Disney’s California Adventure used to be one of the two worst parks in Disney history, however notably improved after the recent revamp. It still lacks a center, a landmark, and in my opinion an overarching identity, although efforts have been made to theme the park after a nostalgic version of California.
What's great is that the park features some really good thrill rides, which Disneyland next door lacks.
'Radiator Springs Racers', themed on Pixar’s movie ‘Cars’ and featuring the same ride technology as Epcot's 'Test Track' and Tokyo DisneySea's 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'. A solid ride with some awesome car animatronics!
'Soarin’ Over California': originally designed exclusively for this park, this is an awesome movie ride that makes you really feel like you’re flying over California’s landmarks. Wind blows in your face, your feet are dangling in the air, and the inspiring experience won’t leave you as sick as some flight simulators do.
'It’s Tough to Be a Bug!': the best 3-D movie ever produced for a Disney theme park with a great storyline and surprising effects, such as bugs and spiders attacking the audience. Everything fits together here and every joke is funny. It’s a MUST, for kids, adults and the cool guys with the oversized sunglasses in between!
'Tower of Terror': good, though not as good as the version in Florida! You will scream a lot, but don’t eat before!
'California Screamin’: a long, fast and smooth fun fair roller coaster of classic non-themed appearance with a speedy upwards acceleration at the beginning.
'Toy Story Midway Mania!': the newest addition to this park is a classy shoot-'em-up video game-themed ride.
Other attractions include 'Grizzly River Run' (a medium quality river rapids ride with no surprises and no animatronics), 'Monsters Inc.' ride for the kids, 'Muppet Vision' (a 3-D movie which is not half as fun as 'It’s Tough to Be a Bug!') and some classic fun fair rides at the far end of the park. It’s really worth the time visiting both parks, adjacent Disneyland, and this one.
Disneyland Resort seen from the helicopter, May 2008
Disney's California Adventure in the foreground, Disneyland in the background
California Adventure entrance
California Adventure street vista
Monsters, Inc. dark ride entrance
Monsters, Inc. ride, unique to this Disney park
Soarin' Over California aerial photo. Brilliant ride!
Boarding Soarin' Over California
The multidimensional Soarin' cinema experience
The Tower of Terror
It's a suspenseful indoor free-fall tower
Tower of Terror at Disney's California Adventure
Tower of Terror interior design
Disney actors at the reception
The dropping elevator
A Bug's Land
Queue to the brilliant 3-D movie 'It's Tough to Be a Bug!'
It's Tough to Be a Bug! theater
Bug movie scene
Paradise Pier section from above
The launch roller coaster is of superior quality
Paradise Pier roller coaster
Take a look at the guy with the sunglasses (no Photoshop!)
Paradise Pier roller coaster aerial
Aerial view of the Grizzly River Run river rapids ride
Grizzly River Run
Grizzly River Run scenery
River Run from above
Toy Story Midway Mania under construction
Disney's California Adventure atmosphere
Update 2013: giant wheel revamped
Cars Land added
Radiator Springs Racers: Cars Land's main attraction
Dark ride meets thrill ride
Slot car acceleration climax, similar to Epcot's Test Track
Family ride at Cars Land