Disneylands California Adventure Park – Top 5 Activities for Children.

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A visit to Disneyland in Anaheim would not be complete without hopping next door and visiting Disney’s California Adventure Park. this park focuses more on California and the Disney Pixar characters than Disneyland and has a much more Carnival feel than Disneyland next door. We found on our trips to Anaheim about 40 % was spent in California Adventure Park and 60 % at Disneyland. So it’s well worth a visit.

I asked my four children what their highlights were from California Adventure Park and I have compiled a list of the Top 5.

Twelve yr olds Top 5

1- Toy Story Midway Mania (Fastpass) 

This ride located at the back of the park at Paradise Pier was a favorite with our children and adults alike. You climb into a Carnival Car in Andy’s room and aim at various objects in a carnival-inspired 4D game. The great thing about Toy Story Midway Mania, is it tallies up your score so you can see how well you went.

Whilst there are no height restrictions, Children 7 and under must be supervised by someone 14 years or older.

2- Soarin around the world (Fastpass) Located in Grizzly Peak

Children 102cm or taller that don’t mind heights will love Soarin around the world. This ride is one that is hard to explain as really there is no other ride quite like it. You feel like you are hang gliding over amazing sights and really feel like you are there. All your senses are included, you feel the wind in your hair, you smell things, the music surrounds you.

3- World of color

World of color is a magical presentation of songs, music, Disney animation, lights, fire through their projection onto the water. It is an amazing experience that really brings the Disney Magic alive. The show goes for about 25 minutes, but you are drawn into every minute, every moment. Your children will love seeing their favorite characters from Pixar as well the Traditional Disney characters

It starts with a fun wheel challenge, fifteen minutes before the show, and continues through the presentation.

*We always book a Disney Dining package through Ariel’s grotto, to ensure we get a great seat, in the world of Colour preferred viewing area.

4- Radiator Springs Racing (Cars Land) Fastpass

Children 102cm will love racing in radiator springs. There is always a long line so make sure you head here first to grab a FastPass ticket. The level of detail even in the waiting area is great. You really feel like you are visiting Radiator springs. The ride itself takes you on a journey with Mater to help him participate in tractor tipping, on your way to the big race.

You are in a 6 man vehicle, and empty seats are filled up with the single rider line. The first half of the ride is inside, but the final race is outside and you race another car. You don’t know who is going to win. Every time is different.

Radiator Springs Racing (Cars Land)

Radiator Springs Racing (Cars Land)

5- Silly symphony swings (Paradise Pier)

A great fun classic carnival style ride. Swing high above Paradise Bay to the sounds of William Tell Overture. You must be over 102cms tall. Probably some of the best views of the water and Paradise Pier

Silly Symphony Swings

Animation Academy

HONOURABLE MENTION – Animation Academy

Fun for all ages and experiences, the animation academy teaches children and adults alike how to draw some of Disney favorite characters, you are taught by a Disney animator.

It’s an interactive step by step process. You get to take home your artwork at the end.

 

disney animation academy

Ten-Year-olds Top 5 Activities for Children at Disney California Adventure Park.

It’s always interesting to see how my two older children’s favorites often overlap. 

1- Toy Story Mania

(As above)

2- Goofy Sky school (FastPass, max pass, rider switch, single rider line)

Children 107cm or taller will love this roller coaster ride, that zigs and zags around corners. Children under 7 need to be supervised by someone 14 years or older. The rollercoaster is not for children afraid of heights as it goes 3 stories high in the air.

3- Mickey’s Fun Wheel

Not just an amazing photo opportunity the iconic Mickey’s fun wheel is the perfect way to see a great view of the Park. There are 8 traditional carriages, then 16 more daring carriages that move around. We had a turn on the ones that move around (Normally half the wait time) and whilst it was a little scarier it was a great way to see the park.

Each of the Carriages has a Disney face either Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald.

Mickey's Fun wheel

4- Grizzle river run (FastPass, MaxPass, Single Rider line, Rider switch)

You will get wet, very wet when you take a ride on the Grizzly River Run, Jump onboard a whitewater rafting journey as you plunge down the rapids of grizzly peak.

5- Soarin over the world

(As above)

Five-year-old Top 5 list for California Disney Adventure Park.

1- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Disneyland Ariels

The Little mermaid ride contains scenes, music and characters from The little mermaid. The line moves quickly as the clam shell carriages are always moving.  

2- Golden Zephyr Paradise Pier

Soar high with the Golden Zephyr ride, located at Paradise Pier, this ride is perfect for Children of all heights. The ride goes for 90 seconds, and you soar around in 14 man silver carriages, inspired by the 1920’s.

It allows for a great view of the Paradise Pier area. However does close early due to the World of Colour. 

3- Flik’s Flyers A Bug’s Life

Fliks Flyers

Fly high like a bug, in bug’s hot air balloon. Great ride for children and adults alike, with no height restrictions. You get a great view of all the surronding Bug’s life attractions.

4- Princess Puddle park (Bug’s life)

There is nothing better on a hot Californian day in the park to have a little splash in Princess Puddle Park. 

5- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Twirl with Mater in his Junkyard Jamboree, to some great country music. you need to be 81cm tall to ride, and children under 7 must be supervised by someone 14 years or older. There are 22 different tractor trailers, that go around in a figure 8. I don’t know if its the original country tunes sung by mater, or the unpredictability of the ride, but you can’t help but smile as you spin around.

Four Year old’s favorite rides.

1- Flik’s Flyers (As Above)

2- Princess Puddle park (As above)

3- Heimlich Chew Chew Train (A bugs life)

Ride on top of Heimlich as you tour through the gardens in search of food. This is a gorgeous ride where everything around you looks huge as you navigate on a bug. Heimlich chews through treats both healthy like Watermelon, to the unhealthy candy corn. 

Caterpillar carriages seat ten, with 5 seats of 2. Great for all ages but especially pre-schoolers.

4- Francis Ladybug boogie (A Bug’s life)

Your child will love going for a spin on a ladybugs back in Francis Ladybug Boogie. Similar to a tea cup ride, you move along to a swinging beat.

5- Turtle talk with Crush (Hollywood Land)

This great interactive experiences, allows children to have an interactive chat with Crush and learn about many of the Disney Pixar, Finding  Nemo and Finding Dory characters. 
California Disney Adventure Park has so many great experiences for the kids, its well worth a visit. Children and Adults alike will marvel at all the great experiences. So if you are booking your tickets to Disneyland. Make sure you grab a Park Hopper pass.

Have you been to Disney’s California Adventure park? What was your favorite ride? Tell us in the comets below.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

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Do you want to know one of the most magical places in Disneyland? Somewhere sure to delight, make your child feel extra special. Then you need to book into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located in Fantasyland.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

1- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a popular experience at Disneyland for girls and boys aged 3 – 12. A Fairy Godmother in Training will transform your child into a royal princess or knight at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

There are seven packages on offer.

1- The crown package. $64.95 US plus Tax (and tip)

If you have your own costume, this is a great entry level package to make your child feel special and pampered. This package includes hair, (Princess, Disney Diva, Color star) makeup, Princess sash and a take-home Princess Cinch bag and nail polish.

2- The next level is the courtyard Package, this is $109.95 (Plus tax) (And tip)

This includes the same as a crown package and a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt, and a tutu.

3 – The next Package is the Castle Package, starting at $199.95 US

  • (depends on your child’s choice of costume and extra accessories) (Plus Tax and tip). You would have to put aside at least $250 US.

It includes everything from the Crown package, a Princess gown of your choice, all to take home in their Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique cinch bag. The thing that sets it apart is the portrait package where they take gorgeous professional photos near Cinderella’s carriage.

Then the child and four of their family members get priority entrance into Fantasy Faire to meet three of the Disney princesses. No waiting in line.

4 – The Disney Frozen Package, at $164.95 US (Plus tax and tip)

This package is for the frozen fan. It comes with an Anna or Elsa Hairstyle and an Anna or Elsa Costume. The children also receive makeup, nail polish, Sparkling snowflake Accessories, Face gem, Princess gem and get to take home a 12 inch Olaf plush toy.

5 – The Disney Frozen crown package at $114.95 US (Plus tax and tip)

Like the Disney Frozen package just without the Anna or Elsa costume, perfect if you already have an Anna or Elsa costume.

Now the Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boutique is not just for princesses, There are two more great packages

6 – The Knights package. $19.95 (Plus tax and tip) –

You get a hairstyle, a sword, and shield. You can also upgrade to a different sword and shield if you would like for a small additional sum.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

7 – The Deluxe Knights package, $79.95 US (Plus tax and tip)

You get all the great bits of the Knights package and also a great Prince costume.

 

 

Hairstyle

Fairytale Princess

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

Disney Diva

Color Star 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

Things to know  –

Tips are cash only.

There is only one carriage and photographer so you might have to wait a few minutes for photos.

It is very tempting to spend extra money on shoes, gloves, and other accessories. If you want to save money bring your own accessories.

It is extremely busy, they allow you to book up to 60 days in advance by phone on (714) 781-7895. Make sure you do.

After the package, we found that all the Disney cast members interacted with our children by calling them, sir or princess. It really added to the magic.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

 

 

To see what are some of our other recommendations for children to do at Disneyland check out our post – Top 5 Must do Activities for Children at Disneyland. 

This post is part of #weekendwanderlust 

 

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Top 5 Must do activities at Disneyland for kids.

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Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, however, if you have decided to go in Peak season, or only have a couple of days to experience it, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything in. We have put together a list of our children’s top 5 must do activities at  Disneyland for kids. Because, as much as you want to do everything at Disneyland sometimes it is just not possible.

Top 5 Activities for Children at Disneyland

A Twelve-year-olds must-do activities at Disneyland.

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (fast pass- Max pass)

Located In Tomorrowland. Make sure you grab a FastPass as during the day the line can get long.

Buzz Lightyear needs your help, board a spaceship and help save the galaxy for this interactive ride.  Shoot targets and try and get a high score with the toy laser gun.

