Disney California Adventure Touring Plan

Touring plans make it easy for you to get the most out of your trip by outlining the order you should visit attractions and shows, allowing you to enjoy the top experiences in the park.

This touring plan was created for those visiting Disney California Adventure. This touring plan is designed to be used for those visiting the park for a single day as well as for multiple days. Those visiting both Disneyland Resort parks on the same day may still take advantage of this plan.

Prior to visiting Disneyland Resort, we recommend that you download the official Disneyland Resort app on the App Store or the Google Play Store. The app provides wait times, showtimes, a resort-wide map, and more.

You should fully review the information in this touring plan prior to using it to ensure the attractions you wish to experience are prioritized.

ENTERING THE PARK

We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 45 minutes prior to park opening, especially during summer, U.S. holiday weekends, and other break periods. When you have entered the park, you can grab a guide map to help locate the park’s attractions and shows and to view showtimes as well as other details. If you download the official Disneyland Resort app, this information and more can be accessed on it.

Experience Within First or Last Few Hours

The following attractions typically experience the longest wait times, so we suggest visiting them as soon as possible or a few hours prior to park closing due to their slightly shorter wait times during these periods. These attractions are not listed based on the order that you should visit them. You should rank the attractions based on their importance to you and/or proximity to each other and visit them in that order. We highly recommend getting a FASTPASS for at least one of the attractions in this section, if available.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Attraction details: This is a drop-based ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm)
Recommended audience: Teens and older

Radiator Springs Racers
Attraction details: This is a high-speed car ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm)
Recommended audience: Everyone

Incredicoaster
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches (122 cm)
Recommended audience: Teens and older

Toy Story Midway Mania!
Attraction details: This is an interactive ride.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Grizzly River Run
Attraction details: This is a water raft ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches (107 cm)
Recommended audience: Families

Soarin’ Around the World
Attraction details: This is a simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm)
Recommended audience: Everyone

Experience After Noon

The attractions in this section are either not as thrilling or new; however, they are fun experiences nonetheless. The wait times for these attractions vary. These attractions are not listed in any specific order. We suggest visiting them based on their proximity to each other.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Attraction details: This is a 3-D attraction.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Attraction details: This is a dark ride.
Recommended audience: Families with children

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
Attraction details: This is a whip-type ride.
Height requirement: At least 32 inches (81 cm)
Recommended audience: Everyone

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roasters
Attraction details: This is trackless ride.
Height requirement: At least 32 inches (81 cm)

Pixar Pal-A-Round
Attraction details: This is a Ferris Wheel.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Silly Symphony Swings
Attraction details: This is a swing ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm)
Recommended audience: Everyone

Goofy’s Sky School
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches (107 cm)
Recommended audience: Families with children

The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Attraction details: This is a dark ride.
Recommended audience: Families

Experience After Dusk

The experience in this section is a nighttime show, so it can only be seen during the hours of darkness. Keep this in mind when visiting the park’s other attractions.

World of Color (this has scheduled showtimes; arrive at least 30 minutes early)
Show details: This is a nighttime show featuring pyrotechnics, projections, fountains, and more.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Experience Anytime

The attractions in this section are not top priority experiences; however, if you have available time, they are still recommended. Because of the experience type, they generally feature shorter wait times, allowing you to visit them with minimal waiting during much of the day.

Red Car Trolley
Attraction details: This is a cable car ride.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Sorcerer’s Workshop
Attraction details: This is a hands-on exhibition.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Turtle Talk with Crush
Attraction details: This is an interactive experience.
Recommended audience: Young children

Jessie’s Critter Carousel
Attraction details: This is a carousel ride.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Attraction details: This is a spinning-based ride.
Recommended audience: Families with children

Jumpin’ Jellyfish
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly, drop-based ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm)

Golden Zephyr
Attraction details: This is a spinning-based ride.
Recommended audience: Children

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Attraction details: This is a play area.
Recommended audience: Children

Dining

We’ve highlighted a few of our top favorite dining locations that you may be interested in dining at for lunch and dinner. For lunchtime, however you can choose to pack snacks with you or purchase some at the many concession stands in the park if you don’t want to take too much time out of the day.

Carthay Circle Restaurant
This Buena Vista Street table service restaurant is modeled after the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre, which opened in 1926. This elegan dining location seves roasted chicken breast, angus sirloin, shrimp, salmon, filet mignon, and more. If you’re interested in dining here, you should consider making a reservation. You can do so online by clicking/tapping here or by calling (714) 781-3463.

Flo’s V8 Cafe
If you’re looking for a quick service option, we suggest trying Flo’s V8 Cafe. This dining location offers a themed environment inspired by Disney·Pixar’s Cars. You can enjoy classic American comfort food ranging from fried chicken, burgers, and pot pie in an old-fashioned eatery.

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
This boardwalk themed quick service restaurant is located in the Paradise Gardens Park section. The dining location’s menu includes pizza, pasta, and salads.

Vegetarians and Vegans
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you can find a wide variety of meals in the park. Click/tap here to view our Disneyland Resort vegetarian and vegan guide. In this guide, we highlighted the different dining locations offering meals available to you as well as which options will satisfy your diet.

For full information about Disneyland Resort’s attractions and shows, click/tap here.

TIP: If you’re only visiting the park for a single day, we recommend eating breakfast prior to arriving at the park in order to experience more attractions. It’s important to remember, however, that you shouldn’t rush your way to every attraction. Take time to enjoy the different areas of the park, especially Cars Land. Cherish your memories by taking photographs with characters and at the various themed areas.

NOTE: This touring plan lists most attractions and shows at the park, so you may not be able to visit them all in a single day. You should select the attractions that you’re most interested in.

DISNEY FASTPASS: You should take advantage of Disney’s complimentary FASTPASS service, especially for at least one of the top priority experiences, which are listed under the section titled “Experience Within First or Last Few Hours.” This will allow you to visit more attractions during the day. To use Disney’s FASTPASS service, simply visit a kiosk and you’ll receive a return time that will allow you to return to the attraction via a separate queue with shorter wait times. At shows, on the other hand, you can enjoy specialty viewing locations. For more convenience, you can purchase Disney MaxPass to reserve FASTPASS return times via your mobile device.

ON-SITE HOTEL GUESTS: We recommend taking advantage of early park admission. This will allow you to visit more attractions at the park.

MOBILE ORDERING: If you’re dining at a quick service restaurant, you have the option to use Disney’s mobile ordering service at select locatios via the Disneyland Resort app. This will allow you to easily select your meal and quickly pick up your food.

How we determine the recommended audience:

The recommended audience for each experience is determined based on the intensity level and content. Intense roller coasters, for example, are generally recommended to teens. This is because this age group typically enjoys the thrill factor of such attractions; however, other age groups may like such rides as well. Moderate roller coasters with immense detail, on the other hand, may be recommended to all audiences. Other attractions that we will recommend to all audiences include most simulator rides as they are less intense. We will suggest some attractions and shows for families if it’s an experience we think all members will enjoy together. Experiences for young children are usually designed specifically for those under the age of six (6); whereas, experiences for children, in most cases, are intended for those 12 years of age and under. Each person may prefer different experiences.

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