Disney California Adventure Part 2 of Our Vacation

California AdventureWe spent day 2 and the morning of day 3 in Disney California Adventure. (Read part 1 of our trip here.) This park was just as much fun as Disneyland! We visited during Pixar Fest, so there were a lot of limited edition foods and souvenirs. Pixar Pier wasn’t open yet, so we missed that. But there was still plenty to do!

Buena Vista Street

We began with a visit to Oswald’s, just inside the park. It’ a cute little shop designed like an old-timey gas station! Next we grabbed some Starbucks coffee at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. We needed the boost! While enjoying our coffee, we watched  the Red Car Trolley News Boys. It’s a fun show based on Newsies, one of my husband’s favorite movies. We also wandered the stores and picked up a few goodies. There are so many cute things it’s hard to choose!

Grizzly Peak

My husband and I rode Grizzly River Run. Being a rafting ride, of course we got soaked. But it was so much fun and it was a warm day, so we dried off pretty quickly. We ate lunch at Smokejumpers Grill. The food was really good and they had gluten free buns available. This made my day, as I rarely get to enjoy bread. After lunch we rode Soarin’ Around the World. It was an amazing “trip,” with sights like the plains of Africa and the Eiffel Tower, ending over Disneyland.

Paradise Pier

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I know, this area will soon be renamed Pixar Pier, and a good chunk of it was closed as they are still redoing it. But we still had a great time. Our next stop was Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. This is a slower ride, but it was like being in the movie. Later the kids met Nick and Judy from Zootopia. The guys went for beers and my niece and I rode the Silly Symphony Swings. Then we took the kids to the Jumping Jellyfish and we ran into Jesse!

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Cars LandCalifornia Adventure

Cars Land is so much fun! My husband loves Cars, so he especially enjoyed this area of the park. We tried Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, and Radiator Springs Racers. Everything is so much fun I can’t pick a favorite.

We ate at the Cozy Cone Hotel. I tried the Champions Corn Cup with fresh corn, flavored mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili-lime spice, and lime. It was a bit on the spicy side and I don’t like spicy, but I wolfed this one down. Hubby and I split a Red’s Apple Freeze. It was delicious!California AdventureCalifornia Adventure

“a bug’s land”

This area of the park is designed to make you feel like a bug! It’s so cute and it’s going to be torn down to make way for more Marvel. I am a little sad but at least we got to see it first.California Adventure

We played around with the kids at Princess Dot’s Puddle Park. We splashed around under a giant faucet, cooling off in the warm afternoon weather. Then we tried out Tuck and Roll’s Drive ’em Buggies, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, and Flik’s Flyers. That last one was my favorite. I really did feel like a bug!

More California Adventure Fun

California AdventureAfter “a bug’s land” we headed to Guardians of the Galaxy Breakout!  (formerly Tower of Terror.) The guys got in line for this one, while us girls took the kids over to Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! Monsters, Inc. is my favorite Pixar movie, and this ride took us right there. After that we wandered around Hollywoodland until we could meet up with the guys.

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California Adventure

Then we walked back to Clarabelle’s in Buena Vista Street. We had been waiting all day to try The Kitchen Sink. You get your choice of 5 huge ice cream sundaes in a souvenir bowl. The bowl is a kitchen sink shaped like Mickey’s pants! We tried the Oswald, which included chocolate dipped bananas that resemble Oswald’s ears. It was delicious and the bowl is adorable.


That pretty much wrapped up our evening. We were exhausted but happy. What is your favorite food or thing to do in California Adventure? Let me know in the comments below!

Read more about our trip below:

My First Disneyland Trip

Our Disney Pin Collection

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