Disney California Adventure Expansion Preview

  • 01 of 09

    New Entry Plaza

    ••• Disney 2009. Used with permission.

    The Disney California Adventure expansion is complete. The grand reopening of the park was June 15, 2012. See actual photos of the new attractions, lands, and more as well as reviews and other info:

    Does this look familiar? The main gate at Disney's California Adventure will get a makeover, and will look like the main entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios at Florida's Disney World. Both entrances take their inspiration from the Pan Pacific Auditorium, a classic Los Angeles building that has since been demolished.

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  • 02 of 09

    Red Car Trolley

    ••• Disney 2009. Used with permission.
    Red Car streetcars, which hark back to the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, will travel Buena Vista Street and transport guests from the front gate to the Tower of Terror.
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  • 03 of 09

    Carthay Circle Theatre

    ••• Disney 2007. Used with permission.
    Instead of a theater, the iconic building on Buena Vista Street will offer a restaurant, including an upscale dining room.
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  • 04 of 09

    Toy Story Mania

    ••• John Lasseter, Pixar and Disney Imagineering honcho, as well as director of the Toy Story films, aboard a Toy Story Mania ride vehicle at the attraction's official grand opening. ©Arthur Levine, 2008. Licensed to About.com.

    This attraction is now open! Read the Toy Story Mania ride review. An interactive ride-through attraction featuring the characters from the Pixar hit, Toy Story, has already opened in the Paradise Pier section of the park.

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  • 05 of 09

    Cars Land

    ••• Disney 2009. Used with permission.

    Now open!

    The most ambitious addition to Disney's California Adventure will be Cars Land. The 12-acre area will take its cue from the Pixar film, Cars and will bring Radiator Springs to life.
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  • 06 of 09

    Large-Scale Fun

    The sheer scale of Cars Land is impressive.
    ••• © Arthur Levine, 2011. Licensed to About.com.

    For a relatively small park with a limited amount of additional space, the sheer scale of Cars Land is impressive. The new area will add 12 acres to the park. The massive Radiator Springs Racers will occupy six acres alone. The "mountain range" will contribute to the park's skyline as well. To give a sense of the scale of the mountains, note the scaffolding on the structure in the distance. This photo was taken in spring 2011 on the spot of one of the new land's entrances.

    It is now open. Read more about Cars Land.

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  • 07 of 09

    Nice Grill

    Mater, the affable tow truck character from Cars will be featured in Cars Land.
    ••• © Arthur Levine, 2011. Licensed to About.com.

    Mater, the affable tow truck character from Cars will be featured in Cars Land. His junkyard will be on display, and he will greet riders (while riding backwards, of course) at the start of the Radiator Springs Racers ride. Mater made a visit to Disney California Adventure during a spring 2011 preview presentation of Cars Land.

    The land opened Jun 15, 2012. See the actual Cars Land.

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  • 08 of 09

    Little Mermaid Ride

    ••• Disney. Used with permission.

    A dark ride featuring the wonderful music and characters from the hit film is now open in the Paradise Pier area. Read my Little Mermaid Ride ride review.

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  • 09 of 09

    Disney's World of Color

    ••• Disney. Used with permission.

    DCA's nighttime spectacular is an Imagineering breakthrough. Read my World of Color review and see my World of Color video.