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{{infobox|"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}}
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[[Image:SleepingBeautyCastle50th.JPG|thumb|350px|Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland]]
  
 
The '''Disneyland Resort''' [http://www.disneyland.com/], located in [[Anaheim]], [[California]], is made up of three parts: Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Disneyland Park is the main park, featuring many rides and attractions for people of different ages. Disney's California Adventure is another theme park, designed to be a condensation of the entire state of California. Downtown Disney is a shopping and restaurant district.
 
The '''Disneyland Resort''' [http://www.disneyland.com/], located in [[Anaheim]], [[California]], is made up of three parts: Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Disneyland Park is the main park, featuring many rides and attractions for people of different ages. Disney's California Adventure is another theme park, designed to be a condensation of the entire state of California. Downtown Disney is a shopping and restaurant district.
  
 
See also [[Walt Disney World Resort]] (in [[Orlando]], [[Florida]]), [[Hong Kong#Theme parks|Hong Kong Disneyland]], [[Disneyland Resort Paris]] and [[Tokyo Disney Resort]].
 
See also [[Walt Disney World Resort]] (in [[Orlando]], [[Florida]]), [[Hong Kong#Theme parks|Hong Kong Disneyland]], [[Disneyland Resort Paris]] and [[Tokyo Disney Resort]].
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
{{infobox|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 the Yesterland website at http://www.yesterland.com.}}
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{{infobox|"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}}
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{{infobox|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''' [http://www.yesterland.com].}}
  
Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks and an enterainment district. The first park is the original Disney theme park '''Disneyland''', which opened in 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. At the western end of the entry plaza is '''Downtown Disney''', the entertainment district. Hotels are located at the end of Downtown Disney. Both parks are divided into "lands", or themes.  
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Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks and an enterainment 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''', the entertainment district. Hotels are located at the end of Downtown Disney.
  
Disneyland's themed lands are Main Street, U.S.A. (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 Tommorowland (modeled after the future).  
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Disneyland's themed lands are Main Street, U.S.A. (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 the future).
  
Disney's California Adventure is divided into 5 themed lands, Sunshine Plaza (modeled after a California postcard), Golden State (which is divivded 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.  
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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.
  
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. However there are some family-style rides ("Soarin' Over California"). The cast members (Disney for "employee") in all sections of the park are very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary.
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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 cast members (Disney for "employee") in all sections of the park are very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary.
  
 
The two biggest problems with the Disneyland Resort as a whole are crowds and price. However with careful planning, both can be avoided:
 
The two biggest problems with the Disneyland Resort as a whole are crowds and price. However with careful planning, both can be avoided:
  
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 maybe one meal in the park, and you can save some cash.
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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.
  
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 and still has long lines, but not as long as Disneyland's attractions. Disneyland is the most visited theme park in the world, with Disney's California Adventure rapidly becoming the second.
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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 Resort]]), 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.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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[[Image:Disneyland overview map.PNG|thumb|300px|Map of the Disneyland Resort Complex]]
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'''Disneyland''': 1313 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802
 
'''Disneyland''': 1313 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802
  
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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 disneyland.com 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.
 
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 disneyland.com 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.
  
If you're planning a multi-day vacation to Southern California with visits to mutiple attactions including Disneyland, you can also save significantly by using the '''[http://www.citypass.com/city/socal.html?id=U7t87sws Southern California CityPass]'''. For only $247 ($199 for kids), you receive a 3-day park-hopper ticket; and 1 day each at Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo. This makes for a wonderful week long vacation and a very attractive price with about $90 off standard prices.
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If you're planning a multi-day vacation to Southern California with visits to mutiple attactions including Disneyland, you can also save significantly by using the '''Southern California CityPass''' [http://www.citypass.com/city/socal.html?id=U7t87sws]. For only $247 ($199 for kids), you receive a 3-day park-hopper ticket; and 1 day each at Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo. This makes for a wonderful week long vacation and a very attractive price with about $90 off standard prices.
  
'''Note on purchasing tickets online:''' Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craig's List are usually partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is a very common activity, it is actually prohibited by Disney as the tickets are non-transferable. Additionally, this can be risky since you don't know for certain how many days they actually used on the ticket. While there are mechanisms in place to help protect online purchasers, often the damage is already done since purchasing at the gate is more expensive than in advance through authorzed methods such as the Disney website, AAA or Disney Stores.
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'''Note on purchasing tickets online:''' Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craig's List are usually partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is a very common activity, it is actually prohibited by Disney as the tickets are non-transferable. Additionally, this can be risky since you don't know for certain how many days they actually used on the ticket. While there are mechanisms in place to help protect online purchasers, often the damage is already done since purchasing at the gate is more expensive than in advance through authorized methods such as the Disney website, AAA or Disney Stores.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Disneyland is within driving distance of a number of [[Southern California]] airports. The closest airport is the '''[http://www.ocair.com/ John Wayne Orange County Airport]''' (SNA), which has direct bus service [http://airport.anaheimsightseeing.com/] to the Disneyland Resort. Next closest is the '''Long Beach Airport''' (LGB) [http://www.longbeach.gov/airport/], which is one of the smallest (e.g. easiest to deal with) airports in the Los Angeles area. There is no direct bus service between the Long Beach Airport and the Disneyland Resort. '''Los Angeles International Airport''' (LAX) [http://www.lawa.org/lax/] is the largest airport in the area with [http://www.lawa.org/lax/schBuses.cfm direct bus service] to the Disneyland Resort.
 
