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Following the record-breaking success of the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is unveiling a significant five-year expansion of the Disneyland Resort, including new familyoriented attractions and shows that feature more stories and characters from both Disney and Pixar.

Nowhere in the world are Disney Park guests more fascinated and passionate about Walt Disney than in California. And Disney's California Adventure will bring more of the legacy of Walt, and the magic of the original Disneyland Park, into its new attractions and entertainment. Entirely new and more immersive worlds, fantasy, magic, and spectacular shows are at the heart of the transformation that is about to occur at Disney's California Adventure.


The brand new gateway to Disney's California Adventure welcomes guests into an immersive world of historic California streets as Walt experienced them as a young artist arriving with big dreams.

A new visual icon in the tradition of California's great entertainment palaces will draw guests into the heart of the attractions. This new facility will house a next generation Walt Disney Story featuring an interactive tribute to Walt's California experience and his worldwide entertainment legacy that continues today.

Red Car trolleys reminiscent of the old Pacific Electric Railway will travel up and down the main street. In addition, new dining and shopping experiences along with a slate of unique, live entertainment will bring energy and life to the Walt Disney Plaza. A Preview Center of the park expansion, showcased to open in late 2008, will feature models, Imagineering concepts and a sneak peek at what is on the horizon.


In 2008, the park expansion begins with the opening of Toy Story Mania!, a ride-through, interactive adventure where guests ride into a high-energy 4-D carnival midway hosted by Toy Story characters. Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Hamm and the gang come to life in amazing ways, immersing guests in the rich stories of the Pixar blockbuster “Toy Story” films.

The first major attraction based on Disney's classic “The Little Mermaid” comes to the park's Paradise Pier area with leading-edge animation and special effects. Guests dive into the magnificent scenes and magical songs from the movie. A Mermaid Grotto area with fountain and sand castle offer new play experiences for children.


The dramatic and unique Disney's World of Color brings new nighttime excitement to Paradise Pier. This nightly panorama of spectacular water effects, dancing fountains and music brings Disney animation to life with an entirely new creative and technical approach. The 9,000 person viewing area offers prime waterside viewing of the show, as well as provide a site for live entertainment, music festivals, and outdoor film premieres.


Culminating the major expansion is the entirely new, 12-acre addition: Cars Land, immersing guests into a world inspired by the hit Disney-Pixar film, “Cars.” Radiator Springs Racers, a major“E-ticket” attraction, places guests right in the middle of the amazingly detailed, dimensional Cars world of Mater, Lightening McQueen, Doc and Sally. Guests get a quick race briefing from Doc and Lightening, and suddenly find themselves in the midst of an exciting race around hairpin turns, and steep banks.

Cars Land increases capacity to the park with two additional immersive family rides featuring Luigi and Mater from the film. The Cars Land Drive-In Restaurant offers a unique signature dining experience. Guests dine in automobiles, served by roller-skating wait-staff while enjoying automobile-themed short films during their meal.

Cars Land represents an unprecedented level of collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering to create this extensive new area. The land will connect Hollywood Pictures Backlot and The Twlight Zone Tower of Terror, through Cars Land, and into Paradise Pier, further integrating the guest experience and substantially extending the total footprint of Disney's California Adventure Park.


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