Disneyland Resort – Anaheim, California.
Disneyland Resort consists of two parks – Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. There is also a Downtown Disney area.
This opened in 1955 on 107 acres of what were orange groves. Located just south of the sleepy town of Anaheim (Anna’s Home) this developed into the world’s foremost theme park until it was superseded by Walt Disney World over in Florida. It is promoted as “The Happiest Place on earth”.
Disneyland Park itself is a collection of Adventures, rides and shows symbolised by Disney characters from the Company’s many films. First encountered is Main Street USA, supposedly modelled on Disney’s childhood home of Marceline, Missouri. Moving around the hub clockwise where the “Partners” statue (Walt and Mickey) is located, there is Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Two major “lands” are accessible from Adventureland and Frontierland – Critter Country and New Orleans Square. A new land – Mickey’s Toontown was added connecting to Fantasyland. Growth and change at Disneyland had been internal because the park is surrounded by hotels and businesses which came to the area. What was Disneyland’s car park would become the new California Adventure park in 2001.
If you are not staying on site or nearby in a partner hotel drive you need to get to the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure 1313 S. Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802. At time of writing ( 01/13 ) prices are:
$15.00 for cars and motorcycles - purchase theme park parking online
$20.00 for oversized vehicles, motor homes and tractors without trailers
$25.00 for buses and tractors with extended trailers
Parking structures for the theme parks open one hour prior to the published Disneyland Park opening time. On days featuring Magic Morning Early Admission, Mickey & Friends parking structure opens 90 minutes before the published Disneyland Park opening time.
Stroller rentals are available just outside the park entrance - $15 a day (01/13) They may be used on both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure.
Wheelchair rentals are available are available outside the Disneyland Park Main Entrance adjacent to the Kennel. $12.00 a day for manual wheelchairs and $50.00 for ECVs. Sales tax applies to ECV rental fee. (Please note: A limited supply of wheelchairs and ECVs are available to rent and Guests must be 18 years or older to rent an ECV.)Deposit -Manual wheelchair and ECV rentals require a refundable deposit of $20.00. Sales tax does not apply to ECV deposit.
Rented wheelchair and ECVs may be used in both Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park. Rented wheelchairs and ECVs are NOT permitted in the Downtown Disney District. A limited supply of wheelchairs is also available for Guests use at select Disney Resort hotel locations, but ECVs are not available.
MAIN STREET USA / DISNEY RAILROAD
This is where you will begin and end at day at the Disneyland Park. Assistance and information can be obtained from City hall, located on your left as you enter Town Square after passing under Main Street railroad Station. From the station you can take a Grand Circle tour of the park and you can get off at New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown / Fantasyland or Tomorrowland. Main Street itself is an idealised turn of the 20th century street with shops and eateries. Horse drawn trollies, a fire engine stand “horseless” carriages take guests from Town Square to the hub and back again. Disneyland Railroad glimpses all of the lands except Adventureland and it passes through a Grand Canyon Diorama complete with wildlife of the area. Main Street also features a Cinema where cartoon “shorts” are shown and “Great Moments with Mr Lincoln” at the Opera House – this is a nostalgic look at history with a brilliant animatronic of President Lincoln. Other exhibits are at the Opera House from time to time. Both venues –cinema and Opera House are a great place to escape hot sun or rain!
Eateries – Blue Ribbon Bakery, Carnation café, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour, Main Street Cone Shop, Coca Cola’s Refreshment Corner.
THE HUB – in front of the castle– from here the lands radiate in a clock like manner. The garden has the “Partners” statue. To your left as you face the castle is the Jolly Holiday Bakery – great for breakfast and to your right Plaza Inn for breakfast with Minnie & Friends, lunch and dinner (no characaters).
This is the first “land” located to the left of Main Street off the hub.
Aladdin and Jasmine’s Story Tale Adventures – meet Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie as they act out stories.
Enchanted Tiki Room – songs and comedy with lots of birds and Tiki gods.
Indiana Jones Adventure – motion simulator ride. Enter the Temple of the Forbidden Eye in a military jeep. Quite a wild ride as you encounter gods, lava, broken bridges, skeletons, native blow pipes and massive cobras. There is even the massive rolling rock ball. Indy is on hand to assist you. FASTPASS available.
Jungle Cruise – take a boat with a skipper who tells terrible gags as ypu sail through the rivers of the world. See lots of animatronic animals especially the Piranhas that were added in the river for the park’s 50th anniversary.
Tarzan’s Treehouse (formerly Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse) – inspired by the 1999 cartoon. Rickety stairs and a suspension bridge lead you to paraphernalia from the film.
One counter service - Bengal BBQ, Tiki juice bar and a fruit stand. Far better offerings at New Orleans Square which is a short walk.
NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
Disneyland Railroad stop
The Haunted Mansion – built in a southern Antebellum style. Take your Doom Buggy” to discover the secrets of this house. (The stretching room is actually an elevator that takes you underground so you can pass under the railroad track above to reach the show shed which is located outside the park’s berm.) For the Christmas Season the Haunted mansion gets an overlay based on “Nightmare before Christmas”.