  
Depending on where you are flying from, one of the easiest ways to get to Disneyland is through the Long Beach Airport (LGB), often overlooked by travel information. Although there is no direct bus service from LGB to the Disneyland 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 E. Wardlaw Road, eventually it becomes Ball Rd, which runs directly across the north edge of Disneyland itself. '''JetBlue''' [http://www.jetblue.com/] uses LGB as a mini-hub in the Los Angeles area, with nonstop service to nine destinations: Boston, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago O'Hare, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Oakland.
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Disneyland is within driving distance of a number of [[Southern California]] airports. The closest airport is the '''John Wayne Orange County Airport''' ({{IATA|SNA}}) [http://www.ocair.com/], which has direct bus service [http://airport.anaheimsightseeing.com/] to the Disneyland Resort. Next closest is the '''Long Beach Airport''' ({{IATA|LGB}}) [http://www.longbeach.gov/airport/], which is one of the smallest (e.g. easiest to deal with) airports in the Los Angeles area. There is no direct bus service between the Long Beach Airport and the Disneyland Resort. '''Los Angeles International Airport''' ({{IATA|LAX}}) [http://www.lawa.org/lax/] is the largest airport in the area with direct [http://www.lawa.org/lax/schBuses.cfm] bus service to the Disneyland Resort.
  
'''LA/Ontario International Airport''' (ONT) [http://www.lawa.org/ont/] 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.
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Depending on where you are flying from, one of the easiest ways to get to Disneyland is through the Long Beach Airport, often overlooked by travel information. Although there is no direct bus service from the airport to the Disneyland 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''' [http://www.jetblue.com/] serves Long Beach nonstop from nine destinations: Boston, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago O'Hare, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Oakland.
  
'''Bob Hope Airport''' (BUR) [http://www.burbankairport.com/] in Burbank is the only Los Angeles-area airport that is directly served by Amtrak and Metrolink. There is train service from the airport to Anaheim, either direct via Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner; or connecting between Metrolink's Ventura County and Orange County Lines at Los Angeles Union Station. The drawback is that it takes more than an hour; plan ahead by checking the schedules first.  
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'''LA/Ontario International Airport''' ({{IATA|ONT}}) [http://www.lawa.org/ont/] 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.
  
Disneyland is also accessible from '''[http://www.san.org San Diego International Airport]''' (SAN). From the airport, take San Diego Transit's Route 992 bus to the Santa Fe Depot located nearby, and then take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner for a two-hour trip to Anaheim.
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'''Bob Hope Airport''' ({{IATA|BUR}}) [http://www.burbankairport.com/] in Burbank is the only Los Angeles-area airport that is directly served by Amtrak and Metrolink. There is train service from the airport to Anaheim, either direct via Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner; or connecting between Metrolink's Ventura County and Orange County Lines at Los Angeles Union Station. The drawback is that it takes more than an hour; plan ahead by checking the schedules first.
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Disneyland is also accessible from '''San Diego International Airport''' ({{IATA|SAN}}) [http://www.san.org]. From the airport, take San Diego Transit's Route 992 bus to the Santa Fe Depot located nearby, and then take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner for a two-hour trip to Anaheim.
  
 
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 always an ideal option especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.
 
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 always an ideal option especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
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As with much of [[California]], '''by car''' is probably the easiest way to get to Disneyland 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.  
 
As with much of [[California]], '''by car''' is probably the easiest way to get to Disneyland 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.  
  
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===By transit===
 
===By transit===
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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, less than three miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner (Paso Robles to San Diego) and Metrolink's Orange County Line (LA to Oceanside) service the station.  
 
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, less than three miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner (Paso Robles to San Diego) and Metrolink's Orange County Line (LA to Oceanside) service the station.  
  
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To help make getting around a breeze, the '''Disneyland Monorail''' links Disneyland's Tomorrowland with Downtown Disney.
 
To help make getting around a breeze, the '''Disneyland Monorail''' links Disneyland's Tomorrowland with Downtown Disney.
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===FastPass===
 
===FastPass===
  
Disneyland uses a time-saving tool called FastPass.  You can get a fast pass at most attractions by inserting your Passport (admission ticket) into a machine.  The Fast Pass allows you to come back at a pre-determined time (printed on the FastPass) and take a shorter line to access 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. 12:00-1:00) the takers will accept your ticket any time after 12:00. 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.
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Disneyland uses a time-saving tool called FastPass.  You can get a fast pass at most attractions by inserting your Passport (admission ticket) into a machine.  The Fast Pass allows you to come back at a pre-determined time (printed on the FastPass) and take a shorter line to access 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-1PM) the takers will accept your ticket any time after noon. 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.
  
