Disneyland needs no introduction. It’s home to rides, shows and parades and Mickey Mouse. Some say the rides are a bit dated and geared more toward children. You won’t find the park filled with mammoth roller coasters that reside at other area amusement parks, but a trip here helps us all find the kid inside. Compared to Walt Disney World in Florida, the original park is smaller, more compact and easy to navigate. The rides are constantly being updated, during the Off Season rides are shut down for routine cleaning, inspection and renovations. One of the most famous coasters here, Space Mountain, has been closed for several years undergoing a major restoration, reopening later this year (2005) with a brand new track.
Overcrowded during the Peak Season (June - August and end of November - December), the best time to avoid the masses is on fall weekdays, but if your holiday schedule doesn’t allow they have installed a Fastpass system which allows guests to insert their ticket into the machine at the most popular rides in the park and skip to the front of the line. The machine prints out a ticket with a timeframe to return to the ride. This service is free, but can only be used on one ride every few hours.
A schedule of events is available at the ticket counter and at guest services on Main Street. All the parades run down Main Street (where most of the shops are at the front of the park) and people line the streets sometimes several hours in advance to get a good spot. Fantasmic is another crowd favorite and after dusk it’s not uncommon to see people staking out places near Pirates of the Caribbean waiting for the show. The characters can usually be found around Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, but some do roam the rest of the park. And the park offers a couple sit-down restaurants in addition to the plethora of walkaway eateries.
Disneyland is still a great way to spend a day in Southern California and this child at heart never grows tired of it. It never gets old… just more expensive.
Fifty years on and Disney parks are still a measure for others. Only this century has the cartoon-to-ride tratit been bucked, with the Pirates of the Carribean franchise and the Haunted Mansion growing movies out of attractions.
Won't attempt to describe the rides here other than to say that Space Mountain remains a favourite after 30 years, and to say that, unlike Disneyworld FLA, you cannot dine in the castle, but the best dining in the park is the Blue Bayou - you will be seated looking over the Pirates of the Carribean ride. But you MUST book - and I found out to my cost that booking on the morning is too late, so do what we'll do next time and ring the Disney dining number days in advance. I have listed the number below, I am adding this footnote after having booked up for LA again August 2010, find you can reserve the Blue Bayou SIXTY days in advance.
Take the Disneyland Drive exit off Interstate 5 in Anaheim, California--just south of Los Angeles and you are there.
We came armed with a seven day pass and used every day of it. Sure there are rides for the liitle munchkins but we decided to go on every ride at least once and see every show at least once so that we could say that we have done everything there is to see or ride at Disneyland!
Our favourite ride would have to be the Indiana Jones Adventure and you should experience this first! Star tours, Space mountain and the haunted mansion were also fantastic rides.
Disneyland is rather expensive to purchase food and we found ourselves making sandwiches etc to carry in a backpack.
A happy place to spend the whole day and stay until night to see the electric parade and fantastic water, laser and firework show.
Pace yourself, going to your favorite rides and shows first. Just enjoy the queue, the wait time is listed. If you cannot decide, Pirates of the Caribbean is cool boat ride to start with. Arrive a bit earlier to get better seats for the shows. You may not see all but at least see your favorites first.
Take a break in one of the international restaurants, take a train ride around the park or cool down in one of the many souvenir shops. There is never a boring moment just tired legs and crying babies.
Important not to loose each other - make a meeting point if lost.
The map and show times schedule - use it to plan a fun day at the happiest place on the world.
Seriously - what is there to say about Disneyland! It's the happiest place on Earth and everybody knows what to expect: rides and fun and caroon-characters. OK, so here are a couple of things that might help out:
- Want to avoid lines?
Go off-season. We went on a Tuesday in November - it was fabulous. There were no lines - the longest wait we had was about 10 minutes!!! This is fantastic considering wait-times of up to 3 hours during busy season. Just make sure it's not a school-holiday.
- Want to meet Mickey?
If you don't run into Mickey on Main-street, go to Toontown (behind Small World) and go into the Mickey house. You have to walk through all the rooms and in the very end after the film-vault you will get a chance to meet Mickey and take pictures with him.
Go on a ride around the park in the Disney-railroad - you get to see everything and you get to rest at the same time.
- What's the best?
Our favorites: Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and Small World; also good: Haunted House, Toontown (good for pics), Space Mountain; made out more than it really is: Submarine.
