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Spots to Relax at Disney’s California Adventure in 2023

For frequent visitors of Disneyland, it’s no secret that taking a break to rest and recharge is crucial after a long morning of walking and excitement in the park. However, what many may not know is that Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) offers several great spots for visitors to do just that. While Disneyland tends to be busier overall, don’t let that fool you – DCA can get quite busy during peak times as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of places throughout the park where you can take a breather and enjoy some relaxation. Here are the best spots to relax at Disney’s California Adventure!

Spots to Relax Disney's California Adventure

Spots to Relax at Disney’s California Adventure

Paradise Garden

In the rear of the park, there is a covered area named Paradise Garden.  There are food options available but it’s never crowded so we usually find an empty table on the side closest to the Boardwalk games.  It’s nice to grab a snack or a drink (the Bayside Brews beer/wine cart is nearby) and relax.

Hollywood Pictures Backlot

The Disney California Adventure Hollywood backlot is a fantastic place to unwind and take a break from the excitement of the park. Nestled between the popular Cars Land and the thrilling Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attractions, this area provides a serene and peaceful atmosphere.  I want to note: this area gets crowded at night due to the dance parties or performances on the stage so stick with it during the day. 

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

In a section of the adventure trail are tables and benches to rest at.  While your kids are running around with Peter Pan, find a seat in the Redwood Creek Challenge seating area.  There are also benches sprinkled throughout the challenge area that are often empty.

Beneath the Symphony Swings

On the pavilion underneath the Symphony Swings ride is a space that holds benches and overlooks the water.  It’s a great restful place to relax.  When we need a break from the crowds we can almost always find a place to sit and chill. Sometimes this area is the location of AP events but usually, it’s empty. 

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Behind Grizzly Peak 

To the rear of the Grizzly Peak ride there is a walking path and the trail is usually deserted with a few benches.

Animation Academy

Situated in Hollywood Land, the Animation Academy offers visitors the chance to learn how to draw some of their favorite Disney characters. This is a great way to take a break from the crowds while also enjoying a fun and interactive experience.

Carthay Circle Lounge

For a more upscale break, head to the Carthay Circle Lounge, located in the heart of Buena Vista Street. Grab a cocktail or a snack and enjoy the luxurious surroundings and comfortable seating.

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