In the last trip we ended at the Carthay Circle Restaurant which is at the end of Buena Vista Street. If you turn left, you will find yourself entering Hollywood Land. Back here is some fun places to visit. You can either walk here or, as we saw last time, take the Red Car Trolley.
The first attraction in Hollywood Land is Disney Junior Live Onstage. Of course, if you don’t have children, as I don’t, you might want to skip this one. However, if you’re curious what this show is all about, check out the video above.
Next up is the Art of Animation Building. I love this video! I know that it’s a long video. However, they’ve done something I wish I had the time to do when I’m at DCA. They stay in the lobby for nearly half an hour. I have stuck around for a few songs to play. However, there’s always something to get off to. On a virtual trip, you can pick and choose your adventures and come back at no additional cost. This is one of my favorite spots in all of Disney California Adventure. Wouldn’t it be great to have a room like this at your house?
The Art of Animation Building has a few activities for you to do while there. First up is the Animation Academy. Here, you will learn to sketch one Disney Character. At the entrance to the Art of Animation Building, you can find a listing of when each character will have its turn at the Animation Academy. While we may not have enough time to learn to draw more than one character on a real visit, in a virtual visit, we can learn how to draw many of them. First up, Mickey Mouse from Steamboat Willie.
Next up, learn to draw Minnie Mouse of course.
Last, but not least is Olaf from Frozen! The cool thing about the Animation Academy is that you can keep your creation free of charge! Yes, something at a Disney theme park for free!
Next activity to check out at the Art of Animation Building is the Sorcerer’s Workshop. There are three parts to the workshop. First area is where you can learn how to make moving pictures. There are places where you can draw your own animation and test it out or see some pre-made animations. Then, you move to the Beast’s Library. Here, you can find out which Disney character you are. This is a pretty popular area. So, be prepared to wait your turn. Last, is Ursula’s Grotto where you can do voice over work. In the grotto you can either add your voice to speaking parts in animated clips or try your hand at singing. It’s lots of fun.
The last activity in the Art of Animation Building is Turtle Talk with Crush. This is my favorite place in the building (except for the lobby). Turtle Talk with Crush is so much fun. One time, I had the chance to find out how they make this show work and chose not to know. It’s more fun that way.
In the backlot area of Hollywood Land is Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. This is a fun dark ride. The queue area brings you to into Monstropolis. It’s a fantastic queue line. Sometimes, I think it’s worth it to ride this non-thrill ride just to experience the queue. I will not share a video of the ride that used to occupy this space. Superstar Limo was a really lame attraction. So, we will not relive that attraction here.
Muppet Vision 3D
is an attraction that has been going up and down lately. The above video clip is of the most current pre-show featuring Constantine.
The pre-show leads into the main show. It looks much better in 3D. This is one of those times where being there in person is better than the virtual trip.
During the day, you’ll see the set up for the night-time dance party known as the Mad T Party. This video gives you a feel for what it would be like to come and party back here at night.
At the end of the main road in Hollywood Land is the best show at the Disneyland Resort….Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular. This show is not to be missed when visiting. The Genie is what makes this show so special. He’s been playing the role for a long time and keeps the jokes fresh. So, watching a video like this doesn’t really do the show justice. After all, if you saw the show today, you’d probably hear some different jokes. Take the time to experience this show. You’ll be glad you did.
Just down the street from Aladdin is the only thrill ride in Hollywood Land…the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Our version is different from its counterpart at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you don’t like free fall rides, take this one in virtually and you won’t have to experience the falling sensation. However, you’ll get to experience one of the better queue lines at Disney.
The next land we get to hang out in is It’s A Bug’s Land. This land is made for the kiddos or the young at heart. The above video gives you a good feel for walking through this larger than life themed land.
Flick’s Flyers is our first stop in this land. As you can see, there is not much to this attraction. However, much like our visit to Toontown, we experience everything in the virtual visit.
Francis’ Ladybug Boogie is Disney California Adventure’s version of the Tea Cups. Although, this version looks much tamer.
Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies are essentially bumper cars. Of course, an attraction like this is best experienced in person.
Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train is fun for the narration throughout the attraction. If you love puns, this attraction is one you’ll love. It’s a slow moving attraction. However, the scenery and narration make it worth spending the time to experience.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug is another attraction that is possibly on its way out. This show is fun and the queue line is very well done. It’s a great way to end our virtual trip through It’s A Bug’s Land and Hollywood Land. I hope you enjoyed our trip this week. Come back next week when we visit what is arguably the best themed land in any Disney theme park…Cars Land.