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A Gourmet Trip to Disneyland Resort

​We all know Disneyland is a magical place! Everywhere you turn, from the enchanted castles, to the captivating princesses, to the fun-filled rides, there are wishes coming true 365 days a year! Just look at the delight in park goer’s faces, both young and old as they meet Mickey for the first time, sip hot chocolate as the Electric Parade strolls down Main Street, go for a whirl on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or snuggle under a firework lit sky. It is very evident that new memories are constantly being created and old one’s re-lived. read more


Disneyland Resort Facts & Firsts

​Opening Date: July 17, 1955

​26,000 cast members, making Disneyland Resort the largest single-site employer in Orange County

The Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1959, and it set the standard for modern-day roller-coaster design.

​Disneyland created the first daily operating monorail in the western hemisphere.

​The nighttime water spectacular “World of Color” uses a submersible platform that’s bigger than a football field, with more than 18,000 points of control and revolutionary lighting that infuses nearly 1,200 fountains with color — making it one of the largest show systems ever built.

​More than 800 species of plants, native to 40 different countries, grow at Disneyland Resort.

​The landscape surrounding the Jungle Cruise has evolved into its own ecosystem since the attraction opened in 1955. The trees have created a canopy that allows species of ground plants to grow that otherwise wouldn’t in Southern California.

Through the years, a virtual “Who’s Who” of the 20th and early 21st centuries has visited the Disneyland Resort, including U.S. presidents (dating to Harry S. Truman), numerous heads of state and countless athletes, artists, authors and celebrities.

The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are the only AAA Four Diamond Hotels in Anaheim.

​Disney California Adventure park opened in 2001. It celebrated the completion of a five-year expansion in June 2012, with eight themed lands, including the new Cars Land.Buena Vista Street, the new road into Disney California Adventure, invites guests to step into Los Angeles of the 1920s and ’30s, experiencing the sights and sounds Walt Disney may have discovered when he stepped off the train in California in 1923.

At 280,000 square feet and 125 feet tall at its peak, The Ornament Valley Mountain Range in Cars Land is the largest rock structure in any domestic Disney theme park.

​More than 30 different languages are spoken among Disneyland Resort cast members.

​Disneyland Resort costuming cast members maintain more than a thousand different costumes for use in the parks and hotels.

​Approximately 50 certified scuba divers work on the Disneyland Resort Facilities team, which maintains such attractions as “World of Color,” “Fantasmic!” and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

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                      Dedication to Disneyland...

"To all who come to this happy place –

welcome. Disneyland is your land.

Here age relives fond memories of the

past and here youth may savor the

challenge and promise of the future.

Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals,

dreams and the hard facts that have

created America… with the hope that

it will be a source of joy and inspiration

to all the world."   Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955 


Disneyland, the park is divided into public areas, consisting of themed lands, and the well-concealed "backstage" area, which normally only cast members can enter. The themed lands and other public areas occupy 85 acres.



























Main Street, U.S.A.
Based on the stereotypical turn-of-the-20th-century city Main Street, specifically Disney's boyhood home of Marceline, Missouri, Main Street, U.S.A. is home to many shops but is the only land in all of Disneyland without a permanent ride. Walt Disney said, "For those of us who remember the carefree time it recreates, Main Street will bring back happy memories. For younger visitors, it is an adventure in turning back the calendar to the days of grandfather's youth."


Adventureland
This land is designed to be an exotic tropical place in a far-off region of the world. "To create a land that would make this dream reality," said Walt Disney, "we pictured ourselves far from civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa." Attractions include the "Temple of the Forbidden Eye" in Indiana Jones Adventure, the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and "Tarzan's Treehouse." (The Tarzan Treehouse is an adaptation of the earlier Swiss Family Treehouse from the Walt Disney film, Swiss Family Robinson).


Frontierland
This land recreates the setting of pioneer days along the American frontier. According to Walt Disney, "All of us have cause to be proud of our country's history, shaped by the pioneering spirit of our forefathers. Our adventures are designed to give you the feeling of having lived, even for a short while, during our country's pioneer days." Frontierland is home to the Pinewood Indians band of animatronic Native Americans, who live on the banks of the Rivers of America. Entertainment and attractions include Fantasmic!, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, and Sailing Ship Columbia. Frontierland is also home to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, a show palace straight out of the Old West. Currently the comedic troupe "Billy Hill and the Hillbillies" entertain guests on a daily basis.


