Before California Adventure’s major expansion and refurbishment, the park had a huge land known as “Golden State”. But when the park’s transformation was complete, Golden State broke off into three separate lands: Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, and Condor Flats.
Based on the mid 20th century Mojave Desert, Condor Flats keeps the early days of commercial aviation alive. This land is full of nostalgia, charm, and excitement for the future. While Condor Flats is California Adventure’s smallest land, it is one of the most heavily visited, and guests can’t seem to get enough of the excitement of flying!
Upon entering Condor Flats, guests immediately leave the hustle and bustle of Buena Vista Street and find themselves entering the past. Cast members in flight attendant and pilot outfits welcome visitors into the golden age of flight, and the desert rock formations surrounding the flats provide the perfect environment for a trip through the skies.
With churro stands, vendor carts, and the Taste Pilots Grille, Condor Flats always smells delicious. Many guests breeze through the flats as they rush from Grizzly Peak to Buena Vista Street, and miss the detail and charm of this land. Be sure to take a minute to appreciate Condor Flats, and don’t forget to check out the aviation-themed gift shop!
CHARACTERS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER
- Minnie Mouse & the Fly Girls (dancers)
RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS
- Soarin’ Over California
- Taste Pilot’s Grille
You can find the number 47 hidden in a number of places in Condor Flats. This is a reference to 1947, the year the sound barrier was broken. How many 47’s can you find?
On a similar note, the clock in the gift shop is stopped at the exact time Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947.
During the construction of Buena Vista Street, Condor Flats served as the temporary entrance to California Adventure.
Condor Flats has only one attraction, but it’s a major headliner and enormously popular among park visitors. As a result, crowds flood this area in the park, especially mid-afternoon to evening. My recommendation is to grab a fast pass for Soarin’ Over California as soon as you enter California Adventure, and then proceed to other lands earlier in the morning.
On poor weather days, Condor Flats is virtually empty. California Adventure’s rides are largely outdoors, so a stop in Soarin’ can be a nice break from the rain and/or wind. However, the ground in Condor Flats gets incredibly slippery when wet. If you spend some time in this area during bad weather, be careful and watch your step!