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Disney theme park
Sleeping Beauty's Castle 2008.JPG
Resort Disneyland Resort
Opened July 17, 1955
Theme Magic Kingdom
Operator The Walt Disney Company
Website Disneyland Resort Homepage
Plaque at the entrance

Disneyland is an American theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated with a press preview on July 17, 1955, and opened to the general public on July 18, 1955. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. As of 2005, the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state.[1] In 1998, the theme park was re-branded "Disneyland Park" to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex. In 2007, more than 14,800,000 people visited the park making it the second most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.[2]

The dedication to all Disney magic kingdom-style parks begins with the phrase "To all who come to this happy place, welcome ..." with the exception of Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. The dedication there begins "Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney ..."



"To all who come to this crappy place: -Welcome- Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past ... and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America ... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
—Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955 4:43pm[3]


Concept and construction

The concept for Disneyland began one Sunday, when Walt Disney was high Griffith Park with his daughters Diane and Sharon. While watching his daughters ride the Merry-Go-Round he came up with the idea of a place where adults and their children could go and have fun together. His dream would lie dormant for many years.[4] Walt Disney's father helped build the grounds of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. This perhaps gave Disney the creative spark whence Disneyland originated. The Midway Plaisance somewhat apart from the Exposition grounds included a cheaply constructed set of individual "Country" areas from around the world and areas representing various time periods of man; it also included many "rides" including the first Ferris wheel, sky ride, a passenger train that circled the perimeter, Wild West Show, etc. Although the 1893 World's Fair was meant only to last a summer in Chicago, in Southern California the weather was accommodating to a "Fair Grounds" of stucco buildings that would otherwise disintegrate in the rain, snow and ice of other climates. One can see the resemblance of a "Land" filled with "rides" and a fairgrounds with differently themed areas to the Disneyland created 60 years later in the 1950s as the population of America for the first time shifted West into desert climes.[5].

While many people had written letters to Walt Disney about visiting the Disney Studio, he realized that a functional movie studio had little to offer to the visiting fans. This began to foster ideas of building a site near his Burbank studios for tourists to visit. His ideas then evolved to a small play park with a boat ride and other themed areas. Walt's initial concept, his "Mickey Mouse Park", started with an 8 acres (0.012 sq mi; 0.032 km2) plot across Riverside Drive. Walt started to visit other parks for inspiration and ideas, including Tivoli Gardens, Greenfield Village, The Efteling, Tilburg , Playland, and Children's Fairyland. He started his designers working on concepts, but these would grow into a project much larger than could be contained in 8 acres (32,000 m2).[6]

Walt hired a consultant, Harrison Price from Stanford Research Institute, to gauge the proper area to locate the theme park based on the area's potential growth. With the report from Price, Disney acquired 160 acres (0.250 sq mi; 0.647 km2) of orange groves and walnut trees in Anaheim, southeast of Los Angeles in neighboring Orange County.[7]

Difficulties in obtaining funding prompted Disney to investigate new methods of fundraising. He decided to use television to get the ideas into people's homes, and so he created a show named Disneyland which was broadcast on the then-fledgling ABC television network. In return, the network agreed to help finance the new park. For the first five years of its operation, Disneyland was owned by Disneyland, Inc., which was jointly owned by Walt Disney Productions, Walt Disney, Western Publishing and ABC.[8] In 1960 Walt Disney Productions purchased ABC's share (it had earlier bought out Western Publishing and Walt Disney). In addition, many of the shops on Main Street, U.S.A. were owned and operated by other companies who rented space from Disney.

Construction began on July 16, 1954 and would cost USD$17 million to complete, and was opened exactly one year later.[9] U.S. Route 101 (later Interstate 5) was under construction at the same time just to the north of the site; in preparation for the traffic which Disneyland was expected to bring, two more lanes were added to the freeway even before the park was finished.[7]

1955: Opening day

An aerial view of Disneyland in 1956. The entire route of the Disneyland Railroad is clearly visible as it encircles the park.

Disneyland Park was opened to the public on Monday, July 18, 1955. However, a special "International Press Preview" event was held on Sunday, July 17, 1955, which was only open to invited guests and the media. The Special Sunday events, including the dedication, were televised nationwide and anchored by three of Walt Disney's friends from Hollywood: Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan. ABC broadcast the event live on its network; at the time, it was one of the largest and most complex live broadcasts ever.

The event did not go smoothly. The park was overcrowded as the by-invitation-only affair was plagued with counterfeit tickets. All major roads nearby were empty. The temperature was an unusually high 101 °F (38 °C), and a plumbers' strike left many of the park's drinking fountains dry. Disney was given a choice of having working fountains or running toilets and he chose the latter. This, however, generated negative publicity since Pepsi sponsored the park's opening; enraged guests believed the inoperable fountains were a cynical way to sell soda. The asphalt that had been poured just that morning was so soft that ladies' high-heeled shoes sank in. Vendors ran out of food. A gas leak in Fantasyland caused Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland to close for the afternoon. Parents were throwing their children over the shoulders of crowds to get them onto rides such as the King Arthur Carrousel.[10]

The park got such bad press for the event day that Walt Disney invited members of the press back for a private "second day" to experience the true Disneyland, after which Walt held a party in the Disneyland Hotel for them. Walt and his 1955 executives forever referred to the day as "Black Sunday". Every year on July 17, cast members wear pin badges stating how many years it has been since July 17, 1955. For example, in 2004 they wore the slogan "The magic began 49 years ago today." But for the first twelve to fifteen years, Disney did officially state that opening day was on July 18, including in the park's own publications. Disneyland referred to July 17, 1955, as "Dedication Day" in one of its July, 1967, press releases.

On Monday July 18, crowds started to gather in line as early as 2 a.m., and the first person to buy a ticket and enter the park was David MacPherson with admission ticket number 2, as Roy O. Disney arranged to pre-purchase ticket number 1. Walt Disney had an official photo taken with two children instead, Christine Vess Watkins (age 5 in 1955) and Michael Schwartner (age 7 in 1955), and the photo of the two carries a deceptive caption along the lines of "Walt Disney with the first two guests of Disneyland." Vess Watkins and Schwartner both received lifetime passes to Disneyland that day, and MacPherson was awarded one shortly thereafter, which was later expanded to every single Disney-owned park in the world.

In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev spent thirteen days in the United States. On his visit Khrushchev had two requests: to visit Disneyland and to meet John Wayne, Hollywood's top box-office draw. Due to the Cold War tension and security concerns, he was famously denied an excursion to Disneyland.[11]

1990s transition: Park becomes Resort

Disney's California Adventure

In the late 1990s, work began to expand on the one-park, one-hotel property. Disneyland Park, the Disneyland Hotel and the site of the original parking lot as well as acquired surrounding properties were earmarked to become part of a greater vacation resort development. The new components of this resort were to be another theme park, Disney's California Adventure Park; a shopping, dining and entertainment complex, Downtown Disney; a remodeled Disneyland Hotel; Disney's Grand Californian Hotel; and the acquisition of the Pan Pacific Hotel (later to be remodeled and renamed Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel). Because the existing parking lot (south of Disneyland) was built upon by these projects, the six-level 10,250 space "Mickey and Friends" parking structure was constructed in the northwest corner of the property, at the time of its completion in 2000, it was the largest parking structure in the United States.[12]

Downtown Disney

The park's management team during the mid-1990s was a source of controversy among Disneyland fans and employees. In an effort to boost profits, various changes began by then-executives Cynthia Harriss and Paul Pressler. While their actions provided a short-term increase in shareholder returns, they drew widespread criticism from employees and guests alike for the lack of foresight. With the retail background of Harriss and Pressler, Disneyland's focus gradually shifted from attractions to merchandising. Outside consultants McKinsey & Co were also brought in to help streamline operations, which resulted in many changes and cutbacks. After nearly a decade of deferred maintenance, Walt Disney's original theme park was showing visible signs of neglect. Fans of the park decried the perceived decline in customer value and park quality and rallied for the dismissal of the management team.[citation needed]

Disneyland in the 21st Century

Matt Ouimet, formerly the president of the Disney Cruise Line, was promoted to assume leadership of the Disneyland Resort in late 2003. Shortly afterward, he selected Greg Emmer as Senior Vice President of Operations. Emmer is a long-time Disney cast member who had worked at Disneyland in his youth prior to moving to Florida and holding multiple executive leadership positions at the Walt Disney World Resort. Ouimet quickly set about reversing certain trends, especially with regards to cosmetic maintenance and a return to the original infrastructure maintenance schedule, in hopes of restoring the safety record of the past. Much like Walt Disney himself, Ouimet and Emmer could often be seen walking the park during business hours with members of their respective staff. They wore cast member name badges, stood in line for attractions and welcomed comments from guests.

In July 2006, Matt Ouimet announced that he would be leaving The Walt Disney Company to become president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Soon after this announcement, Ed Grier, executive managing director of Walt Disney Attractions Japan, was named president of the Disneyland Resort. Greg Emmer retired from his job on February 8, 2008.

50th Anniversary

The Happiest Homecoming on Earth was the eighteen-month-long celebration (held through 2005 and 2006) of the fiftieth anniversary of the Disneyland theme park, which opened on July 17, 1955. The Happiest Celebration on Earth commemorated fifty years of Disney theme parks, and celebrated Disneyland's milestone throughout Disney parks all over the globe. In 2004, the park undertook a number of major renovation projects in preparation for its fiftieth anniversary celebration. Many classic attractions were restored, notably Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, also Attractions that had been in the park on opening day in 1955 had one ride vehicle painted Gold, and there were Golden Mickey Ears throughout the Park. The 50th Anniversary celebration started on May 5, 2005 (To play on the 5-5-05 date) and ended on September 30, 2006 to be replaced by the Disney Parks "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration, which actually lasted 27 months and ended on December 31, 2008.

