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  • Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

    On another thread there was talk of Disney World being so much bigger than Disneyland.

    And while it's true the Disney World Resort encompasses a great many more acres than the Disneyland Resort does, I have always thought of the Florida parks as being big, but not really having as much stuff to do as the Anaheim parks. So I just sat down and counted up the attractions at each park, using the official guidemaps from the parks as reference tools.

    Disneyland Resort has a total of 69 rides and major attractions, while the Disney World Resort has a total of 79 rides and major attractions. I was really surprised by that slim margin! You would think that with all of that land in Florida, and two extra parks, there would be more than a difference of just 10 attractions between the two properties, wouldn't you?

    I did not count minor things like the Tortilla Factory Tour or the tent in the Magic Kingdom's Toontown Fair where you meet Minnie Mouse as "attractions". I also did not count things like the Winnie The Pooh playground in Florida or the Goofy's Playhouse playground in California. I basically stuck to things that involve ride vehicles, animatronics or 3-D theaters, or permanent stage productions like Hyperion Theatre or Voyage of The Little Mermaid. It should also be noted that Animal Kingdom is harder to quantify on "attractions" because so much of it is just walking around the zoo and looking at animal exhibits. I also did not count the water parks, mainly because the one time I went to Blizzard Beach the sight of all of those pulpy, overweight midwestern tourists in bathing suits really didn't make my vacation any better. So I just kept this to regular theme parks with "rides".

    With these figures, if Disneyland got the PeopleMover and the Keelboats back, and DCA got a few new attractions with it's Placemaking program in addition to the Toy Story Mania ride under construction, the gap would be even closer between the two properties in a few years.

    For those who are really bored, below is the list of all of the attractions at each property, with my best guess of what their ticket value would be worth if Disney still used ticket books. Enjoy!

    Disneyland - 43 Attractions

    Main Street USA
    Opera House/50th Show/Mr. Lincoln - C
    Disneyland Railroad - D
    Main Street Vehicles - B
    Horse Drawn Streetcars - B
    Main Street Cinema - A

    Adventureland
    Enchanted Tiki Room - D
    Jungle Cruise - E
    Indiana Jones Adventure - E
    Tarzan's Treehouse - B

    New Orleans Square
    Pirates of the Caribbean - E
    Haunted Mansion - E

    Critter Country
    Splash Mountain - E
    Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh - C
    Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes - D

    Frontierland
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - D
    Mark Twain Riverboat - D
    Sailing Ship Columbia - D
    Rafts to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island - C

    Fantasyland
    Snow White's Scary Adventures - C
    Pinnochio's Daring Journey - C
    Casey Jr. Circus Train - C
    Dumbo The Flying Elephant - B
    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride - C
    Peter Pan's Flight - C
    King Arthur's Carousel - B
    Alice In Wonderland - C
    Mad Tea Party - B
    Matterhorn Bobsleds - E
    StorybookLand Canal Boats - D
    it's a small world - E
    Princess Fantasy Faire - C

    Toontown
    Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin - C
    Meet Mickey - C
    Gadget's Go Coaster - C

    Tomorrowland
    Disneyland Monorail - D
    Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - E
    Autopia - D
    Innoventions - C
    Honey I Shrunk The Audience - D
    Space Mountain - E
    Star Tours - E
    Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - D
    Astro Orbitor - B

    DCA - 26 Attractions

    Hollywood Pictures Backlot
    Disney Animation - C
    Animation Academy - C
    Turtle Talk With Crush - C
    MuppetVision 3D - D
    Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley To The Rescue - C
    Tower of Terror - E
    Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! - C
    Hyperion Theater - D

    Golden State
    Soarin' Over California - E
    Grizzly River Run - E
    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail - C
    Golden Dreams - B
    Seasons of the Vine - A
    It's Tough To Be a Bug - D
    Flik's Flyers - B
    Heimlich's Chew Chew Train - C
    Francis' Lady Bug Boogie - B
    Tuck and Roll's Bumper Cars - B

    Paradise Pier
    Golden Zephyr - B
    Mulholland Madness - D
    Orange Stinger - B
    Maliboomer - D
    S.S. Rustworthy - A
    Sun Wheel - D
    King Tritons Carousel - B
    California Screamin' - E

    Magic Kingdom - 34 Attractions
    Main Street
    Disneyland Railroad - E
    Main Street Vehicles - B
    Horse Drawn Streetcars - B

    Adventureland
    Enchanted Tiki Room - D
    Magic Carpets of Alladin - B
    Jungle Cruise - E
    Swiss Family Treehouse - B
    Pirates of the Caribbean - E

