How to Visit Disney's California Adventure

Ten Parts:General Park visitBuena Vista StreetCondor FlatsGrizzly PeakParadise PierPacific WharfHollywood Landa bugs landCars LandOther Adventures

If you've ever been to Disneyland and not Disney's California Adventure park, you might want to see what it's like. If you want to see it, this article will try to describe what you can do there.

Part 1
General Park visit

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    Decide if you truly want to visit Disney's California Adventure theme park. Discuss some of your other options that exist for the other nearby Disney-themed areas. With the other major possibilities being the Disneyland, and Downtown Disney (though no real rides exist in Downtown Disney) and the wealth of other parks within the vicinity include Universal Studios of Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Southern California landscape isn't without its wealth of rides.
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    Drive and park at the parking structure nearby to the resort. Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure park have their drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is that in order to visit, you'll either have to park in the Mickey and Friends parking structure, or ride the ART(Anaheim Resort Transit) tram to the park. Although the address to the parking structure is 1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802[1]. The cost to park your car at this park will run you about $17 for cars and upwards from there (depending on complexity of vehicle)[2].
    • Due to the cost, it's often advised to ride the ART tram/trolley to get to the park, though if you are coming from out of the Anaheim area, you may end up taking a car and parking in the parking lot nearby these Disneyland parks.
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    Take a tram from the parking structure to the outside of the park, if you have to park and if you don't have the luxury of riding the trolley.
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    Purchase your tickets at the booths outside of the Disney's California Adventure park.
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    Enter through the turnstiles.
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    Look at the set up from the map of Disney's California Adventure theme park. This park is formed into 8 lands without a central hub area. These lands include Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Land, a bug's land, Cars Land, Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier, Grizzly Peak and Condor Flats.[3].

Part 2
Buena Vista Street

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    Walk into the park. The first thing you'll notice is Buena Vista Street. Although Buena Vista Street once held a few famous attractions that could later have became the center piece by some, it has few to no rides today, and truly exists as the true dining place in the park.

Part 3
Condor Flats

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    Take the Buena Vista street walkway to the right and notice the waterfall on your right as you turn and walk down the path, well before reaching near the Soarin' exhibit. This waterfall is a famous spot used for picture taking, though this isn't the most famous exhibit in the park.
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    Cool off under the fake jet propeller cooling station in front of/near the Soarin' ride, if the day is extremely hot. Don't get too enthused at waiting around for a long period of time, as everybody needs to take turns here.
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    Take a ride on Soarin' here. If you don't mind motion simulators, you'll fair very well here. The building looks like an oversized orange-colored airplane hangar.

Part 4
Grizzly Peak

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    Take a ride on the Grizzly River Rapids ride, if you like rides that are dedicated to white-water rapids rafting and the thrill that goes along with it.
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    Challenge yourself to a take a walk on the wild side in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, if you don't like white-water rapids rides.

Part 5
Paradise Pier

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    Turn the corner and continue on the walking path/trail towards the Little Mermaid:Ariel's Undersea Ride attraction at the corner.. This attraction features a normal ride for those daring small princesses wishing to fulfill a few wishes.
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    Get to know the placement of the seats that are used for World of Color later in the day. These seats are available right across from the Little Mermaid ride. They are formed in layers with deep (long) steps. This spot is also a famous spot to check out the prime candidate of the viewpoint of Paradise Pier (making it a famous picture-taking spot!).
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    Walk around till you meet up with the Golden Zephyr ride. Although a few rides in Disneyland and Walt Disney World can match that of the experience on Golden Zephyr, not many are comparable. You'll need to be able to walk up a short flight of stairs, but once up the stairs, you'll (as Disney calls it) rocket around a central pivot point in a spaceship type of seat without even lifting a finger or touching a button.
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    Take the easy way out, if you don't want to ride Golden Zephyr and ride the Jumpin' Jellyfish ride instead, if you want to be flown around less or take it even slower than molasses.
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    Take a ride on the Goofy's Sky School ride, if you'd like to ride a ride similar to Gadget's Go Coaster from Disneyland across the alley-way. It is considered to be a "training roller coaster" for those who haven't ridden a roller coaster" yet and would like to experience what it's like.
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    Pass underneath the overhang for part of the track of California Screamin. The ride entrance is nearby, but isn't right there when you see the track.
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    Test your ferris-wheel styled thrills on the swinging swings of Mickey's Fun Wheel, or if you want the static ones, they have a slightly different entrance around the other side of it, so be careful which ride entrance you are entering through at the main entrance to this ride along the back edge of the California Adventure walking path.
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    Ride the California Screamin' roller coaster (if you love roller coasters). This roller coaster is the fastest roller coaster throughout all the Disney Parks, and is also one of the newest coasters within the Disney Parks system worldwide. So hang on tight!
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    Test your skills at Toy Story Midway Mania in a shooter-type of game that is sure to thrill everyone in your family. And with the special effect of 3D and sometimes 4D effects, there's no reason no one could come out of this place unhappy.
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    Ride King Triton's Carousel (sometimes called King Triton's Carousel of the Sea), the only carousel in Disney's California Adventure park.

