Opened in 2001 as an ambitious “tribute” to the state of California, Disneyland’s next-door sibling has undergone several major expansions over a relatively short life, eventually becoming a very popular theme park in its own right. The stylized mountain of Grizzly Peak overlooks its seven themed counterparts: Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, Condor Flats, A Bug’s Land, Hollywood Land, Buena Vista Street, and Cars Land, a technical and stylistic marvel that took nearly five years to build. Cutting-edge roller coasters, throwback carnival rides, and immersive multimedia attractions have made Disney California Adventure Park a worthy complement to the Magic Kingdom.
Radiator Springs Racers is the centerpiece ride of Cars Land, where passengers zoom through beautifully stylized canyons while seated inside the four-wheeled characters of the popular Disney-Pixar Cars films. Soarin’ Over California is a multimedia ride that sends guests floating over some of the state’s most spectacular natural and architectural wonders in an uncanny simulation of high-altitude hang-gliding. Muppet*Vision 3D blends sensory effects, sound design, animatronic puppets, and 3D film to immerse viewers in the Muppets' hilarious, high-energy world. California Screamin’ is a roller coaster that uses cutting-edge propulsion technology and steel construction to evoke the feeling of a classic wooden coaster amped up for modern riders.
Park admission is $86 for children aged 3-9, and $92 for guests aged 10 and up. Multi-day passes are also available, with prices ranging from $162 to $265, depending on guest age, for stays of two to five days. Additionally, “Hopper Tickets,” which allow for equal admission to Disney’s California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park, are available, ranging from $131 to $300, based on guest age and length of stay (one to five days). Annual Passports and Premiere Passports are also available for those who wish to visit the park year-round.
Best time to visit
From mid-November through the first week of January, the park undergoes a startling holiday-themed transition. Cars Land, A Bug’s Land, and Buena Vista Street each become a unique winter wonderland, while the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party brings live seasonal music and even family dance lessons for all to enjoy.
Near by POI
Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth” and California Adventure’s older sibling, features eight themed “lands” with iconic rides like the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. The Downtown Disney District is a thoroughfare featuring live music venues, like House of Blues, and plenty of restaurant choices, such as ESPN Zone and Rainforest Café. The City National Grove of Anaheim is a live music venue, roughly two miles from the park, which features international touring performers, musicians, and comedians.