Disney's California Adventure Information
Experience some of California's most iconic regions and a few fictional ones, too, at Disney's California Adventure Theme Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The newly "re-imagined" and expanded theme park offers a unique take on "Hollywood Land" of the 1920s, Southern California beach towns, wine country, California's Central Coast and its famed Redwoods. All this, and more, is done in typical Disney fashion: exquisite attention to detail, cast members who are fully immersed in their themed roles, thrill rides galore and plenty of fun for the young, old and in between.
Enter the park through newly re-designed turnstiles that hearken back to an Art Deco version of Hollywood. Buena Vista Street encompasses the entry area, complete with the architecture and places Walt Disney would have encountered when he first came to Los Angeles in the 1920s. Red electric trolley cars lead visitors down the boulevard through themed activities to the Hyperion Theater where not-to-be-missed live performances of Aladdin are offered.
A variety of other lands are designed to recreate some of California's and Disney's best features, including the Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier, Condor Flats and Grizzly Peak. Young children will be especially delighted with A Bugs Land and the newly-opened Cars Land. Older children and adults will get a thrill out of the Tower of Terror, Grizzly River Run Rapids, California Screamin' and Soarin' Over California.
World of Color is a multi-media event you won't want to miss. Water jets dance in varying colors across Paradise Bay, videos are projected onto screens of water and fire balls shoot into the air. Lines can be long, so consider getting a FastPass or purchasing the World of Color Picnic to receive preferred viewing spots.
For teenagers, the Mad T Party dance bonanza is a blast. The nighttime dance party features electronic music, wild lights, props and professional dancers mingling with the crowd.
Tips for Your Visit
Take advantage of Disney's FastPass system to avoid long lines at popular rides. A visitor can have only one pending FastPass at a time, so plan activities accordingly.
Disney maintains a Wait Time Board on Buena Vista Street that informs visitors on how long they can expect to stand in line for popular rides. Use the information to plan your day and what rides you will likely want to FastPass.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel features its own entry to California Adventure, so it's easy to walk down from your hotel room and be in California Adventure in less than five minutes.
Disney offers daily parking for a fee in its Mickey and Friends parking structure. Shuttles from the parking garage to the park begin one hour before the resort opens to one hour after the resort closes. Many area hotels offer complimentary or fee-based shuttles from lodging to the resort's parks. Also, walking to and from the parks is workable since the Anaheim area is fairly compact.