Under the Boardwalk (or Paradise Pier) for our next Virtual Disney California Adventure Trip

Because Cars Land is just that awesome, I thought this video would be a great way to kick off this week’s virtual trip to Disney California Adventure.

I love this entrance to Cars Land just as much as walking down Route 66. This entrance is accessible through the back of the Pacific Warf area…our next stop.

One of my favorite places in the Pacific Warf is the Ghiradelli Soda Shop. Of course they don’t have the healthiest things to eat there. However, it’s still sooooo good.  Too bad you can’t eat anything on a virtual tour.

Well, the Pacific Warf is not an area for rides. So, we’ll continue on to the Paradise Pier area. First stop? California Screamin’.

Want to ride at night? On virtual tours, that’s not a problem. I don’t know about you, but isn’t this better at night? I love this video because it captures the entire experience from the queue line all the way to exiting.

Next attraction down the line is King Triton’s Carousel. My wife loves this ride! She’s a huge Ariel fan. So, it’s kind of a no brainer.

I love Toy Story Midway Mania at DCA! We may not have the amazing queue line that they have at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, the attraction itself is just the same. For those interested, the DCA version is how the Imagineers first imagined this attraction. I went to a presentation on this attraction before it opened and heard the whole story from concept to finished attraction. In the scene where you’re supposed to break plates with the green army guys, initial testing found that children were initially hesitant to try to break the plates (because they were probably afraid of being scolded by their parents). So, the Imagineers added the line “this isn’t your mother’s kitchen” and the children went nuts breaking plates. It was an amazing presentation that had me so excited for its opening. What I love about virtual trips is you don’t have to wait in the typical 45 minute line!

One of the activities I have never done at DCA is play the games on Paradise Pier. On a virtual trip, you’ve got to do it all. So, we’ve taken time to check out the games.

Next up is Mickey’s Fun Wheel. The video above is in the swinging gondolas. You do have the option to go in the swinging or non-swinging. There are two separate entrances. A word of warning, though, the swinging gondolas lead to more vomit than any other attraction at DCA. So, they are not for those with a weak stomach. However, the views from Mickey’s Fun Wheel are amazing!

Want to fly? Hop on board the Silly Symphony Swings and you’ll feel like you’re flying.

Of course, you could also check out Goofy’s Sky School and learn how to fly with your old pal Goofy.

Lastly, you could board the Golden Zephyr and fly around. I loved this video because DCA at night is pretty cool!

Jumpin Jellyfish shows that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror isn’t the only ride at DCA that features a drop.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is my wife’s favorite attraction at DCA. Unlike the attraction at the Magic Kingdom, the wait times are usually around 5-10 minutes. So, you can ride this attraction over and over again. The Imagineers have made several small tweaks to this attraction over the years. This video is pretty current.

Instant Concert! Just Add Water is another of the little atmospheric shows that DCA offers. Our pal Goofy  conducts the World of Color fountains. Over the course of a day the music used in this show will vary.

Another atmospheric kind of show is put on by the Green Army Guys from the Toy Story movies. I’ve seen this show a few times right out side of the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

One area I skipped over while making our way around the Paradise Pier is the Paradise Gardens. I love the above video that tells you the back story to the restaurants in this nice area to relax in the Paradise Pier.

This video walks around the Paradise Garden. As you can see in the video, this area is the perfect place to chill out and relax for a little bit. So, if you need a break from all the running around the theme parks, head back to the Paradise Gardens and relax.

In the Paradise Garden they have had several different music groups perform. I like this group a lot.

We conclude this virtual trip to Disney California Adventure with a show you should absolutely check out in person. No video does this show justice. The World of Color show is not to be missed when visiting Disney California Adventure. While it’s not as good as Fantasmic (in my opinion), it is totally worth checking out.

If you visit DCA during the holiday season, you might get to see the superior World of Color: Winter Dreams show. It’s a completely different show with Olaf from Frozen as your host. Since we’re visiting virtually, we can watch BOTH shows! Enjoy them both on this trip.

Only one more virtual trip to Disney California Adventure. Next week, we’ll check out the Grizzly River Creek area and the Condor Flats. Have a magical weekend everyone!

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