Kate Ceberano and Jason Dundas went to Disneyland in Anaheim
for the ultimate guide to the Happiest Place on Earth. It's a truly magical place and fun is guaranteed. There's so much of it, a day just isn't long enough. Maybe two, but three would be much better.
Officially known as Disneyland Park, it opened in 1955 under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It started as a dream in the 1930s when he envisioned a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank. He eventually bought 65 hectares near Anaheim and it's a place that will never stop growing.
It's divided into lands radiating from Central Plaza, each with its own vibe. The first place you see is Main Street USA, modelled on a small turn-of-the-last-century Midwestern town. Take the railroad, a horse-drawn streetcar, double-decker bus or horseless carriage past Victorian facades and get your bearings.
Kate twigged that most people head in a clockwise direction, so her tip is to go the other way. She also recommends a sugar hit to get the energy going. There's plenty to choose from!
There's a parade of all your favourite characters and a fireworks show every day. Times change with the seasons so check your guide as you enter the park.
Tomorrowland represents the vision and fantasy of people such as HG Wells, Jules Verne and, of course, Walt Disney. Zoom through Space Mountain, drive racing cars, go on a Finding Nemo submarine voyage and travel through the galaxy in Star Tours.
The enchanting Fantasyland, just beyond Sleeping Beauty's castle, brings the magic and wonder of childhood stories almost to life. Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mr Toad, King Arthur carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Matterhorn bobsleds and Casey Jr circus train, Snow White and Pinocchio are all there.
Jason needed a rest after spinning around in a giant-sized teacup at the Mad Tea Party. Pastel cups spin under Japanese lanterns, twirling on three turntables. Each cup holds five people and you control your speed by rotating a large wheel.
Mosey into Frontierland for a recreation of an old west town. Enjoy a cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat, runaway train ride, visit Big Thunder ranch, the Golden Horseshoe stage, shooting exposition and sailing ship Columbia. There are rafts going to Tom Sawyer Island where there is a scary pirate's lair.
Adventureland takes you through lush growth to join an Indiana Jones adventure, a riverboat ride through jungle waters, Tarzan's tree house and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
New Orleans Square is full of the excitement and romance of jazz and Dixieland, wrought ironwork, verandahs. You can sip on a mint julep and browse through shops in the French Quarter.
There's a haunted antebellum mansion and one of the all time favourites Pirates of the Caribbean.
Critter Country takes you deep into the backwoods. There are sounds of railroads, waterfalls and a chorus of singing critters at Splash Mountain. Journey through the Hundred Acre Wood to see Winnie the Pooh getting up to his antics.
There are countless places to stop for a refreshment or full meal. Jason and Kate recommend Napa Rose which is an elegant, award-winning restaurant. Its interior is full of authentic handcrafted arts and crafts, and it's just the place to get ready for round two.
Fastpass is Disneyland's answer to long lines at their most popular rides. It will save your place in the queue while you head off to do something else. The map you're given at the entrance shows you which attractions are included in the Fastpass system. If you feel the wait is too long, slot your pass into a machine and an appointment will be made for later.
Kate and Jason recommend visiting California Adventure Park next door, particularly to see the nightly World of Color show in Paradise Bay. At Sunshine Plaza the sun never sets and there is a fantastic Hollywood Pictures Backlot tour.
Everyone loves to ride of the Heimlich Chew Chew Train or go underground for the 3-D film It's Tough to be a Bug.
Disneyland: where dreams come true: Part 2
Anaheim, an hour's drive from Los Angeles.
Disneyland's three-day Park Hopper is $205 for adults and $184 for children.
Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa rooms start at $353 a night.
V Australia has flights to Los Angeles from:
- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane $1259
- Adelaide $1559
- Perth $1859
Prices correct at March 24, 2011.
For further information
1313 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
Ph: +1 714 781 7290
Unofficial guides to Disneyland can be purchased via www.touringplans.com/unofficial-guide.
Visas: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at wwww.cbp.gov/esta.
Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.
Time zone: California is GMT -8.
Currency: The American dollar.
International dialling code: +1.