"To all that come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." - Walter Elias Disney, July 17, 1955
These words will forever live in the hearts of millions, who travel from the corners of the globe, to visit a tiny 300-acre plot of land that transforms dreams in to reality for all who "leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy." This "tiny 300-acre plot of land" is best known as the Disneyland Resort where guests can experience Walt Disney's original Disneyland, explore the wonders of the Golden State in Disney's California Adventure, or live it up in the Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment complex. Guests also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Disneyland experience and relax at one of the three official Disneyland Resort Hotels or stay at one of the many local hotels around the Resort.
Disneyland Park is one of the world's most famous landmarks. Walt's "Dreamers and Doers" built this magical place on nostalgia of the past, the beauty of the present, the wonders of the future, and the revelry of fantasy. Walt's intimate involvement with the creation of this one of a kind theme park is evident at every turn and though it may have relatives in Florida, Paris and Tokyo, Disneyland is surrounded by the magic of his touch. Many attractions are found only here, and Guests gain a sense that the park was finished by its creator and not by his successors. Disneyland has been cherished for decades and will be cherished for decades to come.
Disney's California Adventure
Disney's California Adventure is the newest Disneyland Resort theme park featuring 55-acres of fun in the sun, historical-California style. Originally destined to become the West Coast version of EPCOT from Walt Disney World, this second gate signals the first major renovation at the Disneyland Resort since Disneyland Park first opened in 1955. Disney's California Adventure celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Golden State, from its beachfront boardwalks to the amazing splendor of its natural surroundings, but displays the state as it was seen in the 1920's when Walt Disney arrived and made it his home.. The park itself from design to atmosphere recreates the kinetic and lively culture that is California through the eyes of an early Walt Disney, intent on creating a story that would make history.
Downtown Disney includes a large array of shops, restaurants and entertainment, including jazz clubs, an ESPN Zone, and The Rainforest Café. This open-to-the-public shopping experience mirrors that of Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World, but with a classic Disneyland twist. Guests will find this complex a great getaway for a night on the town or as an entertaining supplement to the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks.
Resort and Local Hotels
The Anaheim Resort district is surrounded by a myriad of accommodations, from small local motels to the Marriott, Hilton, or one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels. Guests can choose to stay in Disney's California Adventure at the Grand Californian Hotel, overlook the park at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, or decide to stay at the original Disneyland Hotel. Whatever the budget the Anaheim Resort offers an option.
When Guests are planning a trip to The Disneyland Resort, they often have a plethora of seemingly simple questions that can be very hard to answer: "When should I ride this attraction?" "How can I avoid the crowds?" "I've heard holiday periods, and the summertime are the most crowded. Is this true?" And not to forget the most important: "Where are the BATHROOMS!?!?" The Disneyland Resort Guide has been designed to help answer those tricky questions and to provide guests with all the additional information they might need when planning a trip to The Disneyland Resort.
Special Notice: While we make every effort to keep this guide as updated as possible, it is strongly encouraged that Guests double check all important information with official Disneyland sources. They can do this by calling The Disneyland Resort's Guest Relations Department at (714) 781-7290, or by consulting the Disneyland Today guidebook and/or California Adventure guide received each day upon entrance to the appropriate Disney theme park.