Areas of Disneyland Image: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
Disneyland Park is divided into eight different "lands," and these lands all have their own themes. As such, they are often referred to as themed areas. Various attractions can be found in the different themed areas, and they generally relate to the theme at hand. All of the Disneyland areas are worth checking out on a visit to the park, but since there is so much to enjoy between them, you'll likely need more than one day to take it all in. You'll also likely need a park map, which can be obtained at the entrance. Without a map, it can be easy to get lost, but Disneyland is not exactly the worst place to lose your way.
Main Street USA
Main Street USA Image: HeyRocker (flickr)
After passing through the main gates at Disneyland, visitors find themselves in the Main Street USA area. This area is designed to resemble a quaint American town from the early 1900s. The architecture is decidedly old fashioned, and the transportation options also hearken back to earlier times. Among the vintage vehicles that you can take a ride on at Main Street USA are horse-drawn carriages, old fire engines, and cars that resemble the first models ever produced. There aren't any theme park-style rides at Main Street USA, though the area does offer a station for the Disneyland Railroad. It also offers some interesting shops, as well as an Opera House where you can learn more about the history of Disneyland.
Fantasyland Image: HarshLight (flickr)
Main Street leads to the Central Plaza of Disneyland. On the other side of this plaza unfolds the area that is known as Fantasyland. Sleeping Beauty Castle, or the Disneyland Castle, as it is also known, serves as the main entry point for this land. Visitors cross over a draw bridge and enter a magical world that revolves around some of Disney's most classic stories. The overall look of the Fantasyland area is akin to that of a village in Bavaria, and there are opportunities to encounter princesses and other Disney characters. Among the other things that you can do in the Fantasyland area of Disneyland is take a It's A Small World cruise. You'll also find the Matterhorn ride there, as well as Peter Pan's Flight. These three rides are among the most popular Disneyland rides.
Adventureland Image: HarshLight (flickr)
To the immediate west of the Central Plaza at Disneyland is where you will find Adventureland. This land is intended to evoke a tropical feel, and as the name implies, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Among them is the Indiana Jones Adventure, which is a ride that sees passengers entering a lost temple in and attempt to rescue Indiana Jones himself. When Adventureland visitors aren't enjoying the Indiana Jones Adventure, they often find themselves embarking on a cruise. The Jungle Cruise at Adventureland is a seven-minute boat tour that takes guests through different areas that resemble strips of the Nile River in Africa, the Amazon River in South America, the Ganges River in India, and the Irrawaddy River in Southeast Asia.
New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square
Also found to the west of Central Plaza is the New Orleans Square Area. This area resembles the French Quarter in New Orleans, and it's where you'll find the popular Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides. Dining on jambalaya, sipping on a mint julep, and watching a Jazz band perform are among the things that you can do in the New Orleans Square area at Disneyland, and there is a station for the Disneyland Railroad should you wish to take a fun and relaxing trip around Disneyland Park.
Frontierland is a Disneyland area that aims to recreate the American frontier as it was during the pioneer days. A specific focus is put on the Old West, as is evidenced by the shows that are put on at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. When you're not taking in a show and getting something to eat at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland, you can take a ride on the thrilling Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster. You can also ride on a riverboat, visit the petting zoo, and delve into mysterious caves. This area is also where the nighttime spectacular that is Fantasmic! can be seen. This seasonal show features all kinds of dazzling special effects and is hosted by Mickey Mouse.
Critter Country Image: HarshLight (flickr)
Next to Frontierland is the Disneyland area that is known as Critter Country. This land also has a frontier appeal and is home to the popular Splash Mountain water flume ride. This area is where you will find the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride. On this ride, guests slowly pass through the Hundred-Acre Wood, and the characters that you will see along the way include Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore.
Mickey's Toontown Image: amyr_81 (flickr)
Added in 1993, Mickey's Toontown is a wonderfully whimsical land that was largely inspired by the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The architecture is certainly unique in this cartoon-based world, and you can even pay a visit to the homes of Mickey and Minnie. Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is among the main rides at Mickey's Toontown. It sees guests taking a fun trip through the Toontown streets. Also found in the area is Gadget's Go Coaster. This relatively gentle roller coaster provides some thrilling moments and relates to the television show, Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers!.
Covering the majority of Disneyland Park's eastern area is the futuristic land that is known as Tomorrowland. In this land, the Space Age theme is hard to deny. Visitors can take a simulated rocket trip through space on the wildly popular Space Mountain roller coaster ride and take in a Jedi Training Academy show that sees kids from the audience playing a role. Another popular ride that attracts people to the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland is Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. On this Toy Story-inspired ride, kids and adults alike team up with Buzz Lightyear in the fight against Zurg's army. Other fun rides and an interactive area known as Innoventions only add to the allure of Tomorrowland, and you might be interested to know that the area is conveniently linked to Downtown Disney by the Disney Monorail.