Sometimes the original is still the best. Disneyland Park, the only Disney park conceived and created by Walt Disney in his lifetime, remains an amazing destination for kids young and old. I spent the day at both the Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Park retains its special magic for me and I enjoyed every second of my day there. Disney continues to focus on the guest experience and and delivers, as they have since the park opened in 1955.

In front of the castle
In front of Disneyland’s iconic castle

Using Disney’s Park Hopper ticket ($155 or $134 for So Cal residents) I was able to move between the two great parks. I spent most time in the original part, known at Disneyland Park. It was amazing to ride favorites like “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the “Jungle Cruise”

Tomorrowland sign
The entrance to Tomorrowland


jazz band in Disneyland
A band performs in New Orleans Square

 We visited the park on a Tuesday, but since it was Spring Break, it was quite crowded. The lines moved quickly and Disney’s FastPass system means you can put yourself on a virtual list, then return later at a specific time with no waiting.

Jungle Cruise
The fun crew of the Jungle Cruise
Disneyland Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion selfie
Spring Break crowd in Disneyland
Spring Break crowds on Main Street