We spent a decent day at Disney California Adventures from 9am – 4pm. My 14 month old napped in the Pognae while we ran around with the 3.5 year old. Please keep in mind that we went on a Saturday and it was very crowded and our rule was that we wouldn’t wait in line longer than 20 minutes for any ride and we’d rather just walk around and enjoy ourselves.
Here are some tips:
- My son LOVED Carsland and we probably spent over halfof our time there. Between getting to take his picture with Lightning McQueen and Mater, he also loved the rides there, too. Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree are definitely kid friendly and the Radiator Springs Racers ride is definitely fast paced (and must be 40″ tall to ride with an adult)
- So, my personal tip – go straight for Carsland as soon as you get in, and if you can FastPass Radiator Springs and check out the other stuff, too.
- If you get to stay later when it gets dark, they light up Carsland just like how it is in the movie – really cool and sad that we didn’t get to stay to watch it.
- A Bug’s Land was our second favorite destination as my son got to ride on all of the rides there – even on a busy day, a line’s wait was only 15 minutes – there was the Flik’s Flyers which riding in a balloon, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie riding a ladybug car on a figure eight, The Chew-Chew Train, and the Buggies which is like a bumper car ride but the cars look like bugs. My husband said that the bumper cars were the slowest bumper cars he was ever in but our son had a blast.
- Condor Flats and Grizzly Peak was a little beyond us and the lines was long.
- Character tip – The characters hang out in Hollywood Land and Cars Land, and we got to meet Minnie near Soarin’ and Kennedy was so psyched that he got her autograph and a hug.
- Disney Junior Show – this was awesome. Both of my kids loved it – it was interactive and they both felt like they got their own personal show. My 14 month old got up and bounced around throughout the songs and my son was beaming.
- When you’re in Buena Vista Street, you can hop on the red trolley which is a nice break and my son loved being on it
- Paradise Pier was our third favorite spot as we checked out Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – very gentle ride and the whole family sat through this one, there was a carousel and we also stopped by the Mickey’s Fun Wheel which is a ferris wheel. They offer 2 types of the ride – there is the stationary ones that do not rock (which we opted for) and the swinging ones. Be care of which line you end up in/
- Lastly, note that Disneyland does not serve alcohol but Disney CA Adventure will – pick up something when you’re in the Napa Valley portion in between Paradies Pier and Carsland.