World of Color

World of Color

By staying at the Grand Californian Hotel we could enter the California Adventure Park near Grizzly Peak. The main entrance to this park enters on Buena Vista Street, reminiscent of the 1920s Calif bear-shaped California that inspired Walt Disney when he was a young animator. We listened to the Five & Dime perform some of their jazz tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. The main attraction of Condor Flats is Soarin’ Over California, a simulated hang glider flight that showcases the state’s spectacular scenery. On our second time on this ride we didn’t need to clutch the handles as tightly as we would during our first flight. The Grizzly Peak terrain includes the Grizzly River and Grizzly Peak, a 110-foot-high mountain. The Grizzly River Run features a white-water rafting ride that drops down two waterfalls. Plan to get wet. Hollywood Land, of course, celebrates the magic of the movie business, especially the art of animation. We flagged down a cab for a ride through Monstropolis as we helped Mike & Sulley to the Rescue of Boo. Roz added a personal touch by asking that I photograph her good side. Muppet*Vision 3D allows Kermit and friends to dazzle us with special effects. Disney Junior – Live on Stage featured an entertaining story with puppets on stage that was supplemented by youngsters jumping up and down (dancing) on the floor in front of the stage. It’s Tough To Be a Bug, located in “a bug’s land,” is a comical 3D show about the perils of being a bug. The major attraction in Cars Land is Radiator Springs Racers. We had our longest wait, about 50 minutes, for this popular ride through Ornament Valley before heading through town and then racing another car to the finish line. The lighting at night in Cars Land is spectacular. We were distracted before finding the Bakery Tour on Pacific Wharf. Paradise Pier resembles a beachfront amusement park with boardwalk games. Toy Story Midway Mania gave us the opportunity to take aim on this so called 4D attraction. Mickey’s Fun Wheel is a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel. We chose a non-swinging car which allowed me to more easily take pictures. Operation Playtime! featured a squad of Green Army men. The Pixar Play Parade presented several dramatic, colorful floats. Our last evening concluded with a World of Color, a visually stunning night-time water spectacular using 1,200 fountains where images from Disney animated classics are projected on a football-sized water screen. Eating a lobster and tri-tips dinner at Ariel’s Grotto allowed us prime viewing space near the water’s edge directly opposite Mickey’s Fun Wheel. Our California Adventure was a success!

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