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    Disneyland

    by Agraichen Written Mar 7, 2014

    No trip to Anaheim is really complete without a trip to Disneyland at least once. Or for the diehard kids like my wife and daughter, a tip almost every year (well for at least the first 20 of my daughter's years).

    The seasonal parades are ever changing and always entertaining for kids and those young at heart. For some it gets old after a while, but for those of us who never grow up, its still fun at 65.

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    Christmas time is crazy here

    by Dymphna1 Written Jan 4, 2014
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    Many of the rides have changed over time. Some for the better and some for the worse. I like how they changed Pirates but skip the Haunted House. They changed it to be Nightmare Before Christmas. I hope they did this just for the season, because the change is a complete fail! There is nothing scary, it is morose.

    Take the time to notice when there are special events going on in the park, it can affect how you get somewhere or what you want to see. A parade can stop your forward process to getting to an area you want to be in if you cannot cross the street.

    One of the greatest parts of avoiding the lines at both parks is the fast pass. Most of the rides have a fast pass option. By scanning your entrance pass in the fast pass machine you can get a time to come back and go to the front of the line. We went at the busiest time of the year, between Christmas and New Years, and most of the lines were at least an hour long. Many of them went as long as 3 hours to get on a ride. So the fast passes were the way to go.

    If you have someone with special needs in your group, please go get a general fast pass. This allows them (and your group) to not have to endure the lines. My nephew is special needs and cannot do the lines like that. So his family was able to skip lines when he went on a ride.

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    Disneyland Park!

    by lmkluque Updated Feb 5, 2013

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    I was seven years old when Walt Disney opened the gates of Disneyland for the first time. It was some years later before my parents took me there for the first time. As a child, I was enchanted by every aspect of this theme park and it wasn't until I took my own children to Disneyland for the first time that I could see the place with adult eyes. Imagine the shock of seeing that the "deep sea." underwater submarine ride didn't go any deeper than a foot below the water! Not deep enough to even cover the top of the submarine, just far enough to cover the observation windows! Still, my sons believed that they had gone to extreme depths. So, watching my son's reaction to everything was worth the price of entrance. Each year a new "Land" or "Ride" would be added and we went back several more times.

    Disney Hotel was built for those families who came from far off places and that too began to grow each year. About 1998 Disneyland became "Disneyland Park" and Disneyland Hotel was known as "Disneyland Resort." About twice a year I escorted groups of foreign exchange students to Disneyland which gave me the oppotunity of exploring the whole Resort complex. One of my Danish students remarked after his Disney visit. "I don't know what all the excitement is about Disneyland, it's just like Tivoli Gardens." Of course he'd think so. Walt Disney explored Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and Efteling in The Netherlands for ideas, before he built Disneyland.

    I've intentionally not mention the specific rides or things to do and see in the Park because they change or morph frequently. Disneyland is called, "The Magical Kingdom" or "The Happiest Place on Earth" for a reason. It may not be so enchanting to everyone. It is expensive and as an adult you might see most of the visual tricks. The magic and happiness comes from the fact that Walt Disney wanted to create a place for parents to share with our children. Though we may be wide-eyed, our kids aren't and this allows us to be as enchanted as if we were children again.

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    Disneyland

    by fishandchips Updated Oct 7, 2012

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    The Big Splash - me not looking so brave lol
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    Such Fun!! The whole family had a great time here. We visited the parks on a weekend and the crowds were surprisingly light. We came back on the Monday to do a couple of last things and the crowds were massive!

    This is a must do item for anyone of my generation (40 something lol) who were brought up watching the Disney Show (in black & white.....) and then getting to do a walk around! Brings back many memories of wishing upon a star & all that.

    The parks - Disneyland and California's Disney - are quite large so pace yourself! We had a 3 day park hopper ($280) and must have walked for at least 14 hours over the days - maybe think good shoes too! They are open from 9am to 10 most days with an 8am start in the weekend. When you buy on of the passes you can also get a magic hour pass which lets you into Disney an hour before everyone else - really worth it!

    Travelling with children was great - they dragged me onto rides that I might not havce done! In the attached photo I'm with my, much braver, nieces and nephew on splash mountain - such fun!!

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    Mark Twain Riverboat

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    Here is a great tip! You want to enjoy something very relaxing at Disneyland, then get onboard the Mark Twain. Find yourself a nice seat and sit back and enjoy. It is a great way to relax some, while the little ones explore the boat and see all kind of neat things as you cruise the river. My parents use to take us on this so they could rest...lol!

    Mark Twain is a 4-level, 105-foot-long vessel 400-passenger 5/8th-scale ship. Several chairs are available in the box of the first deck.

