Finally Forty Inches (Part 2): Disney California Adventure Attractions for Little Ones
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This is Part 2 of our two-part series, Finally Forty Inches: Part 1 outlines our Disneyland Park experiences, while Part 2 is our review of Disney California Adventure.
Our first thrill ride after entering Disney California Adventure was Radiator Springs Racers. My daughter grudgingly tolerated the 45-minute line first thing in the morning, but her eyes got big as we got closer to boarding. It's an awesome ride. There are a couple scary bits in the indoor section, including Frank the combine, but the rest of the ride was a lot of fun for us. During the race part of the ride, my little girl held her hands in the air and cheered all the way.
About the Author: Brian Rawson is a single dad, now living near Calgary. His father took him on the Matterhorn Bobsleds when he was five, and since then, he has traveled extensively to feed his roller coaster addiction. He has ridden around 200 different roller coasters and experienced all the "Disney Mountains" in Florida, California, France, and Japan.
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I just wanted to let Brian Rawson know I am so impressed with the amount of care and consideration he obviously put into deciding what attractions were appropriate for his daughter and helping her prepare for what to expect. I was really impressed that he was so in tune with his daughter that he was able to pick up on things like it was the name "Big Thunder Mountain" that was worrying her, not the ride itself. So many parents seem to assume that everything will be appropriate and fun for their children and forget that they see things differently than grown ups do. My now 12 year old niece still won't go on the Matterhorn after the "snow bear" scared the daylights out of her when I took her on it when she was about 3, even though I had tried to warn her about it before we got on (apparently she forgot between waiting in line and actually encountering him) . Anyway, great job, Brian! Don't blame yourself for not anticipating that the video of herself on Tower of Terror would be the thing that scared her! I think your daughter is a very lucky little girl to have such a caring and thoughtful father (as well as one who takes her to Disneyland). :-)
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Updated 11-22-2012 - Article #873
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