Westworld Alberta

Winter 2014

Westworld Alberta

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32 w e s t w o r l d A l b e r t A | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 desert town, Radiator Springs, only to learn a few les- sons about friendship and family.) We instantly recog- nize Flo's V8 Café, the Cozy Cone Motel and Ramone's House of Body Art, which in real life offer roadside- diner fare, cone-themed treats and Cars merchandise, respectively. Some 16 neon signs light the way along Route 66, a blacktop strip that cuts through town. en there's the sweeping panorama of Ornament Val- ley, which glows orange, yellow and red come nightfall. e rockwork replicates the movie's eroded sandstone cliffs, right down to the Cadillac Mountain Range. Here, each peak has been cut to resemble a Cadillac tail fi n, the highest reaching 38 metres. Radiator Springs Racers A post-dawn haze lingers as we join the still-short lineup at Cars Land's most hyped attraction. Soon, we hop into our track-mounted, six-person convertible for what at first is a leisurely drive through the valley, passing the cascading Radiator Falls before ducking inside the dark depths of the mountains for a few close encounters with animatronic characters. We swerve to miss an oncoming semi, partake in some tractor tipping with Mater and undergo some pre-race prep. We are, after all, about to compete for the Piston Cup, the ulti- mate hardware in the world of Cars. Luigi – a yellow Fiat Floating on air at Luigi's Flying Tires, which operates like a giant air hockey table – some 6,714 air vents keep the wheels suspended just a bit off the ground. AMA SAyS: "when you enter the park, turn left instead of right and circle around that way instead. Most of the crowd goes right for some reason – it's human nature, i guess!" –AMA Disney specialist Deb Fong

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