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Our Adventure at California Adventure

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An August 2012 trip to Anaheim by Meggysmum

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Quote: As Disney fans we were very excited to visit the West Coast and take our first trip to the California Adventure park.

Disney California Adventure Park

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Attraction | "Go Crazy in Cars Land!"

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Carsland is the newest addition to Disney’s California Adventure. Opening in the summer of 2012 it has proved an enormous hit. We visited about two months after the opening.Based on the Disney Pixar film Cars the area is a recreation of radiator Springs, a depiction based on a time of a more prosperous Route 66. Walking down the main street you can’t fail to be impressed by the sight of Monument valley ahead of you where the headlining ride, Radiator Springs Racers is based. However what is most impressive is the general theming all around the area, something Disney always does so well in their parks but which is really taken to a new level in Carsland.The main ride is Radi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 4, 2012

Disney California Adventure Park
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4565

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Restaurant | "A Tasty Changeat Cocina Cucamonga"

Disney California Adventure Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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Trailing around California Adventure is tiring but there is lots to do so by late afternoon we knew that we would like to stay in the park to eat rather than leaving and trying to find somewhere in the local area of in downtown Disney. I was determined that my teenage children would not just opt for chicken and fries as I wanted them to be a little more adventurous.Looking at the map of the Park we realised that the Pacific Wharf area of the park, located between Carsland and Paradise Pier seemed to be where the majority of the restaurants were located including both Table Service and Counter Service choices. Trying to keep to a reasonable budget we decided that we would investigate the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2012

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Disneyland's California Adventure
Anaheim, California 92803
(714) 781-3463

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Attraction | "Praise Paradise Pier"

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Paradise Pier is a section of the California Adventure Park. It is themed along the lines of the old-fashioned Boardwalks that once were plentiful along the Californian coast and having been to Santa Monica and walked along their pier I was keen to see how the Disney one compared to the real thing.Paradise Pier is at the far side of the park from the main entrance. It isn’t actually a pier but one of the access points is a wooden walkway across the water so it certainly gives the impression of a pier. This bridge and walkway give brilliant photo opportunities across the area and your eye is immediately drawn to the huge Ferris wheel sporting Mickeys head and then the incredible looking ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2012

Disney California Adventure Park
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4565

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Attraction | "Hooray for Hollywood Land"

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Hollywood Land is a large section of California Adventure that is located to the left of Buena vista Street after entering the park. It is designed around the boom time of Hollywood in the 1930s but having experienced the beautiful Art deco appeal of Hollywood Studios in Orlando I didn’t think it was anywhere nearly as well themed although the main street was quite attractive.The attractions in this area seemed to be a bit of a mixed bunch and the area near the Monsters Inc. ride was set out for something called the Mad T party and this was really messy and unattractive with stages everywhere but not much going on in the day, it felt really empty and lifeless and I thought it spoilt the w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2012

Disney California Adventure Park
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4565

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Attraction | "Best of the Rest!"

Disney California Adventure Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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California Adventure Park has been improved over the last few years. Before I went I had read quite a few negative reviews but I thought some of the areas were brilliant, especially Paradise Pier and Cars land. Since I don’t have young children I skipped A Bugs land and then found that there were a couple of other brilliant attractions scattered around the park.Grizzly River Run is a white-water rafting adventure. You are loaded into the traditional tyre-type rafts and the empty seats are filled with single riders when the ride is busy. Unlike some of these rides there was nowhere to put bags under a cover in the middle so do be prepared for your belongings to get wet. I saw a couple ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2012

Disney California Adventure Park
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4565