California Adventure, you could say it's for thrill seekers but in fact it's as equally magical as its neighbouring park Disneyland. Since most rides have minimum height limits, it does feel like it's catered to a tween plus crowd, but there's still plenty to occupy those much younger. The creative layout and design mimics infamous Californian landmarks and sites like the Santa Monica Pier. As well as Pixar favourites like the movie Cars and its infamous Moab desert landscapes. Yet again attention to detail is exceptional. It truly is captivating and convincing.

On our second day we ventured into Disneyland's second theme park (check out day one at Disneyland here). Something I was pretty eager to inspect, considering I was fairly oblivious as to what expect; despite the name of the park itself giving it away. How did I even miss that? And while the day began on another sour note (thank you navigation system), the moment my feet crossed the threshold there was an unspoken and silent promise of only good things to come. In fact just as we entered Buena Vista Street we were immediately greeted by a resident police guard. A moment I accidentally captured on film (watch his delightful self here on my travel video). This actually was my main highlight at Disneyland. There was just something about his jovial spirit that was undeniably infectious. Something which is evident in my photograph. I guess after such a frustrating morning and being greeted in such a way it really made an impression. And I completely recognise that all staff working here must perpetually be animated, but it just goes to show the power of a humble smile. You never know what someone is going through so always be kind.

Out of the entire park my favourite sections were Paradise Pier and Cars Land. Both areas featuring extraordinary feats of scenery and perfectly curated artistry. While there may be few parts to this park, their sheer scale is phenomenal. Especially at Cars Land. The recreation of Radiator Springs is second to none. That iconic mix of Americana and Utah desert sands is simply glorious. There's an abundance of cacti and the Art Deco architecture and surrounding decor in this section are very much charming. Especially all those dazzling, vintage neon's. But the very best part of this area is the main attraction; Radiator Springs Racers. It is a track which races you through the Moab desert. Past waterfalls and infamous buttes, dipping and soaring through a truly imaginative and prodigious landscape. The wait time for this ride was (no joke) over two hours. But it's easy to understand why it draws such a crowd, especially after the maiden voyage. On our way out the line had already surpassed into the main street, so I can't even begin to fathom the insanity here during peak months.

Of course Paradise Pier was equally as exceptional with its boardwalk and impressive line up of attractions, like the Golden Zephyr (very Instagramable) and Mickey's Fun Wheel. Both rank fairly tame in the adrenaline sectors but Mickey's wheel also has swinging carriages available, if remaining stagnant and admiring the view isn't your thing. There's such a buzz in this area. It's teeming with effervescence and liveliness with random performers passing through and a myriad of activity to keep you engaged. California Screamin' is a must in my opinion. A mammoth rollercoaster spanning along the boardwalk. This ride was a lot of fun and definitely gets your heart pumping, there's also a rather nice view from the top, if you manage to focus enough that is.

While the rollercoaster was a firm favourite of ours it didn't compare the thrill that is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. I can't tell you how many times we returned to this ride. At times there was an insurmountable crowd of people waiting to get in and other times it was as deathly quiet as the residents of the hotel. Truly, this ride is just everything. From the seriously covetable facade and cobweb ridden interiors to the sheer titillation of the ride itself. If it weren't actually faux, I'd completely take up residence here.

If you hadn't noted, California Adventure was my favourite park of the two. Overall I enjoyed myself more in this park than the other, but I think that was due to more mature vibes and all without losing the iconic charm and imagination that is Disney. It was also on our second day that Mother Nature treated us to one of the most spectacular sunsets. It was truly breathtaking, a sky flushed with fiery oranges and fairy floss pinks and all complimented by the flashing lights of the attractions below. While this splay of perfection was seemingly enchanting, it still didn't compare to the dusk we stepped out into after having dinner at Peggy Sue's Diner on our way to Las Vegas.

And on the topic of food, can I just say (and this may be controversial for some) the Mexican food available at Disneyland is beyond delectable. Granted there isn't an enormous variety to select from but for us it was the best Mexican we had the entire trip.

-Sxx

California Adventure, you could say it's for thrill seekers but in fact it's as equally magical as its neighbouring park Disneyland. Since most rides have minimum height limits, it does feel like it's catered to a tween plus crowd, but there's still plenty to occupy those much younger. The creative layout and design mimics infamous Californian landmarks and sites like the Santa Monica Pier. As well as Pixar favourites like the movie Cars and its infamous Moab desert landscapes. Yet again attention to detail is exceptional. It truly is captivating and convincing.

On our second day we ventured into Disneyland's second theme park (check out day one at Disneyland here). Something I was pretty eager to inspect, considering I was fairly oblivious as to what expect; despite the name of the park itself giving it away. How did I even miss that? And while the day began on another sour note (thank you navigation system), the moment my feet crossed the threshold there was an unspoken and silent promise of only good things to come. In fact just as we entered Buena Vista Street we were immediately greeted by a resident police guard. A moment I accidentally captured on film (watch his delightful self here on my travel video). This actually was my main highlight at Disneyland. There was just something about his jovial spirit that was undeniably infectious. Something which is evident in my photograph. I guess after such a frustrating morning and being greeted in such a way it really made an impression. And I completely recognise that all staff working here must perpetually be animated, but it just goes to show the power of a humble smile. You never know what someone is going through so always be kind.

