Overview

Disneyland

Partners Statue at Disneyland


"To all who come to this happy place... Welcome. Disneyland is your land.
Here age relives fond memories of the past... and here youth may savor
the challenge and promise of the future.

"Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts
that have created America... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."

(Official dedication plaque located at the flagpole in Town Square on Main Street.)

Known as the "Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. More than just an amusement park, this "theme park," with its five themed "lands," was the first of its kind, and continues to fulfill Walt Disney's dream of creating a place where parents and children can have fun together.

Now Disneyland has grown to eight different lands, with over 40 attractions designed to appeal to guests of all ages - the young as well as the young at heart.


LAY OF THE LAND

Main Street, U.S.A. -- Just inside Disneyland's entrance gates is this re-creation of the main street of a small town in the early 20th century. There's City Hall, the Cinema, turn-of-the-century vehicles, and a variety of small shops.

Adventureland -- This exotic land combines elements of many foreign locales like jungles, bazaars, and tiki gods. One of Disneyland's most thrilling attractions, The Indiana Jones Adventure, is located in an ancient temple.

Frontierland -- Along the banks of the Rivers of America the wild, wild, west comes to life with attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Mark Twain Riverboat. Young and old alike can explore the mysteries of Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

New Orleans Square -- Stroll the streets of New Orleans' picturesque French Quarter, dine on gumbo and Monte Cristo sandwiches, and listen to the sounds of a Dixieland band. New Orleans Square is home to two of Disneyland's best known attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.

Critter Country -- Splash Mountain and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh make every day a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day!

Fantasyland -- In this land of enchantment and make-believe most of the attractions are based on a classic Disney animated film, like Dumbo, Peter Pan, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, or Pinocchio.

Mickey's Toontown -- Visit the homes of Disneyland's most important citizens - Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. Attractions include Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin and Gadget's Go-Coaster.

Tomorrowland -- Experience exotic planets on a thrilling Star Tours adventure, an undersea voyage of discovery with Nemo and friends in Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, battle the evil Emperor Zurg at Buzz Lightear Astro Blasters, or take an exhilirating space coaster ride on Space Mountain.

Disneyland Live Entertainment -- A variety of live entertainment acts are featured throughout the park, from jazz and marching bands to comics and singing pirates.

Disneyland Attractions at a Glance

Disneyland Restaurants at a Glance


KIDS AND CHARACTERS

There are many opportunities for kids to meet and greet their favorite characters. Consult the daily Times Guide for regularly scheduled times and locations. In addition there are usually characters available early in the day near just inside the Main Entrance and around Town Square. Disney Princess meet and greets are available in the Royal Hall at Fantasy Faire.


What's New?

The Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire features a new production of "Frozen", starring Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, with appearances by Anna and Elsa. Fastpasses are available for these performances.

Access to Fantasmic! viewing areas along the Rivers of America now requires a Fastpass. New Fantasmic! Dining Packages are also available.

Scenes from the movie "Frozen" have been added to Storybook Land, including the city of Arendelle, Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, and Elsa's ice palace.

Springtime Roundup: Starts March 20 in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Presented daily through April 12, then on weekends April 16-June 7. Includes entertainment, crafts, and food. In addition to Disney character meet-and-greets, there will be special appearances by many of the Disney rabbits: Thumper, White Rabbit, Br'er Rabbit, Rabbit from Winnie-the-Pooh, and Roger Rabbit. The Easter Bunny will also be there through April 5.

Egg-stravanza: March 27-April 5 - search for special hidden eggs in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that are themed to Disney characters. Maps are available for purchase at select park locations for $4.99. Guests use the provided stickers to mark the location of eggs found on the map, then later redeem the map for a prize.


 

What's Next?

Tomorrowland Movie Sneak Peak - starts mid-April in the Tomorrowland Theater. The 10-12 minute preview will incorporate theater special effects.

Disneyland's 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration kicks off on May 22-23 with a 24-hour event from 6:00 a.m. on May 22 until 6:00 a.m. on May 23.

Two new nighttime spectactulars also start on May 22.

Paint the Night will be an all-new electrical parade, presented with 1.5 million individually controlled LEDs.

The Disneyland Forever fireworks show will use projection mapping technology to project images and animation on park icons like Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Steet, the Matterhorn, and Rivers of America to create a show that can be viewed from all around Disneyland and not just Main Steet.



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