Thursday, April 14, 2011

All The Disney Details- California Adventure

Have you ever been to Disney's California Adventure park?  It is right next to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  It is a smaller park that has had a fairly checkered past as far as some people loving it and others hating it.  My husband and I have always been on the 'love it' side as we have enjoyed the fact that it has been a nice homage to the state of California and a good variation on the Disney theme.  Currently the park is undergoing a huge renovation and I hope that this will make for some more reasons to love it.

There was a lot to love for Nathan as he headed straight for the one part of California Adventure that I definitely do NOT love:  the Grizzly River Run ride.  It is one of the river rafting type rides in which some people get to laugh and enjoy it while others ALWAYS get soaked to the bone.  I'm sure you can guess which category I fall into for that...  Here's Nathan and his Dad yucking it up after just missing being blasted by a huge geyser:

Nathan really proved his love of the wildest rides when we were over in California Adventure.  He even liked my favorite:  The Tower Of Terror.  A lot of people can't handle that one as it is a drop tower type of ride that is actually not just a drop, but is pulled down with so much force that you actually rise up out of your seat!  That is my favorite part as your stomach also does that flip thing, like when you go down a certain type of hill really fast.  It makes me crack up laughing every time.  Nathan was also a fan of the Soarin' Over California ride, which is like being in a hang glider over different scenes of California and he loved California Screamin'- a roller coaster that takes you on an inversion loop and goes from zero to 55 miles per hour in 4 seconds, right at the start.

I like the fact that this park is often a lot less crowded.  It gives me time and space to stop and enjoy the flowers, like these ranunculus that grow wild and beautiful.

I also like the way that the characters in California Adventure are usually dressed in non-traditional outfits.

Nathan seemed to enjoy a day with a bit more of a relaxing pace as well:

We finished off the evening with a viewing of 'World Of Color'.   It is a show that involves synchronized water fountains with colors and images projected onto them.  Pretty neat.  Here's a little preview for you:  (You might want to pause the music player.)


  1. Yep, still looks like an amazing trip!
    The flowers were realy pretty!
    What a neat water works show, how fun!
    I'm glad you all were able to take that trip!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. how beautiful the flowers are.....I went there, the california adventure park next to disneyland a few years ago. and the that for real? wow. the blue with the puffy clouds is just amazing. the waterfountain was neat too. Have you ever been to las vegas and seen the fountains outside the bellagio. yours are cooler but it's pretty close. Have fun!

  3. @ Christine: Most of the skies are real, all except for the one where you can see a 'break' in it where Nathan is leaning against a palm tree. I always admire beautiful blue skies as we don't get them all that often where I live. Never have seen the fountains at the Bellagio in Vegas. Will have to check that out some time...

  4. I've never been to this park, but it looks fun. And that show, the World of Color, was amazing. Fun what they can do with the technology these days. :-)


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