As workers and park guests recover from last week's chaotic grand reopening of Disney California Adventure Park, and the unveiling of the brand new Cars Land, some pretty astounding facts and figures are coming in from Disney.
The park was open only to media and guests on Thursday, but that didn't stop eager Disney fans from lining up outside the gates at 3 p.m. for Friday's 9 a.m. public opening. Roughly 7,000 people were in line by the time the park opened.
Believe me, that was a good day to be across the resort at Disneyland.
The wait for Radiator Springs Racers -- the ride inspired by the Pixar film "Cars" -- reached seven hours at one point; a Disneyland employee said Friday the wait peaked at nine hours. A company spokesman said the wait was likely aggravated by the fact that workers had to shut down the ride a few times for technical adjustments; one stop was an hour long. In comparison, the wait for Radiator Springs, pitting two race cars against each other in a race through the desert and mountains above Radiator Springs, was about two hours and 15 minutes just after noon on Tuesday.
According to MouseWait (a phone app allowing users to monitor wait times at Disney attractions), the other two new Cars Land rides -- Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree -- peaked at around three hours on Friday.
Disney has responded to the demand by adding hours to the California Adventure's "extended" summer schedule.
Here are a few more fun facts about Cars Land:
Radiator Springs Racers covers nearly six acres, making it the Disneyland Resort's largest attraction by acreage. Each race car will travel 36,000 miles annually.
The Cadillac Mountain Range overlooking Cars Land stands approximately 125 feet at its highest peak. The peaks represent Cadillac tail fins in models from 1957 to 1962.
At 300,000 square feet, the range is the largest rock work construction in any domestic Disney Park. More than 4,000 tons of steel were used to built the mountains and the Radiator Springs Racers ride. Disney engineers spent more than 28,000 hours designing both.
The voice of Mater is comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who recorded seven songs for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Luigi's Flying Tires has 6,714 air vents keeping the "tires" floating about two inches off the ground. Luigi's voice is done by "Monk" actor Tony Shalhoub. The ride is considered a descendant of the Flying Saucers ride, which was featured in Disneyland's Tomorrowland from 1961 to 1966.
And Disney also likes to point out how the added attractions have created an additional 3,000 jobs since 2010, giving the resort a grand total of 23,000 workers, making it the largest single-site employer in Orange County.