Disney California Adventure Park, California Review

Just flew in from the East Coast for a long weekend with Princess. Our suite at the Grand Californian is the middle of everything. We are having a great time. Memories help when it is time to say goodbye. Disney’s Photopass and my camera will capture some of our special ones until we make others next time.

Before the Disneyland California Adventure even opened, Princess and I are at our hotel’s park entrance. Early entrance is a perk for those staying on property. Stop #1 Fastpast for the World of Color. Stop #2 Fastpass for Cars Land. Grammy and her little girl have big plans.

No park hopping for us today as we want to do everything–parades, shows, Buena Vista Street, A Bug’s Land, Cars Land, Grizzly Peak, Hollywood Land, Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier. We are on the move, strolling hand and hand. Even at 8:00 A. M. the park is already crowded.

We pass Cars Land by for now. Our tickets for Radiator Springs Racers say 1:15. Along route Princess meets an old friend, Duffy the Bear. She tells him about her own little Duffy. As the photographer clicks away, her smiling face radiates happiness and joy. She says goodbye then stops, turns around, and thanks Duffy.

I am so proud of this little girl who reminds me, “Grandma, I’m not a baby anymore,” and drags me toward the coasters and the giant ferris wheel.
She is still few inches to short for them so I tell her we must pass on thrill rides this time.

We’re on the move. We must do Toy Story Midway Mania and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. We stop at Boudin Bakery for bread bowls of fresh soup and a peanut butter sandwiches. Sourdough Mickey and Mater rule.

1:15: It’s time to visit big, bold, newly opened Cars Land. Its six acres bring back Route 66 and life in the fast lane. Radiator Springs Racers takes us on a 40 mph ride across the desert. This is definitely a do-again experience. Next Luigi’s Flying Tires has us floating on air. Last Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree has us twisting and turning.


Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party rolls by.

Character James P. Sullivan is giving out hugs.

Today’s Cinderella tries some Dancin’ with Disney.

Then we head back to the GC for pool time, relaxing, and casual supper on the balcony. I promise Princess dessert in the park – whatever special
treat she wants–ice cream, a cookie, a pretzel, popcorn, or cotton candy.

We dress for the evening and return to the California Adventure. It has changed a lot since it was built a decade ago. Gone is its Pop Culture entrance. Rethemed to Disney’s Los Angeles 1923, $1.1 billion in improvements make it more welcoming and child friendly.

We take the Big Red Trolley down Buena Vista Street past the Carthay Circle Theater, down Hollywood Boulevard then Sunset all the way to Tower of Terror. We are on our way to Paradise Lagoon for its nighttime spectacular World of Color. Between bites of frozen banana and cotton candy, we laugh and talk.

Showtime: The World of Color’s 30 minute show is the highlight of our day. Against 1,000 fountains, animated classic Disney and modern Disney-Pixar
motion picture characters dazzle both of us. It is a kaleidoscope of water, colors, lights, fire, fog, lasers, and pyrotechnics set to music.

Final thoughts: It is getting late; we have had a full day. One more ride Soaring Over California before bedtime. Soon it will be time for goodbyes, but our time here has been the best. It is not the length but the quality of time that counts. Walt Disney’s idea for a family park where parents and children have fun together works for us. I bet it it can work for you too.

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Admission to the attraction featured in this review was provided for the sole purpose of review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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