Disney California Adventure Park – Australian family planning – what not to miss!

Pixar Pier is where you find some great rides

Disney California Adventure Park is an exciting theme park located in Anaheim, California.

One of the two major theme parks of California Disneyland Resorts, it encompasses 8 different lands full of wonderful experiences and thrilling rides.

Exploring Disney California Adventure Park - Photo by Max Whittaker

Photo by Max Whittaker

You’ll find yourselves exploring this fabulous theme park from morning until night – and then eagerly returning the very next day for more!

Whilst it’s difficult to single out the best of such a feature-packed USA theme park, here are some of our most memorable highlights of Disney California Adventure Park.

Pixar Pier

Disney California Adventure Park

Pixar Pier is the Disney California Adventure Park world where you’ll find one of the most exciting roller coasters in the world – the Incredicoaster!

The Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier

The Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier

This breathtakingly fast coaster will have you lining up again and again as you take a thrilling ride through the dynamic world of Jack Jack and all of the Incredibles family!

Pixar Pier is also the home of one of the most iconic symbols of California Disney – the big wheel – the Pixar Pal-A-Round!

The Pixar Pal-A-Round Ferris Wheel is lots of fun!

This swinging Ferris Wheel will have you breathless with laughter as it swings you back and forth in a very un-Ferris-Wheel manner!

There are several more fun Pixar-themed rides too – you won’t run out of things to do at Pixar Pier!

Cars Land

Disney California Adventure Park Cars Land

Cars Land is a life-sized recreation of the fictional movie town of Radiator Springs, the setting of the first Cars Movie.

Disney Cars Land

Take a ride on the Radiator Springs Racers for a beautifully themed ride that makes you feel as though you’re actually driving in and around Radiator Springs. It’s one of the most popular Disney rides for good reason!

Then there’s the super-fun Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and the Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.

Disney Cars World - Photo by Max Whittaker

Photo by Max Whittaker

Don’t forget to try some tasty themed treats in Cars Land too, such as ice cream, churros and popcorn from the Cozy Cone Motel. You’ll find Flo’s V8 Café here too.

Keep an eye out for all your favourite characters, such as Lightening McQueen or Mater driving down main street!

Disney Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers

The Radiator Springs Racers ride

Animation Academy in Hollywood Land

The Disney Animation Academy

At the Animation Academy in Hollywood Land you can join a Drawn To Animation class to learn how to draw your favourite Disney characters in no time at all, thanks to expert instruction from Disney artists. It may surprise you how easy it is to recreate a Disney character on paper.

Disney California Adventure Park Animation studio classes

We all did a very respectable drawing of Olaf from Frozen, thanks to our excellent Disney artist instructor. Done on heavy-weight art-paper, your drawing makes for a unique souvenir to take home with you!

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome

California Adventure Elsa’s Frozen welcome

Also at the Animation Academy building you can enjoy an Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome experience. Enjoy some quality time during a very special meet and greet with the Frozen sisters.

Elsa even signed our autograph books!

Elsa even signed our autograph books!

We met with the beautiful Elsa who was very gracious. There was plenty of opportunity to talk together and take some treasured family photos with Elsa too.

This is such a special opportunity for any Disney Frozen fan, and makes for some magical Disney memories!

Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

Frozen live at California Adventure Park

Another Frozen highlight is the live theatrical performance of Frozen – Live at the Hyperion. This 55 minute Broadway-style show is playing at the Hyperion Theatre, located inside Disney California Adventure Park.

We were enthralled from start to finish as we watched the epic tale of Anna and Elsa unfold on stage, right before our eyes!

Frozen Live at The Hyperion

Frozen Live at The Hyperion

With a wonderful cast, stunning stage settings with vibrant lighting – and of course that incredible music –  it’s a fabulous live show that shouldn’t be missed.

World Of Color

California Adventure world of colour

Cap your amazing day at Disney California Adventure Park off with the stunning night time World Of Color show.

This incredible presentation will take you on a nostalgic Disney journey using a coordinated symphony of lights, projections, water jets and fireworks. Half the magic is watching your child’s face react to the wonder of it all!

Disney World Of Color

World Of Color is a truly unforgettable Disney experience. Head for the area opposite the big wheel in good time to secure a front row spot and sit back and let the Disney magic wash over you. Do not miss this!

Disneyland Resort Planning Tips!

Disneyland tickets

It’s not all fun and games – you need to do some planning before you go! To learn how and where to buy Disneyland Resort tickets in Australia, go here.

Add MaxPass to your Disneyland tickets

Disney MaxPass allows you to pre-book Fast Pass queue hopping, and it also includes an unlimited Disney Photopass to download all of your Disney ride photos taken throughout the day. At just $20 USD per ticket extra, it’s a savvy purchase to add to your Disneyland tickets.

A day of fun awaits at Disney California Adventure Park

Contact your travel agent to book in your magical Disneyland Resort Holiday. More information can be found at Disneyland.com.au

Where to stay when visiting California Disneyland Resort

Anaheim Marriott Suites apartment hotel

Whilst in visiting Disney California Adventure Park we stayed locally in Anaheim at the Anaheim Marriot Suites Garden Grove. Located only minutes from the Disneyland Resort attractions, this elegant full-service hotel is the perfect base for any Disneyland family holiday. Find out more about the Anaheim Marriot Suites hotel here.

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Read all about the three exciting California destinations we visited in 2020 here!

Disney California Adventure Park

This article is meant to inspire travel to California once it is safe to do to. The attractions and experiences featured in this article may be temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please consult official travel resources and individual businesses to confirm future plans.

The Let’s Go Mum family partnered with Visit California and their supporting partners for this trip.  As always, all opinions are our own.

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Disney World Of Color at California Adventure Park

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