Disney’s Cars Land Review Part 2! #CarsLand

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Yesterday, we started our tour of Radiator Springs, “the cutest little town in Carburetor County” (aka Cars Land at the newly reopened Disney California Adventure Park) with a review of all the awesome ride attractions. So, if you missed that, you might want to start here with the Cars Land Review Part 1. This “Part 2” post covers all the restaurants, shops, characters and other fun Cars Land details! Cars Land Restaurants and Shops ReviewAs you walk down the recreated Route 66, the rides aren’t the only awesome things to check out. Details from the movie and Route 66 abound everywhere you look! Plenty of stuff to “get your kicks” on! 😉 In addition to the fun ride attractions, Cars Land treats guests to food and merchandise locations inspired by the Radiator Springs landmarks in the film like Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel, Radiator Springs Curios, Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Ramone’s House of Body Art. Plus, you’ll be able to meet some fun characters while you cruise around!!

 Radiator Springs Roadside Restaurants:

After all that fun riding and cruising around, you’ll need a place to re-fuel. And, Cars Land has 3 different options. First up as you walk in is…

Fillmore’s Taste-In:

With Fillmore’s love of organic fuels, you’ll find some more natural choices on the shelves in his tie-dyed geodesic dome, including items like whole and cut fruits, bottled water and juices. There are some other snacky options available as well.

Continuing on down Route 66, you’ll come up on your next refueling station on your left. And, it’s filled with heartier snack, foods, & sweet treats than you’ll find at Fillmore’s…

Cozy Cone Motel

This was so fun to see in person as it’s inspired by the quirky “wigwam” motels along Route 66. My dad grew up in Northern Arizona in a town on Route 66 with a wigwam motel that seriously looks almost exactly like this. We drove by it every time we visited my grandparents! So, I can personally attest to this type of look being a very real thing on Route 66! 🙂

At the Cozy Cone Motel, you’ll discover each of five giant teepees cones, offering different tasty cone-themed treats. “Coney” puns & decor abound, where you can order food like “pop-cone” or “chili cone queso”! 😉

(Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort)

  • Cone Number 1 offers churro bites with cinnamon-chocolate sauce, cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa and Ramone’s Pear of Dice Soda (made with dessert pear flavor, mojito flavor and Sprite).
  • Cone Number 2 features soft-serve ice cream and “route” beer floats.
  • Cone Number 3 offers savory bites all served in edible bread cones (such as a bacon-scrambled egg cone for breakfast, chicken verde or chili “cone” queso for lunch and dinner) and  Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy Ades (all-natural lemonade with wild berry foam, or pomegranate limeade with lemon-lime foam).
  • Cone Number 4 is pretzel bites with cheesy sauce and Red’s Apple Freeze (frozen concoction with apple juice, toasted marshmallow syrup and passion fruit-mango foam).
  • Cone Number 5 features two flavored popcorns daily (rotating choices include dill pickle, sweet & spicy, bacon & cheddar, nacho cheese, and salt & vinegar) and Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic (sprite with wild grape syrup and wild berry foam).

I couldn’t resist getting a cone full of churro bites on the Grand Opening nightSooooo good! And, in true pregnant lady form, Emily (from Family and Life in Las Vegas) and I had to try a little dill pickle popcorn!! 🙂 I’ve heard that Cone Number 3’s savory bread cones are delicious too, but didn’t get a chance to eat one of those too.

And, last, but certainly not least, almost right across the street from the Cozy Cone, you’ll find…

Flo’s V8 Cafe

Inspired by timeless roadside diners, here you’ll find the “finest fuel on Route 66”. There’s a large showroom with a good amount of indoor seating. Plus, outside, you can pull up to shaded tables right by your favorite gas pump!

(Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

Flo’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring foods much heartier than your traditional amusement park fare.  For lunch, Mr. Mom Endeavors and I split the citrus turkey salad which was delicious. And, we were really impressed with the kid’s meal. Mac & Cheese served with apple slices, grapes, peas & carrots, and milk! Nice to have a well-balanced meal right in the park!

So, definitely, between your three refueling locations, everyone should be able to find something to eat & enjoy in Cars Land!

