Route 66 is an iconic part of United States history. So when Disney/Pixar began their study of “The Mother Road” for the mega blockbuster hit Cars, of course they perfectly recreated a handful of special places along the way. One of these special places, The Wigwam Motel, happens to be about one hour from my house. Located in Rialto, California on Historic Route 66, the Wigwam Motel is the inspiration for Sally’s Cozy Cone Motel in Cars. Established in 1949, the real Cozy Cones are actually teepees (aka wigwams) and believe it or not, this stop in what seems like the middle of nowhere has actually become quite popular after being “rediscovered” by Disney/Pixar. Even booking a month out, there were very few nights with two teepees available. With a common love for roadside attractions, a friend of mine and I each made a one-night reservation and took our kids on a little adventure. This random Monday in the middle of summer turned out to be one of our favorite “staycations” ever.
Pulling up to the Wigwam Motel, we noticed that the motel was actually the nicest looking spot on the street. The wigwams have been fully refurbished after their popularity skyrocketed when they made their on screen debut in Cars as the Cozy Cone Motel. Scroll through my slideshow to see why you should take a visit to the real cozy cones and sleep in a teepee!
AND, Don’t forget, Cars Land at Disney California Adventure has their own set of Cozy Cones too. These ones though, you can eat your way through. To check out some of the tasty treats you can get at DCA’s Cozy Cones, check out this post on the Disney Food Blog.