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Disneyland - Main Street Electrical Parade
This magical classical parade is a memorable experience for children and adults alike.
Floats and performers covered with countless electronically controlled light bulbs with synchronised music is not to be missed.
It confirms the concept of anything magical is possible in this happy land of Disney.
Disneyland - Matterhorn matters
One of the original and legendary Disney ride. Riding in bobsleds down icy tracks through caverns, pass waterfalls and almost knocking down the abdominable snowman. There is will a finale splash.
Expect adrenalin rush and screams all the way. Do not hold back. That's the fun.
A day with Minnie and friends
The particularity of this park is that it is the first of all the Disney parks that have been build. That’s what I like about it, you really feel you’re in the original one.
We were lucky, 2006 celebrated Disneyland’s 50th birthday, with a special parade for the occasion. Fairy everywhere of course, and such a care of details ! How fun to visit Mickey and Minnie’s houses in Toontown…and how great to see kids’eyes sparkling with joy when they meet Cinderella or the Little Mermaid !
But queues are really long. Try to get “fast pass” wherever you can, so you come back at the time indicated on your ticket and the line will go faster.
We appreciated a ride on the Splash Mountain with that heat :-) And Space Mountain, where you are surrounded by thousands of stars… and of course Pirates of the Caribbean and Capt’ain Jack Sparrow :-)
I went with friends to Downtown Disney one rainy January evening for gift shopping. The town is certainly impressive and it made me wish we could have afforded to bring our son here when he was younger.
The car park is large and was busy on a wet Monday night - the town is a mix of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants and the Disney store here is the largest in the Disney empire - it was four times the size of the standard Disney stores found in English shopping centres.
Beautifully illuminated and a delight just to walk around even if like me you have grown up children.
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The most famous Disneyland.
It stands in Los Angeles (well, "in" is improper because the L.A. metropolitan area is larger than 200km, and Disneland itself, that was INSIDE L.A., was more than 100 km away from my hotel...
I have never seen in my life a more perfect machine to make money.
Hundreds of people crowding everywhere not caring at all the absurd prices.
It is babies' paradise, definitely the best place where to spend a day with your children.
At the entrance there are a large number of ticket offices. After about 1 hour of waiting you'll get a fabulous "1 day passport" at the price of 42 USD.
Inside, all the attractions are free, but sometimes you'll have to stay in queue for more than one hour. This picture shows the bright colours of Disneyland, and the queues...
Walk from your hotel
If you are staying at a hotel near Disneyland, don't drive to the park and pay for parking. You should park and walk. It is A LOT cheaper and when you park at Disneyland, you have to park so far away anyways. By the time you walk to the shuttle to take you to your car, you are already half way or more to your hotel. You are already paying so much to just go to Disneyland, it is nice to save money where you can.
The park is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company.
When the park initially opened, it consisted of five themed areas:
Main Street, U.S.A., an early 20th century Midwest town
Adventureland, featuring jungle adventures
Frontierland, illustrating western frontier
Fantasyland, bringing fantasy into a reality
Tomorrowland, looking into the future.
After the inital opening, three additional areas were added:
In 1966, New Orleans Square, based on 19th century New Orleans
In 1972, "Bear Country", later renamed Critter Country, themed both to the South in the 19th century and to forests of the Pacific Northwest.
In 1993, Mickey's Toontown, themed on the Toontown seen in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Look out for parade along Main Street and fireworks display at nighttime.
Rides, Rides and more Rides !!!
Even though Disneyland is more popular for its cartoon characters, I spent most of my time there enjoying the rides at the Adventure Park (For the uninitiated, Disneyland consists of 2 parks - the main Disneyland park and the Adventure Park opposite it). Don't miss the screaming roller coaster, the Maliboomer vertical ride and Soaring over California rides. The Maliboomer ride takes you vertically up in 4 seconds, stops for a second or two (and this is the best part of the ride) before bringing you back down. The feeling of weightlessness at the top is simply indescribable. Soaring over California is a technological marvel and would present you with spectacular panoramic views.
If you are not traveling with kids, I would suggest you spend more time Adventure park than the Disneyland park.
At the Disney Park, things not to be missed are the 'Parade of Dreams' and fireworks display. Although I spent just 1 day at Disneyland, I believe that is enough to enjoy the flavors of Disneyland.
