Dueling Disney: Disneyland vs. The Magic Kingdom

Written by Jeff Heimbuch. Posted in Disney, Disney History, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Dueling Disney, Features, Keith Gluck, Walt Disney World

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Published on January 01, 2014 at 3:00 am with 16 Comments

MiceChatters, it’s been quite a year. Through ups and downs, you’ve followed our duels. Sometimes, Disneyland won. Othertimes, it was Walt Disney World. But most of the time, it was Disneyland Paris. However, today’s column marks the final Dueling Disney of 2013, where for one final time, Disneyland and Walt Disney World (and two best friends) step into the ring and fight (to the death!) to see who reigns supreme. We’ve covered a wide range of topics from the very beginning, but now the time has come to put the issue to bed. Which resort reigns supreme?

(As usual, Keith is representing Disneyland, while Jeff represents Walt Disney World)

Topic 25: Disneyland vs. The Magic Kingdom

Keith: Dear, sweet, innocent Jeff. I hope you’re ready for one last whooping! Because this one is about to get ugly.

Jeff: Ugly? We’ve been looking at you for the last year, it can’t get much uglier than that! OOOOH SLOW BURN THAT I’VE WAITED ALL YEAR TO USE SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS DUEL!

Sorry, that was childish of me. Carry on, ugly.

Keith: Um…

“Walt Disney Make-Believe Land Project Planned Here” was the headline on the March 27, 1952 edition of the Burbank Daily Review. It was the first public announcement of Walt’s intention to build a “Disney Land”, originally planned for a 16-acre plot of land on Riverside Drive, next door to the Disney Studio. “I lived on Riverside Drive back then,” Disney artist John Hench recalled, “and I remember several Sundays seeing Walt across the street where he first thought of putting the Park. And I’d see him out there, stepping things off, in the weed filled lot, standing, visualizing, all by himself. I knew what he was doing.”

Walt had big plans for his little park. “Disneyland will be something of a fair, an exhibition, a playground, a community center, a museum of living facts and a showplace of beauty and magic,” he said. Both children and adults were going to be able to enjoy a zoo of miniature animals, scenes of Americana, rides in a “space ship”, a submarine, and more. In fact, Walt’s plans got bigger and bigger, and the amount of available land would ultimately be one of the reasons why he decided to take his “Make-Believe Land Project” a little farther south.


Jeff: In October 1965, the Orlando Sentinel ran with the headline: “It’s Official: This is Disney’s Land.” After months of public speculation as to who was buying up a lot of Florida’s swamp land, the cat was finally out of the bag. Soon after, on November 15, 1965, Walt Disney, Roy Disney, and Florida Governor Hayden Burns held a press conference at the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando to address the world. The sign at the front of the room read “Florida Welcomes Walt Disney.” Not only that, but the embraced him with open arms.

Even though Disneyland was a fantastic achievement, Walt had even bigger plans for Disney World. “Here in Florida, we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland…the blessing of size. There’s enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine.” And imagine he did. With almost unlimited space to create whatever his mind could come up with, Walt could do practically anything he wanted.

Of course, at the time, the entire crutch of The Florida Project was to ultimately construct E.P.C.O.T., the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow.


Keith: I heart E.P.C.O.T.

On a Saturday morning in late 1953, Walt telephoned artist Herb Ryman and asked him to come to the studio. Ryman came right away, and the two sat in Walt’s office. It was there that Walt told Ryman about his plans to build a huge amusement park, much bigger than the tiny park he had dreamt up for the modest Burbank lot. He indicated how Roy was going to New York on Monday morning, in an attempt to secure the funding. “He’s got a meeting with the boys with the money,” Walt stated. “We’re going to need millions. Roy wants to take a rendering of Disneyland with him to show the investors.”

“Good idea,” replied Ryman. “Can I see the rendering?”

“You’re going to draw it, Herbie.”

Ryman was stunned. He felt that there was no way he could perform the task on such short notice. Walt, as he often did, convinced his employee that not only could he do it, but he was just the person for the job. And, as usual, Walt was right.

On May 1, 1954, just over seven months later, the Anaheim Bulletin broke the story. And this story differed somewhat from the story in that March 27, 1952 edition of the Burbank Daily Review. “Disneyland,” Walt said, “will be a fabulous playground–something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a showplace of magic and loving facts, but above all, a place for people to find happiness and knowledge.” Construction began on July 16, 1954.

Walt Disney’s Original Magic Kingdom opened on July 17, 1955.

