- For other Disney parks see Walt Disney World (in Orlando, Florida), Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort.
The Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original Disneyland Park, which opened on July 18, 1955, a favorite among visitors to Southern California from all over the world for well over half a century. It was joined in 2001 by a sister park, Disney California Adventure, which is a stylized recreation and celebration of California's rich history and culture.
Walt Disney himself once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." True to Walt's vision, the Disneyland of today is very different from the way it was half a century ago. To revisit the Disneyland of the past, visit Yesterland.
- "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 ideas, 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." — Walt Disney, July 17, 1955
- "To all who believe in the power of dreams, welcome. Disney's California Adventure opens its golden gates to you. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past, the native people, explorers, immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow, from the silver screen to the computer screen, from the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space. Disney's California Adventure celebrates the richness and the diversity of California, its land, its people, its spirit and, above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire." — Michael Eisner, February 8, 2001
The Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and entertainment district. The first park is the original Disney theme park Disneyland, which opened on July 18, 1955. Its sister park Disney California Adventure, which opened in February 2001, is located across the entry plaza on the former site of Disneyland's parking lot. Both parks are divided into "lands", or themes. At the western end of the entry plaza is Downtown Disney, the shopping and entertainment district. The three hotels are located at the west end of Downtown Disney.
There is one main difference between the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, and that is in Anaheim, there are many non-Disney hotels, restaurants and shops just a short distance from the park's main entrance.
Disneyland's rides are generally considered classic well-themed dark rides (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean) with the occasional thrill ride (e.g. Space Mountain), while California Adventure's rides are more thrill-oriented (e.g. California Screamin') with some some family-style rides (e.g. Soarin' Over California). The Cast Members (employees) in all sections of the park are widely known to be very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary; however, most Cast Members will not know the history behind the details.
The two biggest problems with the Disneyland Resort as a whole are crowds and price. However with careful planning, both can be avoided.
Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in the world (with 15.98 million visits in 2010, based on the TEA/ERA figures, second only to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World), so the parks can be pretty crowded, especially during the weekends, summer, and winter holidays, which leads to long lines for the most popular attractions. However, if you visit in the late winter or early spring, off-season lines can be short, especially during the weekdays. Disney California Adventure has fewer attractions but still has long lines, although not as long as Disneyland's attractions.
Eating outside the parks is quite possible due to the close vicinity of several restaurants to the park and the benefit of hand-stamp and re-entry. Stick to just snacks and maybe one meal in the park, and you can save some cash.
1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
Disney California Adventure
1620 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Disneyland is within driving distance of a number of Southern California airports. Regardless of which airport you land at, it is always a good idea to consider available alternative forms of transportation before deciding to rent a car. Airport shuttles and public transit are an ideal option, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. While LAX is the obvious choice and the most popular, there are a few other options which are calmer and sometimes even make for an easier arrival.
John Wayne Orange County Airport (IATA: SNA) is one of the two closest airports to Anaheim. The Disneyland Resort Express, operated by Gray Line, provides direct bus service to the Disneyland Resort from here.
Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB) is the same distance as John Wayne, about 14 miles from the Resort, and is the smallest (i.e. easiest to deal with) in the Los Angeles area. Depending on where you are flying from it's one of the easiest ways to get to Disneyland. Although there is no direct bus service from the airport to the resort, depending on the number of people in your party it may be less expensive to rent a car in any case. Interestingly, if you take the main exit from the airport, which is East Wardlow Road, eventually it becomes Ball Road, which runs directly across the north edge of Disneyland itself. JetBlue serves 13 nonstop destinations from Long Beach: Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Austin, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle.
Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX) is the largest airport in the area. The Disneyland Resort Express is also available here as well. Most visitors, especially those from overseas, arriving for a visit to Disneyland or to the greater Los Angeles area tend to arrive here.
LA/Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT) in San Bernardino County is within close distance of Disneyland; take I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) west and exit into California State Route 57 (Orange Freeway) south which leads directly into Anaheim. Take either the Ball Road or Katella Avenue exit (3 and 2 respectively) and travel west. Alternatively, you can also take the Metrolink San Bernardino Line from Rancho Cucamonga or Upland to Los Angeles Union Station, where you can transfer to either the Orange County Line or the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.
Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR) in Burbank is the only Los Angeles-area airport that is directly served by Amtrak and Metrolink. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner directly connects the airport to Anaheim. Metrolink's Ventura County Line links the airport with Los Angeles Union Station, with many daily departures (though limited on weekends). Transfers to the Orange County Line or the Pacific Surfliner can be made at Union Station.
As with much of California, by car is probably the easiest way to get to the Disneyland Resort from the surrounding area (or even San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco). The Disneyland Resort offers ample parking both for day visitors to the park as well as hotel guests. All of the surrounding hotels offer parking, but some clearly do not have sufficient parking for the number of overnight guests.
Driving to the Disneyland Resort also means braving the Southern California traffic, which at times can be overwhelming. The Disneyland website offers driving directions, as do most online map sites. Traveling from the Long Beach Airport to the Disneyland Resort can be done using surface streets instead of freeways, which can be very crowded during commute hours.
The Disneyland Resort is bounded by Katella Avenue to the south, Ball Road to the north, Walnut Street to the west, Harbor Boulevard to the east, and the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) on the northeast corner. The Anaheim Convention Center is located south of the resort across Katella Avenue.
Parking at the theme parks is $17 for car/motorcycle, $22 for RV/oversized vehicles, and $27 for bus/tractor trailers. Parking at Downtown Disney is free for the first three hours and $6 for each additional hour afterwards, charged in increments of $2 every 20 minutes. Valet parking is available at Downtown Disney for $6 extra from 5PM-2AM. For hotel guests, self parking $15 per night for up to 2 vehicles, with valet parking available at $22 per night per vehicle. A pick-up/drop-off area for the theme parks is on the west side of Harbor Boulevard north of Disney Way, past the shuttle area.
If you are arriving in Anaheim by train, a taxi is a reasonable option to get to the resort from the station. A one-way taxi ride from either the Anaheim or Fullerton Train Station is around $15 plus tip to the Anaheim Resort area. Taxis serve the hotels and a taxi stand at Downtown Disney near the Rainforest Café, on the south side of the North Self-Park Lot.
One of the great advantages at the Disneyland Resort is that Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and many "off property" hotels are all within walking distance. Unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, guests can walk between Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and Downtown Disney in just a minute or two. There are approximately 12 "off property" hotels that are within a 10 minute walk. Some experienced visitors to the Disneyland Resort stay at the walking-distance hotels and find it more convenient to not have a car. It only takes five to 10 minutes to walk to the Disneyland entrance from a walking-distance hotel, and taking breaks in the middle of the day is much more convenient.
Local trains and buses are the cheapest ways to get to the park. Amtrak and Metrolink's Anaheim station is located on the north edge of the parking lot of Angel Stadium, about two miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner (Paso Robles to San Diego, via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles) and Metrolink's Orange County Line (LA to Oceanside) service the station.
From 6:30AM–8:45AM, a free Orange County Transit Authority bus (Route 430) will take you directly into Disneyland from the station. That same bus will take you back to the station for free from 3:30PM-6PM. There is no service on weekends. Other than these times Route 50, which runs from Cal State University Long Beach to The Village at Orange, services the station by using Katella Avenue about every 30 min (though you will have to walk about 10 min down Harbor Blvd if you pick this bus). Other OCTA routes servicing the park but not the station are Route 43 (Harbor Blvd.), which runs from La Habra to Downtown Newport Beach about every 20 min; Route 46 (Ball Rd.), which runs between Los Alamitos and The Village at Orange; and Route 83 (Santa Ana Freeway), which goes from the Laguna Hills Mall to the Disneyland Resort, by way of Santa Ana. The last four routes cost $1.50 per boarding.
Los Angeles County MTA Route 460 links Disneyland with Fullerton, Buena Park (with a stop at Knott's Berry Farm), Norwalk, and downtown LA.
The City of Anaheim runs a tourist bus service.
Warning: Purchasing tickets online
Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craigslist are partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is a very common activity, it is prohibited by Disney: the tickets are non-transferable. There is also an inherent risk to you as a buyer, because you don't know for certain how many days remain on the ticket. If you are purchasing tickets online, only purchase from authorized brokers; resold tickets are subject to rejection at the gate.
