While I think there are few among us who won't miss the likes of Pizza Om Mow Mow and Burger Invasion (kidding of course), I also think Paradise Pier is an area of Disney California Adventure that has now turned a corner. I can't speak to the quality of Ariel's Undersea Adventure, and I've avoided reading early reviews and viewing photos, but having an omnimover attraction is huge for the park as a whole.
There is still work to be done in Paradise Pier, to be sure, but its Victorian Pier influences make it a start contrast to the crackpot Din-o-rama at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Paradise Pier is a great place to get some ice cream, walk around, and just soak up the ambiance. It truly is "fun in the sun for everyone!"
As for the shot, this was taken just after the golden hour, at a time that some people call the "blue hour" (I swear, there are way too many names for all the periods of time during the day). While it does not appear this vividly blue to the human eye, it does photograph this way. I actually backed off of the blue saturation a tad in post processing.
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