Eight Ways to Enjoy Disney California Adventure Park

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What Fun Itinerary Will You Plan at the Newly Expanded Park?

Anaheim, CA  (June 25, 2012) – The grand reopening of Disney California Adventure Park brings new adventures for guests of all ages, including the exciting Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre. All the new attractions, entertainment and experiences complement the classic favorites, offering something for everyone – from the thrill seeker to the guest who likes to play after dark. To help Disneyland Resort guests plan a full day of their favorite experiences, here are eight themed itineraries to try – and build upon – for an upcoming visit to Disney California Adventure. With new, extended hours, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. all summer long, guests will have more time to enjoy all the fun.

Thrill Seekers Adventure Already home to six of the highest-rated attractions at the Disneyland Resort, Disney California Adventure is a thrill seeker’s paradise.  With the new “E Ticket” Radiator Springs Racers at Cars Land, this itinerary is packed with flying, spinning, screaming, soaring and racing fun that any thrill seeker would love.

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Twilight Zone™  Tower of Terror
  • California Screamin’
  • Soarin’ Over California
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run

The Show Stopper This show-stopping itinerary is worthy of an encore. From “A Whole New World” to “World of Color,” Disney California Adventure features some of the best entertainment the Disneyland Resort has to offer. Head down the rabbit hole or be immersed in storytelling as nearly 1,200 fountains light up the night with these interactive, immersive shows.

  • “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”
  • “Red Car News Boys”
  • Five & Dime
  • Ursula’s Grotto, Sorcerer’s Workshop (Disney Animation Building)
  • “Pixar Play Parade”
  • “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!”
  • Mad T Party (returning May 22, 2015 as part of the Diamond Celebration)
  • “World of Color”
  • Live music on Paradise Pier (At the gazebo near Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill)

The Night Cap When the sun goes down, Disney California Adventure sets the stage for a magical, nighttime experience. Watch as Cars Land flips the switch from day to night and enjoy the illumination of Route 66 with its amazing neon signs.  Don’t miss a twinkling view of the skyline from the top of Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror and catch all the fun, music and games at Mad T Party.

  • Cars Land Neon Lighting
  • Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant or Golden Vine Winery, with reserved viewing for “World of Color”
  • Carthay Circle Lounge
  • Twilight Zone® Tower of Terror
  • Hot Chocolate, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Mad T Party (returning May 22, 2015 as part of the Diamond Celebration)
  • “World of Color”

Nature Lovers This itinerary invites nature lovers to “branch out” and experience the beautiful horticulture that spreads across Disney California Adventure.  More than 450 new trees have been planted in Cars Land alone, and the additon of trees throughout the park adds shade for more guest comfort. From the tall pines around Grizzly Mountain to the small cacti in Cars Land, guests will enjoy all the beautiful surroundings in the park.

  • Golden State Winery Cork Oak at the Golden Vine Winery (Pacific Wharf)
  • Grizzly Peak Pine Trees (Grizzly Peak)
  • Ficus Auriculate – Roxburgh Fig (“a bug’s land”)
  • Cars Land “Ironwood” Tree – Olneya Tesota
  • Cars Land Claret Cup Cactus

A Day With Character Getting up close and personal with favorite characters is one of the best ways to enjoy a day at Disney California Adventure.  Guests will enjoy being immersed in the stories of classic Disney characters and Pixar pals, plus there are many opportunities to greet favorite characters. Guests may talk with Crush, sing along with Minnie and go under the sea with Ariel on this character-filled itinerary.

  • Greet Lightning McQueen and Mater
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • “Pixar Play Parade”
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail with Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up”
  • Turtle Talk with Crush at Disney Animation Building
  • The Beast’s Library, Sorcerer’s Workshop, at Disney Animation Building
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Ariel’s Grotto Princess Character Dining

A Shopper’s Paradise With the additions of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, guests  have even more opportunies to shop to their heart’s content. Whether it’s at Radiator Springs Curios or Big Top Toys, the new shops are a great place to find a souvenir that reflects a day filled with memories.  Add that to the classic merchandise experiences of Disney California Adventure and this itinerary will be added to everyone’s shopping list.

  • Oswald’s (featuring autograph books, hats, bags and souvenirs)
  • Los Feliz Five & Dime (featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, figurines, souvenirs and character merchandise)
  • Big Top Toys (featuring interactive toys, games and plush)
  • Elias & Co.  (featuring posters, clothing, souvenirs and collectible items)
  • Radiator Springs Curios (featuring souvenirs)
  • Ramone’s House of Body Art (featuring clothing and souvenirs)
  • Sarge’s Surplus Hut (featuring clothing, hats, toys and plush)
  • Seaside Souvenirs (featuring Paradise Pier themed souvenirs and merchandise)

A Tour Full of Flavor Sometimes it’s all about the vittles – and Disney California Adventure is a foodie’s paradise.  Comfort food, gourmet meals, regional specialties, signature cocktails and even delectable vintages are all available on this tour through the park.  From small bites to fine dining, guests’ palates will be met with some of the best food and drink options from around the Resort.

  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café (Buena Vista Street)
  • Trolley Treats (Buena Vista Street)
  • Flo’s V8 Café (Cars Land featuring Route 66 inspired comfort food)
  • Cozy Cone Motel (Cars Land featuring “cone” themed snacks)
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In (Cars Land featuring fresh fruits, juices and water)
  • Wine Country Trattoria (featuring Mediterranean style cuisine)
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant (Buena Vista Street)
  • The Cove Bar (featuring American style bar appetizers)
  • Pacific Wharf Café (featuring salads, soups and bread bowls)
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop (Pacific Wharf)
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Ariel’s Grotto (featuring character dining for breakfast and lunch)
  • “World of Color” picnic dinners; includes reserved viewing for the show

Child’s Play Tour This itinerary is a good fit for parents and grandparents who are entertaining younger guests.  These attractions are fun for all ages and cover the entire park.  Whether it’s square-dancing at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree or playing at bug’s eye-level in “a bug’s land,” there are so many places to make memories together for the entire family.

  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (Cars Land)
  • “Instant Concert … Just Add Water,” daytime fountain show at Paradise Bay with Maestro Goofy
  • Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
  • Flik’s Flyers
  • King Triton’s Carousel
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Games of the Boardwalk featuring beloved Disney characters
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Animation Academy (Disney Animation Building)


About the Disneyland Resort The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences.  The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent DVC units; the magical, newly renovated, 975-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties –  and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.   Media Contact: Disneyland Resort Public Relations 714/781-4500 www.disneylandnews.com www.disneyparksblog.com www.twitter.com/disneyland