CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE celebrates the adventure, spirit and culture of the
State of California in four themed lands – a bug's land, Golden State,
Paradise Pier and Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Each is divided into themed
districts. The attractions and highlights include the following:
“a bug’s land,” designed specially for kids, opened October 7, 2002,
bringing with it the “Flik’s Fun Fair” area of five all-new
attractions. “Flik’s Fun Fair” is one of three key areas in “a
bug’s land,” along with the existing “It’s Tough to be a Bug!”
show and the “Bountiful Valley Farm" featuring new bug-themed
entertainment and landscaping. Inspired by the Disney/Pixar film A
Bug’s Life, kids experience a fun-filled world from a bug’s point
Flik's Fun Fair - A place where everyday items from the
human world take on huge proportions. Garden hoses, pebbles and stalks
of clover tower overhead. Abandoned umbrellas have become circus tents
and fast food containers whisk guests off on an exciting ride.
Flyers offers whimsical bug-size hot air balloon ride fashioned
from leaves and empty food containers.
& Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies is a crazy drive-it-yourself
bug car ride under “P.T. Flea’s” circus tent.
Chew Chew Train is a miniature railroad ride with the ever-hungry
caterpillar Heimlich as he meanders through a land filled with giant
candy and food.
Ladybug Boogie is a lively ride on spinning, dancing ladybugs.
Dot Puddle Park is a water playground with a giant-size garden
hose, sprinkler nozzle and leaky spigot.
bug's land" also features:
Valley Farm celebrates California’s role as the nation's #1
producer of farm products and is whimsically themed to "a bug's
land." Covering 2 1/2 acres, the Farm is planted with a colorful
variety of flowers and is decorated with playful sculptures depicting
the stars of A Bug’s Life. It also features "The Ugly
Bug Ball" stage show with Flik and Atta, Caterpillar tractors, a
water-play Irrigation Station, P.T. Flea Market and favorite foods at
the Bountiful Valley Farmer’s Market.
Tough to be a Bug! is a 3-D visit with Flik and Hopper from
Disney/Pixar’s computed animated movie, A Bug’s Life. Show
time length is 8 1/2 minutes. Theater capacity is 425 and space for
eight wheelchairs. Screen size is 21 x 46 feet with two 70mm
It's Tough to be a Bug! - (opened February 8, 2001) :
A 3-D film on how life is for an insect.
Bountiful Valley Farm - (opened February 8, 2001) :
A water play area for kids about California's irrigation system.
Flik's Fun Fair
Flik's Flyers - (opened October 7, 2002) :
A swing ride in which visitors swing in over-sized food boxes.
Francis' Ladybug Boogie - (opened October 7,
2002) : A ride similar to Mad Tea Party in neighboring
Disneyland, except ladybugs are used instead of tea cups.
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train - (opened October 7,
2002) : A train ride in which visitors see how Heimlich
Princess Dot Puddle Park - (opened October 7,
2002) : A water play area for kids
Tuck and Roll's Drive'Em Buggies - (opened
October 7, 2002) : A bumper car ride
Celebrates the adventurous heritage of California and the immigrants who
came looking for the golden dream, Golden State features five themed areas
including Condor Flats, Grizzly Peak Recreation Area, The Golden Vine
Winery, Pacific Wharf and The Bay Area.
- Condor Flats
- Soarin' Over California (opened February 8, 2001) : Riders
"soar" and "swoop" over famous California
- Grizzly Peak Recreation Area
- Grizzly River Run (opened February 8, 2001) : Riders ride
down rafts on white water rapids.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (opened February 8, 2001) : A
play area for kids, featuring a Mount Shasta wilderness-like
setting and suspension and wire bridges. It also featuring rock
climbing and a Brother Bear scene cave. It is also designed for
- The Bay Area
- Golden Dreams (opened February 8, 2001) : A movie about
California's past and present.
- Golden Vine Winery
- Seasons of the Vine (opened February 8, 2001) : A film
about California's Wine Country.
- Pacific Wharf
- Mission Tortilla Factory (opened February 8, 2001) : A
close-up look on tortilla production.