Jeff: Unfortunately, Walt Disney died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966, before seeing his vision of Disney World realized. But up until his death, Walt was actively involved in the developing of ideas and basic philosophies for this new type of living, working, and entertainment environment.Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother and business partner, postponed his retirement to oversee construction of the resort’s first phase and to help his brother’s dream become a reality.

On February 2, 1967, Roy O. Disney held his own press conference in Winter Park, Florida, where the famous EPCOT film, the last one Walt recorded before his death, was screened in front of press. After the film spun its final reel, Roy explained that for Disney World, and Walt’s vision of E.P.C.O.T., to truly work, a special district would have to be formed: the Reedy Creek Improvement District. This district, with the cities of Bay Lake and Reedy Creek inside it, would have immunity from any current or future county or state land-use laws.

About 9,000 workers were involved in the two-year construction effort, which turned the Florida swamp land into the vacation kingdom of the world. They built a 200-acre man-made lake called Seven Seas Lagoon, developed rolling landscapes for not one, but two championship 18-hole golf courses, built two of the world’s most unique and innovative hotels and a network of land and water transportation to connect everything altogether. The total cost of the project was about $400 million.

To pay homage to his brother, Roy O. Disney renamed this resort wonderland, and opened Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971.

Keith: Walt Disney once said, “Main Street, U.S.A., is America at the turn of the century. The crossroads of an era. The gas lamps and the electric lamps, the horse drawn car and the auto car. Main Street is everyone’s hometown… the heartline of America.” Walt drew so much inspiration for Main Street from his experiences as a boy growing up in Marceline, Missouri. While he only lived in Marceline for 5 years (between the ages of 4 and 9), the experience stayed with him for the rest of his life. Diane Disney Miller once said that well into her teens, she assumed her father had spent his entire childhood in the small Missouri town, as much as he reminisced about his days there.

When Main Street first opened with Disneyland, it was not the shopping mecca it is today. Sure there were shops, but a lot of space was devoted to establishments one would actually find in a turn-of-the-century small town. There was a bank, a realtor’s office, even a pharmacy. And Walt made sure to make this area feel even more like home by building a small apartment for himself above the Fire Station.


Jeff: The decor of the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A.  is that of 20th-century small-town America, where they celebrate the 4th of July every day. It doesn’t just focus on Walt’s childhood home, but has many stylistic influences from around the country, such as New England and Missouri. You can see this pretty well in the “four corners” area, right in the middle of Main Street, where 4 different styles meld into one.

As mentioned in our earlier duel on Main Street itself, my favorite part was West Center Street and East Center street, which ran directly across Main Street, and created an extra ounce of authenticity to the world that was created. Thought it no longer exists, you could shop at the Flower Market, wander down the street, and hear the citizens of Main Street living their lives from the windows above. It was truly wonderful.

Keith: In 1953, during Disneyland’s early planning stages, Walt already had a vision for Tomorrowland in mind. He said the land of the future would be “the factual and scientific exposition of things to come.” Just a year later, with Disneyland’s budget stretched as far as it could go, Walt decided that Tomorrowland would not be opening with Disneyland. In January of 1955, less than six months before opening day, he changed his mind.

The “futuristic world of 1986” eventually gave way to a “world on the move”. By 1967, Disneyland’s Tomorrowland was home to an entire theater that rotated, a Skyway to Fantasyland, puttering Mark VII Autopia cars, submarines gliding through a glimmering lagoon, brilliant white spinning rocket jets, and of course, a Peoplemover.

Unfortunately, these days Disneyland’s Tomorrowland is a shell of its former glory. While it still manages to hold some nostalgia for many longtime park guests (myself included), its vacant and mismanaged areas are just sad reminders to those of us who remember what used to be. But for the purposes of staying positive, you never know what the future holds. And after all, tomorrow is just a dream away!


Jeff: When Tomorrowland opened at the Magic Kingdom, it was much closer to what Walt’s original vision for it looked like. Ironically enough, it also opened unfinished, but that didn’t keep the guests away. It was designed in a Googie style, with the iconic large waterfalls flanking the entrance. The color scheme was predominantly white, with a few soft blues, creating a very retro-modernist landscape. It was the idealized version of “the future.” Featuring huge monolithic towers and spires it really gave off that futuristic look

In 1994, however, the design was changed to more of a “future that never was.” Because the older style had become outdated, and didn’t look as futuristic in the modern age, it was decided to make it look more like how we viewed the future in the 1960s. As a result, we have an area that truly comes alive at night, and really blows you away with its visuals.

Keith: Disneyland’s Fantasyland: where Disney dark rides were born.

