Trying to compare Disneyland and Walt Disney World is just impossible. Each park has their own unique values, and extra touches that make them special. There are some big differences between them, and many subtle differences. these are the top five things that make Disneyland unique.
1) Disneyland is a more intimate park. It is Walt Disney’s first park and there are many of Walt “special touches.” He oversaw much of the park, the attractions and design. It was his labor of love and you can feel that in the streets. Some of the intimacy of the park may also be because of the size. Disneyland is roughly 85 acres, while Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World alone is 107 acres, but don’t be fooled by acreage, there are still MANY rides in Disneyland!
2) Disneyland has “the corndog”. Locals and visitors alike rave over the corndogs from the red cart parked at the end of Main Street. This tiny cart often has a very large line. Recently, there has been a cast member taking orders on a portable computer while guests are in line, and that does seem to help get orders out faster. The corndog is a fried fabulousness that cannot fully be described. The batter is the real winner here, it’s crispy, but soft and sweet.
3) Disneyland has Nightmare Before Christmas and It’s A Small World holiday overlays. I have mentioned before how magical Disneyland is during the holidays. What makes Disneyland unique is that the Haunted Mansion becomes decked out with Jack Skeleton decorations at the end of September for Halloween and Christmas. I strongly urge you to experience this transformation.
It’s A Small World also has an overlay during holiday time with holiday decorations from around the world and a catchy tune that combines “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells” with the traditional “It’s a Small World” tune. At night, the lights are quite a site to behold.
4) Disneyland has some rides and attractions that Walt Disney World does not have. These include: Alice in Wonderland, Sailing Ship Columbia, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Matterhorn Mountain, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Indiana Jones, Storybook Canals, Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Tarzan’s Treehouse. Of course, the Disneyland Railroad also takes you back in time to the Land of the Dinosaurs.
5) Pirates of the Caribbean is longer and has more details. it is one of the most beloved rides at Disneyland. Of course, there were other rides such as Winnie the Pooh that made The Walt Disney World version of the ride look a lot less appealing.
for those of you that have been to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, what are some of the unique things that you love about each park?