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is truly the ultimate
tourist attraction which provides fun for people of all ages. A trip to
Disneyland is a trip into imagination, relive your childhood fantasies and enjoy
a total escapist experience.
Disneyland is a very exciting and magical place.
Inside the park is history, and you can see the dream of Walt
Disney throughout the day. Disneyland was a dream come
true. The dreamer of this "magical little park" was
Mr. Walt E. Disney.
Walt wanted to create a kind of family park
where kids and parents could have fun together. The land that now houses
Disneyland used to be just 180 acres of orange groves
walnut trees. Anaheim
California was the spot
chosen to hold a mountain, rivers and the other various ideas Disneyland
now contains.When the real designing came about, Walt was met with tough
questions. How do you make believable wild animals? How do you make a
Mississippi paddle ship? How exactly do you go about building a big
in the middle of Anaheim, California? Disney looked to his
movie studio staff for the answers. The design of
was something never done before. There would be five
uniquely different lands: Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland,
Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Disneyland was built in 1 year.
Construction began on July 21, 1954. Bit by bit, piece by
piece, Disneyland got ready for Opening Day July 17
1955. Disneyland was built for a total cost of 17.5
million dollars. The televised opening is hosted by Ronald
Reagan, Art Linkletter and Bob
On February 8, 2001, the shiny gates of Disney's
California Adventure opened in Anaheim to deliriously excitable queues of
visitors. Disney's newest theme park is divided into three
California-themed lands: Golden State, Paradise
Pier, and Hollywood Pictures Backlot with the
first featuring a simulation of the state's majestic national parks called the
Grizzly Park Recreation Area. From postcards of
Ansel Adams's pristine valleys to David
Lynch's scary Twin Peaks, platitudes of redwoods and
national parks play the role of a globally recognizable original wilderness.
opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions.
Today Disneyland is divided into eight themed lands with
more than 60 attractions. Disneyland is
open 365 days a year and offers extended operating hours during holiday periods
and summer months.
The Disneyland Park is a good
size, with many fantastic attractions. The best
rides fill up fast and the lines can be quite long, but if you are a
patient person, you will do fine. The new California
Adventure park was a pleasant surprise. For nostalgia
fans, you can see the original Haunted Mansion and
Pirates of the Caribbean attractions, still in great shape and
still as much fun as in the 60's when they were built. Let's say it's
changed a lot. As much as you miss some of the old
nostalgic items in the park, what they have done in recent years, and
especially for the 50th anniversary, are wonderful.
The best ride (in my opinion)
is the high-tech Indiana Jones Adventure, perfect for fans of the
movies and anyone who wants to experience the most realistic ride on the planet!
Main Street ,
Main Street Cinema
The Walt Disney Story
Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln
Main Street, U.S.A. is where Disneyland guests
find themselves magically teleported to a turn-of-the-century
mid-West town, bustling and alive with friendship, hard work and much play.
Amongst the Victorian buildings painted in a vast array of pastels and other
colors pleasing to the eye can be heard the constant "clop-cloping" of horses'
hoofs as they make their way up and down the busy street. Walt
Disney said, "For those of us who remember the carefree time it
recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For
younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the
days of grandfather's youth." The scent of caramel-dipped
apples and freshly-made ice cream cones accompany the sounds of the local
barbershop quartet and the always-grinning pianist playing his heart out here in
this delicious slice of yesteryear. Main Street, U.S.A. pays homage to the
surroundings of Walt and Roy Disney during their youths; a time and place that
exist now only in snapshots and the memories of our elders.
