Radiator Springs
  • On Jan 5, 2020
    Linda from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My grandson loves Cars. Do I need a reservation for sos iCal Cars Lightning McQueen etc?

    Ka-chow, Linda, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It’s great to see you hEAR again!

    Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park is one of my favorite places to be! From the awesome attractions to the delicious food to the Character meet-and-greets, there’s truly something for everyone. Your grandson is going to have the time of his life exploring all that Cars Land has to offer! I’m happy to report that you won’t need to worry about having a reservation to meet Lightning McQueen and his friends at the Cozy Cone Motel. Lightning McQueen, Mater, and other Cars favorites rotate at this Character Experience spot throughout the day. I recommend checking the Disneyland app to keep track of which Characters are available. Simply select “Characters” from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen, then select “Show List” for a list of available Characters and their locations. I’ve never had to wait longer than about 15-20 minutes, but it varies based on the season. There's usually a Disney PhotoPass Photographer there as well, ready to nab the perfect picture of your pit crew!

    As soon as you enter Disney California Adventure Park, you can make a Disney FASTPASS selection for Radiator Springs Racers on your mobile device by utilizing Disney MaxPass. This attraction tends to have a longer wait time, so I recommend heading to it first thing in the morning, or nabbing a FASTPASS. My children also adore Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

    For the ideal spot to enjoy a meal while taking in the sights of Radiator Springs, I recommend eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Flo’s V8 Cafe. My family loves sitting in the dining room that faces Radiator Springs Racers. This is a great spot for kids to be entertained watching the races while eating their food. Be sure to order a Flo’s Classic Shake with “Road Gravel”!

    Lastly, don't forget to head into Sarge’s Surplus Hut for Cars-themed merchandise, and to check out an awesome replica of Radiator Springs on display. My children love watching the neon lights and signs light up one-by-one, just as they did in the Cars movie. You can also witness this unofficial Cars Land lighting nightly, just after sunset!

    Wishing you and your little racer a vacation filled with adventure and excitement!
    Kristin
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Hello from sunny California! I currently live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids under the age of 8, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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