Disney California Adventure (DCA)does what its name implies—that is, it takes Guests on adventures to experience how beautiful and unique the Golden State is.
The Condor Flats “land” of DCA rockets visitors away to a remote desert landing strip where innovative aircraft design and simulated flights demonstrate the pioneering aviation spirit. Condor Flats opened as one of the original lands in Disney California Adventure Park on Feb. 8, 2001. Legend states that Condor Flats was the hub of jet testing and rocket research in the early years of aeronautics. An early test pilot wanted to share the area’s significance and created the “Condor Flats Scenic Air Tours.” One of my favorite attractions of any Disney Park is located right here: Soarin’ Over California.
At Soarin’ Over California, Guests board rows of ski lift-type benches and are lifted nearly 45 feet in the air to “fly” on a simulated hang glider through fast motion Omnimax clips. As the journey begins, fog lifts to reveal the Golden Gate Bridge. You soar from there to Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, San Diego harbor, Malibu, and downtown Los Angeles, gently rocking, tilting, and swaying with orange and pine scented breezes. You can almost feel the ocean spray! It’s a truly magical way to discover California’s geographic diversity.
Condor Flats is not lacking entertainment either. Book a musical tour on Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline for a toe-tapping good time. Your spirit will soar as you enjoy swinging songs from the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. You’re sure to want a return “flight.” Check the show schedule for performance times.
Good grub is also available for hungry aviators at Condor Flats. Great food is rocket science at the Taste Pilots’ Grill, where you’ll find top-flight hamburgers, chili cheese fries, and sound barrier shakes and other thirst-quenching liquid fuel, such as fountain drinks, juice boxes and hot cocoa. And don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs at the Fly ‘n’ Buy gift shop, which features a clock that stopped at 10:27 a.m. on Oct. 14, 1947 to commemorate the date and time Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier.
Use some of your leftover Christmas or birthday wrapping paper to make an origami hang glider.
Follow these directions from Origami-Instructions.com:
1) Begin with an 8-inch square piece of paper.
2) Crease it in half along the North-South line and along the East-West line.
3) Fold the left edge in to the exact center.
4) Then, fold the upper and lower left corners in to the center line.
5) Unfold the previous folds to create creases as seen in this photo.
6) Fold line A-B to the center line and line C-D away from the center line as shown.
7) Repeat Step 6 on the lower left corner.
8) Fold the newly formed point in to the center line, and fold the two loose flaps up.
9) Fold glider in half and then unfold to create a dihedral angle.
10) You may secure flaps with tape to make your craft more aerodynamic or attach a paper clip to the nose to make it fly faster.
11) For best flight technique, Origami-Instructions advises you hold the glider above your head at a 30 to 45 degree downward angle and simply let it slip from your fingers. It should swoop down gently and level off.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Aerodynamics, Art
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
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