==Disneyland==
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==See and Do==
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===Disneyland===
  
 
Disneyland 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. Disneyland today, 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 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. Disneyland today, 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.
  
===Main Street, USA===
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====Main Street, USA====
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[[Image:Disneyland-railroad depot.jpg|thumb|350px|Main Street Railroad Depot]]
 
* Disneyland Railroad (A train ride that takes you around Disneyland and stops at 4 stations, great for sightseeing.)
 
* 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 Cinema (A theater-like attraction that shows the first 6 Mickey Mouse cartoons.)
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* Disneyland: The First Magical 50 Years (An exhibit that shows how Disneyland has changed in 50 years since its opening.)
 
* Disneyland: The First Magical 50 Years (An exhibit that shows how Disneyland has changed in 50 years since its opening.)
  
===New Orleans Square===
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====New Orleans Square====
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* Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in 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.)
 
* 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 that served as the inspiration for the film series.)
 
* Pirates of the Caribbean (An indoor boat ride that served as the inspiration for the film series.)
* The Disney Gallery (An art gallery)
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* Fantasmic (A nighttime show with wonderful special effects.  Does not run every night off-season)
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====Fantasyland====
  
===Fantasyland===
 
 
* Alice in Wonderland (A dark ride that goes through the film's storyline.)
 
* 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.)
 
* Casey Jr. Circus Train (A train ride that goes around the exterior of Storybook Land Canal Boats.)
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* Storybook Land Canal Boats (A boat ride that goes through mini scenes of famous Disney stories.)
 
* Storybook Land Canal Boats (A boat ride that goes through mini scenes of famous Disney stories.)
  
===Mickey's Toontown===
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====Mickey's Toontown====
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* Chip 'n Dale Treehouse (A walkthrough for kids based on the living quarters of Chip 'n Dale.)
 
* 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.)
 
* Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Mickey's Toontown.)
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* Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (A dark spin ride based on the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
 
* Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (A dark spin ride based on the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
  
===Adventureland===
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====Adventureland====
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* Enchanted Tiki Room (An Audio-Animatronics show that features singing birds and Polynesian gods and goddesses.)
 
* Enchanted Tiki Room (An Audio-Animatronics show that features singing birds and Polynesian gods and goddesses.)
 
* Indiana Jones Adventure (A dark thrill ride based on the Indiana Jones series.)
 
* Indiana Jones Adventure (A dark thrill ride based on the Indiana Jones series.)
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* Tarzan's Treehouse (A walkthrough that is based on the treehouse in Tarzan.)
 
* Tarzan's Treehouse (A walkthrough that is based on the treehouse in Tarzan.)
  
===Frontierland===
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====Frontierland====
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* Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (A mine train-themed rollercoaster)
 
* Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (A mine train-themed rollercoaster)
 
* Tom Sawyer Island (A large play area that is based on the Tom Sawyer stories.)
 
* Tom Sawyer Island (A large play area that is based on the Tom Sawyer stories.)
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* The Golden Horseshoe Stage (performance venue)
 
* The Golden Horseshoe Stage (performance venue)
  
===Critter Country===
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====Critter Country====
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* Splash Mountain (A log flume water ride)
 
* Splash Mountain (A log flume water ride)
 
* Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes (A canoe ride in which visitors paddle around the "Rivers of America.")
 
* 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.)
 
* The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (A dark ride that is based on the stories of Winnie the Pooh.)
  
===Tomorrowland===
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====Tomorrowland====
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* Astro Orbitor (A spin ride)
 
* Astro Orbitor (A spin ride)
* Autopia (A driving course)
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* 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.)
 
* 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 bulit in the West connects Disneyland to Downtown Disney. This was originally envisioned as a revolutionary form of mass transit for the future, but never took flight because of Americans' overwhelming love affair with automobiles. Help get the monorail movement running by joining '''The Monorail Society!''' Visit TMS at http://www.monorails.org.)
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* Disneyland Monorail (The first monorail built in the West connects Disneyland to Downtown Disney.)
 
* Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Tomorrowland.)
 
* Disneyland Railroad (The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Tomorrowland.)
 
* Finding Nemo Subamrine Voyage (you can see Nemo and his friend from the Pixar film "Finding Nemo")
 
* Finding Nemo Subamrine Voyage (you can see Nemo and his friend from the Pixar film "Finding Nemo")
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* Star Tours (A Star Wars-themed flight simulator)
 
* Star Tours (A Star Wars-themed flight simulator)
  
===Shows and Parades===
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====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 9:25 nightly, Disneyland puts on its famous fireworks show. There are many other shows at Disneyland as well.
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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.
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===Disney's California Adventure===
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{{infobox|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. To learn more, see the following link: [http://www.disneylandnews.com/graphics/DCA%20FINAL%20EXP%20RELEASE.pdf]}}
  
==Disney's California Adventure==
 
{{infobox|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. To learn more, see the following link: http://www.disneylandnews.com/graphics/DCA%20FINAL%20EXP%20RELEASE.pdf}}
 
 
Disney's California Adventure is Disneyland's sister theme park which opened in February 2001. The park has achieved increasing popularity despite its lack of success in its first years of opening. Today the theme park is very popular among teens and as well as adults. The park is also family friendly. Disney's California Adventure boasts 34 attactions and has grown since its opening. This park is probably the most favorite Disney park among teens and adventurous adults and kids. It is also an "educational" park, specifically the Golden State "land" which teaches visitors about California and its diversity.
 
