What To Expect On Your Disneyland Vacation

Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California, opened its doors to the public in 1955. Almost 53 years later (at the time this article was written), it has seen more than 515 million people enter its gates for the time of their lives as they visit all the different themed areas in the park, ride the rides, talk with the Disney characters as they roam the park, and in general just have a good time. More on these separate theme areas in later paragraphs, but for now we want to discuss planning the trip. It would be best if you laid out some plans before getting in your car or on the plane and heading to Disneyland with your family. First, talk to any of your friends who have been there and get ideas from them about what to see and do, where to stay, where to eat, etc. Read about Disneyland in travel magazines. Talk to your Travel Agent to find out about their Disneyland packages. And read this article. It's designed to give you plenty of information and sources to help you plan your Disneyland Vacation.

Getting There Is Half the Fun

Will you fly or will you drive? The first thing on the agenda is deciding on your mode of transportation. If you're close enough, or if you have the time, you may enjoy driving, especially if you are travelling in the Spring or Summer. Or, you may decide to fly. Whichever you decide to do, begin planning now for the trip. If driving, will you want to make some side trips along the way, or will you just drive there and back. If flying, you'll want to investigate the airlines who serve the Anaheim area so you can check airfares. This is where a travel agent comes in handy. An informed travel agent should be able to locate some good airfares, hotel and park packages for you. If you like to do things on your own, once you know the airlines that serve Anaheim from your location, try some of the online sites for low airfares like Travelocity or Expedia.

I'm Here, Now What?

Unless you have family or friends in the area, you're going to need a place to stay. There are many hotels in Disneyland itself, as well as "Good Neighbor" hotels which are nearby and which provide free shuttle service to and from the park. Here are just a few of the many motels in the area to choose from, including prices.

Disneyland Hotel
If money is no object, here's a place for you. Room rates range from $149 to $359 per night. There are 990 rooms, this hotel is in the part itself, near many fine restaurants. Plenty of amenities, including swimming pool, room service, cable TV, room service, and more. Book early, they fill up fast.

Disneyland Grand California Hotel
Another one for the traveler with no limit to what they spend, rates start at $265 per night. On site, plenty of amenities including swimming pool, hot tubs, saunas, room service, and more.

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
Coming down to earth a bit, price-wise, this hotel is a qiarter mile from Disneyland, and nightly rates start at $79. Amenities include a heated pool, room service, nearby restaurants, and more.

Let The Fun Begin!

Here's what to expect when you finally arrive at the park! First, you'll need tickets to the rides and other features. If you worked with a travel agent, you probably got them already. If you booked your own plane tickets and hotel space, you may have also had the opportunity to get your park tickets, too. You can also get them online at the Disneyland web site. Called Park Hopper tickets, you can buy them for one to seven days. These are your admission for all rides and features at Disneyland. You may also find bonus tickets available, such as the ones available at the time this article was written, where you could buy a 5-day pass for the price of a 3-day, 6-day pass for the price of a 4-day, and a 7-day pass for the price of a 5-day pass. Prices for a one day Park Hopper ticket for someone aged 10 and over is $91. Remember, this is good for the whole day and for all attractions in the park. A 7-day Park Hopper ticket for one is $194. At the time this article was written, buying them online saved $40 per person. Be sure to check as you plan your trip.

Before you go, you'll want to check out the Disneyland web site to see what you have to look forward to. Hopefully you'll plan for several days there, because it cannot be seen all in one day. There are plenty of rides to go on for the kids and for adults. Lines can be long depending on when you go, but there are ways around that, too. For the little ones, attractions include Goofy's Playhouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant; family attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean and Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Getting around the park is accomplished by monorail, several railroads and streetcars.

There's so much to see and do, and so much we can't tell you here because of lack of time and space. We know you will love your Disneyland vacation!

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