There was no shortage of automotive references June 13, in Anaheim, as Disney revved up the launch of Cars Land with a lavish preem inside the new 12-acre themed area at California Adventure, marking the completion of a five-year $1.1 billion makeover of the park.

A band dressed as mechanics sang “Life Is a Highway” before Disney’s Bob Iger took the stage to call Cars Land “a great example of why Pixar and Disney are together,” adding that the new attraction represents a physical embodiment of the franchise’s films that also serves as “an example of our ability to take our characters and stories and bring them to life in new and unexpected ways.”

Meanwhile, John Lasseter introduced voice actors from the films before lighting up the Route 66-inspired neon signs on the street leading into Radiator Springs, the fictional desert town from the “Cars” films, and setting off a fireworks display over Cars Land’s towering mountain range, replete with Cadillacs sticking out as peaks.

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