We are just under a week from the New Year and — with it — the 124th annual Rose Parade held on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. This year’s theme is taken from the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and Disneyland Resort hopes to transport the parade’s millions of viewers to Cars Land, it’s newest addition at the Disney California Adventure theme park.
The Disney float, dubbed ‘Destination: Cars Land,’ showcases the landmarks of Cars Land in a colorful re-creation of the roadside town of Radiator Springs. Shaped like the state of California, the 125-foot long float — the longest in this year’s parade — features flowing water, smoke-puffing baby tractors and 45 animated parts, including replicas of Lightning McQueen and Sally as they relive their fun-spirited road race from the first Cars movie. Mater, the tow truck, follows along behind the float.
Here’s a breakdown of what viewers may spot aboard the 125-foot long, 35-foot tall float:
- At the front of the float, is a postcard-style ‘Welcome to Cars Land’ sign, flanked by a trio of baby tractors emitting puffs of smoke while their eyes move in a playful manner.
- Further ‘up the road’ are likenesses of Lightning McQueen and Sally, moving forward and backward as if jockeying for race position.
- The main buildings of Radiator Springs are marked by spinning signs for the town’s landmarks, including the Cozy Cone Motel and Flo’s V-8 Cafe.
- Guests aboard the float will ride vehicles from two Cars Land attractions: a tractor from Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and a bouncing tire from Luigi’s Flying Tires.
- The iconic Radiator Springs mountain range, a Cars Land landmark, is re-created on the float, with characters Luigi and Guido perched on the rocks.
- The mountain range is home to a miniature version of the popular Radiator Springs Racers attraction, complete with small-scale race cars zooming across the landscape.
- High above everything, Barney Stormin’ the airplane tows a banner that reads: ‘The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Happier.’
Via Twitter, volunteer @BigD923 recently shared some of the following images of the float as it is being assembled (in two parts) and decorated:
The parade steps off at 8 am PST on Tuesday, January 1, in Pasadena and will be broadcast live on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Parade is also seen in more than 220 international territories and countries.
The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a division of IMG Worldwide, and Disney Consumer Products (DCP) are teaming up to bring Rose Bowl and BCS fans a unique line of souvenir T-shirts.
The collection will feature the logos of the participating teams – Oregon and Ohio State in the Rose Bowl and Alabama and Texas Universities in the BCS National Championship Game – featuring some of Disney’s most beloved characters including Mickey Mouse. Available beginning December 30, the T-shirts will be sold at www.DisneyStore.com, Disney Store locations in the markets of the participating universities, and at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
“We’re excited to offer college football fans commemorative T-shirts to celebrate their team’s success through this limited edition Disney line,” said Scott Bouyack, CLC’s Vice President of Apparel Marketing.
“The combination of the iconic brands of the participating universities and our world renowned Disney characters makes for a one-of-a kind collectible for passionate college football fans,” said Stephen Teglas, vice president and general manager of Fashion & Home for Disney Consumer Products. “With four of the best teams in college football playing right here in Southern California, we thought this was a great way to showcase support for fans and welcome visitors.”
The Rose Bowl and BCS merchandise is the latest offering by CLC and Disney Consumer Products (DCP). DCP and CLC have collaborated to develop co-branded college infant and youth/toddler merchandise, which is available at Walmart stores, as well as other merchandise lines sold through Disney theme parks and Disney retail outlets.
Proceeds from the sales of Disney college merchandise will help support the participating universities, the BCS, and the Rose Bowl. CLC is the licensing partner for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the Tournament of Roses, The University of Alabama, and The University of Texas. The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon manage independent licensing programs but worked with CLC on product development.
Update: 1/5/10 – We are sorry to report that Disney Consumer Products has advised us that due to unforseen circumstances, DisneyStore.com will not be selling the t-shirts.
Sales for the BCS shirts at area Disney Stores began today and are available at the following regional stores: Texas - North Star Mall, Hulen Mall, Willowbrook Mall, Mall Del Norte, Rivercenter, The Galleria, Cielo Vista Mall, Lakeline Mall, La Plaza Mall, Ingram Park Mall, Stonebriar Centre and Woodlands Mall; Alabama – Town Center at Cobb, North Point Mall, Bel Air Mall and Mall of Georgia.
Selected players and coaches from the Ohio State University Buckeyes and the University of Oregon Ducks will participate in a ceremony taking place at Disneyland on December 26. The ceremony, which will take place in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, is scheduled to happen at around 2 pm PT.
Expecting to appear on behalf of Ohio State are Head Coach Jim Tressel, defensive back Kurt Coleman, linebacker Austin Spitler, defensive lineman Doug Worthington and center Jimmy Cordle.
Expecting to appear on behalf of the University of Oregon are Head Coach Chip Kelly, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, offensive lineman Jordan Holmes, defensive end Will Tukuafu and cornerback Walter Thurmond III.