Visiting Disneyland is an expensive affair. Tickets are sold at several levels: the base ticket is the Single-Day Theme Park Ticket which enables admission to only one of the two parks for a full day. By contrast, the 1-Day Park Hopper allows you to see both parks on the same day, and to move back and forth between the parks. Park Hopper tickets are also sold in increments of 2, 3, 4, and 5 days; while the ticket price increases with each day, the price per day actually decreases with each day. Multi-day Park Hopper tickets do not have to be used on consecutive days, but will expire 14 days after the first day they are used, or January 13, 2015, whichever occurs first. The value of the Park Hopper ticket options should not be underestimated. All 3, 4, or 5 day tickets come with Magic Morning, which provides access into one park an hour before general opening one time during the ticket validity period. The park which this perk available at switches each day.
Note, only 1 and 2 day ticket options, Annual Passes, along with the Southern California CityPASS are sold at the Disneyland Resort Main Ticket Windows. To buy the longer tickets (3 to 5 days), you need to buy them in advance, such as Disneyland.com/tickets, a travel agent, or selected tickets can be bought at a local Hotel or Disney Desk.
The prices below are effective as of June 2014, and there is no tax charged:
|Days||ages 3–9||ages 10+|
|1-Day Theme Park Ticket||$90||$144||$96||$150|
|2-Day Theme Park Ticket||$165||$204||$178||$217|
|3-Day Theme Park Ticket||$215||$254||$226||$265|
|4-Day Theme Park Ticket||$235||$274||$250||$289|
|5-Day Theme Park Ticket||$250||$289||$266||$305|
Children under age 3 are admitted free.
Discounts are hard to find, but California residents (bring a driver's license or utility bill to prove residency) will sometimes receive a small discount. AAA occasionally offers its members discounts, and seasonal discounts such as the "buy a day, get a seasonal pass" offer occur during non-peak seasons.
If you're planning a multi-day vacation to Southern California with visits to multiple attractions including Disneyland, you can save a lot by using the Southern California CityPass. For $319 for adults (ages 10+), $279 for ages 3–9, you'll receive a 3-day Park Hopper ticket, which covers admission to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and 1 day each at Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld San Diego. This makes for a wonderful week long vacation and a very attractive price with about $100 off standard prices. As an added bonus to purchasing the CityPass online (instead of in person at the park ticket counters), you'll also get your choice of either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Safari Park (if your schedule allows you only one day in San Diego, choose to visit the San Diego Zoo instead of the Safari Park, since it's much closer to SeaWorld).
And here's something even better: visiting both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the same year is now easier with the Disney Premier Passport. For $979, the Passport gives an entire year of unlimited admission to all eight theme and water parks in both California and Florida, plus DisneyQuest, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the Oak Trail Golf Course. The Passport may be purchased at the theme park ticket booths.
Once in the park, everything is reachable by foot. Disneyland also has pretty good access for wheelchairs and other mobility-assistance vehicles. The only exception is the Disneyland Railroad at Main Street. If a guest cannot get up and down steps in order to get into the attraction (Finding Nemo and Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough) there is a room with a virtual experience of the attraction. See a cast member to access these rooms. Outside of the park, a car is again the best way to get around, though many hotels and restaurants are just across the street. The city of Anaheim also runs a shuttle service to the nearby hotels and the Anaheim GardenWalk.
To make getting around a breeze, the Disneyland Monorail links Disneyland's Tomorrowland with Downtown Disney (theme park admission is required to board at the Downtown Disney station). However, it may sometimes be slow and inconvenient, usually at park opening. The Downtown Disney station closes 30 minutes before park closing and the Tomorrowland station closes 5 minutes before park closes.
From the Mickey and Friends parking structure you can board a tram to Downtown Disney/Main Entrance Plaza (World of Disney Store) and back. A bus shuttle service takes guests to the satellite parking lots (Puumba and Toy Story). The trams and buses run until one hour after the later park closing (usually Disneyland Park).
- Disneyland Railroad: This attraction is one of the most beloved and symbolic of the park. The train is the first thing you see as you go through the turnstile. The trains run about every 5 to 10 minutes at each station. You can board the train at Main Street, New Orleans Square, Mickey's Toontown (Fantasyland), and Tomorrowland.
