Family Trip to Disney’s California Adventure (CA, USA)

My kids love movies. Especially Disney movies. I think they’ve seen every Disney animated movie out there. (They don’t like the “real people” movies though.) So it was such a treat to get a chance to go to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure this summer!

Even though we had Park Hopper tickets (being signed in through friends), we mainly were at California Adventure. Now if you don’t have the luxury of being signed in through friends, the parks are a pretty penny! But it’s Disney! And they do a great job at everything! With our 4 kids, ages 5-11, we’re not big thrill-seekers.  So if you’re like us, here are some great things to do at California Adventure.

First thing to do, is grab your Fast Passes. Grizzly River Run wasn’t working the day we went so we didn’t grab the FastPass for that ride. We did, however, grab the FastPass for the night water show World of Color and for Radiator Racers.  Then after that…

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Slow ride to relax and beat the heat with a fast-moving line. Fun songs and animation.

Jumpin’ Jellyfish

A slow dropping ride.

Monster’s Inc.: Mike and Sully to the Rescue

Another slow ride to see the scenes from Monster’s Inc.

Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train

A super slow ride but with no line, the kids did it twice.  (My kids are easy to please.)

Francis’ Ladybug Boogie

A version of the Teacup ride.

Tuck n Roll’s Drive Em Buggies

A version of bumper cars.

Princess Dot Puddle Park

Just to play with water.

Aladdin: a Musical Spectacular

One of the best shows at the Disneyland Resort, by far! Great acting, great singing; great for all ages!

Frozen: Sing-along Show

Fun to see Elsa and Anna and the whole cast in live form.  The kids loved the lasers and snow effect at the end.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

A fun, fast-swinging motion ride.

World of Color Show with our FastPass

A great water, music, light, explosive, animated show!

And ending the day with FastPasses for Radiator Racers.  Someone told us it was a great ride for the family.  But for this motion sickness family, it was a little too fast for our taste.  Good thing it was the last ride of the day!

All in all, it was a fun-filled day!  I forgot to mention that we got our hand stamped to get out of the park to do dinner at Downtown Disney and chill for a bit.  We’re a pretty mellow, slow-paced family when we travel, but for us, that makes for happier kids (and parents), and a better day!  How do you do Disneyland or California Adventure?

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