When coming up with the design for Fantasyland, the Imagineers wanted it to have a festive “village” feel. The problem with that was, it was expensive. Ever-resourceful, they figured out a solution. “We decided to use festive tournament tents on the attraction entrances,” recalled architect Bill Martin. “It still kept the village atmosphere, while being quite cost-effective.” The look remained for years.

In 1983, the entire land was redesigned with a European village theme. New attractions premiered (Pinocchio’s Daring Journey), existing attractions were relocated (Dumbo, Mad Tea Party, King Arthur’s Carrousel), and a few attractions even received updates (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Snow White). The 1983 redo is also responsible for the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge being raised and lowered for only the second time in the park’s history.

Oh, and Jeff… Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Jeff: The original version of the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland was based on a medieval faire and carnival, allowing for some interesting theming. Most of the indoor attractions were located within medieval style “tents,” and had jousting sticks “holding” the structure up. Of course, we had a few modified versions of Disneyland dark rides, but it also had a wildly different version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (designed by Rolly Crump!), and the vastly superior submarine ride, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. And yes, I realize that you’re trying to use YOUR Mr. Toad as your “Crump” card, Keith, but you are sadly mistaken. This one kicked yours square in the bum. Both cheeks.

Though some of the rides have come and gone, no massive updates were seen under 2012, when New Fantasyland opened toward the back of the land. Adding a whole new layer of amazing detail to Fantasyland, guests can now explore Belle’s village (complete with Gaston’s Tavern, her cottage, and of course, the Be Our Guest restaurant), and the Little Mermaid ride, along with Storybook circus. I dare say our Fantasyland is more diverse, and it really does feel like three entirely separate lands in one.


Keith: Did you say kick, Jeff? Or kicked? Lemme scroll up… ah, kicked. Got it.

New Orleans Square, the first new land to be added to Disneyland since the park opened, debuted on July 24, 1966. The area didn’t have any available attractions that day, but it did have the mayor of New Orleans present to help Walt with the dedication. Guests could still take in the gorgeous French Quarter-style architecture, as well as peruse the shops, and enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine.

Pirates of the Caribbean, (still) thought of by many as Disney’s greatest attraction, opened on March 18, 1967. The Blue Bayou, one of the most desirable eateries in all of Disneyland, opened in the same building, on the same day. The only more sought-after eatery in the park–in the entire resort for that matter–also resides in New Orleans Square. Club 33, originally created to be a private dining room for Walt and his family to enjoy, as well as entertain special guests, was meant to compliment the new apartment being added over Pirates of the Caribbean. Unfortunately Walt wouldn’t live long enough to see it completed, so after a brief period of using the space as it was intended, Disney eventually turned it into a private club for paid members.

Five years before New Orleans Square even opened, Disney announced a Haunted Mansion attraction would be frightening guests within two years. A beautiful, stately mansion was erected in 1963, however it would remain dormant for six years. It finally opened on August 9, 1969, and along with Pirates of the Caribbean, continues to be the benchmark for attraction-based entertainment to this day.

Jeff: Though much smaller than its counterparts, Liberty Square celebrates the history of America, and celebrates it will. It does an amazing job of replicating a small town during colonial times. It’s meant to invoke the colonial era feel, with numerous references to our nation’s early history all around.

In addition to being the home of the Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square also allows you to learn about our great nation’s presidents, while visiting the Hall of Presidents. It’s a fascinating bit of history, and includes more animatronics in one place than you can shake a stick out. And then when it’s over, you can hop on the Liberty Belle for a leisurely jaunt around the Rivers of America.

Keith: When Disneyland first opened, Frontierland was by far the most prominent land in the park. At roughly 20 acres, it comprised about one-third of the place. Early attractions included an Indian Village, a miniature horse corral, Pack Mules, and actual Stage Coaches. These days folks visit Frontierland to gain passage on the Sailing Ship Columbia or Mark Twain Riverboat, enjoy delicious family-style food at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, experience the classic venue known as The Golden Horseshoe, or ride a runaway train on Big Thunder Mountain*.

*re-opening soon!


Jeff: Located along the Rivers of America, when Frontierland opened at the Magic Kingdom, it only featured three attractions: the Railroad, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, and the Country Bear Jamboree. However, over the years, the wild west has been expanded quite a bit, and extends even further back into the Park. Tom Sawyer Island opened in 1973, adding a whole new land to the area, while Splash Mountain changed the skyline in 1992.

I seriously think Frontierland is one of, if not the best, themed area of the Magic Kingdom. Plus, the Country Bears still reign supreme. How can you go wrong with that?!

