Disney California Adventure Park Adds More Fun and Attractions as the Happiest Place on Earth Gets Even Happier

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Pixar Pier, Cars Land, Carthay Circle Theatre Offer Something for Everyone

ANAHEIM, Calif. Disney California Adventure Park includes seven exciting lands that bring to life Disney stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining. The newly reimagined Pixar Pier joins the themed lands of Cars Land, Grizzly Peak, Buena Vista Street, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land and Paradise Gardens Park. With so much to do day and night, Disney California Adventure has something for every member of your family. An eighth land, Avengers Campus, will open in summer 2020.

Pixar Pier is the newly reimagined land in Disney California Adventure, featuring four whimsical neighborhoods where guests can step into beloved Disney and Pixar stories. Pixar Pier features attractions including the thrilling Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal-A-Round, along with Pixar-inspired food and beverage, the Lamplight Lounge, plus exciting entertainment and more. Two additional attractions opened at Pixar Pier in 2019 – Jessie’s Critter Carousel and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opened as an addition to Disney California Adventure in 2017. Guests are the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in this thrilling attraction fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a theatrical adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, is performed daily at the Hyperion Theater. This theatrical interpretation for the stage immerses audiences in the beloved world of “Frozen” and takes audiences on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. The show features elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers.

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park, added more fun and attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers and the Carthay Circle Theatre in 2012. These exciting lands were part of a five-year expansion that added more Disney and more experiences for guests of the Disneyland Resort.

From the thrills of Cars Land to the romance of Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure is a testament to what Disney Parks does best – connect guests to the iconic stories, characters and music they love, helping them make shared memories to last a lifetime.

Guests enter Disney California Adventure through the lively and richly detailed land of Buena Vista Street. The themed and designed entrance brings the spirit of Walt Disney into the park as never before, immersing guests in a locale reminiscent of Los Angeles in the 1920s, a time and place full of hope and optimism. With its familiar shop names, period costumes and architecture, Buena Vista Street is inspired by the “city of dreams” Walt Disney found when he arrived by train in California.

The icon of Disney California Adventure, the Carthay Circle Theatre, is a majestic building at the end of Buena Vista Street that recalls, in name and architectural style, the great California movie palace where “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in 1937. Carthay Circle Theatre, home to the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, anchors the plaza from which guests set out to experience all the thrills, excitement and wonder of Disney California Adventure. Upstairs, guests enjoy Southern California cuisine and the ambience of a post-gala party at Carthay Circle Restaurant, while the ground floor Carthay Circle Lounge offers appetizers and bar service, along with historic photographs and exhibits.

The Red Car Trolley, based on Los Angeles’ historic Pacific Electric Red Car Line, transports guests from Buena Vista Street down Hollywood Boulevard, to the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. Street characters and entertainers such as the “Five & Dime” add to the lively fun along Buena Vista Street, engaging guests as they step back in time.

The expansion of Disney California Adventure, announced in 2007, has produced a succession of new entertainment and attractions.

  • Toy Story Mania! opened in 2008, inviting guests into an interactive, ride-through, attraction where they enter a 4-D carnival midway hosted by characters from the Disney and Pixar movie “Toy ”
  • “World of Color,” the nighttime water spectacular, debuted in 2010 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary on June 11, 2020. The popular show has been seen by more than 5 million
  • In 2011, the park reached its next milestone with the premiere of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, a ride-through attraction based on the Disney animated classic
  • Additional highlights include new restaurants such as Lamplight Lounge and the enhancement and re-theming of such attractions as the Incredicoaster,Pixar Pal-A-RoundGames of Pixar Pier, Silly Symphony Swings and Goofy’s Sky School. 
  • In summer 2020, guests of all ages will team up with some favorite Super Heroes at the Avengers Campus. The campus is set up by the Avengers to recruit the next generation of Super Heroes. Avengers Campus will open with the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man. Throughout the campus, guests will find themselves face-to-face with legendary Super Heroes, including Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and more.

The transformation of Disneyland Resort, a world-class, multi-day, family vacation destination, began in 2001 with the opening of Disney California Adventure, the Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Since then, the Disneyland Resort has continued to grow with the addition of popular attractions and shows such as “Frozen — Live at the Hyperion,” Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new land at Disneyland Park, that opened May 31, 2019.


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, comprising 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 Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.


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