55th Anniversary

Starting this year, Disney Parks is hosting the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day volunteer program in which Disney is encouraging people of all ages to volunteer with a participating Disney Charity and get a free Disney Day at either the Disneyland Resort in California or the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Go to for more info. The 55th anniversary - Remember the memories.

The Disney Parks' themes this year are:

Park layout

Aerial view of Disneyland in 1963, looking southeast. The Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) is in the upper left corner. Harbor Boulevard forms the eastern boundary of the park. Anaheim's newly completed Melodyland Theater ("theater-in-the-round"), at the top of the photo.
May, 1965 aerial photo of Disneyland and surrounding Anaheim area. Includes Disneyland Hotel with its Monorail Station, the Disneyland Heliport, orange groves, Santa Ana Freeway and Melodyland Theater.

The park is divided into realms, which radiate like the four cardinal points of the compass from Central Plaza, and well-concealed backstage areas. On entering a realm, a guest is completely immersed in the environment and is unable to see or hear any other realm. The idea behind this was to develop theatrical "stages" with seamless passages from one land to the next.[13] The public areas occupy approximately 85 acres (0.133 sq mi; 0.344 km2). When the park initially opened, it consisted of five themed areas:

Since the initial opening, additional areas have been added:

An elevated berm supports a narrow gauge railroad which circumnavigates the park. Disney's California Adventure Park was added in what used to be a Disneyland parking lot.

Lands of Disneyland

There 8 themed lands that hold a host to shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and attractions that differ from each land.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street USA.

Main Street, U.S.A. is patterned after a typical Midwest town of the early 20th century. Walt Disney derived inspiration from his boyhood town of Marceline, Missouri and worked closely with designers and architects to develop the Main Street appeal. It is the first area guests see when they enter the park (if not entering by monorail), and is how guests reach Central Plaza. At the center of The Magic Kingdom and immediately North of Central Plaza stands Sleeping Beauty Castle, which provides entrance to Fantasyland by way of a drawbridge across a moat. Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland are arrayed on both sides of the castle.

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.
— Walt E. Disney

Main Street, U.S.A. is reminiscent of the Victorian period of America with the train station, town square, movie theater, city hall, firehouse complete with a steam-powered pump engine, emporium, shops, arcades, double-decker bus, horse-drawn streetcar, jitneys and other bits of memorabilia. At the far end of Main Street, U.S.A. is Sleeping Beauty Castle, and the Hub, which is a portal to all the themed lands.

The design of Main Street, U.S.A. utilizes a process to give the appearance of height called forced perspective, frequently used in movies. Buildings down Main Street are built at 3/4 scale on the first level, then 5/8 on the second story, and 1/2 scale on the third—reducing the scale by 1/8 each level up.


Adventureland provides a 1950s view of adventure, capitalizing on the post-war Tiki craze.

Adventureland is designed to be an exotic tropical place in a far-off region of the world. "To create a land that would make this dream reality", said Walt Disney, "we pictured ourselves far from civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa." Attractions include opening day's Jungle Cruise, the "Temple of the Forbidden Eye" in Indiana Jones Adventure, and Tarzan's Treehouse, which is a conversion of the earlier Swiss Family Robinson Tree House from the Walt Disney film, Swiss Family Robinson. Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room which is located at the entrance to Adventureland is the first feature attraction to employ Audio-Animatronics, a computer synchronization of sound and robotics.

New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion is patterned after a Southern plantation home.

New Orleans Square is a themed land based on 19th century New Orleans. It was opened to the public on July 24, 1966. Despite its age, it is still very popular with Disneyland guests, being home to two of the park's most popular attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion and evening show, Fantasmic!.


Frontierland recreates the setting of pioneer days along the American frontier. According to Walt Disney, "All of us have cause to be proud of our country's history, shaped by the pioneering spirit of our forefathers. Our adventures are designed to give you the feeling of having lived, even for a short while, during our country's pioneer days." Frontierland is home to the Pinewood Indians band of animatronic Native Americans, who live on the banks of the Rivers of America. Entertainment and attractions include Fantasmic!, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Frontierland Shootin' Exposition and Sailing Ship Columbia. May 2007 featured the opening of "Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island". Frontierland is also home to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, a show palace straight out of the Old West. Currently the comedic troupe "Billy Hill and the Hillbillies" entertain guests on a daily basis.

Critter Country

Splash Mountain is a combination log flume and dark ride attraction at three Walt Disney Parks, based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South.

Critter Country opened in 1972 as "Bear Country", and was renamed in 1988. Formerly the area was home to Indian Village where actual indigenous tribespeople demonstrated their dances and other customs. Today, the main draw of the area is Splash Mountain, a log-flume journey inspired by the Uncle Remus stories of Joel Chandler Harris and the animated segments of Disney's Academy Award-winning 1946 film, Song of the South. In 2003, a dark ride called The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced the Country Bear Jamboree, which closed in 2001. The Country Bear Jamboree presented shows featuring singing bear characters that were visualized through Disney's electronically controlled and mechanically animated puppets, known as Audio-Animatronics.


The entrance to the ride, “it's a small world”.

Fantasyland is the area of Disneyland which 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." Fantasyland was originally styled in a medieval European fairground fashion, but its 1983 refurbishment turned it into a Bavarian village. Attractions include several dark rides, the King Arthur Carrousel, and various children's rides. Before the fireworks begin, some attractions in Fantasyland close at approximately 8:30 on nights that fireworks shoot off at 9:25. The inside of Sleeping Beauty's Castle in a walk through attraction that was previously opened from 1959-1972 but after being hidden for years this darkride walkthrough of the story of Sleeping Beauty. The walkthrough is now reopened and it features the restored work of Eyvind Earle (not Mary Blair) . The dioramas have been made in to 3D to capture new ages.

Mickey's Toontown

Mickey's Toontown.

Mickey's Toontown opened in 1993 and was partly inspired by the fictional Los Angeles suburb of Toontown in The Walt Disney Studios' 1988 release Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Mickey's Toontown is a 1930s cartoon come-to-life and is home to Disney's most popular cartoon characters. Toontown features two main attractions: Gadget's Go coco and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. The "city" is also home to cartoon character's houses such as the house of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. It is also the most notable place to find Daisy, one of the rarest characters to find around the park.[citation needed]


Tomorrowland after its 1998 refurbishment

During the 1955 inauguration Walt Disney dedicated Tomorrowland with these words: "Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements 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." Disneyland producer Ward Kimball had rocket scientists Wernher von Braun, Willy Ley, and Heinz Haber serve as technical consultants during the original design of Tomorrowland.[14] Initial attractions included Rocket to the Moon, Astro-Jets and Autopia; later, the first incarnation of the Submarine Voyage was added. The area underwent a major transformation in 1967 to become New Tomorrowland, and then again in 1998 when its focus was changed to present a "retro-future" theme reminiscent of the illustrations of Jules Verne.

Current attractions include Space Mountain, Innoventions, Star Tours, Captain EO Tribute, Autopia, the Disneyland Monorail Tomorrowland Station, the Astro Orbitor and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opened on June 11, 2007, resurrecting the original Submarine Voyage which closed in 1998.

Theatrical analogy

Disneyland staff use theatrical terminology. This is to emphasize that a visit to the park is intended to be similar to witnessing a performance. For example, visitors are referred to as Guests and park employees as Cast Members. On Stage refers to any area of the Resort that is open to Guests. Backstage refers to any area of the Resort that is closed to Guests. A crowd is referred to as an "audience." Costume is the attire that Cast Members who perform the day-to-day operations of the park must wear. Terms such as uniform are not used. Show is the Resort's presentation to its Guests, such as the color and façades of buildings, placement of rides & attractions, costumes to match the themed lands. When signing credit card receipts for souvenirs or food, Guests are asked for their autograph. "Stage Managers" are responsible for overseeing the operation of the different areas of the park. Cast Members who are in charge of a specific team are called "Leads," as in a film or theater "Lead Role." In the earlier years of the park, the offices where administrative work took place were referred to as "Production Offices." "Production Schedulers" build employee work schedules to meet the necessary workload, while "Stage Schedulers" handle day-to-day changes in that work schedule (such as a change in park hours, necessitating a change in everybody's shifts).

Each Cast Member's job is called a "Role." When working in their roles, Cast Members must follow a "Script." This is not a traditional play script, but more of a strict code of conduct and approved, themed phraseology that Cast Members may use when at work. Park employees were often reminded that "no" and "I don't know" are not a part of a Cast Member's script.


Backstage areas include closed areas of attraction, store, and restaurant buildings, as well as outdoor service areas located behind such buildings. Although some areas of the park, particularly New Orleans Square, have underground operations and storage areas, there is no park-wide network of subterranean tunnels, such as Walt Disney World's utilidors.

There are several points of entry from outside the park to the backstage areas: Ball Gate (from Ball Road), T.D.A. Gate (adjacent to the Team Disney Anaheim building), Harbor Pointe (from Harbor Boulevard), and Winston Gate (from Disneyland Drive).

Berm Road encircles the park from Firehouse Gate (behind the Main Street Fire Station) to Egghouse Gate (adjacent to the Disneyland Opera House). The road is so called because it generally follows outside the path of Disneyland's berm. A stretch of the road, wedged between Tomorrowland and Harbor Boulevard, is called Schumacher Road. It has two narrow lanes and runs underneath the Monorail track. There are also two railroad bridges that cross Berm Road: one behind City Hall and the other behind Tomorrowland.

