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  • [Question] What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

    Are they going to leave it as is, or put some kind of backing on it? Kind of a weird thing to see from outside the park, not to mention from the fun wheel.

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    Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

    Al Lutz has said that they is definitely going to be a backing for Cadilac Range. However, it is not certain what kind of backing it will receive but it will not be constructed until the front of the rock work is completely done.
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      Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

      Originally posted by Bronco21 View Post
      Al Lutz has said that they is definitely going to be a backing for Cadilac Range. However, it is not certain what kind of backing it will receive but it will not be constructed until the front of the rock work is completely done.
      It was also stated in the DisneyParks blog as a reply at one point.
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      • #4
        Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

        Here is where Al talked about what they will be doing, MiceChat Round-Up - MiceAge.com


        A lot of you have been asking about what are they going to do to theme the back of the huge Disney California Adventure Cars Land rock backdrop, in particular those areas adjacent to Pacific Wharf and Paradise Pier. As always, take note that any of this may be subject to change, but so far here's what to expect...




        As I understand it, at around thirteen stories tall and 280,000 square feet, the rockwork that makes up Cars Land is the largest mountain structure that Disney has ever built in any of its parks around the world. The artistic goal of the huge structure is not just to recreate the Cadillac Range backdrop of Radiator Springs, but to also block out the views of modern Anaheim that have plagued DCA since it opened. The front of the rock work is almost completely done with the hand shaping, and about halfway through with the painting, as the backside remains an open steel grid to allow access to the inserts that support the catwalks along the front side.




        Once the front of the massive facade is finished later this summer, the Imagineers assigned to the rock work will then turn their attention to finishing off the backside. As seen from the Pacific Wharf dining area, the rock work that creates the look of a hood and hood ornament will blend around the eastern wall into a less cartoonish rocky cliff that extends due south. That same rock wall will then form a rocky sea bluff that looms above the east end of the Paradise Pier boardwalk.




        What hasn't been decided is how Imagineering and Disneyland's entertainment department will handle the dowdy stucco float warehouse that parallels that rocky bluff. That float warehouse was thrown up quickly in early 2002 to house the Electrical Parade that was brought back from the dead in a panic during the summer of '01, as the floats were still being stored backstage under tents. Since DCA's original float warehouse behind California Screamin' is now being eyed as an expansion pad for a future attraction show building, the Entertainment team considers the warehouse behind Cars Land as their long term home. Everyone realizes it has to be reskinned, but the exact artistic treatment hasn't been decided yet.





        Then there's the towering backside of Cars Land that faces Katella for four hundred feet, as Disney needs to play nice with Anaheim's aesthetic zoning requirements in the city's Resort District. The big show building that houses Radiator Springs Racers dark ride portion has already received a brown stucco exterior that mostly disappears behind the heavy landscaping along Katella. The tall cliffs are too big to attempt a disappearing act, and they'll be sealed up with patterned stucco.
        The view of the backside of Cars Land for those hotels along Harbor and Katella won't be nearly as impressive as the front side, but the increased business they'll get from the biggest theme park expansion in Anaheim history should take quite a bit of the sting out of it for them.
        Last edited by Dustysage; 08-02-2011, 01:51 PM. Reason: Added quote for easier reading

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          Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

          It will look fine.

          We were very worried there for a while, but we've been reassured by some folks in the know that there is a suitable theme for the back side that matches the oceanside look of Paradise Pier.

          It seemed strange because they finished off everything facing inward to Cars Land and have left the exterior portions open. But it will all eventually be closed in and then themed.
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            Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

            And now, Ladies and Gentlemen... the Backside of Rock.

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              Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

              Originally posted by Bob Weaver View Post
              And now, Ladies and Gentlemen... the Backside of Rock.
              Exactly what I was thinking.




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              • #8
                Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

                The backside facing Katella will have a flat surface, but the actual fins that stick up past the base of the mountain have been completed on both sides.

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                • #9
                  Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

                  I was thinking they could do kind of what they did for toon town, or a large sky mural like on the main theater they have Aladin show in. Although now looking at it, it would be total visible from the paradise pier viewing area as a big mat painting (where in Toon Town you never see the sky and clouds from the side, on the front so the effect works).

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                    Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

                    What one does with their backside is a private matter and should not be open to public discussion! Tsk, tsk, tsk!
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                      Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

                      I think they will just cover it up if you can see it from inside the park. This is off topic but how do I change the words under my avatar? Like how BDF has "Little kid inside big guy".
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                        Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

                        Josh, I'll send you a PM with that info.
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                            Re: What are they going to do with the backside of Radiator Springs?

                            Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                            It will look fine.

                            We were very worried there for a while, but we've been reassured by some folks in the know that there is a suitable theme for the back side that matches the oceanside look of Paradise Pier.

                            It seemed strange because they finished off everything facing inward to Cars Land and have left the exterior portions open. But it will all eventually be closed in and then themed.
                            I can confirm this. I've seen the potential designs, and can tell you it will look pretty nice, and will be consistent with the Seaside theme of Paradise Pier. The first priority right now is to finish the rockwork facing Cars Land. Once that's done, they're begin work on the back side which is currently open. There are only so many hours in a day to work on these projects, so we will need to be patient.

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