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Disneyland Neighborhoods

Disneyland Resort consists of two major theme parks—Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure—along with Downtown Disney, an entertainment and shopping district. Restaurants and other services can be found at the resort's three onsite hotels. Plan to spend a day at each theme park, if possible. You can explore Downtown Disney in the evening or on your way to the parks.

Disneyland Park

This is the park that started it all back in 1955. While attractions have come and gone, some favorites never change. Fireworks still fly high over Sleeping Beauty Castle and little ones can soar with Peter Pan in Fantasyland. And It's a Small World? Well, you'll just have to experience that classic for yourself. The Disneyland Railroad narrow-gauge train makes a 20-minute loop around the park and can help you get the lay of the land. Otherwise, grab a map and make your way around to the different sections of the park, from Tomorrrowland, with its famous Space Mountain, to Mickey's Toontown, where you can see the big guy up close. Be sure to make time for one of the Disneyland parades down Main Street, U.S.A. (Check the daily schedule for events and times.) End your fun-filled day with the Fireworks Spectacular, an unforgettable kaleidoscope of colors above Sleeping Beauty Castle.

California Adventure

Disney California Adventure was unveiled in February 2001 and has been going strong ever since. The park allows guests to view the Golden State through Disney's eyes. Disney California Adventure is smaller than Disneyland Park, so you can see all of its attractions easily. Hollywood Pictures Backlot is a mock studio back lot where you can step into TV and film favorites like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Paradise Pier highlights the nostalgia of a California beach town, featuring California Screamin' and Toy Story Mania! The Golden State is dedicated to the beauty and culture of California, with favorites like Soarin' Over California, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and the Grizzly River Run.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is an entertainment district with shopping, restaurants and special events. It's easily accessed by foot or from the monorail, offering a diversion during the day and a place to eat or relax in the evening. Shops range from the ever-present Disney souvenir shops (World of Disney is a large one) to specialty stores like Fossil, Build-a-Bear Workshop, LEGO Imagination Center and Anne Geddes. For fun and games, try ESPN Zone or catch a flick at the AMC Movie Theatres. Music events are held at House of Blues (tickets at 714-778-2583) and Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen (tickets at 714-776-5200). One of the biggest draws to Downtown Disney has to be its dining scene. Even the locals come to enjoy establishments like Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar and the Rainforest Café.

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