Out of the entire park my favourite sections were Paradise Pier and Cars Land. Both areas featuring extraordinary feats of scenery and perfectly curated artistry. While there may be few parts to this park, their sheer scale is phenomenal. Especially at Cars Land. The recreation of Radiator Springs is second to none. That iconic mix of Americana and Utah desert sands is simply glorious. There's an abundance of cacti and the Art Deco architecture and surrounding decor in this section are very much charming. Especially all those dazzling, vintage neon's. But the very best part of this area is the main attraction; Radiator Springs Racers. It is a track which races you through the Moab desert. Past waterfalls and infamous buttes, dipping and soaring through a truly imaginative and prodigious landscape. The wait time for this ride was (no joke) over two hours. But it's easy to understand why it draws such a crowd, especially after the maiden voyage. On our way out the line had already surpassed into the main street, so I can't even begin to fathom the insanity here during peak months.

Of course Paradise Pier was equally as exceptional with its boardwalk and impressive line up of attractions, like the Golden Zephyr (very Instagramable) and Mickey's Fun Wheel. Both rank fairly tame in the adrenaline sectors but Mickey's wheel also has swinging carriages available, if remaining stagnant and admiring the view isn't your thing. There's such a buzz in this area. It's teeming with effervescence and liveliness with random performers passing through and a myriad of activity to keep you engaged. California Screamin' is a must in my opinion. A mammoth rollercoaster spanning along the boardwalk. This ride was a lot of fun and definitely gets your heart pumping, there's also a rather nice view from the top, if you manage to focus enough that is.

While the rollercoaster was a firm favourite of ours it didn't compare the thrill that is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. I can't tell you how many times we returned to this ride. At times there was an insurmountable crowd of people waiting to get in and other times it was as deathly quiet as the residents of the hotel. Truly, this ride is just everything. From the seriously covetable facade and cobweb ridden interiors to the sheer titillation of the ride itself. If it weren't actually faux, I'd completely take up residence here.

If you hadn't noted, California Adventure was my favourite park of the two. Overall I enjoyed myself more in this park than the other, but I think that was due to more mature vibes and all without losing the iconic charm and imagination that is Disney. It was also on our second day that Mother Nature treated us to one of the most spectacular sunsets. It was truly breathtaking, a sky flushed with fiery oranges and fairy floss pinks and all complimented by the flashing lights of the attractions below. While this splay of perfection was seemingly enchanting, it still didn't compare to the dusk we stepped out into after having dinner at Peggy Sue's Diner on our way to Las Vegas.

And on the topic of food, can I just say (and this may be controversial for some) the Mexican food available at Disneyland is beyond delectable. Granted there isn't an enormous variety to select from but for us it was the best Mexican we had the entire trip.

-Sxx

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  1. Oh what fun! Since California Adventure is unique to Disneyland this gives me a reason to also visit even though I've previously been to Disneyworld twice. From what I understand, Mexican food in California is generally pretty good.

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  2. First of all, yay to your new blog layout! And gosh, I can't wait for our little one to be older so we can visit Disney adventure park too although I'm not sure if it's him or me who will have more fun.

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  3. That looks so much fun! x

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  4. looks so good!

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  5. How fun! Looking at your post makes me wanna fly there now, dear! xoxo

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  6. California Adventure sounds like an amazing park. Ah, you've got me daydreaming about my visit to Disneyworld Florida a few years ago - I can't say I tried any Mexican food, but I certainly remember how hard it was to tear myself away from the delicious (and totally calorific haha) food!! Wonderful photography as always, by the way :)

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  7. love your new blog layout girl! so different but amazing. thanks for sharing your travels with us. made me wish to travel there! have never been. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  8. Such a great post!!!!

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  9. Wow, I agree, California Adventure sounds and looks really like an amazing park! I have to admit dispite the Oktoberfest (which isn't really comparable) I haven't ever visited a fun park :) And you definitely had fun, thanks for sharing!
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  10. Dreamy pictures Sonia! So much fun!!! Thanks for sharing!
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  11. Wow! Such a wonderful place! I want to be there!:)

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  12. omg it looks amazing!! the sunset sky with the micky mouse wheel is sensational<3

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  13. Gorgeous pics, looks like so much fun :) xx

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  14. Aww, that first picture with the guard is so sweet! Positive people make for such positive experiences!
    You took such an amazing picture of Paradise Pier! I hope we can return some day!

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  15. How fun! So many great photos! I haven't been to Disney in California yet. I ended up going to Florida and only visiting Universal Studios because I know my siblings and entire family will want to go again and I'll be joining them for that one. I've been to the one in Tokyo 3x though. So weird how I haven't been to any other one yet. lol

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  16. Thanks a lot, my dear :D

    OMG, I want to visit this place too!!!

