1. a large amusement park in Anaheim, Calif.: prototypical theme park.


  1. any large, bustling place noted for its colorful attractions: The new shopping center has become an after-hours Disneyland.
  2. a land or place of make-believe; fantasyland.


  1. an amusement park in Anaheim, California, founded by Walt Disney and opened in 1955. Walt Disney World, a second amusement park, opened in 1971 near Orlando, Florida. Further parks operate in Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong

in figurative sense of “land of make-believe” first recorded 1956, from U.S. entertainment park (opened in 1955) created by cartoonist Walter E. Disney (1901-1966).

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