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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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Best Attractions at California Adventure’s New Cars Land

By Kristen Howerton |

My kids and I had the chance to visit California Adventure’s new Cars Land attraction at California Adventure. We are big fans of California Adventure . . . it’s a Disney park adjacent to Disneyland and it really is my favorite of all the Disney parks. It is a very Pixar-centric park, and in my opinion it’s the best park for small kids because there are so many rides catering to them, and because the lines tend to be shorter than the Magic Kingdom. It’s also a park that is “doable” with four kids and only one adult. My kids already love going there for the Ariel, Monsters Inc, and Toy Story rides, and the Bug’s Life area is like a mini amusement park for the preschool set. I’ve been really excited to see what Cars Land would be like.

I’ll admit, we’ve been seeing commercials for Cars Land on tv and I’ve been skeptical that it would look like the renderings they’ve been showing. You guys . . . IT DOES. It’s wild. It really does feel like you’ve been transported to a scenic desert. In classic Disney fashion, every single detail has been created to transport you into radiator springs, right down to the trashcans.

Here are a few of our favorite spots in Cars Land:

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Best Attractions at California Adventure's New Cars Land

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

My kids really loved Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. It's the perfect ride for the preschool set, with a height requirement low enough that even my three-year-old could ride. It's fun and fast, but not scary.

If you are planning a visit, check out the Verizon app for Disneyland, which includes maps, line estimates, and even menus to each restaurant in the park.

A big thanks to Verizon for sponsoring this campaign. Data rates may apply for app download/use. Click here to see more of the discussion.



Kristen blogs at Rage Against the Minivan.  You can also find her wasting time on twitter and facebook.

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2 thoughts on “Best Attractions at California Adventure’s New Cars Land

  1. Molly says:

    With kids that love all things “Cars” we cannot wait to visit this attraction. Thanks for sharing!

  2. kelsey says:

    My daughter LOVES cars and we are going this fall. I am printing it out to take with me!

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