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  17. Seems like you had a fun day.. so nice :D

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  18. I hadn't heard of this theme park but it sounds fantastic. I so want to visit California, my husband has been and loved it

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  19. Looks like such a fun trip! Awesome photos.

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  20. My favorite ride has the be the Radiator Springs one! It's sooo fun! Especially later at night when the sun starts the set and everything glows. I couldn't find the guts to go on California Screamin' as I get kind of scared on roller coasters. I also heard they are closing the Tower of Terror to make room for a new ride, which is such a shame! Soo jealous I wish I was at Disneyland right now

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    1. Oooh I'm so disappointed that I hadn't thought about going on it at night. Gahhh it must be sublime. Shattered to hear they're closing the tower down. Why?! xx

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  21. Ahh this makes me want to go so badly!! Your photos are beautiful!

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  22. Looking at your photos, make me wanna go there right now
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  23. Really beautiful pictures. You're making me want to be there. Looks like you had such an amazing time.
    Have a great weekend Sonia :)
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  24. I want to go too|||||!!!

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  25. Thanks for sharing these awesome pics, Sonia. Never been to California Adventure...Imma adding Tower of Terror on my bucket list!

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  26. I love California, I hope to go to LA son, never been to Disney, I get sick in those rides, you look like you had fun xx

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  27. This looks like so much fun! You look so cute and happy.

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  28. I have never been to California Adventure, nor Disneyland while in California. I have often considered it but then always come up with reasons not to go. These pictures look great though and I would really love to experience this theme park next time I have the opportunity!

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  29. This seems like such an amazing day trip to do, and those photos you took are the absolute best! You really make me want to go out there!
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  30. I would LOVE to go here! It looks incredible!


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  31. Wow hope I will be there sometimes.

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  32. The pictures look really amazing and i am sure you must have had so much fun. I plan to take my daughter to Disney next year. So happy to see your post. Lovely...:)

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    1. How exciting, you guys will have an amazing time for sure xx

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  33. Stunning pictures!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  34. Really a beautiful place!
    Have a nice weekend!
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  35. I love it so much!


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  36. How fun! Love your pictures, they look amazing ;)
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  37. A lot of Fun!!! Beautiful pics, I love this place!!!
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  38. Wow, I'd love to go there with my family soon!

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  39. I love CA Adventure, especially the ferris wheel! Glad you had a blast!

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  40. What an amazing place, I'd sure love to visit ! Kisses

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  41. Gorgeous photos! I would love to go there one day, thanks for sharing. Hope you will stop by blog if you have a minute x

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  42. What a beautiful shoot
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  43. Seems like a lot of fun!
    Lovely photos.

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  44. California Adventures is definitely the best park. I love all the rides! And omg, you literally got the BEST shots of the Mickey Mouse ride I've ever seen. That sunset is so gorgeous!! I've never been to the park at night but it always looks so magical. I've heard it's amazing at Christmas too! I love looking through all your photos. :)

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  45. Una meraviglia mi piacerebbe molto visitare questo park...kiss!! VLifestyle

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  46. Ah, I need to go there one day! And I'm definitely going to try the Mexican food, mwahaha. Pretty pictures.

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  47. I have always wanted to visit Disneyland but have yet to successfully pursade my boyfriend that it's a good idea! It looks like you had a wonderful time and your photos are fab :) I hope I can visit sometime soon! x

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  48. I haven't been to the adventure park, but it looks so fun and cute. Gorgeous pictures!

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  49. It sounds like such a great place to explore. I would love to visit one day. x

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  50. wow amazing place

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  51. Wow, this park is more than breath-taking S! I can see why it didn't feel different from what Disneyland feels like! Wonderful photos, you are such a lucky to have had the chance to experience this!

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  52. thank you for your comment!

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  53. ahh California Adventure, esp Tower of Terror was my childhood! I remember I thought I was so brave for going on that ride! So many good memories :') -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  54. Ok, now I want mexican food! LOL Looks so good! Sonia, your Disney posts always get me excited! I definitely want to go. HaHaHa Everything always looks so authentic there, from the buildings to costumes to food! Thanks for bringing it to us and girl you look TOO CUTE in your Minnie Mouse ears.
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  55. So fun!! I'm jelous

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  56. Disney is always so much fun! Brings me back to my childhood :) Hope you had an amazing time! x

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  57. YAY! Great Fun you had:) I have been to Orlando and it was reaaly incredible! Wanto to go back to the States
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  58. OMG the moment I'm going to step on Disneyland ground I'm going to cry soooo hard! I hope I'm going to visit the one in california soon! The nearest is the one here in Paris but honestly it's not the same...super cute pictures...
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  59. I've only went to the Disneyland in Paris but this one is definitely on my list. Seems so great and your pictures are amazing.

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  60. It looks absolutely amazing, and your photos are great! Loved it!

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