Disneyland is famous for its fairytale and one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world where travelers of all ages can have a lot of fun and locate in California, Paris, Hong Kong, Florida, and Tokyo.
When you heard “Disney”, a Mickey Mouse image appears uncontrollably in your mind, right? Many of us may directly identify Disney with classic cartoon characters, cute pink castles, and princesses. But do you also know that Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and all the movies shot within them are under the auspices of Disney? You should know what kind of environment awaits you in the parks, rides, attractions, and activities are not only associated with more “childish” characters but also with characters that you do not expect much.
Because of the Covid-19, Disney parks and studios have been closed since the beginning of March. Theme parks, studios and resorts are reopened as of 15th July, 2020. With new openings in theme parks, Disney Resort Hotels, restaurants and other offerings will be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure. They have taken enhanced health and safety measures like enhanced cleaning, physical distancing, and reduced contact so it will be different from the last visits.
Guest participation in the parks will be managed by the Disney Park Pass reservation system. To enter a park, a park reservation is required for guests aged 3 and over, as well as a valid admission for the same park on the same date.
While entering the theme parks and hotels, temperature screening and face-covering will be required. Those with temperatures 38°C (100.4°F) or above and do not have masks will not be allowed entry. While visiting the parks there will be signage and ground markings to help guests in common areas to make sure social distancing. Also, physical barriers will be strict to promote distance.
With the last version of “My Disney Experience App”, guests can access the digital menu in restaurants, do mobile order service for dining, and do online check-in at Disney Resort Hotels.
You will undoubtedly have a different Disney experience than the last ones, but still with the precautions taken, the “Magic of Disney” will be with you.
Let’s start with general information about Disney Parks!
Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida is the biggest one among all Disneyland parks and there are different theme parks in all Disneylands. For instance, there are four theme parks in Orlando: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. Also, Disneyland Paris is the second popular one and consists of two parts: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios.
Theme parks are parks where castles and Mickeys rule and where you can have a full Disney environment and experience. Parks consists of different sections with different themes such as Adventureland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Frontierland, and Main Street.
The studios at Disneyland are based on the special effects, productions, and what’s going on in the background of Disney-themed movies, where you can feel like you’re in the middle of a giant movie studio. This side can also be called a park that includes roller coaster and attractions that can satisfy adults more.
There are many transportation alternatives between parks like buses, trains, cable cars, boats.
While walking through the park during the day, you can meet Walt Disney characters dancing or signing photos for you. If you want to see these characters in bulk, you can go to Main Street where the castle is located in the afternoon. Because you can watch the parade which is the closing ritual of the park at 5 pm. Besides, amazing fireworks and light shows are held in all parks at 9 pm every evening with the name of “Happily Ever After Fireworks Show”.
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You can choose between two different ways to get Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios tickets. If you wish, you can buy your ticket at the ticket offices at the entrance of Disneyland. If you do not want to wait in line, you can buy tickets on the official website and even get your tickets at a more affordable price. Although there are periodic changes in ticket prices, the most suitable options are always available on the website.
You can use your magic band that given you to try rides, accommodating, shopping, and any case that requires money.
Unfortunately, the prices of hotels in Disney parks are not very affordable however it is not a bad idea to make money for this experience that you can probably try once in your life. If you stay at one of the Disneyland hotels, there are packages including entrance tickets to the park. There are Disney-themed hotels in the park and there are 15+ hotel options that you can stay in this area together with the hotels located near the park, so you can choose according to your budget.
Food and Beverage
There are many restaurant choices to eat from different international cuisines or buy some snacks and the price scale is quite wide that you can find an option for your budget. Most of the restaurants, the characters that accompany you during the meal go around. They come to your table during the meal and take a photo and sign it.
If you want you can take your snack with you and if you bought a drink with the red Disney paper cup, you can refill it with any nonalcoholic drink anywhere for free also you can fill your own bottle from water dispenser around.
PS: If it is your birthday, you can get mini birthday cakes or drinks for free in some restaurants.
