Following our plan, we walk past the giant “
California Adventure is a completely new Disney park to me, and that’s not a common thing. Let’s see, I guess the first time I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom in
I have heard a lot of chatter about California Adventure, most of it less than positive – worries about the theming (why have a park about California’s different attractions when with only a few hours’ drive you can visit the real places?), about the quality of the rides (many of them ‘off the shelf’ amusement park attractions, not designed from the ground up by Disney) (oh yes, and “Walt said ‘No Ferris wheels!’”). I also know that park attendance has never been what Disney has expected or wanted.
That being said, the Disney company is also now sinking a cool Billion-with-a-‘B’ dollars into renovating the park, even though it hasn’t even been open a decade yet. And the plans look cool – but those renovations are several years from completion.
With all that in mind and all the criticism I’ve read, I’m probably inclined to dislike the park, but I’m trying to keep an open mind.
Once past the gates, we’re in the entry plaza with its painted flats of cartoony
There’s an official photographer here. I can’t remember if
Yes, a quick question to the photographer confirms that they do have Photopass. Yay! He groups the ten of us together, takes a couple of pictures with the bridge in the background. He then has us point to the sky and takes another picture. He tells us that Mickey will appear hang gliding above us in that particular shot!
It’s good to be back in a Disney park.