An interesting article from The Upcoming Pixar Blog. They had a chat with the Cars Franchise Guardian Jay Ward at a Cars 2 press event. One interesting subject that was brought up was Cars Land, and Jay talks a little about the backstory of Cars Land and how it will fit into the story of the 2 movies.
UP: The Cars franchise is much more than just the films. What can you tell us about Cars Land, for example?
JW: Cars Land is going in at Disney California Adventure, it opens in the summer of 2012. Cars Land is sort of a snap shot in time, it’s after Cars but before Cars 2. It’s going to have the classic Lightning McQueen in it, not the Cars 2 McQueen, and the reason we have that is that Doc is in Cars Land. Doc Hudson is passed away in Cars 2 because Paul Newman passed away. So we wanted to have this classic, iconic thing; Doc Hudson has the headset on telling you to get ready to race in the ride. If we have Doc Hudson, we have to have classic McQueen. [Cars Land is] going to feel like being in Radiator Springs two years after the original film.