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Unveiling the Inspiration For The Cozy Cone: Holbrook’s Wigwam Motel

You may have marveled at the whimsical Cone-shaped structures in the famous movie “Cars,” but did you know that these iconic Cozy Cones drew inspiration from a real-life destination?

Discover the enchanting tale of how Holbrook’s very own Wigwam Motel became the model for The Cozy Cone in this delightful cinematic adventure.


Unearthing the Connection

Nestled in the heart of Holbrook, Arizona, the Wigwam Motel stands as a testament to the bygone era of classic Americana. Built in the 1950s by our very own Chester Evert Lewis, this unique roadside motel captured the imagination of the creative minds behind the animated world of “Cars.”

Its distinctive Wigwam-shaped structures, reminiscent of Native American dwellings, caught the attention of Pixar animators, who sought to infuse the film with a touch of nostalgia and authenticity.


From Wigwam to Cozy Cone

The transformation of the Wigwam Motel into The Cozy Cone was a result of Pixar’s meticulous attention to detail and dedication to capturing the essence of the real world.

The iconic Cozy Cone Motel, featured prominently in the movie, took direct inspiration from the architecture and ambiance of the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. The resemblance between the Cozy Cones and the original Wigwams is truly remarkable, paying homage to the timeless appeal of these distinct structures.

Stepping into Radiator Springs

For fans of the “Cars” franchise, a visit to Holbrook’s Wigwam Motel is like stepping into the vibrant world of Radiator Springs. Immerse yourself in the magic of the film as you stroll through the meticulously preserved Wigwam Motel grounds, relishing in the nostalgia of a bygone era.

The charming atmosphere, enhanced by the Wigwam’s unique architecture, offers an opportunity to connect with the film on a deeper level and experience the joy of being part of the animated universe.


Preserving the Legacy

As a guest at the Wigwam Motel, you become part of a living testament to the enduring legacy of the Cozy Cone Motel in “Cars.” The dedication to maintaining the Wigwam Motel’s authenticity ensures that visitors can relish in the timeless charm that captivated audiences worldwide.

While modern amenities have been added to enhance comfort, the original spirit of the motel remains intact, allowing guests to bask in the nostalgia of a bygone era.

A Journey Through Time 

From the silver screen to reality, the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook has taken on a whole new dimension of fame. Its connection to “Cars” has elevated it to a must-visit destination for fans of the movie and automotive enthusiasts alike.

Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country road trip or seeking a unique and memorable stay, the Wigwam Motel promises an experience like no other, transporting you back in time and enveloping you in the enchantment of “Cars.”



In the charming town of Holbrook, Arizona, lies a hidden gem that played a vital role in the creation of the beloved movie “Cars.” The Wigwam Motel, with its distinctive Wigwam-shaped structures, served as the inspiration for the iconic Cozy Cone Motel.

As you embark on your own adventure on Route 66, make sure to indulge in the nostalgic magic by staying at the Wigwam Motel. Experience firsthand the captivating connection between reality and animation, and let the spirit of the Mother Road take you on a journey through time.

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