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The following list shows attractions with appeal by age group. Attraction ratings are on a scale from 0 (very bad) to 5 (excellent). Click on the header links to sort!

Disney California Adventure Attractions
Name Pre-
school
Grade
School
Teens Young
Adults
Over
30
Seniors Our
Rating
Radiator Springs Racers
Cars Land
4 4.8 4.8 4.9 4.9 4.7 5
Automotive dark ride with high-speed thrills
When To Go: The first 30 minutes the park is open, or use FASTPASS
California Screamin'
Paradise Pier
1.6 4.6 4.8 4.9 4.6 3.3 4
Big, bad roller coaster
When To Go: Ride first thing in the morning, or use FASTPASS
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Hollywood Land
2.1 4.5 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.1 4.5
Sci-fi-theme indoor thrill ride
When To Go: Before 9:30 a.m., after 6 p.m., or use FASTPASS.
Toy Story Midway Mania!
Paradise Pier
4.3 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.6 4.5
3-D ride-through indoor shooting gallery
When To Go: First thing after the park opens
Animation Academy
Hollywood Land
2.9 4.3 4.4 4.7 4.3 4.6 4
Behind-the-scenes look at Disney animation
When To Go: Anytime
Soarin' Around the World
Grizzly Peak
4.3 4.6 4.8 4.6 4.7 4.9 4.5
Flight-simulation ride
When To Go: The first 30 minutes the park is open, or use FASTPASS
World of Color
Paradise Pier
4.1 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.6 4.8 4
Fountain show with special effects
When To Go: See entertainment schedule for performance times
Grizzly River Run
Grizzly Peak
3.6 4.8 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.2 4.5
White-water raft ride
When To Go: First hour the park is open, or use FASTPASS
Frozen - Live at the Hyperion
Hollywood Land
4.3 4.4 3.9 4.4 4.5 4.8 4
Musical Show
Five & Dime
Buena Vista Street
3.5 4.3 4 4.4 4.5 4 4
Jazzy musical performers
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!
Hollywood Land
3 4.3 4.1 4.2 3.8 3.7
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Cars Land
4.4 4.4 4 4.2 3.9 3.8 3
Midway-type whip ride
When To Go: Before noon
Operation: Playtime! - featuring the Green Army Men
Paradise Pier
4.1 4.5 3.6 4 4 4.5
Percussion Show
Turtle Talk with Crush
Hollywood Land
4.7 4.3 3.8 4 3.8 4.2 4
An interactive animated film
When To Go: After you see the other attractions in the Animation building
Mickey's Fun Wheel - Swinging
Paradise Pier
3 3.5 4 4 3.4 2.2 2.5
Ferris wheel
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
Mariachi Divas
Pacific Wharf
5 3.4 3.5 3.9 4.1 4.3
All-female Mariachi Band
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Paradise Pier
4.7 4.2 3.6 3.8 3.8 4 3.5
Track ride in the dark
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Red Car News Boys
Buena Vista Street
4 3.5 3.6 3.8 4 3.6 3
Newsies-style singing paperboys
It's Tough to Be a Bug!
a bug's land
3.5 3.9 4.2 3.8 4.1 4.7 4
3-D movie
When To Go: After experiencing DCA's better rides.
Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome
Hollywood Land
4.8 4.7 3.2 3.7 3.6 1 3
Character Greeting
When To Go: Park opening
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
Cars Land
4.1 4.1 3.5 3.7 3.7 3.7
Car Dancing Ride
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Hollywood Land
4.2 3.9 3.4 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.5
Dark ride
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Mickey's Fun Wheel - Non Swinging
Paradise Pier
3.9 4.1 3.8 3.6 3.7 4.2 2
Ferris wheel
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
Red Car Trolley
Buena Vista Street
4.5 3.7 3.4 3.6 3.6 4 3
Scenic in-park transportation
When To Go: First 2 hours after opening, or last 2 hours before closing.
Silly Symphony Swings - Single
Paradise Pier
1.8 4.1 4 3.5 3.6 3 3
Swings rotating around a central tower
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
The Bakery Tour
Pacific Wharf
3 3.3 3.2 3.5 3.3 4.1 2.5
Free Bread! (plus a short film)
When To Go: Anytime
Pixar Play Parade
Paradise Pier
4.3 4.3 4 3.4 3.9 3.8 3.5
Parade with Pixar Characters
Goofy's Sky School
Paradise Pier
3.4 4.3 3.9 3.3 3.2 2.2 3
Disney version of a wild (or mad) mouse ride
When To Go: During the first hour the park is open.
