Why Visit Disneyland
July 3rd, 2012
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Disneyland is a place where both the young and the old can enjoy being a kid and escaping the outside world. As soon as you walk into one of the Disney parks, whether it's the tropical and wild Animal Kingdom Safari park, or the ride-packed Islands of Adventure theme park, you'll soon discover all the magic Walt Disney has created.
Visiting Disneyland on vacation guarantees fun, excitement and happiness for all the family. You will so busy visiting the magical parks and trying out all the Disney themed restaurants that you simply won't have time to stay in your hotel room playing partypoker or watching TV - in Disney there is always something going on, from music-filled street parades to live-action shows. There are so many reasons why you should visit Disneyland and below are some of the best.
Meet Disney and Pixar Characters
Even as an adult, it's so exciting walking around one of the theme parks and suddenly bumping into one of your favorite childhood Disney characters. It makes a great photo opportunity of you hugging your favorite Disney or Pixar character, whether it is Goofy, Donald Duck, Aladdin or Buzz Lightyear. The best time to meet the characters is in the morning when the park opens - they can normally be found in the Main Street area, as well as the character dining venues like Ariel's Grotto in the California Adventure.
If you head to Toontown, you'll spot Mickey and Minnie Mouse, while Tinker Bell can be found in Pixie Hollow. If it's the Princesses you're desperate to meet then head over to the Disney Princess Fair near Small World in Fantasyland.
...and most characters will sign autographs. Collecting them in one of those Disney souviner autograph books has been known to be fun even for adults. (I, personally, spent one vacation trying to get photos with as many of the princesses as I could. Jasmine, Ariel and Esmeralda were my favorites...)
Ride the Roller Coasters
Raw thrill seekers may still prefer the high endurance coasters from places like Cedar Point or SIx Flags, but Disney still has some unique one-of-a-kind coaster experiences.
Disney pioneered the very first steel tube coaster with the opening of the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland in 1959, and many other achievements would follow. Space Mountain is an all indoor coaster (yes, in air conditioning!) that simulates a rocket ride through projected stars, meteors and other effects. It became the first coaster in the USA to have an on board sound system, and a few years ago was completely updated with even more spacy special effects. The 1979 opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was the first coaster track designed with the aid of a computer (and at $17 million dollars, it cost more than what it took to build all of DIsneyland in 1955!)
If those three coasters are not enough, for higher energy thrills, California Screamin' across the way at Disney California Adventure became the first USA Disney park with a loop (it also has an onboard sound system, and although it "appears" to look like a wooden coaster from a distance, it is a full out-and-about steel track coaster - and the 8th longest roller coaster in the world (4th longest steel coaster in the USA).
And although not coasters, other thrill attractions such as Splash Mountain and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror do induce plenty of screams out of thrill seekers.
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