Welcome to ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’. Disneyland theme park was built on 17 July 1955, and it is the original park located in Anaheim California. Each year about 16.2 million visitors go to this park, and over 650 million guest have visited since it started. There are 8 themed lands inside the Disneyland Park. These lands have different themes that reflect the settings of different rides, shops, and restaurants.
A day before visiting the Disneyland Park, we went for a quick visit to the Downtown Disney District.
It was my first time ever visiting the Disneyland theme park in California, I have visited the Disneyworld in Florida about 10 years ago. I went on a Thursday, so I think the crowd was lesser than I would expect on a weekend. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. (7:00 for those who purchased a 3 day pass), got there around 8:00 to have a full day at the park.
Fortunately, we got to see all of the 8 themed lands. Here are some information and recommendation about the different lands.
1. Main Street USA
About: The Main Street USA has a typical 20th century Midwest style town. It is the first land you see when enter the theme park.
Highlights: Railroad stop, Main Street Station
About: Tomorrowland has a futuristic/sci-fi town theme. There’s a very unique rocket spinner ride located at the front of Tomorrowland.
Highlights: Buzz Lightyear, Star Tours, Space Mountain, Innoventions
3. Mickey’s Toontown
About: Mickey’s Toontown has a 1930’s cartoon inspired design. Lots of colorful and wonky structures.
Highlights: Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Mickey’s House
About: Fantasyland has a classic Disneyland stories theme, the main icon of this area is the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Highlights: Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, It’s a Small world
5. Critter Country
About: The Critter Country has a forestry theme. The main colors seen around this land are green and brown.
Highlights: Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Splash Mountain
6. New Orleans Square
About: The New Orleans Square has a 19th century New Orleans theme design. This is where you can also find the exclusive Club 33 (private club for members only).
Highlights: Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion
About: Adventureland has a tropical and jungle themed setting.
Highlights: Indiana Jones Adventures, Tarzan’s Treehouse
About: Frontierland has a Old-West style setting.
Highlights: Mark Twain Riverboat, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
I had such a great time visiting Disneyland, I think it was a good size to see for a full day visit. I hope to visit again soon. Next time, I would like to stay at one of the Disney hotels so I wouldn’t have to take shuttles.
– Thrill rides: Space mountain, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
– Fun rides: Buzz Light year, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean
– Get Fast Pass tickets for rides such as Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Star Tours (these get packed really fast like 50 minute wait)
– Website: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/
– Hours: Daily 8:00 – 22:00 (it varies at times)
– Location: 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim CA 92802