Disneyland FAQ

DisneylandR vacations offer an escape from the everyday. Disneyland, open since 1955, is a place of magic, fueled by imagination and innovation. With two parks and three resort hotels, Disneyland is a destination designed to delight all ages.

The parks: Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park has eight themed areas. Guests enter via Main Street U.S.A., stepping into yesteryear before posing for pictures at the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. After checking out Sleeping Beauty's Castle, head to Adventureland to ride the Jungle Cruise and enjoy a show in the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Teens may enjoy the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square and Fantasyland's thrilling Matterhorn Bobsleds, the tallest ride in the park at 147 feet tall. The youngest guests will enjoy Mickey's Toontown, one of the best places in the park to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Critter Country is home to Splash Mountain and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Frontierland has the roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, while the indoor thrill ride Space Mountain is in Tomorrowland.

The FASTPASS system

To avoid long lines at popular attractions, use the FASTPASSR system. Introduced in 1999, FASTPASS is free to all park guests. Attractions that offer FASTPASS allow guests to spend less time waiting and more time experiencing Disney magic. Each attraction offering FASTPASS has a marquee with two clocks. One clock features the normal line wait time and the other clock features the time to return if you opt for FASTPASS. Insert your park admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine to receive a FASTPASS ticket. This ticket will tell the time to return to enjoy the attraction without having to wait in a long line.

Not all rides and attractions have FASTPASS. For a complete list, visit the Disney FASTPASS information page. It lists FASTPASS rides in Disneyland Park and California Adventure.

The parks: Disney California Adventure Park

Disney California Adventure Park also features eight unique areas. Begin your visit at Buena Vista Street with a ride on the Red Car Trolley followed by a meal at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. Condor Flats is where you can find Soarin' Over California while Hollywood Land has the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The Tower of Terror has height restrictions and may not be as kid-friendly as Aladdin on stage or the hilarious Muppet*Vision3D experience. Kids of all ages can view the world through a bug's eye in "A Bug's Land." Try the Grizzly River Run in Grizzly Peak-it's a rollicking water ride adventure for the whole family. Paradise Pier has Toy Story Mania! and is home to Worlds of Color, the nighttime light and dancing fountain show.

The resort hotels

Disneyland has three resort hotels, the Grand Californian and Spa, the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier. Each offers deluxe Disney accommodations with themed pools and multiple dining options, including the opportunity to eat a meal with favorite Disney characters. Staying at one of the Disney hotels puts you in the heart of the magic. You can select various vacation packages to suit your budget, including multiple-day park passes and the Disney Dining Plan. Call 714-956-6425 for Disney package and hotel reservations. Disney accommodates guests with special needs including disabilities or special dietary restrictions. Reservations specialists can help arrange special occasion celebrations as well.

Quick tips

  • Purses, diaper bags, backpacks and other bags are inspected before guests can enter the parks. The parks also have rentable lockers for storage.
  • Strollers are allowed and are available to rent.
  • All Disney parks are family-friendly so attire must be as well. Dress comfortably and wear shoes for walking.
  • In case of rain or other inclement weather, don't despair. Most park attractions and shows continue to run. If you are in Disneyland Park and need to know which attractions are closed, visit City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. In Disney California Adventure, visit Guest Relations.
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