Disney parks are varied, and that's why we love them. The original Disneyland in California is where Sleeping Beauty Castle got its start as a park icon. In the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, though, the central castle belongs to Cinderella-- same with Tokyo Disneyland. Disneyland Paris is home to a walking, talking Chicken Little character, and Hong Kong Disneyland has a "Flights of Fantasy" parade with an airborne Dumbo leading the way.
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|Adult Ticket Price||Signature Attraction||Must-Have Snack||Hot New Ride||Can You Get A Drink?||Classic Souvenir||Beyond The Main Park|
|Disneyland||$92||Matterhorn Bobsleds||Mickey ice cream bar||Cars Land (opened at California Adventure in 2012)||Wine and spirits are only in the ultra-exclusive Club 33||Monogrammed Mickey ears||Disney's California Adventure|
|Disney World's Magic Kingdom||$95||It's A Small World||Mickey soft pretzel with salt||Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (coming in 2014)||A beer costs $6.25 at Be Our Guest Restaurant||A necklace to hold your trading pins||EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios|
|Disneyland Paris||$87||Lair of the Dragon in Sleeping Beauty Castle||Nutella-filled Mickey buns||A "Ratatouille" dark ride (coming in 2014)||Wine goes for $23 a bottle in most sit-down restaurants||Mickey and Minnie Eiffel Tower figurines||Walt Disney Studios Park|
|Tokyo Disneyland||$63||Monster's Inc. Ride and Go Seek||"Toy Story" alien mochi dumplings filled with ice cream||Star Tours- The Adventure Continues (opened in 2013)||Not in Disneyland. Next door at DisneySea, beers are $6.||"Character medallions," aka giant smashed pennies||Tokyo Disney Sea|
|Hong Kong Disneyland||$58||Toy Story Land||Fish balls on a stick||The Iron Man Experience (coming in 2016)||Nope!||Mickey hat with giant anime eyes||Nope!|
CORRECTION: A previous version of this table listed the price of adult admission to Disneyland Paris as $79. That's the kids' price... an adult ticket is $87.
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In the 1930s and '40s, Walt Disney established studios throughout Los Angeles. Throughout that time he conceptualized Disneyland -- which opened in 1955 -- and was inspired by taking his young daughters to parks and innovations like carousels and Ferris wheels. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27483745@N03/2876485388/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>
Disneyland officially opened its gates on July 17, 1955.
Immediately, Disneyland was embraced by families across the nation and become an staple of American childhood.
The beloved entrance gates to Disneyland have stayed almost exactly the same since the park's opening. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocarchives/3024930111/lightbox/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>
Adventureland was created to transport visitors to a tropical, far-off land. "To create a land that would make this dream reality", Walt Disney said, "we pictured ourselves far from civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa."
Disneyland's Main Street was constructed to mimic turn-of-the-century America, a reflect of mid-century, post-war nostalgia. Photo courtesy Orange County Archives. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/4410838239/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>.
Disney World opened in 1971, with the construction beginning on Epcot in 1979.
The Disneyland Skyway made its last run in 1994. Source <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandapanda678/6540101671/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>.
Perhaps the most recognizable Disney World icon, Cinderella's Castle is still one of the most wowing attractions at the Florida park. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jelene/2727173906/sizes/o/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>.
The Dumbo the Flying Elephant rides in both Disney World and Disneyland were park originals and are mainstays to this day. The rides have been updated a number of times, with the Disney World version receiving a makeover during the 2013 renovations. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mandapanda678/6540104421/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>.
Epcot -- which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow -- officially opened on October 1, 1982. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/3642820143/sizes/o/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>.
The Dumbo rides have historically been one of the most beloved rides in the parks. On Disneyland's 50th anniversary in 2005, an elephant from the ride was donated to the National Museum of American History. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8313721@N05/732035199/in/photolist-27FSyx-5DRF5P-6JUF1z-ddQaZG-ddQaRE-ddQaJJ-9yqbd2-dnDqGn-bqvjZu-9DJ6Xg-ddQavo-ddQ9rT" target="_blank">Flickr</a>
The Magic Kingdom stockades are located in Liberty Square, steps from the Hall of Presidents. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firepile/2365310656/lightbox/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>
Walt Disney World made major expansions in the 1980s and '90s, adding Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) and the Animal Kingdom, along with hotels, resorts and recreation areas. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/3643627184/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>.
Staking out the perfect spot to watch Mickey and his friends parade down Main Street is still a necessary Disney vacation event. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bishopsgreen/2456899079/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>
For Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary, Cinderella's Castle was transformed into a cake. Source: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/82768482@N00/2051026864/" target="_blank">Flickr</a>