

    • 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. It was simply wonderful to meet you!
    Love all your photos too, great times!

  15. Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle says:

    Cars land looks fantastic and like it was a lot of fun. I’m glad you had a great trip :)

  16. 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.

    • 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!

  17. I can’t *wait* to take my son to Disneyland when he’s a little bit older! :-)

  18. 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 : )

    • 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.

  19. Jamie Zheng says:

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

  20. 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!

  21. Who says Disney is just for kids. Looks like you all had a blast. No one can do it like Disney!!

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

  22. 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!

  23. Looks like you had a great time. I can’t wait until I can go visit myself!

  24. Jaime Frolos-Sylva says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! Tow Mater is my son’s favorite car!;)

  25. Jaime Frolos-Sylva says:

    My son loves Cars! Looked like you had a great time!

  26. Thank you for your review, I can not wait to go here next month, we are looking forward to it.

  27. 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.

  28. My son is a crazy about anything related to the Cars movie. We’ll definitely check out this new Disneyland adventure. Thank you for the virtual tour!

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Pamela Halligan says:

    I’ve never been to Disneyland, but I would love to visit the Cars Land park. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Andrew McAuley says:

    Looks like a blast! Have never made it out to Disneyland.

  34. 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

  35. Thomas Murphy says:

    Wow Disneyland looks amazing, seems like you had a great time. I hope to be going soon with my GF.

  36. 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.

  37. OMG my son would LOVE this place! He is a Cars fanatic and I’d probably never be able to get him to leave! I would just love to take him there some day soon!

  38. 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 :)

  39. I have never been to Disney Land but would love to go. Seeing how much fun you had makes me want to go even more!

  40. Cars Land is so cool! I went in June and I felt like a kid all over again! I can’t wait to take my family :)

  41. 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!!!

  42. 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.

  43. jessica dodson says:

    looks like you had a wonderful time on your trip! maybe we need to plan a vacation!

  44. Very interesting place to visit while at Disney.

  45. 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!

  46. kelly willis says:

    i have not been but my 3 boys would love it

  47. i can’t wait to go to disney. you were having alot of fun

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

  52. Adorable

  53. 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 😉

  54. Ash Johnson says:

    Looks awesome. My family visits Disney World about once a year. Everything is always so detailed and nice.

  55. 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.

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


  57. 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!!

  58. 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.

  59. 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!!!

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. Valerie Carpenter says:

    This looks so amazing! My 4 yr. old daughter would so love visiting here.

  64. 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.

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

  67. 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!

  68. What great pictures! The cars in the dark is stunning. It looks like so much fun for the entire family.

  69. 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?

  70. Anna johnson says:

    oh my goodness my kids and nephews love Cars movies, this is fantastic, great photos too – thanks

  71. Sandra davis says:

    looks amazing. Who comes up with this stuff?

  72. I loved the movies and that place looks amazing!!! I would love to visit it~childhood revisited 😀

  73. 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!

  74. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    It’s so funny to see all these Disney photos with all adults and no children!

  75. 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!

  76. 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!!

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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 :)

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. Melinda Hackworth says:

    Look’s like this was a lot of FUN…Can’t wait to go and have some much needed fun also!!

  84. 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!

  85. Cars Land looks beautiful!

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

  87. 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!

  88. 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 .

  89. denise smith says:


  90. 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 😉

  91. 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.

  92. 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. :)

  93. Looks like everyone had fun but then again its Disneyland/California Adventure which are always fun. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  94. I wish that they had this at WDW!!!

  95. 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

  96. This sounds like so much fun! Wish it was a Disneyworld, too LOL!

  97. Kelvin Justine says:

    wow! Just like in the movies!

  98. 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?

  99. Looks like so much fun! I live in So Cal – I’ll have to get to the new Cars Land soon!

  100. Leah McWhorter says:

    This looks awesome! I hope I have the opportunity to take my little ones there one day.

  101. Alana Vester says:

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

  102. 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!

  103. Great article. Looks like so much fun. Great information.

  104. april barrett says:

    wow, looks like so much fun!

  105. Looks like an awesome time.

  106. 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.

  107. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    I can’t wait to take our little one to Cars Land. We’ve never been there yet.

  108. charle vezina says:

    my sons- all 5 would love car land.

  109. My son loves The Cars and would love to see this, havent been since I was 18 so think its about time right?

  110. Looks like a lot of fun! I should defintiely plan a trip there! :)

  111. Lana Bradstream says:

    Well, I’m jealous.

  112. 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! :)

  113. 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! :)

  114. jessica estes says:

    looks like a fun place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  115. Maddie K. says:

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

  116. 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.

  117. 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!

  118. 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!

  119. I have a couple of grandsons who would LOVE this! They are “Cars” fanatics!

  120. 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!

  121. 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!

  122. 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

  123. 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 :)

  124. Vickie Kulp says:

    Sounds like you really enjoyed Cars Land! It does look like a lot of fun.

  125. 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.

  126. Looks like its very fun there, I wish i could take my kids there, they love cars a lote

  127. 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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