Major buildings backstage include the Frank Gehry-designed Team Disney Anaheim, where most of the division's administration currently works, as well as the Old Administration Building, behind Tomorrowland. The Old Administration Building additionally houses the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas visible on the Disneyland Railroad.

The northwest corner of the park is home to most of the park's maintenance facilities, including:

  • Company vehicle services, including Parking Lot trams and Main Street Vehicles
  • Scrap yard, where the Resort's garbage and recyclables are sorted for collection
  • Circle D Corral, where the Resort's horses and other animals are stabled
  • Parade float storage and maintenance
  • Distribution center for all Resort merchandise
  • Ride vehicle service areas
  • Paint shop
  • Sign shop

Backstage also refers to parts of show buildings that are normally not seen by guests. Backstage areas are generally off-limits to park guests. This prevents guests from seeing the industrial areas that violate the "magic" of on-stage and keeps them safe from the potentially dangerous machinery. Cast members can also find some solace while they work or rest, as backstage offers alternate routes between the park's various areas.

Many attractions are housed in large, soundstage-like buildings, some of which are partially or completely disguised by external theming. Generally, these buildings are painted a dull green color in areas not seen by guests; ostensibly, this choice has been made to help disguise the buildings among the foliage and make them less visually obtrusive. Walt Disney Imagineering has termed this color, "Go Away Green." Most of them have off-white flat roofs that support HVAC units and footpaths for cast members. Inside are the rides, as well as hidden walkways, service areas, control rooms, and other behind-the-scenes operations. Photography is forbidden in these areas, both inside and outside, although some photos have found their way to a variety of web sites. Guests who attempt to explore backstage are warned and often escorted from the property.

The boundary between on and off-stage is demarcated at every access point. Everything within guest view when a door or gateway is open is also considered on stage. It is from this point, that characters start playing their part. That way, when the door is open, guests will not accidentally see a person out of character backstage.

Various amenities exist for Cast Members backstage when they are on breaks, or before and after their scheduled shifts. A number of cafeterias, now run by Sodexo, offer discounted meals throughout the day. These include Inn Between (behind the Plaza Inn), Eat Ticket (near the Team Disney Anaheim building behind Mickey's Toontown), and Westside Diner (located in a lower level beneath New Orleans Square). Partners Federal Credit Union, the credit union for employees of The Walt Disney Company in Orange County, provides nearly 20 ATMs backstage for cast member use and maintains an express branch at the Team Disney Anaheim building.


Walt Disney had a longtime interest in transportation, and trains in particular. Disney's passion for the "iron horse" led to him building a miniature live steam backyard railroad—the "Carolwood Pacific Railroad"—on the grounds of his Holmby Hills estate. Throughout all the iterations of Disneyland during the seventeen or so years when Disney was conceiving it, one element remained constant: a train encircling the park.[15] The primary designer for the park transportation vehicles was Bob Gurr who gave himself the title of Director of Special Vehicle Design in 1954.

Disneyland Railroad

Disneyland Railroad engine #2

Encircling Disneyland and providing a grand circle tour is the Disneyland Railroad (DRR), a short-line railway consisting of five oil-fired and steam-powered locomotives, in addition to three passenger trains and one passenger-carrying freight train. Originally known as the Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad, the DRR was presented by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway until 1974. From 1955 to 1974, the Santa Fe Rail Pass was able to be used in lieu of a Disneyland "D" coupon. With a three-foot gauge, the most common narrow gauge measurement used in North America, the track runs in a continuous loop around The Magic Kingdom through each of its realms. Each turn-of-the-19th-Century train departs Main Street Station on an excursion that includes scheduled station stops at: Frontierland Station; Toontown Depot, the gateway to Fantasyland; and, Tomorrowland Station. The Grand Circle Tour then concludes with a visit to the "Grand Canyon/Primeval World" dioramas before returning passengers to Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Monorail System

The original red Mark I ALWEG Monorail train, with one car added, and then designated Mark II. Both trains were created especially for Disneyland. The other train was identical, but blue color. Seen at the Disneyland Hotel station, in August, 1963
The blue Mark II ALWEG Monorail train. Seen at the Disneyland Park station, in August, 1963

One of Disneyland's signature attractions is its monorail service, which opened in Tomorrowland in 1959 as the first daily-operating monorail train system in the Western Hemisphere. The monorail guideway has remained almost exactly the same since 1961, aside from small alterations while Indiana Jones Adventure was being built. Five generations of monorail trains have been used in the park, since their lightweight construction means they wear out quickly. The most recent operating generation, the Mark VII, was installed in 2008. The monorail shuttles visitors between two stations, one inside the park in Tomorrowland and one in Downtown Disney. It follows a 2.5 mile (4 km) long route designed to show the park from above. Currently, the Mark VII is running with the colors Red and Blue and Orange.

Monorail Red travels over the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Tomorrowland.

The monorail was originally built with one station in Tomorrowland. Its track was extended and a second station opened at the Disneyland Hotel in 1961. With the creation of Downtown Disney in 2001, the new destination is Downtown Disney, instead of the Disneyland Hotel. The physical location of the monorail station did not change, however the original station building was demolished as part of the hotel downsizing, and the new station is now separated from the hotel by several Downtown Disney buildings, including ESPN Zone and the Rainforest Café.

Main Street vehicles

Main Street at Disneyland as seen from a Horseless Carriage.

All vehicles that are found on Main Street were designed to accurately reflect turn-of-the-century vehicles, including a double-decker bus, a horse-drawn streetcar, a fire engine, and an automobile. They are available for one-way rides along Main Street, U.S.A. The horseless carriages are modeled after cars built in 1903. They are two-cylinder, four-horsepower (3 kW) engines with manual transmission and steering. Walt Disney used to drive the fire engine around the park before it opened, on most mornings. It has also been used to host celebrity guests and used in the parades.

Disneyland Helipad

A Los Angeles Airways S-61L helicopter lifting off from the Disneyland heliport, August, 1963, with the Matterhorn visible in the background

From the late 1950s to 1968 Los Angeles Airways provided regularly scheduled helicopter passenger service between Disneyland and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other cities in the area. The helicopters initially operated from Anaheim/Disneyland Heliport, located behind Tomorrowland. Service later moved, in 1960, to a new heliport north of the Disneyland Hotel.[16] Arriving guests were transported to the Disneyland Hotel via tram. The service ended after two fatal crashes in 1968: The crash in Paramount, California, on May 22, 1968 killed 23 (the worst helicopter accident in aviation history at that time). The second crash in Compton, California on August 14, 1968, killed 21.[17]

Live entertainment

In addition to the attractions, Disneyland provides live entertainment throughout the park.


Many Disney characters can be found throughout the park, greeting visitors, interacting with children, and posing for photos. Some characters have specific areas where they are scheduled to appear, but can be found wandering as well. One reason Mickey's Toontown was created was so that there would be a place for Mickey Mouse to always be available to guests in his own house.

Periodically through recent decades (and most recently during the summers of 2005 and 2006), Mickey Mouse has climbed the Matterhorn attraction several times a day with the support of his friends Minnie, Goofy, and some Disneyland guests. Other mountain climbers could also be seen on the Matterhorn from time to time. As of Spring 2007, Mickey and his "toon" friends no longer climb the Matterhorn but the climbing program continues.

Daily ceremonies

Every evening at dusk, there is a military-style flag ceremony to lower the Flag of the United States for the day, performed by a detail of the Disneyland Security Personnel. The ceremony usually begins at 4:30 or 4:45pm.

The Disneyland Band

The Disneyland Band, which has been part of the park since its opening, plays the role of the Town Band on Main Street, U.S.A. It also breaks out into smaller groups like the Main Street Strawhatters, the Hook and Ladder Co., and the Pearly Band in Fantasyland.


Fantasmic! which debuted in 1992, is a popular multimedia nighttime show on the Rivers of America. The star Mickey Mouse summons the characters and spirit of beloved Disney cartoons and uses the power of imagination to defeat the evil villains that try to turn his dream into a nightmare. The presentation is made at the Laffite's Tavern end of Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island and uses the Rivers of America as part of the stage. It uses Frontierland and New Orleans Square as the spectator arena.

It consists of synchronized lighting and special effects, with floating barges, the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, fountains, lasers, fireworks, thirty-foot-tall "mist screens" upon which animated scenes are projected, and an automated forty-five foot fire-breathing dragon. This show is currently down while the refurbishment of Rivers of America happens, which is scheduled to reopen in mid-May 2010 (but might be delayed due to weather issues). Fantasmic! should open sometime in June 2010, based on the current plans.


Disneyland Fireworks from Sleeping Beauty Castle

Elaborate fireworks shows synchronized with Disney songs and often an appearance by the Peter Pan character Tinker Bell. Since 2000, presentations have become more elaborate, featuring new pyrotechnics, launch techniques and story lines. In 2004, Disneyland introduced a new air launch pyrotechnics system, reducing ground level smoke and noise and decreasing negative environmental impacts. At the time the technology debuted, Disney announced it would donate the patents to a non-profit organization for use throughout the industry.[18]

  • Special Fireworks Show:

Since 2009, Disneyland has moved to a rotating repertoire of firework spectaculars.

During the Holiday Season, there is a special fireworks presentation called Believe... In Holiday Magic which has been running since 2000, except for a short hiatus in 2005 during the park's 50th Celebration.

Fireworks shoot off nightly at 9:25pm weather permitted. Times and dates may change.

The Golden Horseshoe Revue

The Golden Horseshoe Saloon offers a live stage show with a frontier or old-west feel. The Golden Horseshoe Revue is an old-west Vaudeville type of show starring Slue Foot (or Sluefoot) Sue and Pecos Bill. It ran until the mid-1980s, when it was replaced by a similar show starring Lily Langtree (or Miss Lily) and Sam the Bartender. Most recently, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies have played their guitars and banjos in a bluegrass-and-comedy show.