- Horse and Carriage: The old-fashioned way to get around is by a horse pulling a cart behind it. This attraction gets you from the Town Square (front of Main Street) to the Hub (center of the park) and back. The attraction runs only in the daytime, during good weather, and when the horses are ready to work. Note the attraction closes about an hour before the first parade of the day. The average horse only works 4 hours a day, 3 days a week in the Disneyland resort.
- Main Street Vehicles: The Omnibus, Franklin Cars, and Fire Truck. These vehicles run during the early day and before the parades. The vehicles take guests from Town Square to the Hub and back. These vehicles stop during any entertainment on Main Street that takes place in the street. These are real cars from the turn of the last century, running daily in Disneyland.
Disney's California Adventure
- Red Car Trolley: These replica 1920s streetcars run guests from the Main Entrance to the Tower of Terror and back, stopping in the middle of Hollywood Blvd along the way.
See and Do
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offer their visitors a time-saving tool called FastPass. You can get a FastPass ticket at the most popular attractions by inserting your Passport (admission ticket) into a machine. The FastPass ticket allows you to come back at a pre-determined time (printed on the ticket) and go to a shorter line, called the FastPass Return line, to enter the attraction. This works well for very crowded rides, or especially busy times of the day. Although there is a specific time printed on the ticket (ex. Noon to 1PM) the CMs at the FastPass Return line will accept your FastPass ticket any time after noon, for the remainder of that day. Also, make sure that you notice the return time before taking your FastPass ticket, since you cannot get a new FastPass until A) the printed time is reached, or B) two hours later, whichever time is shorter.
- "I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place, a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it." -- Walt Disney
Disneyland Park is the original Disney theme park which opened on July 18, 1955. While the park has changed dramatically over the years, there are still many favorite classic attractions, such as the Disneyland Railroad. Today, Disneyland boasts 57 attractions, more than any other Disney theme park.
Disneyland's themed lands are Main Street, USA (modeled after 20th-century Marceline, Missouri, Walt Disney's childhood town), New Orleans Square (modeled after 18th-century New Orleans), Fantasyland (modeled after a Bavarian village), Mickey's Toontown (modeled after the cartoon town of Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Adventureland (modeled after the jungles of Asia, Africa and the South Pacific), Frontierland (modeled after the Old West), Critter Country (modeled after North American forests) and Tomorrowland (modeled after science fiction authors' visions of yesterday's future).
Main Street, USA
Main Street U.S.A. has many shops and restaurants but few rides
- Disneyland Railroad — A train ride that takes you around Disneyland and stops at four stations, great for sightseeing
- Main Street Cinema — A theater-like attraction that shows the first six Mickey Mouse cartoons
- Main Street Vehicles
- Fire Engine
- Horse-Drawn Streetcars
- Horseless Carriage
- The Disneyland Story Featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln — A theater-like attraction that shows an audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln and a documentary on Disneyland.
New Orleans Square
- Disneyland Railroad — The Disneyland Railroad has a station in New Orleans Square
- Haunted Mansion — A scary dark ride that is based on a horror story in 18th-century New Orleans
- Pirates of the Caribbean — An indoor boat ride through caverns and a burning village
- Fantasmic! — A nighttime show with wonderful special effects. Does not run every night during the off-season
- Rafts to Pirate's Island — Tom Sawyer's Island re-imagined with a pirate theme
- Alice in Wonderland — A dark ride that goes through the film's storyline
- Casey Jr. Circus Train — A train ride that goes around the exterior of Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant — A spin ride on which one rides on "Dumbos"
- Disney Princess Fantasy Faire — Where visitors can meet three of the Disney princesses
- "it's a small world" — An indoor boat ride that introduces visitors to singing children from all over the globe. One of Disneyland's most beloved attractions. During the holiday season, this attraction is decorated all in holiday glory
- King Arthur Carrousel — A classic carousel ride
- Mad Tea Party — A spin ride on which one spins on models of tea cups
- Matterhorn Bobsleds — A bobsled inspired roller coaster that is based on the Matterhorn in Switzerland - note that for this ride there are two different tracks so ride both!
