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Disneyland FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, CA.

Where is Disneyland?
Disneyland Resort is located in Orange County, Anaheim, California which is about 30 miles south of Los Angeles and 95 miles north of downtown San Diego. Disneyland is located right off freeway interstate 5 in between the Katella Avenue exit and Ball Road.

When did Disneyland open?
Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955.

How much was a ticket when Disneyland opened?
When Disneyland opened tickets were $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.

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How long did it take to build Disneyland?
It took one year and one day to build Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

How much did it cost to build Disneyland?
In 1955, it cost $17 million US dollars to build Disneyland. $17,000,000 in 1955 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $183 million today, an increase of $166 million over 67 years. 

Who was the first person to visit Disneyland?
22-year-old Dave MacPherson bought the first Disneyland ticket sold to the public and the first guest to ever set foot inside.

What is the oldest ride in Disneyland?
There are a few rides that still exist from opening day: Autopia, the Disneyland Railroad, Jungle Cruise, King Arthur Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Main Street Cinema, Mark Twain Riverboat, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Adventure (now Snow White’s Scary Adventures), Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats. There are also several other rides that all opened shortly after opening day and are still in operation today.

Is Disney building in Palm Springs?
Yes, Disney is building a new community in Rancho Mirage (near Palm Springs), called Cotino, and is the first Storyliving by Disney development.

Did Walt Disney live in Palm Springs?
Yes, Walt Disney and his wife Lillian bought their first plot of land for their new Palm Springs home in 1948 at Smoke Tree Ranch.

How many acres is Disneyland?
Disneyland Resort is 500 acres or 2.0234282 square kilometers. This includes both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Disneyland theme park is about 98 acres and California Adventure is about 72 acres.

What is on the other land at Disneyland Resort?
There are two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure), three hotels, parking lots, and a shopping, dining, and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney.

How many lands are there at Disneyland? What are the lands in Disneyland?
There are nine lands at Disneyland: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter Country, Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

What were the original 5 lands in Disneyland?
Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland.

How many lands are there in California Adventure? What are the lands in California Adventure?
There are eight themed lands inside California Adventure: Buena Vista Street, Pixar Pier, Paradise Gardens, Pacific Wharf, Grizzly Peak, Hollywood Land, Avengers Campus, and Cars Land.

Does Disneyland Resort include a hotel?
There are three hotels: Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

How many visitors to Disneyland each year?
About 18 million people a year visit Disneyland. About 9.9 million people a year visit California Adventure.

When is Disneyland most crowded?
Disneyland is typically most crowded around holidays, weekends and any time schools are out of session e.g. summer, winter break, spring break.

When is Disneyland least crowded?
Mid-January through mid-March, mid-April through mid-May and mid-September through mid-November. Lines tend to be shorter Tuesdays through Thursdays during these off-peak periods.

When is the Best Time to Visit Disneyland?
This answer depends on what you’re looking to do and your objectives. Off peak times may be ideal for smaller crowds but some entertainment may not be nightly, certain rides may be shut down, or shorter park hours. There are Disneyland seasonal events to consider which draw larger crowds but are also amazing experiences.

Is it free on your birthday at Disneyland?
As of right now Disney does not give free admission on your birthday.

Are babies free at Disneyland?
Kids ages two and under are completely free at Disneyland. This includes children who are two years and 355 days old.

Are Disneyland tickets cheaper at night?
Disneyland Resort doesn’t offer a discounted admission if you arrive at night or a certain time of day.

How do you get into Club 33?
There are only two ways to get into Club 33, one is by being an exclusive member, or two by being invited by one.

Can you bring food into Disneyland?
Yes, outside food and nonalcoholic beverages can be brought into the parks provided they are not in glass containers, do not require heating, reheating, processing or refrigeration and do not have pungent odors. 

What is Disneyland’s maximum capacity?
Disneyland park’s capacity is about 85,000 people and averages about 51,000 visitors a day.

How many people work at Disneyland?
About 32,000 people are employed at Disneyland.

Who are famous celebrities that worked at Disneyland?
Not a complete list but here are many confirmed celebrities that worked at Disneyland: Alyson Reed, Joanna Kerns, Jody Prenger, John Lasseter, Kathryn Joosten, Kevin Richardson, Kevin Costner, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Carpenter, Robin Williams, Ron Ziegler, Sarah Butler, Steve Martin, Teri Garr, Wayne Brady.

How Many Disneyland Theme Parks Are There Around the World?
There are five Disneyland theme parks around the world: Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland. Walt Disney World is not a Disneyland Resort but many would consider it to be included as the sixth resort. Disney World is about 51 times the size of Disneyland. Disneyland Resort has Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District. Disney World has Disney World is home to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney World also includes Disney Springs, ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex, several golf courses, two miniature golf courses and two water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

What’s the difference between Disneyland and Disney World?
Disneyland Resort is in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World Resort borders Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando but both resorts are in their state’s Orange County.

