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California Adventure Park

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California Adventure Park is part of the Disneyland Corporation and is positioned right across from the entrance to Disneyland. The monorail goes from Disneyland into California Adventure Park and you can arrange for your ticket to be a park hopper so you can go between both parks throughout the day. CA Adventure is a fairly new park. I think they said it was opened in 2001, so they've looked at the way Disneyland works and improved it with this park.

The park is based around all things Californian so you enter the park under the mini golden gate bridge and have options to visit the Hollywood back lot, Paradise Pier, The Golden State, Sunshine Plaza or a Bug's Land. All of these areas recreate either landmarks, culture or history of California.

Brian and I caught the shuttle from out hotel and got to the park right on 10am when it opened. We went straight to Paradise Pier where there are 2 rollercoasters, a giant drop type ride, big ferris wheel and chair-o-planes. The big rollerocaster "California Screamin" wasn't operating so we went back to the park later on and rode it at dusk. It was lots of fun and I took a picture of the picture they take of you on the ride. I was lucky to take that photo too because we forgot to get stamped on the way out and when we went to go back into Disneyland we almost weren't allowed in. The lady let us through only because I took a picture proving we did come from CA Adventure.

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Brian and I then headed to the Hollywood back lot and had our picture taken with Sully from Monsters Inc. and then headed to the Hollywood Tower where the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride is. The ride is themed to resemble the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel. The storyline of the ride is that in 1939 the hotel was struck by lightning, transporting an elevator car full of passengers to the Twilight Zone. So the ride is where you are seated in the elevator in pitch black and get dropped up and down between different levels. I've never been on a ride like it and I don't think I've screamed so much on a ride before. It was lots of fun though!
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Another cool ride was a "Soarin' Over California" that simulates a hang glider tour of California. We got a fast pass ticket to this ride but still ended up waiting over an hour to get on it. It was worth the wait! This ride lifts you high up in the studio and it's as if you are flying directly through the screen. It's a 4D type ride so when you fly over the ocean you feel the breeze, get sprayed with some mist and smell the salty smell of the ocean. It was very well done and Brian and I were very impressed!

Another notable ride was the Grizzly River Run. It starts off as your typical river rapid attraction where you spin around through rapids in a giant tyre. The difference with this ride is that everyone gets wet and there's a few big drops throughout the ride. It was nice and refreshing too to get wet as Tuesday was a nice hot day.

A Bug's Land was cool to walk through as it is set up just like the animated movie but it's more of a kids section so we didn't bother lining up to go in the kiddy rides. We didn't spend the whole day at the park as we didn't have to wait long in lines for rides so we did pretty much everything within a few hours. We ended up heading back to the hotel just after lunch, ate at the restaurant downstairs and then did some shopping in the nearby mall.

*Apologies for taking so long to update the blog and photo gallery! We only have limited space in the photo gallery as we have a limit on how many pics we can upload every month so unfortunately you aren't seeing ALL our photos from our LA trip. It may take awhile for the pics to upload... it may even go into next month for me to put them all up but I will update the blog so you can at least read everything we did!

Posted by Jess_F 20:53 Archived in USA

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