Disney California Adventure Park

Located in Paradise Pier, Mickey's Fun Wheel is one of the iconic structures at Disney's California Adventure Park!

Located in Paradise Pier, Mickey’s Fun Wheel is one of the iconic structures at Disney’s California Adventure Park!

Hello everyone!  Much like I did with the Lands of Disneyland series, I’m going to spend some time and write about the Lands of Disney’s California Adventure Park!  There are many incredible things to see at DCA, and these posts will help you learn more about the high points of each land.  We will explore the following lands:

  • Condor Flats
  • Grizzly Peak
  • Paradise Pier
  • Pacific Wharf
  • “a bug’s land”
  • Hollywood Land
  • Buena Vista Street
  • Cars Land

Each of these lands have something special — or in many cases, many special things — to share with you, the Guests, and we’ll do our best to share with you what each land has to offer based on our trip back in June of last year. Stay tuned, everyone, because there will be some great things you won’t want to miss out on!  Starting us off will be Condor Flats, home of Soarin’ Over California!

Tell me, if you’ve been to California Adventure park, what was your favorite land there?  Favorite attraction? Favorite show?  Let us know in the comments, and thank you for stopping by!  Now, go out and make today and every day a great Disney Day!

7 Days til Disneyland – Tower of Terror!

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Image ©Disney Parks

The closer we get to our trip to Disneyland, the more I feel like I’m in a slow motion countdown for a Space Shuttle launch!  Today is Day 7, and today we are taking a look at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, located at Disney’s California Adventure park in the Hollywood Land section of the park!

I’ll be brutally honest with all of you — this is one of my LEAST favorite rides at Walt Disney World, so I totally expect that I will probably not like it at Disneyland either!  I imagine that I will ride it once, then sit around and people watch while my wife and daughter ride it a couple of more times without me!

So tell me, who out there is a big fan of the Tower of Terror, and why?  For those of you, like me, that don’t care for it as much, why not?  Maybe we can start a support group or something like that!

Thanks for stopping by on our journey towards our trip to Disneyland!  If you have missed out on any of the excitement that I’ve been describing with some of the posts, check out our 100 Days til Disneyland page for all of the ones we’ve done so far, and thanks for keeping up with My Dreams of Disney!

73 Days til Disneyland – Character Close-Up!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Character Close-Up, when I first heard about it, sounded like a way to get up close and personal with the characters.  Then I learned more about it, and learned that what it actually is an interesting exhibit full of original artwork, fascinating 3-D models, and other details that describes how the artists came up with final versions of the characters that we know and love.

The Character Close-Up is located in Hollywood Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park, in the same building that houses the Animation Academy.  If you remember, that building is Disney Animation building, and houses the following attractions:

  • The Animation Courtyard
  • Animation Academy
  • Character Close-Up
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

It sounds to me that this will be a very interesting building to just take our time in and explore all of these interesting facets of Disney Animation!  What are your thoughts about the Character Close-Up and all of the other parts of the Disney Animation building?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

97 Days til Disneyland – Disneyland Monorail!

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Image ©Disney Parks

For Day 97 of our countdown to Disneyland, we are looking at the Disneyland Monorail! There are some very key differences between the Disneyland and Disney World versions of the Monorail, with perhaps the biggest difference in my opinion being that the Disneyland version still allows you ride up front!

Another thing that is cool about the Disneyland Monorail is that it provides some really great views of some of the areas at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.  You can ride it as a means of transportation to take you from one location to another, or you can ride it as a way to relax and enjoy the views.  Take your pick.

The ride is 13 minutes long, and will take you to parts of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in Disneyland, and Condor Flats, Buena Vista Street, and Hollywood Land in Disney’s California Adventure.

The Disneyland Monorail opened on June 14, 1959, the Monorail was the first of it’s kind in America.  Walt Disney saw the prototype for this form of transportation when he was visiting Germany in the early 50’s, and brought the idea to Disneyland.

I can’t wait until we get to Disneyland and are able to ride the Monorail!  This is something that I am really interested in, and I can’t wait!  Only 97 Days til Disneyland!