Cars Land, photo by Matt Stroshane/Disneyland Resort

With less than a year at the helm as vice president of Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney, Christie Fleischer has already trained in more than 20 of the employee (officially known as “cast members”) roles to learn all aspects of the business. Fleischer’s near decade within the Disney organization has seen her excel in her roles in retail, merchandising and consumer products developing the Disney and Pixar brands. Did she see herself running a theme park? Not at all. But, like the man behind the mouse, she took a chance.

When asked what she loved most about her job, she says, “The luxury of walking into the park and seeing how our efforts impact the guest experience and how much the guests are enjoying their day. It’s challenging to have a bad day at the office here; there are great moments every day.”

Here are Fleischer’s picks for the perfect experience at Disneyland Resort.


Try the signature Carthay Angus Burger at the retro Carthay Circle restaurant; it has pepper bacon and cheese, making it unique.

Live performance

Frozen–Live at the Hyperion has everyone cheering and singing “Let It Go.” From the costuming to the special effects—it’s wonderful.


Route 66 in Cars Land is brilliant. Kids ask every single day if this is where the movie Cars was filmed.


Soarin’ Around the World takes guests to places like Switzerland, Australia and the Great Wall of China with added touches that immerse the guests in a sensory-loaded experience.


If you love Star Wars, you have to visit HyperSpace Mountain. This attraction gives you a taste of what’s to come in the Star Wars-themed land.