California Adventure, Anaheim
California Adventure Park is located in Anaheim, next to the famous Disneyland. California Adventure has great attractions, such as Soaring, Tower of Terror and Paradise Pier home of the Mickey Fun Wheel. The fun wheel is not like your average Ferris wheel ride, you must try the ride for yourself to find out. The park also has great restaurants and lots of shopping. My favorite restaurant is Wine Country Trattoria. Fun place for all ages to visit.
This is a sister park to Disney. It has more wild rides than the Disney park. But one of the best parts is that the lines are not as long over at this park as they are at Disney.
Take the time to notice when there are special events going on in the park, it can affect how you get somewhere or what you want to see. A parade can stop your forward process to getting to an area you want to be in if you cannot cross the street.
One of the greatest parts of avoiding the lines at both parks is the fast pass. Most of the rides have a fast pass option. By scanning your entrance pass in the fast pass machine you can get a time to come back and go to the front of the line. We went at the busiest time of the year, between Christmas and New Years, and most of the lines were at least an hour long. Many of them went as long as 3 hours to get on a ride. So the fast passes were the way to go.
If you have someone with special needs in your group, please go get a general fast pass. This allows them (and your group) to not have to endure the lines. My nephew is special needs and cannot do the lines like that. So his family was able to skip lines when he went on a ride.
The Golden Horseshoe Saloon is one of the original buildings dating back to the park's opening in 1955. Walt Disney kept a private box (now public) upstairs to the left of the stage so he could watch the show. The original show, Golden Horseshoe Revue, had over 50,000 performances and was, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, "the world's longest-running live stage show."
The chuck wagon is chock full of vittles you'll love, including chicken breast tenders, fish and chips, and chili cheese fries. Buckaroos can also dig into a bonanza of desserts including the Mile High chocolate cake, mint chocolate sundae, strawberry sundae, the Golden Horseshoe Ice Cream Float and hot fudge sundae.
On Mickey's Fun Wheel, the rotating rays of the wheel spokes twinkle like a kaleidoscope on this spectacular experience that rises to the occasion — in fact, up to approximately 150 feet into the air — for 9 exhilarating minutes! Ride the Gondolas with up to 5 other brave souls in one of the 8 traditional gondolas mounted to the outer rim that sway as the wheel spins.
Warning: Or dare to board one of the 16 "free-mounted" gondolas that slip and slide back and forth along the tracks inside the spokes.
The vibrant gondolas each feature the happy face of one of the following characters: Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto & Donald.
Soar up through an enchanting kelp bed on your own jolly jellyfish! This kid-friendly jump-style ride lifts you 40 feet into the air and rewards you with a stunning view of Paradise Bay. Hold on to your tentacles as you float slowly back down to dry land. Before you board this aquatic-themed ride, you'll wind through a canopy of jellyfish umbrellas, and wind up on one of 12 launching pads. This tubular tower is 60-feet tall and covered with sea-green kelp adornments.
Come see how cool A Bug's Life can be at Princess Dot Puddle Park! Don't be bugged if you get a little wet in this wacky water play area. Zip through refreshing mists and spraying sprinklers, dodge drenching fountains or just get soaked if the weather is warm. Everything in this park is sized to make you feel small and snug as a bug! Get soaked by a giant leaky hose or take a break on benches made of popsicle sticks. Look up and you can see lights are made out of fireflies!
Discover an enchanting "aquatic adventure" when you climb aboard this captivating carousel. Ride one of 56 unique hand-carved sea animals or 2 water chariots. Go round and round on your magical marine creature to a place where — as Sebastian from The Little Mermaid sings — "It's better down where it's wetter, take it from me!"
Climb onto the "back" of one of the ladybugs. As the music starts to jitterbug, you whirl under the colorful canopy past a giant, old-fashioned 45 rpm record. Your ladybug doesn't just spin to the music but it grooves on a figure 8 track! You don't have to do anything to make your ladybug spin. Just lean to one side or the other to get the biggest boogie out of your bug.
Laugh all the way to the last note of the ladybug's swingin' single!