Which one is bigger: Disneyland or Disney World?
Disney World is much bigger and covers 43 square miles of land and Disneyland is just 500 acres. 51 Disneylands can fit inside Disney World.

Which park is not owned by Disney?
Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not wholly or partly owned by The Walt Disney Company. However, Disney has creative control.

How far is Disneyland from Los Angeles?
Disneyland is approximately 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

How Far is Disneyland from San Diego?
Disneyland is approximately 95 miles north of downtown San Diego.

How far is Disneyland from Las Vegas?
Disneyland is approximately 266 miles away from Las Vegas. It is about a four hour drive with little to no traffic but depending when driving that time can be more. It is less than an hour flight.

How far is Disneyland from Legoland?
Disneyland to Legoland California is about 65 miles or an hour drive which can vary based on traffic.

What is the closest airport to Disneyland?
Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the closest airport to the Disneyland.

What airport can you fly into Disneyland?
There are several Southern California airports to choose from. John Wayne and Long Beach are the nearest and very easy airports to get in and out of. LAX and SAN are further away, more difficult to get in and out of but may offer more direct and cheaper flights.
15 miles: John Wayne Airport (SNA)
22 miles: Long Beach Airport (LGB)
32 miles: Ontario International Airport (ONT)
33 miles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
49 miles: Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)
95 miles: San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Is there a free shuttle from SNA to Disneyland?
No, there are no free shuttles to and from Disneyland but there are many hotels that offer their own complimentary shuttles to and from John Wayne Airport. These same hotels also offer free shuttle service to and from Disneyland. Check with the local hotels to confirm.

Are there sit down restaurant in Disneyland?
Yes, there are many sit down restaurants and even some were you can get reservations ahead of time. you can either call (714) 781-DINE or use the online reservation system or Disneyland app to reserve your spot at restaurants in Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and the three on-site hotels.

Is there a free wifi at the park?
Yes, you can access the Disney Guest wifi network for free.

Are there charging stations or electric outlets across Disneyland Park?
Yes there are 30 charging stations at Disney. Just ask the employees to direct you towards them.

Are wagons allowed at Disneyland?
Wagons and stroller wagons of any kind are not allowed in Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park.

Can you wear a GoPro on Disney rides?
As long as you have the GoPro strapped to your body, then you should be fine in most instances. Selfie sticks are not allowed and will be confiscated by security.

Can you wear a costume at disneyland?
Guests 14 years of age or younger may wear a costumer. Any guests 14 years of age or older may not wear a costume.

Can adults cosplay at Disneyland?
Adults, 14 years or older, cannot cosplay except at some special events, such as the Oogie Boogie Bash, where adults are allowed to dress as their favorite character but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other guests.

Why can’t adults dress up at Disneyland?
Disney does not want guests and kids to confuse a costumed adult guest with an official Disney character. Disneybouding is allowed which is dressing like a Disney character using regular clothes.

What is DisneyBounding?
DisneyBounding is dressing like a Disney character using regular clothes but it’s not wearing a full costume. Pinterest DisneyBound has many examples of Disneybounding.

Is DisneyBounding allowed at Disneyland?
DisneyBounding is allowed at Disneyland and all Disney theme parks.

Are dogs allowed at Disneyland?
Service animals are allowed but not other dogs or other pets are allowed. All other animals, including emotional support, comfort or companion animals, are not considered service animals and thus not allowed.

Whose castle is at Disneyland?
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is at Disneyland, CA and it is based off of the real Neuschwanstein castle located in the village of Hohenschwangau, Germany.

What time are Disneyland fireworks?
The fireworks shows happen nightly at 9:30pm except when the park closes early for special events. The fireworks can be seen inside and outside the park from many different spots.

Is water free at Disneyland?
Free cups of water can be requested from any counter service restaurant. Additionally there are water fountains and water refill stations throughout the resort.

Can you fly a drone over Disneyland?
FAA regulations prohibit a drone or anything else to fly below 3,000 feet and within 3 miles of Disneyland.

What are Disney employees not allowed to say?
The three words that Disney employees are trained not to say are “I don’t know.”

Are You Allowed to Spread Cremated Ashes at Disneyland?
Spreading cremated remains is strictly prohibited and also unlawful.

What are the dates for Christmas at Disneyland?
Disneyland will celebrate Christmas from November 11, 2022 through January 8, 2023.

What should I bring to Disneyland?
Glad you asked! See our guide for what to bring to Disneyland.

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