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.
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!
Lots of Rides!
Of course, there’s tons of rides at Disney California Adventure Park as well. Soarin’ Over California is AMAZING, and if you like fast roller coasters, you’ll want to head over to the Boardwalk area at Paradise Pier to check out California Screamin’. Be sure to visit the Park’s Website to check the height requirements for rides, and plan your day around the entertainment schedule.
Luckily, there are lots of rides that have no height requirement at California Adventure. If you have a young child you’ll want to make sure you ride The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, and Toy Story Midway Mania. My kids were a little scared of the Monsters, Inc. ride when they were really little, but yours may be just fine. In my opinion, it’s really not scary at all.
The shows It’s Tough To Be A Bug and Muppet*Vision 3D are both a bit loud and can be overwhelming for some very young children or kids that are sensitive to sound. Disney Junior – Live on Stage, and Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Dance Party are GREAT for preschool and young school-age kids. I highly recommend both!
World of Color!
If you can, try to get a FASTPASS for World of Color, or buy a World of Color Dining Package that includes a voucher for a reserved viewing area. You can find out more about the dining package HERE.
Don’t fret if you don’t get a FASTPASS or cannot buy one of the the dining packages to reserve a seat! You can see World of Color from other vantage points, including from Paradise Pier. The images in the show will be reversed if you view from Paradise Pier, and the music is not as loud, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the show. In fact, kids that don’t care for loud music and sounds may do even better from a farther vantage point. The kids and I have viewed it from Paradise Pier countless times.
Taking a trip to Disney California Adventure is super fun. We can spend an entire day at this Park, and enjoy it well into the night. I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, and using a stroller for young kids. You can rent one at the Resort if you need to. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other related post, Make Your Trip To The Disneyland Resort Even More Magical.
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.