Keith: When Disneyland first opened, Adventureland’s “Explorer’s Boat Ride” was one of the park’s marquee attractions. It experienced a few name changes over the years, until 1959 when it became known as “The Jungle Cruise”. Another difference about the early days of the attraction is that the narration used to be “serious” as opposed to comical. In fact when Disney promoted the ride, the literature promised that “adventure lurks at every bend”.

The Enchanted Tiki Room recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is a true Disney classic in every sense of the word. While it’s gone under a few minor changes over the years, Disneyland’s version has been mercifully spared any “new management” takeovers.

In March of 1995, Indiana Jones made his way into Disneyland, and changed the landscape of Adventureland. The ride features an elaborate queue, a fun story, and a thrilling ride experience onboard the most technologically sophisticated vehicles in the park.


Jeff: The Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland beats out Disneyland’s for quite a few reasons. However, the main one is size. You can actually WALK through this one without being greeted by shoulder to shoulder traffic.

You don’t need to visit New Orleans to find our Pirates. In fact, the land of adventure is a great place for them to be! After that, you can visit some enchanted birds at the Enchanted Tiki Room, or take a ride down the river on our amazing Jungle Cruise.

Keith: Mickey’s Toontown opened on January 24, 1993. And I was there. In fact, my cousin and I were the first guests in Mickey’s House that day. Not ever, of course, thanks to the world of “soft openings”. But it was kinda cool being the first ones in there on the official opening day.

Hey, I said kinda.

That’s pretty much where Toontown loses me. I think Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin is a fine dark ride, but I would be 100% okay with relocating it to Fantasyland, and then bulldozing Toontown. Just sayin’.

Jeff: Toontown at the Magic Kingdom was kinda OK as well. Nothing overly exciting. It was meant as a temporary land that wound up staying well past its welcome. But because we no longer have a Toontown either, let’s move on!

Keith: Bear Country opened on March 24, 1972. Comprising the entire area of the former Indian Village (and then some), the land’s signature attraction was an audio-animatronic show featuring singing bears, that was originally meant for a ski resort in California’s Mineral King Valley. After plans for the ski resort were scrapped, the Country Bear Jamboree made its way into the Magic Kingdom in 1971, then Disneyland the following year. In addition to singing bears (and a snoring one at the land’s entrance), Bear Country contained an arcade, a few shops, and the infamous Mile Long Bar, that wasn’t a bar at all. Thanks to clever mirror positioning, this small eatery’s interior looked like it went on for, well, a mile.

With a new E-ticket log ride set to debut in the summer of 1989, containing a host of different animal characters (recycled from the recently-closed America Sings attraction), Disney decided to de-emphasize the bears in Bear Country. In November of 1988, Bear Country became Critter Country, and on July 17, 1989, Splash Mountain officially opened to guests eager to ride what Disney then touted as “the world’s steepest, highest, scariest, wildest adventure.”

Jeff: While we don’t have a Critter Country, we DO still have the Country Bear Jamboree, so we totally beat you on that note, Keith. DEAL WITH IT.

Keith: This is true, and I am still bitter that our Country Bears were evicted by Pooh. But I suppose it isn’t as bad as who was evicted by Pooh on your coast!

So this may be the longest Dueling Disney we’ve ever done. Do you think we just keep typing and typing because, if we don’t stop typing, Dueling Disney won’t end?

Jeff: It’ll be just like a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting…and knitting…and knitting…and knitting…


Keith: And knitting.

Well Jeff, it’s been fun. And while this is in no way the last Dueling Disney, it’ll be the last one for a little bit. Had a great time debating with you all year, bud. And in regards to this last duel… c’mon, Magic Kingdom vs. Disneyland? Really? Even Floridians are going to vote for Disneyland in this round! But thanks for fighting the good fight, as always. See you again on the battlefield real soon.
Jeff: I had a great time dueling with you, too, buddy! And that’s why we’re friends…we’re able to playfully jab each other in regards to Disney stuff, and NOT be mad at each other. And thank YOU, fair readers, for joining us on our journey this year. We appreciate all your time spent with us

What do you guys think? Have you enjoyed Dueling Disney this past year? Are you looking forward to what Keith and Jeff come up with next? Isn’t Jeff ridiculously more good-looking than Keith is? Who wins the final battle?

