Where it all began: Disneyland California was introduced to the world on July 17, 1955 as a single park in Anaheim, California. It then significantly expanded and was renamed Disneyland Resort with the addition of Disney California Adventure Park.
Walt Disney himself said at the time; “I think what I want Disneyland to be the most of all is a happy place – a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it.” These words are the basis and values of all the parks across the globe, with this original Disneyland beginning the legacy. For those who have only been to the European and Asian resorts, brace yourselves because the US resorts are enormous in comparison, and definitely require more than one day’s visit.
Sleeping Beauty Castle stands at the centre of Disneyland California, surrounded by eight extravagantly themed lands. ‘New Orleans Square’ is a charming little district, with streets inspired by the US city in the 19th century, while ‘Critter Country’ (above) is a rustic land housing rides such as the famous (and very wet) ‘Splash Mountain’, and ‘Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes’ where visitors can paddle around the Rivers of America.
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The not-to-be-missed ride is, of course, the original ‘Space Mountain’ rollercoaster, which can be found in ‘Tomorrowland’. We also highly recommend the spectacular fireworks show (above) which happen behind the castle at night, complete with Tinkerbell flying through the air.
Great news for Starbucks fans: Disneyland California has its own unique Disney-themed Starbucks. There’s nothing more Californian than ordering a Churro Frappuccino and wandering around in flip-flops. There are also souvenir location mugs available to purchase.