Anaheim Journals

Disneyland and beyond

A January 2004 trip to Anaheim by Cekimon

Disney California Adventure Park Photo, Anaheim, California More Photos
Quote: Disneyland is located in Anaheim, CA. Along with Disneyland, other things to see are Downtown Disney and Disney's California Adventure theme park. There are other So. California attractions such as Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

Disneyland and beyond

Overview

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The highlight of my trip is always Disneyland. I never visit southern CA without going there. It's just one of my favorite places to visit. Just going into the park makes you feel younger and gives you a sense of magic as you walk through the different themed lands.Quick Tips: At Disneyland, learn how to use the FastPasses to save time standing in line. Check out other area attractions like Knott's Berry Farm, but only after you've seen Disneyland for the first time.Best Way To Get Around: Once you're at the Disneyland resort, you can get to and from the parking garage via tram. They are highly organized in getting people around on their property. If you're staying at the Disneyland ...Read More

Disneyland Hotel

Hotel | "The Disneyland Hotel"

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I've stayed at the Disneyland Hotel many times. It's a great place to stay because it's so close to Disneyland. The monorail station that takes you directly into Tomorrowland Monorail Station is close by. Also, the ESPN Zone and the Rain Forest Café are close by.

The hotel has been there for many years, so it has an older look to some of the rooms. The pool area is very nice and there are hotel gift shops on site. There is also a beautiful site for wedding ceremonies.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Disneyland Hotel
1150 West Magic Way
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 956-6400

Dolphin's Cove Resort

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Hotel | "Fairfield Anaheim at Dolphin's Cove"

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Best Things Nearby:We didn't really do anything close by, but there is a restaurant next door. There are also some fast food places, like Taco Bell, close by. Best Things About the Resort:-Being able to use your RCI points -Covered parking spaces available -Putting green Resort Experience:The resort was being remodeled when we visited. We didn't spend a lot of time at the resort because our day was spent at Disneyland. We loved the mattress we slept on. It must have been brand new because it was so comfortable! It was also very quiet and the guy who checked us in asked us if we'd prefer the back of the resort where it's farther away from ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Dolphin's Cove Resort
465 West Orangewood Avenue
Anaheim, California 92802
(866) 722-7401

Goofy's Kitchen

Restaurant

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If you missed out seeing characters in the park at Disneyland and you want lots of fun photos for your album, don't miss Goofy’s Kitchen. The buffet-style food is creative and not as good as some of the better buffets in Las Vegas; however, the character entertainment makes up for it. Characters make personal visits to your table where you have a private meeting to take photos and have them sign autograph books. The waits for tables are long, so call ahead and make reservations. This is a great place to eat after a long day of walking around.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Goofy's Kitchen
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, California
714-781-3463

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My fiancé and I ate there and were very disappointed. We weren't sure what to expect and don't usually eat in fine dining establishments. We were shocked at how expensive it was and what the serving portions were like. We felt hungry after paying a huge bill.

My fiancé ordered stuff crab and there was hardly anything stuffed in it. We don't plan to return to this place.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
1580 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
714/300-7800

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We love to eat here and I eat here every time I visit Disneyland. You walk in, grab a tray, and choose from many different salads, pasta dishes, or pizza. Serve your own soda and also French bread is available. Take your tray, pay, and then seat yourself. There’s outdoor dining available. My favorite dish is chicken fusilli. Children's plates are also available.

This is one of the best and most economical places to eat within Disneyland. Disneyland has always had this reputation of having overpriced food of poor quality, but this place beats the bad reputation.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Redd Rocket's Pizza Port
1313 S Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, California

Rainforest Cafe

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Restaurant

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The Rain Forest Cafe is a fun dining experience. The cafe is two stories and is completely decorated to make you feel as if you are dining in a rain forest. From time to time, the lights dim and small "tropical storm" takes place. Animals, like butterflies and gorillas, are placed around the rooms and move to look life-like. There are also many aquariums full of exotic fish that children will love. You really pay for the atmosphere in this place. The food is average. I suggest the Volcano for dessert if you are traveling with a group. I suggest calling ahead during busy lunch/dinner times of the day. If you go at an off time, you can get seated right away. The cafe does serve breakfast and has a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2004

Rainforest Cafe
1515 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92807
(714) 772-0413

Disneyland Park

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Attraction | "Disneyland"

Disneyland Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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We travel to Disneyland many times throughout the year, and this was our 1st trip there to use our RCI points. Don't miss some of the attractions that go a little unnoticed like "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" or the "Enchanted Tiki Room." Make sure to buy a pineapple whip at the tiki room and visit the many shops along Main St. USA. Toontown can be ignored unless you are with small children. Adults will appreciate New Orleans Square, Main St. USA, and thrill attractions like Matterhorn Bobsleds. Space Mountain is closed for renovations and Big Thunder Mountain RR is still closed to the tragic accident that happened last year. FastPass Information: When you get your admission tic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction

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We enjoyed our day, but decided that Knott's Berry Farm has more to offer for smaller children with the exception of a few bigger thrill rides. Some of the thrill rides include: GhostRider (a rough wooden rollar coaster), and Xcelerator. My fiance went on the Xcelerator. I was too chicken! But he really liked it and said, "It looks worse than what it is!" The ride basically shoots you out at super fast speed and then you go up this steep incline and go down a drop that is straight down!!! That's basically the end of the ride after that. There was a funny Wild West stunt show that was fun for all ages. The Mystery Lodge was kind of a let down, but again, smaller children may enjoy it. The stage...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2004

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Disney California Adventure Park

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Attraction | "Disneyland's California Adventure"

Disney California Adventure Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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Disneyland CA Adventure (DCA) is the second theme park built in Anaheim. It is located right across from the Disneyland Main Gates. It opened in 2001 and has improved a little each year since its opening. This year a new thrill attraction is opening: the Tower of Terror. This attraction is already open in Disney World; however, I've never been on it. DCA is inspired by the many features of the great Golden State of California. Different areas of the park are modeled after different areas or features of CA, the state. For example, Paradise Pier depicts a place like Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk complete with carnival style games and a roller coaster that is supposed to look like the o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2004

Disney California Adventure Park
1600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4565