Disney's California Adventure is Disneyland's sister theme park which opened in February 2001. The park has achieved increasing popularity despite its lack of success in its first years of opening. Today the theme park is very popular among teens and as well as adults. The park is also family friendly. Disney's California Adventure boasts 34 attactions and has grown since its opening. This park is probably the most favorite Disney park among teens and adventurous adults and kids. It is also an "educational" park, specifically the Golden State "land" which teaches visitors about California and its diversity.
  
===Sunshine Plaza===
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====Sunshine Plaza====
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There are no attractions in Sunshine Plaza.
 
There are no attractions in Sunshine Plaza.
  
===Golden State===
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====Golden State====
====Condor Flats====
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=====Condor Flats=====
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* Soarin' Over California (An IMAX simulator that shows famous California landmarks as if one was hangliding over California.)
 
* Soarin' Over California (An IMAX simulator that shows famous California landmarks as if one was hangliding over California.)
  
====Grizzly Peak Recreation Area====
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=====Grizzly Peak Recreation Area=====
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* Grizzly River Run (Roar down this white-water raft adventure, visitors may get very wet on this attraction.)
 
* 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.)
 
* Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (A large play area based on the [[Mount Shasta]] wilderness and the film, Brother Bear.)
  
====The Bay Area====
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=====The Bay Area=====
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* Golden Dreams (A movie based on California's history.)
 
* Golden Dreams (A movie based on California's history.)
  
====Golden Vine Winery====
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=====Golden Vine Winery=====
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* Seasons of the Vine (A presentation based on California's Wine Country.)
 
* Seasons of the Vine (A presentation based on California's Wine Country.)
  
====Pacific Wharf====
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=====Pacific Wharf=====
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* Mission Tortilla Factory (A behind-the-scenes look at tortilla production.)
 
* Mission Tortilla Factory (A behind-the-scenes look at tortilla production.)
 
* The Bakery Tour (A presentation of how sourdough bread is made.)
 
* The Bakery Tour (A presentation of how sourdough bread is made.)
  
===Paradise Pier===
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====Paradise Pier====
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[[Image:Sun Wheel at night.jpg|thumb|350px|The Sun Wheel with California Screamin' behind]]
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* California Screamin' (A high speed rollercoaster that launches form 0-55 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. It's the second fastest roller coaster in the West after The Riddler's Revenge in Six Flags Magic Mountain and the largest and longest roller coaster in the West.)
 
* California Screamin' (A high speed rollercoaster that launches form 0-55 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. It's the second fastest roller coaster in the West after The Riddler's Revenge in Six Flags Magic Mountain and the largest and longest roller coaster in the West.)
 
* Maliboomer (Launch straight up 180 feet into the air!)
 
* Maliboomer (Launch straight up 180 feet into the air!)
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* S.S. rustworthy (A play area)
 
* S.S. rustworthy (A play area)
 
* Games of the Boardwalk (An arcade modeled after Boardwalk games.)
 
* 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.  It's Toy Story Mania!— a brand new attraction inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” films. 
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* 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.)
You'll grab some 3-D glasses before boarding your ride vehicle and zipping off into a world of immersive, midway-style games.'''
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====Hollywood Pictures Backlot====
  
===Hollywood Pictures Backlot===
 
 
* Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (A dark ride based on the movie, Monsters, Inc.)
 
* 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 the movie Tower of Terror.)
 
* The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (A drop ride that drops 13 stories down, based on the movie Tower of Terror.)
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* The Hollywood Backlot Stage (performance venue)
 
* The Hollywood Backlot Stage (performance venue)
  
==="a bug's land"===
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===="a bug's land"====
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* It's Tough to be a Bug! (A 3D show about how insects protect themselves.)
 
* 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.)
 
* Bountiful Valley Farm (A water play area based on California's irrigation system.)
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** Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies (bumper cars)
 
** Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies (bumper cars)
  
===Shows and Parades===
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====Shows and Parades====
Disney's California Adventure is 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, 1:00PM and 3:15PM. The park is also home of the Block Party Bash, where floats are based on the Disney movies, ''The Incredibles'', ''Toy Story'', and ''Monsters, Inc.'' as well as screaming contests.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.
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Disney's California Adventure is 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 Block Party Bash, where floats are based on the Disney movies, ''The Incredibles'', ''Toy Story'', and ''Monsters, Inc.'' as well as screaming contests.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.
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===Downtown Disney===
  
==Downtown Disney==
 
 
*'''AMC Downtown Disney 12''' Catch a box-office chart-topper at this stadium seating, digital projection, and surround sound cineplex.
 
