Paradise Pier

February 2001 – present

BACKGROUND

When California Adventure was first conceptualized, Imagineers envisioned a pier similar to those found all over the coast of California. Originally, Paradise Pier resembled a seaside amusement park, but from 2008-2009, Imagineers refurbished and expanded the land. The new theme was reminiscent of a 1920’s Victorian boardwalk, with new attractions and the World of Color show rounding out its expansion. Today, Paradise Pier remains one of the most popular lands in California Adventure, drawing millions of nostalgic guests to its old-fashioned coasters, restaurants, and classic boardwalk games.

THE EXPERIENCE

Paradise Pier is the largest land in California Adventure, and offers a wide variety of entertainment and dining. Upon entering Paradise Pier from any direction, guests have an incredible view of the water, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and California Screamin’. Guests exploring the pier can take boardwalk rides, play games, shop, grab a bite to eat, or just enjoy the view. Whether guests want to brave the big rides or take a stroll through a classic American boardwalk with a bag of popcorn, Paradise Pier has something for everyone.

CHARACTERS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER

  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Woody
  • Jessie
  • Army Men (from Toy Story)
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Lilo (rare)
  • Stitch (rare)

ATTRACTIONS

DINING

SHOPS

TRIVIA

Paradise Pier has seen the most change of any California Adventure land. Since it’s opening in 2001, Paradise Pier has closed eleven rides/attractions and nine restaurants/shops.

Several times a day, Goofy conducts a water show in Paradise Bay. Classical music plays as Goofy sends water shooting above the water. Ask a cast member about showtimes if your party wants to watch.

TOURING TIPS

Since Paradise Pier is so large, it’s hard to pinpoint a good time to visit the entire land. If you’re interested in hitting the rides on the back bay side (California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Toy Story Midway Mania), your best bet is late afternoon to evening. When visiting the front bay side (Ariel, Goofy’s Sky School, etc.), shoot for late morning.

That being said, if you take advantage of fast passes and have a little patience, you can work Paradise Pier into any part of your day. Paradise Pier also has incredibly views in almost every direction; so don’t forget to take some family photos or scenic shots from the top of the Ferris wheel!

2 comments on Paradise Pier

  1. Wendy
    September 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm (1 year ago)

    This area seems huge!

    Reply
    • Duchess of Disneyland
      September 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm (1 year ago)

      It is! Paradise Pier is 15 acres, and is the largest land in the Disneyland Resort.

      Reply

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