Golden Zephyr
Paradise Pier
3.9 3.8 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.3 2
Zephyrs spinning around a central tower
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
Sorcerer's Workshop
Hollywood Land
4 3.8 3.6 3.2 3.2 3 2.5
Interactive Disney Movie Exhibits
When To Go: Anytime
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Grizzly Peak
4.6 4.6 3.3 3.2 3.4 2.9 3.5
Elaborate playground and obstacle course
When To Go: Anytime
Francis' Ladybug Boogie
a bug's land
4.4 3.6 3.2 3.1 2.6 2.6 3
adaptation of the Mad Tea Party
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
a bug's land
3.9 3.7 3.1 3 2.5 2.9 2
Bumper Cars, by Disney
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Silly Symphony Swings - Tandem
Paradise Pier
4.2 4.3 3.4 2.8 3.2 3 3
Swings rotating around a central tower
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
King Triton's Carousel
Paradise Pier
4.6 4 2.9 2.8 3.2 3.4 3
Merry-go-round
When To Go: Before noon
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
a bug's land
4.4 3.5 2.4 2.8 2.7 2.7 3.5
Train ride
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Disney Junior Dance Party
Hollywood Land
4.6 4.8 2.8 2.4 3 2 4
Dance party for children
When To Go: Per the daily entertainment schedule
Flik's Flyers
a bug's land
4.6 3.9 2.5 2.4 2.8 2.8 2.5
Suspended "baskets" swing around a central axis
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Jumpin' Jellyfish
Paradise Pier
3.9 4 2.9 2.4 2.8 2.3 1.5
Parachute ride
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
DJ's Dance 'n Drive
Cars Land
4.1 4.1 2.4 1.9 3.3 3.4 1.5
Mobile Dance Party

The following list shows California Adventure attractions with appeal by age group. Attraction ratings are on a scale from 0 (very bad) to 5 (excellent).

Automotive dark ride with high-speed thrills
Unofficial Guide: 5
Preschoolers: 4
Grade Schoolers: 4.8
Teens: 4.8
Young Adults: 4.9
Over 30: 4.9
Seniors: 4.7
When To Go: The first 30 minutes the park is open, or use FASTPASS
California Screamin'
Paradise Pier
Big, bad roller coaster
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 1.6
Grade Schoolers: 4.6
Teens: 4.8
Young Adults: 4.9
Over 30: 4.6
Seniors: 3.3
When To Go: Ride first thing in the morning, or use FASTPASS
Sci-fi-theme indoor thrill ride
Unofficial Guide: 4.5
Preschoolers: 2.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.5
Teens: 4.8
Young Adults: 4.8
Over 30: 4.7
Seniors: 4.1
When To Go: Before 9:30 a.m., after 6 p.m., or use FASTPASS.
Toy Story Midway Mania!
Paradise Pier
3-D ride-through indoor shooting gallery
Unofficial Guide: 4.5
Preschoolers: 4.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.8
Teens: 4.8
Young Adults: 4.8
Over 30: 4.7
Seniors: 4.6
When To Go: First thing after the park opens
Animation Academy
Hollywood Land
Behind-the-scenes look at Disney animation
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 2.9
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.7
Over 30: 4.3
Seniors: 4.6
When To Go: Anytime
Flight-simulation ride
Unofficial Guide: 4.5
Preschoolers: 4.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.6
Teens: 4.8
Young Adults: 4.6
Over 30: 4.7
Seniors: 4.9
When To Go: The first 30 minutes the park is open, or use FASTPASS
World of Color
Paradise Pier
Fountain show with special effects
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.6
Teens: 4.6
Young Adults: 4.5
Over 30: 4.6
Seniors: 4.8
When To Go: See entertainment schedule for performance times
Grizzly River Run
Grizzly Peak
White-water raft ride
Unofficial Guide: 4.5
Preschoolers: 3.6
Grade Schoolers: 4.8
Teens: 4.7
Young Adults: 4.5
Over 30: 4.4
Seniors: 4.2
When To Go: First hour the park is open, or use FASTPASS
Musical Show
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 4.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.4
Teens: 3.9
Young Adults: 4.4
Over 30: 4.5
Seniors: 4.8
Five & Dime
Buena Vista Street
Jazzy musical performers
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 3.5
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4
Young Adults: 4.4
Over 30: 4.5
Seniors: 4
Preschoolers: 3
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4.1
Young Adults: 4.2
Over 30: 3.8
Seniors: 3.7
Midway-type whip ride
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4.4
Grade Schoolers: 4.4
Teens: 4
Young Adults: 4.2
Over 30: 3.9
Seniors: 3.8
When To Go: Before noon
Percussion Show
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.5
Teens: 3.6
Young Adults: 4
Over 30: 4
Seniors: 4.5
Turtle Talk with Crush
Hollywood Land
An interactive animated film
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 4.7
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 3.8
Young Adults: 4
Over 30: 3.8
Seniors: 4.2
When To Go: After you see the other attractions in the Animation building
Ferris wheel
Unofficial Guide: 2.5
Preschoolers: 3
Grade Schoolers: 3.5
Teens: 4
Young Adults: 4
Over 30: 3.4
Seniors: 2.2
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
Mariachi Divas
Pacific Wharf
All-female Mariachi Band
Preschoolers: 5
Grade Schoolers: 3.4
Teens: 3.5
Young Adults: 3.9
Over 30: 4.1
Seniors: 4.3
Track ride in the dark
Unofficial Guide: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.7
Grade Schoolers: 4.2
Teens: 3.6
Young Adults: 3.8
Over 30: 3.8
Seniors: 4
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Red Car News Boys
Buena Vista Street
Newsies-style singing paperboys
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4
Grade Schoolers: 3.5
Teens: 3.6
Young Adults: 3.8
Over 30: 4
Seniors: 3.6
3-D movie
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 3.5
Grade Schoolers: 3.9
Teens: 4.2
Young Adults: 3.8
Over 30: 4.1
Seniors: 4.7
When To Go: After experiencing DCA's better rides.