Radiator Springs Shops

While you’re cruising around, you’ll also probably want to check out the shops for some fun Cars Land merchandise! There are three stores to choose from: Radiator Springs Curios, Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Ramone’s House of Body Art. We found our grand opening Cars Land Mickey hats inside Ramone’s. And, in Sarge’s (which has the largest selection of kid stuff), we found our little car souvenirs. The boys picked out cars modeled after the rides—so we came home with two of Mater’s baby tractors and two convertible Radiator Springs Racers! 🙂

Meet the Residents of Radiator Springs:

There are options to pose with Lightning McQueen and Mater of course! Plus, Red the Fire Truck can be found enlisting young guests to help him water the flowers and clean up the town. But, be prepared to get wet!! You might also run into DJ’s Dance Party (as seen in “Cars”).  He and his team of dancers coast down the boulevard, treating guests to a rolling dance party! 🙂

Radiator Springs at Night

The whole land is fantastic any time, but there is something extra magical about Radiator Springs at night!! When night falls, 16 luminous neon signs in bright colors light the sky. It creates such an amazing atmosphere–and is extra fitting when, just like in the movie, Sh-Boom starts playing! The fun happens at dusk with Sh-Boom playing as the neon lights go on one by one down Route 66.

So, even if you’ve been to Cars Land earlier in the day, I definitely recommend heading back once the sun goes down to experience it at night! Go for a stroll by the neon light and enjoy a treat at the Cozy Cone motel!

Hope you’ve enjoyed our two day cruise around Cars Land! It really is so fun–with absolute perfection in the attention to detail.

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209 Responses

  1. Ah, this looks like so much fun! I love the fun Cozy Cone treats and your pictures of Radiator Springs at night look amazing! I can see why it would be best to visit during the day and night – so pretty!

    Thanks for the great tour! 🙂

  2. You had me at “Churro Bites in Cone 1”. Yum! But in all seriousness, I love the detail in Cars Land! You’ve made me want to go visit! It’s on my “travel bucket list” for sure!

  3. We love Carsland, especially at night. Great review of your experience there. It’s truly breathtaking to be “inside” the movie.

  4. We delayed our trip to Disneyland because there were so many rumors swirling about a similar experience coming to the Studios (much closer for us). Now I’m sad we didn’t go when it opened!

  5. My son loved Carsland! I would love to take him back! This article brings back some good memories and has some awesome info about Carsland I didn’t know they had like dance parties! We would so enjoy that!

  6. We are headed to Car Land this summer and I was pretty excited about it, but this has us all over the top. Thank you!!! We cannot wait to go!!!

  7. Never been to Disney’s Car Land, looks and sounds Awesome! I know my kids would love it! Thank you so much for all the info!

  8. One thing not mentioned is that you can make the Lemonade and Limeade an adult beverage for about 5 extra dollars. I haven’t tried it, but I bet it is a nice drink.

  9. I LOVE Cars Land!! The rides are so much fun and Flo’s V8 Cafe food is absolutely delicious! And I totally agree, you have to see it all lit up at night!!

  10. That ride was a family favorite of ours! So detailed and FUN! Great photos and recap. I cannot wait to go back to Disneyland! 🙂

  11. Wow! Cars Land sounds so fun! Definitely want to check all of these food area because they all sound so yummy!

  12. The roaming characters in Cars Land are amazing! I think I was more excited to see them than the kids were. Next time I’ll definitely be eating there though, your review had my mouth watering!

  13. Cars Land is amazing! I only got to spend a little bit of time there when we went last but it was so fun to actually feel like you were walking through the movie!

  14. The breakfast tamale and dill pickle popcorn are my favorite eats! The new Luigi’s ride is pretty awesome too!

  15. The Cozy Cone also has a bacon mac and cheese cone that my daughter absolutely loves!! The dill pickle popcorn is my favorite! So good!!

  16. Great tip on going back at night. It has a different feel. I love to ask a cast member when the neon is going to turn on…and be there for that it is really fun!

  17. Cars Land is definitely amazing! you feel like you are a part of the movie- a character if you will! ahh, i need to be in my happy place!!!!!

