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
California Screamin' Big, bad roller coaster
Character Close-Up Toy Story Zoetrope and artwork exhibit
Disney Junior - Live on Stage! Live show for children
Five & Dime Jazzy musical performers
Flik's Flyers Suspended "baskets" swing around a central axis
Francis' Ladybug Boogie adaptation of the Mad Tea Party
Frozen - Live at the Hyperion Musical Show
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 Rollickin' Roadsters Car Dancing Ride
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
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 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 Bakery Tour, hosted by Boudin Bakery Free Bread! (plus a short film)
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
World of Color Fountain show with special effects

"What it is" at Other Parks