*'''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.
 
*'''ESPN Zone''' Watch your favorite sports event or play one of many interactive games.
 
*'''House of Blues''' As the name implies, a blues club.
 
*'''House of Blues''' As the name implies, a blues club.
 
*'''Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen''' Experience the best of Bourbon Street outside New Orleans.
 
*'''Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen''' Experience the best of Bourbon Street outside New Orleans.
==Disneyland dining==
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===Main Street, U.S.A.===
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==Eat==
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===Disneyland dining===
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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, require a reservation weeks in advance.  Reservations are made through Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE.
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====Main Street, U.S.A.====
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* '''Blue Ribbon Bakery''' - Baked goods,sandwiches and specialty drinks.
 
* '''Blue Ribbon Bakery''' - Baked goods,sandwiches and specialty drinks.
 
* '''Carnation Café''' - Table service, breakfast, sandwiches, gourmet coffees and ice cream
 
* '''Carnation Café''' - Table service, breakfast, sandwiches, gourmet coffees and ice cream
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* '''Refreshment Corner''' - Hot dogs, chili and cold Coke
 
* '''Refreshment Corner''' - Hot dogs, chili and cold Coke
  
===New Orleans Square===
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====New Orleans Square====
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* '''Blue Bayou Restaurant''' - Table service, seafood, chicken and beef dinners, plus, the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich at lunch
 
* '''Blue Bayou Restaurant''' - Table service, seafood, chicken and beef dinners, plus, the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich at lunch
 
* '''French Market Restaurant''' - Jambalaya, fried chicken and decadent desserts
 
* '''French Market Restaurant''' - Jambalaya, fried chicken and decadent desserts
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* '''Royal Street Veranda''' - Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, New Orleans-style
 
* '''Royal Street Veranda''' - Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, New Orleans-style
  
===Fantasyland===
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====Fantasyland====
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* '''Village Haus Restaurant''' - Hamburgers, pizza and salads
 
* '''Village Haus Restaurant''' - Hamburgers, pizza and salads
 
* '''Enchanted Cottage, Sweets and Treats''' - Bavarian-style sausages, desserts and drinks
 
* '''Enchanted Cottage, Sweets and Treats''' - Bavarian-style sausages, desserts and drinks
  
===Mickey's Toontown===
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====Mickey's Toontown====
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* '''Daisy's Diner'''
 
* '''Daisy's Diner'''
 
* '''Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt'''
 
* '''Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt'''
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* '''Toon Up Treats'''
 
* '''Toon Up Treats'''
  
===Adventureland===
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====Adventureland====
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* '''Bengal Barbeque''' - Barbeque kabobs and coffee drinks
 
* '''Bengal Barbeque''' - Barbeque kabobs and coffee drinks
 
* '''Tiki Juice Bar''' - Dole pineapple shakes and Dole pineapple treats
 
* '''Tiki Juice Bar''' - Dole pineapple shakes and Dole pineapple treats
  
===Frontierland===
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====Frontierland====
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* '''The Golden Horseshoe''' - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips, chili, and tasty ice cream specialties
 
* '''The Golden Horseshoe''' - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips, chili, and tasty ice cream specialties
 
* '''Stage Door Café''' - Chicken, fish, and mozzarella strips
 
* '''Stage Door Café''' - Chicken, fish, and mozzarella strips
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* '''Conestoga Fries''' - Fries and drinks
 
* '''Conestoga Fries''' - Fries and drinks
  
===Critter Country===
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====Critter Country====
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* '''Harbour Galley''' - Fries and drinks
 
* '''Harbour Galley''' - Fries and drinks
 
* '''Hungry Bear Restaurant''' - Burgers, chicken and salads
 
* '''Hungry Bear Restaurant''' - Burgers, chicken and salads
  
===Tomorrowland===
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====Tomorrowland====
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* '''Redd Rockett's Pizza Port''' - Pizza, pasta and salads
 
* '''Redd Rockett's Pizza Port''' - Pizza, pasta and salads
 
* '''The Spirit of Refreshment''' - Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite
 
* '''The Spirit of Refreshment''' - Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite
 
* '''Tomorrowland Terrace''' - Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, desserts and drinks
 
* '''Tomorrowland Terrace''' - Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, desserts and drinks
  
==Disney's California Adventure dining==
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===Disney's California Adventure dining===
===Sunshine Plaza===
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====Sunshine Plaza====
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* '''Baker's Field Bakery''' - Baked goods, sandwiches and coffee
 
* '''Baker's Field Bakery''' - Baked goods, sandwiches and coffee
 
* '''Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream''' - Ice cream specialties and cones
 
* '''Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream''' - Ice cream specialties and cones
  
===Golden State===
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====Golden State====
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* '''Pacific Wharf Café''' - Salads, soups and breakfast
 
* '''Pacific Wharf Café''' - Salads, soups and breakfast
 
* '''Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill''' - Tacos, drinks and more
 
