Disneyland Resort houses two theme parks: the iconic Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. California Adventure is the newer park and contains attractions such as Hollywoodland and Paradise 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, Splash Mountain, and many other heart-pumping rides. Disneyland Park is known for its eight sections: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Mickey's Toontown, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country. In California Adventure Park, travelers can visit seven distinct areas: Buena Vista Street, Pixar Pier (formerly Paradise Pier), Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, Hollywoodland, A Bug’s Land, 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 who want to avoid the stress of traffic and parking at Disneyland can opt for an admission package that includes transportation from Los Angeles, while those looking to save time can choose VIP options such as FASTPASS, MaxPass, and Magic Morning tickets, which include early entrance or skip-the-line privileges. Guided tours are also available for travelers who want to explore park highlights with a tour guide instead of navigating on their own.
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, located within walking distance of Disneyland and California Adventure. 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.