Enchanted Tiki Room
Indiana Jones Adventure
Walt Disney said, "To create a land that would
make this dream reality, we pictured ourselves far from
civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa." The
steaming jungles and muddy paths of Adventureland are where mystery and
excitement dwell. As sunlight battles to make its way through the dense foliage
of this "Lost Delta Region," guests are surrounded by
sights and sounds only read about in classic tales such as "The Swiss Family
Robinson" or "Tarzan." From the jungle comes a volley of sounds - the loud and
obscene chatter of monkeys and apes; the majestic roar of a lion (known to the
natives as simba); the slow and deliberate hiss of a python lying in wait. The
colors of this tropical canvas are a plethora of greens, blues and earth tones,
all blending together to create a breathtaking display of nature. The landscape
is littered with ancient ruins, temples and even a small village where all types
of curios may be found. To the brave of heart,
Adventureland is the perfect place... to be
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
Golden Horseshoe Stage
Mark Twain Riverboat
Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
Sailing Ship Columbia
is the old West brought back to
life as a wonderful river flows along its dusty banks lined with tumbleweeds,
rattlesnakes and cactus. On the horizon, breathtaking buttes and natural rock
formations form valleys and plateaus that most surely play home to hot mineral
geysers and rainbow-filled caverns far below the earth. Once upon a time, this
was a booming mining community, its water rich with gold. Families stroll along
the wooden planks of the small town past saloons and a host of supply stores as
the sheriff keeps the peace. In a place like Frontierland
however, that's not a difficult job. It's easy to see just how
rewarding - and simple life was, once upon a time in this town that time forgot.
One might just sit a spell and sip slowly on a chilled sarsaparilla and listen
to the lonely sounds of a harmonica being played across the river in a log cabin
or the music of crickets mingling and moving about under the wild Western sky.
Walt Disney said
, "All of us have cause to be proud of our
, shaped by the pioneering spirit of our
forefathers. Our adventures are designed to give you the feeling of
, even for a short while, during our country's pioneer
Alice In Wonderland
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Dumbo, The Flying Elephant
"It's a Small World"
King Arthor Carrousel
Mad Tea Party
Mr.Toads Wild Ride
Peter Pan's Flight
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Snow White Grotto
Snow White's Scary Adventure
Storybookland Canal Boats
Fantasyland was created with the goal to
"make dreams come true" from the lyrics of "When You
Wish Upon a Star." Walt Disney said, "What youngster
has not dreamed of flying with Peter Pan over moonlit
London, or tumbling into Alice's nonsensical
Wonderland? In Fantasyland, these classic stories of everyone's youth
have become realities for youngsters-of all ages-to participate
in." If there is one truly "magical" land at Disneyland, it
has to be Fantasyland. Well-known to be Walt Disney's personal
favorite, this enchanted place is home to flying pirate ships,
mad tea parties and crazed toads. Tucked away behind the protective walls of
Sleeping Beauty Castle, Fantasyland resounds with
childhood memories and the innocence of youth. In the shadow of
snow-capped Matterhorn Mountain, guests will find themselves amongst
Walt's most beloved characters and their worlds of fancy. One can't help but
smile as they stroll through this place filled with music and laughter. Soothing
architecture and whimsical landscaping combine to offer the perfect setting for
the most "Disney" land of them all!
Honey I Shrunk the Audience
If there is a "land on the move
," it has to be
. With neon spires
reaching into the skyline and the roar of futuristic vehicles
the air, this land is a buzz of activity, light-years ahead of
the rest. Designed to be futuristic but at the same time, completely
down-to-earth in landscaping (every element used in the area's landscape is
edible) and productive, Tomorrowland
is an on-going experiment
that looks to the coming centuries we stand to face as well as salutes the
accomplishments we've already enjoyed. There's a great big, beautiful
for all of us; this very popular land is a
sampling of that day and age.
Tomorrowland is a look at the "marvels of the future." Walt Disney
, "Tomorrow can be a wonderful age
. Our scientists
today are opening the doors of the Space Age
that will benefit our children and generations to
come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity
to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future."
New Orleans Square
The Haunted Mansion
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Disney Gallery
As close as one can come to visiting
The Big Easy, New Orleans Square is a
picture-perfect sampling of one of America's most beloved cities, known locally
as N'awlins. This Southern haven of unique shops and elaborate
mansions almost resounds with echoes of the past - years of Mardi
Gras celebrations with the laughter of the masses, loud and bold brass
bands and the sound of thousands of plastic trinkets scattering along the
streets as they're tossed from balconies and rooftops to the crowds below. On
afternoons when the sun is captured by storm clouds, thunder rolls in the
distance; one can't help but think about the days when pirate ships sailed the
waters and opened fire on unsuspecting ports of call and other vessels going
about their business. Between the relentless scent of Cajun
fixin's and the mouth-watering appeal of a cool mint julep on a
sweltering hot summer day, it's easy to think of 999 reasons to spend
some time in New Orleans Square just soakin' up the attitude,
atmosphere and Southern hospitality!
