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  • May 23, 2008
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Pros: Family entertainment, exciting, lovable characters

Cons: Too comercial, a giant marketing gimmick for Disney movies and products.

The Bottom Line: A must see for any family with small children.

Our little boy is about to turn 3 years old and had a tough year medically (2 surgeries and chemotherapy for a tumor). Thankfully he is well and ready to start having fun again. We thought a trip to Disney was in order - just what the Doctor ordered.

We purchaesd our tickets through our employer (major hospital in Southern California). They are much cheaper if you can purchae through work, the most expensive method is to purchase them at the front gate.

We went in May 2008 over a weekend. It was very very hot with the temperature reaching over 95. We made many water breaks and stayed in the shade as much as possible. Be sure to bring a stroller (you can also rent them at the park). Also bring bottles for water, there are many water fountains at the park. Purchasing bottled water inside is $3. You are able to bring in outside food but I would stick to sandwiches. There are lockers at the front of the park that rent for $1. A great location to store items you don't want to lug around (jacket for the evening, baby supplies, lunch).

Going early makes a huge differnce in the crowds. As the day progresses, it becomes very crowded and congested. It was almost too crowded for us to maneuver around with a stroller for concern of some one running into our stroller. Some of the kids at the park can get very excited and run wildly not looking at where they are going.

The free maps of the park are OK but not great. Thankfully there are many employees who are easy to spot in their uniforms. They point out quick directions, bathrooms, etc...

The food at the park is so-so and expensive. We ate all of our meals at the park for 2 days. We ate Mexican for supper which was very average and cost $65 dollars for supper for 2. We ate lunch at a German themed garden - avearge food (chicken fingers, fries, wilted salad) for $50. We are supper in the New Orleans section (gumbo which gave me indigestion, wilted salad again, fried chicken) for $65. There are many wandering vendors that sell popcorn and snacks. We bought a water fan for $17 as it was so hot.

The atmosphere of the park is well worn. This is the original Disney theme park and was opened in the 1950's. It is well maintained but has wear. Main Street USA is a version of America that no longer exists, small town, all white, all Christian (in other words not multicultural). It resembeled a midwest town at the turn of the century, probably Walt's memories as a boy.

There are ice cream parlors and sweet shops and photo shops. There are plenty of places to purchase Disney merchandise which are all linked to Disney movies. Cars, Toy Story, Indiana Jones, Monsters Inc, as well as the older movies Cinderella, Snow White, etc... are all well represented. I read that Disney makes $35 billion dollars annually. Off Main street, there is a baby area inside a store front. This is an excellent place for those with small children to find air conditioning and a quiet place to calm down, breastfeed or just escape from the hub bub. I thought this was a wonderful idea.

The main attraction, the rides of course are mostly well thought out and are delightful. We stayed to Fantasyland which is geared towards little children with the Teacup ride, It's a Small World, Peter Pan's Flight, the Monorail and the train ride through the park. This was plenty for 1 day. I suggest not rushing from ride to ride but to leisurely enjoy strolling around. As the park becomes more crowded, it becomes harder to enjoy.

Every evening there is a fireworks show and combined with the music "themes from Disney movies and actual recordings of Walt himself espousing his philosophy" it is a wonder to see. Everyone stops to gaze at the sky for the 30 minute show which is visible from anywhere in the park. We elected not to attend the nightly "Parade of Lights" and "Fantasma" as they were way too crowded. Literally there are hundreds of wall to wall people which I don't find enjoyable.

There are many stores in Disneyland such as Sephoria, a book store, an AMC movie theater and of course a Disney Store where all things Disney are sold. Prices are of course very high. The same items can be bought elsewhere are more than 1/2 off. For example, tennis toppers with Disney characters sold for $4.99 each. I can purchase them elsewhere for .99 cents each. This markup is typical and Disneyland hopes you buy when you are caught up in the excitement of the moment.

A well thought out theme park that young children will especially enjoy. A must see in Southern California. Timing is especially important to avoid over sized crowds.


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Disneyland is an American theme park in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated with a press preview on July 17, 1955, in ceremonies led by Walt Disney and opened to the general public the following day. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed, built, opened, and operated by Walt Disney.

Currently the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state. In 1998, the theme park was re-branded Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex. In 2007, over 14,800,000 people visited the park making it the second most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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