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Disneyland California's Adventure
My family and I recently went on a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. Here's my positives and negatives about the trip. Positive, Disneyland is so much fun, there is lots to do and see. California Adventure is growing into a bigger and better park. And, even though it was summer and it was crowded the lines went by pretty fast. Also, a great positive is you could bring your food into the park, this means you don't have to spend a fortune on lunch.
The negative's are that these parks are separated, they have individual entrances. Also, parking for the parks is such a hassle. You have to park far away and it cost $15 for parking. Since we came from LAX, we had Prime Time Shuttle take us to the front and we walked about 5min to the entrance. This seemed like the easiest way for us. Overall, our trip was phantasmic it's definitely a fun thing to do every summer.
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Spend at least 2 days in...
Spend at least 2 days in Disneyland (bring out the child in you - never mind if you are 50, just enjoy youself). Buy the 2-day pass (special discount) and use the free transport available from most of the hotels or motels.
Take a walk along the Hollywood Boulevard and stop at Mann's Theatre (finger prints of celebrities). On the way back to your hotel, stop by some shops to buy souvenirs.
Spend a whole day in Universal Studio and bring back all the memories of the old movies ( remember 'Back to the Future' etc ).
Enjoy the old cowboy town of Knott's Berry Farm and enjoy some home-made honey and jams.
Visit the San Deigo Seaworld and zoo. Witness the playful dolphins performing some comical and dangerous tricks.
For the adventurers, try the double twisted roller coasters (not for the faint hearted) in Knott's Berry Farm.
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
My first visit to Disneyland was many many years ago, so long ago that they were still using lettered tickets for the rides instead of all day admission. My most recent visit to Disneyland was in 2002 when I visited with my sister in law and two nieces, Caroline and Olivia. I still love Space Mountain, the teacups, the Haunted House (done up with Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas design back in 10/02) and Pirates of the Caribbean.
It is more convenient to stay in Anaheim, we stayed right across the street at a Best Western and were able to walk to the park.
Depending on how many days you want to go for, there are park hopper passes that allow you to go to both Disneyland and California Adventure. We bought a 2 day park hopper at our hotel that I hadn't seen advertised anywhere else.
Two of the best websites with info on Disney are Mouse Savers and Disboards
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Disneyland tips to make the most out of your day
Dont compare Fla and California. You cant. They're two different places. Just let each place enlighten you in their own way.
Plan, plan, plan. Not just what to do, but when. Which day. Everything, Or you'll just waste your time in long lines, crowded places and it will ruin your experience.
My fiance and I traveled to Los Angeles to do all the tourist stuff. Obviously she was dying to see Disneyland. I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida a number of times growing up but never Disneyland (DL). Shes been once to FLA. Ive been told Disneyworld (DW) doesnt measure up to Disneyland (4 parks to 2 and about 70% more room kinda spells it out there) but we still went with an open mind. I'll start by saying if youre looking to nitpick and compare the 2 resorts side by side you'll ruin it for yourself. Its a different place. Let your imagination go and pretend youve never been to a Disney owned place before.
We went to Disneyland first. Parking is very simple. One HUGE parking garage for both parks located in the northwest section of the resort. Simple to get to off Interstate 5. GET THERE EARLY. The garage is for both parks so if you get there around 10 it gets backed up with more people coming in to the garage. You walk down the escalators and there are trams that take you to the main entrance to both DL and California Adventure as well as the opening to Downtown Disney. Different from DW is the monorail. You need a park ticket to ride. If you dont want to miss this later I suggest you skip the tram and walk through the Downtown Disney parking lot to the monorail station. You scan your ticket before you board so its not a "free ride" like DW. It takes a series of loops inside the actual DL park so you get a unique view of most of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. The station is in Tomorrowland and you must get off there, No round trips available. One final note on the monorail is you can ride up front with the conductor (DW no longer offers this) so if you have small kids ask a cast member and you might get a more unique view.
Getting there early is very key to seeing and doing everything in one day while still enjoying taking the park at your own pace. We went to space mountain first. We got a fast pass (for 20 mins later than we were there) and then waited in the regular line which was only 20 mins!. after we got off we went fastpass and went twice! Space mountain twice in less than an hour! Only happens in the morning.
You cant get fastpasses for more than 1 ride at a given time so plan which rides you want to do first and which ones youll do fastpass for so youre not stuck at 12pm for a splash mountain fast ass for 7.
