Paradise Pier

Sideshow Kaa

Sideshow Kaa

With the official retirement of Paradise Pier last week, I’ve been looking through some of my photos from the boardwalk. This beautiful land didn’t skimp on the details, and the Victorian theming wasn’t its only nod to the past. In fact, one of the shop signs paid tribute to a 1960s Disney classic: The Jungle Book. […] Read more…

Little Details: Paradise Pier

Little Details: Paradise Pier

In the next few months, Paradise Pier will disappear into the Disneyland history books. This massive 14-acre land will split in half. Some of the space will maintain its turn-of-the-century charm, while the rest will become a Pixar wonderland. Though I think this is actually a very positive change for California Adventure (see my original […] Read more…

Lands After Dark: Paradise Pier

Lands After Dark: Paradise Pier

When the sun sets at the Disneyland Resort, most visitors start streaming back into Disneyland. It’s a shame, though, because California Adventure does neon lights like nobody else! Paradise Pier was one of my favorite places to spend the evening in California Adventure. The gorgeous glow brought new life to the boardwalk, and of course…World of […] Read more…

Boardwalk Bazaar

Boardwalk Bazaar

April 2009 – January 2018 LOCATION Paradise Pier – The Boardwalk Bazaar was hidden on the back side of the pier. To find this shop, visitors would head behind California Screamin‘s track, between Midway Mania and Mickey’s Fun Wheel. You’d see the shop along the boardwalk, between Sideshow Shirts and the boardwalk games. EXPERIENCE Details: […] Read more…

Lands In Pictures: Paradise Pier

Lands In Pictures: Paradise Pier

California Adventure’s entire purpose is to celebrate the best of California. And what’s more Californian than a gorgeous seaside boardwalk? Paradise Pier sprawled across 14 acres, making it the largest land at the resort. And every section of Paradise Pier had something fun for everyone: roller coasters, tamer rides, boardwalk games, snack carts, and live […] Read more…

Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company

Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company

February 2001 – January 2018 LOCATION Paradise Pier – When you arrived in Paradise Pier, you’d cross the bridge next to Pacific Wharf and head toward the back part of the bay. You’d find Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company on your left, around the corner from the gift shop. EXPERIENCE Details: Service Type – quick […] Read more…

Silly Symphony Swings

Silly Symphony Swings

June 2010 – present LOCATION Paradise Pier – Whether you arrive in Paradise Pier from Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, or Cars Land, follow the main path along the right side of the bay, toward Mickey’s Fun Wheel. You’ll see the Silly Symphony Swings on your left, across from Goofy’s Sky School. BACKGROUND When California Adventure […] Read more…

Cove Bar

Cove Bar

February 2001 – January 2018 LOCATION Paradise Pier – If you followed the main path, across the bridge, you’d find the Cove Bar on your right, just beyond the entrance to Ariel’s Grotto. You could also reach the Bar from the rear of Paradise Pier, by following the path next to the California Screamin’ launch […] Read more…

King Triton's Carousel

King Triton’s Carousel

February 2001 – January 2018 LOCATION Paradise Pier – Follow the path on either side of the bay to reach the far end of Paradise Pier, where Mickey’s Fun Wheel and Toy Story Midway Mania sit. You’d find King Triton’s Carousel in the center of this walkway, between California Screamin’ and Midway Mania. BACKGROUND King Triton’s […] Read more…

Jumpin' Jellyfish

Jumpin’ Jellyfish

February 2001 – present LOCATION Paradise Pier – Follow the main path along the waterfront, and you will see the Jumpin’ Jellyfish, just before the path veers left toward the ferris wheel. BACKGROUND Jumpin’ Jellyfish was one of the first rides installed in California Adventure specifically for the youngest park guests. Since California Adventure has […] Read more…

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

June 2011 – present LOCATION Paradise Pier – When entering from either Pacific Wharf or Grizzly Peak, you will see Ariel on your right; it’s the large corner building across from the World of Color viewing platforms. BACKGROUND Imagineers conceptualized Little Mermaid dark rides for several of the parks worldwide, but none of the plans […] Read more…

Screamin'

California Screamin’

February 2001 – January 2018 LOCATION Paradise Pier – Cross the bridge to the right of Pacific Wharf, and follow the main path along the bay – you’d see the entrance to California Screamin’ on your left, just before the King Triton Carousel. BACKGROUND When Imagineers were planning the boardwalk, a roller coaster was a […] Read more…

Paradise Pier

Paradise Pier

February 2001 – January 2018 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 […] Read more…

World of Color

World Of Color

June 2010 – present LOCATION Paradise Pier – On the water overlooking Mickey’s Fun Wheel and California Screamin’. To view World of Color, head to your designated fast pass tier, or ask a cast member for assistance. BACKGROUND When California Adventure began its major expansion from 2007-2012, Imagineers wanted to create a show somewhat like […] Read more…