Annette Forrest

Published: September 17, 2013 at 4:37 AM

I must be the stupidest person in the world. Until I read this article, I never, ever got that "DisneySea" was a riff on "DisneyLAND". And it never made sense to me why DisneySea was called DisneySea in the first place. Now it make sense.

I always thought the Disney Cruise Lines should have been called "DisneySea"...since they were mini floating parks out on the oceans.

Published: September 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Annette, we are 2!

Published: September 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Nice overview of the short history of the park. I might have added that Disney management tried some smaller fixes to the park before deciding to spend the billion dollars starting in 2007. In the early years they added areas like Bug's Land (to address the complaint that there wasn't enough for children to do there) or a economized version of Florida's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (because people said there weren't enough "E" ticket rides in the park).

When the park opened in 2001, Disney touted that the park had the same number of attractions as Disneyland had when it opened in 1955 (which didn't address the quality of those attractions or lack of theming). I believe they even split the California section of the park into five or six "districts," to make it seem like the park had more areas than it really did.

Robert Niles

Published: September 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Annette, I don't want to confess how long it was before I realized that, either. ;^)
Mike Saperstein

Published: September 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

My family has been to WDW many times over the years and love it dearly. But we haven't been to Disneyland/California Adventure since just after California Adventure opened many years ago. We liked it of course, but didn't think it came close to comparing to WDW.

We were in LA for the weekend and went to Disney for the day this past Friday, and WOW what a difference! The Entrance Plaza was beautiful, and set the tone for a great day. The improvements to everything, and California Adventure in particular, over the last 10-or-so-years are tremendous. We spent roughly 16 hours in the parks, mostly in California Adventure, and had a fantastic time.

The upgraded California Adventure definitely exceeded our expectations in a big way.

Published: September 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM

So how long before we get a DisneyAir park?

Published: September 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Or DisneySpace?!?!?!

Published: September 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I love Disney California Adventure. If someone had never been to California, obviously take them to Disneyland. But we've definitely added California Adventure into our Theme park rotation and most of the time we just go there. No park-Hopper. I think it's still missing another E-Ticket ride, which I've read their working on, but with rides like Tower of Terror/California Screamin/Toy Story 3D and Radiator Springs Racers coupled with shows like Aladdin and World of color(plus the hidden gem that is the Animation Academy) including Solid food options; California Adventure has established itself as a Stand-Alone park. PS-(Their gonna need to continue moving forward with new and exciting attractions with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter moving into Universal Studios Hollywood soon. I can tell you, were very excited about that.)