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May 14

New Junior Ride Along Program at Walt Disney World Lets Kids Ride in a Pixar Car Right Out of the Movie “Cars”

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Petty Holdings, LLC and Pixar Animation Studios are bringing to life two characters from the Academy Award®-nominated 2006 animated feature film “Cars” – Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin at Walt Disney World Resort. Petty Holdings initially began their relationship with Pixar when Richard Petty became the voice of “The King” in the original “Cars” movie.

The two full-size custom character cars, created by “Cars” creative director Jay Ward, entered the line-up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World® Speedway on Saturday, June 14. The #28 Aiken Axler and #80 Sage VanDerSpin cars will be used in the new Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along program. For just $59, the Junior Ride-Along program gives children ages 6 to 13 (and at least 48 inches tall) the chance to experience real-life racing excitement as they ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor for three thrilling laps in a specially equipped Piston Cup race car.

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According to their official biographies, #80 VanDerSpin races for Team “Gask-its” and is the youngest winner of the Junior Piston Cup Pro Series. Axler is the #28 Nitroade racer who captured the Vitoline Rookie of the Year honors in his first full season of Cup competition. Both will be sporting their team colors and sponsors, along with their larger-than-life personalities, thanks to a specialty window wrap.

“The window wrap makes it possible to see the character eyes from the exterior, which really brings them to life, but doesn’t interfere with the view of the track,” added Kirby. “Once passengers are inside the car, the track can be clearly seen so they can fully enjoy the experience of racing around the track.”

Both cars feature custom racing seats designed by The Joie of Seating – a premier fabricator of custom-fitted aluminum racing seats, owned and operated by two-time NASCAR Nationwide series champion Randy LaJoie. Specifically designed to ensure the safety and security of smaller bodies, these full containment racing seats feature built-in shoulder and head protection and a five-point safety harness with the same design used by NASCAR drivers.

Junior Ride-Alongs do not require reservations and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more information about program offerings, dates and times by visiting Drivepetty.com or call 800-237-3889. My daughter had a chance to experience the Junior Ride Along Program for herself and you can read all about it here: Disney’s Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride Along Program Review


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Apr 14

Car Masters Weekend Returns to Downtown Disney in 2014

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Looking for something fun to do with dad this Father’s Day?

Car Masters Weekend is the perfect way to celebrate it as Downtown Disney hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 14-15, 2014. Now in it’s third year, and featuring all things “Cars,” the event showcases over 150 classic, muscle and exotic vehicles from across the country; a chance for guests to meet favorite “Cars″ characters such as Lightning McQueen and Mater; and special celebrity appearances including automotive designer Chip Foose and Disney-Pixar “Cars” filmmaker Jay Ward.

Completing the car-filled weekend, fans may purchase tickets for a ”Cars” & “Cars 2″ movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24 and enjoy face painting, themed food and beverage, live entertainment and more.


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Jun 13

Disney’s Radiator Springs Racers Puts You Smack in the Middle of the Cars Movies

Cars Land Disney California Adventure disneyland radiator springs racersI promised you a detailed look into Cars Land‘s Radiator Springs Racers attraction at Disney California Adventure and today I’m here to deliver on that promise.  When you enter under this archway you are IN Ornament Valley!

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Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure Disneyland Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure Disneyland Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure Disneyland Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure DisneylandThe theming is unbelievable here. And you are completely immersed. You can’t see any other attractions in the queue line. You are completely transported into “Cars“.

Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure DisneylandRadiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure Disneyland Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure Disneyland Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure DisneylandThis attraction was one of the many highlights of our last trip to Disneyland.  The technology that the ride is built on is a lot like the Test Track attraction at Epcot in Walt Disney World and while many say that Test Track has no direction…no story…it’s California counterpart has a rich immersive one.

Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure DisneylandSpecial thanks goes out to Disneyland PR for free admission for myself and my family into Disney California Adventure. All Disney geek opinions are my own and I was not required to write this post.

What’s Your favorite Disney Attraction Queue Line?


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Mar 13

New Disney “Planes” Movie Poster

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From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on August 9, 2013.


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Nov 12

Santa Mater and Tractor Reindeer Welcome Christmas to Disneyland

This commercial features Mater as Santa being towed by his little tractors through the nighttime sky. As they fly through and above Disneyland Resort, both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are magically transformed for the holidays, bringing Holiday joy to everyone!