No height restrictions however children under seven must be supervised by someone fourteen years or older.

  • Fireworks 

Best Viewing areas – in front of Sleeping beauty castle, Main Street USA, near it’s a small world.

(Dependent on weather) If you are only at Disneyland for a couple of days, don’t wait. Make sure you see Fireworks when you can as it is weather dependent and if it is too wet, or windy they have been known to be canceled. On our last trip to Disneyland, we watched the fireworks from a distance on our first couple of nights. Then when we wanted to watch it from out of the front of the castle it was canceled two nights in a row.

There is something magical about watching the fireworks cascading above sleeping beauty’s castle.

  • Fantasmic (Fastpass – gets you a better view)

Located in the waters around Pirates Lairon Tom’s Sawyer Island Mickey’s amazing dream comes to life, including a 45foot fire-breathing dragon.

Fantasmic and fireworks are on at the same time so you need to do them on different days.

  • Star Tours (Tomorrowland)

Offers Fastpass, Max pass and rider switch.

From the minute you wait in line to catch a ride on the Starspeeder 1000, the fun starts for Star Wars fans. Take a look at the decorations, keep an eye on the window and see if you can see the shadow of your favorite character.

This 3D ride you need to be 102cm, and all children under 7 years old must be accompanied by someone 14 years over.

* My kids favorite part of the ride is one person at random is chosen to be a spy and their pictures flashes on the screen. We rode it over a dozen times hoping to be chosen.

  • Dole Whip (Adventureland)

Just outside the Enchanted Tiki room in Adventureland is the Tiki Juice Room. The place to get the famous dole whip. No visit to Disneyland is complete without tasting a Dole Whip.

Dole whips are only $4.99

  • Honorable mentions – It’s a small world. (Fantasyland)

My daughter struggled to limit her list to 5 and this was the one that almost made it. This iconic ride that was featured in the movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney, is a family favorite. This is pure Disney nostalgia, however I must warn you the song will get stuck in your head.

 

Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a ten-year-old.

  • Star Tours 

(See above)

  • Indiana Jones Adventure (Fast pass, Max Pass, Rider switch, Single rider line)

Children 117cm or taller, with a little bit of an adventurous streak, will love the Indiana Jones ride. Once again children under the age of 7 must be supervised by someone over the age of 14. The Indiana Jones ride is a great experience from the themed line, you enter the legendary temple of the forbidden eye. You climb into a twelve man vehicle and you move over a rocky terrain, fast at times, sometimes backward. It’s a really unique experience, not really a roller coaster but not slow like some of the other rides either.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (New Orleans Square)

Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a great ride for all ages.There are no height restrictions although it can be a little dark at times. You climb into a boat that floats through a Caribbean village or two. Our children loved trying to look for Captain Jack Sparrow who was hiding in various parts of the sets.

You float past people sitting in the Blue Bayou restaurant as they eat their meal.

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

(See above)

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster

  • Jedi training academy

Follow the steps of a Jedi master and train with the Jedi. This was a highlight of our trip both our children got to battle Darth Maul. Tips – Go early get a spot at the front. Dress up as a Jedi, bring a lightsaber, or a sign. You are more likely to be picked.

Star wars Jedi training academy Star wars Jedi training academy

  • honorable mentions – Make your own Lightsaber

In the Star Trader shop in Disneyland is a make your own Lightsaber a stand. Our children spent ages building their own lightsaber. (Which they then took to try and get into Jedi training academy.

Must do activities at Disneyland for kids as voted by a five-year-old.

Book into the Bippity Boppoty Boutique to get a makeover by your own fairy godmother. Dress up as your favorite princess, get your nails, hair, and makeup done. Then. Head straight into princess Faire for her next recommendation which is to and get your photo and an Autograph with a princess at Fantasy Faire

 

  • Mad Tea party (Fantasyland)

No visit to Disneyland would be complete without a go on the spinning teacup rides. Children any height will love climbing into a giant pastel teacup. This is classic Disney magic at it’s best. The best thing about the Mad Tea Party is you control how much spin you can handle.

Mad Tea Party Disneyland

  • Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

The Casey Jr Circus train is an enchanting train ride, that has been at Disneyland since 1955. It is an enchanting ride through a tour of mini-villages showing many of your children’s favorite fairytales. All while riding in a gorgeous ‘circus train’

Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

 

  • It’s a small world (Fantasyland)

(See above)

It's a small world

 

Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a three-year-old.

*Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

(see above)

Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

It’s a small world (Fantasyland)

(see above)

Donald’s Boat (Mickey’s Toontown)

Children any height can stretch their legs and explore Donalds Boat, climb the spiral staircase to ring the bell, spin the steering wheel, pull the whistle and see what happens.

Goofy’s Playhouse (Mickey’s Toontown)

Probably the best spot in Disneyland for children under three. Our children loved climbing through tunnels, having a turn on slides, and running around and exploring the Goofy playhouse Yard.

Mickeys toontown

The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (critter country)

Children all ages will love exploring the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, they will see all their favorite characters as they ride around in Giant honeypots.

The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (critter country)

 

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