Disney’s California Adventure – What To Expect at This Park
Whether you’re interested in meeting your favorite Disney-Pixar characters, getting some
shopping done or enjoying the latest rides, there is all of that and more in Disney California
Adventure Park. Be sure to check out our Disneyland Tips and Savings page here too, to get the best deals on tickets, tips to plan the best trip and more.
Here is what you will want to know about the California Adventure Park when trying to plan your trip. We also have tips here on what kind of ticket to purchase, if you want to know how many days to purchase in the parks, or whether to get a park hopper ticket or not.
Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park
In Disney California Adventure Park, Pixar Pier just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and
with the debut of two new rides this year, Pixar Pier is now complete. There are so many fun
attractions in Disney California Adventure Park, and my friends from Get Away Today have all
Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park – Rides
Many of the rides in Disney California Adventure Park either have no height requirement at all,
or are open to riders 42 inches and shorter. That means there are a lot of options for the whole
Here’s a look at which rides have no height requirement in Disney California Adventure
● NEW Jessie’s Critter Carousel
● NEW Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
● Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
● Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
● Golden Zephyr
● The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
● Toy Story Midway Mania!
● Pixar Pal-A-Round – Swinging and Non-Swinging Gondolas
With the exception of Incredicoaster and the single-rider option on Silly Symphony Swings, all
other rides in Disney California Adventure Park are eligible for riders 42 inches and shorter.
● Soarin Around The World/Soarin’ Over California (limited time Summer 2019 run!)
● Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
● Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
● Jumpin Jellyfish
● Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
● Radiator Springs Racers
● Silly Symphony Swings (tandem swings only)
● Goofy’s Sky School
● Grizzly River Run
● Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (rock wall and zip line only)
Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park – Characters
Did you know Disney California Adventure Park doesn’t just have Pixar characters for you and
the family to meet? This is the place to find many of your favorite Marvel and traditional Disney
Characters as well! You can always use the Disneyland app to track down the characters
throughout the Park, and you could meet:
● Black Panther
● Bo Peep (limited time Summer 2019!)
● Buzz Lightyear
● Captain Marvel
● Daisy Duck
● Mickey Mouse
● Minnie Mouse
● Mr. Incredible
Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park – Dining
There are so many incredible dining options in Disney California Adventure Park that I won’t list
them all, but I will list the top ten choices I recommend! Of course, in addition to sit-down and
quick-service vendors, you can find churro and popcorn stands throughout the Park. Remember
you can save a lot of time in the Parks using mobile ordering through the Disneyland app.
Award Wieners serves up a classic Disney hot dog, with or without a little
extra spice. Pile on the fixins and choose between “hot fries” or potato chips.
Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream – Find macarons and ice cream of all kinds at
Clarabelle’s. Split the massive “Kitchen Sink” sundae or enjoy a single scoop. Choose from
flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and mocha with toppings ranging from cookies to hot fudge.
Cozy Cone Motel – This is actually multiple dining options in one! Each Cozy Cone offers
something different, such as popcorn, pretzel bites, churros and beverages.
Flo’s V8 Cafe – For breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find Route 66-inspired diner fare at Flo’s.
Choose from menu offerings such as a classic American Breakfast, a cheeseburger or salad.
Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums – For a quick treat, stop by Jack-Jack’s and grab a chocolate
chip or even a gluten-free cookies. Pair it with dairy or non-dairy milk.
Lamplight Lounge – Now offering brunch, Lamplight Lounge is a sit-down restaurant with a
wide selection. Enjoy french toast, lobster nachos or classics such as burgers and salads.
Lucky Fortune Cookery – Find Asian-inspired rice bowls, edamame and fresh mango slices.
Pacific Wharf Cafe – Enjoy warm soup in bread bowls, fruit, salads and sandwiches at Pacific
Wharf Cafe. With a variety of sides and seasonal desserts, it’s a great choice for families.
Poultry Palace – Purchase iconic Disneyland turkey legs here, or chicken and corn on the cob.
Poultry Palace is a snack stop to help you fuel up between meals.
Smokejumpers Grill – Enjoy a variety of burgers, including vegetarian options, chicken and
sides such as fries, salad and more at Smokejumpers Grill. With options for kids and toddlers,
this is an ideal stop for macaroni and cheese and desserts such as s’mores and shakes.
Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park – Entertainment
There are so many magical entertainment options in Disney California Adventure Park. Much
like all the dining choices, it’s hard to narrow down favorites! However, here are a few can’t-miss
entertainment options in Disney California Adventure Park:
● Animation Academy
● Games of Pixar Pier
● Disney Junior Dance Party!
● Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
● Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!
● Tale of the Lion King – Limited time summer 2019 run
● Turtle Talk with Crush
● World of Color
Attractions in Disney California Adventure Park – Shops
For unique shopping and souvenirs in Disney California Adventure Park, there’s no shortage of
shops. Some of my favorites include Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff for candy and Disney
merchandise, Oswald’s for old-fashioned, retro merchandise and Seaside Souvenirs for trinkets that commemorate a trip to the West Coast. You can find all these shops and more in the Disneyland app.
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