Truly one of the most magical places on the planet, Disneyland is one of California's most popular attractions. The Disneland Resort is home to two theme parks named Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, as well as multiple hotels and the Disney-themed shopping and entertainment area called Downtown Disney. Constructed back in the 1950s, Disneyland has attracted millions of visitors to the Anaheim area over the years. In fact, the original Disneyland park has had more visitors than any other theme park in the world since it opened back in 1955, with over 700 million people enjoying the rides and attractions of the park since then. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Attraction Spotlight: Disneyland
Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California is one of America’s most-loved theme parks. Attractions at the park incorporate the fantasy locations and characters from the Disney films into rides, activities and events. Over 54 indoor and outdoor attractions offer varying levels of thrill for all ages. Rides original to the park when it opened in 1955 include the Disney Railroad, an 18-minute tour of the park aboard an authentic steam train, The Mad Tea Party, a spinning ride aboard giant pastel tea cups, and the Mark Twain Riverboat, a half-mile ride aboard a steam-powered 19th century-inspired river boat.
Other water rides at the park include It’s a Small World, an slow cruise to the world peace theme song of the same name, past representations of 7 continents. Splash Mountain, the log-flume ride, ranks as one of the park’s more thrilling water rides and includes a 5-story drop down a waterfall. Space Mountain and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are two of the park’s largest indoor roller coasters. Other all-ages rides deemed ‘scary’ include Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The park is divided into differently themed areas. Visitors enter through Main Street USA, which leads directly to Fantasyland, home of Cinderella’s castle. Tomorrowland includes Space Mountain and the 1955 original ride Autopia. Mickey’s Toontown is geared towards younger children and includes Goofy’s Playhouse and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Frontierland is home to Mark Twain’s Riverboat and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, one of the park’s thrill rides. Critter Country offers Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and Splash Mountain. New Orleans Square is home to the Haunted Mansion Holiday and Pirates of the Caribbean. Adventureland offers Tarzan’s Treehouse and the Indiana Jones Adventure, among other rides. Each section of the park also offers ample dining options as well as souvenir shops. Transportation throughout the park is provided by the Disneyland Railroad as well as a monorail system. The Main Street Vehicles, modeled after turn-of-the-century automobiles are available for one-way rides down Main Street USA.
History: Disneyland Park was opened in 1955, and is the only of the Disney theme parks to have been designed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. Disney was inspired to open a theme park after having visited numerous amusement parks with his daughters during the 1930’s and 1940’s. While watching his daughters enjoy a merry-go-round, he had the idea to plan an amusement park where parents and their children could enjoy the rides together. Originally, the park was planned as an attraction adjacent to the Disney Studios in Burbank, but the site was too small. In 1953 Disney settled on the 165-acre parcel of land in Anaheim, California. To secure funding for the park, Disney created a show called Disneyland for ABC Television, who in turn helped fund the park’s construction. Shops on Main Street USA were rented to outside vendors. By 1960, five years after the opening of the park, Disney had bought out all the outside partners, and became sole owner of the park, as well as owner of the ABC network. Disneyland Park was a pioneer in theme park operations, and is known for using theatrical terminology to reiterate that a visit to the park is similar to watching a live performance. Public areas are referred to as ‘on stage,’ staff are considered ‘cast members,’ while crowds are referred to as the ‘audience.’ Over 50,000 guests attended the park on opening day in 1955. Today, the park has over 18 million visitors per year.
Ongoing Programs and Education: In addition to the rides, visitors to the park are entertained by daily performances, parades and more. The Dapper Dans are a barbershop quartet who sing on Main Street USA every few hours throughout the day. Visitors may meet Disney characters throughout the park. The Disney Princesses meet guests at Royal Hall while others roam throughout the park. Mickey’s Soundsational Parade marches through the park each afternoon, while other seasonal parades take place during holidays. Stageshows include Storytelling at the Royal Theater, Mickey and the Magical Map at Fantasyland, and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, a Star Wars themed show at Tomorrowland. Fireworks take place every evening after dark at multiple locations throughout the park.
