It turns out there’s a world of difference between The “Happiest Place on Earth” and “The Most Magical.”
While at first glance, Disneyland and Disney World would be able to see as they are the same theme park, just on different coasts, they are very different. Read on to find out what makes Disneyland “The Happiest Place on Earth,” while Disney World is “The Most Magical.”
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In total there are four theme parks and two water parks of Walt Disney World in Orlando (EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, along with a range of sailing, beach and golf resorts), while Disneyland in Anaheim, California, only has two theme parks, and no water parks available.
While that will automatically make you think WDW is better, you can find Disneyland more manageable, especially if you’re travelling with small children.
Disneyland is older
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The Disney theme park in Anaheim opened in 1955, while the Orlando theme park opened, 16 years later, in 1971. WDW benefited from Walt Disney ‘ s afterwards; Disney hated that the area surrounding Disneyland was flooded with other non-Disney hotels and theme parks, because he felt that it “broke the illusion.”
To prevent this in Orlando, he bought as much land as he could in the Center of Florida, because he wanted a bigger theme park to more guests and expand in size, if necessary. By comparison of the Disney theme park in Anaheim will take approximately 510 acres of land, while the park in Orlando rests on approximately 30,000 hectares.
The various sensations
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While both parks share the same “lands” (Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, etc.), each theme park has attractions that are exclusive to their respective parks.
In Disneyland, these include Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Mickey’s Fun Wheel and Radiator Springs Racers, while at WDW you will find Pandora, the World of Avatar, Seven Dwarfs Mine Trail, Spaceship Earth, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and much more.
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Since the park in Anaheim is much smaller, getting to and around the park is a simpler process.
If you’re staying in the Disney Hotel, you can just walk to the guest entrance. In fact, there is a special entrance to Disney California Adventure from The Grand Californian hotel.You can use the monorail from Downtown Disney right into Tomorrowland.
If you’re in WDW, you need to have the complementary system of buses, ferries and a monorail system to get from your hotel to the various theme parks, around, and back again. Make sure that you know that the 15 items banned from the Disney Parks before you book your trip.
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Because it is the larger theme park, WDW has more to offer in terms of restaurants and dining options. All the theme parks and resorts feature some of the best dining experiences in the country.
However, the park in Anaheim is no slouch when it comes to food—restaurants like Blue Bayou, Carthay Circle and Napa Rose are worth it! Unfortunately, the park in Anaheim does not offer its guests with a dinner plan in contrast to the park in Orlando, including various table and counter service restaurants in the parks for an additional savings.
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There are a number of advantages of staying at a Disney-owned hotelif you a visit to a Disney theme park. At the Magic Kingdom, you can use Extra Magic Hours (early entry and late night hours), the priority of the Fastpass+, access to the Magical Express, and free parking.
These incentives often make a stay in a Disney hotel is more attractive and cheaper than staying somewhere else. At the Disney Hotel in Anaheim, the only advantage of staying on property is the Extra Magic Hours.
However, because it is smaller and closer to the non-Disney hotels, there are a number of less expensive places to stay around the theme park.
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FastPass and FastPass+
This is a simple system in order to hold reservations for popular attractions and sights, without the hassle of waiting in long lines, is available in both parks.
The Magic Kingdom offers Magic Bands, which are wristbands that allow you to electronically check-in for rides and attractions with a mobile app, while the park in Anaheim still offers the FastPass paper tickets.
Old timey charm
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Disneyland has a classical feel to it, as it was the first Disney theme park. Walt Disney slept in the park after a long day at work and you might even find an old Cast Member or two, just as Oscar Martinez, who actually knew walt Disney.
While Walt Disney broke ground on Disney World, he did not live long enough to see it completed. He died in 1966, before it opened in 1971.
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This story was originally published in Reader’s Digest.