Disneyland is the original Disney theme park and arguably the most visited theme park in the world.
Located in Anaheim, the much smaller predecessor of WDW is roughly 1 square mile in size and has been open since July 1955.
The resort area features two theme parks and three hotels as well as numerous sources for shopping, dining and entertainment in Downtown Disney.
Disneyland consists of 8 themed lands and is laid out like a wheel with the hub centered directly in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
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The eight areas of this California theme park are listed below:
• Main Street, U.S.A. is based on the small Missouri town where Walt grew up and is the introduction to the park. After arriving at the park entrance via tram, guests pass under the railroad station and enter the Town Square and then Main Street, U.S.A. Travel along Main Street in a horse drawn trolley or omnibus and pass such hometown favorites such as the “Main Street Cinema”, the “Mad Hatter Shop Magic Shop” and the “Emporium”. Guests can also board one of four trains of the Disneyland Railroad for a tour of the park with stops at New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland and Mickey's Toontown. At the end of Main Street, U.S.A. stands Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
• Fantasyland is the heart of this California theme park with the centerpiece being Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
It is the classic fairytale experience with princesses and boys who won't grow up.
Classic attractions include “it’s a small world”, “King Arthur Carousel” and the spinning “Mad Tea Party”.
Explore Neverland on “Peter Pan’s Flight” or take a ride on the “Storybook Land Canal Boats”.
Fantasyland is also home to “Dumbo the Flying Elephant”, “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” and the theater production, “Snow White’s Scary Adventures”. The thrill ride, “Matterhorn Bobsleds” is also found here.
• Adventureland is an exotic mix of the jungles of Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. It features “Tarzan’s Treehouse” as well as the lively riverboat tour of the “Jungle Cruise”. Also included are the “Indiana Jones Adventure” and the Audio-Animatronics attraction, “The Enchanted Tiki Room”.
• Frontierland is where guests can relive the old west of the 19th century and explore the mysteries of the Rivers of America on the “Mark Twain Riverboat” and “Tom Sawyer Island”.
It is also home to the “Sailing Ship Columbia” and the wild thrills of roller coaster “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”.
The “Frontierland Shootin' Exposition” and the “Big Thunder Ranch” are located here as well as the “Fantasmic” lights and musical spectacular.
• New Orleans Square is based on 19th century New Orleans complete with jazz and the flavor of the bayou. It is home to some of Disneyland's best-loved attractions including the buccaneer boat ride “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the Doom Buggy ride, “The Haunted Mansion”. The “The Disney Gallery” can also be found here.
• Critter Country is modeled after North American forests to create a charming backwoods environment. Guests can board the “Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes”, the “Splash Mountain” log ride or journey through the Hundred-Acre Wood at “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”.
• Mickey’s Toontown is the area of this California theme park to see Mickey, Minnie and the gang up close and in person. Guests can meet and greet them as well as take self-guided tours at “Minnie’s House” and “Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey”. Play areas include the “Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse”, “Donald’s Boat” and “Goofy’s Playhouse”. Other attractions include the kid-friendly “Gadget’s Go Coaster” and “Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin”. Mickey's Toontown is also one of the stops of the Disneyland Railroad that runs the perimeter of the park.
• Tomorrowland is themed to be a bustling, futuristic spaceport. Designed to be a living blueprint of our future, it is a fantasy world where seeing space aliens and participating in time travel is a thrilling but common activity. Futuristic rides include the “Astro Orbitor”, “Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters” and the popular high-speed coaster, “Space Mountain”.
The “Star Tours” ride and the “Jedi Training Academy” show are also located here. Guests can take the wheel at “Autopia” or take a dive in the “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage”. The Monorail and Disneyland Railroad also make stops here for trips around the park. Other attractions include the 3-D theater show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” and the Audio-Animatronics show, “Innoventions”.
Daily parades include the "Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams" on Main Street, U.S.A. where characters and live performers act out scenes from favorite Disney films.
It is followed by the musical fireworks and pyrotechnic extravaganza, “Remember…Dreams Come True”.
Parking is available at Disney Theme Parks for an additional fee. Premium Annual Pass Holders receive complimentary parking at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.