Part 6
Pacific Wharf

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    Look at the bridge that you cross over. It will definitely remind you of a Boardwalk styled bridge on or near the Pacific Ocean.
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    Look over to the left just before you cross the bridge. Although the restaurant has changed hands from Ariel's Grotto to another place, it still is a very popular restaurant at this theme park.

Part 7
Hollywood Land

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    Follow the signs that lead you to Hollywood Land. Hollywood Land can't be accessed from any other area but the hub area of the park.
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    Look for and watch a showing at the Disney Animation studio's Animation Academy.
    • Look for the Turtle Talk with Crush showing. If you want to see this classic show where Crush interacts with kids and tries to answer some kids' questions, this is sure to please.
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      • Crush sometimes looks around for the children's parents, so be on the lookout, if you hear your child scream, giggle or look back to see where his/her parents are in the audience (yes, the spotlight turns to you too).
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    Look out for the Muppet Vision 3D movie. It's a very interesting movie that is sure to please any Muppet fan in all of it's audiences. Any and all kids will surely get a kick out of seeing their favorite Muppet Show character here. If you watch closely, you might even see some real characters appearing before your very eyes.
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    Take a peek in at the Monsters, Inc (Mike and Sulley to the Rescue) ride. If you are a fan of Monsters, Inc, you're sure to relive the story of Monsters Inc on this ride.
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    Ride the drop-elevator stationed at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.It's scary on the ride, and with a mystery drop-pattern that is determined by the computer for every ride (every ride pattern is different), this ride is super scary for some and almost all who visit, but most who ride it do come out laughing at the end.

Part 8
a bugs land

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    Walk over to the a bug's land section of the park.
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    Get your fill of 3D movies at It's Tough to be a Bug! if Muppet Vision 3D didn't overdo your adventure. If you don't get very scared too easily, watch a show of it here, and you'll soon be seeing the life of a bug through the eyes of the bug.
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    Look for Flik's Fun Fair, and interactive area containing mostly kid-sized rides.
    • This area includes a bumper-cars styled ride (Tuck and Roll's Drive Em Buggies),
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    • Francis Ladybug Boogie:
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    • Flik's Flyers:
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    • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train:
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    • Also, look out for Princess Dot Puddle Park. This area is an awesome way to get wet as you or your kids tromp through the watery area.
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Part 9
Cars Land

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    Look out for Look for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree just a short walk into Cars Land (a land nearby "a bugs land") and take a ride on it. Although similar to some mild scrambler rides, this one is surely to impress almost everyone who arrives on it.
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    Look around for Radiator Springs Racers. Based on the action of Test Track at the Walt Disney World Disney park Epcot, you will surely not be sorry that you rode it.

