Disneyland® Resort houses two theme parks: the iconic Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park. Disney California Adventure® Park is the newer park and contains attractions such as Hollywood Land and Pixar Pier, while Disneyland® Park—Walt Disney’s original 1955 creation—is home to Space Mountain, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Haunted Mansion.
Disneyland® Resort is brimming with activities for the whole family. Young kids can enjoy attractions such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland, while adrenaline junkies can defy gravity on a number of roller coasters like Splash Mountain and many other heart-pumping rides. Disneyland® Park is known for its eight lands: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Mickey's Toontown, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country. In Disney California Adventure® Park, travelers can visit seven distinct areas: Buena Vista Street, Pixar Pier (formerly Paradise Pier), Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, Paradise Gardens Park and Cars Land.
Visitors can buy single-day, multi-day or park hopper tickets to visit one or both parks depending on their schedule and interests. Travelers looking to save time can choose VIP options such as Disney FASTPASS® Service and Magic Morning tickets, which include early entrance or skip-the-line privileges.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Disneyland® Resort is a must-see for families with kids, adrenaline junkies and movie aficionados.
- Lockers can be rented to store personal items during your visit.
- Bags are subject to security checks and screenings.
- Many rides at Disneyland® Resort are wheelchair accessible, and disability parking is available.
How to Get There
Disneyland® Resort is located in Anaheim, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Santa Monica, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of downtown LA, and 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Long Beach. LA traffic can be very heavy, so give yourself plenty of time if you plan to drive.
When to Get There
Disneyland® Resort is open daily, from morning until late evening. It’s most crowded during school holiday periods such as spring break (March and April) and the summer months. Opt for an early morning or weekday visit to avoid crowds.
Downtown Disney® District
For dining, shopping, and entertainment, head to Downtown Disney® District, located within walking distance of both theme parks. Open daily, the district’s restaurants include ESPN Zone®, La Brea Bakery® Cafe, and several other venues serving Mexican, American, Cajun and Italian fare. Popular shops include Pandora Jewelry, the LEGO® Store, and Sephora®, while a movie theater and jazz club provide entertainment.