• Oct 19th 2007 at 11:57AM
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You didn't actually think that Disney would sit back and watch while Formula One Management and Ferrari muscle in on its territory from all the way over in the Persian Gulf, did you? The entertainment giant and the undisputed king of theme parks is planning an automotive theme park of its own.

The plan involves dropping over a billion dollars to rejuvenate its failing California Adventure park, focusing around Disney animated movies, our favorite Cars among them. So while it may not be an entirely automotive-focused theme park, the revamped location will feature a section – a large one, we hope – based on the computer-animated blockbuster. Get your kicks on Route 66.

[Source: LA Times via Kicking Tires]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      You know what's entertaining to me? I don't follow nascar, don't care for it, don't think a bunch of identical cars turning left is exciting, but I don't single out NASCAR fans as a bunch of degenerate drunks for one very key reason. LeMans.
      If you've ever been, ever camped out, ever been with the fans who drive to Lemans, you'll know that drunken degenerates are as much a part of the car racing world, throughout the world, as engines and wheels.
      So let's stop pretending nascar is the only car racing venue with a bunch of degenerate drunks and just recognize the fact that drunks are a part of car racing, whether it be NASCAR, or LeMans, they're there.
      No one is immune.
      It seems nascar gets unfairly burdened simply because the US has the highest teen pregnancy rates of the 'first' world, and an ever poorer middle class, and that’s just not a valid conflation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugh.... not a nascar theme.... now Disney will be responsible for producing an entire generation of alcoholic hicks who beat their wives....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nice stereotype moron. There are a lot of affluent NASCAR fans out there, it's interesting racing and there's nothing wrong with it. Just because some drunk guy threw a beer at you during a race doesn't mean all fans are that way. Actually think about what you say before you let it out of your mouth, or finger in this instance.

        A "Cars" themed park of any sort would be pretty cool, I'm guessing this park would be like Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, which is pretty baller.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey idoit - this is a CARS themed attraction, you know, Disney's movie CARS? Not NASCAR. If you've seen the movie, very little to do with racing and more to do with a car getting stuck is a small town.
        As far as your NASCAR fan stereotype, you couldn't be more wrong. Get with the times, this isn't the 70's anymore.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're really a Dick.
        NASCAR has been the fastest growing sport in america for how long now? I get it, you dont like the oval tracks, shut the hell up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm thinking/hoping his comments were satire, but really, nascar does have some issues that are borderline "hick." Like the loud opposition to Toyota because they're Japanese. Hello guys: Your cars are all the same anyways. What's it matter what the headlights look like? And really, the COT is very ugly. And where have the "Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday" years gone? There is no commonality between road cars and nascar anymore, which is sad. Maybe if the Fusion actually were a RWD, V8 powered car, it'd sell better, lol. Oh well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        read. the. frakking. article.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hate to feed the trolls but...

      NASCAR was on Speed Channel this afternoon.

      Brought to you by Hooters.

      'nuf said...
      • 7 Years Ago
      As probably the only member here who has worked at California Adventure I can tell you this is long overdue. I still remember working at the park the very first day it was open to the public. Everyone predicted big crowds for the new park but in actuality nobody came. The park was dead empty. Then later that year some saudi's crashed a few planes into some buildings in New York and that didn't help matters any. The next day after that incident the park was open again and literally no one was there but the people working. Having worked at Disneyland before this park (on the Autopia attraction no less) I kind of liked the dead silence of California Adventure. The only truly busy days we ever saw were on the weekend before everyones free tickets to DCA were set to expire.

      I knew this park would get a resurrection once Disney bought Pixar with Lasseter getting a hand in Imagineering. Glad to see it finally come. From the sounds of it the park will still need a lot more work but they only have so much $$ to work with I guess.

      Highlights of Cars Land:

      Cars Land expansion in 2012
      -12 acre expansion into the existing Timon Lot
      -Radiator Springs Racers E Ticket
      -Luigi's bumper tires C Ticket (a la' Flying Saucers)
      -Mater's Spinner C Ticket
      -Drive-In Movie Restaurant
      -Radiator Springs area development, stores, quick serve dining
      -Realigned parade route
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's the best and most informative write-up I've seen about Disney California Adventure's upcoming Cars Land:
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Autoblog cared to read the original LA Times source article, the 1.1 billion is a general investment in the park, with the idea of creating individual themes within the park area, much like Disneyland. There is no mention of a "car" specific area, except that movies LIKE "Cars" and "Toy Story" will be some of the many recent movies featured.

      Dubai and Ferrari have nothing to worry about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When is nascrap NOT on Speedtv??? Who cares about shows detailing how a nascar driver's wife is decorating her outhouse?

      I miss the old Speedvision. That was racing.
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