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California Adventure Attractions (with Disney World comparisons)

California Adventure Attractions (with Disney World comparisons)

Disney California Adventure is located directly across from Disneyland Park, just a quick 1-2 minute walk away.

It has so many attractions and the park might even give Walt Disney World fans Hollywood Studios vibes, but on a much larger and impressive scale.

Here’s a rundown of all the attractions…

UPDATE: The information below may be impacted by current reopening procedures. Please visit our Disneyland reopening guide for the most up-to-date information.

Avengers Campus (Opening June 4, 2021)

Ancient Sanctum

ancient sanctum avengers campus
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: TBD
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: TBD

 
When to visit: TBD
Recommended for: TBD
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: TBD
 
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Avengers Headquarters

avengers campus
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: TBD
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: TBD

 
When to visit: TBD
Recommended for: TBD
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: TBD
 
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Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

web slingers at avengers campus
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: TBD
Single rider option: Yes
Open for EMH/MM: TBD

 
When to visit: TBD
Recommended for: TBD
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: TBD
 
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New E-Ticket Attraction (Phase 2, Opening Date TBD)

New E-Ticket attraction at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure
Height requirement: TBD
FastPass available: TBD
Single rider option: TBD
Open for EMH/MM: TBD

 
When to visit: TBD
Recommended for: TBD
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: TBD

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Cars Land

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First 2 hours
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: it’s tradition to raise your arms towards the end of the ride when the car spins around
 
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Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Height requirement: 32″
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First 3 hours
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: similar to Alien Swirling Saucers at Hollywood Studios
Tips: this ride is even better at night
 
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Radiator Springs Racers

Radiator Springs Racers
Height requirement: 40″
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: Yes
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First hour
Recommended for: Anyone who’s tall enough (the best ride at DCA!)
Disney World comparison: has Test Track vibes, but so much better with exceptional theming
Tips: grab a FastPass as soon as possible, because this ride is super popular
 
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Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run

Grizzly River Run
Height requirement: 42″
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: Yes
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: First 2 hours
Recommended for: a time filler for anyone
Disney World comparison: think Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom
Tips: there are lockers next to the large grizzly bear statue that you can use to store items you don’t want to get wet; no charge for the lockers for the first two hours
 
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Redwood Creek Challenge

Redwood Creek Challenge
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime, but closes earlier than other attractions
Recommended for: a time filler for families with little ones who like to run around and climb
Disney World comparison: along the lines of The Boneyard at Animal Kingdom
Tips: there’s a Spirit Cave that tells you if you’re a bear, a wolf, or a skunk

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Soarin’ Around the World

Soarin Around the World
Height requirement: 40″
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First hour
Recommended for: a time filler for anyone
Disney World comparison: like Epcot’s Soarin’, but with a different queue
Tips: pay attention to the flight-themed details when standing in line 
 
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Hollywood Land

Animation Academy

Animation Academy
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (as scheduled)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: similar to The Animation Experience at Animal Kingdom’s Conservation Station
Tips: classes are every 30 minutes; show up early to enjoy the rotating images and video clips celebrating Disney animation in the main lobby’s Animation Courtyard
 
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Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
Height requirement: 40″
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First hour
Recommended for: anyone who’s tall enough (another favorite at DCA)
Disney World comparison: like Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, but with a Marvel-twist and really fun ’70s music
Tips: you’ll want to grab a FastPass for this one; the queue is also filled with many Easter eggs, including Harold the Yeti from Disneyland’s older version of the Matterhorn (check out the boiler room scaffolding) and Epcot’s Figment (inside a frosted box hanging from the ceiling in the gallery room)
 
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Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime, but usually closes in the early evening
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: Exactly like Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom
Tips: the theater is big with plenty of seating, so don’t worry about getting in line super early
 
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Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: First 2 hours
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: basically a ride through the actual story of Monsters Inc.; pay attention to what Roz says to your vehicle at the very end
 
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Sorcerer’s Workshop

Sorcerers Workshop
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: don’t miss the Magic Mirror from Snow White and walk straight through to access the Beast’s library from Beauty and the Beast
 
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Turtle Talk with Crush

Turtle Talk with Crush
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (as scheduled)
Recommended for: a time filler for families, especially if you have kids in your party
Disney World comparison: just like Epcot’s Turtle Talk with Crush
Tips: makes a great spot to cool off and rest your feet; shows run every 30 minutes
 