- The Bakery Tour (opened February 8, 2001) : A presentation
on how sourdough bread is made and about the Boudin Bakery.
Flats – A high-desert test-pilots’ landing field with
weathered hangars left over from man’s first attempts to break the
Over California is a virtual hang-gliding adventure over some of
California’s most amazing landmarks. Height of bowl-shaped screen is
80 feet. There are two theaters that house 87 guests in each.
Peak Recreation Area – A granite mountain-top shaped “by
nature” like the head of a growling Grizzly bear rises 110 feet over a
High Sierra landscape with pine and snow-covered slopes and the
world’s highest, longest and fastest “rushin’ river” raft ride.
River Run is a wild, wet river-rafting adventure. Height of peak
is 110 feet. Height of Grizzly River Run lift is 45 feet, length of
ramp is 300 feet and longest drop is 22 feet.
Creek Challenge Trail features three ranger fire towers that give
youthful exuberance a workout with smokejumper cable slides, net
climbing and swaying bridges plus nature storytelling beneath the
Golden Vine Winery – In a vineyard of 350 growing grape vines
and a Mission-style building, guests learn about the wine-making
process, enjoy fine dining and taste wines in this “first pressing”
of Napa Valley culture.
of the Vine presents the challenge of California winemaking and
the beauty of the wine country in this dramatic and insightful film
that follows grape-growers from spring vine cutting to bountiful
Bay Area – A 45-foot tall replica of the Rotunda of San
Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts within a beautifully landscaped garden
is the focal point for this little city beside Paradise Bay. A 14 x 100
foot mural lining the colonnade introduces the themes, characters and
stories of the Golden Dreams attraction.
Dreams is a 22-minute motion picture filled with humor and emotion
housed in a 350-seat theater that tells the story of California through
the eyes of her immigrants. The film features acclaimed actress Whoopi
Goldberg as the legendary Califia – Queen of California.
Here are electrifying experiences from the glory days of California’s
seaside amusement piers when they were magnets for sun-seeking and
fun-loving kings, movie stars and crowds of thrill-seekers. Some of the
areas attractions include:
- California Screamin' (opened February 8, 2001) : One of the
fastest steel roller coasters in the United States, modeled after a
traditional Boardwalk wooden roller coaster.
(opened February 8, 2001) : A drop ride that launches 180 ft. in
- Sun Wheel (opened February 8, 2001) : A ferris wheel ride with
both swinging and stationary gondolas.
- Mulholland Madness (opened February 8, 2001) : A mini-coaster
modeled after Los Angeles's Mulholland Drive.
- Orange Stinger (opened February 8, 2001) : Swings that revolve
around a giant orange.
- Golden Zephyr (opened February 8, 2001) : A spin ride similar
to Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Astro
Orbitor in neighboring Disneyland.
- King Triton's Carousel (opened February 8, 2001) : A carousel
of sea creatures.
- Jumpin' Jellyfish (opened February 8, 2001) : A mini-drop ride
- S.S. rustworthy (opened February 8, 2001) : A model of a ship,
which is a play area for kids.
- Games of the Boardwalk (opened February 8, 2001) :
Boardwalk-like pay games
Triton’s Carousel takes children of all ages on an undersea swirl
in this charming attraction. Diameter is 47 feet. Number of sea
creatures that guests may ride is 56. Maximum number of guests at one
time is 64. Speed of carousel is 4.3 rpm.
Screamin’ is rollicking roller coaster that begins with a catapult
start: taking guests from 0 to 55 miles-per-hour in 4 seconds. Number of
trains is 6 and number of cars per train is 6. Maximum speed is 55 mph.
Maximum drop is 108 feet. Length of track is 6,072 feet. Launch length
is 215 feet. Number of sensors is 550. Miles traveled per year is
50,000. Weight of train loaded is 22,000 pounds. Number of speakers on
board is 108. Six miles of electrical wire.
