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Disneyland has been at the center of Southern California family entertainment for 62 years. Prior to the opening of Disneyland, Orange County was just the sleepy cousin of Los Angeles to the north where orange groves and dairies were the dominant industries. Traveling in from the north or south you know you've arrived when you see the familiar sight of the majestic Matterhorn peeking above the skyline.
Since that glorious opening day in 1955 more than 700 million visitors have donned the mouse ears putting Orange County on the world map.
Dedication read by Walt Disney – July 17, 1955
“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.”
“The Happiest Place on Earth,” is located approximately 27 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Its hometown is Anaheim, California.
The magic lands and public areas of Disneyland occupy 85 acres. Guest parking for approximately 10,000 vehicles is available in the Mickey & Friends parking structure, which opened June 27, 2000. At that time, it was the largest parking structure in North America.
Lands: The magic of Disneyland comes to life in eight themed lands:
MAIN STREET, U.S.A.
"Main Street, U.S.A. is America at the turn of the [20th] century – the crossroads of an era, the gas lamps and the electric lamp – the horse-drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s hometown . . . the heart line of America." Walt Disney
Walt designed Main Street U.S.A. after the main street in Marceline, Missouri where he lived from the age 4 to 8 when the Disney family moved to Kansas City. Despite living in Marceline for only four years, Walt always considered it his true hometown. He loved the charm and innocence of the small town main street. Now, more than 62 years old, Main Street U.S.A. has seen generations of Disney visitors stroll its quaint sidewalks.
Here contemporary life gives way to the quaint and reassuring charms of turn-of-the-century America. It is the essence of hometown life that greeted the dawn of the 20th century.
This realm of exploration is a collage of the world’s far-off places and uncharted regions. Would-be explorers can discover the tropical magic of Polynesia (Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room), the wilds of Africa (Tarzan’s Treehouse), the exotic rivers of the world (Jungle Cruise) and the steamy jungles of India (Indiana Jones Adventure).
A robust panorama of America’s pioneer past, from the bustling riverfront of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers of the late 1700s (Columbia Sailing Ship, Mark Twain Riverboat, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island) to the dusty southwest deserts of the 1880s (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Golden Horseshoe Stage).
NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
The Paris of the American frontier, the Crescent City as it was more than 150 years ago. Within its winding streets and quaint shops, elegance and charm mingle comfortably with Dixieland jazz, restless spirits (Haunted Mansion) and marauding buccaneers (Pirates of the Caribbean).
Things are “mighty satisfactual” in this shady glen, nestled in a lazy corner of the backwoods. Guests visiting this bend of the river can find their very own “Laughing Place” (Splash Mountain) as they witness the “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” antics of Brer Fox and Brer Bear as they try to outwit wily Brer Rabbit. Also residing in this land are Pooh and his many friends in the Hundred Acre Wood (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh).
Enchanted tales of childhood adapted from classic Disney animated films come to life in this timeless realm of imagination. Within this magical Old World setting, guests can fly to Never Land (Peter Pan’s Flight), see an elephant fly (Dumbo the Flying Elephant), navigate an out-of-control motor car (Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride) or attend a mad tea party (Alice in Wonderland).
Bursting with color and frenetic energy, this “town” is a 1930s Disney cartoon come to wacky life. From the bustle of downtown (Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin) to the charm of its residential neighborhood (Mickey’s House, Donald’s Boat, Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse), this civic hub is a slice of “real” life.
STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge encompasses 14 acres and is the largest land expansion in Disneylands sixty-five year history. The new land from Far, Far Away is set on the remote trading outpost of BATUU where guests co-mingle with alien space creatures, roaming bots, friendly droids, and members of the Federation's Resistance.
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge has two main attractions. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run where your flight crew engages with a squadron of Tie Fighters sent by the Empire Imperial Command in an epic space battle you command.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance where the First Order, desperate to crush a growing Resistance, dispatches a First Order Star Destroyer to capture you, and a transport full of other Resesitant supporters.
Now, what do we do?. Fear not, a covert team of Resistance fighters are dispatched to offer cover, giving you a chance to escape and helping the Resistance grow.
George Lucas created the mega-blockbuster Star Wars story and was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. When Mr. Lucas retired in 2012, he sold Lucasfilm to the Walt Disney Company.
Star Wars encompasses ten feature films (with an 11th out by the end of 2019), many television series and a transport full of video games and other forms of entertainment.
This intriguing realm of imagination, discovery, and wonder features a landscape of whirling spaceships (Astro Orbiter), zooming rocket vehicles (Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Space Mountain) and racing roadsters (Autopia).
Hours: Disneyland is open 365 days a year and offers extended operating hours during holiday periods and summer months. To verify hours, please call (714) 781-4565. The most current information for hours and vacation offers is available at www.disneyland.com.
Attractions: Disneyland Park opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions. Today, there are more than 60 adventures and attractions.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1959. It set the standard for modern-day roller-coaster design.
Disneyland Park created the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. It opened June 14, 1959.
Disneyland began celebrating seasonal holidays in 1997 with the re-theming of “it’s a small world” as “it’s a small world” Holiday. This was followed by Haunted Mansion Holiday for the Halloween and Christmas seasons beginning in 2001 and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy starting in the 2009 Halloween season.
Area Lodging: When Disneyland opened, Anaheim had five hotels and two motels with a total of 87 rooms. Today, Anaheim boasts approximately 150 hotels and motels with more than 18,000 rooms
Disneyland has hosted some of the 20th and 21st century’s most prominent dignitaries, including heads of state, U.S. presidents, sports, and celebrities.figures
Work force: The Disneyland Resort work force includes approximately 28,000 cast members.