Disney’s California Adventure – Fun In Hollywood Land

by Phyllis Larison, Family Travel Gurus Travel Consultant

Disney’s California Adventure has many popular attractions, including the newly opened Cars Land, but an area of the park that has smaller crowds and great entertainment is Hollywood Land. The Disney Animation Building on Hollywood Boulevard features wonderful interactive exhibits about the Disney animation process. As you enter the building you are surrounded by huge screens featuring film clips from classic Disney movies. The three big attractions in the building are the Animation Academy, Sorcerer’s Workshop and Turtle Talk with Crush. At the Animation Academy a Disney cartoonist works with you to draw a Disney character (kids are incredibly good at this!). Turtle Talk with Crush is simply amazing! Crush, the animated sea turtle from the film Finding Nemo, answers questions from kids in the audience and tells jokes; the character seems very real and children love this show. The Sorcerer’s Workshop focuses on animation special effects. There are a couple of live shows in Hollywood Land that are definitely worth seeing. Aladdin–A Musical Spectacular plays at the large Hyperion Theater. The lavish costumes, fantastic effects and pageantry in this show are of Broadway caliber. Disney Junior–Live On Stage is great fun for younger kids who can sing and dance along with popular Disney characters. Other attractions in Hollywood Land are Muppet Vision 3-D with live Muppet characters sitting in on the 3D film; Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue, an imaginative ride through Monstropolis; and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror where you can take a thrilling and spooky elevator ride through a haunted hotel. While you are in Hollywood Land, don’t miss the afternoon Pixar Play Parade which has all of the best Pixar movie characters on floats with music, dancing and entertaining special effects such as flames shooting from the head of Jack-Jack, the baby with super powers in The Incredibles .

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Cars Land Video

Disneyland’s California Adventure Theme Park a new ‘land’ recently opened to the public – Cars Land on June 15, 2012.  Family Travel Gurus co-owner Anne Larison was fortunate to visit Cars Land the day before it opened to the public.  “Fans of the Disney movie Cars will be thrilled with the theme of the rides, restaurants and merchandise options,” said Anne. “I had a blast and can’t wait to take my family to California to see for themselves.”

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Disneyland With 9 Year Old Twins (2003)

We have taken our nine year old twin boys (Andrew and Josh) to Disney World every year since they were four years old. This year we decided to do something different – a 5 night trip to Disneyland followed by a 7 night Mexican Riviera cruise on Princess Cruise Line. In this report I will describe the Southern California portion of our trip. I will also describe our impressions of the different attractions we saw at Disneyland compared to similar attractions at Disney World. I’ll include some tips we discovered that may help you on a future Disneyland trip.

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