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Disneyland Park, formerly Disneyland, opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California, and is the only Disney property that was spearheaded and designed by founder Walt Disney. The park embodies Disney’s vision of a family-friendly fantasy world that welcomes children and adults alike who seek to escape into the lives and lands of their favorite Disney characters during what many have described as a once in a lifetime vacation opportunity. welcome to one of the most popular tourisrt destinations in California.
Disneyland Park is comprised of eight individual themed lands, including Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Mickey’s Toontown. While guests may not be able to visit all of the themed parks during one stay, many try to ensure that the most popular attractions are covered on their itineraries. The Sleeping Beauty Castle, for example, which is a walk-through exhibit styled in part after the Notre Dame cathedral, is a must-see feature for many guests because of its status as an iconic Disney logo symbol. The Haunted Mansion of New Orleans Square, the darkened indoor rides of Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland Space Mountain are also among some of the park's most often visited attractions.
The park maintains an ongoing schedule of events and entertainment particular to each themed section throughout the year. Along with special holiday shows, Disneyland Park also features stage shows and live performances regularly. Fantasmic!, Fantasy Faire, evening firework displays and regular parades are just a sampling of some of the park’s events that offer laser light shows, Disney character actors, and singing and musical ensembles. Adults may also enjoy the performances hosted by the House of Blues Stage or Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. Finally, the park’s World of Color display is a newer nighttime tradition that utilizes lasers, fog, pyrotechnics and over 1,200 fountains to project Disney images and themes onto a mist screen high above the crowd. definitely, one the best places to visit in the entire region!
Lodging and Accommodations
While guests may wish to stay outside of the park during their stay, several options are also available on park grounds. The Disney Grand Californian Hotel and Spa offers classic luxury accommodations, while the Disneyland Hotel offers a more modern upscale experience. For those seeking a more family-oriented lodging during their stay, the Paradise Pier Hotel offers breakfast with Disney characters, a rooftop pool with excellent views of nightly fireworks, and a beachfront theme. The park also maintains special relationships with Good Neighbor hotels outside of the grounds that offer Disney guests special rates and services.
Several options are available for guests seeking tickets and reservations within a variety of budget ranges, including single ticket purchases, annual park passes, hotel and ticket packages, group rates, multiple-park passes, and prepaid meal plans. Residents of California may also wish to take advantage of the special offers that are available to locals. Parking fees do apply, as well as applicable taxes. Reservations and tickets can be obtained online or via a phone call placed to Guest Information and Ticket Sales at 714-781-4565.
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