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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2012

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  • With nearly 13 million visitors, the original Disneyland Park still ranks as one of America's Top 25 Visited Sites according to Forbes Traveler.
  • Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure continue a 1 billion dollar expansion with new attractions based on the successful Pixar films- new attractions already added to the park include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Toy Story Mania, World of Color, and coming soon Goofy's Sky School and The...
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Overview

  • With nearly 13 million visitors, the original Disneyland Park still ranks as one of America's Top 25 Visited Sites according to Forbes Traveler.
  • Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure continue a 1 billion dollar expansion with new attractions based on the successful Pixar films- new attractions already added to the park include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Toy Story Mania, World of Color, and coming soon Goofy's Sky School and The Little Mermaid- Ariel's Undersea Adventure scheduled to debut in Spring 2011.
  • In 2012, Disney's California Adventure is scheduled to continue with a 12 acre expansion adding a new land to the park based on the Pixar animated film, Cars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118012284
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #279
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

Why "Unofficial"? 1

How This Guide Was Researched and Written 5

Disneyland Resort: An Overview 10

PART ONE Planning before You Leave Home 15

Gathering Information 15

Timing Your Visit 22

Getting There 28

A Word about Lodging 34

Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked 55

TOP 30 BEST DEALS 60

Making the Most of Your Time 61

HOTEL INFORMATION CHART 62–67

HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE 68–71

Touring Plans 73

PART TWO Essentials 95

The Bare Necessities 95

PART THREE Disneyland with Kids 100

The Brutal Truth about Family Vacations 100

Mental and Emotional Preparation 101

Basic Considerations: Is Disneyland for You? 103

The Age Thing 106

About Inviting Your Children’s Friends 111

A Few Words for Single Parents 113

“He Who Hesitates Is Launched!”: Tips and Warnings for Grandparents 114

How to Childproof a Hotel Room 115

Physical Preparation 117

Developing a Good Plan 121

Logistic Preparation 124

Remembering Your Trip 134

Trial Run 135

Strollers 137

Babysitting 139

Disney, Kids, and Scary Stuff 140

SMALL-CHILD FRIGHT-POTENTIAL CHART 142–146

Waiting-line Strategies for Adults with Small Children 148

Lost Children 154

The Disney Characters 156

PART FOUR Dining and Shopping in and around Disneyland 164

Dining in Disneyland Resort 164

Disney Dining 101 166

Theme-park Counter-service Restaurant Mini-profiles 174

Disneyland Resort Restaurants: Rated and Ranked 180

DISNEYLAND RESORT RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE 182–183

Dining outside Disneyland Resort 200

Anaheim-area Full-service Restaurants 202

ANAHEIM-AREA RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE 204

Shopping at Disneyland 212

PART FIVE Disneyland Park 215

Arriving and Getting Oriented 215

Main Street, U.S.A. 219

Adventureland 222

New Orleans Square 227

Critter Country 228

Frontierland 232

Fantasyland 237

Mickey's Toontown 246

Tomorrowland 252

Live Entertainment and Special Events 262

Unheralded Treasures at Disneyland Park 268

Traffic Patterns at Disneyland Park 271

Disneyland Park Touring Plans 273

PART SIX Disney California Adventure 291

A Most Anticipated Sequel 291

Arriving and Getting Oriented 295

Hollywood Pictures Backlot 297

a bug's land 303

Paradise Pier 306

Cars Land 313

Golden State 315

Parades and Live Entertainment 320

Unheralded Treasures at DCA 324

Traffic Patterns at Disney California Adventure 324

California Adventure 1-day Touring Plan 325

PART SEVEN Universal Studios Hollywood 327

Gathering Information 330

Timing Your Visit 330

Arriving and Getting Oriented 332

Universal Studios Hollywood Attractions 333

Live Entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood 342

Dining at Universal Studios Hollywood 342

Universal Studios Hollywood 1-day Touring Plan 343

Appendix 345

Readers' Questions to the Author 345

Index 348

Clip-out Touring Plans 362

Unofficial Guide Reader Survey 373

Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Restaurant Survey 375

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