Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
My one beef in planning was that I was prepared to be a little disappointed in the California Adventure Park from reviews on this site as well as an unofficial guide book. Wrong! Why does this park get so much criticism? And I was there during the entryway and Cars Land construction so I missed a good bit of what is to come. I didn’t give the Fun Wheel or the Silly Symphony Swings much thought during planning and they were hilarious! I was expecting a lot from World of Color and Screamin’ and those happily met my expectations. Walking into Soarin’ through an airplane hangar gave it such a great feel. So my note to anyone (especially adults) planning a trip…don’t miss the California Adventure Park!
Anyway, I agree with you even though I've never been there. Different parks have different allures and charms.
It has the best theme park theater show ever in Aladdin.
Two of the top rides in the Disney repertoire in Tower of Terror and Soarin.
One of the best water rides anywhere in Grizzly River Run.
Three fantastic family rides in Toy Story Mania, Monsters Inc. and the Little Mermaid.
Simple yet fun rides in Paradise Pier(California Screamin, Goofy, Symphony Swings,Mickey wheel).
A ride area for the really young, A Bugs Land(home to one of the best 3-D shows Its Tough to be a Bug).
An impressive night show in World of Color and more.
.....and Carsland coming soon.
Compare that with anything else and DCA stacks up very well. Its become my second favorite Disney park behind Disneyland and its only getting better.
THAT is why DCA was looked upon as an enormous joke with a really bad punchline.
Seriously, go find video on Youtube. It's one of the most embarrassing attractions ever found in a Disney park.
I think we can all agree that DCA is improving dramatically from what it once was, but you can't discuss the "bad years" without addressing past attractions that showed the park's creative impotence.
I love TPI, but the one thing I always thought that they were a bit harsh on was DCA.
Then again, I went for the first time in 2005, which was four years after it opened. From what I heard, the park was very shaky and that Superstar Limo was so terrible, it ruined the park for some. I also enjoyed Golden Dreams which has been replaced by the Little Mermaid. I wish that would come back.
Though I will say, Paradise Pier, with Midway Mania, is a HUGE improvement over what was there in 2005. It wasn't so much bad, but rather lacking the "umph" it needed.
DCA was one of the top two runners-up for the Best Theme Park Award in our Theme Park Insider Awards last summer, so TPI fans do like this park - now. But its reputation for its poor opening continues to haunt it, much more with the general public than on theme park industry sites such as TPI.
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