The Cars wing of the Art of Animation Resort opened yesterday, June 13th. Sorry that coverage of the opening of Cars Land over at Disney’s California Adventure is so lousy. This will have to do.
Someone had asked about pricing on this hat when we took a look at the rest of the Art of Animation merchandise.
It’s $19.95 or 2.5094 keychains.
But we’re interested in Radiator Springs, A Happy Place.
And Cadillac Range.
And Ornament Valley. This section of the resort officially opens June 18th. Like the Finding Nemo Wing, it only houses family suites.
It isn’t anywhere close to as bright as Nemo, which is fine with me.
This is one of the only places where you can pose next to these Cars characters.
The Hudson Hornet.
The rear end.
We’ll take a look at the others as we progress. The ground underneath and around the various characters is soft as I’m sure Disney realizes every single Princess Snowflake that runs through here is going to claw at the eyes and kick the hubcaps. In other words, they’ll look this good until…well….probably yesterday.
Our version of the Cozy Cone Motel, which is the facade for the area’s pool.
To the side.
And the windows:
T-minus two seconds until those cone planters are for sale…I hope. Cultivating mescaline has always been a dream of mine.
The pool in three parts:
I can picture some fist fights erupting over those cone cabanas. Just put your towels down the morning you arrive and pick them up when you leave. Or don’t even bother picking them up, it’s your vacation!
It’s obviously much smaller than the Nemo pool and I can envision overcrowding being an “issue.” While nowhere near as elaborately themed as the Big Blue Pool, it will certainly appeal to those who are staying in the Cars wing due to the theme. Like the main pool, it is gated and RFID protected.
Everything is themed.
Just look up at the electrical lines that “power” the lamp posts.
Each of the buildings’ main entrances has an elaborate entrance.
In this case, Mater. You’d think those imagineers could build something straight! Everything is so crooked!
And rusty! Shut it down right now!
A closer look:
This license plate is going to become important later!
Like right now.
Sarge’s Surplus Hut with the requisite flag and canon logo. I don’t think it opens.
Maybe I will move in. My cottage in the Canada Pavilion is getting a little cramped with all of the women around.
Unfortunately they were having a problem with poop here too. It seems to follow me wherever I go. That’s an industrial size Roto Rooter truck behind the sign. The entire area stunk. Dinner in 15 minutes, kids!
Over to Luigi’s Casa Della Tires. That child invading my photography space should give you an idea on size.
Don’t worry, I promptly kicked him out of the way after he fulfilled my needs. It might be your vacation, but pictures for the Internet trump your family’s enjoyment of anything and everything.
More information for your brain. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a sense website. There is no room with all of THIS NONSENSE.
Okay, one more while we’re here.
Fillmore’s Organic Fuel and Wheel Well Motel.
The children were trying to open the doors. Not sure the parents would want to see what goes on in there!
A better look at the Wheel Well.
It’s an election year. Prices might continue to drop!
Shiny, but for how long?
Carrera de Vil, Carrera de Vil…
Inside, WDW Research is researching one thing or another. I’m not sure what an Engineering Punch List is.
Q: Will the building fall over?
A (Please Circle One): Yes/No
Each floor has its own painting outside the elevators:
Along with some paintings of rocks. The halls inside are as dark as the Nemo wing’s.
A look from the back.
Like the other buildings, the backside each features a character as its animated.
I think the funniest thing I read about the resort was that some people feel like it’s “unfinished” because of the line drawings.
But you’re sort of missing the point of the whole thing. See how Squirt on the left and Dory on the right cover the buildings and then meet here at the end, fully colored in and animated? Yeah, that’s the point.
That about sums things up. I like the Cars section a lot. It isn’t quite as bright or “in your face” as the Nemo area around the Big Blue Pool. Inside, the suites themselves don’t seem to be as bright either.
But I think the Lion King section is going to be my personal favorite.
I love all the trees and vegetation.
A few more of basically the exact same thing:
You may remember me praising the Landscape of Flavors quick service in Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation Menu, Food, Seating, Condiment Pictures AKA Part 2. It turns out that it totally sucks with people around!
Nobody knows what they want to order. Since the food is different than most other quick services, there is a lot of discussion going on.
I had praised the fact that there was so much room behind the lines for people to read the menus. Unfortunately, the words are so small that a lot of people were having trouble reading them from that distance. And you need to stand smack dab where the entrance into the line is to have a head-on look at the menu. The lines are so far apart that it’s going to be difficult for a parent with two children to have one child stand in line alone while the other parent is off elsewhere. By the time you stand in two lines, the food from the first line is going to be cold. Everything is painfully slow. I waited in line for 14 minutes for my Surf and Surf Burger and the resort isn’t even 25% full! Can they increase staffing? Yes, but there is only one register at the front of the line to take orders and that seemed to be what took so long. We’ll see if they install others. Just imagine how long it takes for someone to decide what toppings they want on their burger:
Especially if that person is in another line!
And oh my gosh is it loud! And this is with only 20% of the resort full, if that! Just listen to all that silverware clanging around! And they’re playing music over the top of it! I’m not sure you really get the feel for how loud and hectic it is from the video.
This is the Surf and Surf Burger ($10.29).
I wanted to like this one a lot more than I ended up liking it. On the positive side, it was very filling. Five hours later I was still full, which is rare for a Disney quick service meal these days. The Crab Cake itself didn’t fall apart on me. If anything, it bizarrely held together even as I was trying to pull it apart to inspect it. I’m not a strong guy, but I am generally known for my ability to pull apart patties. There was definitely some crab inside of it. How much is hard to say. The bun was amazing. I wish they would roll the brioche out resort-wide as the wheat/whatever buns they generally serve are garbage. The fries are the same as your usual Disney fries, though the “house made seasoning” adds a little zip. I preferred them over the usual salted variety. On the downside, it was a mess to eat. You’ve got a wet, slippery crab cake on top of a wet, slippery piece of lettuce, on top of a wet, slippery tomato, on top of wet, slippery sauce. And then shrimp are falling out all over the place. I thought the flavor was overwhelmingly fishy. Don’t tell me the sodium content of this thing.
I still hold out a lot of hope for Landscape of Flavors. I respect what they’re trying to do. I’m just not sure it’s going to work. There wasn’t anyone in the Tandoori line, while 15 or 20 people hovered around the burger line. I’m not sure they’re going to speed things up just based on the inherent time it takes to prepare everything. In the next Art of Animation Update, we’re going to try the Cheesy Pesto Bread and the Gelato, both of which are going to take a chunk of time to prepare as well and I was the only one in line. I can foresee the addition of some more basic items on the menu as well. A year down the line, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a barbecue station replace the Tandoori station. We’ll see though.
Oh right, you wanted to see the inside after I ate half of it, right?
Heaven help us.
The covered bus stops already came in handy though!
We’ll check out some more pictures of the Nemo area next.