Additionally, in front of the Golden Horsehose Saloon, The Laughing Stock Co. enacts small humorous skits with an old-west theme.


Disneyland has always had parades that have marched down Main Street. There are several daytime and nighttime parades that celebrate Disney films or seasonal holidays with characters, music, and large floats. One of the most popular parades was the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Debuting in May 5, 2005 as part of the Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, and running through November 7, 2008, Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams was presented, celebrating several of the classic Disney stories including The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio. During the Christmas season, Disneyland presents "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade which celebrates the joy & wonder of the Christmas season.

In 2009, Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams was replaced by Celebrate! A Street Party, which premiered on March 27, 2009. Disney does not call Celebrate! A Street Party a parade, but rather a "street event."

  • Current Street Events:
    • Celebrate! - A Street Party (2009–Present)

Tomorrowland Terrace

The Tomorrowland Terrace is a stage in Tomorrowland. It is a two-story stage where the lower stage rises from below with dramatic effect. It was popular in the 1960s with music performers of the day. Over the years, it was eventually replaced with Club Buzz, a Buzz Lightyear themed stage and show featuring the space character from the Toy Story movies. In 2006, it was restored to the Tomorrowland Terrace with the same style and design as the original. It is now home to the Jedi Training Academy interactive stage show where children are chosen as Jedi padawan and taught how to use a Lightsaber. Each child then has the opportunity to face Star Wars antagonists Darth Vader or Darth Maul. Recently, local bands have returned to play in the evenings, just as Tomorrowland Terrace hosted in the 1960s.

Other performers

Alice plays "Musical Chairs"

Various other unscheduled street performers play and sing throughout the park, sometimes only seasonally, including:

  • The All-American College Band performs around the park. The band is composed of talented college students who audition for the chance to perform in Disneyland;
  • Alice in Wonderland characters staging a wacky game of "Musical Chairs" either at "Coke Corner" or the porch of the Plaza Inn daily;
  • The Bootstrappers, a band of pirates that performs songs based on Pirates of the Caribbean, along with other sea-shanties;
  • The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet often sings on Main Street;
  • The Firehouse Five Plus Two, originally a band composed of Imagineers, can be found on Main Street;
  • The Main Street Piano Players play at Corner Cafe, also known as "Coke Corner" on Main Street;
  • Merlin appears in Fantasyland several times a day to help a lucky child pull the sword from an anvil and stone;
  • The Trash Can Trio, a STOMP like group that performs using trash cans in Tomorrowland; and
  • Various bands in New Orleans Square, often with a jazz influence.
  • The Tomorrowland janitors perform during breaks (note that this is not Disneyland Day Custodial; these are Entertainment Cast Members).

Also, during the Holidays, many other smaller entertainment offerings are added, such as the Main Street Carolers who perform throughout the day.


Attendance of Disneyland Park
Attendance of Disneyland Park (in millions)[19][20][21]
Year           1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Attendance           1 4 4,5 4,6 5,1
Year 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Attendance 5 5,3 5,5 5,7 6 6,5 6,7 7,8 9,2 9,1
Year 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Value 10 9,3 9,4 9,8 9,5 9,8 9,8 10,9 11 11
Year 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Attendance 11,5       9,8 12 12 13,5 13 14,4
Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Attendance 12,9 11,6 11,6 11,4 10,3 14,1 15 14,2 13,7 13,5
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Attendance 13,9 12,3 12,7 12,7 13,3 14,26[22] 14,73 14,87[23] 14,72[24]  


From Disneyland's opening day until 1982, the price of the attractions was in addition to the price of park admission.[25] Park-goers paid a small admission fee to get into the park, but admission to most of the rides and attractions required guests to purchase a book of tickets that consisted of several coupons, initially labeled "A" through "C". The coupons were also sold individually. "A" coupons allowed admission to the smaller rides and attractions such as the vehicles on Main Street, whereas "C" coupons were used for the most common attractions like the Peter Pan ride, or the Tea Cups. As more thrilling rides were introduced, such as the Monorail or the Matterhorn bobsled, "D" and then eventually "E" coupons were introduced. Coupons could be combined to equal the equivalent of another ticket (e.g. two "A" tickets equal one "B" ticket). From the thrill ride experience at Disneyland, the colloquial expression "an E ticket ride" is used to describe any exceptionally thrilling experience.

Disneyland ticket book circa 1975–1977. The tickets are actually printed as "coupons".

Later Disneyland featured a "Keys to the Kingdom" booklet of tickets, which consisted of 10 unvalued coupons sold for a single flat rate. These coupons could be used for any attraction regardless of its regular value. Obviously it would behoove the buyer to use these for the most thrilling attractions or rides.

In 1982 Disney dropped the idea for individual ride tickets to a single admission price with unlimited access to all attractions, "except shooting galleries" .[26] While this idea was not original to Disney, its business advantages were obvious: in addition to guaranteeing that everyone paid a large sum even if they stayed for only a few hours and rode only a few rides, the park no longer had to print tickets or ticket books, staff ticket booths, or provide staff to collect tickets or monitor attractions for people sneaking on without tickets.

Later Disney introduced other entry options such as multi-day passes, Annual Passes which allow unlimited entry to the Park for an annual fee and Southern California residents' discounts.

Ticket price of Disneyland Park
One-Day, One-Park, Adult Admission Prices over time
Year 1981* 1982 1984 1985 1986 1987 1990 1991 1993 1994 Jan 1999 Jan 2000
Price US$ $10.75 $12.00 $14.00 $17.95 $18.00 $21.50 $25.50 $27.50 $28.75 $31.00 $39.00 $41.00
Month & Year Nov 2000 Mar 2002 Jan 2003 Mar 2004 Jan 2005 Jun 2005 Jan 2006 Sep 2006 Sep 2007 Aug 2008 Aug 2009
Price US$ $43.00 $45.00 $47.00 $49.75 $53.00 $56.00 $59.00 $63.00 $66.00 $69.00 $72.00

 * previous to 1982 passport tickets were available to groups only.[27]

Accidents, injuries and deaths

Since the park's opening in July 1955, there have been numerous accidents, injuries, and deaths at the park. As of December 2006, 13 guests and 1 Cast Member have died inside the park, while over 100 guests have been injured.[citation needed]


Disneyland Park has had three unscheduled closures since it opened in 1955:

Additionally, Disneyland has had numerous planned closures included:

  • In the early years, the park was often scheduled to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during the off-season.[30] This was in conjunction with nearby Knott's Berry Farm, which closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays to keep costs down for both parks, while offering Orange County visitors a place to go 7 days a week.
  • On May 4, 2005 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration media event.[31]
  • Due to various special events, the park has closed early to accommodate them, such as, special press events, tour groups, VIP groups, private parties, etc. It is also common for a corporation to rent the entire park for the evening. Special passes are issued, which were good for admission to all rides and attractions. At the ticket booths and on published schedules, regular guests would be notified of the early closures. In the late afternoon, cast members would announce that the park was closing, then clear the park of everyone without the special passes.

See also


  1. ^ "Disneyland by the numbers". 
  2. ^ "TEA/ERA Theme Park Attendance Report 2007". 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Wave file of dedication speech". 
  4. ^ "Walt Disney Family Museum, Dreaming of Disneyland". 
  5. ^ Devil in the White City
  6. ^ "Disneyland History". 
  7. ^ a b Standford Alumni, Harrison Price and Just Disney History
  8. ^ Stewart, James B. (2005). Disney War. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0684809931. 
  9. ^ "Disneyland: From orange groves to Magic Kingdom". 
  10. ^ "Disneyland Opening". 
  11. ^ "Nikita Khrushchev Doesn't Go to Disneyland". 
  12. ^ "The World's Largest Parking Lots". 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  13. ^ "Disneyland's History,". 
  14. ^ "Article on Von Braun and Walt Disney". NASA. 
  15. ^ "Walt Disney Family Museum, Dreaming of Disneyland". 
  16. ^ Freeman, Paul. "Disneyland Heliport, Anaheim, CA". Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields. 
  17. ^ 21 Aboard Killed as Copter Falls in Compton Park" William Tully; Dave Larsen Los Angeles Times Aug 15, 1968 pg. 1
  18. ^ The Walt Disney Company - Environmentality Press Releases - June 28, 2004
  19. ^ "Attedenance of Disneyland Park 1955-1979". 
  20. ^ "Attendenance of Disneyland Park 1980". 
  21. ^ "Attendenance of Disneyland Park 1984-2005". 
  22. ^ 2006 TEA/ERA Attendance Report
  23. ^ 2007 TEA/ERA Attendance Report
  24. ^ 2008 TEA/ERA Attendance Report
  25. ^ Walt Disney Productions (1979). Disneyland: The First Quarter Century. ASIN B000AOTTV2-1. 
  26. ^ Pacific Ocean Park is credited as being the first amusement park to use this method [1]
  27. ^ 1981–1994 data: "Collection of tickets". 
  28. ^ "LA Times - Security Becomes Major Theme at U.S. Amusement Parks". 
  29. ^ "Terror attacks hit U.S.". 
  30. ^ Disneyland History - Important Events in Disneyland history
  31. ^ Welcome to!

