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Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California. It is about 26 miles from Los Angeles and about 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Disneyland Resort includes the two parks, Disneyland and California Adventure, as well as the Downtown Disney district. There are also three hotels in the resort, as well as many neighboring hotels that provide transportation to the resort. Most vacationers to Disneyland arrive via airplane through the John Wayne Airport or driving. Visit our Travel page for specific travel tips and advice for Disneyland. While renovations and additions are constantly ongoing, the newest renovations to Disneyland include the new Cars Land at California Adventure, Fantasy Fair in Disneyland and Mickey's Magical Map show at Disneyland. These new changes and additions have brought in much higher crowds and sparked a renewed interest in vacation travelers to the resort.

CarsLand at Disneyland

Ears Tip Popular question: For a first Disney trip with little ones, do we visit the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World? Answer: Since the Disneyland Resort is more compact, it is really a great first Disney trip for preschoolers, and can be enjoyed in a 3-5 day vacation. For a detailed comparison, visit our Disneyland or Disney World post.

If you are interested in visiting the resort when the crowds are low, the best time is during off-season. Off-season is September to December (excluding holidays and the last two weeks of December) and January to March (except holidays and spring break). Keep in mind that off-season time, park hours are shorter and some attractions and entertainment might be closed or only on certain days. Weekends are still busy during these times due to the large local crowd of Annual Passholders. Click here for a chart on crowd levels throughout the year.

If you can only visit the resort when your children have summer break, remember that the weekdays have lighter crowds. Come prepared for long lines and hot weather, and consider staying a few days longer so you have time to experience everything you want to see.

A great resource for crowd levels is touringplans.com. A one-year subscription will give you access to endless information on crowds during your vacation as well as their great apps for line times. Our tips and resources page has more links and sites to check out before you make your Disney vacation plans!

Disneyland Matterhorn

For specific information on where to stay, what to see and do, and where to eat, visit our Accommodations, Attractions and Dining Page.