Good for: children
Not good for: queues
Lonely Planet review for Disneyland Park
Spotless, wholesome Disneyland is still laid out according to Walt's original plans: Main Street USA, a pretty thoroughfare lined with old-fashioned ice-cream parlors and shops, is the gateway into the park. Though kids will make a beeline for the rides, adults will enjoy the antique photos and history exhibit just inside the main park entrance at the Disneyland Story: presenting Great Moments with Mr Lincoln.
At the far end of the street is Sleeping Beauty Castle, an obligatory photo op and a central landmark worth noting – its towering blue turrets are visible from many areas of the park. The sections of Disneyland radiate from here like spokes on a wheel. Fantasyland is your best bet for meeting princesses and other characters in costume; it's also home to a few notable rides like the famous spinning teacups of Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan's Flight and 'it's a small world.' For something a bit more fast-paced, head to the exhilarating Space Mountain roller coaster in Tomorrowland or the popular Indiana Jones Adventure ride in Adventureland. Nearby New Orleans Square offers several worthwhile attractions, too – the Haunted Mansion (not too scary for older kids) and the otherworldly Pirates of the Caribbean cruise, where cannons shoot across the water, wenches are up for auction and the mechanical Jack Sparrow character is creepily lifelike. Find Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, another popular roller coaster, in the Old West–themed Frontierland. If you've got little ones in tow, you'll likely spend time in kid-focused Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown, too.