They say nothing beats the original, and I’m so lucky to have had the chance to visit the original Disneyland, on its 60th anniversary, and just in time for Halloween! Here’s my quick but memorable tour of Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California.
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As I mentioned earlier, Disneyland in Anaheim, California is the first Disneyland ever built and the only one designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It is separated into two distinct parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. They’re right across each other and it’s a tough choice if you only have a day to spend in either one. Eventually, we opted for the Disneyland Park.
Disneyland Park, like other Disneyland resorts around the world, is grouped into several themed “lands.” In Anaheim, these are Adventureland, Frontierland, Critter County, New Orleans Square, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland, and Main Street, USA. We didn’t exactly go through these lands in this order, but let me tell my story in this order. 😀
Adventureland is where you can find the prominent Tarzan’s Treehouse and Indiana Jones Adventure, among others. It has a jungle theme to it and if you have some time to spare, a Jungle Cruise.
Frontierland is the Wild West of Disneyland Park. This is actually the first land that we visited, riding first on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It is also where we had our lunch. Among the other attractions here are the Mark Twain Riverboat ride, Pirate’s Lair on Tow Sawyer Island (where the riverboat circles around of), and Splash Mountain.
New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square is themed around the old New Orleans. Among the more popular attractions here are the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.
Travel Tip: Disneyland does not have a “Front of Line” pass but they do have an equivalent “FASTPASS.” These are limited-issue tickets that allow you to skip most of the lines, but you have to avail of them at least an hour ahead of time. FASTPASS is available for the following attractions:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
- The Royal Theatre
Critter County is a small section tucked away behind Splash Mountain. It has many shops and features The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Fantasyland is something that seemed to came out from Fairy Tales. It has attractions for both young kids and adults alike, and even the prominent castle that serves as the centerpiece of each Disneyland (also known as Sleeping Beauty Castle) belongs to this land.
Mickey’s Toontown meanwhile looks like something out of a cartoon. Everything is kind of crazy, but in a cute way. We didn’t have much time to look around this land.
Finally, Tomorrowland. It’s the only place in this entire trip to get to drive and where I got to see Jedis and Storm Troopers.
Main Street, USA
Main Street, USA is the first and last place you’d see in Disneyland Park as it serves as the main thoroughfare. It is also the site where the parades are held and great spot to witness the fireworks.
At the end of the street is a rotunda fronting Sleeping Beauty Castle. At the center of this rotunda is a main statue surrounded by small statues of popular Disney characters.
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is held daily, 4:30PM on Fridays to Mondays and 4:00PM on the rest of the week and features our favorite Disney characters. It isn’t that long and it’s a great way to catch Mickey Mouse.
Paint the Night
There’s another parade at night that is even longer and more colorful than the afternoon one called Paint the Night. It is held 8:45PM and 10:45PM every Friday to Sunday, 8:45PM every Monday, and 8PM every Tuesday to Thursday.
Disneyland Forever Fireworks
Capping that magical night is the Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular. I tried my best, but none of my photos could capture the stunning fireworks that we saw. A spectacular way to end this Disneyland visit.
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I may no longer be a kid, but a visit to Disneyland is always special to me. And this time I got pretty lucky to have been able to visit the original Disneyland on its 60th anniversary and in time for Halloween. (Come to think of it, I’m pretty lucky to have visited Disneyland twice in two different locations!) One day is definitely not enough—hope to be back in the near future to see the other side of the park!
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West Coast Chronicles:
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Santa Monica Beach
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Road To Las Vegas
- Las Vegas (Day 01)
- Las Vegas (Day 02)
- Last Day in Las Vegas and Return to California
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