The Tale of Two Titans: Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World

































One thing that I told myself coming out here was that I wasn't going to compare the two different places because they are just that: two completely different places. Though, once I got here that's all I could do. And that's okay, because it's a natural thing to do. I like to look at things from an objective stand point, and while it may really hard to do, it's not impossible. 

I'll flat out say that I like Walt Disney World more, and I think that people from the East Coast/South tend to. While people from the West Coast tend to prefer Disneyland. This is just something I've observed here and figured out after chatting with a bunch of different people who work/live here. It's not set in stone thing, but just a general observation. I'm a little biased because I spent so much time in Disney World, and growing up going there, it holds a special place in my heart. However, I'm going to try and explain why I like, and dislike, both. 

What I like about Disneyland: It's Walt's original park, he's worked, walked, and stayed here, it has a ton more attractions in just two parks than Disney World, it's intimate and you can walk from one park to the other (and to Downtown Disney). The crowds who come here are mainly pass holders, which is amazing but can definitely be challenging at times.

But the things I don't like about Disneyland: It's crowded. All the time. On average, Disneyland only gets about 7,000 less guests a day Disney World. With less space, this makes my anxiety act up on a daily basis. The park, even on non-crowded days, feels crowded and it's really hard for me to get over that. Plus, because it is the original park, everything is made on a slightly smaller scale, which just throws me off in general. It's also in the middle of the city, so it's not uncommon to hear outside sounds like sirens or cars honking. 

What I like about Disney World: It's closer to my family, it's larger so even on the crowded days I never really feel overwhelmed by the crowds. It's more diverse with six different parks, which I very much enjoy. Plus, I enjoy the parades and the fireworks more so here than I do in Disneyland (though World of Color is really awesome). I feel like there's more here to do, even though there are fewer attractions. It's not always about the attractions, it's about the experience. 

What I don't like about Disney World: You have to drive everywhere - I know it's a double edged sword when it comes to space, but it's still a dislike, nonetheless. That's about all I've got....

As I said earlier, it's easier for me to come up with reasons why I love Disney World more so than Disneyland. Hell I could write a whole extra post about it (and I just might). For now, I'll leave you with this: each park is special in its own way; they both have positives and negatives, they're both wonderful. 
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