Further reading

  • Bright, Randy (1987). Disneyland: Inside Story. Harry N Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-0811-5. 
  • France, Van Arsdale (1991). Window on Main Street. Stabur. ISBN 0-941613-17-8. 
  • Gordon, Bruce and David Mumford (1995). Disneyland: The Nickel Tour. Camphor Tree Publishers. ISBN 0-9646059-0-2. 
  • Dunlop, Beth (1996). Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture. Harry N. Abrams Inc.. ISBN 0-8109-3142-7. 
  • Marling, ed., Karal Ann (1997). Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance. Flammarion. ISBN 2-08-013639-9. 
  • Koenig, David (1994). Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland. Bonaventure Press. ISBN 0-9640605-5-8. 
  • Koenig, David (1999). More Mouse Tales: A Closer Peek Backstage at Disneyland. Bonaventure Press. ISBN 0-9640605-7-4. 

External links

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Quotes from and about Disneyland.


From Walt Disney

  • To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. - Opening Day Speech, July 17, 1955

Star Tours

  • Welcome aboard! This is Captain Rex from the cockpit. I'm sure this is probably your first flight, and it's-- mine, too. Haha." - "Captain Rex" RX-24, Star Tours
  • I meant to that. A little shortcut. Haha!" - "Captain Rex" RX-24, Star Tours

Many, many celebrities

  • "YOU'VE JUST (insert accomplishment here) WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NEXT?" celebrity: "I'M GOING TO DISNEYLAND!!!"

Matterhorn Bobsleds

  • Remain seated please. Permanecer sentados por favor. - Jack Wagner, Matterhorn Bobsleds Safety Spiel

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

For other Disney parks see Walt Disney World (in Orlando, Florida), Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort.
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

The Disneyland Resort [1] is located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original Disneyland which opened in 1955, a favorite among visitors to Southern California from all over the world for well over half a century. It has since been joined by a sister park, Disney's California Adventure in 2001, which is a stylized recreation and celebration of California's rich history and culture.

Never completed

Walt Disney himself once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." True to Walt's vision, the Disneyland of today is very different from the way it was half a century ago. To revisit the Disneyland of the past, visit Yesterland [2].

"To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideas, dreams and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." — Walt Disney, 17 July 1955
"To all who believe in the power of dreams, welcome. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past, the native people, explorers, immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow, from the silver screen to the computer screen, from the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space. Disney's California Adventure celebrates the richness and the diversity of California, its land, its people, its spirit and, above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire." — Michael Eisner, 8 February 2001

The Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks and a shopping and entertainment district. The first park is the original Disney theme park Disneyland, which opened in July 1955. Its sister park Disney's California Adventure, which opened in February 2001, is located across the entry plaza on the former site of Disneyland's parking lot. Both parks are divided into "lands", or themes. At the western end of the entry plaza is Downtown Disney, a shopping and entertainment district. Hotels are located at the end of Downtown Disney.

Disneyland's rides are generally considered classic well-themed dark rides (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean) with the occasional thrill ride (e.g. Space Mountain), while California Adventure's rides are more thrill-oriented (e.g. California Screamin') with some some family-style rides (e.g. Soarin' Over California). The CMs (Disney calls their employees "Cast Members") in all sections of the park are widely known to be very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary, however most cast members will not know the history behind the details.

The two biggest problems with the Disneyland Resort as a whole are crowds and price. However with careful planning, both can be avoided.

Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in the world (with 14.7 million visits, second only to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World), so the parks can be pretty crowded, especially during the weekends, summer, and winter holidays, which leads to long lines for the most popular attractions. However, if you visit in the late winter or early spring, off-season lines can be short, especially during the weekdays. Disney's California Adventure has fewer attractions but still has long lines, although not as long as Disneyland's attractions.

Eating outside the parks is quite possible due to the close vicinity of several restaurants to the park and the benefit of hand-stamp and re-entry. Stick to just snacks and maybe one meal in the park, and you can save some cash.

Map of the Disneyland Resort Complex
Map of the Disneyland Resort Complex

1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802

Disney's California Adventure
1600 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

By plane

Disneyland is within driving distance of a number of Southern California airports. Regardless of which airport you land at, it is always a good idea to consider available alternative forms of transportation before deciding to rent a car. Airport shuttles and public transit are an ideal option, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. While LAX is the obvious choice and the most popular, there are a few other options which are calmer and sometimes even make for an easier arrival.

John Wayne Orange County Airport (IATA: SNA) [3] is the closest airport to Anaheim. The Disneyland Resort Express [4], operated by Gray Line, provides direct bus service to the Disneyland Resort from here.

Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB) [5]. The 2nd closest airport, which is also one of the smallest (e.g. easiest to deal with) in the Los Angeles area. Depending on where you are flying from it's one of the easiest ways to get to Disneyland. Although there is no direct bus service from the airport to the resort, depending on the number of people in your party it may be less expensive to rent a car in any case. Interestingly, if you take the main exit from the airport, which is East Wardlaw Road, eventually it becomes Ball Road, which runs directly across the north edge of Disneyland itself. JetBlue [6] serves 14 nonstop destinations from Long Beach: Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Austin, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Portland, and Seattle.

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX) [7] is the largest airport in the area. The Disneyland Resort Express is also available here as well. Most visitors, especially those from overseas, arriving for a visit to Disneyland or to the greater Los Angeles area tend to arrive here.

LA/Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT) [8] in San Bernardino County is within close distance of Disneyland; take I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) west and exit into California State Route 57 (Orange Freeway) south which leads directly into Anaheim. Take either the Ball Road or Katella Avenue exit (3 and 2 respectively) and travel west. Alternatively, you can also take the Metrolink San Bernardino Line from Rancho Cucamonga or Upland to Los Angeles Union Station, where you can transfer to either the Orange County Line or the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.

Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR) [9] in Burbank is the only Los Angeles-area airport that is directly served by Amtrak and Metrolink. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner directly connects the airport to Anaheim, with departures at 8:58AM, 11:26AM, 4:25PM, 7:05PM, and 9:12PM. Outside of those times, Metrolink's Ventura County Line links the airport with Los Angeles Union Station, with 10 daily departures. Transfers to the Orange County Line or the Pacific Surfliner can be made at Union Station.

By car

As with much of California, by car is probably the easiest way to get to the Disneyland Resort from the surrounding area (or even San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco). The Disneyland Resort offers ample parking both for day visitors to the park as well as hotel guests. All of the surrounding hotels offer parking, however, some clearly do not have sufficient parking for the number of overnight guests.

Driving to the Disneyland Resort also means braving the Southern California traffic, which at times can be overwhelming. The Disneyland website offers driving directions [10], as do most online map sites. Traveling from the Long Beach Airport to the Disneyland Resort can be done using surface streets instead of freeways, which can be very crowded during commute hours.

The Disneyland Resort is bounded by Katella Avenue to the south, Ball Road to the north, Walnut Street to the west, Harbor Boulevard to the east, and the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) on the northeast corner. The Anaheim Convention Center is located south of the resort across Katella Avenue.

Parking at the theme parks is $12 for Car/Motorcycle, $17 for RV/Oversized Vehicle, and $22 for Bus/Tractor Trailer. Parking at Downtown Disney is free for the first three hours and $6 for each additional hour afterwards, charged in increments of $2 every 20 minutes. Valet parking is available at Downtown Disney for $6 from 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

If you are arriving in Anaheim by train, a taxi is a reasonable option to get to the resort from the station. A one-way taxi ride from the station to Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel costs $10.40 (as of July 5, 2006).

By foot

One of the great advantages at the Disneyland Resort is that Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and many "off property" hotels are all within walking distance. Unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, guests can walk between Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, and Downtown Disney in just a minute or two. There are approximately 12 "off property" hotels that are within a 10 minute walk. Some experienced visitors to the Disneyland Resort stay at the walking-distance hotels and find it more convenient to not have a car. It only takes five to 10 minutes to walk to the Disneyland entrance from a walking-distance hotel, and taking breaks in the middle of the day is much more convenient.

By transit

Local trains and buses are the cheapest ways to get to the park. Amtrak and Metrolink's Anaheim station is located on the north edge of the parking lot of Angel Stadium, about two miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner [11] (Paso Robles to San Diego, via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles) and Metrolink's Orange County Line [12] (LA to Oceanside) service the station.

From 6:30AM-8:45AM a free Orange County Transit Authority bus (Route 430) will take you directly into Disneyland from the station. That same bus will take you back to the station for free from 3:30PM-6PM. There is no service on weekends. Other than these times Route 50, which runs from Cal State University Long Beach to The Village at Orange, services the station and Disneyland every 20 minutes. Other OCTA routes that service the park but not the station are: Route 43 (Harbor Blvd.), which runs from La Habra to Downtown Newport Beach every 15 minutes (although you will need to walk ten minutes to get to the park for this route); Route 46 (Ball Rd.), which runs between Los Alamitos and The Village at Orange; and Route 83 (Santa Ana Freeway) which goes from the Laguna Hills Mall to the Disneyland Resort, by way of Santa Ana. The latter four routes cost $1.25 per boarding.

Los Angeles County MTA Route 460 links Disneyland with Fullerton, Buena Park (with a stop at Knott's Berry Farm), Norwalk, and downtown LA.

If you are staying at the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel [13] in nearby Buena Park, you can take advantage of the free Disneyland shuttle.

Greyhound offers service to the park and the City of Anaheim runs a tourist bus service [14].

Warning: Purchasing tickets online

Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craig's List are partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is a very common activity, it is prohibited by Disney: the tickets are non-transferable. There is also an inherent risk to you as a buyer, because you don't know for certain how many days remain on the ticket. If you are purchasing tickets online, only purchase from authorized brokers; resold tickets are subject to rejection at the gate.

Visiting Disneyland is an expensive affair. Tickets are sold at several levels: the base ticket is the Single-Day Theme Park Ticket which enables admission to only one of the two parks for a full day. By contrast, the 1-Day Park Hopper allows you to see both parks on the same day, and to move back and forth between the parks. Park Hopper tickets are also sold in increments of 2, 3, 4, and 5 days; while the ticket price increases with each day, the price per day actually decreases with each day. The days on which the ticket is used do not have to be consecutive. The value of the Park Hopper ticket options should not be underestimated.

