Disney California Adventure opened as the Disneyland Resort's long-awaited second gate on February 8, 2001. It's Disney's least-attended of its six theme parks in the United States, but that still makes it the eighth most-visited park in America, with nearly 10 million visitors in 2019. DCA might have the same Pan Pacific Auditorium-inspired entrance as Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios, but it shares a focus on seasonal food festivals with Epcot, staging the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival and Lunar New Year, as well as Halloween Time and Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.
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The big new addition to Disney California Adventure in 2021 is Avengers Campus, a new Marvel-themed land on the site of the former A Bug's Land. The land includes Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, an interactive dark ride.
Other notable attractions include the Grizzly River Run rapids ride and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail playground in Grizzly Peak; The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure dark ride, Silly Symphony Swings and Golden Zephyr swing rides, Jumpin' Jellyfish kiddie drop tower, and Goofy's Sky School Mack Rides wild mouse roller coaster in Paradise Park; Pixar Pal-A-Round Ferris wheel, Jessie's Critter Carousel, and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind spinner on Pixar Pier; Mater's Junkyard Jamboree whip ride and Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters trackless ride in Cars Land; and the Monsters, Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue dark ride in Hollywood Land.
Other shows include Turtle Talk with Crush inside the Animation building and the Disney Junior Dance Party next door in Hollywood Land, as well as superhero character appearances throughout the day in Avengers Campus.
New in 2021: Pym Test Kitchen is open in Avengers Campus.
The Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California - about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles and 30 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
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