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Disneyland

Theme Park Guy Rating: 55555
Date Visited:
January 01, 2008 / May 09, 2008
Website: disneyland.disney.go.com
Location: View on map

Review

This is the original Disneyland, created by legend and entrepreneurial mastermind Walt Disney himself, inaugurated in 1955 in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles.

Many of the attractions have now been updated or replaced, but the original tiny castle is still there, the tiniest of all the Disney castles (except for its Hong Kong Disneyland copy). Unfortunately, the vast, picturesque orange farms once surrounding the park have been turned into a rather unpleasant residential neighborhood. Nevertheless, the moment you enter the park you are engulfed in Disney’s magic and forget about the world beyond its gates.

Highlights: 'Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage', a brand new underwater ride packed with exciting visual effects that make you wonder what is real and what is not. Expect to queue for hours though! 'Indiana Jones Adventure' uses the Enhanced Motion Vehicle (EMV) technology, first introduced here in 1995, to speed you through an amazing temple structure filled with snakes, giant boulders and fire effects; 'Big Thunder Mountain Railroad', the classic Disney wild west mountain roller coaster; 'Splash Mountain', a great storytelling flume ride with several lifts and drops, hilarious animatronics, music and atmosphere; 'Pirates of the Caribbean', Disney's atmospheric water dark ride classic; 'Honey I Shrunk the Audience', the second best Disney theme park 3-D movie (after 'It’s Tough to Be a Bug' in Disney's California Adventure next door) with a great storyline and wonderful effects: the snake scene is the best part and the rumbling of the auditorium is more than you would expect from a 3-D cinema!

'Haunted Mansion' ghost train, 'Star Tours' flight simulator and 'Space Mountain' roller coaster are worthwhile additions. It's not the best Disneyland in the world anymore, but the fact that it is the original lends the park its charm.


Disneyland Anaheim aerial view Disneyland Anaheim aerial view

The original Disneyland castle The original Disneyland castle

The very first Disneyland castle, inspired by Neuschwanstein in Germany The very first Disneyland castle, inspired by Neuschwanstein in Germany

Walt Disney statue Walt Disney statue

Submarine attraction (left) and Matterhorn Bobsleds ride (right) Submarine attraction (left) and Matterhorn Bobsleds ride (right)

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

The Matterhorn attraction opened when Walt Disney was still alive The Matterhorn attraction opened when Walt Disney was still alive

Matterhorn, a bit closer Matterhorn, a bit closer

The bobsleds create a coaster-like experience The bobsleds create a coaster-like experience

Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster aerial Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster aerial

Big Thunder Mountain, with parked buggies Big Thunder Mountain, with parked buggies

This classic Disney mountain roller coaster can be found in various Disney parks This classic Disney mountain roller coaster can be found in various Disney parks

The coaster has both indoor and outdoor sections The coaster has both indoor and outdoor sections

Mark Twain Riverboat attraction Mark Twain Riverboat attraction

Haunted Mansion ghost train Haunted Mansion ghost train

Splash Mountain flume ride Splash Mountain flume ride

The final drop at Splash Mountain The final drop at Splash Mountain

Tarzan's Treehouse walk-through attraction Tarzan's Treehouse walk-through attraction

Queue to the Indiana Jones ride Queue to the Indiana Jones ride

Indiana Jones temple Indiana Jones temple

The queue continues inside the temple The queue continues inside the temple

John Rhys-Davies stars as Sallah in the Indiana Jones ride pre-show John Rhys-Davies stars as Sallah in the Indiana Jones ride pre-show

Indiana Jones ride vehicles Indiana Jones ride vehicles

Monorail, with massive queues to the Submarine Voyage below Monorail, with massive queues to the Submarine Voyage below

Tomorrowland Tomorrowland

Space Mountain roller coaster station Space Mountain roller coaster station

Space Mountain from above Space Mountain from above

Star Tours flight simulator Star Tours flight simulator

Mickey's Toontown Mickey's Toontown

This Disneyland model shows how the park looked when it opened back in the 1950's This Disneyland model shows how the park looked when it opened back in the 1950's



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