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Top 10 Best Reasons to Visit Disneyland

Updated on November 17, 2014

Why Visit Disneyland?

There are many great reasons to visit Disneyland, located in Orange County, California. Opened in 1955, Disneyland has been a place for young and old alike to enjoy being a kid and escaping the outside world, while engaging in all the magic Walt Disney created.

I first visited Disneyland as a child and now a year doesn't go by when I don't take my kids there. We have so many fond memories of this place. This list is in no particular order.

Disneyland castle image by Myrna Litt at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

1. Meet Disney Characters

Disneyland is a wonderful place to meet your favorite Disney characters. The best time to meet them is in the morning when the park opens. You can find them in the Main Street area. They can also be found at character dining venues such as Ariel's Grotto in California Adventure.

My personal favorite is Goofy's Kitchen located at the Disneyland Hotel. It's an all you can eat buffet served up by Goofy and friends. Lots of photo opportunities along with autograph collecting is available.

Look for Minnie and Mickey Mouse in Toontown, while Tinker Bell and friends can be found in Pixie Hollow. If hoping to meet Disney Princesses, head over to the Disney Princess Faire, located near Small World in Fantasyland. My youngest daughter loves this!

Kids can get very excited when they get to meet their favorite characters. Be sure to have a camera on hand. Also, consider getting an autograph book. I know when my kids were younger they loved getting autographs of the different Disney characters.

Captain Jack Sparrow photo by SolarSurfer at Wikimedia Commons.

Disneyland Autograph Book

Disney Mickey Mouse and Friends Spiral Autograph Book - Blue and 1 Pen
Disney Mickey Mouse and Friends Spiral Autograph Book - Blue and 1 Pen

Children have so much fun with these. They can take them around the park to get autographs of their favorite Disney characters. They can also use them if they eat at a character dining restaurant.

 

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2. Best Disneyland Rides

Disneyland has some of the best themed rides in the world. Live the life of a pirate on Pirates of the Caribbean. This ride is particularly dear to my heart because it's the first ride that each of my kids experienced when they were younger.

Ride a roller coaster in the dark on Space Mountain. Journey into outer space on Star Tours and take a trip around the world in Small World. Younger kids will have a blast in Mickey's Toontown on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. Also, be sure to check out the rides in Fantasyland where such rides await as Peter Pan's Flight.

I personally love the Indiana Jones Adventure where you enter into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, along with a park favorite, The Jungle Cruise. I also recommend the Matterhorn Bobsleds, if you enjoy roller coaster type rides. Honestly, this doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all of the wonderful rides here.

Star Tours entrance photo By SolarSurfer at Wikimedia Commons

Haunted Mansion in Disneyland

This is truly a family favorite. 999 spooks reside here. Are you ready to be the next one? Some say it's haunted for real. So, are you ready to step into your Doom Buggy? Haunted Mansion photo by Aung Myin Ko at Wikimedia Commons

Splash Mountain Ride in Disneyland

This is one of my family's favorite rides. It's based on the movie Song of the South. Watch out for the drop, though. It's a pretty big one and your picture gets taken on the way down.Splash Mountain photo by SolarSurfer at Wikimedia Commons.

Disneyland Ride Secrets

101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland: An Unauthorized Look At The Little Touches And Inside Jokes
101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland: An Unauthorized Look At The Little Touches And Inside Jokes

Want to get the behind the scene scoop on the various Disneyland rides and attractions? Check out this book filled with interesting Disneyland trivia.

 

Disneyland Tip

If you want to get an overview of the park, hop aboard the Disneyland Railroad which will take you on a grand circle tour around the park.

3. Disney's California Adventure

Disneyland isn't the only Disney theme park in California. Just across the way is California Adventure. Like Disneyland, it is divided into several different themed lands. It's come a long way since it first opened becoming a wonderful family theme park.

Take in the scenery of the Golden State with Soarin' Over California. Enjoy 3D fun with It's Tough to be a Bug. Have some wilderness fun at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. My family has spent a lot of time here.

My two personal favorite rides here are California Screamin', (my favorite roller coaster ride of all time,) and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Of course, there are many more rides and attractions geared for younger guests such as Monsters Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue and The Little Mermaid-Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

California Screamin' photo by SolarSurfer at Wikimedia Commons.

