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Disneyland 101

Updated on December 30, 2010

Disneyland 101

Disneyland 101. Learn all about Disneyland before you visit, including how to get in free on your birthday! Learn your way around Disneyland and about Disney dining, and other fun things to do like dress in costume and trick or treat during October. Read more...

About Disneyland

Disneyland is an huge, magical, theme park in Anaheim, California. Disneyland opened to the public on July 18, 1955 and is the only theme park to be designed, built, opened and operated by Walt Disney himself.

More than 500 million guests have visited Disneyland since it opened in 1955! In 2007, it was the second most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.

I have been to Disneyland about 10 times. It is truly a magical place. The Disney parade and fireworks show are like no other, and are a must see if you visit Disneyland. Don't forget the camera!

For additional information, visit my other Disneyland lenses, Disney Halloween Costumes and Disneyland Halloween Party AFTER you finish reading this one of course :)

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Free Admission On Your Birthday!

Celebrate your birthday with the most magical birthday gift of all - free admission on your birthday during 2009 to one of the Theme Parks of the Disneyland Resort!

We took advantage of this offer and it save us $72! It was easy to hassles registering or at the gate, no hidden charges. Great offer. They even give you a cute "Birthday Button" to wear during your visit.

How to register for a fee ticket:

Log in to your Disney account or create a new account. You must be 13 years or older. Proceed to the Free Admission on Your Birthday form and sign up.

After you register:

Disney will send you a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours, and a reminder email 2 weeks prior to your birthday.

Print the confirmation message on your confirmation email or reminder email.

Bring proper valid ID and your confirmation message to the Main Entrance ticket booths outside the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks.

Registering Less than 2 Weeks Before Your Birthday:

if you sign up less than 2 weeks before your birthday, you are still eligible to redeem your free admission to the park on your birthday. Just bring proper valid ID to the Main Entrance ticket booths and inform the Cast Member that you registered online.

Click here to register

Mickey's Trick or Treat Party

Did you know that you can dress up and trick-or-treat at Disney during certain dates in October? Wear your Halloween best to this amazing party at Disney's California Adventure Park. Treat yourselves to a night of fun with costumed Disney Characters, trick-or-treat stations, live music, entertainment and more.

Children two and under are free! (and if your birthday is in October of 2009, you can take advantage of their birthday offer and receive free admission on your birthday!)

Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party promises not-so-scary fun for the littlest trick-or-treaters as well as adults!

Experience Disney's unique spin on Halloween with Disney Characters decked out in colorful costumes, trick-or-treat stations offering both candy and healthy treats, live entertainment, and festive crafts and spooktacular activities for the whole family!

Buy your tickets now and print them at home or call (714) 781-4400.

Complimentary parking for one vehicle at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure too!

Disney Costumes For Kids

During my visits to Disneyland I noticed quite a few kids dressed in costumes. To quote one mom, "Dressing up to come to Disneyland is all part of the fun."

Disneyland Poll

Disneyland is a blast during the holidays! Its fun during Halloween and breathtaking at Christmas.

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Sections Of Disneyland

Get to know Disneyland BEFORE you go.

You enter Disneyland at Main Street U.S.A

Staight ahead of Main Street is Central Plaza, Fantasyland and Mickey's Tonntown.

To the left of Main Street is Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country and Frontierland.

To the right of Main Street is Tomorrowland.

Lockers, stroller and wheelchair rentals, picnic area, and kennel are all located are located at the front entrance to Main Street.

First aid is located on Main Street near Central Plaza.

There are at least 3 designated smoking spots, which are located in Fantasyland, New Orleans Square and Frontierland.

Guest Relations/Information is located at City Hall on the left side of Main Street.

Main Street U.S.A.

Entrance to Disneyland

Main Street attrations:

Disneyland Railroad

Main Street Cinema

Main Street Vehicles

Fire Engine

Horse-Drawn Streetcars

Horseless Carriage


Dining on Main Street:

Blue Ribbon Bakery

Carnation Cafe

Gibson Girl Ice Cream parlor

Main Street Cone Shop

Plaza Inn

Refreshment Corner

At night people line up all along Main Street to watch the Disneyland parade and spectacular fireworks show.

Fantasyland and Mickey's Toontown

Straight ahead of Main Street is Fantasyland and Mickey's Toontown


Fantasyland Attractions:

Alice in Wonderland

Casey Jr. Circus train

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Disney Princess Fantasy Faire

It's a Small world

King Arthur Carrousel

Mad tea Party

Matterhorn Bobsleds (one of the bigger rollercoasters at Disneyland)

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Peter Pan's Flight

Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough

Snow White's Scary Adventures

Storybook Land Canal Boats

Fantasyland Dining:

Village Haus Restaurant (pizza, sandwiches, hanburgers, salads)

Enchanted Cottage, Sweets and Treats (Bavarian-style sausages, desserts, drinks)

Mickey's Toontown

Mickey's Toontown Attractions:

Chip n Dale Treehouse

Disneyland Railroad

Donald's Boat

Gadget's Go Coaster

Goofy's Playhouse

Mickey's House and Meet Mickey

Minnnie's House

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Mickey's Toontown Dining:

Hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, pizza and ice cream treats.

