California Adventure, Anaheim
This park was so much quieter and less crowded than Disneyland. It was so relaxing after 2 days in Disneyland!
The rides here are primarily for older kids and adults. One ride which is an absolute DO NOT MISS here is Soaring Over California. This ride is amazing, I don't know how else to describe it. Get your Fast Pass for it as soon as you enter the park, then wander down and do the rides with shorter (or non-existent) lines until your Fast Pass is ready. I guarantee you will love this ride, but I'm not going to give it away. Just do it. You'll be glad you did.
Other favorites of ours were the Grizzly River Run & Tower of Terror. Our kids loved GRR so much, we had to go twice. Try to do this ride while the sun is up, as you WILL get wet. The "splash" is very refreshing in the heat of the day, but left us a little chilled on our last time through, at nine in the evening! Tower of Terror is so much fun. I never would have went on it if I'd realized in advance what it was all about, but once I tried it once, I went on it twice a day for 5 days. lol.
Before you go on the ferris wheel, check it out closely. It has both "stationary" and "rolling" seats on it! The rolling ones give you quite a ride, as my kids can attest!
The Maliboomer launches you upwards at a breathtaking pace. Mulholland Madness is a fun mini roller coaster. The big roller coaster was broken down when we were there, so we never got to try it.
Abosulety breath taking! Feel your feet dangle free as you are suspended up to approximately 45 feet in the air. You're immersed inside a high-speed Omnimax film projected all around you on a massive 80-foot domed screen. Your flight is accompanied by calming movement and a tranquil musical soundtrack. The journey begins as the foggy clouds of San Francisco part to reveal the crimson expanses of the Golden Gate Bridge. From there you explore picturesque locations including Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, San Diego harbor, Malibu at dusk and the frenetic lights of downtown Los Angeles. Return to the Disneyland Resort for a triumphant flight over Disneyland Park and up into a burst of fireworks.
n this musical comedy, Aladdin is back as the "street rat" of Agrabah who winds up the unlikely owner of his very own Genie who grants him 3 wishes! When he meets the rebellious young Princess Jasmine, daughter of the Sultan, he falls in love with her. But Princess Jasmine is being courted by Jafar, an evil wizard with impure intentions. He is searching for the lamp that holds the Genie who is now Aladdin's ally, hoping to gain both the Sultan's throne and the Genie's power. Performed in the Hyperion Theater at Hollywood Pictures Backlot in Disney California Adventure Park, this 40-minute musical recreates many of the most famous scenes of the film. Sometimes the drama spills out into the audience with its fantastic effects, incredible dance numbers, impressive sets and imaginative pageantry. Characters such as the bird Iago are brought to life by skillful puppeteers, and there is magic in the air when Princess Jasmine and Aladdin take an enchanted carpet ride through the theater!
Awesome, just awesome show!!
Cross the decrepit grounds of the once-elegant Hollywood Tower Hotel and wind your way into the abandoned lobby. Time has stood still since the night of October 31, 1939 when lightning mysteriously struck the tower, plunging 5 unfortunate elevator occupants into oblivion.
After passing through the dilapidated lobby, enter the creepy library, where the television plays a "lost" episode of The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling invites you to enter the elevator and discover the secret of the unfortunate 5's disappearance. Do you dare?
Continue to the sinister boiler room, where the hotel bellhops encourage you a bit too cheerfully to strap yourself into one of the seats in the rickety service elevator. Rise up floor after floor in darkness as the elevator occasionally stops to provide a ghastly glimpse of those who disappeared that frightful night. The elevator stops at a vestibule in front of a large, ornate mirror, in which you can catch your reflection as Rod Serling speaks:
"Wave goodbye to the real world!"
