Areas of California Adventure Image: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
Disney's California Adventure Park is one of two theme parks that can be found at the Disneyland Resort. The other is Disneyland Park. Much like its counterpart, California Adventure is divided into different areas. Each of these areas has a Californian theme and features some enticing attractions. These attractions include rides, shops, and restaurants. Depending on which area you find yourself in, catching a live-action show might be possible, only adding to the options for fun things to do.
Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street Image: HarshLight (flickr)
Buena Vista Street (formerly known as Sunshine Plaza) serves as the entrance point for Disney's California Adventure Park. It is more than just an entrance area, however. There are shops that sell Disney merchandise, and a visit to the ice cream stand might be in order on a warm day. You can also look to hit the bakery that can be found at Buena Vista Street before you venture off to other areas to explore. Among the main sights at Buena Vista Street is the mock version of the Golden Gate Bridge. On both sides of the bridge are large-scale murals that drive the Golden State theme home.
Grizzly Peak Image: HarshLight (flickr)
The Grizzly Peak (formerly known as Golden State) area at Disney's California Adventure Park was inspired by the culture, history, and landscape of California, and it is where you will find some of the most popular California Adventure rides. One of these rides is the simulated hang-glider ride that is Soarin' Over California. This ride employs cutting-edge technology, and among the sights that you will see on the IMAX-style screen are Yosemite National Park, the San Diego harbor, and downtown Los Angeles. When you're not taking a simulated tour of California during your visit to the Golden State area, you can take on the rapids at the Grizzly River Run attraction or break for a meal at the Wine Country Trattoria. This restaurant seems as if it were plucked right out of the Napa Valley.
Upon entering the Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure, you will get the sense that you have been transported to a coastal beach town from the early 1900s. The rides in this area resemble the kind of rides that you might expect to find at a classic Californian amusement park. There is a steel roller coaster that looks like an old fashioned wooden roller coaster, and you can't miss the Ferris wheel with the big Mickey Mouse face on it. Midway-style games complement the various rides at Paradise Pier, and this is also where you can hope to catch the spectacular that is the World of Color. This nighttime show premiered in 2010 and features a long list of Disney songs and film scenes. As a side note, the Fastpass tickets for the World of Color tend to go fast and can only be obtained at the Grizzly River Run Fastpass machines.
Hollywood Land Image: Ken Lund (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
Hollywood Land (formerly The Hollywood Pictures Backlot) area at Disney's California Adventure is full of wonderful attractions that relate to Southern California's television and movie industries. One of these attractions is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. Few California Adventure rides are as popular, or scary for that matter. At the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you will explore various parts of an abandoned hotel, and the elevator that you board makes a series of nerve-rattling plunges. It's not all about the rides at the Hollywood Land area, however. There is live entertainment as well. Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! is the most popular show, though it certainly isn't the only one worth taking in.
A Bug's Land
A Bug's Land Image: California Bear (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
Virtually everything that you will see in the A Bug's Land area at California Adventure is oversized. That's because it is intended to be an area that is viewed from a bug's perspective. The overall theme was inspired by the Disney-Pixar movie, A Bug's Life, and most of the attractions cater primarily to younger children. Among the land's main highlights is the 3D movie that takes viewers on a journey into the insect world. This movie is called It's Tough to Be a Bug!, and it is hosted by the congenial Flik the ant.