Over 16 million people visited Disneyland in 2013 and not all of them were under the age of 18. If you thought that visiting the Anaheim, CA amusement park was just for kids, think again. No matter how old or young you may be, it is easy to have a very exciting and wonderful day in the Magic Kingdom.
Disneyland is indeed a very special place for kids. Where else can you go and ride roller coasters, drive race cars and maybe get an autograph from Snow White or Goofy? You know that your kid’s eyes will light up at just the mention of a trip to Disneyland, but many adults also get excited by the chance to come to Anaheim and enter the Magical World of Disney.
The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. It will be a place for parents and children to share pleasant times in one another’s company; a place for teachers and pupils to discover greater ways of understanding and education. Here the older generation can recapture the nostalgia of days gone by, and the younger generation can savor the challenge of the future.” – Walt Disney
While Disney clearly focuses its marketing toward kids and family vacations, they certainly do not ignore anyone who might want to visit the Disneyland and the surrounding attractions on their grounds. Roughly one-third of all guests come to Disneyland without children. In fact, Disney officially categorizes this large demographic group as “non-family guests.”
Each year, hundreds of fairytale weddings are held at Sleeping Beauty’s castle. While you can’t so much as buy a beer in alcohol-free Disneyland, if you walk just outside the theme park and stop in to a restaurant in California Adventure, the waitress or bartender will be happy to serve you a beer or other alcoholic beverage of your choice.
If you are just out of your teens or just receiving your first Social Security check, you can find so much to see and do in Walt’s original theme park that started it all. If you want the thrill of speed and don’t mind the twist, turns and sudden drops of a roller coaster, you can take a journey amongst the stars at Space Mountain. If you don’t want to risk the very real possibility of getting sick to your stomach or, heaven forbid, losing your lunch in public, there are plenty of attractions and more genteel rides that will not overly-stimulate your senses.
When you enter the gates of Disneyland, you first walk down Main Street USA before you come to any of the big rides. Main Street USA is a recreation of a typical small-town street in the early twentieth century. The street is lined with small shops that sell sweet treats, giftware, and all types of Disney memorabilia. While you may not want to buy a pair of mouse ears, you may want to buy a porcelain collectible figurine or perhaps an original piece of Disney art. Don’t miss the opportunity to step inside the Main Street Cinema and get a rare look back at some of the earliest Disney films. As you leisurely stroll along the promenade, look up and listen. If you see four men in red and white striped jackets, and hear them harmonizing in a most pleasing tone, you most certainly have run into the Dapper Dans Barbershop quartet.
College students and young people in their twenties are known to party more often than their parents or grandparents. Many of them come with friends and spend the day on the rides and then dress-up and party when the sun sets. The Downtown Disney District features some adult-only night spots where you can dine on authentic New Orleans cuisine, listen to some great music, and dance the night away. World-class musical acts are booked regularly at the House of Blues and the variety of music is fantastic. Right nearby at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – Flambeaux’s Jazz Club, enjoy a bowl of jambalaya, sip on a glass of wine, and relax to the soothing sounds of smooth jazz.
If your dancing days are over, and your joy comes in the form of fine dining, make a reservation at Napa Rose, an elegant restaurant located inside of Disney’s Grand California Hotel. Put on your nicest suit, slip into your most stylish dress, and be ready to have a fabulous dining experience that you won’t soon forget.
It does not make much sense to pay the high-admission price to get into Disneyland and then not go on any of the rides. One particular ride that adults of all ages seem to enjoy is Soarin’ Over California, a simulator ride that gives you the viewpoint from a hang glider soaring over many of the most famous and diverse points of interest in California. You’ll soar over the San Francisco Bay and fly by the Golden Gate Bridge. You will smell the pine trees in Yosemite and breathe-in the aroma of ripe oranges in an endless grove of orange trees. While your journey lasts only about 5 minutes you’ll fly from the beautiful beaches in San Diego, see the Los Angeles skyline from a birds-eye view, and marvel at the lush grape vineyards in the Napa Valley.
While you could choose to pay for an expensive room at one of the Disney brand hotels, you can also save a sizable chunk of change by opting for very comfortable and more affordable accommodations that are just a few blocks from the entrance to Disneyland. About six-blocks away, and an easy 10-minute walk from the entrance is the Anaheim Express Inn Maingate. The hotel offers just about the best value for the money of any hotel in all of Anaheim. Convenient to Disneyland, the Anaheim Convention Center, shopping and restaurants, when you choose the Anaheim Express Inn Maingate, you might save enough money to pay for your ticket to Disneyland!