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Revamped California Adventure Opens with New Cars Land, Buena Vista Street

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Fireworks filled the air above Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. June 15, 2012 as Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger joined Mickey Mouse and dozens of Disney characters and performers on-stage for the grand reopening of the theme park.

Reported to have cost upwards of $1 billion, the remodeling includes two new themed lands for Califoirnia Adventure: Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, home to the Carthay Circle Theatre.

caliorniaadventure"Today as we celebrate the reopening of Disney California Adventure, we mark a defining moment in the history of the Disneyland Resort," said Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. "Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are the spectacular finale to our five-year transformation of this park, which now stands proudly on its own as a worthy neighbor to Disneyland."

Iger made his remarks June 14 at a ceremony which included marking more than 20 new attractions and shows that have been added to the Disneyland Resort during a five-year expansion.

"From the thrills of Cars Land to the romance of Buena Vista Street, the work that's been done throughout this entire expansion is extraordinary," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Disney California Adventure is a testament to what we at Disney Parks do best - connect our guests to the iconic stories, characters and music they love, helping them make shared memories to last a lifetime."

The new Disney California Adventure offers guests a full day-to-night experience with four new attractions. The new features include Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree in Cars Land and the Red Car Trolley, which traverses the length of Buena Vista Street.

There also are nine new shops, eight new food locations including Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, and more than a dozen new entertainment experiences such as the "Red Car News Boys," who performed in Friday's grand reopening ceremony.

The 12-acre Cars Land is a fully detailed, three-dimensional re-creation of Radiator Springs, known to fans of the Disney Pixar movie "Cars" as "the cutest little town in Carburetor County."

Radiator Springs Racers is one of the largest and most elaborate attractions created for a Disney theme park, taking guests on a tour of the scenic Cadillac Mountain Range before their big race begins. Guests are immersed in the story of the movie as they encounter all the familiar landmarks of Radiator Springs, including its shops, restaurants and neon signs.

Guests now enter Disney California Adventure through another lively and richly detailed land, Buena Vista Street.

The newly themed and designed entrance brings the spirit of Walt Disney into the park as never before, immersing guests in a locale reminiscent of Los Angeles in the 1920s, a time and place full of hope and optimism.

With its familiar shop names, period costumes and architecture, Buena Vista Street is inspired by the "city of dreams" Walt Disney found when he arrived by train in California.

The icon of Disney California Adventure, the Carthay Circle Theatre, is a majestic building at the end of Buena Vista Street that recalls, in name and architectural style, the great California movie palace where "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered in 1937.

Carthay Circle Theatre, home to the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, anchors the newly designed plaza from which guests set out to experience all the thrills, excitement and wonder of Disney California Adventure.

Upstairs, guests enjoy Southern California cuisine and the ambience of a post-gala party at Carthay Circle Restaurant, while the ground floor Carthay Circle Lounge offers appetizers and bar service, along with historic photographs and exhibits.

The Red Car Trolley, based on Los Angeles' historic Pacific Electric Red Car Line, transports guests from Buena Vista Street down Hollywood Boulevard, to the footsteps of the famed Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Street characters and entertainers such as "Five & Dime" add to the lively fun along Buena Vista Street, engaging guests as they step back in time.

For more information, visit the Web site at
www.disneyland.com .

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