The Grizzly River Rafting Company has converted a former mining operation into a natural wonderland for thrill-seeking rafters. Your voyage begins placidly enough, as your 8-person raft gently drifts past long-forgotten remnants of the California gold rush. Soon, however, you're whisked up an approximately 275-foot-long conveyor belt and deposited into the foaming waters atop Grizzly Peak. Amid the stunning natural vistas and lush pine groves, a growing sense of unease builds as the river speeds up and you dart in and out of ancient caverns, shoot down unexpected gorges, and wind your way around sharp turns. Just remember what goes up, must come down and it does, into water. So expect to get wet:)
The ornate red tower is the centerpiece of the Golden Zephyr with its latticework steel struts and golden sunbursts. Once you reach the blue mesh platform via the metallic staircases, climb into a galactic gondola that boasts gold and chrome trim; each contains 6 red seats. Attach your safety belt and get ready for takeoff! Let your imagination save Earth from extraterrestrial threats. My nate just loved this ride!
When the tornado takes hold, your seat rises higher, the carnival top tilting this way and that to give you a unique view of Disney California Adventure Park. For a minute and a half, your feet dangle free as the swings fly through the air around the tower topped by the Maestro Mickey himself! Scenes from the short painted on the ride's tower transform from still to storm as the central tower telescopes upward.
The hilarious Heimlich winds his way through one snack after another. Smell each snack as he chomps through every delectable tidbit: watermelon, carrots, candy corns and more! You'll soon discover he's not particularly "chew-sy" about what he likes to eat. His belly seems to be bottomless! This is a very cute ride, but very very short. So keep that in mind if your in a long line.
After a dazzling introduction, Flik introduces you to his hive of friends. In the 9-minute show, learn lots of insect trivia and find out what the buzz is about when it comes to our interspecies relations. Not everyone welcomes humans into their world, especially the angry Hopper who declares war on humanity! A wonderful way to entertain the little ones and big kids too!
You'll find all of your favorite Muppet characters ready to rock the screen with their usual wackiness as they demonstrate their exciting movie-making technology. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew even introduces his latest invention, Waldo C. Graphic, a new and especially wily computerized Muppet who can't seem to be contained! Altogether it's almost half an hour of fun, 3D thrills and cool theater effects, capped by a special Muppet appearance live onstage to interact with the audience. You won't want to miss the ending. It's a blast. Literally!
"Launch in five, four, three, two, ONE!" Blast up the steep incline to an altitude of almost 120 feet, then take the plunge downward! Catapult past the waves splashing against the rock jetty of Paradise Bay before you swoop, swirl, dip and curl. Shoot into the sky blue "scream tube" and then twist and turn until you reach a brief lull at the peak. Catch your breath for half a second before diving into the loop-de-loop that winds 360 degrees around the blazing sunburst. This is a fun ride!
Climb into a taxi cab as the onboard TV screen announces the city-wide calamity. The Child Detection Agency has spread its tentacles far and wide to find the toxic tot and keep her from infecting the entire city with her humanity. On the TV, multi-eyed-witnesses tell reporters the horrors of the child thing running amok! Follow along with scenes from Disney·Pixar's Monsters, Inc. as you ride through Monstropolis in your taxi cab. Will Mike and Sulley avoid the authorities and get Boo home before their enemy, the creepy chameleon Randall Boggs, can crush their plans?
This is a roller coaster, and its the fastest and wildest one in the park. You won't get me on this. The kids love roller coasters and had fun on it when we were there the second visit. It seems to break down a lot.
This one has loops that take you upside down. They have added a music element to it, but from what I've heard the music part is a flop.
This ride does offer fast pass.
This is a smaller roller coaster, I even rode this one! It was actually pretty fun. I am not a roller coaster person at all, but this one isn't scary. Even still, once was enough for me. lol. It is like a wild drive on a freeway - lots of unexpected dips and turns. I actually twisted my back on this one, which is why I only rode it once.
The line ups for this one are long, but there is a single rider line which my son put to great use.
Fast pass is available but we never used it.
This is my absolute most favorite ride in DCA. It is amazing. This ride simulates a ride over the state of California and incorporates a large IMAX screen to make this happen. It is a very relaxing ride.
Be sure to ride this one - first thing in the morning is the best time to get on. Also be sure to use your nose while on the ride - there are parts of the ride where you can smell the scents of the things you fly over.
Fast pass is available, but on busy days they may stop issuing fast passes by noon or mid afternoon. If you want a fast pass, get it right away in the morning.
No photos could be taken of this one, sorry.
If you have a fear of heights, you may not like this ride.