Cars 3 Zooms Into Southern California for Its World Premiere

When Alamo invited me to attend the world premiere of Disney·Pixar’s Cars 3 as their guest, I had some idea of what was in store for my family based on premieres I’d attended while working in the entertainment industry. The thing is, no matter how many times you walk the red carpet, each event holds its own special unexpected magic - and this is especially true for Disney premieres. And it made perfect sense that the world premiere of the film took place at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, just across the street from Cars Land in Disneyland.

The Red Carpet Treatment

Upon arrival, we picked up our passes and immediately started on our mini adventure with tattoos for the youngest and oldest in our clan. Then we took what would be our first of many "we're here!" photos of the night, with the first movie poster we saw.

As we walked toward the red carpet, we were greeted by entertainers playing pranks and making the guests laugh. We got to walk the red carpet just behind the celebrities, and we took every chance to pose for our very own photo ops – you know, because we're all movie stars at heart!

The Red Carpet Treatment

As part of the evening’s festivities, Alamo Rent A Car and Disney·Pixar had set up some interactive activities along the red carpet for everyone to participate in. Because this was the very first time Cars 3 was shown to the world, many of the people who worked on the film, both cast and crew, were in attendance with their families. You never knew when you were going to wait in line next to someone like John Lasseter or Larry the Cable Guy. I mean, if we had this much fun at the Alamo Rent A Car Photo Booth, I wonder what their photos looked like?

Whistler really loved seeing the life size vehicles - Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm. Naturally, we had to take a picture with each one.

Life size vehicles - Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm

At the next pit stop, kids (of all ages) could leave their mark on the Alamo Rent A Car“Street Art Booth.” This was Whistler's favorite activity, and we had great difficulty prying him away after a solid 15-20 minutes of working on his masterpiece. But once he discovered he could make 3D paper versions of the Cars characters, he happily agreed. Next thing you know, Grandma and Grandpa also decided that they needed to make some for themselves!

Street Art Booth

Just before grabbing some popcorn for the show, we grabbed one more family shot to remember the evening.

Start your engines!!

As exciting as it was to walk in the limelight, the real fun started at the end of the red carpet. Cars 3 breaks the mold of traditional children's movies. It is not the run-of-the-mill, princess-in-distress movie like the classics from my generation. The Cars movies feature fast-paced, action-filled scenes that grab kids’ attention, centered on stories peppered with those life lessons everyone faces and the internal struggles we experience when trying to find our place in the world.

One of the most fascinating things about the new film is that many of the characters are based on actual stock car racing heroes. This added layer of historical context is just one example of the time and effort the producers put into creating the film.  Lightning McQueen is overcoming major obstacles in his career, and producer Brian Fee chose stock car racers who faced trials in their own careers to inspire the plot. These movies are an early introduction to life lessons for many kids, and the creators have artfully developed strong characters based upon the actions of real people, providing kids with the inspirational tales of actual heroes. Kids who see the movie might not grow up to be race car drivers, but these stories plant the seeds of determination and perseverance. Plus, the special effects are so incredible that at times it is hard to tell that you are actually watching a cartoon.

Start your engines!!

After the movie, we walked over to Disney's California Adventure for a private party at Cars Land. What better way to top off an unforgettable evening than having a section of the "Happiest Place on Earth" practically all to yourself, with unlimited rides, eats and laughs? It was an evening that won't soon be forgotten, and hopefully will be one my son will happily reminisce about to his own kids someday!

Cars 3 Zooms Into Southern California for Its World Premiere