Disneyland Theme Park Guide

Disneyland Theme Park Guide

Disneyland Theme Park Guide

This is where the magic began. Disneyland, which opened in 1955 is the park the Walt Disney himself built. This is the place where families and friends come to play together. The sense of history and the amazing planning of this park are evident in every corner. That being said, Walt once commented that, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” So there is always something new and fun to see at Disneyland as well.  Let our Disneyland theme park guide help you plan your visit!

Admission FastPass Fireworks Height Requirement at a Glance  Food Lockers Lost Children Map Parades  Special Ticket Events Strollers Tours  Transportation Wheelchair Accessibility and Service Animals

Admission

Admission cost for a 1-Day/1-Park Ticket to Disneyland is $96 for adults and $90 for children (ages 3-9). There is no sales tax on theme park tickets. Choosing the right ticket for your visit is fairly straight forward. Guests simply need to choose the number of days for the ticket and select single park or the hoper option. Park hopping allows guests admission to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

Unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, the Disneyland Resort features two parks in very close proximity of each other. It is as simple as walking across the esplanade to get from one park to the other, which can make the park hopper an attractive option.

More park admission details and money saving options can be found on our Disneyland Tickets page.

Guests under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by a guest age 14 years or older in order to enter the park. To board an attraction, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

An official list of park rules and prohibited items can be found on Disney’s website.

Attractions

There are eight different themed areas, or lands, at Disneyland. Each land has its own unique feel from the rides and attractions to the cast member costumes and background music.

  • Main Street U.S. A. — Inspired by Walt Disney’s memories of his boyhood home in Marcelline, Missouri. Here guests are immersed in a small town main street — complete with a castle!
    • Disneyland Railroad, Main Street Cinema, Main Street Vehicles, Horse-Drawn Streetcars, The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • New Orleans Square — Visit the charm of 19th century New Orleans and some of the most beloved attractions in the park. Wander through the French Quarter and celebrate Mardi Gras everyday.
    • Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Frontierland — The Wild West come to life in this fun take on the frontier.
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Big Thunder Ranch
  • Critter Country — Head over to this rustic area to visit some of your family’s favorite talking “critters.”
    • Splash Mountain, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Adventureland — Evoke your spirit of adventure. Here you will find excitement, intrigue, and even singing wildlife.
    • Enchanted Tiki Room, Indiana Jones Adventure, Jungle Cruise, Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Mickey’s Toontown — Step into the land of toons in a fun, interactive way. Some of your favorite Toons make this area home, and Mickey Mouse will greet you.
    • Chip ‘n’ Dale Treehouse, Donald’s Boat, Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s Playhouse, Mickey’s House (and Mickey meet-and-greet), Minnie’s House, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Fantasyland — This is the land of storybooks and dreams. Meet heroes, villains, and even some princesses in this enchanting land.
    • Alice in Wonderland, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Fantasy Faire, “it’s a small world,” King Arthur Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Mickey and the Magical Map, 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
  • Tomorrowland — Leap forward into the future in this neon-lit land of rocket ships and aliens.
    • Astro Orbitor, Autopia, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, Path of the Jedi, Disneyland Monorail, Innoventions, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Space Mountain, Starcade, Star Tours

Mickey icon Throughout the park Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience. Disney’s PhotoPass gives guests the opportunity to have great high-resolution photos taken by Disney Photographers using state-of-the-art digital equipment at picturesque locations. Even better, your photos can be accessed, shared, and ordered online. Visit our Disney’s PhotoPass Guide for more information on Disney’s PhotoPass service.

Baby Care, Strollers and Lost Children

Baby Care Center
Parents with infants can visit Disneyland worry free with the services of the Baby Care Centers. The Baby Care Center is located on Main Street USA next to First Aid. The facility offers Guests a place to feed, change and nurse babies. Highchairs, rocking chairs, nursing rooms for Mom and baby, changing tables and a microwave to heat bottles and food are available. The Baby Care Center also offers formula, bottles, Gerber baby food, pacifiers, children’s Tylenol, cold and allergy medication, band-aids, and wipes for Guests to purchase.

Strollers
Stroller rentals are available for single day rentals outside the Disneyland Park Main entrance.  Strollers may be brought into Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (just not Downtown Disney). The convenience of not having to take your child out of the stroller as you switch parks is very nice for families.

Strollers larger than 36″ x 52″ and wagons are not permitted.

For guests who would like to customize their stroller tags to make identifying their rental stroller easier they create their personalized tags with many design choices from The Mouse For Less’ Stroller Tags page.

Lost Children
There’s nothing more frightful to parents than the thought of losing their child in the ocean of people inside a theme park. There are many fascinating distractions at Disneyland and children can wander off in a blink of an eye. Be prepared so that you won’t spend precious vacation time frightened and in search of each other. Have a plan, before your vacation, make and print some Kids Travel IDs. There are many designs to choose from, they’re easy to make and children love to have their own ID cards. Before you start your touring for the day, take a picture of your child from your camera, phone or by a Disney Cast Member on your Photopass so that you can readily show a Cast Member what your child is wearing and what he/she looks like if you should become separated from your child. Set up a meeting area in the park.