Part 10
Other Adventures

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    Look at your times guide for showings of the Pixar Play Parade. If you stand just right, everyone along the route can get wet, and everyone has a blast. Whatever you decide to take in in this park, do not miss this parade if you are in the park on a hot summer day - make it a plan to be along the parade route and have some relaxing fun, all while getting cooled off in turn.
    • If you see a person carrying a water thrower and you see them looking at you, you can tell them to spray elsewhere, or if you choose to want to get sprayed but fear them spraying at a particular area mention where else you'd like to spray (such as at your arms, hands, chin or neck but you shouldn't need to tell them why unless they look at you funny and request more information.)
    • Be prepared to be on the benches on the side of the walking path near the bridge to Pacific Wharf up to two hours before the parade passes through the area, as spots on benches fill up fast!
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    Look for the nighttime spectacular World of Color to appear over the lagoon facing Paradise Pier. This wonderful watery nighttime spectacular features some dazzling colors, and especially being nearby can give you a cool mist coming off the water when it is shot up into the air from the jets in the lagoon.


  • Disney's California Adventure theme park first opened on February 8, 2001.[4].
  • When 4-8 year old kids get antsy in Disney's California Adventure and it seems like your day is lagging behind, give these kids some options. Even though this park has a few areas where kids can explore and run out all their excitement, this may sometimes not be enough. If you haul around a double-seat stroller, and warnings just don't work, give them time in the stroller (kids up to age 8 should still fit [5]). If they don't, you'll need to find some other way to draw out their energy. They will thank you for helping them "take a load off their feet". These youngsters tend to draw energy out more quickly, and become cranky quicker.
  • Food and beverage options are available throughout the park, especially in the Buena Vista Street and Pacific Wharf areas of the park. Between some food stands at certain areas of the park to the standalone ice-cream stands throughout the park, you'll never lose food options.
    • For hot dogs, try Award Wieners in Hollywood Land.
  • Restrooms might not be readily available, but, they are available in and near some of the buildings of the Disney's California Adventure in some way, shape or form. And if you have babies or infants, you can even change their diapers there (if they wear them).
  • Plan on spending at least 4-6 hours in this park, though some people who don't like thrill rides can experience the whole park in 2 hours.
  • Bring lots of money to purchase plenty of things from a bunch of many Disney stores in the park.
  • Pin trading stations in this park are somewhat plentiful, but placed sporadically throughout the park. Collect those pins, and if you have someone else in the park who's willing to trade with you, trade some of your pins for those you deem to be more collectible.
  • Daytime parades vary. Check your guide map as you enter the park through the turnstiles, to see what parade you're likely to see and when.
  • Keep kids (under age 5) on "leashes" (arm straps) at all times. Don't allow your kids to remove them at any time. It's hard to see your kids leashed up like a pet, but with the 30,000+ guests in the park at any time, security is of utmost importance, and their leashes will help immensely. Don't even remove them, when your kids are in their stroller, as it can take only a few seconds for the kid to get out and become missing (the leashes only would allow the child to go so far as you'd allow them to go).
  • There are a few stage shows placed sporadically in the park. However, they can change on a moment's notice. Check the guidemap for details.
  • Due to the fact that Cars Land is so new (first opened to the public on June 15, 2012[6]), this area may change over time. It may not have too many rides, but it's getting better, and will improve over time.
  • This park used to have central icon figures just as you walked in the front gate (Monorail passing through the Golden Gate Bridge replica), the iconic Mickey portrayed' in California Screamin' as viewed from Paradise Pier), the train next to Soarin, and the California" sign out front of the park. It also used to have an iconic sunwheel just after you enter the park. After the update, most of these iconic figures died away.
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  • Everybody's tastes are different. Some rides you can skip if you don't have time, or if the kids act up. While some are too churlish for some to even try to ride. Skip those rides that aren't suited to your or your kids' tastes.
  • Be prepared in the event that a sudden rainstorm impacts the area. Rain is common, and your best bet is to run/walk into the nearest attraction and seek shelter. The rain should end shortly thereafter (in most cases).
  • Take extreme caution, if and when you start to hear any rumbles of thunder.
  • Rides occasionally close and change at this park. Don't fear if your favorite ride has changed or has become defunct. Something will be there to replace it, over time. Their replacements might be just as good as the ride you once loved.
  • On those attractions that have rides, don't worry if your ride vehicle stalls with you on it. If the time is worse than a few minutes, someone will be around to collect you and your belongings. In turn, they will give you a FastPass due to the inconvenience it may have caused you.
  • Always ride the ride with safety in mind. Use all safety devices the ride operator instills on you and your family.

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