Disneyland was built in Anaheim, California way back in 1955. The park was the only one which was personally designed and built by Walt Disney. He envisioned that people would come to the park to relive his famous animated movies come to life.
Disneyland, the park layout
The park is laid out into ” lands” Fairy Land, Adventure Land, Main Street USA, New Orleans Square, Frontier Land, Critter Country, Mikey’s Toontown and Tomorrow Land. Each land has a separate “feel” and atmosphere. To get a feel of the whole park, take the Train which goes around to each of the lands. Take the Monorail to see Disneyland from the sky.
Main Street USA
As you enter the park, you are in Main Street USA, which is set up to feel like a typical Main street in the Midwest in the 1900’s. There are stores, an old fashioned cinema, where you can “Meet Mr. Lincoln”, see old fashioned cars and a horse drawn buggy. Many times you can meet Mickey Mouse posing for pictures. Other characters from Disney are roaming around the park, waving hello, dressed up in over-sized costumes. Minnie Mouse and Goofy, are a few that you will meet.
Rides in the Lands of Disneyland
In each Land there are rides for different ages. One of the most famous rides that actually made it into a series of movies is the Pirates of the Caribbean, in New Orleans Square. This is a water ride that features the song, Oh Ho, Oh Ho a Pirates Life for Me. Inside is also an expensive restaurant.
There are also thriller rides, such as the Matterhorn, which is a fast paced roller coaster, made more scary because much of the ride is inside the mountain, where it is dark. When I used to visit Disneyland, you had to buy tickets to get into each ride. The roller coasters all were an “E” ticket which means they were the most expensive. “A” and “B” tickets were for the Merry Go Round, and Uncle Toad’s Wild ride.
Being a guest in Disneyland
One thing that makes Disneyland different from other amusement parks is that you feel like you are really living somewhere else. All the park goers are “Guests” and the workers are “Cast.” You are treated with respect, and the park employees do their best to make sure that your stay at the park is a Fairy Tale come true.