4. Disneyland Fantasmic

Join Mickey Mouse as he allows his imagination to create a night spectacular show along the Rivers of America. The show contains Disney characters, cartoons and state of the art special effects. This is a family favorite of ours.Fantasmic photo by Alfred A. Si at Wikimedia Commons.

5. Disney's World of Color

This is another wonderful nighttime spectacular Disney has to offer. It's performed at California Adventure. Here's a short clip of it.

World of Color Information

Although you can use a Fast Pass to get a seating voucher for the show, in reality, you don't actually sit. You stand. Just a heads up for those traveling with younger kids.

Disneyland Poll

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6. Disneyland Entertainment

Besides the above, there is much entertainment to be enjoyed in Disneyland. There's the musicians on Main Street and the cool sounds of New Orleans Square. Have some good old fun with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies or get some training at the Jedi Training Academy.

Parades are a must see! The highlight of the night is the spectacular Fireworks at Disneyland Park. Keep in mind, there are even more shows for your enjoyment at California Adventure.

Fireworks photo by Thomas Hawk at Wikimedia Commons.

Disney Imagineers have placed Hidden Mickeys all over the resort.

Hidden Mickeys Book

Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to the Disneyland Resort's Best-Kept Secrets
Disneyland's Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to the Disneyland Resort's Best-Kept Secrets

If you visit Disneyland, I really recommend this book. It helps you to find the various hidden Mickeys throughout the Disneyland Resort. Out whole family has had so much fun with this. It's like adding on a scavenger hunt.

 

7. Eating at Disneyland

There are numerous dining options available at Disneyland. You can find anything from fast food, to casual dining and my favorite, The Blue Bayou, which is a full service dining restaurant located by Pirates of the Caribbean. I recommend the Filet Mignon and the Isle Cruses Crab Cakes.

Of course, many other dining options await both at California Adventure and at Downtown Disney including Italian and Mexican. The photo shows just one option which is The House of Blues which features Cajon-Creole food.

House of Blues photo by Alton at Wikimedia Commons.

Disneyland Snack

If looking for a quick snack, try one of the skewers at Bengal Barbecue. Yum!

8. Disneyland Shopping

One of my favorite things to do is to shop at Disneyland. There are so many fun and unique items to buy. Being the huge Disney fan that I am, I can always find some new cool item to add to my collection.

What I love to do is to take lots of pictures each time we go, then afterwards, place some of the pictures in Disney photo frames which I display on my living room shelves.

There are many shops to explore along Main Street, although you'll find stores scattered throughout the park. You can find everything from toys, cookware, food, decorations, prints, magic tricks, music and just about anything else you can think of.

Main Street U.S.A. photo by Alfred A. Si at Wikimedia Commons

Disneyland Music CD

Disneyland Resort Official Album 2 CD Set
Disneyland Resort Official Album 2 CD Set

Enjoy the music of Disneyland anytime you want with this 2 CD collection. It's a great way to get familiar with the music beforehand and a fun way to remember your trip afterwards.

 

Disney Shopping Tip

The shops on Main Street remain open for one full hour after the park closes.

Disney Shopping Poll

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Pin Trading Tip

If you ask a cast member to trade a pin, the cast member must trade.

Disney Pin Poll

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10. Disneyland Expansion - New Cars Land

A really great thing about Disneyland is that it is always expanding and changing. This gives guests a reason to come back over and over again. Whether it's a new land, ride, show or attraction, Disneyland continues to add new thrills for guests to enjoy.

One word of caution, though. Lines for new rides and attractions can be long. I remember being in Disneyland when the Finding Nemo ride first opened. I was talking to a cast member who told me some people were waiting up to six hours in line to go on the ride!

Cars Land IImage by WriterJanis.

Disneyland Advice

If you need a break from the heat and crowds, check out Innoventions in Tomorrowland. It takes a futuristic look at the world and what we can expect in the future. This is fun for both adults and kids.

Disneyland Fun

I hope you have found my Disneyland list to be helpful. I will forever enjoy all of the family memories from here. My kids have grown up with Disney and at ages where each of them have their own interests, I feel blessed that all of them, along with my husband, always look forward to visiting "The Happiest Place on Earth."If you go, I hope you have a great time.

Castle photo by LosAngelesT at Wikimedia Commons.

What do you think is the best reason to visit Disneyland?

