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Disneyland: where dreams come true

10:00 AEST Thu Mar 24 2011
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

Conditions apply.

Prices correct at March 24, 2011.

For further information

Disneyland Park
1313 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
United States
Ph: +1 714 781 7290

Unofficial guides to Disneyland can be purchased via

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

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.

User comments
Special it was not you could have done tweo episodes it was p poor!
Our family was looking forward to this episode all week , what a massive disapointment it was- as my 11 year old said , she could have doen a better job !! The presenters totally missed the point - no mention of DCA apart from WOC - Fantasmic - Nope - Fireworks - nope parades- nope - The presenters - who were they ? What wa sthere brief ? Ultimate - I hardly think so - Very Diaspointed ! Next time you do a show like this get some who has experience and understands the magic of Disneyland.
Been to DLand 3 times and WDW 3 times and heading back later in the year, what a waste of time for some 1 that's contemplating going that show was..If u are going to do a show like it should be the whole show not 2-7 min grabs You missed huge amounts of information etc that would help potential travelers. I only hope you lot do WDW justice when it comes on air
Your peice on Disneyland was great but was quite shocked when you said all you need is 3 day for both parks. I have been there twice for 5 days each time and still have not seen everything for both parks! It is such a magical place and to really enjoy it you really do need at least 5 days.
As a big fan of the Disney Parks for many years, I was very disappointed by your coverage of Disneyland in the March 24 show. The two incredibly brief segments on the park did nothing to sell the magic of this particular park. Sure, you had the presenters getting their photos with Mickey and spinning the tea cups, but so have the other thousand travel pieces done about Disneyland over the years. Indeed, a viewer in Australia who has never been to Disneyland would simply think, "It's just walking-around characters and kiddy rides and junk food. Just like Movie World, or Dreamworld, except a lot further away." I doubt that's what the California Travel and Tourism Commission would want to hear. We enjoy watching Getaway and having a bit of a dream about the places we could go, but on this occasion, I think you dropped the ball. Cheers, Chad
I admit I have been to Disneyland and WDW a lot. But I really thought your overview was pretty limited. You didn't mention California Adventure park premium high tech attractions such as Soarin' and Toy Story Midway Mania. and Hollywood Backlot Tours is not a tour - it's the entrance to the HW Tower of Terror - and one got the impression that the only thing to eat is junk food. And not mentioned - the entire Downtown Disney District of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. mentioning the Unofficial Guide was the best thing.
Tonight you guys just touched the surface on Disneyland I understand that you only have a small time to show but there is so much to Disneyland Our family has been there 4 times and we still have not seen everything there is to do Nothing said about Carsland Little Mermaid and all the work they are doing in Disney California Adventure The information about the book was good and you should let people know about disboards on the web this forum has an Australian section with people with Disney experience

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