Wheel is a huge giant spinning wheel in the shape of a grinning sun
that holds 24 passenger gondolas. Six guests per gondola is the maximum
capacity. The wheel diameter is 168 feet and the circumference is 500
feet. Weight of steel is 5.8 million pounds. Number of pieces of
structural steel is 32,000. Number of parts (including nuts and bolts)
is 1.8 million. Metal “rays” radiating from center is 32. The
sunface diameter is 40 feet. Speed of wheel is 5 rpm.
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (opened January 23,
2006) : A dark ride that goes through the scenes of the movie
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (opened May 5, 2004) : A drop
ride based on the movie Tower of Terror.
- Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular (opened January 16, 2003) :
A musical of Disney's movie Aladdin at the Hyperion Theater.
- Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! - (opened April 11, 2003) : A
show in which visitors can meet the Playhouse Disney characters live.
- Muppet*Vision 3D - (opened February 8, 2001) : A 3-D show
featuring the Muppets in 3D.
- Disney Animation (opened February 8, 2001)
- Turtle Talk with Crush - (opened July 15, 2005) : A show in
which one can interact with Crush in Finding Nemo.
- Animation Academy - (opened February 8, 2001) : A
presentation on how to draw Disney characters.
- Character Closeup - (opened February 8, 2001) : A show in
where visitors can view all Disney characters closeup.
- Sorcerer's Workshop - (opened February 8, 2001) : A
presentation where visitors can create their own animation.
- The Hollywood Backlot Stage - (opened February 8, 2001) :
Disney's California Adventure's performing center
Hollywood as a state of mind, not a real place, but as a backlot movie set
surrounded by huge soundstages housing attractions which give guests
fun-filled ways to pretend they’re Hollywood celebrities. They can
imagine themselves as movie starlets, character voices or extras having
lunch on a movie set. A traditional landmark water tower at the rear of
the lot bears the name Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Some of the areas
Theater is a state-of-the-art venue that presents live stage
performances. Now showing is "Disney's Aladdin - Live on
Stage," a new, 40-minute musical based on the popular Disney
animated film. The number of seats in theater is 2,000. Height of fly
tower is 90 feet. Theater height is 76 feet. Stage is 55 feet deep and
60 feet wide. Wings are 30 feet per side.
Wants to Be A Millionaire – Play It! is an attraction based on the
ABC television series, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” The set of
the attraction looks exactly like the one on television – with a few
changes. There are more than 600 seats in the attraction (versus 200
on the television show). In addition, theme park guests will play for
prizes and can win pins, hats, polo shirts and a trip. Other facts
include more than 400 lights deliver the dramatic lighting on the set.
It takes the gameplay system 2.4 seconds to calculate the answers for
more than 600 guests. Each show lasts approximately 25 minutes.
Disney Animation – This attraction is actually five attractions
in one. Housed in a stylized art deco inspired building, Disney
Animation immerse guests in the great Disney animation legacy, from its
history to hands on demonstrations and fun-filled exhibits including the
impressive Courtyard Gallery, the new film Walt Disney: One Man’s
Dream, Drawn to Animation demonstration, the interactive Sorcerer’s
Workshop and the Art of Animation Gallery.
- February 8, 2001- January 11, 2002
- Superstar Limo was a dark ride that took riders through a cartoony
version of Hollywood, spotting some celebrities like Regis Philbin,
Drew Carey, and Whoopi Goldberg. The attraction closed in 2002 and
has been converted into a Monsters, Inc.
- September 14, 2001-August 20, 2004
- Millionaire was an attraction in which park guests played a real
game of Millionaire, except with points instead of dollars.
Including the ten players in the "Ring of Fire" seats
(which included video screens) down on the stage, the entire
audience could play the Fastest Finger game, in which players had to
put certain items in a certain order, such as "Put these
American cities in order from east to west." The game's prizes
- Every question earned a guest a commemorative pin with the
point value of said question on it
- 1,000 points - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It!
- 32,000 points - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play
It! Polo Shirt
- 1,000,000 points - Trip to New York to see filming of
actual show (2001-2002), Trip for four on the Disney Cruise Line
to Castaway Cay in the Bahamas (2002-2004)