California Adventure park at duskCalifornia Adventure opened its doors on February 8, 2001. It is a totally separate theme park from Disneyland, but they both reside within the Disney Resort complex.

The park started with five areas but was remodeled recently to include 7 distinct areas. Each area represents various aspects of California, its culture, landmarks, and history. It is home to Disney’s only real rollercoaster, a must-see hang-glider ride, and a unique Ferris wheel. 

Visit Paradise Pier or Pacific Wharf to relive summer in a California beach town. Go to Hollywood Land to learn how Disney movies are made or to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy. For a trip into California's wilderness, visit Grizzly Peak. Finally, go to Cars Land for a thrilling race through Radiator Springs. 

To learn more about the history of the park, go here.

California Adventure - Cars LandCalifornia Adventure offers rides, shows, and parades to enjoy, so plan your visit beforehand. Your plans should consider the ages of your kids, the length of your stay, and your endurance power.

To make your experience more enjoyable and stress-free, plan your visit by going to Disney’s website. The site allows visitors to filter for attractions by “Thrill Type”, “Interests” or “Age”. For example, you can choose “Big Drops”, “Slow Rides”, “Teens”, etc. But before you go there, stick around and learn about the park from a local.

The park is usually open from 9 AM to 8 PM on weekdays and from 8 AM to 11 PM on weekends and holidays.

Tip: Most rides offer a single rider line. Even if you don't see a sign indicating "Single Riders", ask the attendants. They will direct you to the "secret" line. You can take advantage of this feature even if you are with a group. If you don't mind being separated during the ride, just go for it. Read about Lightning Lane, Genie+, Single riders, rider switch, and Photopass.

California Adventure - Buena Vista StreetThe park is divided into 7 areas with California-inspired themes. 

Buena Vista Street

As you enter the park, you will be on Buena Vista Street, which was named after the street in Burbank, where Disney Studios is located.

Walking down this street, you will notice many shops and snack stands. As you walk in, the restrooms are to your right. Read more here.

California Adventure - Soarin over CaliforniaGrizzly Peak

Take a hike through California’s national parks with Redwood trees, whitewater rapids, and high mountain peaks. This area is home to Soarin Around the World (or Soarin over California) and Grizzly River Run.

See all the rides and adventures here

Tip: Some rides offer Lightning Lane. It is a way to avoid long lines at some rides. Read about Lightning Lane, Genie+, Single riders, rider switch, and Photopass.

California Adventure - Paradise PierParadise Garden Park

After your adventure at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, turn right into Paradise Pier. Step back in time and walk into a carnival full of rides, parlor games, and fast food.

The area surrounds a large manmade lake where the “World of Color” show plays. Read about Paradise Garden Park.

California Adventure - World of ColorWorld of Color Show

To end your day at California Adventure with awe and wonderment, you must plan to view this spectacular show. 

The show projects various movie clips from the vast Disney and Pixar collections on a giant screen of water and mist – with a fiery pyrotechnics display. Accompanying the spectacular display is a magical musical score.
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Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier is just like any beach town boardwalk with lots of rides, food, and entertainment. You can spend much time and money trying to win at shooting, racing, or other skill games.

Read about Pixar Pier here.

Cars Land

California Adventure - Cars LandCars Land is the newest addition to the California Adventure park. It spans 12 acres, simulating the town of Radiator Springs and Route 66 from the Cars movie.

The land is home to the popular ride Radiator Springs Racers, along with other rides for the younger guests and several dining places. Explore Cars Land here.

Pacific Wharf (San Fransokyo Square)

Like any respectable Wharf in California, expect to find a variety of dining experiences and snack shops here. You can also take a tour through a functioning bakery. The main attraction is Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar where you will get a glimpse of how ideas turn into reality.

Pacific Wharf is being rethemed as San Fransokyo Square in 2024. The main attraction will be a Big Hero 6-themed ride.

Avengers Campus

The Avengers Campus is the newest addition to the park and features several new or reimagined attractions. 

- WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure: An interactive shooting ride with Spider-Man.

- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!: A thrilling drop tower ride.

- Doctor Strange: Mysteries of the Mystic Arts: A live-action show with Doctor Strange.

- Avengers Headquarters: Meet and greet area with various Marvel superheroes.

Disney California Adventure - Frozen LiveHollywood Land

In Hollywood Land, you can step into the golden age of Hollywood in the 1930s and enjoy the magic of cinema and theater.

Stroll through Hollywood streets, catch a show at the Hyperion Theater, or go on a terrifying ride at the “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!​”. Stroll through Hollywood Land here.

Dining Options

California Adventure - Carthay Circle Theatre​California Adventure offers many dining options. You can get a quick snack from places like “Corn Dog Castle” or “Cozy Cone Motel” or you can get lunch at a casual dining place like “Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill” or “Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta”.

If you are in the mood for something casual, go to “Award Wieners” where they serve delicious sausage and hotdogs.

For a food truck experience, try the “Studio Catering Co.” for some corn dogs, chips, or caramel popcorn.

For dessert, head to “Schmoozies” for some great fruit smoothies.

If you really want to enjoy an upscale experience, try “Carthay Circle” or “Wine Country Trattoria". See the full dining guide here.

Genie and other Services 

Disney California Adventure offers several services that help make your visit more enjoyable, like

Read about Lightning Lane, Genie+, Single riders, rider switch, and Photopass.