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Disneyland


“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.” – Walt Disney, July 17, 1955

When Disneyland Park opened in Anaheim, California, it’s doubtful that even Walt Disney himself could have imagined the world renowned landmark it has become. Disneyland Park, home of Sleeping Beauty Castle, is the only Disney Park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Disney fanatics will appreciate the historic details hidden in plain sight - like the light in the window above the Disneyland Fire Department (pictured at left). Walt Disney had a small apartment built on the second floor of the Main Street firehouse, where he could work and spend time with his family while still keeping an eye on the action happening below. The light in that window is constantly lit, a sign that Walt is always watching!

Southern California locals are happy to make a day trip out of their Disneyland visits, but those traveling from other parts of the country (or WORLD) will want to spend at least 3 days to get the full experience. While you’re in the area, why not extend your stay? Take in an Anaheim Angels game, be a tourist in Hollywood, walk the Santa Monica Pier, or visit the San Diego Zoo - the possibilities are endless!

Disneyland Resort is home to three resort hotels: Disney’s Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Any one of these options will put you right in the middle of the magic - literally! Each hotel is just steps away from the theme parks and Downtown Disney District. Guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels are also granted Extra Magic Hours, an early admission option during every day of hotel stay - admission to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations in Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for one full hour before the parks open to the general public on select days (valid theme park admission also required).


“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney

The Disneyland Resort boasts two fun-filled theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. You could easily spend a full day at each park and still not see or do everything! Disneyland Park, the original “Happiest Place on Earth,” is where you’ll find eight extravagantly themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland. You can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars - all in one day!

Just across from Disneyland Park, you’ll find Disney California Adventure. Here is a world where the stories of Disney, Pixar and beyond come to life—to a place beloved Characters from Cars and Super Heroes like Spider-Man & Captain America call home. At Disney California Adventure Park, you’ll explore 7 exciting lands with timeless entertainment showcases like World of Color, seasonal celebrations and transformations throughout the year.

Aside from the hotels and theme parks, you'll find yourself spending quite a bit of time in the Downtown Disney District during your trip. Lined with unique eateries, upscale shops and exciting entertainment for guests of all ages, there truly is something for everyone - from Disney prints and housewares to delicious cocktails and crazy shakes!

With new experiences being added all the time - including the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park - if you haven't been to Anaheim for a while, you'll want to check it out!