Disney Parks & Resorts
Visit Disney Parks around the World
So you've been thinking about taking a family-friendly vacation to one of the Disney parks. It'll be lots of fun to see your kids faces light up when they get Mickey Mouse's autograph and you can relive some old memories if you visited the place as a kid. Which one should you go to? Well, every Disney Park and Resort is a winner, so you pretty much just have to choose your favorite.
Walt Disney Theme Parks
- Disneyland: The first of the Disney-themed parks located in Anaheim, California, this was built in 1955. It now includes two parks and "Downtown Disney." Famous landmarks include the original Sleeping Beauty Castle and the rides at California Adventure.
- Walt Disney World: Built in Orlando, Florida, in 1971, Walt Disney World includes the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. It is also home to the giant Cinderella's Castle. Check out the nearby Walt Disney World Resort, which features two water parks.
- Tokyo Disney Resorts: Built in 1983, this resort includes Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. It is licensed but not owned by Disney. It includes reproductions of iconic rides like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It's A Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Disneyland Paris: Located in Parisian suburb Marne-la-Vallee, this was built in 1992 and includes Disneyland Park and the movie-themed Walt Disney Studios Park.
- Hong Kong Disneyland: Opened in 2005 in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, this Disneyland is the smallest of the parks and includes Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Main Street U.S.A.
Catch Some Disney Fireworks
If you get a chance, be sure to catch a fireworks display at a Disney park. Here's one from 2011, in which they celebrated the 40th anniversary of some of their iconic parks and resorts.
- Plan ahead. By booking your hotel room and flight in advance, you can avoid quite a bit of hassle and be more sure of getting your slot when your departure date arrives. Some Disney-area restaurants also take reservations up to a year in advance. You can even save some money by taking advantage of early-bird specials.
- Start packing early. By starting your packing routine a week in advance, you can avoid the last-minute rush and reduce your risk of forgetting some essential small item. You should also consider leaving the house a little earlier than you think you need to so you can get to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight.
- Don't be afraid to be spontaneous. So your child has spotted some ride or show you've never heard of and wants to check it out. It might be a new one or just some minor one that hasn't hit the brochures. Why not take a look?
- Keep track of your valuables! This is a serious one. Just you're on vacation and feeling relaxed you still need to be careful and take sensible precautions. Take particular care of your passport and other travel documents and tickets which are difficult to replace. Consider leaving nonessentials at home and keeping valuables you don't need on any given day secured in your hotel room and in the hotel safe if possible.
- Relax and enjoy your vacation. Be sure to get lots of pictures so you can show everybody what a good time you had.
Have Fun with Disney Vacations
Disney is best known for providing innocent fun for kids and producing classics like Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Be sure to check them out for several themes like the retro-futuristic EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), the nature-themed Animal Kingdom or the exciting Adventureland. While new attractions do open on a regular basis, the theme parks are built around classics like Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Cinderella Castle, so you can still take a trip down memory lane if you are bringing your children here for the first time.