“To all who come to this happy place: WELCOME. Disneyland is your land.”
Those are the words Walt Disney spoke to invite guests into Disneyland park when it opened on July 17, 1955.
And guests have been enjoying time in The Happiest Place on Earth ever since!
“To all who come to this happy place: WELCOME.” — Walt Disney
Home to the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle and nine whimsically themed lands, Disneyland is truly unique with its wonderful distinction of being Walt Disney’s original park.
In fact, Walt Disney once made his home in Disneyland in an apartment above the Disneyland Fire Department, and you’ll see a light in the window that stays lit in his honor.
Beyond the Fire Department, Main Street, U.S.A. sets the turn-of-the-century scene inspired by Walt Disney’s childhood home of Marceline, Missouri.
From here, guests head towards the Hub where the Partners statue — a tribute to Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse — stands in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Where to next? Well, that’s up to YOU, as guests can venture off to Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Adventureland from the Hub!
Beyond the lands connected to the Hub, guests may also visit New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country, and the park’s newest land, Star Wars: Galaxys’ Edge.
As the original Disney park, Disneyland is home to many classic attractions that are truly quintessential to the Disneyland experience, from “it’s a small world” and Peter Pan’s Flight to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.
It’s also home to the roller coaster MOUNTAINS: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as well as the Matterhorn Bobsleds! And along with Galaxy’s Edge came the arrival of the park’s most in-demand attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance! But there’s LOTS more in store…
Let’s take a look at ALL the Disneyland park attractions!
Main Street. U.S.A.
Turn-of-the-century charm abounds on Main Street, U.S.A.!
And it all leads to the park’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, welcoming you in the distance.
Here is the list of Main Street, U.S.A. attractions:
- The Disney Gallery
- Disneyland Railroad — Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station
- The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
- Main Street Cinema
- Main Street Vehicles
Fantasyland… now THIS is the stuff that Disney memories are made of. Fly through the air with Dumbo, or over London with Peter Pan! Celebrate the fact that “it’s a small world after all,” then choose your horse on the King Arthur Carrousel.
Fantasyland is truly home to Disneyland’s most classic attractions. And you can even “step into the story” thanks to the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough.
Here is the list of Fantasyland attractions:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- “it’s a small world” — Disney Genie+ option
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Matterhorn Bobsleds — Disney Genie+ option
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pinocchio Daring Journey
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
New Orleans Square
Welcome to New Orleans Square, a celebration of the “spirit and culture” of New Orleans!
Though New Orleans Square is home to only two attractions, they are two of the most truly iconic rides in Disneyland! (P.S. New Orleans Square also happens to be home to the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich and Mickey Beignets!)
Here is the list of New Orleans Square attractions:
- Haunted Mansion — Disney Genie+ option
- Pirates of the Caribbean
Howdy, pardner! Let’s mosey on into Frontierland and do some explorin’!
Here, you’re stepping back into the Wild West (and beyond), right alongside the Rivers of America. Giddyup!
Here is the list of Frontierland attractions:
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — Disney Genie+ option
- Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
If you have a thirst for adventure, then you’re in the right place: Adventureland!
An original 1955 ride — the Jungle Cruise — is joined by another of Walt Disney’s visions: the Enchanted Tiki Room. The land houses attractions inspired by more recent adventures, as well.
Here is the list of Adventureland attractions:
- Indiana Jones Adventure — Disney Genie+ option
- Jungle Cruise
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Tarzan’s Treehouse — *Please note that Tarzan’s Treehouse is currently closed for a refurbishment AND retheming!
BLAST OFF to Tomorrowland!
Did you know that the classic attraction, Autopia, is the only attraction in present-day Tomorrowland that dates back to the park’s opening day? It’s joined by thrills like Space Mountain, Star Tours, and more!
Here is the list of Tomorrowland attractions:
- Astro Orbiter
- Autopia — Disney Genie+ option
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters — Disney Genie+ option
- Disneyland Monorail
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Space Mountain (which transitions to Hyperspace Mountain for a limited time during the year) — Disney Genie+ option
- Star Tours — Disney Genie+ option
- Star Wars Launch Bay
Hello from Critter Country!
A BIG change is on the way for Critter Country, as Disney has announced that Splash Mountain will be transformed into a Princess and the Frog-themed attraction: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is slated to open in late 2024!
Here is the list of Critter Country attractions:
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Splash Mountain — Disney Genie+ option
Mickey’s Toontown — Currently Being Reimagined!
