Behind the Scenes
From Clint Eastwood to The Jonas Brothers to Kim Kardashian, we’ve shot with a lot of famous Californians over the years, but not one of them was as excited to do a shoot with us as Modern Family standout Rico Rodriguez. Rico is a HUGE Cars Land fan, so there was no arm-twisting necessary to get him on the Radiator Springs Racers ride—even if he had to do it 10 times for the camera. Rico was a huge pro, ad-libbing so many great lines that it was hard to choose just one for the final commercial. He is super funny and down to earth, and made the crew’s time with him a major highlight of the entire shoot.
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Take a trip to Radiator Springs at Cars Land in California Adventure Park
Feel like your stepping into the Route 66 world of the Disney/Pixar animated Cars movies—complete with landmarks from the movie’s dusty pit stop, Radiator Springs—in spectacular Cars Land . The huge attraction in Disney California Adventure Park includes the instantly popular Radiator Springs Racers , where riders board snazzy sports car convertibles to swoop and zoom through a remarkable recreation of the American Southwest. The result? Some of best-yet storytelling of any ride in Disneyland Resort, capped off with a thrilling, twisting race pitting you against another carful of cheering riders.
To avoid a wait, try these tips:
- Heading to the ride first-thing—it takes a while for the line to back up.
- Nab a Fastpass for the ride (an appointment to come back, basically, that puts you into a shorter line), but do it early: On a busy day, the full day’s worth of the ride’s Fastpass tickets can be gone in the first hour or two.
- Consider using the single-rider line; it zips along much faster than the normal line, and is a great option if you don’t mind making friends with another group of Disneyland visitors.
More Cars Land fun for little ones: For families with younger kids, there are plenty of options with less horsepower and adrenalin. Try Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree for a spin on pint-size tractors, or Luigi’s Flying Tires for a Cars-esque twist on traditional bumper cars.