Disney's California Adventure is much more relaxed than its sister park across the way. The crowds are a lot thinner, and there's practically no waiting to greet the characters.
Speaking of characters, find out which one you are! In the Animator's Workshop, I'm Mulan, and Jason is Cogsworth. You know, the clock in Beauty and the Beast. His thoughts on that? "I'm a freakin' chronometer!"
Don't miss the Aladdin show! Show up early to get seats, and get reserved seating if at all possible. I know, it's a long wait, but seriously, I would pay for the show. It's kept fresh and up-to-date, and it's amazing.
While just relaxing, we checked out the Mission Tortilla Factory Tour (wins hands-down for cutest video, and if you've never had a fresh tortilla, you are missing out!) and the Boudin Bakery Tour (interesting as well). There are lots of opportunities to sit or walk in air-conditioned comfort, stop in and check things out.