I had a chance to motor west last week and made it over to Disneyland for a behind-the-construction-walls preview of Cars Land, one of the final -- and most anticipated -- pieces of the five-year, $1.1-billion expansion of Disney California Adventure. Until I ventured behind the wall, I had only seen the huge Ornament Valley mountain range during its early construction and in Disney-provided photos and videos. I have to admit that despite all of the hype, this sometimes-jaded journalist was nonetheless wowed by the sheer scale and majesty of the nearly done land. (It opens on June 15, along with the grand reopening of the entire refreshed park.) Read more in my Cars Land preview as well as my revised Disney California Adventure expansion overview.
Photo: Disney 2012. Used with permission.