Country Bear Playhouse
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
Teddi Barra's Swingin Arcade
The great outdoors, with its open fields
and mountains adorned with massive pine trees and thick brush plays home to
hundreds of animals and creatures of all shapes and sizes; this could only be
known as Critter Country. For the most part, this vast
wilderness is untouched by the hands of man; where he has come face-to-face with
nature, the two live in harmony and every day is one of those
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah days. As evening comes, the cool night air is
filled with the sounds of coyotes yipping at the moon and other critters
searching for food - from soft mountain streams to the gnarled thorns of a huge
briar patch. And there are bears in these parts as well - the kind once tracked
by fearless explorers such as Davey Crockett in their canoes.
It's where civilization as we know it meets Mother Nature
head-on, and it's simply gorgeous!
Chip 'n Dale Treehouse
Gadget's Go Coaster
Goffy's Bounce House
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
The newest addition to
is, according to mythology, the oldest. It's a
three-dimensional cartoon world
, home of the whole Disney gang of characters from
to the Big
. With eye-popping colors and
mind-bending comedic detail (Toontown proudly boasts that its architecture
offers not one straight line in the entire land), this land of zany toons can be
almost overwhelming! Whether you're there to take a wild spin with everyone's
favorite rabbit or visiting Disneyland's most famous residents
in their own quaint homes, Mickey's Toontown is sheer fun and delightfully
appealing to the child in all of us.
Disneyland has entertainment throughout the park
Parades, Shows and Fireworks
Enjoy a peek into Mickey’s
in this nighttime stage show
. There are several giant
which appear and disappear throughout the show. The water
is so dense that film is projected onto these water screens. You’ll see scenes
from many of your Disney favorites. There are also live action characters such
as the Disney Princesses
and a thrilling recreation of scenes
from Peter Pan
. But beware when the Evil Queen
and her crew of Disney villains appear
to fill Mickey’s head with nightmares. Will Mickey win over the forces of evil?
You’ll find out in this fantastic voyage complete with fireworks and other
amazing special-effects. A definite must see!
I still love Disneyland and enjoy it as much as the kids!
Disney has outdone themselves. The Dreams Come True
fireworks spectacular is incredible, the best fireworks
show I have ever seen. It is much more than just shooting off
fireworks, it is a performance you will not want to miss, in
fact, be sure to see it twice (I think it was better the second time).
The best spot is in front of the trees in
the circle at the end of Main Street in front of the castle if you can get
there. If not, get a spot in the middle of main street as close to the circle at
the end of main street as you can get. Fantasmic has been enhanced and is even
bettter if you can imagine that!
Disney sure knows how to put on an increble show,
party, parade, etc. Disney Land & California adventure is
truly a magical experience. The resort is a spectacular combination of Walt
Disney's vision of family fun and adventure. The rides are fun for all ages.
There is so much to see, hear and do. The shows are fun to watch with family and
friends. It's truly magical to see Mickey and Minnie walking hand in hand
walking thru the park. I really loved the firework shows at
night; it made me feel like a kid again. I hope you enjoy this park as
much as I did. Make sure you wish upon a star, while you are there.
But that said, Disneyland is Disneyland, and we
will go back in a few years even with the crowds, if only to
watch the sheer joy on our children's faces. It really is
a magical place. I have been to the resort in
Florida, and you really can't compare the two. I am partial to
Disneyland, and other than the castle, didn't really warm up to the
Magic Kingdom in Orlando. We loved MGM and Epcot, and the
Orlando experience as a whole, but since you grew up with Disneyland, it will
always be your first love.
