Even big kids can't help being awed by Walt's original playground. Rocket ships, pirates, princess castles, and Main Street U.S.A. make it all feel a little like walking through a life-sized fairy tale. Fantasy aside, there are plenty of thrills, too, whether your pleasure is careening around Disneyland Park's mountains (Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) or gliding over the Golden State on Disney California Adventure Park's Soarin' Over California.
With the international appeal of the Disneyland Resort, tourists come to Anaheim year-round. Summer, however, is especially popular and crowded — a good time to take advantage of the FastPass system to reduce line waiting. Expect much lighter crowds mid-week during the school year (roughly after Labor Day through Thanksgiving, and January through March). The downside: during the off-season, hours are reduced and some attractions may be closed for overhauls.
Anaheim is known for its temperate climate, a place where sunny days can be expected all year. Average temperatures hover around 75 degrees. Any rain that falls generally appears in mid to late winter. In summer, the scorching sun can heat things up well into the 90s or above. Get more weather info.
Disneyland is located off of I-5 ("the 5," in California speak) about 30 minutes from Los Angeles. The closest airport is John Wayne (SNA) in Santa Ana. Los Angeles International (LAX), Ontario International (ONT), and Long Beach (LGB) airports also serve the area.
Southern California isn't known for its public transportation, but a few bucks and a couple of bus and train transfers will get the patient there via the L.A. Mass Transit authority. The area is also served by Amtrak. L.A. traffic is the stuff of legend, and the 30 or so miles from the city to Anaheim can take hours at the wrong time — which can be pretty much any time of day or night. Still, Los Angeles is the land of the automobile, and a car is a necessary evil. Disney's hotels operate monorail and tram service to and from the park. If you stay outside of the park, the Anaheim Resort Transit offers regular Disneyland Resort shuttles.
A few events draw extra-large crowds to the Disneyland Resort.
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