* '''Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill''' - Tacos, drinks and more
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* '''Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery''' - Table service and Italian favorites
 
* '''Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery''' - Table service and Italian favorites
  
===Paradise Pier===
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====Paradise Pier====
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* '''Ariel's Grotto''' - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining featuring American-style favorites for lunch and dinner
 
* '''Ariel's Grotto''' - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining featuring American-style favorites for lunch and dinner
 
* '''Burger Invasion''' - Hamburgers, fries and shakes
 
* '''Burger Invasion''' - Hamburgers, fries and shakes
 
* '''Pizza Oom Mow Mow''' - Pizza, pasta and salads
 
* '''Pizza Oom Mow Mow''' - Pizza, pasta and salads
  
===Hollywood Pictures Backlot===
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====Hollywood Pictures Backlot====
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* '''Award Wieners''' - Hot dogs and gourmet sausages
 
* '''Award Wieners''' - Hot dogs and gourmet sausages
 
* '''Schmoozies''' - Fruit smoothies
 
* '''Schmoozies''' - Fruit smoothies
  
==="a bug's land"===
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===="a bug's land"====
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* '''Bountiful Valley Farmers Market''' - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips
 
* '''Bountiful Valley Farmers Market''' - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips
  
==Downtown Disney dining==
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===Downtown Disney dining===
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Downtown Disney has a wide array of choices for dining; the complete list may be found [http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/moreMagic/listing?name=DowntownDisneyDiningListingPage here]. Those that shouldn't be missed are:
 
Downtown Disney has a wide array of choices for dining; the complete list may be found [http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/moreMagic/listing?name=DowntownDisneyDiningListingPage here]. Those that shouldn't be missed are:
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*'''ESPN Zone'''
 
*'''ESPN Zone'''
 
*'''House of Blues'''
 
*'''House of Blues'''
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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===Within the theme parks===
 
===Within the theme parks===
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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 may be found in your park brochure.
 
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 may be found in your park brochure.
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===Downtown Disney===
 
===Downtown Disney===
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Downtown Disney showcases a wide range of well-known retail chains. These are just a select few; see [http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/moreMagic/listing?name=DowntownDisneyShoppingListingPage here] for a complete listing.
 
Downtown Disney showcases a wide range of well-known retail chains. These are just a select few; see [http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/moreMagic/listing?name=DowntownDisneyShoppingListingPage here] for a complete listing.
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*'''Anne Geddes'''
 
*'''Anne Geddes'''
 
*'''Build-a-Bear Workshop'''
 
*'''Build-a-Bear Workshop'''
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
This [http://www.anaheimconventioncenter.com/images/anaheimcc/pdfs/anhtlsmem.pdf map] from the Anaheim Convention Center website shows all the hotels around the resort. (Note: '''Arrowhead Pond''' is now called '''Honda Center''' and '''Edison International Field''' is now called '''Angel Stadium'''.)
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This map [http://www.anaheimconventioncenter.com/images/anaheimcc/pdfs/anhtlsmem.pdf] from the Anaheim Convention Center website shows all the hotels around the resort. (Note: '''Arrowhead Pond''' is now called '''Honda Center''' and '''Edison International Field''' is now called '''Angel Stadium'''.)
  
 
===Hotels within the resort===
 
===Hotels within the resort===
  
* <sleep name="Disneyland Hotel" address="1150 Magic Way. Anaheim, CA 92802" checkin="3 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="$280" phone="714 956 MICKEY (6425)" email="" fax="" url="http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/landing?name=DisneylandHotelLandingPage">The original Disney hotel. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. Two stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Disneyland Hotel" address="1150 Magic Way. Anaheim, CA 92802" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="$280" phone="714 956 MICKEY (6425)" email="" fax="" url="http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/landing?name=DisneylandHotelLandingPage">The original Disney hotel. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. Two stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa" address="1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim CA 92803" phone="714 956 MICKEY (6425)" email="" fax="" checkin="3 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="$340" url="http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/landing?name=GrandCalifornianHotelLandingPage">Convienent location with an entrance into Disney's California Adventure (Golden State [Grizzly Peak Recreation Area]). 745 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa" address="1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim CA 92803" phone="714 956 MICKEY (6425)" email="" fax="" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="$340" url="http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/landing?name=GrandCalifornianHotelLandingPage">Convienent location with an entrance into Disney's California Adventure (Golden State [Grizzly Peak Recreation Area]). 745 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel" address="1717 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802" checkin="3 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="$340" phone="714 956 MICKEY (6425)" url="http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/landing?name=ParadisePierHotelLandingPage">The most luxurious Disneyland hotel. 489 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel" address="1717 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="$340" phone="714 956 MICKEY (6425)" url="http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/hotels/landing?name=ParadisePierHotelLandingPage">The most luxurious Disneyland hotel. 489 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach.</sleep>
  
 
===Hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center===
 
===Hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center===
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Note: this list is not all-inclusive.
 
Note: this list is not all-inclusive.
  
