Disneyland provides live entertainment throughout the park. Disneyland Park consists of eight themed "lands" and a number of concealed backstage areas, and occupies approximately 85 acres. Most of the mentioned entertainment is not offered daily, but only on selected days of the week, or selected periods of the year. Every year in October, Disneyland has a Halloween promotion. During this promotion, or as Disneyland calls it a "party", areas in the park are decorated in a Halloween theme.
Walt Disney knew how to design a magical atmosphere, and I’m in awe of his vision. Its because we give them our undivided attention, they get to eat sugary treats, everything at Disneyland is spotless, many of their favorite characters come to life before their very eyes, or they’re plain ol’ thrill seekers.
Everywhere you go, music is subtly (and not-so subtly) piped in to make the experience more immersive. Disney has it figured out! I can’t even look at this picture of the tea cups without singing the Mad Hatter’s theme song in my head. As I returned to real life, when done well, I marveled at how nice it is when music plays a background role in an experience.
One of the best parts of our hidden Mickey hunt is that it kept my kids’ minds occupied on long walks between rides and while waiting in line. Hidden Mickeys started out as a private joke amongst Disney’s Imagineers who would secretly place the Mickey symbol around the park.
The design of the entire park and the rides themselves are laden with imagination. There are so many rich opportunities to introduce children to the worlds of art and engineering through the clever and immersive Disney experiences.
Celebrate the heyday of California beachfront boardwalks at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Step back in time at this old-fashioned yet modern hotel—home to a variety of dining, shopping and recreation opportunities—and ride a wave of relaxation from your charming seaside-themed room all the way up to the rooftop pool for some welcome fun in the sun. Make a splash, cool off or catch some rays on our panoramic rooftop pool deck. The whole family can enjoy a dip in the Paradise Pool or a fast-paced, twisting plunge down the California Streamin’ waterslide. Young ones can make a splash in the Children’s Pool, while adults in need of a little rest and relaxation can lounge in the Paradise Spa whirlpool.
The Disneyland Hotel was originally opened shortly after the park in 1955 (back then, the name was licensed, but it wasn’t actually run by Walt Disney) and the sense of history is still evident, despite many renovations. (None of the existing buildings date back to hotel opening anymore- those have all been demolished). During the most recent round of renovations, there was a push to really celebrate the Mid Century Modern design elements of the hotel and bring back the nostalgia of going to Disneyland during the Walt era.
Disney vacation we take, your room will feel like it was just built for you and you’re the very first person to stay there. While in some hotels you’re reminded that you’re in a hotel and that it’s merely a shared room that thousands before you and thousands after you will sleep in, Disney makes everything feel fresh and personal. I did a quick Google search and couldn’t come up with the term (if you know it, leave it in the Comments below) but there’s a Disney corporate initiative that I believe is called “Project Main Street.”
Both Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park are bursting with exciting attractions featuring many of your favorite Disney and Disney·Pixar Characters.
See Disney Characters in action! Both Parks feature fantastic parades, shows and spectaculars featuring appearances by Disney Characters. Check the Entertainment Schedule for show times.
Visit the Downtown Disney District, a lively promenade featuring unique shopping and dining, as well as exciting nighttime entertainment. Located just outside the Parks and adjacent to the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, the Downtown Disney District offers something for everyone from early morning until late night, all without an admission fee. The Downtown Disney District features open-air cafés, lively entertainment, nightclubs and a movie theatre.
Buena Vista Street let's you experience the vintage Los Angeles that Walt Disney discovered when he arrived in 1923. Stroll past charming interpretations of historic buildings — complete with Art Deco storefronts, Spanish-tile roofs, wrought-iron balconies, hand-laid tile mosaics and shade trees. Ride the Red Car Trolley, sip a coffee at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café or enjoy an elegant meal at Carthay Circle Restaurant.
As Halloween Time falls upon the Disneyland Resort, Oogie Boogie has risen from the shadows to take over Disney California Adventure Park.
Big Thunder Mountain a rollercoaster themed as a runaway mine train on a ride through the barren landscape of the Old West. Thanks to its location on an island in Frontierland (the queue is in Frontierland and travel underwater on the ride to get to the island) and some extra details throughout the queue and attraction, this is the best version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This received a huge refurbishment ahead of the 25th Anniversary, and is now looking better than ever. Don’t do it first thing–get a FastPass for it.
Walk-through interactive hedge maze based on Alice in Wonderland with some cool scenes and the Queen of Hearts’ Castle at the end. This is a fun area to explore, and there are neat things to see and photo ops along the way. The view of Fantasyland from Queen of Hearts’ Castle at the end is the highlight (and can be accessed without going through the maze, just enter through the exit of the attraction).
Planning on heading over to ‘The Land Of Smiles’? With a shocking outline and a skyline created from impressive palaces, did you recognize that the word ‘France’ suggests that ‘land of the free’? Here’s a bucket list of experiences that you simply} just have to be compelled to have whereas visiting France! These experiences can leave you in awe of the state.
Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day, the days around MLK Day and the days of Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend)
Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
The first few days in March
April and weekdays the second half of April
Weekdays in May
Mondays through Thursdays the last two weeks of August
Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended. Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print. Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation. Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
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