Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, he said he hoped it would be “a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” Since then, the Disneyland Resort has welcomed more than 750 million guests, expanding to become an approximately 500- acre, multifaceted, world-class family resort destination, complete with two renowned Disney theme parks, three hotels and the exciting shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney District.
Disneyland introduced the world to an entirely new concept in family entertainment. Today, it continues to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring storytelling to new heights, while fulfilling Walt Disney’s vision that “Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
Disneyland Resort Giving Back
In April, construction began on an all-new, 14-acre Star Wars themed land. The expansion will feature two signature attractions and new experiences for Star Wars fans to step into stories from far, far away. This summer, the story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park.
A 2012 expansion of Disney California Adventure Park included the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land, which invites guests to enter a world inspired by the hit Disney•Pixar film “Cars,” and the addition of Buena Vista Street that transformed the park’s gateway into 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles, the time period that greeted a young Walt Disney.
Water has always played an important role at the Disneyland Resort, and nearly all of the water used at the Disneyland Resort is recycled. Many Disneyland Resort vehicles run on compressed natural gas, including guest parking lot trams and the Jungle Cruise boats, and parade floats and monorails are electrically powered, releasing no harmful emissions.
In the last 10 years, Disneyland Resort has doubled the amount of waste diverted from landfills, including the 7 million pounds of food scraps processed into animal feed and the donation and re-purposing of gently used shoes, uniforms, furniture and decorations. These efforts were recognized with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor.
The Cool Things About Disneyland in California
What Disneyland is Doing for the World
- More than $1 million in grants to 17 local nonprofits as part of the Diamond Celebration program Million Dollar Dazzle.
- Disneyland Resort donated nearly $19 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofit groups in 2015.
- For 25 years, the resort has supported CHOC Children’s, raising $2.5 million for the 2015 Walk in the Park charity event held at Disneyland Resort.
- $3 million committed over a span of 3 years to ACT Anaheim by Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Angels and Anaheim Ducks.
- Approximately 700 Disney Wishes granted each year to children with life-threatening medical conditions through longstanding partnerships with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other wish-granting organizations.
- Nine KaBOOM! playground builds in California as part of Disneyland Resort’s Magic of Healthy Living initiative.
- For more than 30 years, the Disneyland Band has traveled to various venues throughout Orange County to educate more than 1.5 million second-graders about the history of the American Band.
- 249 visual and performing arts projects totaling $100,000 funded to Orange County classrooms in 2015 through Disneyland CREATE (Creative Resources Enabling Arts through Education) grants.
Each year, dozens of organizations nominated by cast members receive a total of more than $350,000 through employee- managed Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund grants.
EARS to You, a program that allows cast members to turn their hours of volunteer service into a financial contribution to a nonprofit organization of their choice granted a total of $263,350 in 2015.
Counted among the greatest entertainment achievements of the 20th century, Disneyland introduced a new concept in family entertainment and launched today’s theme park industry. The park is composed of eight themed areas: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Disneyland Monorail
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure takes guests on a journey to discover California fun as only Disney can. The seven themed areas are:
Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Land, “a bug’s land,” Cars Land, Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier and Grizzly Peak.
- California Screamin’
- Grizzly River Run
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Over California
- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
- Toy Story Mania!
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- “World of Color.”
Disneyland Resort Hotels
Total Number of Hotel Rooms: Approximately 2,400 Disneyland Resort hotel rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas.
Approximately 200,000 square feet of convention and meeting space throughout Disneyland Resort hotels.
Goofy’s Kitchen and the award-winning Steakhouse 55 are among the distinctive restaurants. The AAA Four-Diamond hotel also features one of the largest contiguous convention spaces in the Western U.S., at 136,000 square feet.
Downtown Disney District
Downtown Disney District
Bridging the two theme parks and hotels is Downtown Disney, a 20-acre, admission-free entertainment, dining and shopping district featuring approximately 50 locations and more than 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Anchored by the World of Disney store, Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, AMC 12 Theaters and ESPN Zone, Downtown Disney offers an eclectic experience that also includes Build-A-Bear Workshop, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Ridemakerz.