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The Original Theme Park

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This, park fans, is where it all began. Sure there were amusement parks before Walt Disney mortgaged the farm in the 1950s to develop his dream, but nothing compared to the grandeur, the scope, the sheer audacity of Disneyland. It uses a "hub and spoke" layout to connect the iconic Sleeping Beauty's Castle at its center with the themed lands: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Mickey's Toontown, Adventureland, Fronteirland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, and Main Street, USA. To walk the same streets that Walt himself walked and ride the attractions he helped design imbues Disneyland with a special, enchanting charm. It is the prototype theme park and it retains its magic even in these more jaded times.

Tickets

  • Find out about discounts, deals, and how to purchase passes in About.com's Disneyland tickets overview.
  • Get Disneyland tickets before you visit, and check for online discounts to save money and time.

Disneyland Highlights


Yes, there are some spectacular attractions here. But the timeless lure of say, hopping aboard Dumbo -- essentially a pedestrian kiddie ride -- shows that nearly everything at Disneyland is a highlight. Winnowing the list down to the E-Ticket attractions:

See the Park

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Dining

There are a bunch of places to eat in the park as well as at Disney California Adventure, at Downtown Disney, and at the hotels.

Tips

  • Grab a spot for Disneyland's parades at least 30 minutes before they start or you'll be stuck three rows behind mouse-eared guests.
  • Check Disneyland's Fastpass attractions and learn how to make the most of the Fastpass program.
  • Prime viewing spots for Fantasmic! (along the Rivers of America in Frontierland) are limited. Stake yours out at least 45 minutes before the show begins.

New for 2014:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad makeover
    The classic coaster gets new trains, a new track, and new scenes when it reopens in 2014. Interactive elements will also make waiting in line more bearable.

New for 2013:

  • New Fantasyland Theatre show, Fantasy Faire, and Limited Time Magic
    There will be a new stage production debuting in the summer at the Fantasyland Theatre. At the new Fantasy Faire opening in the spring, you can greet and meet Disney princesses. There will be special events throughout 2013, known as Limited Time Magic.

Disney's HalloweenTime
Info about the resort's Halloween events.

Christmas and the Holidays at Disneyland
Info about the resort's holiday events.

Best Rides

The Best of Disneyland
Top picks for attractions at Disneyland (and Disney California Adventure).

Official Site

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