What’s Nearby: Visitors to Disneyland Park may also be interested in a visit next door to Disney’s California Adventure Park which brings additional Disney and Pixar characters to life through rides and attractions, or to the Downtown Disney District, a promenade just outside the Disneyland Park offering additional entertainment, dining and shopping.
1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, Phone: 714-781-4636
Attraction Spotlight: Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is an arts, events, and museum space located in Orange County, California. Opening its doors to the public in 2007, the center runs a creative program focusing on honoring culture, history, heritage, and art. The center offers ticketed and non-ticketed exhibits as well as a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. Outside, the Carnegie Plaza & Courtyard contains modern style waterscapes, olive trees, bamboo linings, and a 4,780-square-foot space that is often rented out for private events. Inside, the Muzeo Main Gallery features a state-of-the-art sound system, LCD projectors, track lighting, drop-down screens and over 25,000 square feet of space in the multi-use complex. The Carnegie Gallery, where many of the events take place, dates back to 1908 and is registered on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Previously housing the city library, the Carnegie Gallery changed purpose in 1987 to become part of the Anaheim Museum, and then in 2007 it became part of Muzeo. It boasts 4,100 feet of space, two floors and the spaces of the Sandra Day Lower Lobby, Turner Construction Gallery, South Gallery, Upper Lobby, and the Steve & Kathleen Kabel Discovery Room.
Muzeo has a firm link to the local community as well as local artists and performers and has been founded on the idea that it is a “museum without walls,” accessible to all races, genders, ages, backgrounds, and classes. Once a year, Muzeo hosts an event known as the TrashARTist Challenge. This challenge encourages a zero-waste policy and participants who take part recycle their trash and turn it into art. Aimed at students, the competition is open to participants from all over the country. After the competition finishes, those selected may attend the subsequent Expo & Awards Ceremony. The objective of the competition is to raise awareness about recycling in the community and to engage individuals in creativity. Also hosted is an annual gala. Muzeo is a not-for-profit museum and relies on its thrice-annual travel exhibitions, its creative program, donations, membership, and volunteers keep it running.
Muzeo does not have what is generally known as permanent collections, but it does have some spaces with fixed exhibitions around the local area. For those interested in the history of Anaheim and Orange County, the Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History exhibition provides plenty of information and artifacts to browse. Originally curated during the time period when the Historic Carnegie gallery was known as the Anaheim Museum, the gallery is filled with a permanent collection of artifacts, photographs, and educational information about Anaheim and the local area. Within the collection, visitors can view archived items from the city's leaders and founders such as objects from the Anaheim Stadium. Highlights are the 19th-century citrus farming tools and winery tools as well as age old Native American wares and fossils that have been discovered in Anaheim and Orange County.
A notable family from Anaheim’s history were the Hirahara family, as can be seen in various photos within the Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History exhibition. The family were prominent figures of ethnicity and success in the city and were well regarded as figureheads for the Japanese community living alongside the Americans. The locally dwelling Japanese and Americans worked together in businesses, farming, and churches during the early beginnings of Orange County, a relationship that is still celebrated to this day.
Located within the grounds is the Anaheim Heritage Center, part of the Anaheim Public Library system. Whilst it is located within close proximity to the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Centre and many visitors also frequent the building after touring Muzeo, it is technically not included in the Muzeo collective. Situated near the Muzeo’s main gallery, the space holds around one million items that have been organized and cataloged so that they can be accessed by academics, researchers, and students. Due to the scale of the collection, there are trained staff on hand to assist individuals in locating what they need to find from the detailed collections.
After-school classes for children vary throughout the year, but a range of creative subjects are taught for youths aged 14 to 21. In the past, there have been classes in calligraphy, photoshop, and fine art. The museum and cultural center has hosted live musicians and art festivals and also creates educational packs for educators to use in class. When it comes to adult learning, Muzeo hosts a range of talks from qualified and specialist individuals with topics ranging from creative to medical and places quickly sell out.
241 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805, Phone: 714-956-8936
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