    The 28-foot-tall Mark Twain has 4 levels (from bottom to top):
    Main Deck
    Promenade Deck
    Texas Deck
    Pilothouse to explore.

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    Star Tours

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    Star Tours is a intergalactic adventure in digital 3D. George Lucas' Star Wars universe. You board George Lucas' Star Wars Starspeeder 1000 and travel to intergalactic destinations, see popular characters and experience exciting adventures. A word of caution, if you are sensitive to motion sickness, then you might not like it. A very fun ride for the whole family.

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    57 years and still going strong

    by etfromnc Updated Aug 13, 2012

    Disneyland—Walt Disney's $17 million metropolis theme park celebrating nostalgia, futurism, and fantasy—opened on 160 acres of former orange grove in Anaheim, CA, on 17 July 1955. The park has had more than 600 million guests since it opened its doors. If you have been to Disney World and think that they are pretty much the same, think again. Not only is Disney World MANNNNY times larger, the atmosphere is also drastically different. I prefer Disney World, probably because of the company that I have had during my visits to Disney World and because I was at Disney World on Mickey's 50th birthday, but Disneyland is also definitely worth a visit.

    My favorite attraction is Space Mountain.

    It is a small world after all but you must visit Disneyland to really appreciate it.

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    Indiana Jones Ride

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012
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    thank you harrison ford for being the inspiration for this ride which is running for 17 years now and still is the top draw in Adventureland where having a fast pass is a must as the waiting time for this flat roller coaster ride disguised as a big adventure jeepney will take more than 1 hour at peak season. Guests board an Enhanced Motion Vehicle (EMV) intended to appear as a battered military troop transport. The transport carbody is attached by three hydraulic rams to the frame of the chassis, and allow the shell to articulate independently. A guest's physically intense experience is programed to achieve the illusion of greater speed and catastrophic mechanical failure using the enhanced-motion vehicle's ability to add several feet of lift then rapidly descend, shudder and tremble, and intensify cornering with counterbank and twist hence the shaky ambiance of the ride, which last for just 3 minutes only.

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    Disney Parade

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    the nightly disney parade at Main Street USA. There are many parades going around the Mainstreet USA area of Disneyland but the most popular will be the nightly parades and the fireworks. If you don;t want to be too late at the disneyland, the late afternoon parade starts at 6:00 pm everyday and is called the: Mickey's Sounsational Parade.

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    according to their website:

    Mickey's Soundsational Parade

    A new beat hits the streets of Disneyland Park! The all-new Mickey's Soundsational Parade arrives with a chorus of live musicians, dancers, thrilling rhythms, bold percussion, Disney Characters and whimsical floats that bring to life beloved melodies from classic Disney movies.

    The Parade

    Mickey Mouse and his pals are tuning up and getting ready to jam like never before as they ride down Main Street, U.S.A. on a colorful cavalcade of floats — creating an atmosphere that can only be described as...soundsational! Adding to the fun, each float has its own unique musical style, like crowd-pleasing Bollywood and South American rhythms.

    Mickey leads the way at the head of a syncopated drum line. Live musicians and energetic dancers amplify the fun with twinkling cymbals and steel drums. Best of all, you're encouraged to join the celebration for a giant jam session!

    A Symphony of Disney Characters

    In addition to Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale, Characters from some of your favorite Disney films are along for the ride, including:

    The Little Mermaid
    The Three Caballeros
    The Lion King
    The Princess and the Frog
    Aladdin
    Peter Pan
    Mary Poppins

    Plus, before the final note is played, the Disney Princesses make an appearance, including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle and even Rapunzel!

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    Kiddie Rides at Fantasyland

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    Fantasy Land has the largest number of Kiddie Rides and many of these rides have log waiting times too as there are some roller coaster for the kids type of rides in fantasylan. among the kiddie rides that are famous for kids and their parents are:

    Attractions and entertainment

    Alice in Wonderland
    Casey Jr. Circus Train
    Disney Princess Fantasy Faire at Fantasyland Theater
    Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    It's A Small World
    King Arthur Carrousel
    Mad Tea Party
    Matterhorn Bobsleds
    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    Peter Pan's Flight
    Pinocchio's Daring Journey
    Pixie Hollow
    Rapunzel and Flynn "Meet and Greet"
    Merida "Meet and Greet"
    Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through
    Snow White's Scary Adventures
    Storybook Land Canal Boats

