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5 Spots to Relax at Disney’s California Adventure

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Regular Disneyland visitors know how important it is to rest in the park after a long morning of walking.  Did you know that Disney’s California Adventure offers several places that visitors can stop and rest their tired feet? In general, Disneyland is more crowded than DCA, but that doesn’t mean that DCA doesn’t get busy.  During those busy times here are 5 spots to relax at 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

Right now the Hollywood backlot (adjacent to Monster’s Inc.) is usually a quiet place to relax.  Recently DCA put up some murals near the bathrooms so there tend to be a bit more people.  I want to note: this area gets crowded at night due to the dance parties 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 smoking section and the trail is usually deserted just before the smoking spot. Since this is a smoking area, it’s not for children but next to the ride and before the trail that leads to the smoking spot is a great place to stop.

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