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Disney California Adventure® Park

Things to Do, Restaurants & Park Plan

  • Disney California Adventure® Park Things To Do

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    Animation Academy Animation Academy Visit During: Visit after noon Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Educational Duration: 32 min. Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. FASTPASS®: Height Req.: None Type: Meet & Greet Duration: 10 min. Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    California Screamin' California Screamin' Visit During: Visit in 1st hr Current Wait: 5 min. FASTPASS®: Height Req.: 48" Type: Roller Coaster Duration: 5 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Flik's Flyers Flik's Flyers Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: 15 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Aerial Carousel Duration: 2 min. Area: "a bug's land" Fave:
    Francis' Ladybug Boogie Francis' Ladybug Boogie Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: 10 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Spinning Duration: 2 min. Area: "a bug's land" Fave:
    Games of the Boardwalk Games of the Boardwalk Visit During: Visit after noon Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Game Duration: 10 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Golden Zephyr Golden Zephyr Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Aerial Carousel Duration: 3 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    Goofy's Sky School Goofy's Sky School Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 20 min. FASTPASS®: Height Req.: 42" Type: Roller Coaster Duration: 3 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    Grizzly River Run Grizzly River Run Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: FASTPASS®: Height Req.: 42" Type: White Water Rafting Duration: 7 min. Area: Grizzly Peak Fave:
    Heimlich's Chew Chew Train Heimlich's Chew Chew Train Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: 15 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Train Duration: 2 min. Area: "a bug's land" Fave:
    It's Tough to Be a Bug It's Tough to Be a Bug Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Show Duration: 11 min. Area: "a bug's land" Fave:
    Jumpin' Jellyfish Jumpin' Jellyfish Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: 40" Type: Simulator Duration: 1 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    King Triton's Carousel King Triton's Carousel Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Carousel Duration: 2 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Visit During: Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: 32" Type: Spinning Duration: 2 min. Area: Cars Land Fave:
    Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: 32" Type: Track Duration: 3 min. Area: Cars Land Fave:
    Mickey's Fun Wheel - Non-Swinging Mickey's Fun Wheel - Non-Swinging Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Spinning Duration: 8 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Mickey's Fun Wheel - Swinging Mickey's Fun Wheel - Swinging Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Spinning Duration: 8 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 15 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Track Duration: 7 min. Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Princess Dot Puddle Park Princess Dot Puddle Park Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Play Area Duration: 10 min. Area: "a bug's land" Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    Radiator Springs Racers Radiator Springs Racers Visit During: Visit in 1st hr Current Wait: 5 min. FASTPASS®: Height Req.: 40" Type: Track Duration: 6 min. Area: Cars Land Fave:
    Red Car Trolley Red Car Trolley Visit During: Visit after noon Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Sights & Transport Duration: 10 min. Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Visit During: Visit after noon Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Walkthrough Duration: 19 min. Area: Grizzly Peak Fave:
    Silly Symphony Swings - Single Silly Symphony Swings - Single Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: 40" Type: Swinging Duration: 2 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Silly Symphony Swings - Tandem Silly Symphony Swings - Tandem Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: 40" Type: Swinging Duration: 2 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    Soarin' Around the World Soarin' Around the World Visit During: Visit in 1st hr Current Wait: FASTPASS®: Height Req.: 40" Type: Simulator Duration: 5 min. Area: Grizzly Peak Fave:
    Sorcerer's Workshop Sorcerer's Workshop Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Exhibit Duration: 5 min. Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    The Bakery Tour, hosted by Boudin® Bakery The Bakery Tour, hosted by Boudin® Bakery Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Walkthrough Duration: 10 min. Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure Visit During: Visit in first 2 or last 2 hrs Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Track Duration: 7 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Toy Story Midway Mania!® Toy Story Midway Mania!® Visit During: Visit in 1st hr Current Wait: 30 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Track Duration: 8 min. Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies Visit During: Visit anytime Current Wait: 5 min. Skip Lines: Height Req.: 36" Type: Bumper Cars Duration: 3 min. Area: "a bug's land" Fave:
    Turtle Talk with Crush Turtle Talk with Crush Visit During: Visit after noon Current Wait: Skip Lines: Height Req.: None Type: Show Duration: 16 min. Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
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  • Disney California Adventure® Park Shows

