Disneyland Resort is
a theme park located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original
Disneyland which opened in 1955 and a favorite among visitors to Southern
California from all over the world. It has since been joined by a sister
park, Disney California Adventure in 2001, which is a stylized recreation
and celebration of California's rich history and culture.
The Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks, three
hotels, and a shopping and entertainment district. Each park is has
it's own theme. Downtown Disney is the shopping and entertainment district
located at the western end of the the entry plaza. There are many different
vacation rentals, restaurants and shops within a close distance
of the park's main entrance within Anaheim.
Disneyland's rides are generally considered classic well-themed dark
rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, with the occasional thrill
ride such as Space Mountain, while California Adventure's rides are
more thrill-oriented (California Screamin') with some family-style
rides like Soarin' Over California. The "Cast Members" or Disney's
employees scatters around the parks are widely known to be very friendly
Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in the world with 15.9
million visitors in 2009 and second only to Disney
World in Central Florida. The parks can be fairly crowded, especially
during the weekends, summer and winter holidays, however if you visit
in the late winter or early spring off-season or during weekdays, lines
can be short. Disney California Adventure has fewer attractions but still
has long lines, although not as long as Disneyland's attractions.
Eating outside the parks is quite possible due to the close vicinity
of several restaurants to the park and the benefit of hand-stamp and
re--entry. Stick to just snacks and maybe one meal in the park, and
you can save some cash.