Disneyland is no doubt the most famous amusement park of the world. Began in Anaheim, CA in 1955, Disneyland now has presence in five locations across three continents in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. And by 2014 the sixth Disneyland Resort will open its door to the Chinese people in Shagnhai. Despite its expansion to worldwide locations, the original Disneyland in Anaheim still 14.87 million people in 2007 and was the second most visited theme park in that year. And in fact Disneyland theme parks took the first nine spots of the most visited theme park in 2007 with Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando on top. In 2007 alone the Disneyland theme park chain attracted 116 million visitors worldwide in that year, ranked first on the list and was almost four times more than the second place, Merlin Entertainment Group which operates Legoland.
Disneyland is a family friendly theme park targeting children of all ages. The theme park attractions are divided into the following areas:
- Main Street, U.S.A.: Main Street, U.S.A. is the gateway to Disneyland and a replica of a typical American Midwest town in the early 1900's. This area is mainly for shopping so if your kids are looking for little Nemo stuffed toys or princess wands this is probably the place to get them.
- Fantasyland: the theme in this area is fantasy and fairy tail with the famous landmark Sleeping Beauty Castle in the middle where kid can walk through the castle and see the entire story of the famous Snow White fairy tale. Also very popular in the area are the recently renovated It's a Small World ride, Perter Pan's Flight, and Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster for older children.
- Tomorrowland: the theme in this section is future and science with famous rides such as Space Mountain and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
- New Orleans Square: the New Orleans themed area includes two Disneyland popular rides: Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. In addition New Orleans Square also features live Jazz music and couple of dining options including French Market Restaurant, Blue Bayou, and Cafe Orleans.
- Adventureland: journey to the jungles and ancient temple from Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones Adventure ride. Tarzan's Treehouse is one of the most favorites for the little ones.
- Critter Country: the area resembles the great American Northwoods, with its towering pines, waterfalls and rustic buildings. In summer take the Splash Mountain ride and get yourself wet. Little children will definitely enjoy The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride and meet with characters from Winnie the Pooh including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Piglet, Gopher and Owl.
- Mickey's Toontown: meet and take pictures with the most favorite Disney characters including Mikey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Don't forget to visit Mikey and Minnie's house and see the colorful furnitures and accessories.
- Frontierland: this area recreates the Old West of trailblazers and settlers. Frontierland features Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster ride and visit Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.
- Parade: Join Celebrate! A Street Party along Main Street to see your favorite Disney Characters with floats, balloons and bicycle chariots.
- Fireworks: Stay in Disneyland throughout the evening for the Fireworks Spectaculars above Sleeping Beauty Castle. Current firework shows include "Remember… Dreams Come True" and "Believe …In Holiday Magic"
Minimum Time Needed
8:00 am ~ 12:00 am
Ages 10 & Up: $70
Ages 3 to 9: $62