Pirates of the Caribbean – ride the seas for 14 minutes as you discover the antics of Jack Sparrow and his piractical cohorts in a burning town. (Once again this ride is outside the park’s boundaries so a large plunge the caves you pass through take you under the railroad track to the show area.)
Fantasmic - evenings - no stadium here. You sit or stand on the pavements to watch this show which takes place on Tom sawyer Island. A shorter show than the one at Florida but it is the original. People start placing blankets on floor up to four hours before performance. CMs will remove these if nobody is sat on them. It’s spectacular as they use both the Columbia sailing ship and the actual Riverboat in the presentation.
Eateries and Shops –
The Blue Bayou – to the left of the POTC exit. Enjoy fine dining Caribbean offerings in a night time lit restaurant as the boats of the POTC ride sail by. Priority seating reservations recommended.
Club 33 – Walt’s private dining club and the only place in the park that serves alcohol. You need to know a member to get in here. Their membership is $25,000 a year!
Café Orleans – table service restaurant overlooking the River of America – try the Monte Cristo sandwich. Priority seating reservations recommended.
Counter service – French Market & Royal Street Veranda – serving jambalaya, gumbo, seafood chowder. La Petit Patisserie in Royal Street serves desserts and coffee.
New Orleans Square offers the best dining in the whole park. Shops feature Mardi Gras gear and the Bat en Rouge has jewellery.
Situated at the end of a cul de sac.
Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes – scenic paddle canoe ride.
Splash Mountain – FASTPASS - Water flume adventure with the Brer Rabbit characters.
Eateries and shops –
Hungry Bear Restaurant. Burgers, grilled chicken breasts and tenders. Salads.
Harbour gallery offers fries. A great place to lunch with brilliant views of the area.
Old West themed area.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – FASTPASS – train roller coaster speeding through mesa country and the town of Rainbow Ridge. (When the park first opened guests could ride on covered waggons or ponies along trails which lead through an Indian reservation and the town of Rainbow Ridge. The town remains from those days.)
Frontierland Shooting Exposition – Electronic shooting gallery. Costs extra – not included in your park ticket.
Golden Horseshoe Stage – Western dance hall stage show. Hearty sandwiches – air conditioned.
Mark Twain Riverboat – paddle wheel riverboat that sails the Rivers of America. TIP – ask to speak to the Pilot ( Captain). They may allow you in the wheel house right at the top of the boat where you can “steer” and blow the whistle – up to 8 at one time at Captain’s discretion. You’ll get to sign the visitors’ book and get a Pilot certificate. (The riverboat is actually steered around the river by a guide rail which is hidden by the murky water).
Sailing Ship “Columbia” – a stunning replica of a 3 masted ship. Above and below decks open to guests. It only operates sail wise on busier days.
Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. - an artificial island surrounded by the Rivers of America at Disneyland. It contains caves with references to Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy, Mark Twain characters from the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and provides interactive, climbing, and scenic opportunities. This island was specifically designed by Walt Disney himself and purists are not happy about the recent POTC additions.
Raft to and from Tom Sawyer Island – transportation for the island – can have long lines!
Rancho del Zocalo – Mexican fare as well as BBQ chicken, ribs and grill – famous for its secret bathroom – actually the facilities are just in a corner of the restaurant’s yard but most people miss it.
River Belle Terrace - roast chicken, pasta, salad.
Golden Horseshoe – most people don’t realise it serves food.
Alice in Wonderland – unique to Disneyland (although there is an almost exact copy at Blackpool Pleasure Beach who built theirs under licence from Disney). Ride through Alice’s crazy adventures.
Casey Jr. Circus Train – miniature train ride. This intertwines with Story Book Land canal boats.
Disneyland Railroad – Fantasyland / Mickey’s Toontown station stop.
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant – nice,tame, children’s ride featuring Dumbo as your ride carriage. Lever makes the car go up and down. Note – this is a VERY slow loading ride.
It’s a Small World – world brotherhood indoor boat ride. Dolls sing the famous song in many languages. Kids love it – be warned it’s 14 minutes in duration.
King Arthur Carrousel - merry go round with beautiful horses and carriages.
Mad Tea Party – drive yourself dizzy in the spinning tea cups.
Matterhorn Bobsleds – the world’s first tubular rail roller coaster. Twp bosled trains race each other through the mountain with its icy grottos, waterfall, growling Yeti and a splashdown finale. (CMs nicknamed the Yeti Harold and the name stuck. In the peak is a half netball court. Climbers can often be seen tackling the mountain.
Mr Toad’s Wild Ride – take a vintage car as you career through the mad adventures of Mr Toad. The ride takes place in a beautiful mock Elizabethan house where you crash through the fireplace.
Peter Pan’s Flight – ride a pirate ship through the sky over London to Neverland.
