With its theme-park tributes to Disney movies like Cars and Toy Story, it’s easy to assume that California Adventure takes all of its inspiration from Hollywood. But the theme park next to Disneyland also offers a few shout-outs to Golden State history and culture.
Cars Land, after all—home of the free-wheeling Radiator Springs ride—embraces its Route 66 connections, with its rugged Southwestern terrain and road trip spots (like the Cozy Cone Motel eatery), while the park’s Carthay Circle Restaurant is a replica of the 1920s L.A. movie theatre. And this is the prime area of Disneyland Resort where you can enjoy a glass of California wine (like the sommelier-guided tastings at Mendocino Terrace).
For a Golden State-themed thrill, ride the Grizzly River Run, which re-creates a rafting trip in the High Sierra. Or stay the night at the Grand Californian Hotel, where you can bask in the woodsy, Arts-&-Crafts-style architecture that pays homage to the famous Greene & Greene-designed homes of Pasadena. Staying here also grants your family access to the hotel’s private entrance to the park, which makes it that much easier to make use of those early, Extra Magic Hours at the park for hotel guests.