*Mickey's Toontown and select Fantasyland attractions may close early due to Disney's fireworks show. Visit the information center for operating hours.

Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country And Frontierland

To the left of Main Street is Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country and Frontierland


Adventureland Attractions:

Enchanted Tiki room

Indiana Jones Adventure

Jungle Cruise

Tarzan's Treehouse

Adventureland Dining:

Bengal Barbecue

Tiki Juice Bar

New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square Attractions:

Disneyland Railroad

haunted Mansion

Pirates of the Caribbean

New Orleans Square Dining:

Blue Bayou Restaurant (table service seafood, chicken, beef)

French Market Restaurant

Cafe Orleans (table service lunch and dinner)

Royal Street Veranda (chowder and gumbo in bread boules, specialty coffees)

Critter Country

Critter Country Attractions:

Splash Mountain (you will get wet!)

Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Critter Country Dining:

harbour Gallery (soups, salads, drinks)

hungry Bear Restaurant (burgers, chicken, salads


Frontierland Attractions:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Frontierland Shootin Exposition

Mark Twain Riverboat

Sailing Ship Columbia

Big Thunder Ranch

The Golden Horseshoe Stage

Frontierland Dining:

The Golden Horseshoe (chicken, fish, chili, ice cream specialties)

Stage Door Cafe (chicken, fish and mozzarella strips)

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante (Costena Grill specialties)

River Belle Terrace (carved to order sandwiches

Celebration Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch (entertainment and all yu can eat barbecue chicken and fibs with all the fixins, served family style)


Located to the right of Main Street U.S.A.

Attractions in Tomorrowland:

Astro Orbitor

Autopia (cars on tracks)

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Disneyland Monorail

Disneyland Railroad

finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Honey, I Shrunk The Audience

Innoventions (the House of Tomorrow)

Space Mountain


Star Tours ** one of my favorites.

Dining in Tomorrowland:

Redd Rockett's Pizza Port

The Spirit of Refreshment

Tomorrowland Terrace

Don't Forget The Camera!

These are special memories you'll want to capture forever! Don't forget your camera!

The Disneyland Fireworks Spectacular - Breathtaking!

Disneyland has one of the most magical, spectacular, fireworks show I've ever seen!

The fireworks start around 9:15. So grab some cotton candy and popcorn, pick a comfy spot on Main Street...and enjoy one of the greatest fireworks show ever!

I've been to Disneyland several times...but this last time I happened to be on the Disneyland train during the fireworks show, which happened to stop right next to where the fireworks were going off. To say that we had front row seats is an understatement! It was the loudest noise I've ever heard and one of the most amazing displays of lights that I've ever seen! I recommend seeing the show from Main Street if you dont want to blow your ears The fireworks go off near Toontown but you can see the show from just about any location in the park. (Toontown is closed during the show)

This is a must see for people of all ages!

Spanning the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 50 years ago to the present, this fascinating book profiles 500 attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people from the history of Disneyland. Each of the main entries in the book examines in detail the history of a Disneyland landmark, including how many of the most popular attractions went through several incarnations before becoming what they are today.Read about unbuilt concepts, including Rock Candy Mountain and Chinatown, and delight in fascinating trivia about the park, such as ride statistics and attendance records. With a daily list of events, openings, and closings in the park's history, a yearly summary of attractions that came and went, simple and clear maps that correspond to the book's 500 entries, and sidebars with additional information on each ride, this is a comprehensive and entertaining book overflowing with detail on the most-renovated, most-loved, and most-visited theme park in the world.

Don't Forget Your Sunscreen!

Disneyland is locate in southern California where the weather is hot and sunny for the majority of the year. Don't forget your sunscreen!'re going to need it.

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Thanks For Visiting! See You At Disneyland!

Thanks For Visiting! See You At Disneyland!
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      6 years ago

      In less than two weeks we will be in Disneyland! Yipppeeee, the kids can't wait and neither can I. In the meantime I will be adding you to my L.A lens with more Disney news when we return.

    • Paris365days profile image


      6 years ago

      I was in Disneyland but in Paris 3 times with my wife - it was amazing. we felt ourself like children! Magical place .

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens with lots of useful information compiled into this single location.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great info!!! We just returned 3 days ago, so I am missing Disneyland!!!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, WeddingZazzle. Entertaining and fun. Thanks!

    • tiff0315 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens! I thoroughly enjoyed it

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      7 years ago

      wonderful lens...but disney-land is for the nearer-future uneffordable for a family of seven...

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      8 years ago

      Went to Orlando Disney World once. The weather was kind of cold so it wasn't that great. But still love the memories.

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      8 years ago

      i want to come there :(

    • jdeeze profile image


      8 years ago

      Great 5 star lens. Perfect!

    • cruzwriter profile image


      8 years ago

      I love Disney! I'm a bit of a Disney freak actually... and Disneyland is my favorite. Classic, Vintage, and made by the Walt himself. Thanks for this!

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      9 years ago

      Great Disney lens! Have lensrolled it to mine 5*s

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Nice work!

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      DAnnieB LM 

      9 years ago

      another nicely done lens by you!!! good work :)

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      9 years ago

      Nice, informative and very well done lens.Dom.


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