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Disneyland prepares for a new year of magic

A number of new attractions, restaurants and entertainments promise new adventures in 2012.

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: February 08, 2012 10:15 AM

Disneyland Resort is debuting a wealth of new experiences and attractions in 2012, drawing new guests to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Several additions are expected at the Disney California Adventure, completing the park’s 5-year expansion plan. The main attractions opening in the summer will be Cars Land and the new Buena Vista Street entrance area, a reimagining of 1920s Los Angeles.

These new attractions join the park’s other new rides and entertainments that have opened since 2007, including the 4D Toy Story Mania, the after-dark World of Color spectacular water and light show, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Goofy’s Sky School, and Silly Symphony Swings, as well as two new restaurants, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill.

The first new area to debut at the resort since Toon Town opened in 1993 is Cars Land, a 12-acre area that transports guests to the heart of Radiator Springs. The new land will feature a number of rides and attractions, including Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Radiator Springs Racers. Guests will recognize the new restaurants, including the Cozy Cone Motel and Flo’s V8 Café.

The new Buena Vista Street entrance to the California Adventure Park will take guests bank in time to the Los Angeles of the 1920s, the days when Walt Disney first arrived in town. The Red Car Trolley will take guests up and down the street, leading to the new centerpiece of the area, the Carthay Circle Theatre, a historic recreation of the Golden Age movie palace where Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” first premiered in 1937.

Another new summertime addition at the California Adventure park is the nighttime Mad T Party stage show, inspired by Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The family celebration will feature music, games, and plenty of dancing.

In related news, the resort has brought out yet another new way to enjoy exploring the parks, hotels, rides and attractions. The new Disneyland Explorer iPad app, a free app available on iTunes, allows families and park guests to explore dozens of different interactive activities representing attractions and experiences around the park. Users can explore themed suites in the resort’s hotels, create their own musical color composition in “World of Color”, and learn to draw their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

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