Top Attractions (for both parks)
1. Indiana Jones Adventure
2. Pirates of the Caribbean
3. The Haunted
4. The Tower of Terror (Make sure your stomach is empty and you went
to the bathroom prior to riding)
5. Soarin' Over California
6. Space Mountain
7. Buzz Lightyear. But the attraction itself looks kind of cheap and probably
would have been better suited in Toontown.
8. Turtle Talk with Crush
. Wait in line for Indiana Jones, it never takes longer than 30 minutes no
matter what the sign says!
2. Unless you ABSOLUTELY MUST see the
, avoid it. It gets ridiculously busy!
3. During the fireworks shows, try
and stay on the "Adventureland" side of the park. It is impossible to leave
"Discoveryland" during or just after the show.
4. Plan your shows and parades carefully,
it gets very crowded and it is not easy to move from one to the
other if they are relatively close together. Once you have seen it once, go on
the popular rides during parade time. If you want a really good place to sit or
stand for any of the parades, arrive 45 minutes to one hour before they start,
or you will be scrambling to find a good spot. Our family really enjoyed all the
3D * 4D shows as well as the Golden Dreams
show which is really inspirational. And some cool special effects is
awesome. I highly recommend Birnbaum's 2005 Disneyland Resort
Guide. It cost us $15 but was worth every penny and helped us plan our stay
and went with us to the park everyday.
5. Get to the parks as early in the AM as
possible. There is planty of shopping inside the park, but it's best to do it in
the morning to beat the herds of people at night. Stay in the park until
closing time. Some rides take on a new life at night (Tower of
Terror, Haunted Mansion).
6. Attach luggage tags to your children's wrists for security
to identify them if they get lost. It's one thing I saw someone use was a great
To plan a Disney trip is to know what your budget limitations are and stay
within them. Decided how much you are willing to spend on hotels, food,
etc...and stick with it. As for food prices - yes, it's pricey.
I would think anyone planning a trip to any amusement park could expect
that. If you are very fortunate that you didn't have to worry
about finances you can choose to spend the money to eat in the park
because it's just part of the experience. Where else in California can you eat
in the French Quarter or on a quaint Main Street? And
there are water fountains everywhere that don't charge for water. We used them
the whole time we were there and saved money on buying
drinks. But if you are someone who worry about finances - hit
the Disneyland website. It will give you an idea
of prices in all the restaurants inside the park. Instead of eating meals in the
parks, cross the road to IHOP, have a $7 two-course dinner and re-enter the
8. Remember, some of the properties that
surround Disneyland are dumps - check out the reviews to find a good hotel
near the park. And yes, location is worth the money!
9. If you hate crowds, don't go on
the weekend. Go on a weekday. We
went on a Wednesday and it was pretty quiet. The most we waited for a ride was
20 minutes (which is great). Use the fast pass system. I recommend getting fast
passes for popular rides or you'll spend alot of time waiting - even with fast
passes we waited 15 minutes on some rides. Check with your travel clubs
for special promotions including unlimited use of fastpass.
Travel during the off-season if you can (we went in May and that worked out
great), and go during the week to avoid crowds. Our friends visited in
early December and had the best holiday of their lives. Crowds were
non-existent and they walked straight on to most attractions and never
queued for more than 20 minutes. If you have the flexibility, plan your trip for
the slow times (September to mid-December, and mid-January to March - avoiding
holiday weekends like Thanksgiving and MLK) , try to go weekdays rather than
weekends and you will have the best holiday ever.
Take a break in the afternoon when it is most crowded. I reccomend going
back to the hotel for an hour or two to nap & change shoes (if it is
possible). This way you beat the crowds, and can come back rejouvenated.
Also, if you are taking small children I suggest you stay close enough that you
can go back to your room during the afternoon and take a nap. That way, you can
go back for the fireworks and evening activites refreshed. It sure worked for
us! And if the budget allows it stay at one of the 3 Disney
hotels at least for your first night. There's something about being inside those
Disney walls that makes it feel like you're possibly in another country (maybe
it's like an instant exchange rate where you're losing dollars), but all the
Disney touches make the hotel stay wonderful.
