Last week I highlighted all the rides we cannot ride when we visit Disney California Adventure as a group of one mom and three kids (ages 5.5, 3, and 5 months). Today I’ll tell you what we do.
The kids number one favorite ride is Toy Story Midway Mania. The line is always long 30-45 minutes and they still want to do it. In the ride you wear 3-D glasses and play a series of midway games on giant screens. This is a fun ride and I enjoy it much more then the similar Buzz ride in Disneyland.
While over here we will catch a ride on King Triton’s carrousel, which always has a super short line.
The second favorite thing we do is catch the Disney Junior Live on Stage show. If you have kids that are at all familiar with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or other Disney junior shows (Sofia the first, Doc McStuffins or Jake and the Neverland Pirates) you have to see it. It is interactive fun in a cool dim room. It is a great break from the heat without a break in the fun. I recommended sitting in the front middle because there will be surprises falling from the ceiling that are pure magic. Make sure to check the times guide given out at the gate because this show only runs in the morning. This is also a great time to get in a quick nursing session.
After this show the kids next favorite thing is Turtle Talk with Crush. This show is a chance to talk with, to ask questions to and learn to “talk turtle” with Crush from Finding Nemo. This show run all day, about every 20 minutes. Again a great indoor cool calming place to relax while still enjoying the Disney magic. Outside of the theater (but still indoors) are huge screens that play bits of favorite Disney movies. This is a great place to sit and have a picnic lunch, or nursing session. There are so many other things to do in this area. Make sure to check out Beast Library!
One more thing we like but haven’t explored as much as we could is the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. This is across from the Grizzly rapid ride. This is basically a large play ground with climbing walls, rickety bridges, giant logs to climb through etc. Kids can also earn badges but my kids just wanted to run around.
Other things we sometimes do:
Monsters Inc and Ariel rides. I like them but the kids think they are too scary.
We could ride the Micky’s fun wheel (Farris wheel) but that this is way too scary for me!
There are two rides in A Bug’s Land we could ride but skip because they are simply boring. Flik’s Flyers and the Chew Chew train. Both are 30 second long and unimpressive.
Also in A Bug’s Land there is a spray park, that we always skip because I don’t want to deal with 1. ) wet kids or 2.) hauling in a change of clothes. If we were going to be there all day on a hot day we might try it, depends on what you are going for, I guess.
There is a Pixar parade that we want to see but the time hasn’t worked for us yet. I’m sure it will be a favorite when we do.
Over all there is not as much for us to do compared to Disneyland. But the things we do the kids love so much I think it is worth a trip about once every three Disney days.