Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park Fact Sheet

Walt Disney on creating an amusement park: “We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun – together.”

Overview: Paradise Pier celebrates the lure of the Pacific Coast, which has welcomed countless visitors to its sandy shores. The pier pays tribute to the classic amusement parks that populated the California coast from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1940s. Paradise Pier features vintage-style rides and games, as well as many Victorian-inspired shops and restaurants and is located at Disney California Adventure Park. In summer 2018, Paradise Pier will become Pixar Pier and Paradise Park.

What’s new: Guests can visit the regal Elena of Avalor who is holding court in Paradise Pier. She has traveled from her tropical kingdom in search of new quests and she’s eager to tell stories, pose for photos and sign autographs.

Don’t miss: Paradise Pier features several exciting attractions, including Disney FastPass attraction Goofy’s Sky School and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Goofy’s Sky School, inspired by Disney’s “How To” short cartoon series of the 1940s and 1950s, sets guests on a “crash course” flying lesson. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure features favorite characters and unforgettable music from the animated classic, “The Little Mermaid.”

At night, “World of Color” turns the placid bay in front of Mickey’s Fun Wheel into an animated stage with memorable music and stunning visuals with water, lights and fire.


  • California Screamin’ will re-open in summer 2018 as the Incredicoaster
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel will be themed with a new look in summer 2018, with each of the 24 gondolas showcasing a different Pixar character
  • King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Golden Zephyr

Entertainment: “World of Color,” a dazzling nighttime spectacular, comes to life with more than 1,200 jets of water that spray, twirl, shoot and dance nightly on the waters of Paradise Pier. This show incorporates classic Disney animation, songs and stories with water, light, color and fire to create an unforgettable viewing experience. For live musical entertainment, guests can check out the culturally diverse acts that perform on selected days at the Paradise Garden Bandstand.

Dining: Guests may enjoy a variety of food and beverage locations in Paradise Pier. At Paradise Gardens, guests choose between Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta or Paradise Garden Grill, which features Mediterranean meals and specialty menus that transform to reflect seasonal celebrations such as Lunar New Year and holidays. At the north end of the boardwalk is Bayside Brews for pretzels and beer, and Corn Dog Castle, a converted trailer where “the corn dog is king”.

Imaginative décor and landscaping: Paradise Pier is styled with Victorian elements and influences that recall the “Golden Age” of amusement piers, at the turn of the 20th century. Details include an authentically crafted boardwalk along with classic shops and restaurants. The pier is decorated with blinking lights and festive awning canopies to contribute to the fun and energy of a magical, coastal amusement park. Paradise Pier offers a large expanse of grassy knolls, pathways and shady areas.

Did you know?

  • The wood deck that makes up the Paradise Pier Boardwalk is a hardwood called Curupay. Also known as Patagonian Rosewood, this durable wood comes from a sustainable forest in Paraguay.
  • Guests put their gaming skills to the test with the Fun Wheel Challenge, a smart device, Wi-Fi-based game that lets guests compete against each other to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel for 30 seconds.
  • Recycled water continuously circulates through Paradise Bay at a rate of 450,000 gallons per hour. That’s the equivalent of refilling a backyard swimming pool every two minutes.

Cast member tips:

  • Be sure to get a Disney FastPass (from the FastPass terminals at Grizzly River Run) for the “World of Color” viewing area when you enter the park because they typically run out early in the day. With a Disney FastPass, you ensure getting a good spot to see the show.
  • Corn Dog Castle is a great place to grab a quick lunch and is the only place in the park to have a classic corn dog.
  • The outdoor seating area by Paradise Garden Grill is a perfect place to cool down, take a break and enjoy live music.



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