Character Greeting
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4.8
Grade Schoolers: 4.7
Teens: 3.2
Young Adults: 3.7
Over 30: 3.6
Seniors: 1
When To Go: Park opening
Car Dancing Ride
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 3.5
Young Adults: 3.7
Over 30: 3.7
Seniors: 3.7
Dark ride
Unofficial Guide: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.2
Grade Schoolers: 3.9
Teens: 3.4
Young Adults: 3.7
Over 30: 3.7
Seniors: 3.7
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Ferris wheel
Unofficial Guide: 2
Preschoolers: 3.9
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 3.8
Young Adults: 3.6
Over 30: 3.7
Seniors: 4.2
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
Red Car Trolley
Buena Vista Street
Scenic in-park transportation
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4.5
Grade Schoolers: 3.7
Teens: 3.4
Young Adults: 3.6
Over 30: 3.6
Seniors: 4
When To Go: First 2 hours after opening, or last 2 hours before closing.
Swings rotating around a central tower
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 1.8
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 4
Young Adults: 3.5
Over 30: 3.6
Seniors: 3
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
The Bakery Tour
Pacific Wharf
Free Bread! (plus a short film)
Unofficial Guide: 2.5
Preschoolers: 3
Grade Schoolers: 3.3
Teens: 3.2
Young Adults: 3.5
Over 30: 3.3
Seniors: 4.1
When To Go: Anytime
Pixar Play Parade
Paradise Pier
Parade with Pixar Characters
Unofficial Guide: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4
Young Adults: 3.4
Over 30: 3.9
Seniors: 3.8
Goofy's Sky School
Paradise Pier
Disney version of a wild (or mad) mouse ride
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 3.4
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 3.9
Young Adults: 3.3
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 2.2
When To Go: During the first hour the park is open.
Golden Zephyr
Paradise Pier
Zephyrs spinning around a central tower
Unofficial Guide: 2
Preschoolers: 3.9
Grade Schoolers: 3.8
Teens: 3.4
Young Adults: 3.3
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 3.3
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
Sorcerer's Workshop
Hollywood Land
Interactive Disney Movie Exhibits
Unofficial Guide: 2.5
Preschoolers: 4
Grade Schoolers: 3.8
Teens: 3.6
Young Adults: 3.2
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 3
When To Go: Anytime
Elaborate playground and obstacle course
Unofficial Guide: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.6
Grade Schoolers: 4.6
Teens: 3.3
Young Adults: 3.2
Over 30: 3.4
Seniors: 2.9
When To Go: Anytime
adaptation of the Mad Tea Party
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4.4
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 3.2
Young Adults: 3.1
Over 30: 2.6
Seniors: 2.6
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Bumper Cars, by Disney
Unofficial Guide: 2
Preschoolers: 3.9
Grade Schoolers: 3.7
Teens: 3.1
Young Adults: 3
Over 30: 2.5
Seniors: 2.9
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Swings rotating around a central tower
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4.2
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 3.4
Young Adults: 2.8
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 3
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
King Triton's Carousel
Paradise Pier
Merry-go-round
Unofficial Guide: 3
Preschoolers: 4.6
Grade Schoolers: 4
Teens: 2.9
Young Adults: 2.8
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 3.4
When To Go: Before noon
Train ride
Unofficial Guide: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.4
Grade Schoolers: 3.5
Teens: 2.4
Young Adults: 2.8
Over 30: 2.7
Seniors: 2.7
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Disney Junior Dance Party
Hollywood Land
Dance party for children
Unofficial Guide: 4
Preschoolers: 4.6
Grade Schoolers: 4.8
Teens: 2.8
Young Adults: 2.4
Over 30: 3
Seniors: 2
When To Go: Per the daily entertainment schedule
Flik's Flyers
a bug's land
Suspended "baskets" swing around a central axis
Unofficial Guide: 2.5
Preschoolers: 4.6
Grade Schoolers: 3.9
Teens: 2.5
Young Adults: 2.4
Over 30: 2.8
Seniors: 2.8
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Jumpin' Jellyfish
Paradise Pier
Parachute ride
Unofficial Guide: 1.5
Preschoolers: 3.9
Grade Schoolers: 4
Teens: 2.9
Young Adults: 2.4
Over 30: 2.8
Seniors: 2.3
When To Go: The first 90 minutes the park is open or just before closing
Mobile Dance Party
Unofficial Guide: 1.5
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 2.4
Young Adults: 1.9
Over 30: 3.3
Seniors: 3.4

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