The prices below were accurate as of August 2009:

Online Prices
Days ages 3-9 ages 10+
Total Per Day Total Per Day
Single-Day Theme Park Ticket $62 $62.00 $72 $72.00
1-Day Park Hopper $87 $87.00 $97 $97.00
2-Day Park Hopper $131 $65.50 $151 $75.50
3-Day Park Hopper $174 $58.00 $204 $68.00
4-Day Park Hopper $199 $49.75 $229 $57.25
5-Day Park Hopper $219 $43.80 $249 $49.80
6-Day Park Hopper $224 $37.70 $254 $42.83

Children under age 3 are admitted free.

Discounts are hard to find, but California residents (bring a driver's license or utility bill to prove residency) will receive a small discount, and booking tickets online through may also save some cash. AAA occasionally offers its members discounts, and seasonal discounts such as the "buy a day, get a seasonal pass" offer occur during non-peak seasons.

Suggestion for CityPass users

If your schedule allows you only one day in San Diego, and you will be returning to Anaheim that same day, choose to visit the San Diego Zoo. It is just 5 miles southeast of SeaWorld; that way you can enjoy both attractions in as little time possible.

If you're planning a multi-day vacation to Southern California with visits to multiple attractions including Disneyland, you can save significantly by using the Southern California CityPass [15]. For only $259 ($219 for ages 3-9), you'll receive a 3-day Park Hopper ticket, and 1 day each at Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego, and your choice of either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Wild Animal Park (once used in one of these, the pass may not be used in the other). This makes for a wonderful week long vacation and a very attractive price with about $90 off standard prices.

Get around

Once in the park, everything is reachable by foot. Disneyland also has pretty good access for wheelchairs and other mobility-assistance vehicles. Outside of the park, a car is again the best way to get around, though many hotels and restaurants are just across the street.

To help make getting around a breeze, the Disneyland Monorail links Disneyland's Tomorrowland with Downtown Disney.


Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure offer their visitors a time-saving tool called FastPass. You can get a FastPass ticket at the most popular attractions by inserting your Passport (admission ticket) into a machine. The FastPass ticket allows you to come back at a pre-determined time (printed on the ticket) and go to a shorter line, called the FastPass Return line, to enter the attraction. This works well for very crowded rides, or especially busy times of the day. Although there is a specific time printed on the ticket (ex. Noon to 1 P.M.) the CMs at the FastPass Return line will accept your FastPass ticket any time after noon, for the remainder of that day. Also, make sure that you notice the return time before taking your FastPass ticket, since you cannot get a new FastPass until A) the printed time is reached, or B) two hours later, whichever time is shorter.

"I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place, a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it." -- Walt Disney


Disneyland [16] is the original Disney theme park which opened in July 1955. While the park has changed dramatically over the years, there are still many favorite classic attractions, such as the Disneyland Railroad. Today, Disneyland boasts 57 attractions, the most number of attractions for a Disney theme park. Despite competition from other Disney parks, it is still the favorite among both adults and kids.

Disneyland's themed lands are Main Street, USA. (modeled after 20th Century Marceline, Missouri, Walt Disney's childhood town), New Orleans Square (modeled after 18th Century New Orleans), Fantasyland (modeled after a Bavarian village), Mickey's Toontown (modeled after the cartoon town of Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Adventureland (modeled after the jungles of Asia, Africa and the South Pacific), Frontierland (modeled after the old west), Critter Country (modeled after North American forests) and Tomorrowland (modeled after science fiction authors' visions of yesterday's future).

Main Street, USA

Main Street Railroad Depot
Main Street Railroad Depot
  • Disneyland Railroad (A train ride that takes you around Disneyland and stops at 4 stations, great for sightseeing.)
  • Main Street Cinema (A theater-like attraction that shows the first 6 Mickey Mouse cartoons.)
  • Main Street Vehicles
    • Fire Engine (transportation)
    • Horse-Drawn Streetcars (transportation)
    • Horseless Carriage (transportation)
    • Omnibus (transportation)
  • Disneyland: The First Magical 50 Years (An exhibit that shows how Disneyland has changed in 50 years since its opening.)

New Orleans Square

  • Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in New Orleans Square.)
  • Haunted Mansion (A scary dark ride that is based on a horror story in 18th Century New Orleans.)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (An indoor boat ride through caverns and a burning village.)
  • Fantasmic! (A nighttime show with wonderful special effects. Does not run every night off-season.)
  • Rafts to Pirate's Island (Tom Sawyer's Island re-imagined with a pirate theme.)


  • Alice in Wonderland (A dark ride that goes through the film's storyline.)
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train (A train ride that goes around the exterior of Storybook Land Canal Boats.)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (A spin ride on which one rides on "Dumbos".)
  • Disney Princess Fantasy Faire (Where visitors can meet all of the Disney princesses.)
  • "It's a Small World" (An indoor boat ride that introduces visitors to singing children from all over the globe.)
  • King Arthur Carrousel (A classic carousel ride.)
  • Mad Tea Party (A spin ride on which one spins on models of tea cups.)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds (A bobsled inspired roller coaster that is based on the Matterhorn in Switzerland - note that for this ride there are two different tracks so ride both!.)
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (A dark ride that goes through the scenes of the movie The Wind in the Willows.)
  • Peter Pan's Flight (A dark ride based on the movie.)
  • Pinocchio's Daring Journey (A dark ride based on the story.)
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures (A dark ride that is based on the story.)
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats (A boat ride that goes through miniature scenes of famous Disney stories.)

Mickey's Toontown

  • Chip 'n Dale Treehouse (A walkthrough for kids based on the living quarters of Chip 'n Dale.)
  • Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Mickey's Toontown.)
  • Donald's Boat (A walkthrough that is based on Donald Duck's home.)
  • Gadget's Go Coaster (A rollercoaster, expectant mothers should not ride.)
  • Goofy's Fun House (A funhouse attraction that is based on Goofy's home, in the place of the former Goofy's Bounce House.)
  • Mickey's House and Meet Mickey (A walkthrough based on Mickey Mouse's house and where one can meet Mickey Mouse himself.)
  • Minnie's House (A walkthrough based on Minnie Mouse's house, Minnie appears out front quite often.)
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (A dark spin ride based on the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)


  • Enchanted Tiki Room (An Audio-Animatronics show that features singing birds, flowers, and various tiki figures; in the lanai out front you will also see tiki gods and goddesses.)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure (A dark thrill ride based on the Indiana Jones series.)
  • Jungle Cruise (A boat ride that goes through sights of isolated jungles of Asia, Africa, and South America.)
  • Tarzan's Treehouse (A walkthrough that is based on the treehouse in Tarzan.)


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (A mine train-themed rollercoaster.)
  • Tom Sawyer Island (A large play area that is based on the Tom Sawyer stories.)
  • Frontierland Shootin' Exposition (A shooting gallery arcade, one round costs $0.50.)
  • Mark Twain Riverboat (A full-sized riverboat sailing around the "Rivers of America.")
  • Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island (Rafts to access Tom Sawyer Island.)
  • Sailing Ship Columbia (A pirate ship themed boat sailing around the "Rivers of America.")
  • Big Thunder Ranch (A petting zoo.)
  • The Golden Horseshoe Stage (A performance venue.)

Critter Country

  • Splash Mountain (A log flume water ride)
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes (A canoe ride in which visitors paddle around the "Rivers of America.")
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (A dark ride that is based on the stories of Winnie the Pooh.)


  • Astro Orbitor (A spin ride)
  • Autopia (A driving course. While many might think this to be a children's ride, there is a height requirement, as crashing may occur.)
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (A dark ride that is a game similar to laser tag, only riders need to shoot the Z's along the way.)
  • Disneyland Monorail (The first monorail built in the West connects Disneyland to Downtown Disney.)
  • Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Tomorrowland.)
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (you can see Nemo and his friend from the Pixar film "Finding Nemo")
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (A 3D show)
  • Innoventions (A walk through museum featuring the latest technology.)
  • Space Mountain (A dark rollercoaster)
  • Starcade (An arcade, the fee to play the games is 5 tokens for $1.)
  • Star Tours (A Star Wars-themed flight simulator)

Shows and Parades

Fantasmic is an evening live action show that takes place on the Rivers of America. It is a wonderful show with many of the Disney characters, animation on a screen made of jets of water, and fireworks. It can be too intense for very young children, but for all others it is a very enjoyable. Daily, there are two parades along the route between Main Street, U.S.A. and "it's a small world." At 9:25PM nightly, Disneyland puts on its famous fireworks show. There are many other shows at Disneyland as well.

Expansion at last!

It was officially announced on October 17, 2007 that Disney's California Adventure is finally headed for expansion! Future plans call for a new theme land based on the film Cars, a new entry plaza, and more.

Disney's California Adventure [17] is Disneyland's sister theme park which opened in February 2001. The park has nearly doubled its attendance numbers since opening and is now ranked in the top ten most visited U.S. theme parks. Disney's California Adventure boasts 34 attactions and has added attractions every year since its opening. This park is probably the most favorite Disney park among teens and adventurous adults and kids. The park is also family friendly.