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    Disney Junior - Live on Stage! Disney Junior - Live on Stage! Next Time: No more show times today Duration: 23 min. Location: Near Animation Academy Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Five & Dime Five & Dime Next Time: 4 p.m. Duration: 20 min. Location: Near Carthay Circle Restaurant Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    Frozen – Live at the Hyperion Frozen – Live at the Hyperion Next Time: 3:30 p.m. Duration: 55 min. Location: Near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Pixar Play Parade Pixar Play Parade Next Time: No more show times today Duration: 45 min. Location: Near Turtle Talk with Crush Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Red Car Trolley News Boys Red Car Trolley News Boys Next Time: 3:30 p.m. Duration: 25 min. Location: Near Carthay Circle Restaurant Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    FASTPASS® available
    World of Color World of Color Next Time: 9 p.m. Duration: 22 min. Location: Near The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
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  • Disney California Adventure® Park Characters

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    Disney Pals on Buena Vista Street Disney Pals on Buena Vista Street Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Characters Included: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse or Goofy Location: Near Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Friends from Toy Story at Paradise Pier Friends from Toy Story at Paradise Pier Time: 1:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Characters Included: Woody, Buzz Lightyear or Jessie Location: Near Toy Story Midway Mania!® Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Olaf in Hollywood Land Olaf in Hollywood Land Time: No more performances today Characters Included: Olaf Location: Near Animation Academy Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Buena Vista Street Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Buena Vista Street Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Characters Included: Oswald Location: Near Red Car Trolley Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Super Heroes in Hollywood Land Super Heroes in Hollywood Land Time: No more performances today Characters Included: Spider-Man and Captain America Location: Near Frozen – Live at the Hyperion Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    The Residents of Radiator Springs in Cars Land The Residents of Radiator Springs in Cars Land Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Characters Included: Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater Location: Near Cozy Cone Motel Area: Cars Land Fave:
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  • Disney California Adventure® Park Restaurants

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    PRICE:
    • $ ($14.99 and under)
    • $$ ($15–$29.99)
    • $$$ ($30–$59.99)
    • $$$$ (over $60)
    Alfresco Tasting Terrace Alfresco Tasting Terrace Service: Bars/Lounges Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Ariel's Grotto Ariel's Grotto Service: Table Cuisine: American, Character Dining, Seafood Price: $$$ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Award Wieners Award Wieners Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Bayside Brews Bayside Brews Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta Service: Quick Cuisine: Italian Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Carthay Circle Lounge Carthay Circle Lounge Service: Bars/Lounges Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Carthay Circle Restaurant Carthay Circle Restaurant Service: Table Cuisine: American Price: $$$ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream Service: Quick Cuisine: Dessert Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill Service: Quick Cuisine: Mexican Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Corn Dog Castle Corn Dog Castle Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Cove Bar Cove Bar Service: Bars/Lounges Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Cozy Cone Motel Cozy Cone Motel Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Cars Land Fave:
    Fairfax Market Fairfax Market Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café Service: Quick Cuisine: American, Bakery Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Buena Vista Street Fave:
    Filmore's Taste-In Filmore's Taste-In Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Cars Land Fave:
    Flo's V8 Café Flo's V8 Café Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Cars Land Fave:
    Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Lucky Fortune Cookery Lucky Fortune Cookery Service: Quick Cuisine: Asian Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Mendocino Terrace Mendocino Terrace Service: Bars/Lounges Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Pacific Wharf Café Pacific Wharf Café Service: Quick Cuisine: American, Californian Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Paradise Garden Grill Paradise Garden Grill Service: Quick Cuisine: Mediterranean Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Paradise Pier Fave:
    Rita's Baja Blenders Rita's Baja Blenders Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Schmoozies Schmoozies Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: Area: Hollywood Land Fave:
    Smokejumpers Grill Smokejumpers Grill Service: Quick Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Grizzly Peak Fave:
    Sonoma Terrace Sonoma Terrace Service: Bars/Lounges Cuisine: American Price: $ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
    Wine Country Trattoria Wine Country Trattoria Service: Table Cuisine: Bar/Lounge, Dessert, Italian Price: $$ Reservations: Coupons: APD Area: Pacific Wharf Fave:
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  • Disney California Adventure® Park Park Plan

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    Because of the large number of attractions at Disney California Adventure® Park, we suggest allotting at least one full day (if not park hopping) or two days of hopping between it and Disneyland® Park.