California Adventure is Disney’s new theme park. Built on Disneyland’s old parking lot, this park is smaller, and a little more adult. California Adventure’s two biggest draws are the roller coaster and the Tower of Terror. It’s California themed “lands” include Hollywood and the Wine Country. In fact, the Wine Country in California Adventure is the only place in either park that serves alcohol. The Electric Light Parade moved over here from Disneyland when the park opened a few years back. Another popular attraction is Soarin’ Over California. And don’t forget to check out Disney Animation where guests can learn all about the animation process. Frankly, California Adventure isn’t worth the price of admission. Tickets are the same price as its sister park next door, but should be cheaper. The best way to see this park is to buy the “Park Hopper” ticket, which allows guests to move between the two parks.
We have many theme parks in Southern California, but Disneyland is simply the best. This fact is reflected in the price of its tickets--it is definitely worth it. Once in a while, Southern Californians are given promo prices for "2fer" tickets--two theme parks for the price of one (the other park being the California Adventure). I personally think that it's a great deal although I have not availed of it yet.
I recently visited Disneyland for the second time. It was a holiday (Columbus Day) so the park became pretty crowded pretty soon. Fortunately, I was familiar with the attractions plus I knew about FastPass so I was able to maximize my visit. The attractions I saw that day include Star Tours, Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Tom Sawyer Island, Indiana Jones Adventure, Splash Mountain, Mark Twain Riverboat, and the Parade. My ticket allowed me to visit the California Adventure theme park, too. There, I saw the "Aladdin" musical at the Hyperion Theatre. I also rode Soarin' Over California, which was like flying over the major cities and parks of the Golden State. By the way, I wanted to check out Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean but the line was simply too long.
One day was not enough to see even half of the major attractions in Disneyland and California Adventure. To me, Disneyland is still the "Happiest Place on Earth," and California Adventure is a nice complement.
If you always wonder what life is really like up the tree, then this is a must-not-missed stop. Based on movie "Swiss Robinson Family" who were shipwrecked on a deserted island and built their new home on a tree.
It is a easy climb as you will be in a moving slow queue and see the different functional rooms of the house with all the improvised gadgetry by this creative Swiss family made from salvaged shipwrecked item or what found in the island.
Home sweet tree home of the Mr. & Mrs. Robinson and their sons Fritz, Ernst, and Francis.
There`s magic in the air, how they say.
Save your time and take FASTPASS!
Just insert your park entrance ticket into Disney`s Fastpass station at a participating attraction.
We didn`t know that, so we wait...and wait...
This is a ghostly and fun chair ride through a mansion with spirits and ghouls. More entertaining than eerie and special effects and haunting music.
Consider a must-visit, you will enjoy a special elevator ride. Will not be specific as not to surprise first-timers. So looking for friendly ghouls, look no more.
Usually because I live in LA we go to Disneyland about 2 to 3 times a year because of the kids. To be totally honest, I hate it. It is way over priced and extremely crowded. The lines are ridiculously long. On the other side of things, the kids love it and thats why we do it.
If you are making a trip to LA, Disneyland has to be on your list of things to do. Unless you have been to Walt Disney World, its the same thing.
Disnelyland is joined also with California Adventures theme park which can get crowed as well but not as bad as Disneyland. I actually like this theme park better.
One of my favorite things to do here is go to Downtown Disney. Theres an aray of shops and restaurants and great nightlife. Theres also things for kids to do and adults. They have Build a bear workshop, Rainforrest Cafe (my favorite), House of Blues(you can catch a show/concert), ESPN Zone.
Fancy spinning around in a tea cup and your tea cup going round and round. You control how fast you spin and in which direction of spin. Quantum mechanics made simple.
One of the popular easy rides for the old and young. Good laughs and great to see the world go round and round.
If you do not get too dizzy and have a weak stomach. Be careful when getting off and ensure everyone is OK.
One of those rides you have to go on at least once. Mad hatter party of Alice in Wonderland coming alive.
Check the time for the Street Parade that starts from Main Street. USA.
Everyone lines up on the street in anticipation. Children sitting on the shoulders for a better top view. Photographers vying for their best unobstructed angle.
The parade is short, musical and fun. Get a chance to wave to Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the rest of the gang. As well as other popular Disney movie characters in the flesh.
Here comes the parade.
An incredible boat ride transports you into the wild and lawless world of pirates in the Caribbean sea.
After a scarry drop, it is smooth sailing as you see robotics being used to create the different chapters of a life of a bucaneer. Wenches being auctioned and even cannon fights between pirates and ships laden with treasures.
At times, scenes are humorous in depiction, this is a ride that is fun and very popular.
Head for Yesterland of Frontierland. Easy fun to listen and watch fancy singing and dance movement of cute grizzly bears and forest animals at "Country Bear Jamboree".
There are also deer, moose and bison head hanging off the wall that can sing ballads too with eye and horn movement. Great family entertainment while letting your legs recover a bit from all that walking and standing in queue.