AAA Editor Notes
Disney California Adventure® Park, off I-5 Disneyland Dr. and Disney Way exits at 1313 Harbor Blvd., has been inspired by the state's iconic landmarks and history. Guests enter on Buena Vista Street, reminiscent of the 1920s California that inspired Walt Disney when he was a young animator. Buena Vista Street is the first of seven themed lands. The others are Paradise Pier, Hollywood Land, Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, “a bug's land” and Cars Land. In 2018 Paradise Pier will undergo some changes and will be renamed Pixar Pier.
Cars Land brings characters from the Disney/Pixar film “Cars” into the spotlight. At both Mater's Junkyard Jamboree square dance with baby tractors and Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, where Luigi and his cousins perform Italian dances, guests sit in cars that spin and move to music to create choreographed scenes. Radiator Springs Racers gives passengers an idyllic view of Ornament Valley before they head through the town of Radiator Springs and then eventually race another car of guests to the finish line.
Paradise Pier resembles a beachfront amusement zone with traditional boardwalk games. California Screamin' is a steel coaster disguised as a turn-of-the-20th-century wooden coaster; it's tall, it's fast and it loops riders upside down. A much tamer ride is the 150-foot-high Mickey's Fun Wheel, a Ferris-wheel-type attraction. Other attractions are Silly Symphony Swings, inspired by the 1935 cartoon short, “The Band Concert”; Goofy's Sky School coaster, inspired by the “Goofy's Glider” cartoon from 1940; Jumpin' Jellyfish; Golden Zephyr and King Triton's Carousel.
Additional stops on the pier include Toy Story Mania!, a 4-D interactive attraction, and The Little Mermaid~Ariel's Undersea Adventure, where giant clam shells provide transportation through Ariel's colorful and musical underwater world.
World of Color, the visually stunning nighttime water spectacular at Paradise Pier, involves images from animated Disney films projected onto giant water screens amid fountains, fire and lasers. The show is set to music and performed nightly upon Paradise Bay.
Hollywood Land celebrates the magic of the movie business. On the brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, you and Rocket will have to free the Guardians from The Collector's fortress. At Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!, guests take a cab ride through Monstropolis as Mike and Sulley frantically try to return Boo without alarming the monster residents. Other attractions showcase the art of animation.
Frozen—Live at the Hyperion is a new theatrical interpretation of Anna and Elsa's heartwarming story. Disney Junior Dance Party! is a dance party show starring your favorite Disney Junior characters.
In the Grizzly Peak area, California's state animal is an ominous symbol; the terrain includes the Grizzly River and Grizzly Peak, a bear-shaped 110-foot-high mountain. Brave guests can experience Grizzly River Run, a white-water rafting ride that twirls riders 360 degrees as they drop down two waterfalls. A challenge for the younger crowd is the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, where Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar's “Up” want you to be successful and earn your Wilderness Explorer badge. In the Grizzly Peak Airfield, Soarin' Around The World showcases the world's spectacular scenery for guests on a simulated hang glider ride. Their feet dangle from their seats as they get a bird's-eye view of global landscapes.
Sourdough bread is a San Francisco tradition, and on The Bakery Tour visitors can see how it's made in the park's Pacific Wharf area.
Characters from the Disney/Pixar film “A Bug's Life” have inspired “a bug's land.” “It's Tough To Be a Bug” is a comical 3-D show about the perils of being a bug. The land's other attractions—like Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, Flik's Flyers, Francis' Ladybug Boogie, and Tuck and Roll's Drive ‘Em Buggies—are geared toward little ones.
Food is available.
One-day, one-park ticket $97-$124; $91-$118 (ages 3-9). Two-day $199; $187 (ages 3-9). Three-day $270; $258 (ages 3-9). Four-day $290; $275 (ages 3-9). Five-day $305; $290 (ages 3-9). One-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® ticket $157-$174; $151-$168 (ages 3-9). Two-day $244; $232 (ages 3-9). Three-day $315; $303 (ages 3-9). Four-day $335; $320 (ages 3-9). Five-day $350; $335 (ages 3-9). Validity periods for Park Hopper tickets vary according to ticket type. Select theme park tickets are available at participating AAA/CAA Travel offices.
$20 (autos or motorcycles); $25 (RVs or oversize vehicles).
Park open daily, with extended hours during summer, on some holidays and on weekends.