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Pacific Wharf

The Bakery Tour

The Bakery Tour
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (sometimes closes in early evening, so check the time schedule)
Recommended for: a time filler for anyone, especially if you like to watch the creation of Disney food 
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: this is where the famous Mickey Mouse sourdough bread is made; you can buy it at the Pacific Wharf Café (there’s also a cart outside the restaurant)
 
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Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (currently closed and is expected to open later in 2019)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: only visit if you’re interested in learning how artists, architects, and engineers designed the reimagined Pixar Pier

 
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Paradise Gardens Park

Golden Zephyr

Golden Zephyr
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check entertainment schedule or the Disneyland app)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: this offers greats views of Pixar Pier
 
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Goofy’s Sky School

Goofy's Sky School
Height requirement: 42″
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: Yes
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First hour
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: similar to Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom
Tips: sometimes this actually has a long line, so definitely utilize FastPass and Single Rider options; there are many sharp turns that sometimes make people queasy
 
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Jumpin’ Jellyfish

Jumpin' Jellyfish
Height requirement: 40″
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check the entertainment schedule or the Disneyland app)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: suited more for kids
 
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The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

The Little Mermaid Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: Anytime
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: like Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid at Magic Kingdom, but the queue’s theming isn’t as detailed
Tips: don’t make this a priority if you’ve been on the one at Walt Disney World 
 
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Silly Symphony Swings

Silly Symphony Swings
Height requirement: 40″
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check the entertainment schedule or Disneyland app)
Recommended for: a time filler for anyone
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: the swings move around in a circle at a quick pace, so avoid if you get dizzy or motion sickness easily
 
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Pixar Pier

Games of Pixar Pier

Games of Pixar Pier
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: like Fossil Fun Games at Animal Kingdom
Tips: there are dispensing machines near the booths for you to purchase a special play card with prepaid credits

 
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Incredicoaster

Incredicoaster
Height requirement: 48″
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: Yes
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First hour (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check the entertainment schedule or the Disneyland app)
Recommended for: anyone who’s tall enough (a really fun coaster with a loop)
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: this is one of the more popular rides, like Guardians and Radiator Springs Racers, so you’ll want to grab a FastPass as soon as you can
 
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Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: First 2 hours (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check the entertainment schedule or Disneyland app)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: the vehicles lift into the air, but the ride moves at a slow pace
 
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Jessie’s Critter Carousel

Jessie's Critter Carousel
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Anytime (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check the entertainment schedule or Disneyland app)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: kids will love this Toy Story-themed carousel
 
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Pixar Pal-A-Round —  Swinging & Non-Swinging

Pixar Pal-A-Round
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: First 2 hours (sometimes closes early due to World of Color, so check entertainment schedule or Disneyland app)
Recommended for: anyone who isn’t afraid of heights
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: “Swinging” means the cars swing as the wheel rotates (and it’s a little scary, so warning, especially for little ones); “Non-Swinging” means the cars remain stationary as you go around; there are two separate lines, one for swinging and one for non-swinging, so pay attention before you enter 
 
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Toy Story Midway Mania!

Toy Story Midway Mania
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: Yes

 
When to visit: First hour
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: just like the ride at Hollywood Studios, but the queue isn’t as fun
Tips: don’t miss Mr. Potato Head outside of the ride telling jokes; there are also easter eggs within the game that will earn you more points

 
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Nighttime Entertainment & Parades

World of Color

World of Color
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: Yes
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: one show nightly (may not occur due to seasonal parties and other factors; check app for the schedule)
Recommended for: Anyone
Disney World comparison: N/A
Tips: grab a FastPass as soon as you can for reserved seating, which is standing room only (use either MaxPass or find a FastPass kiosk near The Little Mermaid attraction); each section also has space for guests with mobility disabilities

 
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Frozen — Live at the Hyperion

Frozen Live at the Hyperion
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: three 1-hour shows daily on Sundays-Thursdays (check app for times)
Recommended for: a time filler for anyone
Disney World comparison: the complete opposite of Hollywood Studios’ Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and more like a Broadway production
Tips: FastPasses aren’t available and the show can fill up fast, so get in line early

 
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Disney Junior Dance Party!

Disney Junior Dance Party
Height requirement: None
FastPass available: No
Single rider option: No
Open for EMH/MM: No

 
When to visit: Shows happen daily (check the app for times)
Recommended for: a time filler for families
Disney World comparison: just Hollywood Studios’ show, but minus Minnie Mouse
Tips: this is a great spot to cool off and let little ones burn off energy

 
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To make sure you’re getting the most out of your trip and maximizing your time, read our FastPass and MaxPass guide.

And see how Single Rider and Rider Switch can reduce wait times when it comes to select attractions.

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