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      Anita Hasch 12 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi, Thanks for sharing such a super hub. What an amazing place for young and old alike. I hope the universe has a visit in store for me.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @AlanJC321: I hope you will be able to do it.

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      AlanJC321 3 years ago

      Hope I'll make enough money to take family and friends there someday. Thanks for sharing!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @yayang0405 lm: I hope you get to. It's so much fun.

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      I hope I can go there someday.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @smine27: Mine, too.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Disneyland is one of my favorite places.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @anonymous: It's such a magical place. I hope you get to go.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have never been to Disneyland before, but I'm really interested in going! It looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @boneworld: You will love it. It's so much fun.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Wow, this was great! My family and I are going this summer. This is a great list of attractions to look for.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      The Matterhorn. It was designed by my grandfather (he just turned 95 years old) and he presented it to Walt Disney. My father's family lived in Germany for awhile and he got the idea looking at the real Matterhorn in the Alps. I also love the Haunted House and the drop on Splash Mountain. I've been to Disneyland dozens of times, it's 25 miles from where I live.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Andrew4M: It's such a fun and amazing place.

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      Andrew4M 4 years ago

      I have never been to disney land, though it was fun to read this.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @katiecolette: Oh I love Disney World!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Great reasons to visit Disneyland. Haven't been to California park but have visited Disney Park in Orlando quite a few times :) Love it!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: He is quite the character.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I would like to have a word with Donald Duck! He looks like a my kind of duck:)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @joseph-sottile-16: Thank you for stopping by.

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      joseph-sottile-16 4 years ago

      Janis, this is a great site--wonderful advice and crystal clear photos! Lots of work went into it! You are very prolific. I have been busy too. Please check this site out...http://www.squidoo.com/boston-strong-again

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Yo ho Yo ho! It is such a fun ride.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @laurenrich: Thank you for such a positive response.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I hope that one day, you can experience it.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      It's just all so magical :) really hope I can visit it someday

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      tobiashk 4 years ago

      I would like to add something if I can :)This is helpful for planning your vacation to Disneyland!http://tinyurl.com/dxz9jok

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I liked the Pirates ride, of course.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is an absolutely wonderful lens. I love the pictures. It is also well written and very informative. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For me it would be the total experience since I've never been there.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @ERD1966: That's a fun ride.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @audrey07: Really? Guess I'm just a big kid at heart.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: They are so fun to meet.

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      ERD1966 4 years ago

      To spend time with the family and to go into the Haunted Mansion.

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      My son love going to Disneyland. It's fun the first two times for an adult but after going there a few times, it's kind of tiring. But for a kid, it's always exciting.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Meeting with Disney characters!!! Disneyland Fantasmic photo is awesome.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @pinoyrecipe: Kids do have a lot of fun there.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @ArtisanalFoodLo: How cool!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: Very true.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Juliusdog: It is.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @loveanime22: You would have so much fun. I love it there.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: Lucky you to live so close.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @GiftIdeas4Guys: That would be a long drive.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @GiftIdeas4Guys: That would be a long drive.

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      it's for the kid's entertainment

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      ArtisanalFoodLo 4 years ago

      Just went their for all their Christmas stuff. Soooo much fun!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      It's always fun no matter how old you are

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      Juliusdog 5 years ago

      looks very nice

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      loveanime22 5 years ago

      I want to go to disneyland someday

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I live just 20 minutes from Disneyland and all of our grandkids go there every summer. My husband and I used to go, too, but I think we have already been on every ride at least a dozen times! We love Disneyland and have many great memories of going there with our kids and grandkids.

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      GiftIdeas4Guys 5 years ago

      Maybe someday I can take the kids to DisneyLand, it's a long drive from New Hampshire though (I dont' fly).

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @kopox: You will have so much fun.

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      kopox 5 years ago

      i want to go there one day..

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I love doing anything Disney.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Rangoon House: Sounds like a good investment since she liked it so much. Disney has some really cute clothes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for such well researched information.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I don't need even one reason or excuse to visit Disneyland! It was raining and cold the last time I was there with my daughter, so it was a lovely excuse to buy a Mickey Mouse jacket which she wore and wore - I hated parting with $40 at the time, but it was the best value for number of wearings per dollar.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @GracoNautilus3-in-1CarSeat: Thanks for the compliment.

