California Adventure Park; The Second Happiest Place On Earth


Another theme park added to the Disney franchise, California Adventure Park is located directly opposite Disneyland and is just as detailed, fun and magical as it’s partner. With many of your favourite Disney Pixar characters and lands, thrilling and fun rides, character dining opportunities and the incredible Mickey’s Fun Wheel ferris wheel, California Adventure Park is definitely worth visiting!

Paradise Pier - California Screamin' & Mickey's Fun Wheel. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Paradise Pier – California Screamin’ & Mickey’s Fun Wheel. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Having only opened in 2001, Disney California Adventure Park has just as much appeal as Disneyland and with so many Disney Pixar films being huge hits (like Toy Story, Cars and Monsters Inc.) and more Disney films, more space is needed, so why not build an entirely new theme park?

So here are my 7 California Adventure Park must see’s and tips:-

  1. Ride – California Screamin’

    This roller coaster is not for the fainthearted. In my opinion it is the scariest and most thrilling roller-coaster between both California Adventure Park and Disneyland. Shooting off at incredible speed, sharp turns and drops and even a loop under the Paradise Pier sign, this roller-coaster is a must do whilst visiting. I recommend getting a FastPass for this ride or choosing to go solo in the single rider line as it is incredibly popular and usually has a long wait time.

    California Screamin' Rollercoaster. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    California Screamin’ Rollercoaster. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  2. Ride and Photograph – Mickey’s Fun Wheel

    The iconic ferris wheel with Mickey’s face in the middle is another must do at California Adventure Park. Personally, I hate heights and was uneasy about going on a Ferris Wheel (thanks to my nerves on the London Eye in London) however was thrilled to find out you can opt for a swinging cart or a non-swinging cart. Clearly I chose the scardey cat cart (non-swinging) and certainly did not envy those above and below me in the swinging ones, that is for sure! The view from the top of the Ferris Wheel is fantastic and your photos during the day definitely benefit from having the Ferris Wheel in the background, especially during World Of Color.

    View from the top of Mickey's Fun Wheel. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    View from the top of Mickey’s Fun Wheel. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  3. Watch – World of Color

    I didn’t think that anything could match the fireworks display at Disneyland… I was pleasantly mistaken. World of Color is a lights and water fountain display at California Adventure Park shown at the end of the evening before the park closes. With music, lights, changing water displays and projected Disney clips on the fountain mist, this is a must see! Much like Disneyland’s firework show, this is a massive attraction and so getting a FastPass for this is definitely worth it! Better yet, book a World Of Color dining package and get VIP viewing areas of the show. Be warned (as I wasn’t), if you’re at the front, you will get very wet… but it’s totally worth it!

    World Of Color. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    World Of Color. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  4. Eat – Character Dining

    For those with young children or the young at heart you can pre-book breakfast, lunch and dinner packages at certain Disneyland, California Adventure Land Park and Disneyland Hotel restaurants where certain characters come and greet and get photos with guests. The food is great, the atmosphere is full of excitement and you get to spend one on one time with some of your favourite characters! Bookings are essential and can be done online.

    Ariel's Grotto Character Dining. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    Ariel’s Grotto Character Dining. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  5. Ride – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

    Another ride to avoid if you dislike thrill rides, but I think you should definitely do anyways, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was another one of my favourites. I don’t want to spoil the ride but basically imagine hotel floors, an elevator shaft and some weird ghostly friends to get a glimpse of what the Tower of Terror entails. This ride has been a favourite of visitors for a long time and getting a FastPass for this ride is definitely worth it in order to skip the lines.

    Performed twice in Summer, the Main Street Parade never fails to disappoint! Filled with incredible floats, music and all your favourite Disney characters, the Main Street Parade is a spectacle itself and a highlight of visiting Disneyland. Get there at least 30 minutes early to secure a prime position to view the parade as it makes its way from the 'It's A Small World' ride and travels down Main Street, ending after circling in front of City Hall at the end of Main Street. Mickey's Soundsational Parade

    The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

  6. Visit – Cars Land

    Cars Land is one area of the park you do not want to miss! Featuring all of your favourite locations from Radiator Springs including Luigi’s Tyres, Flo’s V8 Cafe and the Cozy Cone motel you’ll definitely feel like you are really there with Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally and Doc. Check out the Radiator Springs Racers for a fun race through Radiator Springs, but DEFINITELY get a FastPass early for this attraction as they often run out and the queues can be as long as 2-3 hours!

    Cars Land. 2014. Photo Credit: Disney PhotoPass Lady :)

    Cars Land. 2014. Photo Credit: Disney PhotoPass Lady 🙂

  7. Ride – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

    Set off on your undersea adventure in a giant clamshell where you’ll see Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, Sebastian, King Triton and (unfortunately) Ursula. Be serenaded by your favourite The Little Mermaid songs including ‘Under The Sea’ and ‘Kiss The Girl’ and rejoice in the detail and memories that this ride brings back to you from your childhood years (or maybe that’s just me) and the movie itself.

    The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

    The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

This was my second time to California Adventure Park and it is definitely worth visiting for at least one day! It’s just as detailed and exciting as Disneyland and with so many rides, character photo opportunities, gift shops and food outlets, your day here will surely be well spent!

California Adventure Park tickets start at $96.00 per adult for a 1 Day 1 Park Per Day ticket.

All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.

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