- Mr. Toad's Wild Ride — A dark ride that goes through the scenes of the movie The Wind in the Willows
- Peter Pan's Flight — A dark ride based on the movie
- Pinocchio's Daring Journey — A dark ride based on the story
- Snow White's Scary Adventures — A dark ride that is based on the story
- Snow White's Grotto — A small spot next to Sleeping Beauty's castle that showcases a set of statues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that were a gift to Walt alongside a small wishing well
- Storybook Land Canal Boats — A boat ride that goes through miniature scenes of famous Disney stories
- Chip 'n Dale Treehouse — A walk-through for kids based on the living quarters of Chip 'n Dale
- Disneyland Railroad — The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Mickey's Toontown
- Donald's Boat — A walk-through that is based on Donald Duck's home
- Gadget's Go Coaster — A roller coaster; expectant mothers should not ride
- Goofy's Fun House — A fun-house attraction that is based on Goofy's home, in the place of the former Goofy's Bounce House
- Mickey's House and Meet Mickey — A walk-through based on Mickey Mouse's house and where one can meet Mickey Mouse himself
- Minnie's House — A walk-through based on Minnie Mouse's house, Minnie appears out front quite often
- Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin — A dark spin ride based on the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Enchanted Tiki Room — An Audio-Animatronics show that features singing birds, flowers, and various tiki figures; in the lanai out front you will also see tiki gods and goddesses
- Indiana Jones Adventure — A dark thrill ride based on the Indiana Jones series
- Jungle Cruise — A boat ride that goes through sights of isolated jungles of Asia, Africa, and South America
- Tarzan's Treehouse — A walk-through that is based on the tree house in Tarzan
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — A mine train-themed roller coaster
- Tom Sawyer Island — A large play area that is based on the Tom Sawyer stories
- Frontierland Shootin' Exposition — A shooting gallery arcade
- Mark Twain Riverboat — A full-sized riverboat sailing around the "Rivers of America"
- Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island — Rafts to access Tom Sawyer Island
- Sailing Ship Columbia — A pirate ship themed boat sailing around the "Rivers of America"
- Big Thunder Ranch — A petting zoo
- The Golden Horseshoe Stage — A performance venue
- Splash Mountain — A log flume water ride
- Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes — A canoe ride in which visitors paddle around the "Rivers of America"
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh — A dark ride that is based on the stories of Winnie the Pooh
- Astro Orbitor — A rocket flight where guests fly around a central futuristic-looking tower
- Autopia — A driving course. While many might think this to be a children's ride, there is a height requirement, as crashing may occur
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters — A dark ride that is a game similar to laser tag, only riders need to shoot the Z's along the way
- Disneyland Monorail — The first monorail built in the West connects Disneyland to Downtown Disney
- Disneyland Railroad — The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Tomorrowland
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage — you can see Nemo and his friends from the Pixar film Finding Nemo
- Captain EO — A 3D show starring Michael Jackson
- Innoventions — A walk through museum featuring the latest technology
- Space Mountain — A dark rollercoaster
- Starcade — An arcade, the fee to play the games is 5 tokens for $1
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue — Recently revamped to take place between Episodes III and IV, this is a turbulent motion-simulator attraction in 3D which includes flights to iconic Star Wars locations, encounters with characters, and a story which ties into the timeline between the aforementioned episodes
Shows and Parades
Fantasmic! is an evening live action show that takes place on the Rivers of America. It is a wonderful show with many of the Disney characters, animation on a screen made of jets of water, and fireworks. Most days, there are street events along the parade route between Main Street, U.S.A. and "it's a small world." Mickey's Soundsational Parade brings music to the streets with one or two performances daily. During the holiday season, "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade brings the joy of the season to the streets of Disneyland. Both parades are a must see and will be enjoyed by all age groups. Also most nights, Disneyland puts on its famous fireworks show. There are many other shows at Disneyland as well.
Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure is Disneyland's sister theme park which opened in February 2001. Initially the park struggled, with poor reviews and low attendance given the lack of focus or "Disney feel". However, the park has recently undergone a major overhaul, with new lands, new rides, and refurbished areas, and the response has been very positive. The park has a heavy California theme, with lands representing fanciful imaginings of certain parts of the state, although this is also where you'll find most of the Pixar-themed attractions.