*'''The Anabella'''
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* '''The Anabella'''
  
*'''Hilton Anaheim'''
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* '''Hilton Anaheim'''
  
*'''Marriott Anaheim'''
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* '''Marriott Anaheim'''
  
 
There are many other hotels and motels in the local area of varying cost and quality. Start with [[Anaheim]].
 
There are many other hotels and motels in the local area of varying cost and quality. Start with [[Anaheim]].
  
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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

The Disneyland Resort [1], located in Anaheim, California, is made up of three parts: Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Disneyland Park is the main park, featuring many rides and attractions for people of different ages. Disney's California Adventure is another theme park, designed to be a condensation of the entire state of California. Downtown Disney is a shopping and restaurant district.

See also Walt Disney World Resort (in Orlando, Florida), Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort.


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Understand

"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

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].


Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks and an enterainment 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, the entertainment district. Hotels are located at the end of Downtown Disney.

Disneyland's themed lands are Main Street, U.S.A. (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 the future).

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.

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 cast members (Disney for "employee") in all sections of the park are very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary.

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

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.

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 Resort), 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.

Get in

Map of the Disneyland Resort Complex

Disneyland: 1313 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802

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

Park admission

Visiting Disneyland is an expensive affair, with admission for a family of four running well over $200. Prices below were accurate as of October 2006:

  • Parking: $11.

Online Prices (some save you up to $20):

  • Single park one-day admission: $56 (ages 3-9), $66 (ages 10+).
  • Single day park-hopper admission: $81 (ages 3-9), $91 (ages 10+), $68 (Southern California resident ages 3-9), $78 (Southern California resident ages 10+).
  • 2-day park-hopper admission: $112 (ages 3-9), $132 (ages 10+).
  • 3-day park-hopper admission: $139 (ages 3-9), $169 (ages 10+).
  • 4-day park-hopper admission: $154 (ages 3-9), $184 (ages 10+).

2008 Online Specials Good through April 24, 2008 (2 Free Days):

  • 5-day park-hopper admission: $139 (ages 3-9), $169 (ages 10+).
  • 6-day park hopper admission: $154 (ages 3-9), $184 (ages 10+).
  • 7-day park hopper admission: $164 (ages 3-9), $194 (ages 10+).

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 disneyland.com 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.

If you're planning a multi-day vacation to Southern California with visits to mutiple attactions including Disneyland, you can also save significantly by using the Southern California CityPass [3]. For only $247 ($199 for kids), you receive a 3-day park-hopper ticket; and 1 day each at Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo. This makes for a wonderful week long vacation and a very attractive price with about $90 off standard prices.

Note on purchasing tickets online: Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craig's List are usually partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is a very common activity, it is actually prohibited by Disney as the tickets are non-transferable. Additionally, this can be risky since you don't know for certain how many days they actually used on the ticket. While there are mechanisms in place to help protect online purchasers, often the damage is already done since purchasing at the gate is more expensive than in advance through authorized methods such as the Disney website, AAA or Disney Stores.

By plane

Disneyland is within driving distance of a number of Southern California airports. The closest airport is the John Wayne Orange County Airport (IATA: SNA) [4], which has direct bus service [5] to the Disneyland Resort. Next closest is the Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB) [6], which is one of the smallest (e.g. easiest to deal with) airports in the Los Angeles area. There is no direct bus service between the Long Beach Airport and the Disneyland Resort. Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX) [7] is the largest airport in the area with direct [8] bus service to the Disneyland Resort.

Depending on where you are flying from, one of the easiest ways to get to Disneyland is through the Long Beach Airport, often overlooked by travel information. Although there is no direct bus service from the airport to the Disneyland 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 [9] serves Long Beach nonstop from nine destinations: Boston, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago O'Hare, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Oakland.

LA/Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT) [10] 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.

Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR) [11] in Burbank is the only Los Angeles-area airport that is directly served by Amtrak and Metrolink. There is train service from the airport to Anaheim, either direct via Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner; or connecting between Metrolink's Ventura County and Orange County Lines at Los Angeles Union Station. The drawback is that it takes more than an hour; plan ahead by checking the schedules first.

Disneyland is also accessible from San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN) [12]. From the airport, take San Diego Transit's Route 992 bus to the Santa Fe Depot located nearby, and then take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner for a two-hour trip to Anaheim.

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 always an ideal option especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.

By car

As with much of California, by car is probably the easiest way to get to Disneyland 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 Disneyland also means braving the Southern California traffic, which at times can be overwhelming. The Disneyland website offers driving directions, 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.

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 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, less than three miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner (Paso Robles to San Diego) and Metrolink's Orange County Line (LA to Oceanside) service the station.

From 6:30am to 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 to 6:00pm. 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, 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), and Route 205 which goes from the Laguna Hills Mall directly into the Disneyland Resort. The latter three 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 Hotel 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.

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 of the 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.

FastPass

Disneyland uses a time-saving tool called FastPass. You can get a fast pass at most attractions by inserting your Passport (admission ticket) into a machine. The Fast Pass allows you to come back at a pre-determined time (printed on the FastPass) and take a shorter line to access 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-1PM) the takers will accept your ticket any time after noon. 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.

