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Disneyland California, USA

Visit "The Happiest Place on Earth", and one look at all the excited faces on the kids at Disneyland will tell you where this moniker has come from.  Disneyland Resort is one of the ultimate theme parks of the world, located in Southern California in Anaheim, just outside of Los Angeles.

Spread over 2 enormous theme parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park), there's something for every member of the family, but it is worth planning your visit beforehand to make the most of your time.  Younger children will love Fantasyland and Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland Park,  while older kids and teenagers will get a kick out of Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Star Tours at Disneyland Park and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Grizzly River Run and California Screamin' at Disney California Adventure Park.

Consider staying on-site at one of the Disney Hotels - Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.  Apart from the obvious convenience and accessibility for everyone, this is a great idea particularly for families for younger children - it's easy to nip back to the hotel for a nap / rest if you want some time out from all the excitement in the middle of the day.  There are however dozens of hotels within close proximity that will cater for all budgets.

Got the time and energy to venture further afield?  There's loads more to see and do in the Los Angeles area.  Movie buffs will love a visit to the movie sets at Universal Studios, or even taking one of the self-guided tours around Beverley Hills to check out where the movie stars live.  If Disneyland has just whetted your appetite, other wonderful theme parks in California include Knott's Berry Farm (a must for Snoopy fans), Lego Land and Sea World.

Families Will Love

  • Character experiences - no visit to Disneyland is complete without an up close and personal visit with your child's favourite Disney character.  Enjoy breakfast with Minnie & Friends at the Plaza Inn, share a magical moment at a "Meet & Greet" with Lightening McQueen, Tinkerbell, Rapunzel, Winnie the Pooh or Mickey Mouse (among many others), or just just have fun with the dozens of character attractions including Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary Adventures and Tarzan's Treehouse to name just a few.
  • Fireworks - every evening the night sky lights up behind Sleeping Beauty's Castle with an amazing magical fireworks display.  Unmissable.  Other night-time entertainment include the all-new World of Colour Lagoon Show (featuring over 1,200 fountains) and Fantasmic, a digital projection and fireworks show.
  • Street parades - periodically through the day, the streets of Disneyland come alive with a magical parade of floats and performers with special appearances of favourite Disney characters. Don't miss the colorful, energetic Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure Park.
  • The variety of food is excellent, and parents will find endless choices to suit the pickiest of eaters.  The resort has been working hard in recent years to expand the variety of healthy food.  There are almost 30 food outlets inside Disneyland Park alone, from sit-down table service to quick takeaway options.  Many restaurants offer healthy options and fruit carts are also found throughout the park.
  • Free "Rider Switch" passes - even with small children, adults can still get a chance to experience the more thrilling rides without the hassle of waiting in line twice.  With a "Rider Switch" pass, you can all queue together and when you get to the front, just take it in turns to enjoy the ride while the other stays with the children.
  • The weather - with an average 21 degrees year round and a whopping 328 sunny days per year, it's not just the entertainment that makes this destination "The Happiest Place on Earth"!

Facts for Families

Main Airports: Los Angeles International Airport
Time Zones: GMT - 7
Peak Travel Periods: Summer Months.
Off Peak Travel Periods: Winter, Exluding School Breaks
Vaccines Required: No
Weather: Moderate Climate Year Round
Currency: US Dollar
Family Friendly: Yes

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