Disney California Adventure is divided into several themed lands:
- Buena Vista Street, modeled after 1920s Los Angeles, with Mission and Art Deco styled buildings and red streetcars running up the street
- Condor Flats, themed after the 1940s-1960s aviators of the Mojave Desert
- Grizzly Peak, representing the Northeastern California wilderness, oriented around the man-made Grizzly Peak, a mountain shaped like a grizzly bear
- Pacific Wharf, modeled on Northern California's wharfs, with nods to Monterey and San Francisco
- Paradise Pier, the largest land in the park, a fanciful version of an early 20th century coastal boardwalk
- Hollywood Land, a recreation of a Hollywood studio backlot
- "a bug's land", based on the movie A Bug's Life, with over-sized human objects to give the impression of seeing the world from a bug's point of view
- Cars Land, a faithful recreation of Radiator Springs from the movie Cars
Buena Vista Street
- The Red Car Trolley
- Soarin' Over California — A simulator film that shows famous California landmarks as if one was hang-gliding over California
- Grizzly River Run — Roar down this white-water raft adventure; visitors may get very wet on this attraction
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail — A large play area based on the Mount Shasta wilderness and the film Up
- Golden Vine Winery — Where one can enjoy the different tastes of wine from around the world. Can not be younger than 21 years of age to drink.
- Walt Disney Imagineering's Blue Sky Cellar
- The Bakery Tour — A presentation of how sourdough bread is made
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Store A presentation of how chocolate is made and a store
- California Screamin' — A high speed roller coaster that launches from 0–60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds!
- Mickey's Fun Wheel — A Ferris wheel with swinging and stationary gondolas
- Games of the Boardwalk — An arcade modeled after Boardwalk games
- Golden Zephyr — A spin ride with rocket ship models as the spinners
- Goofy's Sky School
- King Triton's Carousel — A sea-themed carousel
- Jumpin' Jellyfish — A mini-drop ride
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Toy Story Midway Mania! — Step right up and compete in an interactive Toy Story adventure like no other! You'll grab some 3-D glasses before boarding your ride vehicle and zipping off into a world of immersive, midway-style games
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure — A dark ride based on the movie The Little Mermaid
- World of Color — A water fountain show that is nothing you have seen before, on a scale larger than a football field, shown nightly
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! — A dark ride based on the movie, Monsters, Inc.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — A drop ride that drops 13 stories down, based on a 1950's TV series
- Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular — A musical based on Aladdin
- Muppet*Vision 3D — A 3D show featuring the Muppets
- Disney Animation
- Turtle Talk with Crush — A show in which visitors can interact with Crush from Finding Nemo
- Animation Academy — A presentation on how to draw Disney characters
- Character Close-Up — A presentation where visitors can meet most of the famous Disney characters
- Sorcerer's Workshop — A presentation where visitors can create their own animation
- The Hollywood Backlot Stage — performance venue
- Red Car Trolley
"a bug's land"
- It's Tough to be a Bug — A 3D show about how insects protect themselves
- Flik's Fun Fair
- Flik's Flyers — A wave swing modeled after giant food boxes
- Francis' Ladybug Boogie — A spin ride modeled with ladybugs as spinners
- Heimlich's Chew Chew Train — A train that shows how Heimlich from the film, a bug's life finds food
- Princess Dot Puddle Park — A water play area
- Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies — bumper cars
Based on Disney/Pixar's Cars, this land simulates the entire town of Radiator Springs.
- Radiator Spings Racers — based on the same technology used on Epcot's Test Track
- Mater's Junkyard Jamboree — A spin ride modeled with tractors as spinners.
- Luigi's Flying Tires — A hover ride modeled with tires as hovers.
Shows and Parades
Disney California Adventure has shows and a parade for visitors. The park is home of the Pixar Play Parade, where floats are based on the Disney/Pixar movies, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. as well as water and bubble effects. The parade is only offered on selected days.
In 2010, Disney unveiled a new water show called World of Color in the Paradise Pier area of the park. It is highly recommended that you get a FastPass at the Grizzly River Run area to assure access to a main viewing area. Special World of Color viewing areas are also available to those who have dinner in certain Disney California Adventure restaurants; inquire when making your dinner reservations.
- AMC Downtown Disney 12 — Catch a box-office chart-topper at this stadium seating, digital projection, and surround sound cineplex
- ESPN Zone — Watch your favorite sports event or play one of many interactive games
- House of Blues — As the name implies, a blues club
- Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen — Experience the best of Bourbon Street outside New Orleans
Within the theme parks
There are many gift shops throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. They are so abundant, it is close to impossible to throw a stone and not hit a store. Some attractions even have gift shops located right at their exits. The complete list of shops in both parks may be found on the official website, via the links below.
