Here we list the basic descriptions -- or "what is is" -- each attraction at Disney California Adventure:

Disney California Adventure What it is
Attraction What it is
Animation Academy Behind-the-scenes look at Disney animation
Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting Tree Lighting Show
California Screamin' Big, bad roller coaster
Character Close-Up Toy Story Zoetrope and artwork exhibit
Disney Junior - Live on Stage! Live show for children
Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Christmas Street Party
Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular Broadway-style show
DJ's Dance 'n Drive Mobile Dance Party
Five & Dime Jazzy musical performers
Flik's Flyers Suspended "baskets" swing around a central axis
Francis' Ladybug Boogie adaptation of the Mad Tea Party
Golden Zephyr Zephyrs spinning around a central tower
Goofy's Sky School Disney version of a wild (or mad) mouse ride
Grizzly River Run White-water raft ride
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train Train ride
It's Tough to Be a Bug! 3-D movie
Jumpin' Jellyfish Parachute ride
King Triton's Carousel Merry-go-round
Luigi's Flying Tires Bumper cars meets human air hockey.
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Midway-type whip ride
Mickey's Fun Wheel - Non Swinging Ferris wheel
Mickey's Fun Wheel - Swinging Ferris wheel
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! Dark ride
Muppet*Vision 3D 3-D movie featuring the Muppets
Operation: Playtime! - featuring the Green Army Men Percussion Show
Pixar Play Parade Parade with Pixar Characters
Princess Dot Puddle Park Water-filled kids play area
Radiator Springs Racers Automotive dark ride with high-speed thrills
Red Car News Boys Newsies-style singing paperboys
Red Car Trolleys Scenic in-park transportation
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Elaborate playground and obstacle course
Silly Symphony Swings - Single Swings rotating around a central tower
Silly Symphony Swings - Tandem Swings rotating around a central tower
Soarin' Over California Flight-simulation ride
Sorcerer's Workshop Interactive Disney Movie Exhibits
The Bakery Tour Free Bread! (plus a short film)
The Happy Camper Live Campfire Music
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure Track ride in the dark
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Sci-fi-theme indoor thrill ride
Toy Story Midway Mania! 3-D ride-through indoor shooting gallery
Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies Bumper Cars, by Disney
Turtle Talk with Crush An interactive animated film
Wilderness Explorer Ceremony Show with Up characters
World of Color Fountain show with special effects

"What it is" at Other Parks