  18. We absolutely adored Cars Land! I can’t wait until my boys are older so they can enjoy the Racers ride ❤️

  19. Definitely will see this 1st thing in the morning since it’s such a wonderful new attraction!

  20. I love Cars Land! We especially love the chili cones. Oh my gosh I’m drooling just thinking about them!

  21. I would love to visit Disney Land, my son is obsessed with the Cars movie, given he’s two years old and by the time I actually go there he may be over the phase, but we have planned a Disney World vacation this year and booked at the art of animation resort which has Cars! So second best maybe 😉 Thank you for the info, if I ever make it to California this info will be good to have on hand.

    1. YES! The Art of Animation resort is INCREDIBLE! We’ve stayed in the Cars Suite and it’s AWESOME!!! Not nearly as fun as Cars Land, but second best for sure! Great theming!

  22. Thank You for all of the info.I can not wait to take my Grand Kids. We have never been to Disney.Maybe this year if money will allow.

  23. Great info! I love how you show all the little nuggets at Cars. The kids love to see all the little details. Makes them really feel the magic!

  24. I definitely want to try the churro bites next time I’m there! Thanks for the awesome tour of Cars Land!

  25. Our fav spot!!! Felt like you were in the movie! Got to meet Mator and Lightening! My twins were super excited!

  26. The edible bread cones are fantastic! Quick, easy meal to eat while you’re walking around or standing in line.

  27. love the pics. Cars land is so amazing. The details make it so real. When it is lit up at night it is so magical.

  28. Love Cars Land. I so wish they had this at DisneyWorld too!!! Super Jealous of of you guys on the West Coast. Guess I’ll just have to make a trip to see it myself. 🙂

    1. Yes! Make the trip out!! You guys will be getting Toy Story Land! So that will be pretty awesome too, I’m sure! 🙂

  29. Cars is one of my FAV Disney movies we all love the classics but Cars speaks to me I’d love to see FLO

  30. This looks amazing! I have three boys under 5, so I have a feeling we will be checking this out sometime in the near future!

  31. “Cars” is such a cute movie! This place is great because it allows you to feel like you are actually a part of the movie!

  32. I recommend re-watching Cars before going so that you can truly appreciate what a fabulous job Disney did in creating the land in such exact detail to the movie. Love it!

  33. I am excited Cars Land seems like it has some fun cone snacks… Very different not sure I could try all in one day but maybe one or two lol!

  34. Cars land at Disney Land is one of the big reasons I want to visit there. I wish they had the same thing at Disney World.

  35. Love Cars Land! Make sure you get a fast pass for Radiator Springs first thing in the morning or you may not get one. They run out fast and then you could be in line for 2 hours

  36. Thanks for the great review of Cars Land. I love your pictures of it at night, it looks so cool!

  37. My son loved Car Land too… we have pictures of him posing with Lightning McQueen and Mater – such great memories!

  38. I can’t wait to go there and try all the food at the cozy cone motel… i totally missed that last time!

  39. I enjoyed seeing this, it looks like a blast at Disney. My son has always loved Cars. he collected them all for years. I love all things Disney.

  40. I really enjoyed the post and can’t wait to experience it when our family visits soon. Looking forward to taking a stroll around Radiator Springs at night ~ it was my favorite scene in the movie.

  41. Its funny how there are such differences between the resorts. I guess they want to entice you to head out to CA versus FL.

  42. I love Cars Land at night! We’ve only been on the racers ride once. The lines are always so long!

  43. This makes me so excited! Such great information that my family will love and enjoy! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  44. Wow! So many incredible details. It looks like you step right into the movie. My son would love to visit Radiator Springs. I hadn’t realized that they actually served food at the “local” restaurants.

  45. I would definitely have to visit the Cars Land. It seems so cool…would definitely have to go to Route 66, go to The Cozy Cone hotel and see the neon light display at night, never seen it but already loving it. Yes i want to go today oh please.

  46. My little guy would just be so excited!! It’s his favorite movie!! I’ve spent so much money buying all the Route 66 cars!! Still need Sally, lol!! Love this! Thanks so much!!

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