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

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).

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

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