Disney’s California Adventure, along with Disneyland Resort, are the two parks making up Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It has not always been very popular, but with the addition of Cars Land and the re-imagining of Grizzly Peak, it is much improved and gaining popularity. For those better acquainted with Walt Disney World in Florida, there are parts of Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, but it definitely has its own personality. Here is a brief pictorial stroll through Disney’s California Adventure. Enjoy!
Buena Vista Street
Open entering the park, you are on Buena Vista Street which is themed on 1930s Hollywood and includes a replica of the Carthay Circle Theater in which “Snow White” premiered.
Turning left at the end of Buena Vista Street, you enter Hollywood Land. While there are some good attractions (Tower of Terror, Aladdin the Musical, Monsters Inc.), the theming is not coherent.
A Bug’s Land
Continuing clock-wise, you enter A Bug’s Land, which is a kiddie area with It’s Tough to be a Bug in the center.
Next, you come to Cars Land, which I consider to be the best themed “land” in any US Disney park. Radiator Springs comes alive.
Pacific Wharf is restaurant central. It has no real attractions. The food and Northern California theming are the draws here with pieces of San Francisco, Sausilito, and Napa Valley.
Turning left and crossing the bridge, you enter Paradise Pier. Themed after the Southern California, seaside amusement parks, it boasts several rides: California Scream roller coaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, and more. The theming is attractive, but not that inspiring.
You finish in the newly imagined Grizzly Peak with theming of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It abuts the Grand Californian Hotel, from which there is also a park entrance. The two blend perfectly. You feel like you are in the great California forests. Having Soarin’ Over California and Grizzly River Run add to the fun.
I hope that you have enjoyed our stroll through Disney’s California Adventure. Add it to your family travel plans. Please feel free leave comments, ask any questions, and/or give your opinion.