"To all who believe in the power of dreams, welcome! Disney's California Adventure opens its golden gates to you. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past, the native people, explorers, immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow from the silver screen to the computer screen, from the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space.
Disney's California Adventure celebrates the richness and diversity of California... its land, its people, its spirit and, above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire."
Michael D. Eisner
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Walt Disney Company
February 8, 2001
Experience the vintage Los Angeles that Walt Disney discovered when he arrived in 1923. Stroll past charming interpretations of historic buildings — complete with Art Deco storefronts, Spanish-tile roofs, wrought-iron balconies, hand-laid tile mosaics and shade trees.
Carthay Circle Restaurant. Step off the Red Car Trolley like Walt stepped off the train from Kansas City
and experience Los Angeles as it was then, brimming with shopping, dining, entertainment
— and the spirit of optimism and opportunity that Walt found so inspiring.
Buena Vista Street Loop
From the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the park at Carthay Circle to the subtle winks in names of the shops and restaurants, Buena Vista Street is inspired by the remarkable story of an idealistic young man who left Kansas City for Los Angeles with big dreams — and little money. His ideas, drive and determination would change the world forever.
Carthay Circle Restaurant Loop
Inspired by the original Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood where Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937, discover a classic movie palace where food is the star! Carthay Circle Restaurant serves exceptional modern cuisine that pays tribute to the bold and diverse flavors of Southern California
Blaze a trail towards Grizzly Peak for an outdoor adventure surrounded by majestic evergreen trees, roaring rapids and rugged mountains. Take a thrilling, spinning plunge on Grizzly River Run or explore wilderness paths, march across rope bridges, climb over rocks and zip down suspended slides at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Sail through the air over magnificent landscapes across the globe as you explore the planet's many wonders in Soarin' Around the World before dropping in for surefire American favorites at Smokejumpers Grill.
Grizzly Peak pays homage to the wonders of nature, the majesty of the great outdoors and the pioneering spirit of the men and women who explored California's natural landscape
— and sought to preserve its beauty through the creation of the national parks in the early 20th century!
Grizzly Peak Airfield
Welcome to Grizzly Peak Airfield. Grizzly Peak is a vacationer's paradise. Visitors on a driving tour can stop for gasoline at the Condor Gas Station or pick up souvenirs at Humphrey's. Soarin' featuring “Around the World” is open to visitors in the hangar. The Grizzly Peak National Forest Service offers maps to help visitors to the area navigate their way around to all the "scenic" vistas. Hungry while touring Grizzly Peak? Then stop off at the Smokejumpers Grill for a bite to eat. Located next to the runway , it offers a variety of fast foods such as hamburgers, french fries and more.
Soarin' Queue Loop
Deep in the Golden State, surrounded by the splendor of Mother Nature, Grizzly Peak Airfield awaits. Amid this community of majestic mountains, lush pine forests and other scenic wonders, you're invited to head within a massive hangar—home to the California Aviators. After exploring the storied history of aircrafts from the Wings of Fame and paying tribute to icons of aviation from the Legends of Flight, you'll receive a quick briefing and then make your way to a large theater. Inside, you'll quickly discover the latest in open-air flight technology!
Soarin' Ride Thru
The globetrotting kicks off in the Swiss Alps, as clouds clear the way and unveil a towering sight familiar to longtime Disneyland fans. But the adventure doesn't end there… it's just beginning! Throughout your tour, you'll hop past The Great Pyramids of Egypt, sail across the spectacular Sydney Harbour, cruise near Mount Kilimanjaro and explore many other picturesque locales.
This is your chance to feel like you're flying on a hang-gliding ride along the horizon—all set to an iconic musical score—before coming in for a climactic and unforgettable landing!
Grand Californian Entryway
The 750-room Grand Californian Hotel celebrates the romantic Arts and Crafts Movement popular in California at the turn-of-the-century. The hotel combines 'hand, heart and head' to integrate architecture, art, landscape and the decorative arts on its 12-acre site at the heart of Anaheim's Disneyland.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Tucked away under the shadow of Grizzly Peak is a quiet realm of forest solitude full of untouched exploration just waiting for you to unveil. This nature's playground pays homage to the grandeur of Northern California's redwood trees —a land base where exploration and play are encouraged. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail's anchor is a multi-leveled rangers' compound complete with lookout towers, swinging bridges, and an ascending cargo net obstacle course.
Grizzly River Run
Challenge the rampaging rapids of Grizzly River Run. Embark on a white-water rafting adventure along the foaming torrents of the Grizzly River and up the craggy granite mountain ominously known as Grizzly Peak. The 6-minute journey through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains culminates in a thrilling, spinning plunge down a runaway river.