Sun, fun, glitz and glamour
Southern California is the USA’s sun-soaked capital of moviemaking, trendsetting style, cutting-edge cuisine and big-time family fun. Each year, millions of visitors from around the globe eagerly flock to its beaches, mountains, cities and theme parks. For families with kids, a trip to the Golden State often means a visit to one or more theme parks, and Southern California’s are among the best in the world.
Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort always has new magic. If you have not had a chance to experience Cars Land, it is a nearly five-hectare themed area modeled on scenes and characters from the movie Cars. The best way to experience Cars Land is to buckle up for a spin on Radiator Springs Racers, a ride that starts out as a leisurely scenic drive through beautiful Ornament Valley and ends with your car whooshing over hills, whipping around corners and careening past red rock formations as you race another vehicle to the finish line. Depart Cars Land to take on a thrilling mission aboard Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! And now you can team up with Avengers at Avengers Campus to recruit the next generation of heroes.
Disneyland Park is the original Disney theme park and a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. The park is also home to many classic attractions. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the first rides in the world to use robotic animatronics, remains a huge draw for visitors, as does “it’s a small world”, that colorful, musical boat ride celebrating the happy spirit of childhood. And visitors can live their Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Are you ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience? No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a day or more at the world-renowned Universal Studios Hollywood, where your favorite movies and television shows come to life. Go behind-the-scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore real film sets where Hollywood movies are made. Each tour is hosted by the “Video Studio Tour Guide” Jimmy Fallon, Emmy® winner and star of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Get into the action on heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s most popular movies and TV shows.
SeaWorld® San Diego
Enjoy exciting and educational attractions, shows, presentations and exhibits at SeaWorld San Diego. Create fun and meaningful experiences and become inspired to care about animals and wild wonders of the world.
Enjoy a day filled with activities for thrill seekers and animal lovers, including roller coasters, rides, presentations, shows, tours, attractions and more family-friendly fun. At the Turtle Reef attraction, get an up-close look at the fascinating world of sea turtles, then get even closer by experiencing their journey first-hand. Ride Electric Eel, San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, featuring astounding loops, twists and airtime. It will propel you to more than 95 kph in seconds, then rocket you skyward nearly 45 meters to an adrenaline-pumping inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop. Don’t miss an exhilarating ride on Tidal Twister, the world’s first infinity loop coaster with dynamic Zero-G roll.
Thrills on the Journey to Atlantis water ride at SeaWorld San Diego
LEGOLAND® California Resort
LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad (just north of San Diego) is home to more than 60 awesome rides, shows and attractions, where families will make memories that last a lifetime. Party in the reimagined DUPLO® Playtown. Experience the brand-new LEGO® City 4D Movie: Officer in Pursuit. Go behind-the-scenes at the brand new THE LEGO MOVIE™ 2 Experience. Join the crew on the LEGO® CITY: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride to discover real sea creatures and LEGO treasures. Train like a ninja at NINJAGO® World! Then, enter the world of knights and princesses to conquer the Dragon Coaster. Get a driver’s license in Fun Town, and marvel at cities built entirely out of millions of LEGO bricks in Miniland USA. The resort is also home to LEGOLAND Water Park, SEA LIFE® aquarium and the amazing LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel just steps away from the park entrance.
Taking family photos outside LEGOLAND California Resort
A Money-Saving Tip
Southern California is one of 13 U.S. destinations that offer the CityPASS program. Save time and money while planning your theme park vacation with CityPASS. Create a trip to a combination of your favorite theme parks including Disneyland® Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood™, SeaWorld® San Diego, LEGOLAND® California Resort, San Diego Zoo® and San Diego Zoo® Safari Park.
Get discounted theme park tickets in one simple purchase, making entry to each park streamlined and stress-free. Plus, your mobile (or printed) tickets allow you to skip the main ticket lines too.