In 2021, Disney announced an “ambitious reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown” in Disneyland park. Mickey’s Toontown closed on March 9, 2022 to begin the land’s transformation which will make its big debut on March 8, 2023!
And the land’s new headliner attraction — Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway — will open even earlier, on January 27, 2023!
Disney has shared that fan-favorites like Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Mickey’s House, and Minnie’s House will still have a home in Toontown. Some other rides and attractions are going to be “reimagined in new and exciting ways, including Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Gadget Coaster, Goofy’s House, and Donald’s Boat.”
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gives guests the chance to step right into “a galaxy far, far away” as they enter the village of Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Black Spire Outpost invites you to stroll the marketplace to find unique souvenirs and even build your own droid or lightsaber further inside the village.
You can step inside – and take control of! — “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run! And you can face Kylo Ren in the groundbreaking and immensely popular Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction.
Here is the list of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions:
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — Disney Genie+ option
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — Individual Attraction Selection option
As the NEWEST land in Disneyland park, we’ve dedicated an entire page to ALL of the experiences you can have in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
From the stunning Blue Bayou Restaurant to places where Walt Disney himself once dined to eateries in a galaxy far, far away, you’ll find no shortage of unique and tasty food from the park’s Table Service restaurants right down to every snack cart and kiosk.
Disneyland Table Service Restaurants
Table Service — or sit-down — restaurants can provide a relaxing (and air-conditioned) break during a busy park day!
- Blue Bayou Restaurant
- Cafe Orleans
- Carnation Cafe
- Plaza Inn (Table Service for Breakfast only)
- River Belle Terrace
- Club 33 (Members Only)
Disneyland Counter Service Restaurants
If your priority is riding ALL. THE. RIDES! in Disneyland, you may find that a quick meal at a Counter Service restaurant will fit your needs!
- Alien Pizza Planet — Tomorrowland
- Bengal Barbecue — Adventureland
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- French Market Restaurant — New Orleans Square
- Galactic Grill — Tomorrowland
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor — Main Street, U.S.A.
- The Golden Horseshoe — Frontierland
- Harbour Galley — Critter Country
- Hungry Bear Restaurant — Critter Country
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe — Main Street, U.S.A.
- Market House — Main Street, U.S.A.
- Plaza Inn — Main Street, U.S.A. (Quick Service for Lunch and Dinner)
- Rancho del Zocalo — Frontierland
- Red Rose Taverne — Fantasyland
- Refreshment Corner — Main Street, U.S.A.
- Ronto Roasters — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Royal Street Veranda — New Orleans Square
- Stage Door Cafe — Frontierland
- The Tropical Hideaway — Adventureland
- Troubadour Tavern — Fantasyland
Bars and Lounges
- Oga’s Cantina — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Disneyland Kiosks and Snack Spots
- Disneyland Churro Carts — All over the park!
- Edelweiss Snacks — Fantasyland
- Kat Saka’s Kettle — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Maurice’s Treats — Fantasyland
- Milk Stand — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Mint Julep Bar — New Orleans Square
- Tiki Juice Bar — Adventureland
- Tropical Imports — Adventureland
Parades and Fireworks
Fantasmic! is a truly unforgettable production presented at Frontierland’s Rivers of America. Combining water effects, fireworks, and appearances by literally dozens of Disney characters — all set to Disney songs in an original story starring none other than Mickey Mouse — it’s a show you won’t want to miss!
You’ll want to check the Disneyland App or information boards posted in the park for showtimes during your trip so you don’t miss it! Specialty Dining Packages are also available for reserved viewing options for this popular spectacular.
Wondrous Journeys — COMING IN JANUARY 2023!
A NEW fireworks and projections spectacular — Wondrous Journeys — will make its debut in Disneyland in late January 2023 as part of the Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary celebration!
Disney shares that Wonderous Journeys will feature “nods to all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios films to date, taking us on a journey filled with artistry, music, storytelling and heart.”
Magic Happens Parade — RETURNING IN SPRING 2023!
The Magic Happens parade is making its highly-anticipated return to Disneyland in the spring of 2023!
This daily celebration of MAGIC features fan favorite Disney characters from films such as Coco, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Moana, and MORE! We can’t wait to welcome Magic Happens back to the park this coming spring!
