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  • [Review] Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

    Last edited by PA*; 12-28-2008, 05:42 PM.

    1974 WDW
    2006 WDW
    2008 DLR
    2011 TDR

  • #2
    Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

    I'm glad to hear that you find some good in the smaller park. I also thought that was important that Disneyland was smaller when I compared the parks. It may seem crowded but it is easier to navigate. Thanks for your comparison

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    • #3
      Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

      Thanks for sharing, very good thoughts. I have been to both parks and personally love them both the same. They have their own qualities.

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      • #4
        Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

        Great post. It is important to note you'll have fun at either place.

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        • #5
          Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

          Psst! Not real looking drawbridge, real drawbridge. Of course they've only closed and opened it a couple of times, but the point is that it can be done.

          Disneyland has Cast Members that want to be there, WDW has Employees that want to pick up their paycheck and go home - not everyone, but it's a subtle attitude difference that you pick up on if you are used to one park and go to the other.

          And another big difference is that you can be more free-form. You don't have to regiment your schedule and call exactly 90 days out for Priority Seating for every meal.

          --<< Bruce >>--
          There's No Place Like 127.0.0.1

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          • #6
            Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

            I visited WDW in 1997 with my husband, and my grandson. Quite frankly, I never thought that I would get the opportunity to travel across the country to the other park that I watched as a kid on television.

            Well in 2005, I did come. So did a lot of other people. I came, I saw, and I fell in love with it.

            I still have a great time, at WDW, and I am planning an August vacation there.

            Disneyland has the edge, in my heart, however.
            BarbaraAnn

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            • #7
              Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

              Originally posted by PA* View Post
              4. The water actually tastes OK (no swamp water here).
              Bruce already covered the drawbridge...

              I am so surprised that you liked the water here. Most people say Southern California water is the worst they have ever tasted. The primary sources of Anaheim tap water come from the Colorado River, a natural aquifer located hundreds of feet below the northern 1/3 of Orange County, and -- yikes! -- reclaimed waste water. A small portion may also come from Northern Cal.

              Most people do not like the water here because it is very hard. Colorado River water contains lots of salts and minerals, as does the ground water. But I guess swamp water is just as bad, so I'd say it's a draw.

              Very interesting comparison overall, though!

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              • #8
                Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                Great comparisons!!! I, personaly, like Disneyland better in my book. You can go on a ton of rides and always notice new things. And at the end of the day, your feet are not nearly as tired as they are in Walt Disney World!!! Just my opinion though!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                  Originally posted by PA* View Post
                  II had read how Disneyland was smaller and more crowded, how the castle was smaller, etc.
                  The smallness of Disneyland, for me, makes it a much more inviting, cozy and intimate kind of park. It's more personal when it is smaller.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                    As a WDW vet, I prefer Disneyland over Magic Kingdom BECAUSE it's smaller and more intimate.

                    I prefer WDW as a whole however, Epcot has so many events that take the win for me. If you are just counting the resorts as a whole of course.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                      It's interesting to read your perspective- particularly as it relates to the intimacy of DL. As a DLR vet who's visited WDW a few times in recent years, it's a notion I've overlooked.

                      I find the crowds at DL (which are exacerbated by the narrow walkways and an overall space deficiency) almost unbearable, so I find MK's size and open spaces extremely refreshing.

                      IMO, MK's location and surroundings help me overlook the fact that it is a thematic mess in some places and an arguably less authentic incarnation of Walt's original park (I discussed MK's surroundings re: the Disney Zone in more detail in this thread).

                      The experience of getting to MK from the outside versus getting to DLP from the outside to me is stark, and now that I've been to WDW I'm always somewhat disappointed with that aspect of DLP. If the intimacy of DLP being smaller is something that struck you while there, maybe I'll give that some consideration the next time I go, and maybe that will temper my disappointment a bit.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                        I basically grew up at Disneyland.... as a child, and then as an attractions CM for 10 years.
                        The first time I went to WDW, I thought I might return and find something about Disneyland that paled in comparison.
                        While I think the the WDW complex is quite awesome, my vote still goes for Disneyland.
                        It's the original, it's the park where Walt walked, and the intimacy that many people speak of here is very important.
                        As discussed on another thread, the berm at Disneyland is comparatively (to WDW) a very small separation between the park and the outside world, but it has an amazing ability to keep that real world out.
                        I have always felt I was in a different world when I was at Disneyland, and this hasn't changed, even after visiting the WDW complex.
                        Last edited by CASurfer65; 12-28-2008, 10:42 PM. Reason: err

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                        • #13
                          Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                          A few P.S.'s:

                          A REAL drawbridge? That is too cool!

                          I actually didn't say I thought Disneyland was smaller, only that I had read that it was smaller. Although I did notice the relative lack of open space in the Lands, by the end of the day my feet felt it was about the same size!

                          Well, hopefully no Floridians will take offense to my swamp water comment (I don't know what else to call it). For those who don't know, when you're sitting at the restaurant, you're wondering what's that smell until you realize it's coming from your glass of water. Likewise when you're taking a shower in the motel. And when it comes to drinking it ... just gulp it down as fast as you can and try to pretend it doesn't taste like what tastes like. So yes, in comparison, the water at Disneyland is fine!

                          1974 WDW
                          2006 WDW
                          2008 DLR
                          2011 TDR

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                          • #14
                            Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                            Excellent thoughts and comparisons. One thing I want to add: Disneyland CA has the Canal Boats, which, IMO, is the most beautiful attraction in any of the Disney theme parks.


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                            • #15
                              Re: Disneyland for Walt Disney World veterans

                              Originally posted by PA* View Post
                              A few P.S.'s:

                              A REAL drawbridge? That is too cool!

                              I actually didn't say I thought Disneyland was smaller, only that I had read that it was smaller. Although I did notice the relative lack of open space in the Lands, by the end of the day my feet felt it was about the same size!
                              Physically, Disneyland is MUCH smaller than the Magic Kingdom, DL is 60-ish acres and WDW is several hundred. But at DL they consciously planned to maximize the land use without making it LOOK cramped. You have to know the place to realize that right behind that stand of trees is the back side of another land. And they play the same tricks with buildings that are themed differently on each side to create the illusion of a lot more space.
                              Originally posted by PA* View Post
                              Well, hopefully no Floridians will take offense to my swamp water comment (I don't know what else to call it). For those who don't know, when you're sitting at the restaurant, you're wondering what's that smell until you realize it's coming from your glass of water. Likewise when you're taking a shower in the motel. And when it comes to drinking it ... just gulp it down as fast as you can and try to pretend it doesn't taste like what tastes like. So yes, in comparison, the water at Disneyland is fine!
                              It doesn't take much sulphur and certain other dissolved minerals in the water in the water to make it smell and taste "swampy", and it's a real pain to get it out. It can't be done with a simple filter cartridge, you need to do full water plant treatment or Reverse Osmosis to get it out.

                              The water at DL can be rather hard if they are using mostly Colorado River water in the mix, if they use mostly well water or Aqueduct water it isn't so bad. But while the DL water can be crunchy, the minerals don't have objectionable taste or odor problems.

                              --<< Bruce >>--
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