Located in Anaheim approximately half an hour southeast of LA, Disneyland is a popular attraction among little kids and big kids alike and offers fun for the whole family. There are actually two parks located in the Disneyland compound, the traditional Disneyland Park as well as the California Adventure Park, offering So Cal themed rides that are better suited to the thrill seekers amongst you. Both parks offer all the magic and insight you've come to expect from Disney.
Disneyland Park was the first of its kind created by Walt Disney and offers 85 acres of rides, animatronics, beautiful walkways, whimsical characters and fun around every corner. The park is divided by Main Street and features 7 distinct areas including Tomorrowland, Michey's Toontown, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Critter Country, Adventureland and New Orleans Square. There's definitely reason to visit every single one of them.
Main Street leads to the iconic Disney castle and offer a number of shops and cafes and is also where the nightly parade is held. Tomorrowland offers a look into the future and is home to the futuristic favourite Space Mountain ride. Mickey's Toontown is loved by kids and offers the opportunity to take your picture with Mickey and Minnie. Fantasyland is home to Disney's much loved characters and long-time favourite rides It's a Small World as well as The Matterhorn, the only ride of its kind in all the Disney parks.
Frontierland offers a Wild West theme and is home to the thrilling Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride on a runaway mine train. Critter Country has a warm and welcoming Western theme and is home to the heartwarming Song of the South characters as well as the only Disney log-flume ride, Splash Mountain. Adventureland is an exotic area with a tiki/African jungle theme and is home to the popular Indiana Jones Adventure ride. New Orleans Square is a deep-south style area that features estate houses and the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides.
The slightly smaller and far less crowded California Adventure offers 55 acres of park divided into 4 sections - Golden State, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Paradise Pier and A Bug's Land. Golden State is the largest section of the park and is home to the Grizzly Peak recreation area as well as the famous hang-glider style ride Soarin' Over California. The Hollywood Pictures Backlot offers an insight into the movie magic of the MGM Studios and features the Muppets 3D experience as well as the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Paradise Pier recreates the atmosphere of a seaside amusement park and features a boardwalk as well as the iconic California Screamin' roller coaster and ferris wheel. A Bug's Land is a favourite with kids and offers age appropriate rides themed around the animated feature 'It's a Bugs Life'. Scattered throughout both parks are a number of places to rest, eat and shop as well as helpful 'cast members'.