Disney's California Adventure is divided into 5 themed lands: Sunshine Plaza (modeled after a California postcard), Golden State (which is divided into 5 districts; Condor Flats is modeled after the aviation days of 20th Century Mojave Desert, Grizzly Peak Recreation Area is modeled after the Northeastern California wilderness, The Bay Area is modeled after 20th Century San Francisco, Golden Vine Winery is modeled after California's Wine Country, and Pacific Wharf is modeled after California's 20th Century wharfs), Paradise Pier (modeled after California's 20th Century boardwalks), Hollywood Pictures Backlot (modeled after Hollywood's studio backlots) and "a bug's land" (modeled after the movie "A Bug's Life") is the only non-Californian themed land in the park.

Sunshine Plaza

There are no attractions in Sunshine Plaza.

Golden State

Condor Flats
  • Soarin' Over California (An IMAX simulator that shows famous California landmarks as if one was hangliding over California.)
Grizzly Peak Recreation Area
  • Grizzly River Run (Roar down this white-water raft adventure, visitors may get very wet on this attraction.)
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (A large play area based on the Mount Shasta wilderness and the film, Brother Bear.)
The Bay Area
  • There are no attractions in The Bay Area, but there are restrooms with San Francisco-style architecture.
Golden Vine Winery

Where one can enjoy the different tastes of wine from around the world. Can not be younger than 21 years of age to drink.

Pacific Wharf
  • Mission Tortilla Factory (A behind-the-scenes look at tortilla production.)
  • The Bakery Tour (A presentation of how sourdough bread is made.)

Paradise Pier

The Sun Wheel with California Screamin' behind
The Sun Wheel with California Screamin' behind
  • California Screamin' (A high speed rollercoaster that launches form 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds!)
  • Maliboomer (Launch straight up 180 feet into the air!)
  • Mickeys Fun Wheel (A ferris wheel with swinging and stationary gondolas)
  • Mulholland Madness (A mini-rollercoaster based on Los Angeles's Mulholland Drive.)
  • Golden Zephyr (A spin ride with rocketship models as the spinners.)
  • King Triton's Carousel (A sea-themed carousel)
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish (A mini-drop ride)
  • S.S. rustworthy (A play area)
  • Games of the Boardwalk (An arcade modeled after Boardwalk games.)
  • Toy Story Mania (Step right up and compete in an interactive "Toy Story" adventure like no other! You'll grab some 3-D glasses before boarding your ride vehicle and zipping off into a world of immersive, midway-style games.)

Hollywood Pictures Backlot

  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (A dark ride based on the movie, Monsters, Inc.)
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (A drop ride that drops 13 stories down, based on a 1950's TV series.)
  • "Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular" (A musical based on Aladdin.)
  • Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! (A musical show based on Playhouse Disney.)
  • Muppet*Vision 3D (A 3D show featuring the Muppets.)
  • Disney Animation
    • Turtle Talk with Crush (A show in which visitors can interact with Crush in Finding Nemo.)
    • Animation Academy (A presentation on how to draw Disney characters.)
    • Character Close-Up (A presentation on where visitors can meet most of the famous Disney characters.)
    • Sorcerer's Workshop (A presentation where visitors can create their own animation.)
  • The Hollywood Backlot Stage (performance venue)

"a Bug's Land"

  • It's Tough to be a Bug (A 3D show about how insects protect themselves.)
  • Bountiful Valley Farm (A water play area based on California's irrigation system.)
  • Flik's Fun Fair
    • Flik's Flyers (A wave swing modeled after giant food boxes.)
    • Francis' Ladybug Boogie (A spin ride modeled with ladybugs as spinners.)
    • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train (A train that shows how Heimlich from the film, "a bug's life" finds food.)
    • Princess Dot Puddle Park (A water play area)
    • Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies (bumper cars)

Shows and Parades

Disney's California Adventure has many shows and parades for visitors. The High School Musical Pep Rally begins daily at Sunshine Plaza and continues to Paradise Pier every morning at 11:30AM, 1PM and 3:15PM. The park is also home of the new Pixar Play Parade, where floats are based on the Disney Pixar movies, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. as well as water and bubble effects. The parade begins daily at 5:15PM at Sunshine Plaza and 5:35PM in Golden State (The Bay Area). Also, the park hosts the classic Disney's Electrical Parade, when the parade's route lights up with thousands of sparkling lights and begins nightly at 8:45PM beginning from Paradise Pier to Sunshine Plaza.

  • AMC Downtown Disney 12 Catch a box-office chart-topper at this stadium seating, digital projection, and surround sound cineplex.
  • ESPN Zone Watch your favorite sports event or play one of many interactive games.
  • House of Blues As the name implies, a blues club.
  • Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Experience the best of Bourbon Street outside New Orleans.

First of a kind

The original Mimi's Cafe, which opened in 1978, is located on Harbor Boulevard across from Disneyland's eastern boundary and is still in business. If you're on a tight budget, and if you have the time, this might be very well worth your effort.

Disneyland dining

When dining if you want to dine at the more upscale or "sit down" restaurants there is a good chance you will not be able to get seating without a reservation in advance. Some locations, especially the Blue Bayou Restaurant and Goofy's Kitchen - inside the Disneyland Hotel, require a reservation weeks in advance. Reservations are made through Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE.

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Blue Ribbon Bakery - Baked goods,sandwiches and specialty drinks.
  • Carnation Café - Table service, breakfast, sandwiches, gourmet coffees and ice cream
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor - Ice cream specialties
  • Main Street Cone Shop - Ice cream cones
  • Plaza Inn - "Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park", lunch and dinner featuring home-style favorites, broasted chicken
  • Refreshment Corner - Hot dogs, chili and cold Coke
  • Little Red Wagon - Corn dogs

New Orleans Square

  • Blue Bayou Restaurant - The Blue Bayou is one of the most well known restaurants inside Disneyland. It offers amazing ambiance from inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. A great location for a romantic dinner or a sit-down lunch of their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich. Entrees $25- $35, you are paying for the ambiance not necessarily great food quality. *Reservation Highly Recommended* *Vegetarian Friendly*
  • French Market Restaurant -Fast serve "scramble style buffeteria" with jambalaya, roasted citrus chicken, creole salmon, roast beef, salads and decadent desserts. Live entertainment on the patio.
  • Café Orléans - Table service, soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches including the Monte Cristo and crepes
  • Royal Street Veranda - Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, New Orleans-style


  • Village Haus Restaurant - Hamburgers, pizza and salads
  • Enchanted Cottage, Sweets and Treats - Bavarian-style sausages, desserts and drinks

Mickey's Toontown

  • Daisy's Diner
  • Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt
  • Pluto's Dog House
  • Toon Up Treats


  • Bengal Barbeque - Barbeque kabobs and coffee drinks
  • Tiki Juice Bar - famous Dole Whip ice cream desert, Dole Whip floats, pineapple spears and pineapple juice are available out front of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.


  • The Golden Horseshoe - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips, chili, and tasty ice cream specialties
  • Stage Door Café - Chicken, fish, and mozzarella strips
  • Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante - Mexican favorites and Costeña Grill specialties, soft drinks and desserts
  • River Belle Terrance - Breakfast, BBQ and Southern-style food
  • Conestoga Fries - Fries and drinks

Critter Country

  • Harbour Galley - Sourdough bowl soups, salads
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant - Burgers, chicken and salads


  • Redd Rockett's Pizza Port - Pizza, pasta and salads
  • The Spirit of Refreshment - Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite
  • Tomorrowland Terrace - Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, desserts and drinks

Disney's California Adventure dining

Sunshine Plaza

  • Baker's Field Bakery - Baked goods, sandwiches and coffee
  • Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream - Ice cream specialties and cones

Golden State

  • Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery - Casual table service Italian cuisine restaurant. Entrees between $10-$14
  • Pacific Wharf Café - Salads, soups and breakfast
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill - Tacos, drinks and more
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. - Karl Strauss handcrafted beers

Paradise Pier

  • Ariel's Grotto - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining featuring American-style favorites for lunch and dinner. Fixed price menu $31.99 + tax for adults.
  • Burger Invasion - Hamburgers, fries and shakes
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow - Pizza, pasta and salads

Hollywood Pictures Backlot

  • Award Wieners - Hot dogs and gourmet sausages
  • Schmoozies - Fruit smoothies

"a bug's land"

  • Bountiful Valley Farmers Market - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips

Downtown Disney dining

Downtown Disney has a wide array of choices for dining; the complete list may be found on the official website [18]. Those that shouldn't be missed are:

  • ESPN Zone A great place escape and watch the game. Snacks $6 - $11, Entrees $12 - $26 (for the New York Steak)
  • House of Blues Southern cuisine.
  • Naples Ristorante e PizzeriaPizza, Pasta and more. Entrees $17-$25
  • Rainforest Cafe Nearly a theme park in itself, Rainforest Cafe is fully decorated to theme with rain storms and more. Entrees $15-$40 (for the Main Lobster)
  • Tortilla Jo's Mexican food, with hand-made tortillas and live music.


Within the theme parks

There are many gift shops throughout Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. They are so abundant, it is close to impossible to throw a stone and not hit a store. Some attractions even have gift shops located right at their exits. The complete list of shops in both parks may be found on the official website, via the links below.

  • Disneyland Park Shopping [19]
  • Disney's California Adventure Park Shopping [20]

There is only one dedicated book and media store inside the main parks -- it's located in in Disneyland on the east side of Main Street USA.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney's anchor store is the World of Disney, the second largest of its kind, after the one at Walt Disney World. Essentially, this is a Disney Store on steroids. Downtown Disney also showcases a wide range of well-known retail chains. These are just a select few; see the official website [21] for the complete list.

