Disneyland (U.S.)

Spotlight on Disneyland

The Disneyland Resort is a recreational resort in Anaheim, California. It is home to two theme parks, three hotels and a shopping, dining, and entertainment area.

The area now known as the Disneyland Resort was developed by Walt Disney in the 1950s and for over 40 years was known simply as Disneyland. When it opened to guests in 1955, the property consisted of Disneyland, its 100-acre (0.40 km2) parking lot, and a hotel known as the Disneyland Hotel, owned and operated by Disney's business partner.

After succeeding with the multi-park, multi-hotel business model at Walt Disney World in Florida, Disney decided to apply the same business model in Anaheim and acquired large parcels of land adjacent to Disneyland. After its first publicly known proposal for a second theme park in Anaheim was scrapped, construction began in 1998 on a theme park called Disney California Adventure Park; a hotel called Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, a renovation, renaming, and re-theming of the Disneyland Pacific Hotel; and an admission-free shopping and dining area called Downtown Disney. During the expansion, the name Disneyland Resort was coined to refer to the entire Disney complex, while Disneyland Park was coined to refer to the original theme park.

Theme Parks:

  • Disneyland® Park - Visit Walt Disney's original theme park and celebrate the worlds of yesterday, fantasy and tomorrow with timeless attractions, dazzling entertainment and magical moments that last a lifetime.
  • Disney California Adventure® Park - At Disney California Adventure Park, Disney stories come to life in new and exciting ways — from incredible shows to amazing attractions. Plus, you'll find favorite Disney Characters and a larger-than-life nighttime entertainment spectacular. The adventure never ends as your imagination runs free at this one-of-a-kind Disney theme park! 

Other Areas:

  • Downtown Disney District - Visit the Downtown Disney District, a lively promenade featuring unique shopping and dining, as well as exciting nighttime entertainment. Located just outside the Parks and adjacent to the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, the Downtown Disney District offers something for everyone from early morning until late at night.

Disneyland Resorts (all Deluxe)

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disneyland Hotel
  • Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
  • *There are also many “Good Neighbor” Resorts nearby that can be booked with Disneyland packages.


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