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey – follow the adventures of the wooden puppet who became a real boy.
Sleeping Beauty castle. Smaller than Cinderella’s at WDW, this was the first to ever be built in a Disney park. It’s turrets are modelled on Neuschwanstein castle in Germany. It has a diorama walk through featuring the story of Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures - take a mine car through scenes from the Snow White story. Smaller kids may find some scenes scary. TIP: turn the Golden Apple on the book at the entrance and you’ll hear the Witch cackle. Above, the Wicked Queen peers out of the window every so often.
Fantasyland theatre – see Disney productions on stage. Check at City hall for current production.
This area has the fewest places to eat.
Village Haus – counter service – burgers, pizza and the like.
Enchanted Cottage – attached to fantasyland theatre
This is situated across the Disneyland Railroad tracks from Fantasyland. To get to it you pass under a dip just to the left of It’s a Small World. It is a fanciful representation of the kind of wacky neighbourhood where cartoon characters would live. It was inspired by the feature film “Who framed Roger rabbit?” and, indeed one of the ride’s bares Roger’s name. Guests will find Disney characters here at any time of day but if you want to see Mickey then you will have take a tour of his house to get to his Movie Barn. You’ll see plenty to keep you entertained along the way. The colourful buildings each have a story to tell or there is some “gag” to surprise and delight guests. For example a box of “train parts” has the sound of a locomotive inside it when you lift the lid.
Chip n’ Dale’s treehouse - play area with slides.
Disneyland Railroad – shares a station for Toontown and Fantasyland.
Gadget’s Go Coaster - small roller coaster where the cars resemble acorns.
Goofy’s Playhouse – for the under 6’s.
Mickey’s House – a walk through the home of the Big Cheese to the barn studio ( a reference to Walt’s first studio at his Uncle’s). Whilst in line to meet Mickey you can watch Disney cartoons with interjections from Donald and Goofy in the projection room. You then meet Mickey in a dressing oom where photos can be taken. This is best done in the FIRST TWO HOURS of park opening or Extra Magic morning if you are a hotel guest..
Minnie’s House – right next door to Mickey’s it’s a self guided tour of Minnie’s accommodation.
Miss Daisy Donald’s Boat – Play area with boat theme.
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – FASTPASS – a dark ride where you become part of the plot but beware...weasels are throwing gloop (known as the “Dip”) on the road so your cab vehicle spins in all directions. Think Mr. Toad’s Wild ride meets the Mad Tea Party!
Toontown Eateries and shops – food is limited to hot dogs,snacks, pizza and drinks. The Gag Factory (not a restaurant) sells Disney souvenirs.
Note: If a Disney hotel guest you will get a morning when you get in early for Toontown under the Extra Magic Morning scheme.
Astro Orbiter – ride a rocket – you’re in control. It’s higher and faster than the Dumbo ride.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – FASTPASS – interactive space travel ride. Stop Zurg stealing those batteries.
Disneyland Monorail system – rather like Florida’s Epcot the monorail enters the park. The difference is you can enter and leave the park through the Tomorrowland station – you need a park ticket to enter. It’s handy for commuting to the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney.
Disneyland Railroad – Tomorrowland has a station.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – take a sub down to the depths of the Australian ocean. Along the way you’ll see all the Nemo characters. The special effects are incredible. (Note: you don’t really submerge. It’s all done with trickery. The top of the subs always stay above water.) TIP: get in line for this in the first hour of opening. Lines get over an hour long in busy periods.
Honey, I shrunk the audience – 3D film with special effects. Somewhat dated.
Innoventions – hands on products of the future. Tip: the exhibits demand time and participation so don’t do on first day.
Space Mountain – FASTPASS – Roller Coaster in the dark. Solar systems, stars and galaxies await you.
Starcade – electronic games arcade. Careful – some games are $5 a go.
Star Tours- could you be the rebel spy? 3D experience in scenes from Star Wars. Darth Vader is out to get you. Different ending every time.
Tomorrowland Autopia – drive ‘em yourself miniature cars. A bit Oh! Hum for adults and teenagers.
Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port – pizza, pasta, garlic bread and salad.
Club Buzz – burgers, salads and chicken nuggets.
Spirit of refreshment hosted by coca Cola.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL EVENTS
Bands, Disney character appearances, parades, singing and dancing and ceremonies further enliven and add colour to Disneyland Park. If you are on tight schedule you won’t get to see everything and do the attractions as well. The time to hit rides in the evening is when Fantasmic is on Tom Sawyer Island opposite New Orleans Square, although access to Haunted mansion and Splash mountain may prove restrictive.
PARADES / FIREWORKS
Disneyland is world famous for its parades. As well as the afternoon parade if the park is open beyond 10p.m. at night there is usually an evening parade as well.
Fireworks – Tinker Bell flies to and fro at Disneyland (by means of a special trolley wire between Plaza Gardens and the Matterhorn Bobsleds). At Halloween she is replaced by Zero, the dog from Nightmare before Christmas.
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