No visit to Southern California would be complete without a visit to the Magic Kingdom; Disneyland has been making dreams ... More
No visit to Southern California would be complete without a visit to the Magic Kingdom; Disneyland has been making dreams come true for decades. Located within Disneyland Resort, Disneyland is divided into eight "lands" with different themes, such as Fantasyland, Critter Country, Mickey's Toon Town, and Tomorrowland. The park is open 365 days of the year. Holidays are some of the busiest times for the park, so plan accordingly. Hours and ticket prices can change according to the season, so be sure to call or check the website before planning your trip.
I first went to disneyland in the early '60's. It was a place of wonder and excitement. The last time I went there was in 2010. Parking was expensive and food was way overblown pricewise. One cheeseburger a small fries and a small drink cost $32.00 and for a family of four, you can do the math. Our twelve year old daughter said her hamburger tasted awful and left nearly the whole thing on her plate. The lines were so long that we only got to ride a handful of rides and spent most of the time trying to find a place to sit down and rest. Most shops were so congested you couldn't see much of the merchandise. We left around 11:00,pm and decided against ever going back in the future. Basically it's a zoo...and an expensive one at that! Definitely NOT a pleasant experience. Walt must be turning over in his grave.
I booked a trip last May for this September after calling and speaking to a "castmember" at Disneyland so that I could make sure that park hours and attractions would not be closed. When we got there in September all of the rides that we love were down (Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Space MT, Screamin, Blue Bayou restaurant, Tarzan, monorail, etc.) Now mind you this was for a family of 10 with 6-day hopper passes, four hotel rooms, 10 round trip ticket airfare, approximately 9,000 dollars. I went in to Guest Services the second day we were there and their solution was for all of us to surrender our tickets, go home and they would give us a voucher for one-day passes to use within the next 6-months to 2 years. When I reiterated that we could not just go home that we were from out of state she rescinded her offer and gave me a # to call when I got home to relay my experience and disappointment to. While at Disney, I was over-charged for meals, treated rudely by "cast members" and sent on a wild goose chase around the park looking for a nightgown for my granddaughter. Most of the staff that I dealt with had no idea what their stock was. I asked one "castmember" about a stuffed toy that I wished to purchase and she instantly said that they did not carry it. During that conversation I saw out of the corner of my eye the very stuffed toy I was asking for. When I said it was right there she just shrugged her shoulders and walked away. This is our fifth trip to the park and I can honestly say that over the years it is just deteriorating. Also was told by a "castmember" that if you do make reservations you should check 6 weeks before trip to make sure of park hours/attraction availability and then change your reservation accordingly. Wonder if she has a clue that to change airfare to accomodate Disney is not cheap. The bottom line is that I did call in advance and talked to a "cast member" and still the hours were changed and the attractions were shut down. The fourth time we went, without warning, they shut the park early to accommodate a Senior high school field trip and that is why I made such an effort to make sure all was well for this trip. Obviously if you do not have lots of money or affiliated with a large group that has the potential to bring in revenue year after year you are not very important. I ask myself "What would Walt say about our eperience at the happiest place on earth" I would also like to add that I heard this same complaint from numerous other visitors to the park. Think I will try Harry Potter at Universal Florida next year......
My husband and I went to Disneyland for our honeymoon - - we absolutely loved it-!!! Some rides were under repair - but that did not stop us from exploring and have fun. The park was crowded with school and volunteer groups - but honestly, if you look past it and remember why you came -then you'll be fine. The staff was outgoing and friendly. We booked reservations at the Blue Bayou months in advance and WE LOVED IT-! Would recommend planning ahead because it is absolutely worth it-! The atmosphere is wonderful and romantic with the sights and sounds (you really don't hear the ride or the riders), the food is to die for and a great price for everything you get. People trying to get in without a reservation were upset because they would have to wait or check back later - - - if you would have planned ahead for once and not blame the staff for your lack of compassion and planning skills - you would have a better time. ALWAYS MAKE RESERVATIONS-!! Breakfast with Minnie was fantastic. We were the first guests there and it was absolutely special and THANK YOU SO MUCH-! We got to see all of our favorite characters there and it was so playful - - we have some many wonderful pictures. To be honest, it is not only all the wonderful and beautiful surroundings and rides that make us want to come back, it is the outgoing and friendly staff-! If you come with the expectations of being a kid and having fun and letting go of your baggage - you will have a wonderful time. If you come and complain about the lines, the prices, blah blah blah - - then do us all a favor and don't come. While on our visit, I developed a huge blister on the inside of my tight from my shorts - - we went to the first aid station and the staff there take complete care of me and I absolutely loved them for their compassion and funny personalities. Also, take a trip over to the French Quarters and have a cartoon character done - - our artist did such a wonderful job for us - - she was so friendly and so outgoing - - before we knew it - we were done and so happy-! Walker bys smiled and commented on our drawing - it is amazingly life like - - very talented artist. Only complaint we have is other visitors / tourists. Our last night there - we went and saw the fireworks at the lake - - we were in the smoking section and we showed up 2 hours before the show. By the time the show started, our whole section was filled with rude - non-smokers complaining because we were smoking. They were pushing children around to get a better seat and would not stop talking and complaining about every little thing. Here is the thing folks - I am all about fair - - there are only a few places for us to smoke at the parks - which I am grateful for. I understand that not everyone smokes - but if you come into the smoking section on your own free will - do not complain about the smoke you smell. Another thing - some smoking families had children (12 yrs +) with them who were having a wonderful time in front of all of us - - if you start pushing the children aside and crowded them to get a better view - - then appect the parents to get in your faces. Again - - - plan ahead.
