Best Ways To Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure


Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure

We’re super lucky to have really great weather almost 365 days a year in Southern California. It makes for pretty easy planning when visiting local theme parks. Certain days can be warmer than others, and some summer days are down right HOT. Sometimes we even have odd heat waves at unexpected times of the year. When visiting the Disneyland Resort, we love going to California Adventure. Our favorite ways to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure are below.

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The Disney Animation Building

Our absolute favorite place to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure is the The Disney Animation Building. It’s air conditioned throughout, and you can sit in the lobby and be entertained by illustrations and short videos set to music and recharge. There have been times we’ve spent an hour or more here with one of our little ones sleeping in the jogger, and the rest of us enjoying the atmosphere.

Inside this building you can attend the Animation Academy’s interactive drawing sessions known as The Secrets of Drawing. Each participant receives a pencil and paper, and you have the opportunity to follow along with a Disney artist as they teach you how to draw familiar character. It’s fun, and gives you the opportunity to give yourself a shot at drawing. The session is free, and is short enough for most children to enjoy as well. Even really young ones!

Also within the Animation Building is Turtle Talk with Crush, The Sorcerer’s Workshop, and Character Close-Up. We’ve always enjoyed Turtle Talk with Crush, which is an interactive show with the turtle, Crush. The Sorcerer’s Workshop is fun to walk through, and has some neat hands-on, interactive features. It’s neat to take a few minutes to check out the Character Close-Up while waiting for a Secrets of Drawing session, or before you leave the building.

Disney Junior Live On Stage

Disney Junior Live On Stage is indoors, and lasts about 20 minutes or so. It’s great for younger children, especially those that love the characters from Disney Junior!

Princess Dot Puddle Park

Don’t let the name fool you, boys will love this area too! Located in Bugs Land, the Princess Dot Puddle Park is a great little water park for little kids to get wet! Bring your child’s bathing suit, water proof shoes, and a towel to dry off. We’ve spend hours here playing.

Muppet Vision*3D

Muppet Vision 3D is an indoor show featuring the beloved Muppets! Sometimes there’s a bit of a wait for the show, but once inside, you get to sit in a large waiting area with great air conditioning! I think the performance itself is about 20 minutes, so even if you walk straight into the show you’ll get a nice amount of time to sit in cool air.

It’s Tough to be a Bug

It’s Tough to be a Bug is an interactive show in an air conditioned building within Bug’s Land. Like Muppet Vision*3D, this show may have a little wait in an cool, indoor waiting area. Be forewarned, this show can be a little scary for some young kids.

Indoor Rides

Indoor rides are always a great place to beat the heat. Indoor rides at Disney California Adventure include Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin’ Over California, Monster’s Inc, The Little Mermaid, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which I’ve admittedly never ridden!),

The Boudin Bakery Tour

Although it only takes a few minutes to do so, the Boudin Bakery Tour is a nice place to enjoy cool air. It’s pretty educational too! I highly recommend going through it at least one time if you’ve never experienced it.

Indoor Dining

Stopping for a bite to eat inside an air conditioned restaurant is always a great way to recharge. Our personal favorites inside Disney California Adventure are Flo’s V8 Cafe, located in Cars Land, Taste Pilots Grill, located at Condor Flats, and The Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, located at Pacfic Wharf, but there are other indoor dining options as well.

Browsing Gift Shops

Browsing through the gift shops is also a nice way to escape the heat. The gift shops used to be one of my go-to places if both of my first born kids fell asleep in the jogger at the same time. I could easily walk around and browse the shops in the AC while they got their beauty sleep; a bonus for each of us!

Other Stay-Cool Ideas

Other places I would think would be great to cool down would be the indoor show, Disney’s Alladin – A Musical Spectacular. I would think the Grizzly River Run water ride would be refreshing as well. For whatever reason, we’ve never done either, so I cannot give my personal insights, but I’m pretty certain both would be great to beat the heat!

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Check out the Park’s official website for more information about the places we’ve mentioned. Where are your favorite spots to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure? Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other related post, Planning Your Trip To The Disney California Adventure Park.

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The opinions in this article are our own. We do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this post, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We’re Disney fans and were pass holders for many years.

Planning Your Trip To Disney California Adventure Park


Trip To Disney California Adventure Park

I took my 1st trip to Disney California Adventure Park in February 2002, just a year after it opened. This was a couple of years before I had children of my own. The theme park has grown quite a bit since then, and as a longtime pass holder, I’ve visited countless times with my children since my first visit.

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Disney California Adventure is located steps away from Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. If you drive to the Disneyland Resort, you’ll want to park your vehicle at the structure or one of the designated lots for the Parks. You can take the tram to the entrance, or walk to the entrance yourself.

When you visit, you’ll go through security, just as you would if you were to enter Disneyland Park. Disneyland is located to the North, and Disney California Adventure Park is located to the South, past security. The entrance is very visible, so you should have no problem identifying it.

If you have yet to buy tickets, you can’t miss the ticketing area after you pass security. If you have purchased tickets prior to your visit, you can walk right up to the entrance of the Park, and present your ticket(s) at the turnstile. Super easy!


Characters and Rides Based On Pixar Films!


Inside Disney California Adventure Park you’ll often see your favorite original Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and more. Here you’ll also find the characters and rides based on Pixar films such as Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters, Inc. to name a few.


Pixar Play Parade, Live Entertainment, and More!


Like Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park has a parade, and live entertainment in the form of musical performances. It too has a water and lights show with music, known as World of Color.

My personal favorite things at Disney California Adventure Park are the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Grizzly Peak, visiting Cars Land, taking in the sights and sounds of Buena Vista Street., and the Pixar Play Parade.

The kids can be active, and run around the Redwood Creek Challenge. A visit to Cars Land is like walking into Radiator Springs. So awesome! It’s fun to ride the short Red Trolley Car ride at Buena Vista Street, and if you’re lucky, you might catch some live entertainment there as well. I love watching the Pixar Play Parade with little ones. They get so excited seeing their favorite Pixar characters in real life! So fun!
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Disney California Adventure® Park

Disney California Adventure® Park, located at the Disneyland Resort, and adjacent from Disneyland, California Adventure, is fun for the entire family! You can easily spend a few days here. If your family is into PIXAR, you’ll love all there is to see and do at this park. It’s one of of favorites!

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