Locate a Cast Member so that your child can meet a Cast Member “in person” and will not be afraid of them. Let your child know to look for Cast Members with Disney ID tags and to show the Cast Member their ID cards if they could not find you. If you become separated, stay in the area and enlist the assistance of a Cast Member to search for your child. Most likely your child is in the same vicinity looking for you. If you have not located your child after searching the area, and there is more than one adult in your party, split up and have one go to the pre-determined meeting location while another follow the direction of a Cast Member. All lost children will be taken to Lost Children inside the Baby Care Center by a Cast Member if they can not locate the parents in the immediate area.

Contact Numbers

  • Dining Reservations – (714) 781-DINE; (714) 781-3463
  • Fantasmic! Premium Viewing – (714) 781-7469
  • Guest Information – (714) 781-4565
  • Lost and Found– (714) 817-2166
  • Merchandise (800) 362-4533
  • Reservations – (714) 520-5060 or call your favorite travel agent at The Magic For Less Travel at (888) 330-6201
  • Ticketing – (714) 781-4565

Extra Magic Hour & Magic Morning

Extra Magic Hour

Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests can access one park early on select days. Each guest must have valid theme park admission and an active hotel room key card. It is recommended that guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to park opening.

The Extra Magic Hour schedule is as follows:

Disneyland Park: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Disney California Adventure Park: Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays

Magic Morning at Disneyland Park

Disneyland Resort guests with a 3-day or longer theme park ticket or Southern California CityPASS are eligible for Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. Guests receive one early admission to select attractions, stores, and dining locations one hour before the park opens. If guests are using a 3-day ticket, that ticket must be pre-purchased before arrival at the the resort. Magic Morning is available on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

FASTPASS

FASTPASS is a great system that lets you “eliminate the wait” at the many popular park rides and attractions. Nothing feels better than being able to bypass the wait and jump straight to the front of the line. Guests look for the FASTPASS distribution area near the entrance of the attraction. Check out the available Return Time listed on the signs. Insert your admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine and receive a ticket printed with your return time. Just come back to the ride during the designated return time and you will allowed into a special FASTPASS return queue.

FASTPASS is offered on the following Disneyland rides and attractions:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours

Fireworks

No one puts on a nighttime fireworks display like Disney. The fireworks show above Sleeping Beauty Castle changes seasonally, so there is always something new to experience. All Disneyland fireworks spectaculars are enhanced when guests wear Glow with the Show Ear Hats.

“Remember…Dreams Come True” Fireworks Spectacular – Created for Disneyland’s 50th birthday, this display begins with an introduction from Julie Andrews and takes guests on a tour of Disneyland through music and fireworks. Watch for Tinker Bell to appear flying around Sleeping Beauty Castle.

“Magical” – This spectacular takes guests through some of life’s most magical moments: Magic of Childhood, Magic of a Wish, Magic of Imagination, Magic of a Mother’s Love, Magic of a Kiss. The show incorporates fireworks, music, pyrotechnics, and projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn.

July 4th – Celebrate Independence Day with this patriotic show shown during the first week of July.

Halloween Screams – Jack Skellington hosts this hauntingly fun extravaganza complete with some of Disney’s most mischievous villains. Halloween Screams is only shown on select nights as part of Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Believe…In Holiday Magic – More than 80,000 sparkling lights create an “icicle” effect on Sleeping Beauty castle, a colorful holiday facade of “it’s a small world,” and gently falling snow all add to this beauty of this holiday display. Fireworks, projections on the castle or “it’s a small world” and holiday music all add to one of the best displays Disneyland has to offer.

New Year’s Eve – Ring in the new year with a fireworks display you are sure to remember all year long.

Fantasmic!

Fantasmic! is more than just a fireworks show. Witness a battle of good verses evil in Mickey’s dream. The special effects abound in this spectacular. There is video projected on water, pyrotechnics, lasers, and even a 45-foot fire breathing dragon! Who will win in Mickey’s dream? Find out with an amazing show presented along the Rivers of America in Frontierland.

Guests can choose to reserve a premium viewing spot with a Dessert Sampler. Reserve your dessert party and elevated seating in New Orleans Square up to 30 days in advance by calling (714) 781-SHOW (7469).

All Disneyland fireworks spectaculars are enhanced when guests wear Glow with the Show Ear Hats.

Disneyland Height Requirements at a Glance

  • Autopia – 32″ minimum height to drive with a passenger of at least 54″ or 54″ minimum height to drive alone (Tomorrowland)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40″ (Frontierland)
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster – 35″ (Mickey’s Toontown)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – 46″ (Adventureland)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – 42″ (Fantasyland)
  • Splash Mountain – 40″ (Tomorrowland)
  • Star Tours – 40″ (Tomorrowland)
  • Space Mountain – 40″ (Tomorrowland)

Visit our Height Requirement page for height requirements at all Disneyland Resort attractions.

Food

There is no shortage of food options at Disneyland Park. Guests wishing to bring their own meals may find seating in the picnic area just outside Disneyland’s main enterance. Here guests will find tables, chairs, shade umbrellas and storage lockers.

