Disneyland For Adults

Above: Disneyland L-R: The Disneyland entrance, Indiana Jones Adventure, Haunted Mansion and Disney's Spectacular Fireworks above Sleeping Beauty Castle
Above: Disneyland L-R: The Disneyland entrance, Indiana Jones Adventure, Haunted Mansion and Disney's Spectacular Fireworks above Sleeping Beauty Castle

Think Disneyland is just for kids? Think again. Disneyland in Anaheim, California is an adult playground that is guaranteed to bring out that long lost feeling of being a kid in any cynical visitor. In fact, an overwhelming percentage of guests to the original mega-amusement park every year are adults visiting for their honeymoons, on dates or with a group of friends looking for a fun-filled getaway.

Disneyland has two separate parks at their 85 acre Anaheim complex, the original Disneyland Park that Walt Disney himself opened in 1955 and Disney California Adventure, which opened in 2001 just next door. Visitors can easily explore both parks with a Park Hopper pass which grants you access to both parks.

So, make a list of attractions, grab a Park Hopper pass for access to both parks and slip on a pair of comfortable shoes… after all, you’re not actually a kid anymore.

Exploring Disneyland

Guests staying on-site at one of the Disney-owned hotels, Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa will be fully immersed in the magical Disney environment and can enjoy early admission to the park, which is just footsteps from your room. [Editor’s recommendation: Guests styaing at the newly renovated Disneyland Hotel are in for a surprise when they turn on the fairytale-inspired headboards in their room… it lights up and gently plays “A dream is a wish your heart makes.”] Not able to stay on-site? Don’t worry there’s a selection of highly-rated Anaheim hotels located across from the park, about two blocks from the gate.

Once you’re inside? Why not kick off your day with a tour of the world-famous vacation destination. The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” guided tour offers guests a little insight on how Walt wove his personal history into the park and even offers an exclusive look in his original apartment, which is perched above the park’s firehouse in Main Street, USA.

Guided tours not your thing? Then go for a stroll down Main Street and then head straight for the rides and attractions. Remember to swing by some of the most popular attractions on your must-experience list and grab a free Fastpass from the service machine, which allows you return at an assigned time for a minimal wait.

Recommended attractions? Enter the legendary Temple of the Forbidden Eye and embark on a fast-paced thrill ride on the Indiana Jones Adventure, board a Starspeeder1000 and travel to intergalactic destinations with C-3PO on Star Tours, enjoy a lazy boat ride through pillaged villages and pirate ships on the popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride or cool down on the log flume-style Splash Mountain ride. [Editor’s recommendation: When you’re walking by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room make sure you stop and grab a pineapple Dole Whip.] If you’re in the mood for one of Disneyland’s classic attractions take a tour through the legendary supernatural Haunted Mansion or head over and ride “It’s A Small World.” Ah, nostalgia.

When you’re ready for a break, many of the quick-service locations have tables and chairs to sit and eat at, or you can opt for something a little more grown up. After all there is no shortage of high-end restaurants at Disneyland where adults can indulge after a day of fun. The dimly lit Blue Bayou restaurant (inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction) is one of the most romantic spots in the park. Remember to make a reservation and request a table by the water’s edge. If it’s a special occasion and you’re looking to celebrate, try the award-winning Napa Rose Restaurant (on the first floor of the Grand California Hotel). This 4-star restaurant is an elegant escape with an incomparable selection of wines and contemporary California cuisine.

Finishing things off? Depending on the day you go, finish off your Disneyland experience by heading back to Main Street and take in Disney’s nighttime firework spectacular bursting through the sky high above Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

NEXT: Get ready to explore Disney California Adventure…

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Christopher Turner

AmongMen’s Editor-in-Chief is a well-respected fashion and style writer whose works have appeared in Fashionism, Fashion Television, MSN, DesignLines, the Kaboose Network, the Disney Family Network and Sun Media. He also has a collection of designer kicks that would make Imelda Marcos blush and lives in Toronto’s trendy east end. Follow him at: @Turnstylin.

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