Sunday, April 22, 2012


Living in the eastern U.S., I hear a lot about people visiting Disney World in Florida. I wonder how many of the children making that visit know that the original is Disneyland in California.

Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California, just south of Los Angeles. In 1953, Walt Disney started looking for a site that would hold his ideas for rivers, mountains and waterfalls; for his giant teacups and flying elephants; for a fairy tale land of castles and moon rockets -- to be called Disneyland -- a design that combined experiences in a way never done before.

If you will be visiting the original, be sure to do some planning before leaving home. The park itself can be overwhelming and it helps to have an agenda laid out. For instance, one hint from regular amusement part goers is to get to the gate at opening time and go left since most everyone else goes right. That way you avoid the crowds.

Planning will also help by saving you money. Making hotel reservations well in advance gives you a choice within a wide range of prices, instead of last minute having only the most expensive available to you. And planning ahead allows you to save on your Disneyland tickets by being able to order them before arriving in California.

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