Coolers larger than a 6-pack size are not allowed into the theme parks. Lockers are available near the picnic area just outside the Disneyland entrance. The lockers can accommodate coolers up for 18″ wide x 25″ high x 37″ deep. Lockers are not refrigerated and are limited. In addition, alcoholic beverages and glass containers are not permitted.

For those who prefer to leave the cooking to Disney, the following selections are available. Click on the name below for menu. Visit our Disneyland Menu Page for a complete list of menus available for Disneyland.

Lockers

Lockers are located inside Disneyland Park on Main Street, U.S.A. The cost of the lockers is $7, $10, $11, $12, or $15. Rental includes unlimited access throughout the day at one price.

In addition, there are charging lockers, which will allow guests to charge their electronic devices for up to an hour. The iPhone, Android, and Blackberry lockers come complete with a pre-installed cord. For other devices (such as a camera, laptop, etc.) you will need to bring your own cord to rent a locker with a standard outlet.

Small 12″w x 18″h x 12.5″d – $7 per day
Large 12.5″ x18 ” x 19″ – $10 per day
X-Large 15″ x 25 ” x 19 ” – $11 per day
Jumbo 15″ x 25″ x 25″ – $12 per day
Super Jumbo 18″ x 25″ x 37″ – $15 per day (Inside picnic area only)

Charging locker – $2 per hour

Lockers are also available at Disney California Adventure and the Esplanade between the parks.

Parades

Disneyland’s Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is a fun, street party down Main Street U.S.A. Mickey Mouse is drum major for the band featuring vibrant musician. Floats showcase unique musical styles such as Bollywood and South American beats. Characters from some of your favorite Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, The Lion King and Aladdin will accompany Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle and Rapunzel down the parade route.

As if that isn’t enough fun, the Frozen Fantasy pre-parade features some of your favorite Frozen characters. Watch Anna, Elsa, and Olaf make their way down Main Street U.S.A.

Special Ticket Events

Select nights in September and October, Disneyland will host Mickey’s Halloween Party. Guests will trick-or-treat and play their way around Disneyland.

Tours

Guests who are interested in guided tours can take advantage of some excellent tours. “Cultivating the Magic Tour” offers guests a walking tour of the landscapes of Disneyland Park. “Discover the Magic Tour” is fun for families to explore together. Complete a treasure hunt through the park while enjoying some great attractions, and even get a special visit from a Disney character. Enjoy some frightful Halloween fun on “Disney’s Happiest Haunts” tour (offered seasonally). Explore the holiday traditions of Disneyland Park and see how the holiday magic is made on the “Holiday Time at Disneyland” tour.

Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour will bring to life Walt Disney’s life and legacy. Listen to stories that inspired the creation of Disneyland, and visit Walt Disney’s private apartment.

New to Disneyland? The “Welcome to Disneyland Resort” tour offers guests an introduction to the theme parks, resorts, and services. Been to Disneyland before? The trips, tricks and trivia from this tour will be fun and entertaining for seasoned guests as well.

Of course, VIP touring is available to make your family’s trip extra special. VIP Services range from $315-$500 per hour with a minimum requirement of 6 hours.

To reserve and tours or for more information including dates, call (714)781-TOUR (8687). Separate park admission is required for all tours. Annual Passholders receive a 20% discount on all guided tours.

Wheelchair Accessibility and Service Animals

For the convenience of Guests with disabilities, wheelchairs and Electric Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) are available for rent at the Disneyland Resort. The wheelchair rental fee is $12 per day. The ECV rental fee is $50 per day plus tax. A $20 refundable deposit is required for wheelchair and ECV rentals. Quantities are limited and subject to availability. Reservations are not available. Wheelchairs and ECVs may be used at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Rentals are not permitted at Downtown Disney. Guests are welcome to bring their own ECVs and wheelchairs throughout the resort.

Trained service animals are welcome at Disneyland and are allowed in most locations. Not all attractions can accommodate service animals. In those instances a member of the Guest’s party must remain with the animal. All service animals must remain on a leash or harness at all times. Service animals are welcome to use any open outdoor area for relief, provided the owner picks up after the animal. In addition, there are designated Relief Areas in Frontierland (Frontierland/Fantasyland transition area), Fantasyland (planter across from “it’s a small world,”) and in New Orleans Square (fountain are planter near train station).

Most restrooms are designed for access by Guests using wheelchairs. Companion-assisted restrooms are also available in select locations including City Hall and Tom Sawyer’s Island.

Transportation

Disneyland is a pedestrian resort. The two theme parks—Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure— are an easy walk across the Esplanade from each other. Guests can walk through Downtown Disney to easily reach the three Disneyland Resort Hotels.

The Disneyland monorail runs between Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney for those guests looking to give their feet a little break.

For guests arriving via car, there are complimentary trams available from the Mickey and Friends Parking structure to the theme park.

For guests staying at an offsite hotel, check the distance with your hotel’s reservations department. Some hotels are with walking distance of the Disneyland Resort, but most offer a shuttle service. Guests may also opt to use the Anaheim Resort Transportation system (ART) to shuttle through the area.

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