Disney California Adventure 101

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Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort has undergone many changes since opening its doors on February 8, 2001, but still retains its original theme of celebrating the glamour and majesty of California.

Disney California Adventure

As guests enter the park they begin their adventure down the idyllic Buena Vista Street, lined with shops and windows harking back to the heyday of Hollywood. From there the park branches out to explore “Disneyfied” versions of other notable aspects of the state like Pacific Warf and the newly rethemed Pixar Pier as well as purely fantastical worlds like Cars Land.

Cars Land Disney California Adventure

Cars Land

Cars Land lets guests explore and enjoy the town of Radiator Springs from the hit film series. The attention to detail is what really impresses in this land. From repurposed car parts to subtle puns and jokes, it’s not hard to see why families love this land. Even those that aren’t fans of the Cars series can find enjoyment in this fun and colorful area. Radiator Springs Racers is the standout attraction here, combining top-notch Disney Audio-Animatronics and a thrilling finish to create a new classic.

Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly Peak is the wilderness-themed area of Disney California Adventure. This section is meant to invoke a gold mining town somewhere in Northern California of the past. Here you’ll find the wet and wild Grizzly River Run attraction which features a mountain peak shaped like a giant bear head as well as one of the park’s top attractions, Soarin’. This area also features a special entrance to the park for guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

Hyperion Theater in Hollywoodland Disney California Adventure


Hollywoodland is a celebration of classic Hollywood and its enduring appeal. This area focuses on entertainment with attractions like performances at the Sunset Showcase Theater and a Disney Jr. Dance Party.

Pacific Wharf Disney California Adventure

Pacific Warf

Pacific Warf is one of the smaller areas of the park, and as such doesn’t contain any headliner attractions. This makes the section a great place to grab a bite to eat with a break from the larger crowds. One standout here is the Bakery Tour where guests can see how bakers make the sourdough bread used in the park as well as try a sample!

Pixar Pier Disney California Adventure

Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier is the parks newest addition, although it’s basically just a retheming of the original Paradise Pier. This land combines the charm of a classic beach boardwalk with favorite characters from Pixar films. Guests can enjoy midway games of chance as well as take a quick ride on the thrilling Incredicoaster.

World of Color at Disney California Adventure

Nighttime Show

World of Color is one of Disneyland Resorts most exciting nighttime shows. Taking place nightly in the water in front of Pixar Pier, this fountain light show features water sprays creating giant screens where popular characters and scenes come alive with classic Disney music. If you want to secure a good spot for this show, come early or get a Fastpass+ for the reserved viewing area.

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