I thought about this. Disney California Adventure... pretty ambitious to try to contain a very diverse state into one small parking lot. Our state has everything from the low deserts of Death Valley to the high Sierra's and Mammoth Mountain, and everything in between. How much of that is actually reflected in DCA? I'll name a few things that come to mind.
Railroad- California is deeply rooted in the Railroad industry. Indeed one of our "great" universities is named for the son of the Stanford Family. Stanford was also one of the ones who drove one of the Golden Spikes to unite the railroads. He later became Governor of California, and his mansion has taken many roles over the years including hospital and halfway house. The DCA version- BurrrrrBank Icecream.... think that was a bit of a letdown.
Trolley- As discussed in previous threads. The Trolley MADE Southern California, without them towns couldn't grow. The same effect as when Freeways sprang up connecting to certain towns making them boom towns and passed others making ghost towns. Haven't found a Trolley Reference
California Missions- Not specifically Southern California as they stretch all the way up. These Missions are deeply rooted in our history, as deep as the Colonial roots of New England. We get a tortilla factory... feels kinda cheap.
San Simeon- Commonly called Hearst Castle it is one of the greatest collections of Artwork, Sculpture, and Architecture on the entire West Coast. Again no mention.
San Francisco Fountain- There is a fountain in San Fran that is one of the few things to survive the Great Quake. After the quake it was used as a meeting point for survivors, and every year since it was the gathering place for the living survivors. Again no mention, no replica, and it is BEAUTIFUL
Lighthouses- California is full of ports, we have many lighthouses some still around and none of them referenced.
Alcatraz- mentioned in previous threads, everyone knows what it is so I'll spare the commentary and say 'Where is it in DCA?"
Death Valley and the California Deserts- Probably some of the most beautiful and desolate parts of California, some of the few places that are still wild.
Calico- Most famous Ghost Town out here... ties in the with the Deserts
Chinatown- Biggest one in San Fran but there were cultural communities all along the coast, they made a huge contribution and we don't even have take out in the park.
Surfing Culture- not unique to California but enhanced by it. We invented the Boogie Board... and enhanced the sport in various ways (visit any of the countless surfing museums for a full explanation)
This is a list I put together in 5 minutes of quick thinking. There are MANY more places throughout California. I have seen the "I love DCA" threads as well as the "I hate DCA" threads. This thread is not meant to bash. IMO DCA completely lacks the ability, theming, or concept to correctly depict California and it's extremely rich history. I don't blame them, it was a monumental task. I believe they should either correct it, or simply change the name. For me a California Adventure isn't reflected in a visit to DCA... so... What does a California Adventure mean to you?