P.T. Flea welcomes you to his flea circus! While it might be the shabbiest show in town, the lovable Hungarian pill bugs, Tuck & Roll, are here to take you on one of the "bumpiest" rides of your life. Climb into a pill bug and steer your way around the track that winds under the sprawling big top. As you drive counter-clockwise around the pole, listen to Tuck & Roll chatter away incomprehensibly. What in the world are they saying? Maybe you can be the first to figure it out!
As you lift off and begin to spin, Flik's Flyers take you up up up above the clover leaves and grassy stalks for a fabulous view of "a bug's land". See the surrounding attractions, such as Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies and the Francis Ladybug Boogie.
Now's it's not just queen ants that can fly — you can, too!
This is the main attraction of the California Adventure, Patterned after the long wooden nroller coasters found at the old boardwalks along the coasts and the waiting time here is more than 1 hour so having a Fast Pass at the counter will be handy.
according to wikipedia:
California Screamin' is the 8th longest roller coaster in the world (4th longest steel coaster in the United States), at 6,072 feet (1,851 m) long. It is also the longest ride with an inversion (since the loop has been removed from the 7,032 feet (2,143 m) Son of Beast). Its highest point is 120 feet (37 m) tall followed by a 108-foot (33 m) drop. Though built of steel, the structure as designed visually mimics the features of a wooden coaster.
This coaster has some distinctive features. It uses a linear induction motor to launch the train up the first hill, replacing the traditional lift hill chain. This coaster is one of Disney's fastest attractions, accelerating guests from zero to 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in four seconds at the launch. Like Space Mountain and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, California Screamin' is set to music. It is the only inverting ride in the Disneyland Resort. This attraction offers both FASTPASS and Single Rider entrances. On November 5, 2010, the attraction's original recorded safety spiels were updated with the voice of actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Paradise Pier is the largest of the 8 themed lands in California Adventure and a large part of it is the man made lake where the world of color parade and fireworks begins at night. Its appearance is based on that of Victorian boardwalks that were once found along the coast of California. Despite its name and the presence of a nearby man-made lake, Paradise Pier is not actually a pier, but merely a waterside area of the park. The roller coaster California Screamin' sprawls across much of it, with various other attractions and forms of entertainment scattered around it. ou will have lots of funs strolling the area and lining at the various attractions.
The Pacific Wharf is one of the eight themed lands of California Adventure and is patterned after Monterey's Own Cannery Row in the Central Coasts and Northern California's own Napa Valley and Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco and in this area are lots of Wine Shops, A Boudin Bakery, some dining areas and other attractions such as rides. This area includes the Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, Pacific Wharf Cafe, The Lucky Fortune Cookery Chinese restaurant, Wine Country Trattoria restaurant, Mendocino Wine Bar, Sonoma Terrace, along with a Karl Strauss beer truck and a margarita stand. The area also features the Ghirardelli chocolate factory built to resemble the iconic San Francisco chocolate factory. The area also contains the Boudin Bakery Tour, which is a tour of the sourdough bread making process with Rosie O'Donnell and Colin Mochrie as video tour guides.
This attraction is really popular for the kids and their parents and the ride starts when you board a kiddie train that is shaped like a caterpillar ( the German-accented caterpillar from the film). Heimlich himself narrates the ride through the speakers on the trains. Heimlich's tendency to overeat is the theme of the ride, as the train appears to eat through oversized portions of human foods: candy corn, animal crackers, carrots, Brussels sprouts and watermelon. Appropriate scents accompany the giant food sets so guests can sniff to attract them. Large bites have been taken out of all the foods, so guests can tell that Heimlich has been there before. At the ride's end, Heimlich bids guests farewell and reminds them to eat their fruits and vegetables.
Flick's Flyers is a kiddie hot air baloon ride. This miniature hot air balloon ride is lots of fun for the younger set. Flik has fashioned the ride vehicles out of old food containers and leaves. While you ride along, you'll feel as if your part of the ant world.
the drive em buggies are basically mini two seater bump cars for kids and their parents and are modeled after the funny characters of the bugs life. You can drive your own cars in this crazy ride under the Circus tent (so that you will not get wet when it rains) . You may think you're in control on this whimsical bumper car ride, but Tuck and Roll always end up taking over. It is located beside the Francis Ladybug Boogie and the Ladybug boogie is a ladybug version of a tea cup spinning. Spin yourself crazy in your ladybug car while you boogie on the figure eight dance floor. Watch out for the near misses as you cross the center.