Downtown Disney's anchor store is the World of Disney, the second largest of its kind, after the one at Walt Disney World. Essentially, this is a Disney Store on steroids. Downtown Disney also showcases a wide range of well-known retail chains. These are just a select few; see the official website for the complete list.
- Build-a-Bear Workshop
- Disney Vault 28. Specializes in boutique style pieces with Disney characters and from various designers.
- Disney's Pin Traders
- House of Blues
- The Lego Store
- Rainforest Cafe
First of a kind
The original Mimi's Cafe, which opened in 1978, is located on Euclid Street near the 91 freeway and is still in business. The location on Harbor Blvd. across from Disneyland's eastern boundary opened within the last 10 years. If you're on a tight budget, and if you have the time, this might be very well worth your effort.
When dining if you want to dine at the more upscale or "sit down" restaurants there is a good chance you will not be able to get seating without a reservation in advance. Some locations, especially the Blue Bayou Restaurant and Goofy's Kitchen, require a reservation weeks in advance. Reservations are made through Disney Dining at +1 714 781-DINE.
The restaurants in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are good about accommodating gluten-free and other dietary restrictions. However, you have to ask; this information is not advertised. Restaurants which serve hamburgers will provide gluten-free buns on request. Blue Bayou and Carthay Circle (which are sit-down restaurants, and normally provide a bread basket) will provide gluten-free bread on request.
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Blue Ribbon Bakery - Baked goods,sandwiches and specialty drinks.
- Carnation Café - Table service, breakfast, sandwiches, gourmet coffees and ice cream
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor - Ice cream specialties
- Main Street Cone Shop - Ice cream cones
- Plaza Inn - "Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park", lunch and dinner featuring home-style favorites, broasted chicken
- Refreshment Corner - Hot dogs, chili and cold Coke
- Little Red Wagon - Corn dogs
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café - Opening January 2012
New Orleans Square
- Blue Bayou Restaurant - The Blue Bayou is one of the most well known restaurants inside Disneyland. It offers amazing ambiance from inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. A great location for a romantic dinner or a sit-down lunch of their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich. Entrees $25– $35, you are paying for the ambiance not necessarily great food quality. *Reservation Highly Recommended* *Vegetarian Friendly*
- French Market Restaurant -Fast serve "scramble style buffeteria" with jambalaya, roasted citrus chicken, creole salmon, roast beef, salads and decadent desserts. Live entertainment on the patio.
- Café Orléans - Table service, soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches including the Monte Cristo and crepes
- Royal Street Veranda - Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, New Orleans-style
- Club 33 - Club 33 is an exclusive club with a membership limited to 487 people. This location is only open to members and guests but serves fine foods and is the only establishment in Disneyland Park serving alcohol. The waiting list to join can take many years for those who can afford the steep fees.
- Village Haus Restaurant - Hamburgers, pizza and salads
- Enchanted Cottage, Sweets and Treats - Bavarian-style sausages, desserts and drinks
- Daisy's Diner
- Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt
- Pluto's Dog House
- Toon Up Treats
- Bengal Barbeque - Barbeque kabobs and coffee drinks
- Tiki Juice Bar - famous Dole Whip ice cream desert, Dole Whip floats, pineapple spears and pineapple juice are available out front of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
- The Golden Horseshoe - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips, chili, and tasty ice cream specialties
- Stage Door Café - Chicken, fish, and mozzarella strips
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante - Mexican favorites and Costeña Grill specialties, soft drinks and desserts
- River Belle Terrace - Breakfast, BBQ and Southern-style food
- Conestoga Fries - Fries and drinks
- Harbour Galley - Sourdough bowl soups, salads
- Hungry Bear Restaurant - Burgers, chicken and salads
- Redd Rockett's Pizza Port - Pizza, pasta and salads
- The Spirit of Refreshment - Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite
- Tomorrowland Terrace - Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, desserts and drinks
Disney's California Adventure dining
Unlike Disneyland Park, where alcohol is not available to the general public, most restaurants in Disney California Adventure serve alcohol.
Buena Vista Street
- Carthay Circle Lounge - Cocktails, wine, beer, sodas, and bar snacks, in an elegant atmosphere with big comfy chairs. (Located on first floor of Carthay Circle.)
