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Sunday, 29 March, 2009 6:30 PM

Take the Kids to Disney's California Adventure Park for a Great Time

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The entrance to Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disney's California Adventure Park just celebrated its 8th birthday in February. The park is located directly across from the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, Calif. There are five distinct sections of the park: Sunshine Plaza, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, The Golden State, A Bug's Land and Paradise Pier. Each part is designed to resemble aspects of the state of California.

The theme park is also fun for teenagers, adults and senior citizens. There is lots to do for all. As you enter the park, you will walk under a mini replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. It also serves as a portion of the monorail track.

Paradise Pier includes many classic amusement park rides and roller coasters. A new ferris wheel called "Mickey's Fun Wheel" will open very soon. A new water fountain called "World of Color" is scheduled to open in Spring 2010.

In the Golden State section of the theme park, I recommend the newly-opened "Soarin' Over California" simulation ride. The wait time is typically 65-70 minutes since it is new so bring your patience for this one. It is located just to the right of the main entrance after passing the Golden Gate bridge.

Riders will see scenes from San Francisco, Redwood Creek, Napa Valley, Monterey Bay, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Palm Springs, Camarillo, Anza-Borrego, San Diego, Malibu and Los Angeles. Patrick Warburton narrates a safety video will be shown prior to getting on the ride. This is a similuation ride similar to the new Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios. Riders basically sit down on a seat that lifts you up in the air about 10 feet. From that point on, you basically watch the large screen in front of you, that makes it look like you are flying.

The ride can accommodate about 150 people at one time. It lasts about 10 minutes long. The main difference from the Simpsons Ride is that you go a little bit higher up in the air and your feet dangle. In the Simpsons Ride, your feet are in a closed cabin.

I also recommend the Aladdin show at the Hyperion Theatre section of the park. It is a musical based on the Disney classic animation film. Kids will recognize the genie, magic carpet and the other characters.

The Hollywood Backlot section of the park doesn't offer a tour such as Universal, WB, Sony or Paramount. It is mostly filled with theaters that host musicals and movie-themed rides.

Many sections of this park are under construction. A new "Cars Land" section of the park will open in 2012 with a racing ride, tea-cup like attraction and a flying saucers ride. Paradise Pier will change the name and look of the Orange Stinger to Silly Symphony Strings. A new ride called "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure" will open at Paradise Pier in 2011.

Bring your kids for a great day of fun at Disney's California Adventure Park.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The entrance to the Soarin' Over California simulation ride.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Inside the building you'll find historical airplane photos while you wait in line.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A look at "Aladdin: The Musical", now playing at the Hyperion Theatre.

 

 

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