    Frontierland
    Splash Mountain - E
    Big Thunder Mountain - E
    Liberty Belle Riverboat - D
    Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island - C
    Country Bear Jamboree - D

    Liberty Square
    Haunted Mansion - E
    Hall of Presidents - D

    Fantasyland
    it's a small world - E
    Snow Whites Scary Adventure - C
    Peter Pan's Flight - C
    Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh - C
    King Arthur's Carousel - B
    Mad Tea Party - B
    Dumbo The Flying Elephant - B
    Mickey's Philharmagic - D

    Mickey's Toontown
    Meet Mickey - C
    Goofy's Barnstormer - C

    Tomorrowland
    Indy Speedway - D
    Rocket Jets - B
    Carousel of Progress - D
    Space Mountain - E
    Wedway PeopleMover - D
    Stitch's Great Escape - D
    Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory - D
    Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin - D

    Epcot - 17 Attractions
    Future World
    Spaceship Earth - D
    Mission: SPACE - E
    Test Track- E
    Innoventions - C
    The Seas with Nemo & Friends - D
    Turtle Talk with Crush - C
    Soarin' - E
    Living with the Land - D
    The Circle of Life - C
    Journey into Imagination with Figment - D
    Honey I Shrunk The Audience - D

    World Showcase
    El Rio Del Tiempo - E
    Maelstrom - E
    Reflections of China - C
    The American Adventure - E
    Imressions de France - B
    O Canada! - C

    MGM - 14 Attractions
    The Great Movie Ride - E
    Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carey- C
    Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular - D
    Star Tours - E
    MuppetVision 3D - D
    Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show - D
    Backlot Tram Tour - D
    Walt Disney: One Man's Dream - C
    Voyage of The Little Mermaid - D
    The Magic of Disney Animation - C
    Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! - C
    Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage - D
    Rock n' Roller Coaster - E
    Tower of Terror - E

    Animal Kingdom - 14 Attractions
    Tough To Be a Bug - D
    Pocahontas and her Forest Friends - C
    Festival of the Lion King - D
    Kilimanjaro Safaris- E
    Wildlife Express Train - C
    Conservation Station - C
    Flights of Wonder - C
    Kali River Rapids - E
    Expedition Everest - E
    Finding Nemo - The Musical - D
    Primeval Whirl - C
    Triceratop Spin - B
    DINOSAUR - E
    Walking Trails - D
    Last edited by TP2000; 02-17-2007, 07:20 PM.

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    Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

    Admittedly, WDW "space" isn't taken up by an abundance of attractions, but rather much larger walkways and space between things so as to appear more epic in scale. One major downside of Disneyland is that the walkways can get very crowded very fast. Plus all that space is used to sepearte you from the outside world, which for Disneyland is right across the street.

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    • #3
      Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

      I have come up with similar numbers recently here:

      www.micechat.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1337676&postcount=23

      My count is:

      WDW - 73
      DLR - 66

      If you count up headliner attractions, the DLR parks also come out ahead of the WDW parks on average.

      It is debatable to be sure, but here is my count of the headliners:

      DL - 7
      Space Mtn
      Splash Mtn
      BTMRR
      POTC
      HM
      IJA
      Matterhorn

      DCA - 4
      Soarin
      GRR
      CS
      ToT

      MK - 5
      Space Mtn
      Splash Mtn
      BTMRR
      POTC
      HM

      Epcot - 3
      Soarin
      Test Track
      Mission Space

      MGM - 2
      ToT
      Rockin Rollercoaster

      AK - 4
      Expedition Everest
      Kali River Rapids
      Kilimanjaro Safari
      Dinosaur

      GRAND TOTALS
      DLR - 11
      WDW - 14

      Also, at the moment DLR has the best shows. Remember Dreams Come True is better than any night show at WDW, IMO. Aladdin is better than any drama/musical type of show at WDW. And Fantasmic is better at DLR than WDW. I also like Parade of Dreams better than any of the current WDW parades.

      But WDW has far better dining and offers much, much more outsite the parks. Plus, as already posted, the parks themselves are more spacious.

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      • #4
        Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

        I wouldn't count Meet Mickey and Innoventions as
        attractions. Walking through Mickey's house and meeting
        him is basically a character meet and greet. And
        with Innoventions, it's giving that WAY too much
        credit to even be ranked as an attraction. That
        would just lower the count for both DL and WDW.

        For DL, I wouldn't count Princess Fantasy Faire,
        just another character greeting. The Jedi Training
        is more of a show than that.

