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
Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome Character Greeting
The Bakery Tour Free Bread! (plus a short film)
Blue13 Dance Company Indian Dancers
Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers Holiday Music
Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting Tree Lighting Show
DescenDance Dance Party
Disney Junior Dance Party Dance party for children
Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Christmas Street Party
Disneyland Resort All-American College Band Live Band
Family Time Family Meal Presentation
Five & Dime Jazzy musical performers
Frightfully Fun Parade Halloween Parade
Frozen - Live at the Hyperion Musical Show
Fun Wheel Challenge Mobile Game
Games of Pixar Pier Carnival-style games
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
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Sci-fi-theme indoor thrill ride
GuGu Drum Group Drummers
The Happy Camper Live Campfire Music
Holiday Concert featuring Phat Cat Swinger Holiday Concert
Holiday Toy Drummers Drum Show
The Incredibles H.I.T. Squad – Heroes in Training Parade
Incredicoaster Big, bad roller coaster
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind Spinning Balloon ride
Instant Concert! ...Just Add Water Musical Fountain Show
Jammin' Chefs Percussion Show
Jessie's Critter Carousel Carousel
Jr. Chef Kids Cooking
Jumpin' Jellyfish Parachute ride
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure Track ride in the dark
Live Festival Music at Paradise Gardens Park Live Music
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters Car Dancing Ride
Main Entrance Entranceway
Mariachi Divas All-female Mariachi Band
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Midway-type whip ride
Mickey's PhilharMagic 4-D Movie
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! Dark ride
Mostly Kosher Yiddish Klezmer Music
Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession Short Parade
A Musical Celebration of Coco Live Music and Dancing
Operation: Playtime! - featuring the Green Army Men Percussion Show
Paint the Night Nighttime Parade With A Billion Lights and Infectious Soundtrack
Paradise Garden Bandstand International Music Acts
Pixar Pal-A-Round - Non Swinging Ferris wheel
Pixar Pal-A-Round - Swinging Ferris wheel
Pixarmonic Orchestra Comedy Music Show
Pre-Parade Tiny Parade
Princess Elena's Musical Grand Arrival Character Entertainment
Radiator Springs Racers Automotive dark ride with high-speed thrills
Red Car News Boys Newsies-style singing paperboys
Red Car Trolley 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' Around the World Flight-simulation ride
Sorcerer's Workshop Interactive Disney Movie Exhibits
The Sound A Capella Holiday Music
Tale of the Lion King Live Musical Story
Toy Story Midway Mania! 3-D ride-through indoor shooting gallery
Turtle Talk with Crush An interactive animated film
Villainous Nighttime Spectacular
Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar Exhibit of attraction concept art
Wilderness Explorer Ceremony Show with Up characters
World of Color Fountain show with special effects

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