California Adventure

Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, along with Downtown Disney and the Disney Grand Californian Hotel.  The park was opened to show the history and lifestyle of California.  The ride did very poorly for the first year, and some of their original attractions, such as Superstar Limo were closed, due to poor attendance.  In 2002, a Bug’s land opened, to make a more kid friendly area to the park.  In 2004, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was added to the park, after its huge success in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.  In 2006, Superstar Limo was replaced Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue.  In 2007, Walt Disney Incorporated announced a multi year, 1.1 billion dollar expansion, even though the entire park cost only 600 million dollars to build.  The first phase of this was Toy Story Mania which was completed in 2008, replacing a merchandise and restaurant area, and the Sun Wheel was rethemed to be Mickey’s FunWheel.  The second phase was completed in 2010.  It consisted of the beginning of construction on Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, The Orange Stinger ride had its orange removed and was re themed as the Silly Symphony Swings, the World of Color show began, Maliboomer was closed, Mulholland Madness was re themed to be Goofy’s Sky School, and California Screamin’ added safety spiels done by Neil Patrick Harris.  The third phase consisted of the opening of Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and the final stage consisted of the division of the park into 8 themed lands (Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Paradise Pier, Condor Flats, A Bugs Land, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, and Grizzly Peak), and the opening of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land.  Here is a list of the rides and attractions in the park.

Ariel’s Undersea Adventure: A dark ride attraction base off of the film The Little Mermaid

Flik’s Flyers: A spinning balloon style ride in A Bugs Land

Golden Zephyrs:  Swinging Spinning Rocket Ride

Goofy’s Sky School: A Wild Mouse roller coaster themed as a flight school

Grizzley River Run: A Rapid Ride through the hills of “Northern California”

Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train: A slow moving train ride through a Bugs Land

Jumpin’ Jellyfish: A slow moving parachute like tower

King Triton’s Carrousel: A carrousel of sea animals

Luigi’s Flying Tires: A ride of floating bumper tires in Cars Land

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: A whip ride in Cars Land

Mickey’s Fun Wheel: A swinging or stationary Ferris wheel

Monsters Inc Mike and Sulley to the Rescue: A dark taxi themed ride through Monstropolis and the film Monsters Inc

Silly Symphony Swings: A tilting swinging swing ride

Soarin’ Over California: A motion simulated hang glider ride through California starting in San Francisco and ending at Disneyland

Toy Story Mania: An interactive 4D game ride through the world of Toy Story

Radiator Springs Racers: A combination of a dark ride and thrill ride through the world of Cars

California Screamin’: A launching looping rollercoaster that has the first and only inversion in the Disneyland Resort

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror:  A haunted elevator drop ride that features the original Twilight Zone television Show


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