Main Street Electrical Parade — Presented Seasonally
The Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Disneyland Park on April 22, 2022, just in time to celebrate the parade’s 50th anniversary! Please Note: The Main Street Electrical Parade ended its run for the season on September 1, 2022. We’ll keep you posted on any news of its return right here!
The beloved nighttime parade features characters including Elliot the Dragon and floats themed to Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Peter Pan… AND a brand new “enchanted” finale!
The Main Street Electrical Parade traveled the parade route beginning at 8:45PM and 10:30PM every night. (Keep in mind that the parade travels from “it’s a small world” all the way through Fantasyland and down Main Street, U.S.A., so, depending on where you’re watching from, the timing may vary for when the parade arrives.)
Please Note: The Main Street Electrical Parade ended its run for the season on September 1, 2022. We’ll keep you posted on any news of its return right here!
Disneyland Forever — Presented Seasonally
The “Disneyland Forever” nighttime spectacular returned on April 22, 2022! During this show, guests get to see projections on Main Street, U.S.A. and other spots around the park. Please Note: Disneyland Forever ended its run for the season on September 1, 2022. We’ll keep you posted on any news of its return right here!
The production also features fireworks, special effects, and more, set to classic Disney songs and two original songs — “Live the Magic” and “Kiss Goodnight,” which were written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman. Please Note: Disneyland Forever ended its run for the season on September 1, 2022. We’ll keep you posted on any news of its return right here!
Mickey’s Mix Magic
Cap off a magical day in Disneyland with a viewing of Mickey’s Mix Magic!
DJ Mickey spins some Disney tunes accompanied by kaleidoscopic projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle, and lights and lasers transforming Main Street, U.S.A.! Fireworks are added on select nights.
Live Shows and Entertainment
Serving up a little humor with plenty of song ‘n dance, the Dapper Dans are Main Street’s very own Barbershop Quartet!
Take in the cheerful sights and sounds of the Disneyland Band marching along Main Street, U.S.A. and performing in Tomorrowland, too!
Young princesses and princes (and older ones, at that!) can enjoy live retellings of beloved stories from films like Tangled and Beauty and the Beast with Storytelling at Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire!
AAAARRR ye ready to hear The Bootstrappers in New Orleans Square? Then channel your inner Pirate and join them for a swashbuckling tune or two! While you’re enjoying a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” kind of day, the Pearly Band can provide a soundtrack for you when they perform in Fantasyland.
If you find yourself dining at The Golden Horseshoe (where Walt and Lillian Disney celebrated their 30th Anniversary), you might catch the Golden Horseshoe Piano Player.
Additionally, the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony takes place in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.
Members of the Disneyland security team are joined by the Dapper Dans (and sometimes the Disneyland Band) to present this patriotic tradition.
Performance times and presentations vary, and select groups do not perform every day. The Disneyland app or the Times Guide included with the park map can provide you with the info you need!
Tale of the Lion King
Tale of the Lion King is an imaginative adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King, now showing at the Fantasyland Theater!
The production originally debuted in 2019 at Disney California Adventure park. During the show, the story of The Lion King is portrayed by the Storytellers of the Pride Lands, “a troupe of traveling performers.”
Get ready to HUG MICKEY! Traditional face-to-face character meet-and-greets are now officially in the process of a phased return to Disneyland!
The traditional meet-and-greets are coming back in phases throughout spring and early summer, so not all greeting locations are available immediately. But the phased return of traditional meet-and-greets at some spots officially started on April 18, 2022. Guests are now able to go up to the characters and give them hugs, and characters are able to sign autographs! (It is largely a return to “normal” in terms of what many guests were used to prior to the pandemic.)
When Character Meets return in full, keep in mind that Disney friends may still show up anywhere in Disneyland. However, there are a few locations dedicated to Character Meet-and-Greets!
Please be aware that available characters can vary; the list below provides examples of characters you may encounter.
You can check the Disneyland Mobile App on the day of your visit to see who is greeting while you’re there!
For instance, if you would love to say “Hello!” to Mirabel from Encanto, simply touch the screen where you see her name on the list in the app, and you’ll find appearance times listed.
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Classic Disney Characters at Town Square – These may include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and Pluto
- Disney Princesses at the Royal Hall in Fantasy Faire — Up to 3 Disney Princesses are available to meet at one time. These may include Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White, and more.