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      GracoNautilus3-in-1CarSeat 5 years ago

      Wooow...You are powerful suqidoo lens machine:)...Great lens my squidoo friend:). ZThank you 4 great share and great idea...

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: I do hope you get back soon. There have been lots of changes since you last visited.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @aesta1: How fun for you.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      I've been to Disneyland with my family only once, and hope to go there again. I love everything about Disneyland. Anyone-both children and adults have a blast at Disneyland. Everything to me is just so entertaining, from walking around all the way to shopping, and the different rides and entertainment, etc are just amazing! It's truly a HAPPYLAND for the whole family! We better save up for the next Disneyland trip...we added 4 more children since the last time we ere there, haha! Great, informative lens, my dear Janis! Love it! God bless you!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had been to Disney several times and enjoy it all the time.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: So would i!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Great reasons to visit Disneyland. Of course, I'd really love to meet Captain Jack Sparrow -- the real one!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Rankography: I know what you mean about not needing a reason to go. I'll go there anytime.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      I loved Disney as a kid and as an adult/parent. Didn't need 10 new reasons but sure enjoyed reading through your Disney lens. Blessings.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Carashops: Maybe one day you'll get to visit. Let me know if you plan to go so I can give you some tips.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: I hope you can get there. He'll have so much fun.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @MrMojo01: I agree!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @agoofyidea: I wish I was there right now.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @joannalynn lm: I hope you had a great time, especially visiting CA Adventure. It's improved so much since it first opened.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Camden1: I have so many wonderful memories from Disneyland.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      I feel sad that I haven't visited Disneyland. This is a lovely lens.

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

      I plan to bring my son visit Disneyland ever since he is 3 years old and I hope that by this year we can make a trip there :-)

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      No childhood is complete without a visit to Disneyland!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Everything! How could I pick just one? Your list was great. Disneyland is so magical I wish I could go everyday. Blessed.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      My parents started taking me to Disneyland when I was less than a year old , and I started taking my boys when my oldest was four and my youngest was 6 months old. I remember some fun times with friends. I've taken my kids every year, and they've added their girlfriends; yes, all the way from Idaho, but our family lives in San Luis Obispo, I migrated to the Northwest 21 years ago. This summer is our first year doing the two day-two park pass. I love the Magic Kingdom, so I've been reluctant to go to California Adventure, but the kids talked me into it this year. We're going July 24-25th. We have wonderful family memories of Disneyland....it's a tradition. One year we substituted Knotts Berry Farm....the kids said never again!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      To create wonderful family memories!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @UKGhostwriter: It really is.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Ajeet: You said it all!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @favored: How fun you got to go to WDW!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      The great escape!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      The best reason is that kids love it :)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Never been to Disneyland, but Disneyworld twice. The night lights are lovely and a great show.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I've been to Disneyworld but not Disneyland since I'm closer to Florida than California. Maybe someday! I enjoy the "collectibles" from both places though! Thanks for a great lens.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      All those characters coming to life, the rides, the colorful fireworks...it really is the happiest place on earth.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Love it! Went to DisneyLand 34 years ago as a kid :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Timewarp: What a sweet childhood memory.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      Disneyland is one of my happiest childhood memories :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I hope you're able to get out to see Disneyland one day. I want to go back to WDW.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @BuildABetterMouse: We have a tradition that we always get Dole Whips before going into the Tiki Room.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @SquidooColouringPages: I've been there before, too and loved it. I hope to return one day.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Joycevoice: Oh that's such a cute ride.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been to Disney World several times, but have never been to Disneyland. I sure hope to make it one day. The video of Disney's World of Color was incredible. I'd love to see that in person. I enjoyed your lens!

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      Steve and Annette 5 years ago

      I love Disneyland because it is Walt's park - there is just something sweet about it. I also love Dole Whips. And then there is Toad's Wild Ride and the Alice in Wonderland ride. So much to love.

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      SquidooColouringPages 5 years ago

      I have been to disneyland paris.Really enjoy the trip! :)

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      SquidooColouringPages 5 years ago

      I have been to disneyland paris.Really enjoy the trip! :)

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      Joycevoice 5 years ago

      My son would visit Disneyland just for the "It's a Small World" experience.

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      joannejgg lm 5 years ago

      I love the magical rides:)