This Disney California Adventure Guide presents information following the park’s 5-year, $1.5+ billion expansion, which finished June 15, 2012 when Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort opened Cars Land and Buena Vista Street as part of the park’s grand reopening celebration. Here’s some information to help you plan your visit to Disney California Adventure.
Between Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, there ar four new attractions (Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and the Red Car Trolley), new dining (Flo’s V8 Café, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Cozy Cones, etc.) and shopping locations (Ramone’s House of Body Art, Radiator Springs Curios, Elias and Co.) in two new incredibly detailed lands for guests to explore, making Disney California Adventure a bona fide companion park to Disneyland. Other recent additions like The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School, World of Color, Silly Symphony Swings, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Pixar Play Parade, have truly reinvented Disney California Adventure.
You’ll also want to grab a FastPass for World of Color seating, otherwise you risk not being able to see it. We recommend getting a FastPass for the last showing of World of Color if possible, as that is the least crowded showing. If FastPasses for earlier shows are being distributed when you go to get your FastPass, you can request later times from a Cast Member at the station.
Disney California Adventure can get busy during certain times of the day, especially in Cars Land. For tips on avoiding the crowds, check out this post.
Regardless of what you do, make sure you do devote enough time to seeing Disney California Adventure. It’s now a great park that some guests will even prefer to Disneyland. We were blown away by the new Disney California Adventure. Cars Land is one of the most detailed and immersive lands that Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created, rivaling areas of Tokyo DisneySea, and Buena Vista Street is a beautiful tribute to the Los Angeles that Walt Disney arrived to in the 1920s. These two lands, plus a variety of improvements to other lands, including the opening of the first Disney Starbucks and the Mad T Party, make Summer 2012 an exciting time to visit Disneyland!