8 Not-to-Miss Rides That You Need to Experience at Disney California Adventure

With over 30 attractions, a full live entertainment schedule, fantastical stage shows, and engaging character experiences, Disney California Adventure has so much to offer Disney guests. But if you are limited on time, read our list of eight not-to-miss rides that are a must-experience when visiting Disney California Adventure!

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1. Radiator Springs Racers

Race over to Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land and climb into a fancy race car where you will roll through Ornament Valley, taking in the sights of the awe-inspiring Cadillac Mountain Range. But don’t get too comfortable because you’ll be tipping tractors and getting spruced up for the big race. Once you cross the start line, you’ll be zooming along a racetrack toward the finish line!

2. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BreakoutOutside view of Guardians of the Galaxy ride

Drop by the ominous tower known as The Collector’s Fortress that looms over Hollywood Boulevard to help Rocket Raccoon free the Guardians of the Galaxy. This thrilling, high-suspense ride has guests board a gantry lift where they are catapulted high into the fortress just to be dropped at high speed down the long, dark corridor.
If you plan on visiting in October during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Outbreak transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. Little ones may need to sit this one out due to its high-thrill level.

3. IncredicoasterIncredicoaster outside view during the day time

Jack-Jack is loose and you have only one job: help the incredible Parr family catch him! This super-fast roller coaster has you racing along a steel track where you encounter exhilarating drops and dizzying loops – all the while witnessing the many transformations of little Jack-Jack!

4. Soarin’ Around the WorldSoarin' ride shows family sitting on hangar going over the Great Wall of China at California Adventure

Visit some historic places around the world as you glide high in the simulated sky on a magical hang glider. Soar above the iconic Matterhorn Mountain resting in the Alps in Switzerland. And that is just the beginning! Take in additional wondrous sights from the Great Pyramids in Egypt to the Great Wall of China in China!

5. Toy Story Midway ManiaToy Story Midway Mania outside view with Incredicoaster behind it

Have a rootin’ tootin’ good time when you take aim at 4D targets on Toy Story Midway Mania! Hosted by none other than Andy’s toys, this family friendly ride has riders shooting at targets to collect a high score prize.

6. Monsters, Inc. – Mike and Sulley to the RescueEntrance to the Monsters INC ride

Fall in love all over again with Mike Wazowski and Sulley as you take a taxi ride through their wondrous adventure trying to get Boo back to her door! And don’t forget to say hello to Roz at the end of the ride, who may, at times, target a rider for a laugh.

7. Pixar Pal-A-RoundPiar Pal A Round during a sunset

Take in the stunning views of Pixar Pier from 150-feet in the Disney sky from a stationary or sliding gondola on Pixar Pal-A-Round. The stationary gondolas give a classic Ferris wheel feel while the sliding gondolas are only for the brave!

8. Grizzly River RunGrizzly River Run raft going through cavern

When the Southern California weather warms up, cool off by climbing into a raft and exploring this treacherous rushing river. One thing is for sure on this out-of- control raft, you are going to get wet!

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About Kim Schultz

Kim has her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature with a minor in Technical and Professional Writing from San Francisco State University. She received her editing certificate from University of Berkeley Extension and won numerous awards for fiction writing from the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage.

One thing she loves most in life besides family and writing is Disneyland! Kim and her family are season pass holders and travel to Disneyland numerous times a year (between 10-15 times to be exact!).

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