Fantasyland
Walt Disney said, "What youngster has not dreamed of flying with Peter Pan over moonlit London, or tumbling into Alice's nonsensical Wonderland? In ; Fantasyland, these classic stories of everyone's youth have become realities for youngsters - of all ages - to participate in." Fantasyland was originally styled in a fairground fashion, but its 1983 refurbishment turned it into a Bavarian village. Attractions include several dark rides, the King Arthur Carrousel (spelled this way by Disney), and various children's rides.


Tomorrowland
In Walt Disney's words, "Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future." Disneyland producer Ward Kimball had Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, Willy Ley, and Heinz Haber as technical consultants during the original design of Tomorrowland.[3] Initial rides included the rocket to the moon; later, a large fleet of submarines was added. The area underwent a major transformation in 1967 to become "New Tomorrowland," and then again in 1998 when its focus was changed to present a "retro-future" theme reminiscent of the illustrations of Jules Verne. Current rides include the popular Space Mountain and Star Tours, among others.


New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square was among the last additions to Disneyland overseen by Walt Disney himself. Opened in 1966, it is meant to capture the flavor and architectural detail of New Orleans's Bourbon Street. This area contains two of the most popular Disneyland attractions, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, and a private club and restaurant, Club 33.


Critter Country
Critter Country opened in 1972 as "Bear Country," and was renamed in 1988. Formerly the area was home to the Indian Village with actual Native Americans entertaining guests. Today, its main draw is Splash Mountain, a log flume attraction themed after the animated segments of Disney's 1946 movie Song of the South. In 2003, a dark ride called The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh replaced the long-running Country Bear Jamboree, a show featuring singing Audio-Animatronic bears.


Mickey's Toontown
Toontown opened in 1993 and was patterned after "Toontown" in the Disney/Touchstone Pictures 1988 release Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Mickey's Toontown looks like a 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon short come to life. The land is built like the town where Disney characters live.



Dining at the Disneyland Resort



Bengal Barbecue

Adventureland

Cuisine: American Cuisine

Cost: $14.99 and under per adult


Blue Bayou Restaurant
New Orleans Square
Cuisine: Cajun-Creole Cuisine
Cost: $35 to $59.99 per adult

Cafe Orleans
New Orleans Square
Cuisine: Cajun-Creole Cuisine
Cost: $15 to $34.99 per adult

Carnation Cafe
Main Street, U.S.A.
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $15 to $34.99 per adult

Clarabelle's
Mickey's Toontown
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Daisy's Diner
Mickey's Toontown
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Edelweiss Snacks
Fantasyland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

French Market Restaurant
New Orleans Square
Cuisine: Cajun-Creole Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Galactic Grill
Tomorrowland
Cuisine: American, Healthy Selections, Vegetarian Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
Main Street, U.S.A.
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

The Golden Horseshoe
Frontierland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Harbour Galley
Critter Country
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Hungry Bear Restaurant
Critter Country
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
Main Street, U.S.A.
Cuisine: American, Bakery Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Market House
Main Street, U.S.A.
Cuisine: American, Healthy Selections, Vegetarian Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Maurice's Treats
Fantasyland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Mint Julep Bar
New Orleans Square
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Plaza Inn
Main Street, U.S.A.
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Buffet/Family Style, Character Dining
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult - $35 to $59.99 per adult

Pluto's Dog House
Mickey's Toontown
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult)

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
Frontierland
Cuisine: American, Mexican Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Redd Rockett's Pizza Port
Tomorrowland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Red Rose Taverne
Fantasyland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Refreshment Corner
Main Street, U.S.A.
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

River Belle Terrace
Frontierland
Cuisine: American Cuisine, Casual Dining
Cost: $15 to $34.99 per adult

Royal Street Veranda
New Orleans Square
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Stage Door Café
Frontierland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Tiki Juice Bar
Adventureland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult

Troubadour Tavern
Fantasyland
Cuisine: American Cuisine
Cost: $14.99 and under per adult



Want to dine with Disney characters?


1. Disneyland Park - "Minnie & Friends - Breakfast in the Park" at the Plaza Inn,
2. Disney's California Adventure Park - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" at Ariel's Grotto
3. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa - Chip 'n Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe
4. Disneyland Hotel - Goofy's Kitchen
5. Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel - Lilo & Stitch Aloha Breakfast at Disney's PCH Grill

Priority Seating may be arranged for many restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort by calling Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE (3463), up to 60 days in advance


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