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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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California Adventure Attractions

Hollywood Boulevard

In what some folks believe is the heart of California Adventure, the Hollywood Boulevard area provides three attractions that are classic Disney.

Muppet Vision 3-D

E-Ticket, not to be missed!

This is a recreation of the popular attraction from the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World.  Some West Coasters say that this version is superior, with heightened effects, but most agree that it's just a cookie-cutter copy.  Still, it's a great attraction and one that is worth a wait in one of the most entertaining waiting areas in all of Disneydom.

Disney Animation

E-Ticket, not to be missed!

The presentation, interactive displays, and demonstrations of the animation skills of the Walt Disney Company makes this wonderful attraction "not to be missed!"  Even veterans of the animation tour at the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World will be impressed.  The bar has been raised on how to show off animation as an artform.

Hyperion Theatre

Musical stage show presentations will be held here.  The original offering is undergoing rehab (even before the park opened) so it's too soon to know what will actually be shown here in the upcoming weeks.

The Backlot

Backlot Stage

This is an entertainment venue, where performers do their thing on stage.  Currently, "Get a Grip," a combination stunt and dance show is being shown.  It's worth seeing if you have the time.

Superstar Limo

Superstar Limo is a "dark ride" (think Mr. Toad in a limo, driving through Southern California).  It has some amusing moments, but it's hardly worth more than a short wait.

Condor Flats

Soarin' Over California

E-Ticket, not to be missed!

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 40 inches tall.

This attraction is top-notch in execution, but not that fresh in concept.  It's a lot like Universal's "Back to the Future" with several vehicles all sharing a common IMAX screen.  

Grizzly Peak Recreation Area

Grizzly River Run

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 42 inches tall.

This is similar to Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids attraction, but with California "scenery" and themeing.  Frankly, both of these rides (Kali River Rapids and Grizzly River Run) are a disappointment.  So much could have been done with them ride!

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Requirement:  Some activities restricted to guests that are 40 or 44 inches tall.

This is a kid's play area, similar to Tom Sawyer's Island at Disneyland to the North.  Suspension bridges, obstacles, and the like make for a fun place for the younger set to burn up some energy.

Bountiful Valley

Bountiful Valley Farm

See the tractor, see the wheat growing.  This is similar to Epcot's The Land, but is less high-tech and less engaging.

It's Tough to be a Bug

This is a recreation of the popular attraction from Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Some West Coasters say that this version is superior, with heightened effects, but most agree that it's just a cookie-cutter copy.  Without doubt, though, the theatre -- purpose designed for the presentation (unlike the one in Florida) -- does add some drama and an improvement on the presentation.

Pacific Wharf

The Boudin Bakery

Here you can see the production of bread at a facility managed by the well-known California Bakery.

Mission Tortilla Factory

Deja Vu, but this time tortillas are being made.

Golden Vine Winery

Season of the Vine

This is a presentation on wine production and ageing.  After learning more about how wine is prepared, guests are invited to wine tastings which run periodically.

The Bay Area

Golden Dreams

Hosted by a character (the goddess Califia) portrayed by Whoopie Goldberg, Golden Dreams is a film portraying Disney's version of California history and culture.  It does a pretty good job of being even-handed -- covering the good and brilliant as well as the bad and troubling aspects of recent events in the state.  If you're a Californian, you'll love this.  If you're not, but still are interested in history, you'll still get a kick out of it.  Lots of funny moments, but a few tear-jerking ones too.

Paradise Pier

California Screamin'

E-Ticket, not to be missed!

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 48 inches tall.

This might be the parks best claim to a real, top-notch thrill ride.  The steel coaster masquerades as an old, wooden one...but the steel construction allows for loops and acceleration that you just can find on the old creaky rides.

Sun Wheel

The Sun Wheel has an interesting twist on the Ferris wheel concept.  The outer cars operate just like you'd expect...but the inner ones move on a track that keeps those cars bouncing as the wheel rotates.

Don't ride the inner cars right after lunch.  Unless you want to eat lunch again after your stomach settles. 

Orange Stinger

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 36 inches tall.

This is an odd attraction, similar to the old swing rides that many folks have ridden in amusement parks, but the swing operates inside a gigantic orange peel.  Bumble bee sound effects are piped in, too.  Although I'm not sure what the connection is between oranges and bumble bees other than pollination...

Mulholland Madness

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 42 inches tall.

This is a smaller (compared with California Screamin'), "Wild Mouse" type of roller coaster.  It's themed like a drive on the local Southern California streets.

Jumpin' Jellyfish

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 40 inches tall.

Jellyfish is another midway-like attraction.  This time, it's a dressed-up version of the venerable parachute-jump rides of the past.

SS Rustworthy

A water-themed play fountain for the kids to get wet on a hot day.  This is much like Donald's Boat at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Maliboomer

Requirement:  Riders must be at least 52 inches tall.

Dressed up like a carnival hammer contest (the one where you hit the thingie with the hammer to see if you can ring the bell).  In this case, though, people ride up this thing.  It's got quite the acceleration punch, albeit a very smooth one.  If heights aren't your thing, stay on the ground and visit the bread and tortilla bakeries.

King Triton's Carousel

An aquatic-themed carousel for the younger kids.

Golden Zephyr

This is a "Dumbo" type ride, themed like Buck Rogers-era space ships.  If you've ever been on the old swing-ride at Cedarpoint in Ohio, you'll find this to be a multi-seat version of the same thing.

 

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