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This page is to help you quickly jump through this picture set. Below you will see a listing of the pages and the captions on that page.

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    This was how I spent approximately three hours on Sunday morning. As soon as the Cruise line presentation ended, around 10am, I got in line for Cars which started at 1:30pm. This shot was taken around 11:30am.
    About 15-20 minutes or so before the presentation we were let in and seated. Here is a picture of the stage area
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    A better shot of the logo.
    The panel taking the stage and John Lasseter sporting the custom hard hard for the project.
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    From left to right, Dave Fisher, Kathy Mangum, John Lasseter, Jennifer Mok, Kevin Rafferty and Roger Gould.
    John started off the presentation talking about the inspiration for the films.
    Here is a shot from one of his family vacations.
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    His parents
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    Kevin spoke next on how the land came to be.
    Imagineering was toying with the idea of Carland for DCA since California has a car culture.
    An early concept of the land.
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    The key element would be a new e-ticket car ride.
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    Think Natures Wonderland but with Cars...
    Of course a car wash...
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    The next iteration infused Disney characters in the idea.
    Eventually it evolved to include the cast of the Pixar film Cars
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    The drawing we have all seen of Cars Land (it is near the Blue Sky Cellar at DCA too)
    Here is a virtual look at the project as posted on the DisneyParks Youtube channel.
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    Next he went on to take us through the land.
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    Next up the three attractions. First the Flying Tires.
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    Then on to Maters
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    Maters will consist of 22 tractors
    Mater will be calling out the square dance during the run. The queue will feature memorabilia from his Tall Tale Adventures.
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    Some play testing.
    The final attraction is the E-Ticket Radiator Springs Racers.
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    There will be two car designs, four cars in each, eight colors.
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    Each will have their own look/smile/eyes
    Some photos of the ride testing last year. They will begin testing this year on 8/25.
    The attraction will top out at 40mph
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    Cars Land is 12 acres and the Racers make up 6 acres which makes it the largest single Disney attraction to date.
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    Kathy was next with an update on the construction
    Refreshed our memories that ground breaking was last July.
    A time lapse from the Tower of Terror (I am sure if you check youtube several sites have a good high resolution version of this).
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    Some stills though..
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    A look at the current state of Maters (which is already outdated since trees have gone in since this was taken)
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    A wide angle shot standing at the crossroads.
    Looking left
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    Looking right.
    Behind the last shot.
    Some of the amazing detail that will be in the land.
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    The wing nut was lifted into place last week.
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    They will begin testing the Flying Tires in September.
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    The scale of the rock work is amazing. To help you out that scaffolding is 8ft apart for each level.
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    Some of the queue buildings for the Racers taking shape.
    One of two bridges in the attraction, this is the new one. There is also an older one.
    The turns look to be banked more than Test Track.
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    Taillight caverns will be the finale to the Racers
    Jennifer was next to talk about the landscaping.
    Two distinct areas for her to deal with.
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    The inset is a tree that was saved and is being trimmed like the one in the drawing.
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    One of their challenges was to add more trees than the film had since guests like shade.
    Some of the plants. She was talking to fast (and I was too busy taking pictures) to catch names. If someone wants to provide them I will update my captions.
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    Looks pretty close to me.. the inset is the film scene.
    Next up Roger talked about the timeframe of the land and characters.
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    A chart of how the Cars timeline is.
    The original Flos
    The add on for the dining (and it was this way in Cars 2)
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    The new wing.
    Some of Flos backstory
    A stop in the paint shop
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    A discussion of how the land was inspired by the original film and that helped inspire some aspects of the second film.
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    A look at the towns history will be presented in the queue for the Racers
    Some of the inspiration.
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    The original spring in Radiator Springs.
    Stanley gave away free water but charged for radiator caps
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    His business grew to start the town.
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    Most of the main characters will be in the land.
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    Since it is a digital modeled film they were able to take the original models and use those for the characters.
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    Mack is installed already.
    The Lightning we saw at the first Expo with his audio.
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    They wrapped up the Cars talk and jumped to Adventureland for a special announcement.
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    As all us geeks know John Lasseter worked on the Jungle Cruise in 1977 and 78. He dawned the outfit again for the parks 50th.
    Well now he is looking for a picture of himself from the 70s. If you come up with one he is giving away a VIP trip/pass to the opening of Cars Land. So visit the site to learn more.
    To close with the video from their site...
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