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by Scott Holleran
January 31, 2006
A recent four-night stay at Disneyland proves that this rich, glorious theme park, celebrating its 50th anniversary from now until 2007, is best enjoyed as a planned excursion, not as a whim.
Begin with Birnbaum's, an indispensable annual paperback that's available for around twelve dollars. The goal-oriented guide should be read by every visitor to insure unit cohesion. It answers detailed questions, from using strollers to locating lost cars, and, besides a handy batch of coupons, Birnbaum's, working with Disneyland, provides a clear orientation for each member of the party.
Disneyland encompasses the original park, Disneyland, which opened on July 17, 1955, three hotels—the Grand Californian, Paradise Pier and the Disneyland Hotel—Downtown Disney (shops and movie theaters) and Disney's California Adventure, a smaller park which opened in 2001. Disney calls the whole property the Disneyland Resort. Simply Disneyland will do.
After years of day trips, it was time for a full-fledged Disneyland vacation. This guide is based on that visit, a prepaid package arranged by the Walt Disney Travel Company, with accommodations for four nights at the Grand Californian, admission to both parks for three days—an old Disney World pass was used for admission on a fourth day—coupons, early entry to Disneyland before the general public for one day, meals, and what was easily the trip's highlight: a three-hour walking tour called A Walk in Walt's Footsteps, a tribute to Walt Disney.
DISNEYLAND GUIDE A-Z
• Disney's California Adventure
• Disneyland Hotels and Restaurants
• Downtown Disney