Chevron Autopia Pull-back Cars from Disneyland

I’ve never failed to ride the cars in Tomorrowland’s Speedway when visiting Walt Disney World, and so it was a no-brainer to ride the cars of Autopia when I visited the attraction (albeit after the Chevron sponsorship had ended) at Disneyland for the first time in January of 2013. To steer one of the original attractions was awesome!

Of course, I wished they didn’t have the guide rails that kept you on track (which they didn’t have on opening day) but we can’t have everything.

So I was delighted while on vacation in Florida this year to come across these two great Chevron Autopia cars:

    

DUSTY and SPARKY

I already had one car of the four-part set, below:

CLASSIC

But I had to wait some time before I could finish my set, with Suzy:

SUZY

So I had to assemble my fleet from three separate locations!

Chevron entered into an agreement with Disney to sponsor this attraction in 1998, as this Press Release announces. Unfortunately, with the rising price of gas and for other reasons, Chevron only sponsored the attraction from 2000 to 2012. When we rode the cars in 2013, Honda had already taken over the sponsorship.

But the real fun comes from all of the great advertising stuff! These sets were released in 2000 to commemorate Disneyland’s 45th Anniversary. You could enter to win a Magic Disneyland Vacation:

    

If I wasn’t a completest, I’d scratch the card just to see what it says!

Same with the stickers: Can’t use them!

I will never stop searching for this playmat!

    

The same postcard is included in all four of the Autopia Cars

Disneyland Autopia Yesterday and Tomorrow booklet

Now this is by far the most awesome inclusion of the sets. It’s a foldout flyer-style publication with seven pages detailing the history of the Autopia attraction, and seven pages containing a story about the Chevron Cars called Road Rally to Autopia at Disneyland.

It doesn’t get any better than that! The history side contains archival pictures and concept art from the original ride in 1955, the redesign of 1967, and finally the Chevron makeover in 2000. The story side chronicles the Chevron Cars’ trip to Disneyland where they continually ask ‘Are we there yet?’, and finally arrive just as Disneyland is closing. But they are let in to play with their Autopia cousins all night long until morning comes and the Park opens again.

This inclusion is superb and so I will be doing a post on each of the stories later.

  

Simply pull the cars back and they will speed away

Figures are removable

To quote Disneyland Autopia Yesterday and Today: “Cars are the ultimate vehicle for our imaginations: get behind the wheel and the world is ours. With a car and an imagination, we can go anywhere.”

Well, on the Autopia track, you can’t go anywhere, but you can let your imagination drive away with you!

Frankenweenie: A Tim Burton Movie that will “Shock” You!

Image courtesy teaser-trailer.com

Tonight my family went to see the new Disney movie “Frankenweenie” that was directed by Tim Burton.  This was the first time I had seen a Tim Burton movie in the theaters, and let me tell you, this was a much better film then I thought it was going to be!

The story of Frankenweenie is about Victor and his dog, Sparky.  Sparky is everything to Victor, his pal, his best friend, perhaps, his only friend.  Victor loves Science, and one day, the Science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski, tells the class to get their permission slips signed so they can participate in the Science Fair!  Victor brings his slip home, but his dad won’t sign it.  He tells Victor that he can participate in the Science Fair if he’ll also sign up to play baseball, so Victor agrees to this “compromise.”

It is at the baseball game that Victor — and Sparky’s — lives would be changed forever.  Victor is at bat, and he finally hits the baseball all the way to the street!  Sparky breaks free of his rope/leash, chases after the ball, and gets it — only to be run over in the process.  It was a very sad moment in the film because their was nothing that anyone could do…or was there?

The next day in Science class, the class learns that with electricity, the muscles of animals will have movement, and that causes Victor to realize that, with enough electricity — say the amount a lightning strike would bring — a person might even be able to raise something from the dead!  And that is exactly what Victor did — he raised Sparky from the dead, and in the process, opened a whole can of worms when the other kids in the Science class learned that he had done that.

While Burton’s film covers a dark subject matter, and isn’t for the youngest of Disney fans, the way that the subject of death — and life — is handled very well.  Since these are all Science Fair kids at the school, they all try and raise their pets from the dead.

  • Nassor raises his pet hamster, Colossus  from the dead (where he is entombed in a giant crypt!)
  • Edgar doesn’t own a pet, but he digs through the trash can, finds a dead rat, and brings it back to life as the Were-Rat!
  • Toshiaki raises his pet turtle, Shelly, from the dead — where he turns into a huge Godzilla like turtle and heads towards the carnival where everyone is celebrating Dutch Day.
  • Bob so wants to win the Science Fair, he had bought some Sea Monkeys.  He threw them in the pool in the backyard, let them be struck by lightning, where they grew and went crazy!
  • The Weird Girl, with Mr. Whiskers, her weird cat, caught a bat (Mr. Whiskers actually caught the bat) and while the Weird Girl was going to raise it from the dead, Mr. Whiskers bites onto the bat, and they transform into the Vampire Cat!

While all of this seems extremely weird, freaky, and totally crazy, it was actually a really good movie.  If you are unconvinced about seeing this movie, take a look at these posters and also this trailer to see if that helps you make your mind up!  Enjoy!

As I said earlier, I didn’t think this movie was going to be all that good, but I was very surprised. I think, if you haven’t seen it, I would recommend it for older elementary school kids and middle school kids to see at a matinee price.  Frankenweenie is rated PG.  Thanks for stopping by!