There is also a rule that if you have a small child that can't ride a
ride, but another that wants to, you can have a child ride a ride with one
parent, then get a pass to ride the same ride with the other parent without
having to wait in line again. Somebody used this only once or twice but it
Uniformed security people now seem to be everywhere in the park. I'm sure
this is to make guests feel safe but they dont seem to be very friendly or
helpful. I dont think so much visible security fits in with "The Happiest Place
on Earth" theme. Be patient..
13. Purchase your tickets before you get to Disneyland using
one of the methods shown below. You'll save yourself alot of time by not having
to wait when you arrive at the park.
Basics of Disneyland
To enter Disneyland you obviously need a ticket. At Disneyland
tickets are called passports. Single day,
multi-day and annual passports are available for varying prices depending on
your situation. Complimentary entry is also available for certain Cast Members
(Disney's name for employees) and their friends and family in certain
situations. So if you are or know a Cast Member, you may want to check with
them. Purchase your tickets before you get to Disneyland using one of the
methods shown below. You'll save yourself alot of time by not having to wait
when you arrive at the park.
When purchasing tickets at the Main Gate, Disneyland accepts
cash, checks, traveler's checks, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover,
the Disney card and the JCB Credit Card. Tickets can also be purchased at any
Disney Store though you should allow extra time as they may not be a stocked
item. Tickets can also be purchase via mail order at:
Ticket Mail Order
1313 Harbor Blvd., PO Box 61061
Anaheim, CA 92803-6161
at least 2 weeks for delivery)
Certain types of tickets can also be purchased at
local hotels and motels or purchased online.
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If you're planning a trip to Disneyland
, you have a lot of airport options. The closest is
Orange County (John Wayne Airport)
(SNA), followed by
(LAX) and Burbank (BUR). Those who will also be visiting
may even consider that airport (SAN), which is about 1.5 hours south of Disneyland.
Because of its popularity, traveling to the Los Angeles area to visit Disneyland is easy. Flights are
available day or night to any of the local airports.
John Wayne Airport
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City: Irvine, CA Airport Code: SNA
The most convenient airport to land at for
visiting Disneyland is John Wayne Airport. Airport shuttles are available to and
from the Disneyland area and it's even close enough for taking a cab. If you'll
be renting a car, some car rental companies are located at the
Driving distance to Disneyland: 12 miles
Directions to Disneyland:
Los Angeles International Airport
- Take the 55 Freeway North 3 miles.
- Transfer to the 5 Freeway North for 7
- Exit on Harbor Blvd. and follow the signs to
City: Los Angeles, CA Airport Code: LAX
The airport with the most options will be Los
Angeles International Airport, the major airport serving Southern California.
Airport shuttles are available to and from the Disneyland area. If you'll be
renting a car several companies have offices and lots inside the
Driving distance to Disneyland: 35 miles
Directions to Disneyland:
Long Beach Municipal Airport
- Take the 105 Freeway East 16 miles.
- Transfer to the 605 Freeway South for 2
- Transfer to the 91 Freeway East for 7
- Transfer to the 5 Freeway South for 5 miles
- Exit on Disneyland Way and follow the
City: Long Beach, CA Airport Code: LGB
Driving distance to Disneyland: 18 miles
Directions to Disneyland:
- Take the 405 Freeway South 6 miles.
- Transfer to the 22 Freeway East for 7
- Exit on Harbor Blvd North and go North on Harbor
for 3 miles. When you pass Katella Disneyland will be on the left.
City: Ontario, CA Airport Code: ONT
Driving distance to Disneyland: 32 miles
Directions to Disneyland:
- Take the 60 Freeway West 11 miles.
- Transfer to the 57 Freeway South for 14
- Exit on Katella and go left (West) 1.5
- Turn right on Harbor Blvd. Disneyland is on the
City: Burbank, CA Airport Code: BUR
Driving distance to Disneyland: 40 miles
Directions to Disneyland:
- Take the 5 Freeway South 38 miles.
- Exit on Disneyland Way and follow the signs
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