California Adventure Attraction Guide

Updated January 4, 2017

So, we’ve covered all the attractions at Disneyland. Now, it’s time for California Adventure!

This park feels more character focused and includes bigger thrill rides that tweens and teens will enjoy. Review Disneyland’s list of every attraction at California Adventure. Sort that list according to what works for your family.

Be sure you’re familiar with FASTPASSES prior to visiting either park. Also, review these posts that include California Adventure attractions:

Let’s take a look at all that DCA has to offer.

Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley – Buena Vista Street – Ride this old school street  car through beautiful Buena Vista Street. 4 stops along the way.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 8 minutes

Hollywood Land

Animation Academy – Follow a skilled and artistic cast member to learn how to draw a Disney character during this attraction. Pencils and paper provided.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 30 minutes

Sorcerer’s Workshop – Learn how animated characters come to life in this hands-on exhibit.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 20 minutes

Turtle Talk with Crush – Chat with the always entertaining Crush from Finding Nemo during this interactive show.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 17 minutes

Monster’s, Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue – Join Mike and Sully as they journey through Metropolis.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 5 minutes

Here is the seating for Monster’s Inc:

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Ride this haunted elevator up and down the spooky hotel inspired by The Twilight Zone.

  • 40″ to ride
  • FASTPASS available
  • 6 minutes

 “a bug’s land”

Flik’s Flyers – Climb into a takeout container to fly above Flik’s Fun Fair.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 1.5 minutes

Francis’s Ladybug Boogie – Sit atop a ladybug and spin around while listening to fun music.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 1 minute

Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train – Ride atop a caterpillar as you journey through all the fragrant food Heimlich loves to eat.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 2 minutes

Here’s the seating for Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train:

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It’s Tough to be a Bug – Sit down for a bit and enjoy this short, interactive 3D film based on A Bug’s Life. (Might be scary for little ones.)

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 10 minutes

Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies – Drive your own buggie along with others swarming around you in this bumper car ride.

  • 36″ to ride
  • no FASTPASS
  • 2 minutes

Paradise Pier

California Screamin’ – Board this old school, super fast roller coaster for extreme thrills.

  • 48″ to ride
  • FASTPASS available
  • 4 minutes

Here is the seating for California Screamin’:


Golden Zephyr – Climb into a silver space ship to soar above the water. Great views!

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 2.5 minutes

Here is the seating for Golden Zephyr:


Goofy’s Sky School – Reminiscent of the cat-and-mouse coasters from long ago, this ride takes you on a wild crash course in flying.

  • 42″ to ride
  • FASTPASS available
  • 1.5 minutes

Jumpin’ Jellyfish – Soar above Paradise Pier in your own jellyfish.

  • 40″ to ride
  • no FASTPASS
  • 1 minute

Here is the seating for Jumpin’ Jellyfish:


King Triton’s Carousel – Swim among the sea creatures aboard this carousel inspired by The Little Mermaid.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 2 minutes

Here is seating for King Triton’s Carousel:


The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Climb into your own clam shell and then float into the world of Ariel.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 7 minutes

Here is seating for Ariel’s Undersea Adventure:


Mickey’s Fun Wheel – Enjoy this old school Ferris Wheel on the water at Paradise Pier. Choose a swinging or not-swinging car.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 9-10 minutes

Silly Symphony Swings – Swing high above Paradise Pier to the dramatic score of The William Tell Overture.

  • 40″ to ride
  • no FASTPASS
  • 2 minutes

Here is seating for Silly Symphony Swings:

Solo:

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Tandem:

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Toy Story Midway Mania – Join Woody and the gang while you play this virtual carnival game while keeping score.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 8 minutes

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run – You’re almost assured to get wet on this river rapid ride. Bring a poncho!

  • 42″ to ride
  • FASTPASS available
  • 7 minutes

Soarin’ Around the World) – Prepare to be impressed by the beauty of the world in this virtual tour of the earth.

  • 40″ to ride
  • FASTPASS available
  • 5 minutes

Here is the seating for Soarin’ Around the World:


Redwood Creek Challenge – Run through this enormous play space filled with obstacle course challenges, zip lines and more.

  • any height
  • no FASTPASS
  • 20 minutes

***No seating here – kids run around through the trails and obstacle course.

Cars Land

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree – Spin wildly with Mater from Cars. Feels a little like Mad Tea Party (Tea Cups) at Disneyland.

  • 32″ to ride
  • no FASTPASS
  • 2 minutes

Radiator Springs Racers – Speed through the desert landscape of beautiful Cars Land and compete to win.

  • 40″ to ride
  • FASTPASS available
  • 6 minutes

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters – Board cute little Italian cars to spin around and then eventually ‘line dance’ to finish the ride.

    • 32 inches to ride
    • no FASTPASS
    • 60 seconds

There you have it.

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