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Disney California Adventure Hours Of Operation
In the photo slide show above, you're viewing colorful pictures of Disney California Adventure Park attractions. But these scenes are FAR from everything you'll see when you visit Disneyland's younger "sister" theme park. Disney's California Adventure Park can keep you busy all day & all evening, too!
Plan your day: how to squeeze in the most fun!
Do you want to know the Disney California Adventure theme park's hours of operation? You'll find that info right here!
You'll notice that the Disney California Adventure park hours aren't the same as its sister park, Disneyland. In fact, Disney California Adventure hours are almost always shorter than Disneyland's hours---and that's because Disneyland attracts a greater crowd.
Don't worry, though. Even though Disney's California Adventure Park is open shorter hours, its RELATIVELY lighter lines for most attractions will usually let you see everything that you had planned.
Plan your day around the most popular attractions, and everything else will fit into place. Those attractions are---
2.) Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (thrill ride; has Fast Pass option.) One of the most popular thrill rides in the park, the Tower of Terror often has a line all day long. It's a good idea to ride it (or get your fast pass for it) early in the day.
3.) Disney's new Broadway-style theater production, "Frozen--Live at the Hyperion!" (Only several showtimes throughout the day.) If possible, get your Fast Pass tickets early in the day to reserve your spot at one of the performances. However, you may also wait in the stand-by line for any seats which open up (if a Fast Pass holder doesn't show up. This happens fairly frequently, since guests tend to get tied up in other attractions and don't keep their eyes on the on the clock.) Despite the fact that the theater is large, you may not make it into the showtime of your choice if you aren't one of the first several dozen people in the Stand-By line. So, plan ahead and get in line early...and that means at LEAST an hour before the scheduled showtime. You'll need to consult the park's daily Show Guide to find out the times of the performances on the day that you visit. Lately, they have been running at approximately 12:30, 2:35 and 5:10 pm.
4.) Soarin' Over California (ride; has Fast Pass option.) This ride is another one that most visitors consider a "must-see" attraction. You'll often find a long line here; yet the Fast Pass and Single Rider options can help.
5.) Toy Story Mania ride: Combining both the fun of an indoor dark ride with game-playing, you'll find Toy Story Mania at the very "back" of the park (at the base of the California Screamin' roller coaster.) This popular ride, featuring a number of different "Toy Story" movie characters, always gathers a crowd.
6.) World of Color nighttime spectacular: By now, you've undoubtedly heard that a MAJOR new evening outdoor performance is now playing at Disney's California Adventure. The "World of Color" show is held after dark at the park, and features spectacular lighting, captivating music, synchronized water fountains...and, of course, many favorite Disney characters.
8.) New theme for Disney California Adventure Park's entrance area! If you've visited before, you may remember Sunshine Plaza...with its giant sun sculpture and water fountain. Replacing Sunshine Plaza is the new, more Disney-like Buena Vista Street. It's themed to the 1930's era when Walt Disney first arrived in Southern California. Buena Vista Street features stores and restaurants, and is a hub of entertainment...with street performers ensuring that there's near-constant entertainment between bigger parades that are passing through this area. Fortunately, there's no line needed to enjoy Buena Vista Street, so you may explore as little or as long as you like no matter what time of day. If you'd like to purchase souvenirs, however, keep in mind that the busiest times at the cash registers are the last several hours before closing time.
9.) Pixar Play Parade: This well-loved parade has returned once more to Disney's California Adventure with the opening of Buena Vista Street. Don't miss your favorite Pixar characters, colorful floats, lively music, and lots of fun when the Pixar Parade passes by twice each afternoon during the busy tourist seasons at the park...and generally once a day during slower times of the year.
Note: What happened to Disney's Electrical Parade? If you're an Electric Parade fan, there's absolutely horrible news for you! This much-loved parade has ended its run at Disney's California Adventure Park. If you'd like to see nostalgic pictures of the popular Electric Parade, please visit the Disney's Electrical Parade page of our site.
DISNEYLAND PARK hours: This page is about Disney California Adventure Park hours. If you are looking for Disneyland hours instead, please visit our Disneyland Park Hours of Operation page.
Summer, 2016 Disney California Adventure hours
June, July & August hours of operation
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OPENING TIMES--- Every morning during June and July, Disney's California Adventure will open at 8 am. August hours haven't been announced by the park at the time of this update, but during recent summers, the 8 am opening time has been used during the crowded month of August, as well.
CLOSING TIMES--- During the entire month of June, and also on July 1st and 2nd, the Disney California Adventure Park will close at 9 pm. From July 3rd thru 31st, the park's closing time will be at 10 pm. During August, closing time will vary between 9 pm and 10 pm.
Arrive early if you'd like to enter the park at 8 am. It can easily take an hour to get your car parked, go through the "security" line and buy your tickets. Fortunately, the parking garage and ticket booths do open a bit earlier than the park...so that you can be ready to enter at 8 am with your ticket in-hand.
Sometimes you will see people in the theme park BEFORE opening time. This is because visitors who stay in the Disney hotels get "early entry" privileges on selected days. These guests pay several hundred dollars a night in order to enjoy this perk. If that sounds like a good use of money to you, and if you're already thinking about booking an upscale hotel, you might wish to check out the Disneyland hotels before you make your reservations.
What's new Disney California Adventure?
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1.) Summer 2016 continues the Disneyland Resort's 60th anniversary, which began last year! Most of the special events celebrating this milestone will be found at Disneyland Park. However, Disney's California Adventure hosts an important part of the festifities, as well. The nightly World of Color show features a brand-new theme for the celebration---Walt Disney's dream for the special place that is Disneyland.
2.) Frozen Live! replaced the long-running Aladdin musical in June, 2016! Although many of us were sad to see the Aladdin production go, the production did indeed have a spectacularly long running time. And, considering the popularity of Disney's "Frozen" movie, this was a natural theme for Aladdin's replacement. Early reviews are quite positive. What this means for this summer's visitor is that you'll have to wait longer than ever to view the Hyperion Theater's live performances. Fast passes can be obtained in-person at the park beginning at gate-opening time. Once they are all distributed for the day, the only way you can see this show is to try the stand-by line.
3.) Cars Land opened fairly recently (in June, 2012) at Disney's California Adventure Park, and has been mega-popular ever since. What does that mean for park visitors this year? Heavier crowds than used to be usual, as guests descend on Cars Land to have their chance to enjoy this brand-new themed area. (Yes, STILL, even after all these months!)
Cars Land is a massive, highly detailed, and extremely immersive experience into the world of Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater. It includes 3 new rides and a replica of the fictional town of Radiator Springs (where the action takes place in the original "Cars" movie.) Make sure you head to see Cars Land before the crowds build up...and enjoy the rides before the lines get log-jammed.
In addition to early morning, there are several other good times to return to Cars Land. In the afternoon, the sun shines its brightest on the Southwestern desert scenery behind the Radiator Springs Racers, and the hills look especially colorful and vibrant. And nighttime? After dark, it's an absolute, can't-miss, MUST SEE experience to venture back into Cars Land. In the evening, Radiator Springs is decked out in all its full neon glory...and a more beautiful nighttime streetscape is difficult to imagine.