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Escaping to a Disney Park is escaping to a place where you can feel like a kid again. A place where you’ll get caught up in the magic as much as your little ones.
Enchanting. Magical. Mesmerising. Just three of the words that are inextricably linked with the sheer delight that is Disney. Indulge in a whimsical holiday when you venture to Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, or make your mark at both… a Disney extravaganza!
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
Southern California is an ideal place for a family holiday, and the Anaheim location of Disneyland Resort places you perfectly to explore this area when you’re not hunting out thrills and spills at the Theme Parks. The original Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park can each be explored over the course of a day, or fit them both in to an indulgent week of fun in the sun (note: we cannot promise good weather but who cares – you’re in Disneyland!).
Disneyland Resort consists of the two Theme Parks plus three Disney Hotels and Downtown Disney District, a district that features dining, shopping and evening entertainment. And in terms of rides, it’s safe to say you’ll be well catered- to. Let adrenalin take over on California Screamin’, a rollercoaster that takes you up almost 36 metres high before plunging down at top speeds and diving into a 360-degree loop-de-loop. If that sounds like it’s all a bit much for your delicate nerves, keep things cool on water with Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, where you paddle your way to relaxation
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
While Disneyland Resort in California can be explored in a shorter period of time, Walt Disney World in Florida is the kind of place where you need a fair few days up your sleeve to really make the most of the experience. Five days is the recommended stay, but for those with curious kids (or perhaps parents who want to live out their childhood dreams) it may be worth putting aside a week or more.
Spanning more than 100 square kilometres, this fun-filled destination is bigger than Manhattan and boasts four Theme Parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, two Water Parks, Disney Springs shopping and dining precinct and around a whopping 26 accommodation options, catering to all budgets. Such is the size of Walt Disney World Resort, the different Theme Park entrances are miles apart and you’ll need to commute for 10-30 minutes to get between them. But when you stay at an on-site Disney property you’ll have access to the resort’s transport, meaning you can get from park to park with ease.
Start at Magic Kingdom Park, where you’ll fall in love with the Cinderella Castle, take a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant and head down the famous log flume ride at Splash Mountain.
If you want to sneak in a wee bit of education take a trip to Epcot, where you can watch a short film on the beauty of France at Palais du Cinema, or pass the time at Future World where you’ll be engulfed in a world of space-themed activities.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park contrasts beautifully with the hustle and bustle of the resort’s rides, providing families with the chance to embark on a privately guided VIP expedition though the native habitats of various exotic African wildlife, such as hippos and crocodiles.
Not only can you find the Disney experience in California and Florida, but you can also find yourself whisked away into magical lands across the world! Check out our other Disney favourites…
Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney Studio Park
Getting there from central Paris
35 minutes by train from central Paris to Marne-la- Vallée-Chessy Station, a short walk from the park
Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
Getting there from central Tokyo
30 minutes by train from Shinjuku station to Maihama, the Tokyo Disneyland station
Hong Kong Disneyland Park
Getting there from central Hong Kong
30 minutes by train from Kowloon or Hong Kong Island to Sunny Bay Station, then connect with the Disney Resort Line to Park entrance
Want to live happily ever? To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come in store today.
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