Disneyland is a major resort located within the heart of Anaheim, California. Having opened its doors nearly 60 years ago, it is easily one of the most famous attractions within the United States (if not the entire world). Borne from the fertile mind of Walt Disney himself, visitors of all ages can expect to enjoy what can only be called a host of truly unforgettable experiences.
The Best Time to Visit Disneyland
Thankfully, the climate within Anaheim is quite agreeable. It is characterized by warm summers and cool (but not frigid) winters. This enables visitors to arrive during any time of the year. However, it is best to keep in mind that the majority of tourists will arrive between June and August and for the holidays. For those who are looking for cheaper airfare and accommodations, it is a good idea to instead arrive at Disneyland in the autumn or the early spring.
Anaheim is relatively close to Los Angeles, so most will choose to use Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This is actually one of the largest transportation hubs in the world. The average flight time between New York City and Los Angeles is approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes (assuming for a non-stop journey). Some of the predominant carriers include Virgin America, American Airlines, US Airways, Delta and Jet Blue. It is worth noting that some airports will serve more local areas around Anaheim. These include John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB).
It is first necessary to decide whether one wishes to stay at on-site accommodations or chooses a hotel outside of the Disneyland park. The three hotels which are located within the complex are Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. There are a number of what are known as Good Neighbor Hotels outside of the complex. These offer special rates for those who have tickets to Disneyland and may be significantly cheaper than other properties. Still, smaller boutiques can be found throughout Anaheim and nearby Garden Grove.
Top Things to do in Disneyland
As may already be guessed, there are nearly countless activities to enjoy at Disneyland. Let us take a look at a few popular options.
There is a truly massive retail outlet within the resort known as Downtown Disney. This is the go-to location for a wide selection memorabilia and gift items. It is the second-largest Disney store in the world after that which is found at Walt Disney World. While many stores will obviously cater to this brand, there are additional boutiques and well-known franchises to be enjoyed. A few of the most popular include Compass Books, Lego Imagination Center, Fossil and a store for collectors known as Disney Vault 28.
A large theme park located within Disneyland is known as Paradise Pier. For those who enjoy fun and exciting rides, this is certainly a spot to experience. Roller coasters abound including California Screamin’ (0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds), a sea-themed carousel, a ride dedicated to the popular film Toy Story and a Mickey Mouse-inspired Ferris wheel that is equipped with swinging gondolas are all offered here. A great family destination is known simply as the World of Color. This is a water fountain slightly larger than a football field which displays nightly shows. Colored streams of water are combined with music and three-dimensional images to create a truly unforgettable visual experience.
Adventureland is another attraction that is perfectly suited for the entire family while adults can enjoy the thrills and chills along the way. As the name hints, guests can expect nothing less than theme-based excitement here. There are a few different areas to visit. The Enchanted Tiki Room uses animatronics to create singing birds, flowers, and even gods and goddesses. Some prefer a jungle river ride that will take them through the heart of Africa, Asia and South America. A final exhibit not to be missed is the Indiana Jones Adventure; a fast-paced tour that mimics the adventures of the fictional archaeologist.