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    Space Mountain

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012
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    this is the most popular ride in Disneyland, with the longest waiting time, hence having a fast pass is a must as waiting times at the regular lines will take more than 1 hour during peak season. Space mountain is a roller coaster in the dark where you cannot predict the direction you will be pulled through since the inside is dark and the ride starts when you ride in one of the rockets and you go into a slow ride of twist and turns and then go inside a very dark room with thousands upon thousands of stars, along with galaxies, novas, asteroids and other cosmological bodies. Gusts of wind are constantly blowing in the mountain, caused by vents and other rockets. The rockets make a wide u-turn before ascending one more small lift hill. A countdown begins as the vehicles crest the hill and the rockets are sent into a high-speed ride through the immense room. The ride consists of many turns and small dips with the illusion of speed given by the fact that the track is barely visible to the riders. The ride approaches the end by plunging in a series of tight right hand turns, going faster and faster. With a sudden left turn, the vehicles enter the re-entry tunnel with many colorful stars flying towards them and two flashes of light as the onride photo is taken. The rockets hit the brakes and make a final right u-turn back into the station as mission control welcomes the riders back and the music dies away.

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    Pirates of the Carribean

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    this is the iconic ride made more famous by jack sparrow (take a bow johhny depp!) actually, the ride itself is among the most popular in disneylands everywhere even before the first pirates of the carribean movie was made but became more popular after the fact that the movies and the sequels were made. The line here is long anf having a fast pass is a must. During the course of the indoor boat ride, guests float through an immersive, larger-than-life pirate adventure featuring gunshots, cannon blasts, burning buildings, and carousing and pillaging pirates, all accompanied by the now-iconic song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio.

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    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (2)

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012
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    part two of my tips with more pictures

    this is the fast western train on steroids in Frontierland where a fast pass is a must since there is a long waiting time of 1 hour. this is the fast western train on steroids in Frontierland where a fast pass is a must since there is a long waiting time of 1 hour. It is actually a fast roller coaster disguised as a train and although the wait is long, the ride only takes about 2 1/2 minutes as seen in my videos hehehe. The back story of the ride goes like this: Some time in the late 1800s, gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American southwest. Overnight, the small mining town of Rainbow Ridges (at Disneyland), Tumbleweed (at the Magic Kingdom), or Thunder Mesa (at Disneyland Paris) became a thriving mining town. Mining was prosperous, and an extensive line of mine trains was set up to transport the ore. Unknown to the settlers, the Mountain was a sacred spot to local Native Americans and was cursed. Before long, the settlers' desecration of the mountain caused a great tragedy, which, depending on the park, is usually depicted to be an earthquake (Disneyland Paris, Disneyland), a tsunami (Tokyo Disneyland), or a flash flood (Magic Kingdom), which befell the mines and town, and the town was abandoned. Some time later, the locomotives were found to be racing around the mountain on their own, without engineers or a crew. The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was founded in the old mining camp to allow tourists to take rides on the possessed trains.

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    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012
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    this is the fast western train on steroids in Frontierland where a fast pass is a must since there is a long waiting time of 1 hour. It is actually a fast roller coaster disguised as a train and although the wait is long, the ride only takes about 2 1/2 minutes as seen in my videos hehehe. The back story of the ride goes like this: Some time in the late 1800s, gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American southwest. Overnight, the small mining town of Rainbow Ridges (at Disneyland), Tumbleweed (at the Magic Kingdom), or Thunder Mesa (at Disneyland Paris) became a thriving mining town. Mining was prosperous, and an extensive line of mine trains was set up to transport the ore. Unknown to the settlers, the Mountain was a sacred spot to local Native Americans and was cursed. Before long, the settlers' desecration of the mountain caused a great tragedy, which, depending on the park, is usually depicted to be an earthquake (Disneyland Paris, Disneyland), a tsunami (Tokyo Disneyland), or a flash flood (Magic Kingdom), which befell the mines and town, and the town was abandoned. Some time later, the locomotives were found to be racing around the mountain on their own, without engineers or a crew. The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was founded in the old mining camp to allow tourists to take rides on the possessed trains.

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    Halloween at Disneyland

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2012
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    the best time to visit disneyland is during the fall season, more so during the month before halloween where disneyland gets an extreme makeover of halloween themed areas and characters and paraphernalia.

    according to their website:

    Halloween Time is the most be-witching time of the year at Disneyland Resort. See favorite Disney Characters dressed in their spooky best with fun and surprises around every corner.

    Step into Haunted Mansion Holiday brought to you by Jack Skellington.
    Drop in for ghostly encounters on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
    Witness the terrifying transformation as Space Mountain becomes Ghost Galaxy.
    Trick-or-treat at Mickey's Halloween Party on select nights. Separate admission required.

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