Anaheim, California has been a Mecca for tourists ever since the early 1950s when the first Disneyland amusement park opened here. At that time, the surrounding land was composed largely of orange groves, which explains why the county was called Orange County. The groves have largely passed into memory now, with the local area currently the site of several large attractions that entices tourists to stay in holiday homes in Anaheim for days or even weeks at a time.
The Disneyland Resort
Disneyland stood alone in Anaheim for many decades, but now there are two Disney parks standing side by side here. The original Disneyland still remains, but alongside it is Disney's California Adventure Park, which features attractions themed around various tourist destinations in the state such as the redwood forests of the northern coast and the Golden Gate Bridge crossing San Francisco Bay.
The layout of Disneyland has always been charming, a fact that has not changed with the passage of time. The park consists of several vast 'lands' devoted to rides of a particular variety. Fantasyland is a place where parents can relive their own childhoods as they ride attractions that present a variety of Disney fairytale cartoon movies in living color. In Tomorrowland, guests can enjoy a launch into outer space on the Space Mountain roller coaster and take a flight through the Star Wars galaxy in Star Tours. Other lands include Adventureland, which features a jungle river ride, and Frontierland, where guests can ride a paddleboat as it tours the "Rivers of America.