Lisa Rivera

It’s the happiest place on earth — for big kids and small — and a visit to any of the Disney resorts is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

It’s hard to resist being happy around Mickey Mouse and all the other Disney favourites, not to mention the range of attractions, rides and restaurants all under one park.

Mickey Mouse

On that note, which one is the best fit for you and your family? The following article gives a rundown of the best holiday activities at each of the Disneyland resorts to suit every taste and budget.

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, USA

The original and the biggest Disney world resort is in Orlando, Florida.

With over 25,000 acres to explore, it only makes sense to stay within the resort. There are more than 25 Disney Resort Hotels to choose from, each one according to affordability.

Value hotels include the All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. For more moderate prices, try the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.

However, if you truly want to splash out, why not consider the Deluxe or Deluxe Villas? Treat the family to a stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House.

The attractions are of course the main pull of the park, and there’s a lot to see. Watch the animated parades and spectacular fireworks at Magic Kingdom, fawn over the animals at Animal Kingdom, and see your favourite characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Epcot is another theme park in the resort. Here, you can board upon a NASA-style shuttle simulator, or sail away on a Frozen adventure.

Disney are quite frequent with their special offers, so check the website for the latest deals and offers.

Disneyland Resort Paris

For a Disney fix a little closer to home, Disneyland Resort Paris is a good choice for many families.

Covering 4,800 acres, this Disney haven sits in the new town of Marne-la-Vallée east to the centre of Paris. Unsurprisingly, it’s the most visited theme park in all of Europe with around 12 million visitors a year.

Along with 2 theme parks, the resort includes 7 hotels and 7 associated hotels, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, and a golf course.

Disneyland Resort Paris

There are also several recreational and entertainment venues. Big Thunder Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are 2 of the most popular attractions in the park.

Disneyland theme park is based on the same concept of Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, while Walt Disney Studios Park celebrates the film industry and all the behind-the-scenes action.

Disneyland Resort, California

The Disneyland of the west coast in the USA, this resort is 510 acres in size, so prepare to spend a good few hours there.

It’s located several miles south of downtown Anaheim in southern California. That said, the chances of good weather are very high! There are many hotels within the resort, meaning closer proximity to the park, and more time to spend just having fun.

Disneyland California

Hotels within the resort include Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. There are other neighbouring hotels to choose from if you also wish.

The resort has 2 theme parks: Disneyland Park, the original theme park that Walt Disney opened in 1955, and Disney California Adventure Park.

The latter was opened in 2001 and is based on the history and culture of California. Take Buena Vista Street. This themed ‘land’ is modelled on Los Angeles from the 1920s.

Tokyo Disney Resort

The Disney of the east, Tokyo Disney Resort is located in Urayasu, which sits east of the capital.

It was the first Disneyland built outside the US, and boasts 2 theme parks, 3 Disney hotels, 6 non-Disney hotels and a shopping complex. The three Disney hotels to choose between are the Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

Tokyo Disney Resort

The resort covers 494 acres in total, encompassing Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySeas. The latter has a nautical exploration theme with several ports of call throughout the park. They include American Waterfront, Lost River Delta and Arabian Coast.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Located at the northeastern tip of Lantau Island is the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The entire park covers 320 acres and includes the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park.

It’s the smallest out of the Disneyland resorts, but there’s still plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

The resort has 3 Disney hotels, which look out onto the South China Sea. Choose from the Victorian-themed Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, or Disney’s Explorer Lodge.

Inspiration Lake

This accommodation has 750 rooms with 4 themed areas: Polynesian, Asian, South American rainforest and African plains. It’s also the newest addition to the resort, having only opened in April 2017.

Along with the usual rides and attractions you’d expect from a Disneyland resort, the Hong Kong location also has Inspiration Lake.

It’s an artificial lake that guests can use for recreational purposes, but it also serves to irrigate the resort.