- Carthay Circle Restaurant - California Adventure's fanciest restaurant, comparable to Blue Bayou in Disneyland Park. Reservations recommended. (Located on second floor of Carthay Circle, but check-in desk is on the first floor, adjacent to Carthay Circle Lounge.)
- Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café - Prepackaged sandwiches, baked goods, and Starbucks coffee
- Taste Pilots' Grill - Hamburgers, veggie burgers, and chicken. There is a very nice toppings bar which includes jalapeños, peperoncini, and roasted red peppers, in addition to the usual suspects like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles.
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill - Tacos, drinks and more
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop - Everyone who enters gets a free square of chocolate. Be sure to check out the mechanical mural above the counter, which simulates events from San Francisco history, such as the fire and earthquake.
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Pacific Wharf Café - Salads, soups and breakfast
- Rita's Baja Blenders
- Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery - Casual table service Italian cuisine restaurant. Entrees between $10–$14
- Ariel's Grotto - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining featuring American-style favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Bayside Brews - Serves beers and pretzels
- Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
- Corn Dog Castle- Serves Los Angeles' Voted best Corn Dogs for 2010.
- Cove Bar
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co.
Hollywood Pictures Backlot
- Award Wieners - Hot dogs and gourmet sausages
- Schmoozies - Fruit smoothies
- Studio Catering Co.
- Cozy Cone Motel - A collection of several snack vendors, each specializing in a different item such as popcorn or pretzels.
- Fillmore's Taste-In
- Flo's V8 Cafe
"a bug's land"
No food is served in "a bug's land".
Downtown Disney dining
Downtown Disney has a wide array of choices for dining; the complete list may be found on the official website. Those that shouldn't be missed are:
- ESPN Zone — A great place escape and watch the game. Snacks $6 – $11, Entrees $12 – $26 (for the New York Steak)
- House of Blues — Southern cuisine
- Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria — Pizza, pasta and more. Entrees $17–$25
- Rainforest Cafe — Nearly a theme park in itself, Rainforest Cafe is fully decorated to theme with rain storms and more. Entrees $15–$40 (for the Main Lobster)
- Tortilla Jo's — Mexican food, with hand-made tortillas and live music
Hotels within the resort
- Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way. Anaheim, CA 92802, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The original Disney hotel. The mid-level hotel of Disneyland's three hotels. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. three stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool. $280.
- Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim CA 92803, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The higher end of Disneyland's three hotels.Convienent location with an entrance into Disney's California Adventure (Golden State [Grizzly Peak Recreation Area]). 745 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining. $340.
- Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, 1717 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The lower end of the three Disneyland hotels. 489 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach. $340.
There are many designated Good Neighbor Hotels which are either within walking distance or provide transportation to and from the Disneyland Resort. Many other hotels and motels of varying cost and quality may be found in the local area. Start with Anaheim.
Disneyland is within close distance of a number of other Southern California tourist attractions. Not surprisingly, some of these attractions have the word "Anaheim" in their names.
- Anaheim Convention Center, located directly south of the Disneyland Resort, across Katella Avenue.
- Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 West Katella Avenue, ☎ . A new outdoor shopping center, located just a stone's throw east of the Disneyland Resort.
- Anaheim Ice (about 1 mile north of the Disneyland Resort), ☎ . Has two Olympic-size ice surfaces. The practice and training venue of the Anaheim Ducks, where you can also learn the sport yourself. There are also figure skating and public ice sessions.
- The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 East Katella Avenue, ☎ . A concert venue located on the northwest corner of Angel Stadium's parking lot, adjacent to the Amtrak/Metrolink train station.
Other theme parks
- Adventure City, on Beach Boulevard south of the Ball Road intersection (about 4 miles west of the Disneyland Resort).
- Knott's Berry Farm (take LACMTA Route 460. Or if you have your own car, travel west on Katella Avenue or Ball Road, then north on Beach Boulevard).
- Legoland California (take the Pacific Surfliner or the Orange County Line south to Oceanside).
- SeaWorld San Diego (take the Pacific Surfliner all the way to its southern end).
- Universal Studios Hollywood (take the Pacific Surfliner or the Orange County Line to Los Angeles Union Station, then transfer to the LACMTA Red Line and disembark at the Universal City station).