    We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of the official opening so that you are one of the first to enter the park. (Guests who are driving should arrive an hour early to park and access the tram.) 

    Guests staying at a Disneyland® Resort should take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour to ride and/or secure a Fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers. Note that FASTPASSS are distributed near It's Tough to be a Bug!® Attraction and are not available until official park opening, but guests are allowed to line up a half hour in advance. Resort guests can also utilize the dedicated Disney California Adventure® Park entrance inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa for even shorter waits and quicker access to Cars Land. If you don’t have Extra Magic Hour access, we recommend avoiding Disney California Adventure® Park and spending the day at Disneyland® Park instead. 

    Locals with annual passes make up a large percentage of Disney California Adventure® Park guests and will often visit the park after work, making the evening hours as crowded as the afternoons. For this reason, we highly recommend visiting the highest priority attractions in the morning when waits are lowest. We recommend experiencing your chosen attractions in each land before moving on to the next.

    Disney FASTPASS Service: The Disneyland® Resort continues to make use of the traditional FASTPASS (no FastPass+ so far), wherein guests can collect FASTPASSES at certain attractions to return at specified hour-long windows later in the day. Guests can hold only one FASTPASS at a time, with World of Color being the exception. A guest can collect another FASTPASS after the time stated on the current FASTPASS passes or two hours passes. FASTPASSES DO get distributed quickly for some attractions. For example, they are routinely all gone for Radiator Springs Racers within an hour or two.

    Keep in mind that Disney California Adventure® Park shows, parades, and exciting seasonal entertainment can affect your schedule if you wish to experience them.
    There are several things to take into consideration that could affect your park plan:

    • FASTPASS availability
    • Ride closures
    • Extra Magic Hour/Magic Morning
    • Shows such as World of Color
    • Park hours/crowd levels


    Learn more about these and more in our tips to maximize your time at Disneyland.

    Disney California Adventure® Park Single Rider Attractions


    Single rider lines typically move faster than even the FASTPASS line, making this an excellent choice for those guests who don’t mind splitting up their party.


    Disney California Adventure® Park 1-Day Park Plan

    1. Get FP for Radiator Springs Racers (Distributed near It's Tough to Be a Bug!)
    2. Soarin' Around the World
    3. Grizzly River Run
    4. Get FP for World of Color (Distributed near Little Mermaid and Grizzly River Run)
    5. The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure
    6. Radiator Springs Racers
    7. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters ©Disney/Pixar
    8. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
    9. Disney Junior - Live on Stage!
    10. Get FP for Toy Story Midway Mania!
    11. California Screamin'
    12. Have lunch
    13. Goofy's Sky School
    14. King Triton's Carousel
    15. Mickey's Fun Wheel
    16. Toy Story Midway Mania!® inspired by Disney•Pixar's Toy Story films
    17. Silly Symphony Swings
    18. Jumpin' Jellyfish
    19. Frozen - Live at the Hyperion (Get in line 45 minutes to an hour before the show)
    20. Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! inspired by Disney•Pixar's Monster's Inc.
    21. Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome
    22. Flik's Flyers inspired by Disney•Pixar's A Bug's Life>
    23. Francis' Ladybug Boogie inspired by Disney•Pixar's A Bug's Life>
    24. Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
    25. Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
    26. It's Tough to Be a Bug inspired by Disney•Pixar's A Bug's Life>
    27. Have dinner
    28. World of Color

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