See and Do

Disneyland

Disneyland 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. Disneyland today, 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.

Main Street, USA

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 that served as the inspiration for the film series.)
  • Fantasmic (A nighttime show with wonderful special effects. Does not run every night off-season)

Fantasyland

  • 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 sings the song, It's a Small World.)
  • 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 rollercoaster ride that is based on the Matterhorn in Switzerland.)
  • 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 mini 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 Playhouse (A walkthrough that is based on Goofy's home.)
  • 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.)
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (A dark spin ride based on the movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

Adventureland

  • Enchanted Tiki Room (An Audio-Animatronics show that features singing birds and Polynesian 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.)

Frontierland

  • 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 (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.)

Tomorrowland

  • 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 Subamrine 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.

Disney's California Adventure

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. To learn more, see the following link: [13]


Disney's California Adventure is Disneyland's sister theme park which opened in February 2001. The park has achieved increasing popularity despite its lack of success in its first years of opening. Today the theme park is very popular among teens and as well as adults. The park is also family friendly. Disney's California Adventure boasts 34 attactions and has grown since its opening. This park is probably the most favorite Disney park among teens and adventurous adults and kids. It is also an "educational" park, specifically the Golden State "land" which teaches visitors about California and its diversity.

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
  • Golden Dreams (A movie based on California's history.)
Golden Vine Winery
  • Seasons of the Vine (A presentation based on California's Wine Country.)
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
  • California Screamin' (A high speed rollercoaster that launches form 0-55 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. It's the second fastest roller coaster in the West after The Riddler's Revenge in Six Flags Magic Mountain and the largest and longest roller coaster in the West.)
  • Maliboomer (Launch straight up 180 feet into the air!)
  • Sun Wheel (A ferris wheel with swinging and stationary gondolas.)
  • Mulholland Madness (A mini-rollercoaster based on Los Angeles's Mulholland Drive.)
  • Orange Stinger (A wave swing that is shaped like a giant orange.)
  • 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 the movie Tower of Terror.)
  • "Disney's Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular" (A musical based on Aladdin.)
  • Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! (A musical 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 is 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 Block Party Bash, where floats are based on the Disney movies, The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc. as well as screaming contests.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.

Downtown Disney

  • 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.

Eat

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, 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
  • Refreshment Corner - Hot dogs, chili and cold Coke

New Orleans Square

  • Blue Bayou Restaurant - Table service, seafood, chicken and beef dinners, plus, the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich at lunch
  • French Market Restaurant - Jambalaya, fried chicken and decadent desserts
  • Café Orléans - Table service, soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches and crepes
  • Royal Street Veranda - Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, New Orleans-style

Fantasyland

  • 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

Adventureland

  • Bengal Barbeque - Barbeque kabobs and coffee drinks
  • Tiki Juice Bar - Dole pineapple shakes and Dole pineapple treats

Frontierland

  • 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 - Fries and drinks
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant - Burgers, chicken and salads

Tomorrowland

  • 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

  • Pacific Wharf Café - Salads, soups and breakfast
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill - Tacos, drinks and more
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. - Karl Strauss handcrafted beers
  • Taste Pilots' Grill - Burgers, ribs, chicken sandwiches, fries and drinks
  • The Vineyard Room at the Golden Vine Winery - Table service and fine California cuisine inspired by Califonia's Wine Country
  • Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery - Table service and Italian favorites

Paradise Pier

  • Ariel's Grotto - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining featuring American-style favorites for lunch and dinner
  • 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 here. Those that shouldn't be missed are:

  • ESPN Zone
  • House of Blues
  • Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Tortilla Jo's

Buy

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 may be found in your park brochure.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney showcases a wide range of well-known retail chains. These are just a select few; see here for a complete listing.

  • Anne Geddes
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop
  • Compass Books
  • Disney Pin Trading
  • Disney Vault 28
  • ESPN Zone Store
  • Fossil
  • House of Blues
  • Lego Imagination Center
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • World of Disney

Sleep

This map [14] from the Anaheim Convention Center website shows all the hotels around the resort. (Note: Arrowhead Pond is now called Honda Center and Edison International Field is now called Angel Stadium.)

Hotels within the resort

  • Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way. Anaheim, CA 92802, 714 956 MICKEY (6425), [15]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The original Disney hotel. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. Two stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool. $280.
  • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim CA 92803, 714 956 MICKEY (6425), [16]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Convienent location with an entrance into Disney's California Adventure (Golden State [Grizzly Peak Recreation Area]). 745 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining. $340.
  • Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, 1717 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802, 714 956 MICKEY (6425), [17]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The most luxurious Disneyland hotel. 489 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach. $340.

Hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center

Note: this list is not all-inclusive.

  • The Anabella
  • Hilton Anaheim
  • Marriott Anaheim

There are many other hotels and motels in the local area of varying cost and quality. Start with Anaheim.



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