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.
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.
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.
again, see my video of the ride
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.
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.
The Large Man Made Lake in the borders of Frontierland, New Orleans Square and Critter Country is the Rivers of America and the small man made island located in it is the tom sawyer's island. It surrounds Tom Sawyer Island, which can be reached by rafts traveling from the Frontierland mainland located near the entrance to the Haunted Mansion. Additionally, there are other water-based vehicles which are found on the river. The sights along the Rivers include a Native American tribe, a burning cabin (though the cabin at Disneyland hasn't been burning for years), and various animatronic wildlife.
This is one of the attractions in the large man made lake bordering frontierland and new orleans Square and where you can take a cruise around the lake. There is a long waiting time in the area and the cruise along the lake is 12 minutes. Once the ship casts off, it begins its voyage around the Rivers of America. The ship, which has three masts and rigging but rarely unfurls its sails, is powered by a compressed natural gas engine. It runs along the same track, hidden by the green dye in the water, as the Mark Twain. The captain provides a tongue-in-cheek running commentary as he calls orders to his crew, while recorded background music plays a selection of nautical songs, such as "Blow the Man Down". As the ship passes Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island, a Columbia cast member fires two 12-gauge blanks from one of the ship's ten cannons. The Fort also had a cannon that used to fire back.
This is the smallest themed area of the disneyland and formerly was the who framed roger rabbit area in the 1990's. The attraction is a small-scale recreation of the Mickey Mouse universe where visitors can meet the characters and visit their homes which are constructed in a cartoonish style. The buildings are stylized and colorful. There are several attractions involving classic cartoon characters, such as the houses of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and a small children's coaster. There are a few interactive gags. Compared to other Disneyland areas however, there are few large or technically complex rides or shows, and the houses themselves appeal primarily as playhouses for small children.
The Big Thunder Ranch is one of the many attractions in the Frontierland area of Disneyland and you need no fast pass to go here as the area is huge. It includes an outdoor petting zoo, a walk-through cabin, and a variety of scenery meant to create the atmosphere of a Western ranch. Inside you can find sheep, goats, cows, and other farm animals. Among these animals are the two turkeys who received presidential pardons in honor of Thanksgiving in 2008. The entire ranch often hosts holiday-themed shows, including "Woody's Halloween Roundup" during Halloween and "Santa's Reindeer Roundup" at Christmas.
Tomorrowland is the most crowded area of disneyland as it is here where the tweens and adults converge for the various knock out rides and attractions! many of the rides here have long waiting times and having a fast pass comes in handy! have a try at Space Mountain or at Star Tours or at finding nemo submarine ride or at autopia.
Attractions and entertainment
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Frontier Land is a large themed area of Disneyland where the themed area around the surroundings recreates the setting of pioneer days along the American frontier and it comes with lots of western kitsch items like trains, faux dessert mountains, ranch, etc. The land is home to cowboys and pioneers, saloons, red rock buttes and gold rushes. . The land's long shoreline along the Rivers of America is considered a prime viewing location for the nighttime Fantasmic! show. The docks to both the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia, (a replica of American explorer Robert Gray's 18th century ship that circumnavigated the globe) are located here, and Tom Sawyer Island in the river's center is also considered a property of Frontierland
Attractions and Entertainment
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Ranch
Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
Mark Twain Riverboat
Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
Sailing Ship Columbia
the Fantasyland is the most popular area for the kids and is one of the largest area of the park as it houses various childrens favorite nursery rhymes that where made into films. The area starts at the famed Cinderella's Castle near central park. Fantasyland was originally styled in a medieval European fairground fashion, but its 1983 refurbishment turned it into a Bavarian village. Attractions include several dark rides, the King Arthur Carrousel, and various family attractions. Fantasyland has the most fiber optics in the park; more than half of them are in Peter Pan's Flight.
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
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Peter Pan's Flight
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Rapunzel and Flynn "Meet and Greet"
Merida "Meet and Greet"
Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Storybook Land Canal Boats
The Critter Country is a small themed area of Disneyland where the theme is about the various bear characters of disney. the main draw of the area is Splash Mountain, a log-flume journey inspired by the Uncle Remus stories of Joel Chandler Harris and the animated segments of Disney's Academy Award-winning 1946 film, Song of the South and where you will fall in a 60 foot drop (see my videos). There are many stores and shops and snack stands where the motif is about bears like winnie the pooh and other characters like tigger and piglet.
Attractions and Entertainment
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Orleans Square has many of the long lines of the attractions since it has the popular Pirates of the Caribbean Ride and the Haunter Mansion Ride, both of which were made into succesful films. This area is patterned after the 19th century Antebllum New Orleans. The themed land is small and only has 3 attraction (the first two above and the disney railroad which has a stop here). The name is a bit of a misnomer, since the area does not resemble a square so much as an intricate series of "streets" that weave around shops, restaurants, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean show building. It includes the only overnight accommodations in the park open to the public, the Disneyland Dream Suite
Adventureland is one of the eight themed lands of the disneyland in anaheim and also at the rest of the disneylands around the world. Adventureland provides a 1950s view of exotic adventure, capitalizing on the post-war Tiki craze and there are many motifs inside these theme land like souvenir shops, restaurants, snack stands and the famous attractions of which some have long lines and you need a fast pass to enter ahead. It is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific.
Attractions and Entertainment
Enchanted Tiki Room
Indiana Jones Adventure