        Technically, for DL, the Rafts are still to Tom Sawyer Island,
        The Pirates Lair will just happen to be part of the Island.

        When counting attractions, you do include some shows, so
        you really should be including Billy Hill and the Hillbillies in
        the Golden Horseshoe, as that is certainly one of the major
        shows. And then you would also want to consider other
        regularly scheduled shows such as the Laughing Stock and
        the Pirate Band in New Orleans Square. And not to be
        forgotten is one of the newer entertainment show, the Jambalia
        band with Queenie.

        Of course, you would have to include each of the Parades,
        DL's Parade of Dreams, and DEP at DCA, along with Block
        Party Bash. All these are definitely worthwhile in comparring
        attractions between DL and WDW. I'm not sure of all the
        parades currently being run at WDW ~ but I'm sure someone
        can give us that info.

        At DCA, I'm not so sure I would count the Animation building as
        3 separate attractions, there is the Crush greeting "show",
        and the area where you learn to draw a Disney Character, and
        then the Beast Library and Ursula's Grotto. I think of it all as
        one larger attraction.

        Sure Flik's Fair has 4 separate attractions, but it takes four
        minimal carney type rides to really add up to one ~ and that's
        only because the decorations are really good, but it's really tough
        to call anything in that area a ride.

        SS Rustworthy isn't worthy of being called an attraction, because
        it's not an attraction. And that leads us to all the off the shelf
        "rides" that are in Paradise Pier. Any of the "attractions" in this
        area are really just rides, they are NOT attractions.

        You could call California Screamin' an attraction, only because it's so big,
        but the rest of the stuff there can't really be counted as Disney
        attractions.


        Over at WDW, I would really give credit for each Country as
        an attraction, whether or not there is a ride or a movie in that
        country. Often there is some sort of entertainment for each
        country, and with how highly detailed each country is, should
        certainly be counted in it's favor
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        • #5
          Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

          You can't lump Flick's Fun Fair rides together unless you count Dumbo, the Teacups and the Carousel as one attraction. Just because they're skipable if you're over 5 does not mean they don't have fans out there. They're just under 38 inches tall.

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          • #6
            Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland - 69 vs. Disney World - 79

            Originally posted by TP2000 View Post
            Disneyland Resort has a total of 69 rides and major attractions, while the Disney World Resort has a total of 79 rides and major attractions.
            I think you did a good job of figuring out number of rider, but one big mistake was is how you add everything up!



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            • #7
              Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

              Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
              I
              Of course, you would have to include each of the Parades,
              DL's Parade of Dreams, and DEP at DCA, along with Block
              Party Bash. All these are definitely worthwhile in comparring
              attractions between DL and WDW. I'm not sure of all the
              parades currently being run at WDW ~ but I'm sure someone
              can give us that info.
              Curretly running at WDW
              MK-
              Dreams Come True Parade (Share a Dreams Come True Parade)
              Fantillusion


              1986- http://www.waltdatedworld.bravepages.com/id66.htm
              MK's 25 Anniversary- http://www.waltdatedworld.bravepages.com/id75.htm
              Today-http://www.allearsnet.com/tp/mk/dctp21.jpg
              Including this float that refuses to die(never should anyone complain about DEP again after this poor float has been used for 20 years now)

              Disney/MGM-
              Stars and Motor Cars Parade
              HSM-Pep Rally

              AK-
              Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade

              Seven Seas Lagoon -
              Electrical Water Pageant

              Those are a few off the top of my head DLR really blows WDW's parades out of the water really.... Anyone remember the MK's old HSM Pep-Rally? before it moved to MGM and got a facelift to be just like DCA's. Granted though "Dreams Come True" is a far huge improvement over what it was before. I really wish they would give all the parks new parades they really need them and honestly MGM and AK's parades I thought were hardly parades well that is after growing up with DLR's offerings. ok im done ranting about WDW's parades
              Last edited by nemofinder22; 02-18-2007, 12:01 AM. Reason: added some links :)
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              • #8
                Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                so funny! I was at disneyland today with a buddy and we had the exact same conversation about Disneyland vs Disney World, but magic kingdom specifically. Just looking at how much more our Fantasyland has to offer is incredible... even if you ignore the Matterhorn! There's a big empty patch of grass over there where the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction is too. Such a sad waste of space.

                MK can certainly keep their large walkways but with adding a lot more attractions to their line-up. It's supposed to be an improvement over Disneyland... not the other way around (though I'm okay with having a superior park closer to home... but i'd want all of them to be good).