- Tinker Bell at Pixie Hollow
- Storybook Friends near “it’s a small world”
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends (such as Eeyore and Tigger) from Hundred Acre Woods
- Miguel in El Zocalo Park
- Mirabel in El Zocalo Park
- Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay Courtyard (Note: Star Wars Launch Bay is currently closed)
- Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay Courtyard (Note: Star Wars Launch Bay is currently closed)
- Captain Phasma at Star Wars Launch Bay Courtyard (Note: Star Wars Launch Bay is currently closed)
- Captain Buzz Lightyear near Space Mountain (Note: Star Wars Launch Bay is currently closed)
Check the Disneyland App and the Times Guide in your park map for characters and their appearance times.
Breakfast classics served in an “all you care to eat” fashion are sure to start your day in a special way. Come hungry and wearing a smile! (And don’t forget your camera!)
The fun changes with the SEASONS at Disneyland! If you are planning to visit in the fall, you will want to check out Halloween Time in Disneyland!
Are you visiting Disneyland during The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Disneyland is The Merriest Place on Earth from November 11, 2022 through January 8, 2023!
Disney 100 Years of Wonder — The Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
The Walt Disney Company was founded on October 16th, 1923, and will therefore soon mark a “historic and unprecedented milestone.” The 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company will celebrate Disney 100 Years of Wonder! Disney has shared that the “heart of the celebration” will take place in Disneyland Resort. Kicking off on January 27, 2023, the Disneyland Resort parks will be “infused” with PLATINUM, including NEW Platinum celebration costumes for Mickey, Minnie, and the gang!
In Disneyland, specifically, Sleeping Beauty Castle will get all dressed up in platinum too, with platinum banners and bunting, a cabochon featuring the three Good Fairies, two water fountains on either side of the castle, and a wishing star placed on the tower.
As mentioned above, the celebration will also include the debut of Wondrous Journeys, and the return of the Magic Happens Parade in Disneyland park!
Extra-Ticket Experiences and More
Disneyland hosts several extra-ticket events throughout the year, offering guests after-hours access to the park with fun themes, festivities, entertainment, and access to most rides with lower wait times.
Click any of the links below to find dates and information for the following extra-ticket events:
Additional opportunities exist to help guests enhance and make the most of their time in Disneyland including dining events featuring reserved viewing for fireworks or parades, VIP tours with backstage access, and more.
Click the links below to find information for the currently available Dining Packages and Dessert Parties:
Main Street Electrical Parade Dining Package — Offered Seasonally
Click the links below to find information for Guided Tours in Disneyland:
Did you know you can also have your own personal PHOTO SESSION in Disneyland? Click the link below to learn more!
Young Princesses and Knights can enjoy a Magical Makeover in Disneyland. CLICK HERE to learn all about Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for princess and knight-inspired makeovers for guests ages 3 to 12!
Helpful Info for Your Trip to Disneyland
Guests at Disneyland Resort can utilize the free official Disneyland Mobile App to unlock all of the magic and fun in Disneyland park (not to mention Disney California Adventure, the Downtown Disney District, and the Disneyland Resort hotels, too)… right from their smartphones!
From the very start of your vacation planning to the final day of your trip, the Disneyland app offers several features to help you make the most of your Disneyland visit!
Magic Key Annual Pass Program
If you frequent Disneyland, you might want to consider becoming a Magic Key holder! The Magic Key program offers Key holders admission to the two Disneyland Resort theme parks: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Magic Key members will have varying levels of theme park access and benefits based on the type of membership “Key” they hold.
A new service made its debut within the Disneyland Mobile app on December 8, 2021. Disney Genie provides on-the-go planning tools and customized itineraries to help guests maximize their park time in the parks!
The standard Disney Genie — which includes features like dining tips, recommendations for when to head to your next attractions, and enhancements to the Disability Access Service — is a complimentary service.
There are also optional add-ons available for a fee. TWO different options are available, and they allow guests to bypass the standby lines for attractions and instead enter the Lightning Lane. The Disney Genie+ base-price option — starting at $25* per person, per day — allows guests to select the next available time to arrive at an attraction and enter that attraction’s Lightning Lane at 20 attractions across Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. (*Prices vary by date, and the Disney Genie+ service is subject to availability.)
And another paid option is available for DIFFERENT — and more in-demand — attractions. Disney’s Individual Lightning Lane Attraction Selection service (pay-per-ride) is how guests pay a fee to utilize the Lightning Lane for an individual attraction.
There is a LOT to learn about this service, and you can find ALL the info you need HERE.
WHEW! And THAT’S the overview of Walt Disney’s original park.