  • Anne Geddes
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop
  • Compass Books
  • Disney Pin Trading
  • Disney Vault 28 (specializes in boutique style pieces with Disney characters and from various designers.)
  • ESPN Zone Store
  • Fossil
  • House of Blues
  • Lego Imagination Center
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way. Anaheim, CA 92802, 714 956 MICKEY (6425), [22]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The original Disney hotel. The mid-level hotel of Disneyland's three hotels. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. three stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool. $280.  edit
  • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim CA 92803, 714 956 MICKEY (6425), [23]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The higher end of Disneyland's three hotels.Convienent location with an entrance into Disney's California Adventure (Golden State [Grizzly Peak Recreation Area]). 745 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining. $340.  edit
  • Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, 1717 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802, 714 956 MICKEY (6425), [24]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The lower end of the three Disneyland hotels. 489 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach. $340.  edit

Other hotels

There are 37 designated Good Neighbor Hotels [25] which are either within walking distance or provide transportation to and from the Disneyland Resort. Many other hotels and motels of varying cost and quality may be found in the local area. Start with Anaheim.

Get out

Disneyland is within close distance of a number of other Southern California tourist attractions. Not suprisingly, some of these attractions have the word "Anaheim" in their names.

  • Anaheim Convention Center [26] Located directly south of the Disneyland Resort, across Katella Avenue.
  • Anaheim GardenWalk [27], 321 West Katella Avenue, 714-635-7400. A new outdoor shopping oasis, located just a stone's throw east of the Disneyland Resort.
  • Anaheim Ice [28], 300 West Lincoln Avenue, 714-535-7465. About 1 mile north of the Disneyland Resort. Has two Olympic-size ice surfaces. The practice and training venue of the Anaheim Ducks, where you can also learn the sport yourself. There are also figure skating and public ice sessions.
  • The Grove of Anaheim [29], 2200 East Katella Avenue, 714-712-2700. A concert venue located on the northwest corner of Angel Stadium's parking lot, adjacent to the Amtrak/Metrolink train station.
  • Adventure City [30] Located on Beach Boulevard south of the Ball Road intersection, about 4 miles west of the Disneyland Resort.
  • Knott's Berry Farm [31] Take LACMTA Route 460. Or if you have your own car, travel west on Katella Avenue or Ball Road, then north on Beach Boulevard.
  • Legoland California [32] Take the Pacific Surfliner or the Orange County Line south to Oceanside.
  • SeaWorld San Diego [33] Take the Pacific Surfliner all the way to its southern end.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood [34] Take the Pacific Surfliner or the Orange County Line to Los Angeles Union Station, then transfer to the LACMTA Red Line and disembark at the Universal City station.
  • Anaheim Ducks (National Hockey League) [35] Plays in Honda Center, just north of Angel Stadium.
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Major League Baseball) [36] Plays in Angel Stadium.
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  • IPA: /dɪzniːlænd/

Proper noun




  1. The archetypical theme park, located in Anaheim, California.





Disneyland (plural Disneylands)

  1. (informal, often derogatory) A place resembling the Disneyland theme park, often typified by a corporately-designed saccharine cheerfulness.
    • 1979, Myron Matlaw (ed.), American popular entertainment
      With its talking statuary, its enormous and elaborate monuments and museums, and its variety of daily shows, it has become a Disneyland of the dead...
    • 1988, The Last Temptation of Christ‎ (in New York Magazine, volume 21, number 34, 29 August 1988)
      Certainly anyone devoted to maintaining Christ as a lacquered benevolent spirit in a Disneyland of happiness is not going to like this movie.
    • 2007, Valerie Easton, A pattern garden: the essential elements of garden making
      This approach can lead to a Disneyland of a garden that busily vies for attention with the view, bringing out the best in neither.

Simple English

[[File:|thumb|Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park]] Disneyland is the name of four theme parks around the world. There is Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in France, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, and Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong.


Disneyland Resort

In 2001, the area around the park has expanded into a resort with three hotels, a shopping and dining area called Downtown Disney and a second theme park, Disney's California Adventure.

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park is a theme park in Anaheim, California, United States. It is the first Disneyland. It was opened on July 17, 1955 by Walt Disney, the man who invented Mickey Mouse. It is one of the most popular theme parks in the world. Disneyland Park celebrated its golden, or 50th, anniversary on July 17, 2005.


Walt Disney worked very hard to run his movie studio. He liked to spend weekends with his two daughters. The family liked going to carnivals and fairs. Mr. Disney wanted to build a place that had all of the fun of the traveling fairs where parents and children could ride together. That is how Mr. Disney got the idea for Disneyland. In 1953, Mr. Disney talked to people at Stanford University. He asked them to find a place that would be a good place to build his park. The Stanford people recommended an orange grove for sale in Anaheim, a farming area south of Los Angeles. Mr. Disney's friends thought the idea was a crazy one. He was sure that his dream would be a good one. After selling land that he loved very much in Palm Springs to help pay for the park, the building of Disneyland began in 1954. He also used a weekly television show called "Disneyland" to make people want to see his park. In only one year, Disneyland Park was open.

When Disneyland Park opened on July 17, 1955, the opening was shown on television as it happened. Mr. Disney asked three of his Hollywood friends to help him: Art Linkletter, Robert Cummings and Ronald Reagan. Many things went wrong that day. 11,000 people were invited to the private event but nearly 30,000 came. The streets were still fresh and many people had their shoes stuck in it. They stepped out of their shoes. Even the running water was a problem. Mr. Disney had to choose between drinking water and water for flushing toilets. Mr. Disney chose the toilets. Disneyland may have had problems when it opened, but it was not long before it became a success. Visitor number one million came to Disneyland less than two years later.

Sunday, July 17, 2005 was the fiftieth anniversary of the opening day. Many people waited to enter the park that morning. Some people spent the night waiting in Disney's California Adventure. A ceremony was held that morning with very important people speaking to the audience. Art Linkletter, who was part of the first television show, was the first to speak. The day was also Mr. Linkletter's 93rd birthday. Michael Eisner and Robert Iger, the top men at the Disney company each gave speeches. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a speech as did Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller. The ceremony was shown on giant television screens placed in the park and were played over the televisions during the day. At 4:45 that afternoon, the exact time the Walt Disney had given his speech on the opening day, his speech was played over speakers all over Disneyland.

The lands of Disneyland Park

Inside Disneyland are several parcels called "lands." Each land has its own theme. This is a list of those lands and some of the things in them.

  • Main Street, U.S.A

Main Street, U.S.A is the first land people see when they come into Disneyland. It was built to look like a small American town, much like the one Mr. Disney grew up in. A station for the Disneyland Railroad can be found here. It is located at the entrance to Disneyland. Mr. Disney and some of his workers loved trains and wanted a railroad in their new park. Guests can ride steam-powered trains for a ride around the edge of Disneyland. They can also ride a streetcar pulled by a horse, a double-deck bus and even a small fire engine. Many shops and restaurants can be found on Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Fantasyland

Fantasyland is like the places in old fairy tales. There is an antique carousel from 1875. The main entry to Fantasyland is through the Sleeping Beauty castle, the symbol of Disneyland. Attractions (Disneyland does not use the term "rides") include "Snow White's Scary Adventures and it's a small world. It also includes the Alice in Wonderland attractions. The Alice in Wonderland ride allows riders to take the adventure just like Alice did and visit the "creatures" she met in Wonderland. The teacups is another Alice attraction where guests get to sit in giant teacups and spin as fast or as slow as they want to! Some other attractions include the Matterhorn Bobsleds. It is the only roller coaster in Fantasyland and the world's first steel roller coaster. Mr.Toad's Wild Ride is an attraction that takes riders through the world of Mr.Toad as he drives around in his car. The Casey Jr. Circus Train takes through tunnels and a small stream. Dumbo the Flying Elephant has long been considered young children's favorite attraction. It's A Small World is a classic Disney attraction that is a boat ride taking guests around the world. Each part of the world has dolls that sing the song "it's a small world" in their language. In Peter Pan's Flight, one may fly over London in a pirate ship and explore Neverland. Pinocchio's Daring Journey is another ride that allows riders to explore the story of the Pinocchio Disney movie. Guests can see different small villages of classic Disney stories on the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

  • Adventureland

Adventureland is made to look like a jungle in Africa or Asia. One of Disneyland's first attractions can be ridden here. It is called "Jungle Cruise" and takes guests on a boat ride on a jungle river. Tarzan's Treehouse was originally named The Swiss Family Treehouse after an old novel. The Indiana Jones Adventure is a ride in a jeep through "dangerous" caverns that include lava, a giant snake, and other perils. The only other attraction in Adventureland as of now is the Enchanted Tiki Room which is the first ride in the world to feature audio-animatronics.

  • Frontierland

Frontierland is a land that looks like the old American West. The Mark Twain, a steam-powered boat called a "paddlewheeler" takes guests for a ride on the "Rivers of America." Guests can also ride "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad," a roller coaster that looks like a mine train.

  • Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland was meant to look like the world of the future. Disneyland's newest attraction can be found here. It is called "Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters" and it opened in 2005. The "Space Mountain" indoor roller coaster, built in 1977, reopened in 2005 after two years of rebuilding. An old attraction called "Submarine Voyage" is being rebuilt. It will open in 2007 with characters from Finding Nemo.

  • Mickey's Toontown

Mickey's Toontown is Disneyland's newest land. It is also its silliest land. Mickey's Toontown is where Mickey Mouse and his friends are supposed to live. It is named "Toontown" after a place in the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

  • New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square looks like a place called the "French Quarter" in New Orleans, Louisiana. Two of Disneyland's very popular attractions are in New Orleans Square: "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Haunted Mansion (which have both inspired movies)."

  • Critter Country

Critter Country was first named Bear Country. It looks like America's deep South of more than 100 years ago. "Splash Mountain" is a very popular log ride that guests wait in line for a long time to enjoy. It ends with a very long drop down a waterfall. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was more recently added to Disneyland.

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