A comprehensive guide to every Disneyland park in the world
Disneyland Parks offer so much to travelers, but with five of them around the world, it’s hard to know where to start. Many people only recognize the two American Disneyland parks, the one in California and the one at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It’s not hard to see why these two are the most famous; they are the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, launched in 1955 and 1971. The Walt Disney World Resort, however, tops the list, with more than 60 million tourists visiting each year. Each of the Disneyland parks has unique features, attractions, design and visitors will have a lot of fun visiting them. Getting your own experience of these parks provides great satisfaction, and here’s a comprehensive guide to each.
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida
Located in Orange County, Florida, on 25,000 acres of land, this Disney World Resort was Walt’s greatest dream! It was launched in 1971, coinciding with the opening of the Magic Kingdom theme park. The park is almost the size of San Francisco and there are plenty of offerings to explore. Walt Disney World Resort is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world and has three other theme parks outside of Magic Kingdom; Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Together, these parks receive 60 million visitors a year, thanks to their timeless attractions with incredible features, as well as some of the most impressive designs ever made. The resort is home to two world-class water parks and is packed with wonderful hotels, beautiful dining spaces, and plenty of entertainment options.
Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World Resort
There’s never a bad time to visit Walt Disney World, thanks to the introduction of special events that take place each year. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place in the fall, and the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which takes place in January. However, there are busier months, which include June, July and August. Other peak times of the year to visit the park include Thanksgiving week, Christmas, New Years, and Easter weeks. Travelers visiting during peak periods should be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. Tourists can also avoid visiting the resort during hurricane season, which runs from June to late November.
- How to get around the complex: water taxis, buses, ferries, monorail
- Where to dine: There are over 400 places to eat, available by reservation as restaurants are in high demand.
- Where to stay: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
- How to get there: Orlando International Airport is the primary airport serving Disney World, and the resort offers coach transportation for guests staying at one of its hotels.
Disneyland Resort, California
This is the original Walt Disney park, launched in 1955, a year after construction was completed. The original construction of the Magic Kingdom began in 154 on 160 acres of land. Disney created a show called Disneyland where it gave people an idea of what to expect, a show that raised some of the funds it used to build the Disneyland Resort. This magnificent complex was expanded by creating the Disney California Adventure Park in 2001. Disneyland, unlike other theme parks around the world, does not have many attractions outside the parks. Its biggest land expansion came in 2019 with the launch of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The best time to visit the resort
If you’re visiting fewer people, plan a visit from mid-September to mid-November, before the Thanksgiving break. Another good time to visit for smaller crowds is mid-January to mid-March before Easter week arrives. Since the park is less crowded at these times of the year, this is the perfect time to explore the resort.
- Where to stay: Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier
- Where to dine: Carthay Circle Restaurant, Carnation Cafe, Blue Bayou Restaurant
Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan
For a Disney fan, visiting Tokyo Disney Resort should be on the top of the list. Located in Urayasu, in the eastern part of Tokyo, Tokyo Disney Resort has grown from a unique park to a magnificent centerpiece, with numerous grounds at Tokyo Disneyland and various ports of call at DisneySea, all connected by a monorail. The theme park is based on Walt Disney films. Launched in 183 as the first Disney theme park outside the United States, Disneyland is modeled after that of California and Florida’s Magic Kingdom. Tokyo Disneyland consists of seven themed lands, with unique decorations and parades. Thematic lands include:
- Global Bazaar: Set at the park’s main entrance, this themed land is lined with colorful shops and restaurants and is the park’s main shopping center.
- Tomorrowland: This land features themes of future technology and outer space and is home to Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlasters and Star Tours, some of the most famous attractions in Japan and beyond.
- Town of Toon: This is where the characters from the Disney movies reside.
- Imaginary world: Cinderella’s Castle and other characters and rides including Snow White, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Peter Pan are hosted on this themed land.
- Land of Creatures: Characters from Disney movies, such as Br’er Bear, Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox call this place home.
- West Land: This themed land is home to Big Thunder Mountain, a popular roller coaster.
- Adventureland: As the name suggests, this themed land is a perfect place for adventures, and travelers can check out the Swiss Family Treehouse and have a wonderful time sailing with the Pirates of the Caribbean.
How to get around
Just a five-minute walk from JR Maihama Station, travelers head to Tokyo Disneyland. Also, along the Disney Resort Monorail, visitors can walk a few steps from Tokyo Disneyland Station to get there.
- Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., daily
- Admission fee: Varies from 7,900 to 9,400 Japanese yen
Considered Europe’s most popular tourist attraction, Disneyland Paris has two parks, the main Disneyland Park, which includes five distinct lands, and the movie-themed Walt Disney Studios Park. The entire resort is walkable, and the two parks are close together, about a three-minute walk away.
- Adventureland: Here, travelers can enjoy sailing with the Pirates of the Caribbean and explore the scary cave, pirate ships, steamboats and treehouses, making it an amazing place for adventure.
- Imaginary world: Fantasyland is where the magic of Disney’s fairy tales comes to life! What could be more interesting than flying with Peter Pan or getting lost in Alice’s strange maze? Don’t forget to have a royal experience at the Princess Pavilion!
- Country of discovery: This park showcases technology, space and the future.
- Border : Launched in 1992 with Euro Disneyland, this themed land is located where Adventureland used to be and includes all the beautiful things the eye would want to see. From mind-blowing restaurants and amazing eateries to colorful shops, beautiful attractions and rides, there is a lot to experience in this land.
- Main Street United States: This themed land features amazing buildings, a town hall and a train station. The place also offers a nice shopping area to have snacks.
- Walt Disney Studios Park: This park has five areas, including the Toon Studio, Production Courtyard, Front Lot, Toy Story Playland, and Backlot. It’s the perfect place to experience the Hollywood lifestyle and get lost in some of your favorite movies.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Launched in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is the smallest of the Disneyland parks and includes only one theme park. Travelers can experience some Chinese elements, such as the Chinese restaurant located on the resort’s main street. Dating back to the 19th century, this restaurant offers Chinese table service. This resort includes fantastic views and vistas, an incredible culinary scene, fascinating history and unique entertainment.
- Currencies: Hong Kong Dollars and Renminbi.
- Authorized credit cards: VISA, Master, American Express, CUP, JCB
- How long to explore the resort: one day is enough
The park’s theme lands include:
- Main Street United States: This themed land features a platform where Disney characters Cinderella, Ariel, Mickey and Mermaid perform and vintage cars.
- Adventureland: In Adventureland, travelers have so much to explore, including its magical forests and the Jungle River Cruise that they wouldn’t want to miss.
- Imaginary world: There’s so much to enjoy here, including the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, one of the park’s most popular rides.
- Tomorrowland: The Hong Kong version of Tomorrowland emphasizes metallic trim and lots of blue and purple hues.
- Toy Story Land: Have the chance to meet characters from the Toy Story movies.
- Grizzly Gulch: Nestled in the center of stunning mountains and forests, it is an ancient city of the American Wild West.
Disneyland parks are the best places to have a fantastic experience.