Fantasmic occurs around the Rivers of America in front of Pirates of the Car. so get there about 30mins before it starts for a decent view, earlier if you want a really good spot. Definitely a must see.
We didnt really care about parades so we went on rides during them. Lines thin a little during the parades for medium name attractions (buzz lightyear, haunted mansion) so hit those if you choose to skip the parade. Once its over everyone rushes for the closest ride so keep an eye on the end of the parade when you're around it.
We ate at hungry bear restaurant for lunch and the Blue Bayou for dinner. Lunch is easy but if you want a nice sit down dinner you need a reservation. 5pm to 7pm dinner is packed so we ate late lunches and late dinners to avoid the rush.
Another big thing we have noticed and heard from cast members is its best to go on a weekday. While DW has bigger crowds on weekends as well, DL is filled with more locals than DW, so weekends can be even more crowded. If possible go on a weekday. I scheduled my whole vacation based around days I wanted to do certain things and both parks were for weekdays. Big benefit
If you compare Magic Kingdom to Disneyland Park i would say I like DL park better. More rides and things to see than MK since there 3 other parks to spread stuff out. But DW resort is still king over DL resort
If you want to make the most out of your trip to either park my biggest advice would be 1. Plan everything. 2. Get there as early as possible. 3. Keep an open mind if DW is your favorite. 4. Do popular rides earlier so if you have time you can do them a 2nd time later instead of missing it because the line was too long
I hope this was helpful and everyone going has a great time no matter the ages!
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If you decide to visit Disneyland, you should top of your trip with a viewing of Fantasmic. The show is an awesome experience. The show has live action, cool animation, and is just an absolute treat for your eyes. The show's viewing area (New Orleans Square and Frontierland) can get really crowded before the show's start so get there early if you want to be in a prime location. I personally have never waited for the show and have seen it just fine, while having to be creative some times to see. However, the show is big and you can pretty much see from any point in the area. Although Disney workers are pretty strict about where you can stand and watch so be aware of that. The show can be a little scary for kids, but it has a great message and in the end is happpy and fun.
If you time it right, and Disneyland has a fireworks show that night as well, you can see Fantasmic and then almost immediately after see the fireworks which takes place in the sky above Fantasyland.
This is the first disneyland we've been to. We went in early sept (I think it was just after the kids in US went back to school) and the park was quite empty. California Adventure was boring as the rides were seriously neither exciting nor interesting. Disneyland itself was cool. We didnt really explore the whole park as we only had 1 afternoon, but it was enough for us. The rides were not really the exciting "Cedar Point"or "Six FLags" type. It was the kind of rides that were really suitable for the whole family. Kids would find them exciting and adults would also not be bored. The disney characters were also everywhere. We got to take pictures with Minnie as we caught her on the streets. I was a little disappointed with the Pirates of the Carribean section as i was sort of hoping to catch sight of and plant a kiss on Johnny Depp.
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We started our day disappointed. It was wet, cold and we really thought the day was ruined. LA was in the middle of having 11 inches of rain in 4 days when they usually get 13 inches a year. We got on the tour bus to head out there and the rain had stopped but it was cloudy, dark and looking like it was waiting for us to get there before it rained again.
We arrived hopeful and just started to enjoy the day. Even though it had been raining all morning there was still people everywhere. We headed through the gates and instantly you are in a world of its own. Characters everywhere. Ols style buses and trains carrying people around. Shops full of lollies.
We made our way around most of Disneyland. We didnt get to everything but did most of what we wanted to. We found 1 day enough but apparently, even though we thought it was packed, it gets a lot more crowded and if this is true you will need 2 or 3 days to do it all. The line ups can be huge. Make sure you use the front of the line passes. You can use 1 every 3 hours. It saves you about 45mins every time you use it. Pick the popular rides you want to do the most.
Pirates of the Caribbean was by far the best experience. It starts out as a really short rollercoaster ride underground and then becomes and incredible journey through a town that has been taken over by pirates. It was brilliant. We tried to go back for a second look and to take video of the whole thing but we ran out of time. If anyone films this we would love to see the footage so please contact us if you do. Keep your video in the case until after the short ride as there is a bit of water involved.
Other good attractions include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and The Haunted Mansion. We missed the Indiana Jones attraction. The line was too long and we ran out of time.
In short, go early, stay late, use the front of the line passes, pick out what you definately dont want to miss and make sure you do them first, buy gifts at the end of the day outside the theme park and enjoy the experience.
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