Celebrating Pixar fest happening at Disney California Adventure in June 2018.

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Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland resort's larger but less crowded park, Disney California Adventure celebrates the natural and cultural glories of the Golden State but lacks the density of attractions and depth of imagination. The best rides are Soarin' Over the World, a virtual hang-glide, and the Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Disneyland Resort attractions

1. Grizzly Peak

0.05 MILES

Grizzly Peak is broken into sections highlighting California’s natural and human achievements. Its main attraction, Soarin’ Around the World, is a virtual…

2. Soarin' Around the World

0.07 MILES

After checking in at the Grizzly Peak Airfield, fasten your seat belt and take off (as if hang gliding) before a giant, 80ft projection screen that really…

3. Animation Building

0.08 MILES

Here Disney animators demonstrate the process of animation in the Animation Academy, and hands-on attractions in the Sorcerer's Workshop let kids (and…

4. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

0.08 MILES

Tractor-towed trailers swing their way around the 'dance floor' at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, named after Tow Mater from the Cars movie. It's sort a…

5. Grizzly River Run


Grizzly River Run takes you and seven friends in a circular raft up 275ft before sending you down a faux Sierra Nevada river. You will get wet, so come…

6. Hollywood Land

0.11 MILES

California’s biggest factory of dreams is presented here in miniature, with soundstages, movable props, and – of course – a studio store. A Guardians of…

8. Cars Land

0.13 MILES

This land gets kudos for its incredibly detailed design based on the popular Disney Pixar Cars movies. Top billing goes to the wacky Radiator Springs…