Adorned with the familiar images of Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi, the colorful Boeing 737-800 named ‘Adventure of Disneyland Resort’ celebrates Alaska’s partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park.
At a special airport event, Mater himself made a satellite appearance from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, providing travelers with updates on the arrival of the plane as it neared Seattle. After the ceremony, the aircraft officially joined the Alaska fleet on a flight to Orange County, Calif., and will then fly throughout the carrier’s 65-city network.
Joining passengers flying on Flight 500 were four Make-A-Wish children from Washington and Alaska, ages 3 to 7, and their families, who will spend the next several days at the Disneyland Resort. During their visit, they will be treated to special activities and enjoy overnight accommodations at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Resort.
‘The Adventure of Disneyland Resort’ aircraft received its new livery at Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Wash. A team of specialists from Associated Painters Inc. accomplished the complicated painting process, including a sponge-type application to re-create Mater’s rust-colored finish.
‘Adventure of Disneyland Resort’ trivia:
- A 34-member crew worked around the clock for 29 days at Associated Painters Inc. to paint the plane.
- Painters painstakingly airbrushed the aircraft with 70 unique colors and applied more than 10,000 square feet of vinyl graphics to create the lifelike characters, including the headlights, tire rims and eyes.
- More than 72,000 linear feet of masking tape was used during the painting of the ‘Adventure of Disneyland Resort.’
- Mater’s rustic-looking muffler, which is located on the tail of the jet, will naturally change color over time due to the plane’s normal exhaust stain.
Alaska’s other Disney-themed planes are the ‘Spirit of Disneyland II,’ launched in 2009; the ‘Spirit of Make-A-Wish,’ which debuted in 2006; and ‘Magic of Disneyland,’ which entered the fleet in 2005. Alaska’s first Disney plane, the ‘Spirit of Disneyland I,’ joined the fleet in 2002 and was repainted in 2009.