Day 30 – Wondrous Disneyland

Travel Experience | | April 8, 2010 at 12:02 am


A morning pick up of sharp 7:30 am at Hilton, Woodland Hills we were waiting at the reception area enjoying the warmth inside while it was drizzling outside. Our tour guide, came in no time to pick us up, we were his first pick up for the day. For the next 30 minutes we were picking people from different hotels, later we stopped at the tour office to get our passes at Hollywood. The next 15 minutes in queue and we boarded our next bus to Disneyland, my dream destination! Nothing less than an hour of drive, we reached Disneyland and the rains stopped. Lucky we, I must say.

Disneyland tours

The entry took us a while as the bags were being checked. After entering in, I was simply awe-struck with this fairyland full of fun, excitement and enjoyment. There were cartoons dancing on its mini streets, there were shops designed to look like homes, restaurants, Mickey house, etc. Disneyland is the wondrous land where people of all age groups can enjoy; you become a child once again when you reach this magical land of toys and lots of fun. The Walt Disney Park was opened to public on July 18, 1955, it is one of its kinds and is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Almost 515 million guests have visited the park since the time it has been opened up. It is one of the second most visited parks in the world after Magic kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disneyland has varied attraction with different lands and lots of dining areas in them. Each land is designed with a specific theme based on their names and popularity. There are around 8 themed lands at Disneyland and each of them has bunch of shops, live entertainments, restaurants and other varied attractions.

Disneyland attractions

The Main Street, USA is one of the famous streets at Disneyland, it has been designed very similar to typical Midwest town of early 20th century. The Main Street is one of the first area, visitors see when they enter the park letting go off the monorail on the other side. The main street, USA has been built in very similar lines to the Victorian period of America with the train station on one side. Lets take a quick look at different Disney lands:

  • Adventureland:
    Any guest entering Adventure land would get an original adventurous look of 1950s, very similar to the post war Tiki craze. This land has been designed with the sole aim of giving tropical look to the place. The main attractions of Adventureland are Tarzan’s treehouse, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure. It also contains some dining area that includes restaurants like Bengal Barbecue, Tiki juice bar and others. It was Walt Disney’s dream to create some place like this that would help us picture ourselves far from reality. It makes you feel as if you are in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa.
  • New Orleans Square:
    This is one of the most fabulous lands of Disneyland; its theme is completely based on the 19th century New Orleans. It was inaugurated on July 24, 1966. It is quite a bit old now but is very popular with the guests here. The most famous attractions of this place are Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion; they play an evening show called as Fantasmic. Other attractions here include Disneyland Railroad. The New Orleans Square dining areas are Blue Bayou Restaurant, Café Orleans, French Market Restaurant, and Royal Street Veranda. It’s a beautiful place to eat and have fun with people of any age.
  • Frontierland:
    this land reminds you of the pioneer days of ancient America and according to Walt Disney, it is one of the things the country should be proud of looking over at its history. It gives a lively example of the way we have pioneered spirit from our forefathers. According to him, this land is made to make you feel that you have lived on this place even if it may be for a shorter period of time. The main attractions of this place are Big thunder mountain railroad, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Frontier shootin Exposition, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing ship Columbia, Big thunder Ranch, the golden horseshoe stage. The dinign areas here include places like the golden horseshoe, Stage door café, Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante, River Belle Terrace, Big Thunder ranch Barbecue and many more.
  • Critter Country:
    it was opened up in the year 1972 and was originally given the name as Bear country; it was renamed later on in the year 1988. Earlier the area represented an Indian Village, the tribes people demonstrated their dancing skills and costumes. Lots of people especially come to this land for the very attractive Splash Mountain ride; it is inspired by Uncle Remus stories and also the animated series of Disney’s Academy award winning 1946 film named “Song of the south”.
  • Fantasyland:
    the name fantasy itself implies, it all about Fantasy. The land takes you to the world of flying with Peter pan over the moonlit London. Get yourself tumbling down in the Alice’s wonderland; the place has become a reality for all the youngsters who always dreamt of living in a fairyland with all fairy tales. People of all age can come here and participate in this dream world; the original fantasyland was styled in a medieval European fashion and later was renovated to make it look like a Bavarian village. There are number of attractions here those include the dark rides, King Arthur Carrousel and other varied children rides. The selected attractions at fantasyland close at around 8:30 in the evening because of the fireworks that begin at 9:25. You can enjoy the Sleeping beauty’s castle by taking a darkside walkthrough that features the works of Eyvind Earle, the dioramas for this one has been made in 3D for ages now.

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  • Mickey’s Toontown:
    the toontown was opened up in the year 1933 and was inspired by the suburbs of Los Angeles in the Walt Disney Studio release of 1988 that was know by the name “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Mickey’s toontown is home to the Disney’s most popular cartoon character. The main attractions of toontown are Gadget’s Go Coaster and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. It is one of the most popular places amongst the guests as it also houses the famous cartoon character of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. If you are lucky enough you would be fortunate to find “Daisy” which is one of the rarest characters to be seen around the park.

Disneyland tours

  • Tomorrowland:
    the land was inaugurated in the year 1955 and was later refurbished in the year 1988. Walt Disney believed in the age of tomorrow and also said that tomorrow could be a wonderful age. According to him, the scientists are opening the doors of space age to benefit the children and for the generations to come. Tomorrowland gives you a chance to participate in real adventures that are the blueprints for the future. The varied attractions here include Astro Orbitor, Autopia, Buzz lightyear Astro blasters, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Captain EO, Innoventions and if you are planning to take a trip round the Disneyland there is a monorail station which will take you to other four stops at Disneyland.

One of the beautiful attractions at Disneyland includes the monorail service; it started in the year 1959. The first monorail train system started at Tomorrowland in the western hemisphere; there have been almost five generations of monorail trains that have been used up to now because of their lightweight constructions that wears out quickly. The most recent operating generation of train was installed in the year 2008 and it is named as Mark VII. The current set of Fireworks running from the year 2005-2010 has been named as “Remember …Dreams Come True”. There are several daytime and nighttime parades along the main street of Disneyland, the parades consists of the celebrations of varied Disney Films or seasonal holidays that includes their characters and music. It is one of the best electrifying parades I have ever seen in my life. Oh, what a wonderful day it was! Coming back at home I was drop dead tired and am still flying in the wonderful fairyland.

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  1. Hey Guys, i would like to say thank you about this great post, very helpful to me, Thank You.

  2. Percy says:

    Disneyland! I would say the most best place in whole US! You can keep all your worries aside and just enjoy to the core.

  3. Rocky says:

    After coming here, everyone is into their childhood when they used to be glued to the television to see the greatest characters of cartoons!

  4. Shimuzu says:

    Donald Duck my favorite character. No one can speak like him! Till date I don’t miss any carttons of Donald Duck.

  5. Tobby says:

    Everyone in the world knows all the characters of Walt Disney. The best cartoons ever!!

  6. Amelia says:

    The best place in the world where there is no age limit to enjoy!

  7. Mirando says:

    What a place developed by Walt Disney! It is the most successful amusement ever in the world!

  8. Its my dream to visit it atleast once..!
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