Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim

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Spend a day of thrill-seeking adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. Located adjacent to Disneyland Resort, the theme park offers over 29 hectares (72 acres) of attractions and entertainment dedicated to the history and culture of California. Fly high above the California orange groves and Napa Valley in the simulated Soarin’ Over California ride, or tear down the rushing rapids of the Grizzly River Run. To wind down, grab an ice cream and stroll down the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or take a relaxing ride on the Ferris wheel, enjoying views of the entire park. Discount tickets are available online if purchasing more than a one-day pass. Put Disney California Adventure Park and other Anaheim attractions into our Anaheim itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 14, 2017
    For those with older kids I'd recommend this over Disneyland next door as it caters for kids older than toddlers. Great rides (loved the Cars ride), good choice for food (had soup in a loaf) however a...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This park is fantastic! The theming is amazing and there are a good selection of rides unless you are a real thrill seeker. There are lots of good food options, it is well laid out and easy to navigat...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We really enjoyed this park. The rides were a lot of fun. My daughter loves roller coasters and really enjoyed California Screamin'. She also loved the swinging gondolas on the ferris wheel. Car's Lan...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    California Adventure is a good break from Disneyland and has a couple of great rides. It's a one day park in my opinion and can easily be covered from front to back. The lines are really long for some of the rides so plan ahead and get the Fast Pass. Standing in line for Radiator Springs Racing for an hour and a half can kill that one day coverage quickly. Remember, one ride may last three to five minutes but cost you hours of standing just to get on it. Weigh your options and plan accordingly. Ariel Grotto has some great food and it's a good place for the kids to meet some of the Disney princesses. They also have adult drinks which can help get the parents through the day. California Adventure is a great place but Disneyland is still the place to be.
  • July 5, 2017
    I was there with my family in February and it was great as always. I meant to write a review sooner but here I am months later and I haven't forgotten my favorite moment at California Adventure. It was pouring rain and we were trying to shelter the kids meanwhile the whole park seemed to clear out except one worker who continued sweeping the streets. You could here him whistling along like it was a perfect day. He saw us standing there and came closer and talked to us for a bit, told us some jokes, spoke in rhymes and made us all smile and laugh while he was just getting drenched. He helped make the whole trip that much more magical. His name was Chester and I will never forget how sweet and amazing he was. He's the parks own angel.
  • July 3, 2017
    Fun rides, but the lines! I spent most of my time standing and waiting, and it's just not worth it to me for a few moments of fun here and there. I did have some fun in the morning with my nephew on the less popular rides while my brother stood in line for a fastpass for the Cars ride. If you go straight to those (the small ones on the edge of the lake) first thing, you can have a lot of fun with very short lines. Also, the Grizzly River Run line moves very quickly so it may be worth it to go several times and get wet to cool off during the hottest part of the day. If you're very brave you can go in the evening with practically no line!
  • June 5, 2017
    Love coming here. Always clean. Always fun. Always friendly. There are plenty of dining options. Cute shops for merchandise. It can get packed on the weekends or during special events but it's still an exciting experience. Come for a little bit or stay the whole day. You'll discover an endless amount of things to do.
  • June 23, 2017
    Love visiting here. It was amazing. Definitely go and get a free pin if you are celebrating something. I loved how the cast members will talk to you about it. Go and see the characters, they make the trip so much better.

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