What We Love About Disney California Adventure

What We Love About Disney California Adventure

We’re back home in the United States after visiting five amazing Disney theme parks around the globe. So glad to have my good friend Taleia Mueller together with me for this discussion of Disney California Adventure, a unique park found at Disneyland Resort.

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You may have heard some stories about how disappointing Disney California Adventure was. Those stories were true. We’re glad to say, however, that they are stories of the past.

Original entrance to the park. Disappointing. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Buena Vista Street

The best way to see an overview of this land is through a little musical number put together by the jazz group, Five & Dime:

We shared our favorites to include the beautiful Carthay Theater Restaurant:

Carthay Circle Theater Restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

We share a story about this Hollywood Landmark, as well as three other icons found in the center of this park. Be sure to check out my Disney at Work post & podcast.

More on this land can be found here.

Hollywood Land

We can’t say enough about the crazy icon that sits at the end of Hollywood Land. Don’t miss this attraction, which will leave you giggling in fear. You can see a comparison of how this building has changed in recent years:

A Tale of Two Towers. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

More on this land can be found here.

Cars Land

Perhaps the greatest land ever based on a single IP–certainly in completion with Pandora: World of Avatar. Everything in this land is true to the original film, Cars.

Radiator Springs at the best time of day. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Here is our complete video showing the infamous Radiator Springs Racers:

More on this land can be found here.

Pacific Wharf

Pacific Wharf takes cues from Monterrey. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

More a suburb of what was the original Golden State area of the park. But it has Ghirardelli, so it can be anything it wants. You can find more on this land here.

Pixar Pier

Entrance to Pixar Pier. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This land is an antithesis to what Walt hated about the carnivals and sea side traps of the Twentieth Century. It’s been made over several times, more recently as Pixar Pier. Guests love it, especially at night with the lights on.

Here’s a great ride-through video of the acclaimed Incredicoaster.

More on this land can be found here.

Paradise Gardens Park

View of Paradise Gardens Park. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Some people see this land as an addendum to Pixar Pier, or even think of it as one in the same.

The highlight of this area of the park is that it hosts World of Color. This is a remarkable show. Check out the opening segment below:

More on this land can be found here.

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly Peak in its majesty. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The original home to Soarin’, this land is the most serene and park like of any. More on this land can be found here.

This is also a wonderful jumping off point to the beautiful Disney’s Grand Californian Resort.

Disney’s Grand California Resort. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Avenger’s Campus

A whole new land is coming to Disney California Adventure. It includes:

Web Slingers. Think Toy Story Mania meets Spiderman. Technology for slinging the webs should be interesting. Plus it’s good ride technology.

Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission BREAKOUT! This attraction apparently moves over from Hollywood Land and becomes part of Avengers Campus.

Sanctum. Dr. Strange has a new show/meet ‘n’ greet? Sounds cool actually. I hope there are some good effects.

Avengers Headquarters. The team has a new place for meet ‘n’ greets.

PYM Kitchen. Ant-Man and the Wasp do cuisine on a big and small scale.

Let’s Travel

Has all this chat made you hungry for a Disney adventure? Now is the time to dream and plan for your future travels. Be sure to reach out to David Zanolla, owner and agent of of Out The Door Travel, LLC to make arrangements. There’s no cost–but it could save you a lot of time–and even money–especially when you put it in the hands of someone who really knows Disney and travel. Call today at 309-863-5469 or reach out to him via zanolla@otdtravel.com

J. Jeff Kober

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