From glimpses of the future in Tomorrowland to the rustic world of Frontierland, the scenery changes quickly at the Disneyland Resort theme parks. Take a swashbuckling cruise (and look for Johnny Depp as the devilish Captain Jack Sparrow) on the raucous Pirates of the Caribbean ride, then step outside into the smell of fresh doughnuts in New Orleans Square. It is a quick walk to Fantasyland, where young children can catch a ride on an elephant on the classic Dumbo ride, and pint-sized princesses wait with wild-eyed anticipation to meet Elsa, Ariel, Belle and other classic Disney heroines. Disney fans of all ages will find plenty of timeless cultural references: the classic rides here include nods to Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and even The Wind in the Willows (Mr Toad’s Wild Ride, one of the park’s original rides, was loosely based on the children’s classic).
Make sure your youngsters are light-sabre ready for any adventures by signing them up for Jedi Training Academy. Travel into the deep and see Dory and the gang on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, or zap your opponents with lasers in Toy Story inspired Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. For more galactic explorations, blast off on Space Mountain.