Soarin’ Over California is one of my favorite Adventures in DCA, especially on a hot day. There are so many neat things in the queue to keep your attention and of course the ride itself is incredible. It’s a perfect respite from warm weather with the chilled air and the many refreshing scents blown your way. I’m not sure I could name a favorite scent though. Could you?
Of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken of Grizzly River Run, this day, with it’s billowing clouds, had to be the best.
The sun dipping behind the Soarin’ structure is a really cinematic moment that almost feels like it should be included in the ride itself. It’s easy to forget that you’re at Disneyland and start dreaming of flying into that sunset on your very own adventure. Just watch for passersby. They don’t take too kindly to being run into, even if you’re humming an epic theme song.
Grizzly Peak is kind of like the Sleeping Beauty Castle of California Adventure for me. It’s that iconic piece of the magic puzzle that you always find yourself drawn to and that you can immediately identify and associate with Disney. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night it is either. There is always something majestic about it. When we first started taking pictures around the Disneyland Resort for this crazy idea we had for a web site dedicated to Disney pictures, Grizzly Peak is what I tried to capture the most. I have probably racked up well over a thousand images of this man made mountain since. This was one of the first.
Off the beaten path in California Adventure’s Golden State, you can get yourself into all sorts of trouble in a redwoods themed challenge trail. From climbing over things, to under them, to through, there’s no lack in variety of ways to potentially hurt yourself. Of course you may just find yourself stuck inside one of those redwoods, which offers you this chilling challenge… okay maybe not. Finding a way out isn’t all that rough, but you may not want to leave too soon. It’s another peaceful place for some adventurous diversions.
Sometimes it’s hard to decide what you want to do on vacation with such limited time to get away. Do you go to the beach? Do you go camping? Do you go to an amusement park? Do you travel somewhere exotic? You really don’t have to decide if you go to the Disneyland Resort. It has a bit of everything from the beach feel of Paradise Pier to the exotic mystery of Adventureland to the great outdoors of the Golden State. It makes all that vacation planning a little easier and the experience makes for a magical, relaxing adventure.
This is one of my absolute favorite settings in all of the Disneyland Resort. I have probably taken hundreds of pictures of this spot, never quite capturing what I wanted. Strangely enough, it had never occurred to me to take a picture of this area at night. I think that doing so afforded me the fresh perspective I needed to tap into that right brain creativity and convey the feeling this area brings me. We often lose our understanding and appreciation of things when they’ve become too familiar. It takes breaking out of our habits sometimes to return to a state actually living instead of simply being alive.
Soarin’ Over California is one of those rides that’s as grand outside as it is in. Just looking up at it you know you’re in for something amazing. The ride itself is so immersive with all of the sights and smells that transport you all over on a tour of our Golden State of California. One minute it smells like a pine forest, the next an ocean breeze and then my favorite, an orange grove. It’s crazy to me to think that orange grove could have been right where we ride Soarin’. Just so you know, Clinique Happy cologne for men smells an awful lot like the orange scent in Soarin’.