Hannah N. (NDT#23) (27 Posts)

With only one year to her name, Hannah made her first trip to Disneyland with her family. She has loved Disney and being in Disney Parks ever since. As a little girl, her fascination primarily manifested as Cinderella and Aladdin movie-watching marathons. These days her obsession expresses itself more in the way of collecting Disney Pins and Vinylmation. So while her heart no longer pounds at the sight of her favorite childhood princess, Jasmine, her Disney obsession is still as strong (if not stronger). As a teen, she avidly shares her love of Disney with others who always laugh when she explains her addiction. Fond memories are what keeps Hannah's Disney Spirit alive. She remembers walking down Disneyland Main Street and seeing Sleeping Beauty castle for the first time, and it is one of her favorite things to recall.

Photo Credit: Dennis Brown, NDU 5

This week I wanted to discuss the top teen attractions at Disney’s California Adventure. It’s a great park for teens, especially adrenaline junkies (Honestly, who doesn’t get that craving every once in a while?).  Here is my list of top teen attractions at Disney’s California Adventure.

1. Soarin’ Over California– This is a great attraction for all ages. It’s relaxing and full of energy at the same time. It’s an absolutely beautiful tribute to the state of California. I have ridden with people who are afraid of flying and of heights, and none of them have gotten scared. It’s probably the closest I will ever get to hang-gliding (the real thing freaks me out).  When riding, pay close attention to the wonderful scents of pine trees, oranges, and more.

2. The Boudin Bakery Tour– This may not appeal to all teens. It’s very entertaining to learn from Rosie O’Donnell and Colin Mochrie the history of sourdough bread and how sourdough bread is made. You also get a morsel of the tasty bread at the beginning of the tour. It’s incredible to know how much work goes into just one loaf of the delicious sourdough. You’ll never look at bread the same way again.

3. The Mission Tortilla Factory– This may not appeal to all teens, either, but I think I like it’s better than the bakery tour. For one thing, you get a warm, whole tortilla at the end. If it’s your birthday they’ll give you a small package of the tasty tortillas. You learn about the history of the tortilla and how they are made. Again, it’s really cool to know the amount of labor needed to make a tortilla.

4. Grizzly River Run– Get ready for some white water! This ride is super fun. The chances of getting wet on this attraction are very interesting. Some people can ride it and get barely a splash on them. However, there are instances when you will end up looking like someone threw you in a swimming pool with all of your clothes on. It’s best to heed the words of the signs in the queue of the attraction “You will get wet; you may get soaked.” Both ponchos and towels are sold at the store right next to the attraction.

5. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail– It’s just a fun place to explore and learn more about nature. The Trail is ideal if you’re killing some time before dashing to use fastpasses or saving your spot for the parade. It’s also perfect if you’re just plain tired of waiting in lines.

6. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror– “Please, hold on to anything you wish to keep including hats, glasses, loved ones, etc. Enjoy your stay.” This is one of my favorites. I will always remember waiting for the elevator by myself once. There was a bodybuilder there who was absolutely freaking out. He was sweating profusely as his petite girlfriend comforted him, telling him “It’s going to be all right.” Screaming on this ride is super fun; however, please pay close attention to those you are riding with in your elevator. Your screaming may scar smaller Mouseketeers.

7. Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical SpectacularAladdin was one of my favorite movies when I was little, so this attraction means a lot to me. It’s a fabulous show; so make sure you get a good seat. Almost anywhere is good, but I don’t recommend the balcony.

8. Disney Animation Building– Such a fun place to relax. It’s always cool inside, and the lobby is just incredible. You can learn how to draw a Disney character in the Animation Academy and watch the fascinating Toy Story Zoetrope and look at original Disney artwork in Character Close-Up. This building is also home to the famous Turtle Talk with Crush. My favorite part of the building is the Sorcerer’s Workshop. There you can learn how to create simple animation, discover what Disney character you’re most like, and put your voice into a clip of a movie/song.

9. California Screamin’– Crazy fun boardwalk roller coaster. What more can I say?

10. Toy Story Midway Mania– The line gets long, but this attraction’s certainly worth the wait. Whether you’re competitive or just want to have a fun time, this attraction is pretty much perfect.

11. World of Color– If you have the time to do it, go for it! However, if you’re only at the parks for a day, I say you skip it. You’re much better off seeing the fireworks at Disneyland and saving your time for other attractions.

Disney’s California Adventure is a great park for everyone, especially teens. Again, I strongly urge you to venture out of your comfort zone. Don’t be scared to hop on California Screamin’ or Tower of Terror. Just have fun! This concludes our tour of the west coast. Next week we’ll be traveling east to the Magic Kingdom.

Contributed by: Hannah N. (NDT#23) Hannah is the DDL Teens’ Viewpoint Blogger.

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