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Welcome back to our Disneyland 101 series. This is a series for those planning their very first trip to the Disneyland Resort, focusing on guests who are having their first Disney vacation ever. We are breaking down everything you need to know for your vacation. This post (and the next) are the Disneyland planning guide for those who have never been to the park before and are wondering where the different rides in Disneyland are located. And what is the deal with lands? We are breaking it all down for you today.
Today we are going to go over what you need to know about Disneyland Theme. If you don’t remember, Disneyland Resort consists of 3 hotels (will become four), a shopping district, and two theme parks. The newest theme park is Disney California Adventure, but the original Disney theme park is Disneyland.
There is a lot to know about Disneyland, so this is a very simple overview of the lands and some of the rides and other attractions in each land. This is the Disneyland planning guide for those who want to know the layout of the park and where they will find different rides, so they can navigate their vacation quicker.
Disneyland Park consists of eight differently themed lands. Each land is very distinct. These lands are Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Mickey’s Toontown. Disneyland will soon be adding a ninth land! Star Wars Land which will open in 2019. We will update this post with all that information as the park opens.
In this guide we will do a quick overview of each land. We will cover where it is located and some of the Disneyland rides you might find in it.
Mainstreet USA, Disneyland Park
As you walk down Main Street you will find shops, restaurants, and more. The Main Street Cinema shows Steam Boat Willie and is a great air conditioned escape.
As you come to the end of Main Street you will enter the hub of Disneyland. This is where you find the Walt and Mickey Statue. From here, you can enter the four major lands.
What is in Adventureland in Disneyland?
What Rides Are in Frontierland in Disneyland?
The Golden Horseshoe is located here, as is the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante (Mexican). There is actually a restroom behind the Mexican Restaurant that used to be pretty empty, but lately is quite popular. The toilets in this restroom are quite tall, so some kids may need help sitting on them.
As you walk in, The Rivers of America are in front of you with Tom Sawyer’s Island in the middle. Here you can set sail on the Sailing Ship Columbia or the Mark Twain Riverboat.
If you continue past Big Thunder Mountain you will find a walkway to Fantasyland (and soon the entrance to Star Wars Land).
What Is In New Orleans Square in Disneyland?
The Haunted Mansion is your last major attraction in New Orleans. This is another classic Disneyland ride. It really isn’t super scary, but there is a few parts that might scare some children.
What Is In Critter Country?
Walking past New Orleans Square you will arrive in Critter Country. This is where you will find Splash Mountain, the Davy Crockett Canoes, and every toddler’s favorite ride (or at all of my toddler’s) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
This is also where you will find Pooh’s corner. A great place to meet Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger. If you are hungry be sure to grab a bite to eat at The Hungry Bear. Head downstairs and sit along the Rivers of America to eat. There is also a good bathroom down there to dry off after Splash Mountain.
Let’s head back out to the Main Street Hub and stand at the Walt and Mickey Statue. Look straight at the castle and you will see a walkway to Fantasyland.
Fantasyland in Disneyland – Lots of Rides In A Small Space
Fantasyland is probably what comes to mind when most people think about Disneyland. This is where you are going to find rides like Peter Pan, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (aka Tea Cups), Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland and more. The best thing about Fantasyland is that the rides are all very close together, making it easy to jump from one ride to the next.
TIP: Park your stroller and make your way around Fantasyland stroller free!