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Disney California Adventure, the sister park to Disneyland, has had some big upgrades in the last couple of years. It has become a full-day park and even then you won’t get to see everything there is. The next time you’re visiting California Adventure, take time to try some things you’ve never done before. Here’s ten ideas for you to try:

1. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

This is a great area for the whole family. Explore paths, climb towers, swing on rope bridges and zip down slides! You can also follow the clues left by Russell from Disney-Pixar’s Up, get badges, and become a Wilderness Explorer.

2. Animation Academy

Take home your very own sketch of a Disney character drawn by you! At the Animation Academy you will receive step-by-step instruction on how to illustrate some of your favorite characters under the guidance of a Disney artist. Where else will you find such a unique souvenir?

3. Sorcerer’s Workshop

There are multiple activities in the Sorcerer’s Workshop. You can create your own animated drawings and learn how the eyes are tricked into believing that still images are in motion. Then you can explore the Beast’s library and find out which Disney character you are most like. Lastly, journey into Ursula’s Grotto where you can put your voice into a classic Disney movie clip.

4. The Bakery Tour

Take a tour of a real bakery and find out how the world-famous San Francisco sourdough bread is made. The tour is hosted by Rosie O’Donnell and Colin Mochrie who keep things entertaining as well as informative. You also get a free sample of this delicious bread at the start of the tour.

5. Games of the Boardwalk

Old fashioned game booths line the back side of Paradise Pier. There are four pay-per play games that are inspired by Disney-Pixar stories: Goofy About Fishin’, Casey at the Bat, Dumbo Bucket Brigade, and Bullseye Stallion Stampede. Try your luck and test your skill for a chance to win fun prizes!

6. Ride the Red Car Trolley

The Red Car Trolley cruises down Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Boulevard, and Sunset Boulevard. It’s a fun and scenic ride with convenient stops near the park entrance, Carthay Circle Restaurant, the Disney Animation Building, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

7. People Watch

Take a break and relax on a bench on Buena Vista Street. Like the hub over at Disneyland, this is a great area to people watch. You could even grab some ice cream from Clarabelle’s to enjoy as you watch other guests explore the park.

8. Mingle with the Locals

Throughout Buena Vista Street there is a cast of characters just meandering about. There’s a cop named Officer Blue who writes fake tickets for silly things, Molly the Messenger who rides her old school bike around, and Donna the Dog Lady who carries her dog around with her. These are very entertaining characters to chat with!

9. Disney California Story Tour

On this tour you’ll learn how the Golden State’s vibrant history influenced Walt and inspired attractions at Disney California Adventure park. It begins by giving you an intimate look into the members-only 1901 Lounge and then moves on to 3 of the park’s most timeless and interactive attractions. You’ll top off your tour with a delicious lunch on Buena Vista Street. You’ll also get to take home 2 souvenirs: a collectible pin and personalized button.

10. Explore Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Disney California Adventure has a separate entrance for guests staying at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa as well as the other resort hotels. Guests not staying at the resort hotels can also use this entrance. Take some time to leave the park and go explore the beautiful Grand Californian Hotel. The vast Craftsman-styled lobby has a large fireplace and comfy overstuffed armchairs for you to relax in. If you can’t afford to stay there, at least go enjoy witnessing the majestic beauty of this grand hotel.

What are some things you’ve never done at Disney California Adventure?

For more information about the Disneyland Resort, or to book your next Disney vacation, email me today at sarasolberg@worldofmagictravel.com.

 

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