On Tuesday, we finally checked something off our summer bucket list! We got the kids ready and headed out to Disneyland California Adventure. Our kids are HUGE Disney fans and we’d never visited California Adventure, so we decided this trip would be a great time to make that happen! Unfortunately, we didn’t get out the door quite early enough and all the Fast Passes for Radiator Springs Racers were gone by the time we arrived. We headed straight for Cars Land and spend some time wandering around looking at everything. They really did a fantastic job on Radiator Springs!
We spent about 11 hours total at the park and our kids were troopers! We had only a few minor meltdowns. We’re hoping to take them to Disney World again in September, so this was a good practice run. We rode pretty much every ride in the whole park with just a few exceptions: Tower of Terror and Toy Story. It was busy that day, but not crazy busy, so most of the lines were fairly short and the weather was perfect theme park weather!
Here are my top ten things I want to remember about Disneyland California Adventure (inspired by this post from my friend Sara)
1. I accidentally spoiled the surprise about 5 minutes before we were walking out the door and Max whined the whole way to Disneyland because he wanted it to be a surprise. I finally turned around and yelled, “Guess what guys?! We’re going to Disneyland!!” That cheered him up and the whole mood of the car switched.
2. Poor Ava was 4 inches too short to ride the roller coaster. I don’t think I’ve ever met a kid who loves thrill rides quite as much as she does. Even though she was disappointed that she couldn’t ride it, she never once put up a fuss about the fact that Max got to ride California Screamin’ four times.
3. Max rode California Screamin’ and it was his very first upside down roller coaster. He’s always been too afraid to ride the ones that go upside down, but he decided to be brave this time. The first two times he rode it, he looked down at the floor of the car the whole time. The third time he rode, he looked up, and on the fourth time, we rode in the front car. The look on his face was priceless! I can’t wait till the girls are 48 inches tall so we can ride the coasters as a family!
4. Lia got scared on most rides and she would say, “I don’t like it!” but as soon as we got off the ride, she would ask to do it again.
5. Lia kept saying, “I’m saying YES to adventure!”
6. This was our first time riding the water ride as a family because Lia was finally tall enough. The kids didn’t quite realize just how wet they were going to get and when the first giant splash came, they all look startled and screamed, but they had giant grins on their faces.
7. They desperately wanted to ride Radiator Springs Racers, so we waited in line for just over an hour. We got popcorn, ice cream, and churros to help pass the time. (The churros were SO good!!) The kids were actually pretty patient considering it was the first time they had really waited in a long line all day. When we got on the ride, our car broke down for about 5 minutes, so we got to ride twice in a row without getting out. It was totally worth the wait in case you’re wondering!
8. The Mickey’s Fun Wheel was SUPER fun!! It’s like a ferris wheel except the car slides back and forth really fast and it was so fun. Max and Ava loved it and Lia was screaming the whole time, but she wanted to ride again.
9. Cars Land lit up at night was an incredible sight. It looked just like the scene from the movie when Lightning McQueen fixes all the neon and flips the switch. It was definitely worth staying until dark to see!
10. The smiles on our kids’ faces. I loved seeing their huge grins and hearing their shrieks of laughter on Goofy’s Sky School roller coaster, the ferris wheel, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Those moments make the trip worth every penny!
kids riding mickey's fun wheel at california adventurefamily riding the ferris wheel at disneylandfamily vacation at disneylandkids riding flik's flyers at disneylandlunch at disneyland california adventure la brea bakery downtown disneykids climbing around in the redwood creek challenge trailkids getting wilderness badge from up at disneylandkids waiting patiently in line at disneyland california adventurefamily vacation in california at disneylandkids riding goofy's sky school roller coaster at california adventuretire swings at redwood creek trail challengekids riding rides at bug's land in california adventurewaiting in line for radiator springs racers with no fast passesfamily having fun on radiator springs racers in cars land at california adventure disneylandhaving dinner in cars land at flo's v8 cafefamily trip to disneylandkids giggling on Mater's junkyard jamboreekids having fun in cars land at Mater's junkyard jamboreefun photos at cars landcars land lit up at night with neon signsFlo's v8 cafe at night in cars landtired kids riding the bumper cars at disneylandtired kids riding the shuttle bus back to parking at disneyland


  • LOVE IT!!!  This post totally makes me want to go ASAP!  I know my kids would LOVE it!  Thanks for sharing, top ten style! 😉

  • How do you not worry about dropping your cameras?  I love all the photos.  Lia’s face in the third photo cracks me up!  Why is Ava plugging her ears on one ride?  What is that glowy thing that looks like a light brite?
    I love the photos of Lia because she is just like Lucas.  He’ll just decide he is done and will walk away or hid, like Lia is behind the beads.  🙂  Maybe they’ll grow up and get married and have the most stubborn children on the face of the planet.  😉

    • RosemaryWineGustin 1. I’m good. 2. Lia was unsure about that one. 3. No idea. 4. wine bottles stuck in concrete, I liked the way the light was shining through. 5. Being stubborn is good (at times) 🙂
      I always love your comments!

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