Overview

Disneyland

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Everything you should know about Disneyland Park in Southern California | AllEars.net

 

"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.

Partners Statue at Disneyland

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?

Fantasmic! - has returned to Disneyland. New scenes include Aladdin and Jasmine on their flying carpet, Captain Jack Sparrow at the helm of a pirate ship, and appearances by characters from "The Lion King", "Finding Nemo", and "Tangled."

The Rivers of America attractions have re-opened. The Disneyland Railroad, Pirates' Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Dave Crockett Explorer Canoes, are now open, with new scenes and effects.

Disney MaxPass is now available at the Disneyland Resort. Guests with the MaxPass feature on their park tickets can make digital Fastpass selections using the Disneyland app on their phones. Unlimited PhotoPass downloads, including attraction and character dining photos, are another feature of MaxPass.

The Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to Disneyland for a limited encore engagement. The parade's run has been extended to August 20, 2017.

Remember...Dreams Come True, the fireworks show that celebrated Disneyland's 50th anniversary, returned on February 3 and is performed nightly.

Autopia recently re-opened with the addition of figures of ASIMO and his friend Bird on a camping trip.

Red Rose Taverne, with decor and menu items inspired by the live action Beauty and the Beast movie, has opened in the Village Haus location in Fantasyland.

Star Wars Offerings

  • Star Wars Launch Bay - Meet some favorite Star Wars characters, get a closer look at props and costumes from the movies, or play some of the latest games, including Disney Infinity 3.0.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple - Kids may be selected to participate in this new Jedi training experience which includes characters and a new villain from Star Wars Rebels.
  • In the Tomorrowland Theater, Path of the Jedi is a collection of clips from the Star Wars movies which tell the story of Luke Skywalker.

 

What's Next?

Halloween Time returns September 15-October 31. Events include the seasonal attraction overlays Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival and special character greeting opportunities with Disney characters in their Halloween costumes. Mickey's Halloween Party, which requires a separated admission ticket, returns on select nights. The party features the ride of the Headless Horseman, the Frightfully Fun Parade, and the Halloween Screams fireworks.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. World. Originally announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Expo in August, 2015, additional details were made available at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando in April, 2017 and at D23 Expo in July, 2017. Attraction and area closures at Disneyland took place in early 2016 and construction is underway, with a planned opening date in 2019. Current information as well as any future updates is posted HERE.

Pixar Fest will be a limited time celebration at the Disneyland Resort in 2018. There will be a new fireworks spectacular at Disneyland, and the Pixar Play Parade will move to Disneyland.



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