Disney's California Adventure is Disneyland's sister theme park in Anaheim and part of the larger resort area.
Opened in February 2001, this 55-acre theme park boasts 31 attractions and 5 shows.
It is divided into five areas representing different aspects of California.
• Sunshine Plaza is the entrance to the park and is designed to give guests the feeling of stepping inside a California postcard. After passing the giant postcard, guests pass a replica of Golden Gate Bridge which serves as a track for the monorail. The plaza is also home to two of the park's biggest souvenir shops, “Greetings from California” and “Engine Ears Toys”.
• Hollywood Pictures Backlot is an area styled to appear as Hollywood boulevards and movie backlots and features movie-themed attractions. It is home to the infamous” Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” thrill ride as well as the “Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!” adventure. Guests can interact with their favorite turtle at “Turtle Talk with Crush” or enjoy the movie, “Muppet Vision 3D”. The Hollywood Pictures Backlot also features live shows like “Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage” and “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at the Hyperion Theater.
• "a bug's land" is decorated to be a replica of the movie, "a bug's life". It is the only non-Californian themed land in the park with most of the attractions geared for the younger ones. Featured in this area is the 3-D movie, “It's Tough to Be a Bug”, and a collection of kiddie rides at "Flik's Fun Fair".
Rides include the “Flik's Flyer's” swing ride, “Francis’ Ladybug Boogie” and the “Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘em Buggies”. Also included is the train ride, “Heimlich's Chew Chew Train” and the “Princess Dot Puddle Park” water play area.
• Paradise Pier is based on popular boardwalk parks that used to dot the California coast and includes classic amusement park rides that celebrate beach life.
Thrill rides include the vertical thriller, “Maliboomer”, the “Mullhuland Madness” coaster and the “California Screamin” steel coaster.
Classic rides include the “Sun Wheel”, the “Golden Zephyr” spaceships and “King Triton’s Carousel”. Paradise Pier also offers the “Orange Stinger”, the “Jumpin' Jellyfish” kelp ride the “S.S. rustworthy” play area.
• Golden State is inspired by California's beauty and lifestyle and is divided into 5 districts. Condor Flats is modeled after the aviation days of 20th Century Mojave Desert and is home to one of the park's most popular and visually stunning attractions, “Soarin' over California”.
Grizzly Peak Recreation Area is modeled after the Northeastern California wilderness and features the “Redwood Creek Challenge Trail” and the wild water ride, “Grizzly River Run”, with a 150-foot tall mountain with a grizzly bear-shaped rock formation at its crest.
The Bay Area is modeled after 20th Century San Francisco and features the amazing film production, “Golden Dreams”. Golden Vine Winery is modeled after California's Wine Country and features the theatrical event, “Seasons of the Vine”. Pacific Wharf is modeled after California's 20th Century wharfs and includes the walking tour through the “Mission Tortilla Factory”.
“The Block Party Bash” takes place in the Sunshine Plaza and Golden Dreams Party Zones and features characters from Toy Story 2, a bug’s life, The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc.
The park also lights up with thousands of sparkling lights during the “Disney's Electrical Parade” that runs nightly from Paradise Pier to Sunshine Plaza.
Parking is available at the theme parks for an additional fee and Premium Annual Pass Holders receive complimentary parking at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.