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Disney California Adventure Features and Articles

Theme Park Tourist's range of in-depth articles covering rides, attractions and restaurants at Disney California Adventure are listed below. As well as previews and reviews of new rides, look out for "Top 10" lists and tips for saving time and money on your next visit.

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Backpack on Beach
Monday, July 03, 2017 22:56

What do you really need to bring with you on a Disney day?

Thursday, May 25, 2017 06:49

This beast looks like wood but drives like steel. It’s an anchor attraction at what many consider a lesser gate. It explodes into movement but then never goes any faster, reaching peak velocity after only four seconds. Yes, California Screamin’ is a ride with many incongruities; it’s also a badass coaster at a park with a paucity of them. Let’s take this opportunity to go Behind the Ride once again, learning the four Imagineering tricks that make California Screamin’ so great.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 06:42

These attractions are iconic for one reason only...

Friday, May 05, 2017 05:50

Today, celebrations are in full swing for Disneyland Paris' 25th Anniversary! The biggest and most ambitious of Michael Eisner's big and ambitious projects, EuroDisneyland changed everything... and that's not necessarily a good thing. When Paris' finances faltered and the overbuilt resort went belly-up in 1992, Eisner became wary of any large-scale investment, leading to these crippling Cancellations, Closures, and Cop-Outs. Imagine what would've been...

Sunday, April 23, 2017 03:41

Despite not sharing a single setting, story, or common character, classic Disney Parks rides around the globe are nonetheless connected to "spiritual sequels" sharing their elements, themes, and styles. Subtle successors, these must-see ride relationships allow new attractions to be born from timeless tropes. Which of these "spiritual sequels" would you most like to ride?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 14:18

The best theme parks are balanced places, where rides, shows, restaurants, stories, walkthroughs, dark rides, and thrills coexist. But when it comes to your favorite can't-miss, must-see theme park experiences, chances are that rides make up the bulk of the list. How many rides does your favorite Disney or Universal park really have, though? Which resorts have the most sheer rides? The numbers may surprise you...

Sunday, January 01, 2017 19:48

LOST LEGENDS: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Hollywood, 1939... Submitted for your approval, the curious case of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, a beacon of Imagineering and storytelling; equal parts subtle, eerie, thrilling, and brilliant, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure served as a model for an unprecedented park's rebirth. Tonight's story chronicles the before, during, and after of this toppled E-Ticket.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 05:20

Here are the eight most popular dark rides of the 2000s.

Monday, December 19, 2016 04:19

Here are three more mind-blowing facts about the conversion from Soarin’ Over California to Soarin’ Around the World.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 22:39

LOST LEGENDS: Soarin' Over California: When California Adventure opened, successes were few and far between. But the ride's starring E-Ticket was Soarin' Over California, a hang-gliding adventure that proved so popular, it spread across the globe. Take flight on this lost wonder and explore the in-depth story behind its creation, what it was like to ride, how it spread Around the World, and why it's gone today.

Soarin' Around the World
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 01:33

Roughly 15 years after its debut in California, and about 10 following its Orlando opening, Disney reimagined the “Soarin' over California” film into a new, grander package: Soarin' around the World. Yet, in doing so, Disney seems to have lost some of the magic that made the original Soarin' such a beloved attraction.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 18:10

DECLASSIFIED DISASTER: Superstar Limo: Remembered as one of the worst disasters Disney ever allowed, Superstar Limo was an absolute embarrassment. The embodiment of everything wrong with the original Disney's California Adventure, Superstar Limo was a modern spoof featuring C-List "stars" in a terrible, awful dark ride. But it wasn't built in a vacuum. How did California Adventure get the worst ride Disney's ever designed? Let's find out.


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