One of the world’s most famous amusament parks, Disneyland was estimated to having been visited by approximately 500 million visitors since its opening in July 1955. Disneyland Resort contains two theme parks and the Downtown Disney area. Past and present join here, as a new park — Disney’s California Adventure — was added to the original Disney creation, Disneyland Park. So, this is Disneyland:
- Disneyland Park — the place where it all begun, that still bears Disney’s personal touch
- Disney’s California Adventure — opened in February 2001
Climate and geography:
The resort is located in Anaheim, California, south of Los Angeles.
The weather conditions are favorable most of the year. Yet, summers are quite hot but there are pleasant, warm days also. Fall and spring are cooler, with rain possibilities. Winter might get from acceptable to cold.
- Spring: 51/69ºF – 10/21ºC — might get rainy
- Summer: 60/77ºF – 15/25ºC — might get hotter
- Autumn: 53/77ºF – 12/25ºC — might get rainy, windy
- Winter: 48/66ºF – 9/19ºC — rainy
When to visit
Avoid peak times if you don’t like crowds and long lines:
- Christmas (especially between Christmas and New Year’s Day) and Spring breaks
Moderate and low seasons: discounts opportunities on hotel accommodations.
- Mid-September through mid-November
- Mid-January through mid-March
- Mid-April through mid-May
Directions – how to get to Disneyland
Getting to Disneyland by plane: there are two airports serving Disneyland.
From the airport to Disneyland:
- Car/Rental car
- Limousine service – may be convenient when there are more persons.
From Los Angeles International Airport(LAX) — route: 105 freeway east, to the 605 south, to the Riverside 91 east, to Golden State Freeway 5 south and exit at Disneyland Drive going south.
From Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) — route: 55 north/east, to the 5-freeway north, and exit at Disney Way.
There is also the possibility to arrive at the Ontario Airport — in this case, the route is: 10 or the 60, to the 57 south, to Ball Road west (turn right), and travel about 3 miles until Harbor Blvd then turn left.
First check if your hotel offers free shuttle service.
Cost is around $30 per person roundtrip from LAX and $20 per person roundtrip from SNA.
Getting to Disneyland by train: Amtrak provides service to Anaheim. The station is about 2.5 miles from Disneyland.
What else is there to know if you go to Disneyland
Tickets – informative lines:
- Entrance tickets: free for children under 3, children older than 10 years pay full ticket (as adults).
- One-day tickets: are valid for only one theme park.
- There are one-day hoppers that allow you to visit both parks.
- Multi-day tickets: are valid for both theme parks and expire 13 days after the first use.
Tickets informative prices:
- One-day park ticket: ages 3-9 — $43.00, ages 10+ — $53.00
- One-day park hopper: ages 3-9 — $63.00, ages 10+ — $73.00
- Multi-day park hopper: from two to five days
- two days: ages 3-9 — $85.00, ages 10+ — $105.00
- five days: ages 3-9 — $179.00, ages 10+ — $209.00
- Southern California Attractions CityPass (one year): ages 3-9 — $129.00 (will be $129.00 from Apr 01, 2005 to Mar 31, 2006), ages 10+ — $172.00 (will be $185.00 from Apr 01, 2005 to Mar 31, 2006)
- Annual Passports (various types): from $99 to $329 (both children and adults)
Rates listed do not include tax. In the United States there is no VAT or other indirect tax. Taxes vary with state, county, city. In California, Orange County, the sales tax is 7.75%. Together with the resort tax of 7.25%, taxes go to a total of 15%.
There is also a daily resort fee of $10 that is applied for those who stay at one of the on-site hotels (parking overnight, the local complimentary telephone calls, unlimited access to the fitness center, daily local newspaper).
Transportation within the resort:
Buses/hotel shuttles – are frequent, stop at every resort.
Monorails – Downtown Disney District Monorail Station offers Theme Park ticket holders transportation into Disneyland park, Tomorrowland.
Resort Trams — to and from Disney’s California Adventure park and Disneyland park. There are separate trams serving both the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure (West side of the Resort) and the Timon Lot (East side).
Trams operate until approximately two hours after the parks close.
Make sure you pack:
- sun-protective items;
- a warmer jacket – for the evening;
- comfortable shoes – more pairs are better, they should not be new;
- a backpack.
Disneyland Hotels List
There are on-site options — three Disneyland Resort Hotels — and a multitude of off-site hotels and motels — thirty of them are only the Disney’s Good Neighbor hotels.
Disneyland Resort — official on-site Disneyland hotels:
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel — luxury resort located in the middle of Downtown Disney area
- Disneyland Hotel — located at the outskirts of Downtown Disney
- Paradise Pier Hotel — located in the middle of Orange County, across the street from Disneyland Park, Disney’s California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District, two blocks from the Anaheim Convention Center.
Very Short Review of Disneyland Parks and Attractions
Disneyland was designed initially to have five lands. Since its opening three more have been added.
“The happiest place on Earth” opened in 1955 and had a surface of 88 acres.
- Adventureland — Designed as an exotic place of Asian, African, South American inspiration.(You can see Tarzan’s Treehouse or go on a Jungle Cruise)
- Critter Country — Inspired from Disney’s 1946 movie Song of the South (Here you find Splash Mountain, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes)
- Fantasyland — A storybook Tyrolean village (King Arthur’s Carrousel is the central piece of the park. Some of the rides are: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey)
- Frontierland — Recreates America’s pioneer days (Find here the Sailing Ship Columbia, Tom Sawyer Island)
- Main Street USA — A version of an American late 19th century small town.
- Mickey’s Toontown — inspired by the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Gadget’s GoCoaster)
- New Orleans Square — A replica of Crescent City (Find here the classic rides The Haunted Mansion and the Pirates of the Caribbean)
- Tomorrowland — A Jules Verne style future land(Popular rides: Space Mountain, Star Tours, StarSpeeders)
Visitors of Disney’s California Adventure were initially disappointed by the park’s scarcity in attractions in 2001 at opening(with the same entrance fee as Disneyland). Shows and attractions were added in time, including kiddie rides, and, in 2004, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
There are four themed areas in Disney’s California Adventure:
- The Golden State — You can see here a demonstration vineyard — Golden Vine Winery and take fun rides: Soarin’ Over California, Grizzly River Run.
- A Bug’s Land — The Bountiful Valley Farm demonstrates cultivation techniques. The 3-D attraction “It’s Tough To Be A Bug” takes you on a fun underground trip with bees, termites, spiders, grasshoppers, stink bugs.
- Paradise Pier — Designed to look like a California beachfront amusement pier. Rides and attractions: Orange Stinger, the roller coaster California Screamin’, Mulholland Madness.
- Hollywood Pictures Backlot — looks like a Hollywood movies studio. There are six different interactive galleries in the Disney Animation building. A live version of the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire invites guests to play along. There is also Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3D and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Read more about Disneyland here www.disney-hotels.org.