                And Hydroguy, for the headliners, I think the below is more accurate (you left out Star Tours, which I consider to be a headlining attraction still):

                DISNEYLAND: 8
                -Space Mountain
                -Star Tours
                -Matterhorn Bobsleds
                -Big Thunder Mountain
                -Splash Mountain
                -Indiana Jones Adventure
                -Pirates of the Caribbean
                -Haunted Mansion

                Disney's California Adventure: 4
                -Tower of Terror
                -Grizzly River Rapids
                -Soarin' Over California
                -California Screamin'

                total: 12



                Magic Kingdom: 5
                -Space Mountain
                -Big Thunder Mountain
                -Splash Mountain
                -Pirates of the Caribbean
                -Haunted Mansion

                EPCOT: 4
                -Soarin'
                -Test Track
                -Mission: Space
                -Body Wars (?)

                Disney-MGM Studios: 3
                -Tower of Terror
                -Rock'n'rollercoaster
                -Star Tours

                Animal Kingdom: 4
                -Kilamanjaro Safari
                -Dinosaur
                -Kali River Rapids
                -Expedition Everest

                total: 16


                Disneyland: 12 headliners
                Walt Disney World: 16 headliners


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                • #9
                  Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                  Great thread! I get the impression from a few posts that the "spaciousness" of the WDW parks is generally seen as a positive (grander scale, less crowded walkways, etc.) I on the other hand much prefer the coziness and intimacy of Disneyland, and to a lesser extent DCA. It's so nice to be able to get from one side of Disneyland to the other in about 5 minutes (usually) as opposed to the Magic Kingdom. And Epcot, while admittedly my second favorite park after Disneyland, is exhausting. Man, once you hit 40, you appreciate less distance between attractions!
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                  • #10
                    Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                    And these are all major reasons why I prefer DL to WDW. Also add in that I prefer the Grand Californian to any of the WDW hotels (except maybe AKL and WL - can you tell I like Peter Dominic's work?). The NApa Rose is the finest restaurant Disney has anywhere, and Goofy's Kitchen has the best character dining anywhere.

                    Plus add in California weather, easy reach of Mountains, Desert and beaches, DL is awesome.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                      World Showcase and Animal Kingdom are hard to quantify because so much of the park is an attraction unto itself and is meant to be that way. If you look at it as attractions, there really isn't that much in World Showcase, yet its one of my favorite parts of the parks to visit. There's also much more to attraction that isn't listed here that I consider attractions with all the stage shows which happen throughout the day such as Morockin, Off Kilter, British Invasion, etc...

                      Furthermore I consider the following list to be more accurate of headliners:

                      DISNEYLAND: 8
                      -Space Mountain
                      -Star Tours
                      -Matterhorn Bobsleds
                      -Big Thunder Mountain
                      -Splash Mountain
                      -Indiana Jones Adventure
                      -Pirates of the Caribbean
                      -Haunted Mansion

                      Disney's California Adventure: 4
                      -Tower of Terror
                      -Grizzly River Rapids
                      -Soarin' Over California
                      -California Screamin'

                      total: 12



                      Magic Kingdom: 5
                      -Space Mountain
                      -Big Thunder Mountain
                      -Splash Mountain
                      -Pirates of the Caribbean
                      -Haunted Mansion

                      EPCOT: 5
                      -Soarin'
                      -Test Track
                      -Mission: Space
                      -Space Ship Earth
                      -World Showcase as a whole

                      Disney-MGM Studios: 3
                      -Tower of Terror
                      -Rock'n'rollercoaster
                      -Star Tours

                      Animal Kingdom: 4
                      -Kilamanjaro Safari
                      -Dinosaur
                      -Kali River Rapids
                      -Expedition Everest

                      total: 17
                      Last edited by kcnole; 02-18-2007, 06:21 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                        Although the property that WDW sits on is 10 times biggers than the DLR, the rides and attractions and spread out way more in WDW. Their Fantasyland is the size of out Tomorrowland.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                          I think by totally ignoring things like each pavilion in WS you completely are missing the Disney Experience and this thread is like 'which park has more roller coasters, Cedar Point or MM?'

                          You also skipped every other portion of the WDW resort outside the theme parks - a fatal flaw.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Surprising Ride Count: Disneyland vs. Disney World

                              Good list...however you forgot the Universe of Energy in your count. And also by counting Epic Shows that run everyday or as you put it
                              or permanent stage productions
                              you need to include MGM's Fantasmic. It meets your qualifications. That is 81 for WDW.
                              And I concur that you need to take into account part of EPCOT's "attractions" are the countries. So in this list countries don't count I'll conceed that...but under real life circumstances the countries are attractions.

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