Disney California Adventure

Storytellers statue


To all who come to this place of dreams... Welcome!

Disney California Adventure celebrates the
spirit of optimism and the promise of endless
opportunities, ignited by the imaginations of
daring dreamers such as Walt Disney and those
like him who forever changed - and were forever
changed by - the Golden State. This unique place
embraces the richness and diversity of California...
its land, its people, its stories and, above all,
the dreamers it continues to inspire.

-- Rededication
read by Robert A. Iger, CEO,
The Walt Disney Company on June 15, 2012.


OVERVIEW


Carthay Circle Restaurant Upon entering Disney California Adventure guests find themselves on Buena Vista Street, a busy street reminiscent of Los Angeles as it might have been when a young Walt Disney first arrived in the 1920s. At the end of the street is the iconic Carthay Circle Restaurant, modeled after the Carthay Circle Theater where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937. At Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe guests can enjoy baked goods and sandwiches along with their favorite Starbucks beverages.

Though not the classic spoke design, pathways from Carthay Circle lead to the other areas of the park:

Hollywood Land - A pair of decoratve archways stand on either side of of the street at the entrance to this Hollywood-themed area. The names of shops and restaurants are clever plays on words, like "Award Weiners" and "Schmoozies". The Disney Jr. Theater is located here, as is the Hyperion Theater, where Frozen - Live at the Hyperion, a Broadway musical-style version of the hit movie, is presented on stage. Next to the Hyperion the Hollywood Tower Hotel invites guest to "drop in" for a vist to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. On the lighter side take a tour of Monstropolis in Monsters Inc., Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. The Animation Building houses several different activities - chat with a turtle, learn to draw a Disney character, or play in the Sorceror's Workshop. Younger guests will enjoy seeing their favorite TV characters come to life in the Disney Junior - Live on Stage! show.

Radiator Springs Cars Land Inspired by the Disney*Pixar film "Cars", Cars Land brings the animated world of Radiator Springs to life. Guests will find themselves walking down Route 66 past familiar places like Mater's Junkyard, Sally's Cozy Cone Motel, Flo's V8 Cafe and Ramone's House of Body Art. In town are two attractions, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, where baby tractors pull guests in trailers as they whirl and dance to Mater's jukebox, and Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters: Luigi's Italian cousins invite guests to join them as they demonstrate some of the traditional dances from their homeland. Behind town is Cars Land's E-ticket attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, where cars race side-by-side though the spectacular Ornament Valley. Hungry guests can fill their tanks at Fillmore's Taste-in, Sally's Cozy Cones and Flo's V8 Cafe.

Grizzly Peak Airfield hosts one of the park's signature attractions: Soarin' Around the World. This simulated hang glider ride takes guests "soarin'" on an aerial tour of spectacular sights all over the world. Smokejumpers Grill serves burgers and fries.

In the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area take a whitewater raft ride on Grizzly River Run. You WILL get wet! Kids will enjoy testing their climbing, tracking, swinging and other skills at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, where they can become Wilderness Explorer Scouts and meet "UP" stars Russell and Dug.

Paradise Pier is the largest area in the park. Located around Paradise Bay are a number of attractions and amusements reminscent of those found in classic seaside amusement parks, like the aircar ride The Golden Zephyr, Goofy's Sky School, Jumpin' Jellyfish, Silly Symphony Swings, Mickey's Fun Wheel, a deceptively thrilling ferris wheel, King Triton's Carousel with its ocean-themed carousel animals, and Paradise Pier's signature attraction, California Screamin'. This fast and smooth roller coaster takes guests on an exhilirating ride up, down, and around, including a loop under the Paradise Pier logo emblazoned on the front of the coaster track. Guests can also go "under the sea" and experience classic scenes from the movie on The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure. The very popular Toy Story Mania attraction, with a wild ride-through as you play popular midway games with your favorite Disney*Pixar characters, is located here. The spectacular nighttime show World of Color - Celebrate!, takes place in the waters of Paradise Bay. Dining opportunities include a Disney Princess Character meal at Ariel's Grotto grilled Mediterranean skewers from Paradise Garden Grill, and pizza and pasta dishes from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Corn dogs and hot dogs are available at Corn Dog Castle, frozen ice cream treats from Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co. and snacks like hot dogs and corn on the cob from stands along the boardwalk. Guests can stroll the boardwalk and try their luck at Disney-themed classic boardwalk games like Dumbo's Bucket Brigade and Bullseye Stampede.

At the Pacific Wharf area guests can sample a variety of cuisines, from al fresco Italian at Wine Country Trattoria to soups and salads in sourdough bread bowls from The Pacific Wharf Cafe, Mexican entrees from Cocina Cucamonga, and Chinese food from The Lucky Fortune Cookery. A variety of frozen and other sweet treats are available at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.

"a bug's land" includes attractions based on characters from the movie A Bug's Life. The bugs take center stage in the 3D movie It's Tough to be a Bug. Flik's Fun Fair is designed for younger guests and hosts kid-friendly attractions like Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, Tuck'n'Roll's Drive 'em Buggies, Francis' Ladybug Boogie, Flik's Flyers, and Princess Dot Puddle Park.


What's New?


Soarin' Around the World - a new film featuring majestic sights from around the world opened on June 17, 2016.

Frozen - Live at the Hyperion - this musical stage version of the movie opened May 27, 2016.


 

What's Next?

Starting on September 6, the original version of World of Color will replace World of Color - Celebrate. World of Color will run until the beginning of the holiday season in early November.

AP Days will take place at Disney California Adventure from September 6-October 2. Special events for Annual Passholders include Disney character appearances, a series of AP buttons and recipe cards (a new one each Monday while supplies last), color/crafting opportunities for kids, and special merchandise.

During Disney's Halloween Time from September 9-October 31, the Tower of Terror will offer a Late Check-Out experience each night after dark. Those who dare can ride the Tower of Terror in complete darkness. Special merchandise, food, and beverage items will also be available.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! will replace the Twilight Zone Tower of Tower. The new attraction will open in Summer, 2017. Tower of Terror closes on January 2, 2017.

 

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