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Disneyland Theme Park: First Time Visitor’s Guide

Built in 1955, Disneyland Theme Park is the original Walt Disney theme park. These streets were walked by Disney himself, and now you too can walk in his footsteps and be a part of the most magical place on Earth. The original vision of the park is still present, while the addition of Disney California Adventure has expanded upon the amusement and attractions families love. There’s a lot more to learn about Disneyland. Read on to get an overview of what this Los Angeles theme park has to offer.

Disneyland theme park is a land of enchantment, where dreams really do come true. From young children to young at heart, hearts are captured and minds transported to faraway lands of make-believe. A day at Disneyland combines beloved Disney characters with classic rides and modern attractions. It’s divided into eight lands, arranged around the central hub of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

0415zx_0800ms (2)The lands include:
Adventureland
Critter Country
Fantasyland
Frontierland
Main Street USA
Mickey’s Toontown
New Orleans Square
Tomorrowland

Throughout the park yesterday, today and tomorrow is celebrated, while a charmingly friendly atmosphere is ideal for a day of vacation. Disneyland is constantly changing, as Walt’s wish, but it also stays true to its beginnings with rides like It’s a Small World, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and the Haunted Mansion. Other Disney standouts are Star Tours—The Adventure, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain.

disneyland_0413zx_0741msThis is Disney so, of course, princesses play a big part too. The picturesque village, Fantasy Faire, is a welcoming location for memorable meet and greets. Enter a picturesque storybook village square where you may meet Disney friends from such timeless tales as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast.

At the relatively new Disney California Adventure (the park opened in 2001), Buena Vista Street welcomes guests into a world of nostalgia. It celebrates the 1920s and 30s Los Angeles that greeted Walt Disney, while also showcasing beloved Disney and Pixar characters.

Disneyland 0418ZX_0625MS_1_RSZIn total, there are eight distinct area to explore:
“A bug’s land”
Cars Land
Condor Flats
Grizzly Peak
Hollywood Land
Pacific Wharf
Paradise Pier

Disney’s California Adventure is a tribute to the land of dreams. Nowhere is that idea presented better than the all-encompassing Cars Land, a 12-acrea area inspired by the hit Disney-Pixar Film “Cars.” Journey to Radiator springs to drive high-octave racers, where the open road and mesa-dotted landscapes bring the cartoon vision into actualization. In other areas of the park feature Toy Story Mania, The Little Mermaid—Aerial’s Undersea Adventure, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, California Screamin’ and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disneyland_RSZThis is Disney so, of course, princesses play a big part too. The picturesque village, Fantasy Faire, is a welcoming location for memorable meet and greets. Enter a picturesque storybook village square where you may meet Disney friends from such timeless tales as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast.

Purchase Disneyland tickets to discover the magic of this Southern California theme park.


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