As early as last year, Disney California Adventure would not have been this high on the list of things to do in Los Angeles. It just wasn’t a complete park. For the longest time, it was a sidestep for those attending Disneyland. If you had a multiple day park hopper, you would stop by DCA for a few hours one of those days and then head back over to Disneyland. Not anymore.
The park is a full-fledged epicenter of entertainment like any other destination in Southern California. You can go to just Disney California and need an entire day from open to close to try and fit everything in.
The park has its unique style and place amongst the adventure park as well as the Los Angeles landscape. The specific theme is that of mid 1900’s Los Angeles with its classic architecture and design. It also mixes signature attractions with those themed from Disney films.
The park has several different sections. Just after the entrance is Carthay Circle which has and assortment of different eateries and merchandise shops.
To the left is Buena Vista Street which is home to the rides Monsters Inc and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and shows Aladdin, and Muppet Vision 3D. It is also the route of the iconic Red Car trolley.
Straight ahead from Carthay Circle is A Bugs Land which will make the little ones feel downright tiny as they see the world from the perspective of a bug. The star attraction here is the 3D show “It’s tough to be a Bug” as well as four kid rides.
Next door to A Bugs Land is the brand new Cars Land where guests will step onto the old Route 66 in Radiator Springs from the Disney/Pixar Cars films. The star attraction is the Radiator Springs Racers which takes guests on a tour of picturesque ornament valley complete with a race and a few other surprises as well. There is also Luigi’s Flying Tires and Tow Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
If you were to hand a right at Carthay Circle, you will find Condor Flats; Home to Soarin’ Over California. After you have seen California from the sky, hit the trail and Hike a little farther to enter Grizzly Peak with Grizzly River Rapids, and the “UP” Redwood Challenge Trails.
Then last but not least, you reach the oasis that is Paradise Pier. To your left is the Pacific Warf with several California style eateries. Along the Pier is The Little Mermaid, Goofy’s Sky School, Silly Symphony Swings, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Toy Story Midway Mania, King Triton’s Carousel, Golden Zephyr, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, and the crown jewel coaster; California Screamin’.
Aside from the rides and attractions, there is a seemingly endless amount of impromptu street performances and parades for your senses to feast upon. Paradise Pier is also where the water spectacular World of Color lights up the night.
Disney California Adventure has indeed turned into a true Los Angeles priority destination.
For more information, visit the Disney California Adventure website.