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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 magical day in 1955, more than 700 million visitors have put on the mouse ears and passed through archways. Disneyland park is always evolving today encompassing 85 acres and featuring more than 60 rides and attractions spread out over eight distinctly different lands. Five of the eight lands have been here since opening day.
LANDS and the year they opened: Main Street U.S.A - 1955, Adventureland - 1955, Fantasyland - 1955, Tomorrowland - 1955, Frontierland - 1955, Mickey's Toontown - 1993, Critter Country - 1972, New Orleans Square - 1966.have donned the mouse ears making Disneyland Resort one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
Walt's wonderful opening day dedication is well known, but we wanted to post it to give respect to an amazing man.
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.”
Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California approximately 30 miles south of Los Angeles and about 100 miles north of San Diego.The Santa Ana (5) freeway is the easiest way to get there as the Ball Road off-ramp takes you directly into the Mickeandnf Friends Parking lot, Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Resort & Spa, Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney. You can also get there from the San Diego Freeway (405). Exit Harbor Blvd from the northbound or southbound freeway. Travel east about ten miles to Katella Ave and turn left to Disneyland Drive then turn right and follow the signs. If you're staying at one of the hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center, turn on to Convention Way from Harbor Blvd., just west of Katella Ave. Be careful as Convention Way is easy to miss.
If you're staying at one the Disneyland area hotels, the majority are located on Harbor Blvd, Katella Ave. and Haster St. All have ample parking and park shuttles. There is a 7 Eleven on the corner of Harbor Blvd. and Katella Ave, walking distance from any Disney area hotel.
The magic lands and public areas of Disneyland occupy 85 acres.
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).
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 .
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.
When Disneyland opened, Anaheim had just five hotels and two motels with a total of 87 rooms. Today, Anaheim boasts approximately 150 hotels and motels with more than 20,000 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
The Disneyland Resort workforce includes approximately 28,500 cast members.
MAIN STREET U.S.A.
Every small town across America has a main street. A place where people come together to chat, let the kids play, shop, dine or just sip a cup of coffee on the veranda of the local cafe and watch the world go by. It's this reassuring charm that inspired Walt to create Disneyland's beloved Main Street U.S.A. Designed after his own hometown of Marceline, Missouri, Main Street U.S.A. embodies all that is good about turn of the century America.
Walt Disney arrived by train from Chicago with his family in April 1906 when Walt was just four years old. While the family only spent five years in Marceline, Walt forever considered Marceline his hometown ultimately becoming the inspiration for Disneyland's Main Stree U.S.A.
One my favorite lands. As a kid entering Adventureland, I always felt I was truly leaving today's world entering another where adventure, a kids calling card, reigns supreme. First stop is, of course, the Adventureland Bazaar to pick up some tools of the trade ie: an Indie hat, and a sword. Next is a quick trip up Tarzan's Treehouse. There are no elevators in Tarzan's world so be prepared to do some climbing up the stairways. After a quick scan of the terrain from the top floor look-out for Pirates, it's off to Frontierland and Tom Sawyers Island for a day of exploring caves, rocks, and woods. Of course, there's a lot more to see in Adventureland like Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones Adventure, as well as great shops, and restaurants like Bengal Barbeque and River Belle Terrace. Adventureland is a Disneyland original land that has remained relatively unchanged since its early days.
Harkin back to the wild west days of small Mississippi river-front towns where, gamblers, gentleman, ladies of style book passage on the Mark Twain Riverboat or Sailing Ship Columbia to the hot, dusty desert streets of western townships of late 1800's where cowboys roam the streets. Watch out for the sudden outbreak of a gun fight by two, or three scallywags and the local sheriff. You know who always wins, the good guys of course!
A robust panorama of America’s pioneer past, from the bustling riverfronts 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
Experience the soul of the deep American south as it looked in the mid-1800's. Stroll quaint cobblestone streets, colorful canopies and charming shops and restaurants of old New Orleans. Take the afternoon off for lunch at the French Market or Cafe Orleans. For a special treat, make dinner reservations at the Blue Bayou for some tasty Cajun cuisine while watching the boats from the Pirates of the Caribbean as they gently float by your table. As the French founded New Orleans, French cultural influences are at the heart of New Orleans Square. In fact, Imagineer Ken Andreson early sketches were conceived from 19th-century plantations of early New Orleans.
Tucked away deep in the backwoods of the south is a land both young and old will love. "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, my, oh, my, what a wonderful day." You know the song from the movie "Song of the South." Critter Country is the home of Splash Mountain, a flume dark ride based on the story of Brer Fox, and his bear-partner Brer Bear and their pursuit of the wily Brer Rabbit. You'll board a hollowed out log that floats along a lazy river twisting and turning through the woodland swamp climbing to the top of Chickapin Hill. The grand finale is a steep plunge from the top of Splash Mountain down five-stories landing you, and the rest of your critter crew smack-dab in the middle of the briar patch. Deeper in the woods is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a meet and greet location where your little pooh bears can meet Winnie, Tigger, and Eeyore along with other characters who may make an appearance. Check with a Cast Member for appearance times before you make the long walk.
Fantasyland was I feel Walt's favorite land. Fantasyland was after all the first physical home for Walt's beloved characters including Dumbo, Peter Pan, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland. Afterall, Walt envisioned his park as a real-life home for Disney characters complete with character-themed rides, souvenirs, and dining combined with old world charm and timeless beauty.
Mickey's Toontown came later in the Disneyland story. Opened in 1998, Mickey's Toontown brings Disney cartoon town from the 1930's to life complete with a Cityhall, Post Office, Fire Station, public trolly. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy all live in Toontown. Your little ones are welcome to visit any of Toontown's celebrity residents with scheduled appearances by Micky and Minnie themselves in their houses. Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin brings to life the wacky world of Roger Rabbit based on the mover Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Guests board a cartoon taxi named Lenny. You and Lenny set out to explore Toontown's back alleys when you stumble upon Doom’s underworld hideout where "DIP," a dreadful blend of acetone, benzene and turpentine is being stored. Dip, the secret weapon of the Toon Patrol, is part of an evil plan to wipe out all the toons in Toontown.
Tomorrowland is the land for things future. Disney Imagineers are masters at creating space-age shapes, and colors to give you the feeling you have stepped into another world. Entering from Main Street U.S.A., Astro Orbiter is the first stop. A family ride even Dad can ride, Astro Orbitor is a beautiful combination of light, color, and shapes themed after rockets from the era of Jules Verne. Astro Orbitors move up and down and travel in a circular direction around a center structure comprised of planets and satellites.
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