I was at Disneyland's opening day. Have always loved it. However, for the price they are charging families for admission I think the rides should be in working order. The Matterhorn and Space Mountain we closed. Also the parking signs need to be improved. Not easy to find the parking structure. Won't go back. Too many other fun things to do in So. Calif.
Tengo 36 y este fue nuestro primer dia en Disneyland para mis dos hijos 7 y 4, mi espso ya habia venido pero hace 20 anios atras. Lo bueno, muy ordenado, limpio, organizado, la atencion del personal es excelente, el personal esta muy bien entrenado para dar informacion, se ve que son todos un equipo muy profesional, se me perdio el estuche de mi camara con mi celular adentro y es increible creerlo pero habre ido a las dos o tres horas a la oficina de lost and found y me lo devolvieron, estoy feliz por eso. Lo malo, cuando fuimos al Micky toon town, hicimos linea para entrar a la casa de Mnnie Mouse y cuando nos tocaba tomarnos foto con ella, un senor muy amablemente nos dijo que esperabamos que Minnie se iba a tomar un breack, y asi lo hicimos pero dentro de la casa mientras mis hijos, mi esposo y yo nos tomabamos unas fotos adentro de la casita, cuando llego Minnie, mi esposo nos llamo para la foto y cuando Minnie nos vio nos miro y con haciendonos senas con las manos nos dijo "ustedes no" y llamo a los que estaban atras de nosotros, felizmente el senor que trabaja con ella le dijo, ellos estuvieron ahciendo fila Minnie "dont worry" y despues de ese incidente mi esposo se fue a tomar la foto con los ninos y cuando me llamo yo le dije que no queria tomarme foto con Minnie.......ella volteo y me miro y me hizo senas con las manos y luego que terminaron la foto entramos otra vez a la casita y ella "Minnie" me empujo con su cuerpo fingiendo que posaba para la siguiente persona, me empujo......esto sucedio hoy agosto 13 del 2011 cerca de las 2 de la tarde.....dejenselo saber por favor porque ella sabe de que estoy hablando, esa fue mi mala experiencia y se los dejo saber para prevenir que no le pase esta misma experiencia a otra persona.
I love Disneyland!!!!! It truly is the happiest place on earth! They always keep the park in amazing shape, the staff is helpful and friendly and the rides are safe and fun. I was a little disappointed that a few rides where closed like the Matterhorn and Mr. Toads wild ride, but all and all I had a great time. I wrote a post on my trip with picture if you want to see more.
I am so very disappointed in Disney Land. I saved for TWO years to take my son here for his 4th birthday with my disabled mother. The staff members were rude, inconsiderate and one girl even snickered at my mother for being in a wheel chair. The crowd control is non existent. People are inconsiderate, rude and just down right ugly. The lines were insane long, food prices were OFF the charts. I am so very disappointed in this trip. I will NOT be coming back again.
We went in the off-season (winter) hoping to miss the long lines. It is no cheaper. More rides are closed than posted on the website, and in fact, more rides were closed than posted at the front gate.
We arrived at 10am and were done by 4pm.
We contacted Disneyland afterwards and they did not care that we did not have a good time. They said we could have ridden the rides that were open and didn't care that our favorites were closed (and not listed online). No discount, and not even any courtesy.
So, go in the off-season to possibly have shorter lines for the rides (but no guarantee). Or go in season and wait hours for the rides. And waiting is no fun at all - the kids got pretty impatient.
We might go back, maybe every 10 years or so. But then, Universal Studios is also a lot of fun.
We took our 7 and 11 year old for their first time. Crowds werent that bad because we planned to go on Wednesday of the weeklong trip. We all had fun! My 11 year old is disabled and in a wheelchair. Staff were VERY accomodating allowing her to ride with minimal wait times. There are little "treasures" and special moments all around the park. We went to Toontown and saw Minnie with a huge line. We decided to go through Mickeys house as it was hot and Mickey has a good A/C unit! After the10 minute maze that is Mickeys house, we were able to meet him and spend about 5 minutes with him in a room with a few other visitors and cast members. Mickey embodied what Disney is to kids. The actor took the extra time with each child and made it wonderful. the prices are high-from drinks to entrance to souvenirs. The park was immaculately clean and the rides in good order. A great trip overall but left my pocket quite a bit lighter. I would recommend bringing a lunch, sunscreen and comy shoes.
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