Disney's 'Cars Land' Reaches Milestone in Construction

Disney California Adventure passed a benchmark last Friday on what will eventually become a 12-acre theme park dubbed Cars Land.

The construction crew had a customary "topping out" ceremony in which workers lifted the highest beam of what will become a mountain into place. Before hoisting the beam, the steel was painted white and all the workers signed it. Keeping with tradition, an American flag and an evergreen tree were both place on top of the beam.

The mountain range being built as a backdrop to Cars Land will reach 125 feet at its peak. Its design is modeled after the tail fin of the 1959 Cadillac, known as the Pinnacle. At 280,000 square feet, the mountain range is the largest rockwork job of any domestic Disney theme park.

"Disney's built mountains for years, from the Matterhorn all the way to this mountain. This is the biggest that we have built in America," said Kathy Mangum, Executive Producer at Cars Land.

The new theme park, inspired by the 2006 movie Cars by Disney·Pixar, will transport visitors into the setting of the movie's setting, Radiotor Springs. The major attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, is a test track that will take visitors zooming through the desert landscape. Two other family attractions will also be constructed: Mater's Junkyard Jamboree is a "swinging square dance" and Luigi's Flying Tires modeled after the old Flying Saucers of Tomorrowland. There will also be food and merchandise locations inspired by the movie, including Flo's V8 Café, Radiator Springs Curios, and Cozy Cone Motel.

Construction on Cars Land began in July 2009. The theme park is schedule to open in 2012.

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