Summer Adventures 2019: Disney California Adventure


I have an extra post this Sunday! I hope you guys have been having a great weekend so far 😊

Today is going to be the final post about my Disney adventures with Nick, in which we will be talking about California Adventure! If you missed the other two days, here is a link for the posts about our days in Downtown DisneyΒ and Disneyland.


A little background on me and California Adventure… I only have been once, when I was around seven or eight, I think, with my parents and grandparents. When we went, the only ride we ended up going on was Soarin Over California, we didn’t even ride the roller coaster πŸ˜‚ So, when we went this time, it felt like going to a completely new park, not just because they changed so much of it since I’ve last gone, but also since I’ve only ever been once. It was definitely fun though, and I love the new updates they did with Pixar Pier and the Guardians of the Galaxy ride.

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Also, I didn’t take as many pictures as I did when I was at Disneyland, so I’m going to add in some other pictures I find online, so you can see for yourself some of the changes πŸ‘

The day itself started off a little chaotic, because we had to check out of our hotel by 11am, and weren’t able to park there anymore, so we had to drive around to find parking. This is where both Nick and I agree that we would do differently next time; instead of staying two nights, we would stay three nights. That way, we could do what we did with Disneyland, and leave the California Adventure when it gets to hot, then come back in the evening and explore some more. In the end, we parked in the new Mickey and Friends tower in the parking structure, in the preferred parking area.

Also, funny story… When we were trying to get to the tram area to get to the parks, we ended up going to far down on the elevator, and ended up in the cast member area πŸ˜‚ We quickly realized our mistake and got back on the elevator, along with a couple of other cast members, who helped us find our way to the trams.

It was interesting, because for security, instead of having an area at the entrance of the park like they did on the side where we entered on from our hotel, security was right before the loading area for the trams. This was because the trams drop you off on the opposite side of the park from the other security area, so you could just walk right in after getting off the tram. It was a lot nicer, because more lines were open and moving quickly than at the other security area. Plus, there was more shade, so waiting in line was more bearable.

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Once we got inside the actual park, it was sometime between 11:30am and noon, so we headed over to the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, because the wait time when we first checked was around 30 minutes. When we got over there though, it had gone up to somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour, so we just got a fast pass for later and went to Monsters Inc.

Monsters Inc was a fun ride, and the waiting line (once you got inside) was cool, both literally and figuratively. Since it was a more relaxed ride, it felt nice just getting out of the sun and enjoying the story of Monsters Inc again.

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After we got off there, we still had sometime before our fast passes were valid, so we went into the Disney Animation Building to hang out and stay cool. The first thing we did there was Turtle Talk with Crush, which was a cute interactive show that lasted for about fifteen minutes. Then we went into the Sorcerer’s Workshop, where we could make our own animations, and go into Belle’s Library and find out our Disney character personality. Apparently I’m Maleficent πŸ˜‚

Take from that what you willπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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When we were finished with all of that, our fast passes were good, so we went over to Guardian’s of the Galaxy, which had a nice wait line for the fast pass people, as most of it was inside. The ride itself was really fun too, there were lots of drops, and the whole concept of the ride made it more fun and exciting than just a regular drop ride. They also had pressed pennies at the gift shop, but we didn’t have our bag of change with us this time, so we didn’t get any ☹

After Guardians of the Galaxy, we got lunch over at the Pacific Wharf, where we did the Bakery Tour (so that we could get a sample of their yummy sour dough bread) and then got our meal at the Pacific Wharf Cafe. I had a turkey pesto sandwich that was delicious, and hit the spot, since we hadn’t ate that much yet.

Then, we headed over to Pixar Pier, which was awesome!


We rode the Incredicoaster, which was originally California Screamin’, and the ride itself wasn’t that much different (from what Nick told me) besides the fact that it was now the Incredible’s themed. After that, we rode the Ferris wheel, called the Pixar Pal-A-Round, with the stationary and rolling carts. At that point, we had fast passes for Soarin’ Over California, so we went over to Grizzly Peak. After we scanned that fast pass in, we went and got fast passes for Goofy’s Sky School (formerly known as Mullholland Madness).

For those of you who aren’t aware, Soarin Over California was the original ride, then it was Soarin Around the World, and is back to Soarin Over California for the summer. When I was looking at the message boards discussing this, someone suggested having both available, so that way park-goers can experience which ever one they want, or even both if desired. Anyways, Soarin’ Over California was fun, and it was nice getting out of the heat. I forgot about the fact that it is a 4D experience, so not only was it a flight simulator, there were different scents with each different area of California that was visited.

After Soarin California, we took a little break, and found out that Goofy’s Sky School was temporarily closed, and our fast pass was good to use at any ride in California Adventure (except for a couple rides, but more on that later). Nick wanted to go on the the Radiator Springs Racers, so we headed over to Cars Land.

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Cars Land, even though I’m not the biggest fan of the Cars movies, it still felt like I was in the Cars universe. When we entered, they had Mater coming out and going around Cars Land, and Lighting McQueen was out for a photos when we were leaving. Anyways, we went over to the Radiator Springs Racers, we found out our fast passes weren’t valid to use there, but we could use it for any other ride in the park (I still think that’s stupid, but that’s just me). We were going to wait in the stand by line, but it was 90 minutes long, and by then, we were ready to leave the park, so we just went back to Goofy’s Sky School (it had opened back up at that point) and then rode the Silly Symphony Swings.

There you have it folks, our three day, two night, Disney Vacation! It was amazing being able to go back after six years and seeing how much has changed during that time. I had so much fun at the parks with Nick 😊

Thank you for reading, and I will see you in the next post on Friday!

-Erin πŸ™‚

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