FastPass & Single Rider Tricks
After showing your ticket and logging into Disneyland, you can ride all toys unlimitedly at no cost during the day. However, as you can easily notice while walking around the park, some rides attract more attention than others. Between 10.00-11.30 and 17.00-18.00, thematic areas are quite secluded. Similarly, there are almost no queues in front of the toys during the parade.
Hint: If you are planning to visit the park alone, you can benefit from the “Single Rider” application. Thus, you do not have to wait for a long time at the general entrance. You do not need to visiting alone, if you do not mind sitting separately with your friends/family while riding, you can take advantage of single rider choice.
There are “Fast Pass” options in some rides (not all) in parks and studios. With this pass, you can enter a queue that progresses much faster without entering the queue that you will have to wait normally and possibly for a long time, so you do not have to wait in lines that can take 45 minutes. You do not have to pay any extra fee for your fast pass except for your parking ticket.
You go to a ride with a fast pass option and go to the box office that says “Fast Pass”, located at a point next to the normal row, and place your parking ticket in the kiosks here. In other words, instead of spending your time waiting in line, you can make a booking in a suitable time and try another ride or breathe somewhere in the meantime.
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7 Favorite Rides
Although it may seem like a fun place that only appeals to children, there are excellent activities for adults. The best part is that you encounter flawless augmented reality and artificial intelligence in every ride you try.
1. Expedition Everest
Impressive steel roller coaster with “Mount Everest” theme at Disney Park. In this journey, which takes about 3 minutes, the train goes up to the top of the mountain and then falls from a height of 24 meters at a maximum speed of 80 km/h.
2. Splash Mountain
Before trying this, you should protect your electronic items from water because you come to the section in the open area, you fall into the water while sitting on the log. If you are at the front, your clothes may be drenched. Note: If you take this ride during the fireworks hour, it is very enjoyable to watch the show!
3. Avatar Flight of Passage
In the attraction in the Avatar universe, guests fly on Banshee mountain and fly over the Pandora landscape for 5 minutes. I must say that you will experience an excellent visual show and augmented reality.
4. Soarin’ Around the World
It is the most exciting flight simulator at Disney. You can feel the smells, humidity, and heat by visiting different countries.
5. Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run
It is one of the most favorite rides and a motion simulator shooting based on the Star Wars movie series. You can be pilot, engineer, gunner, commander at the simulation (I strongly recommend to be pilot) and control the spaceship.
6. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Let’s go on an adventure on the 13th floor of the Twilight Zone Horror Tower caves. It is a horror-themed ride that the elevator up to top floor of the tower and suddenly fall from there.
7. Aerosmith Rock Roller Coaster
Its best feature is that the start is incredibly fast and it is also completely dark. You feel that you are doing somersaults, you are turning upside down, but you cannot see anything. First, you sit down, fasten your belt, then they show a video about Aerosmith. In this video, Steven Tyler and his group ask for help to catch up with their concerts. then the countdown starts and you launch at rare bat.
The Unknowns on Disney’s Background
- There is only one Mickey in the whole park, so the children believe in the presence of the character and only one.
- There are hundreds of Mickey head images hidden in all Disney parks. These “Hidden Mickeys” are all over the park: in tile patterns, clocks, railings, doors, and even vents.
- To protect the spell, characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto do not speak to visitors verbally, and the actors in the costumes do not show themselves, even if they are behind the scenes.
- Some delicious scents on Main Street are natural, but fragrances like vanilla and peppermint spread all over the street by ventilation.
- Chewing gum is never sold in the parks because Walt Disney did not want gum sticking around.
- Disney employees always have to smile and adopt this motto: “If your cheekbones do not hurt at the end of the day, you are doing something wrong.”
- Employees on some horror-themed rides may seem sullen to you because they are forbidden to laugh to harmonize with the theme.
- Disneyland employees cannot answer “I don’t know” to the questions asked.
- They must necessarily try to help or refer it to someone else.
- It is forbidden for employees to show anything using the forefinger to avoid being offensive. To show something they have to point their first 2 or 4 fingers together.
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