Dueling Disney is written by Keith Gluck and Jeff Heimbuch

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About Jeff Heimbuch

Jeff has been in love with all things Disney since a very early age. He writes From The Mouth Of The Mouse and The 626 every week for MiceChat. He also collaborates on The Disney Review every weekend. Aside from that, he is one half of the devastatingly good looking duo of the weekly vid/podcast Communicore Weekly (the other half being fellow MiceChat columnist George Taylor), which you can find at www.communicoreweekly.com Jeff is also writing a book with former Imagineer and Disney Legend, Rolly Crump. You can find out more about the book at www.itskindofacutestory.com

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  • billyjobobb

    Disneyland, by not having the luxury of size has to find a way to make things work. If they had the space we wouldn’t have the huge parking garage, we’d have surface lots and you’d be miles from the entrance (or at least across a lagoon) Disney’s California adventure had to go in where there had been a parking lot, right across from Disneyland instead of a few miles down the road, and Downtown Disney is all right there too. Not on the other side of a park the size of the city of San Fransisco.

    You can walk out the door of the grand Californian and be in the park…. the fact that all over the park in Florida they have those huge walkways. It just loses the intimacy of Disneyland.

    When we went to Disney World we stayed “on property” and it was a 30 minute bus ride to the park……

  • Imagineer2B

    Great duel gentlemen! I have truly enjoyed the banter all year long and it reminds me of how my friend from Florida and I constantly compare and contrast “our” parks. While I enjoy both parks I always feel at home at Disneyland. Thanks for the fun times and don’t stay away too long…

  • mightymicroscope33

    Happy New Year. I will defiantly miss these posts but 2014 means we should have new things. I’ve never been to Walt Disney World but I’ve wanted to see it. I am choosing Disneyland over Disney World because Disneyland is the original park and I am very biased towards it.

    • jasmineray

      How can you say that if you’ve never even been to Walt Disney World? You don’t know what it’s like.

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    There was a time when I would have chosen Disney World; however, the standards have fallen so far at WDW, that even though it should have the advantage in this competition, it pales in comparison to Disneyland.

    There’s a high standard and quality of entertainment at Disneyland that WDW just can’t touch.

    I love Disney World, but it’s on a bad track right now, while Disneyland is firing on all cylinders.

    Looking forward to your new MiceChat project guys. I know our readers are going to love it!

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  • OprylandUSA

    I know.. I know.. Resistance is Futile.
    There’s no use in even trying to make an argument on here, but I will attempt nonetheless.

    Aside from MK’s superior versions of Splash, BTMRR, HM, Astro OribtEr, and Pooh plus the unique attractions like Hall of Presidents, Stitch’s Great Escape (again… I know…), MILF, Country Bears, Swiss Family, and the Orange Bird, I really believe that the Magic Kingdom is superior “park”

    Now. If I had to choose between spending one day at Disneyland or one day at the Magic Kingdom, I would choose Disneyland. Easily. But, honestly, even you West Coast livin’, AP-holdin’, Light Magic hatin’, apostrophe deletin’, Micechattin’ die hards should give the Magic Kingdom some cred on the “park” layout itself.

    The Seven Seas lagoon approach by monorail or ferry builds up excitement and has yet to been beat in any park. Worldwide. The location of the park, itself, on the far side of the property, away from any main roadway that makes all park landmarks invisible to the general public. I’m looking at you, Matterhorn. The wider walkways improved on many of Disneyland’s cramped spaces. The plaza in front of the castle is vast enough for a giant stage show and the hub walkways are so wide that the parade can make a complete loop if needed. Although it’s not as landscaped as well as it once was, the gardens and grassy knolls in the park are large and and expansive. The park’s waterways, too, meander through the park, adding life and variety.

    • Liverastic

      I’m not disagreeing with you at all about the build up and anticipation the trip across/around the lagoon provides, but I think the journey into Disneyland is great in its own way.

      The sudden and immediate transportation from the urban/suburban sprawl of northern Orange County (California) into Disneyland is environmentally transformative in a way Walt Disney World can’t achieve. And doesn’t need to. It’s so shocking that it completely erases what you drove through to get there. That’s what stuck out to me as much as anything as a kid, and impresses me the most as an adult.

      The berm is perhaps Walt’s greatest unifying invention implemented at Disneyland. It was incredibly prescient given there was nothing in the area but orange groves that needed a visual and spatial barrier to provide against. He knew what was to be wrought by his park.

    • billyjobobb

      all of which means that you spend more time trying to get to what you want to see.

      In the case of the area in front of the castle, you lose so much of the castle by closing it off to do those stage shows. And at the end of the night, all I want to do is to get to the car, or to the hotel room. I don’t need to waste the time it takes to get across the lagoon, and then wait for a tram…..

      It just seems that with more space they could do more. Instead they just spread everything out?

  • BrandaoFilms

    Whenever someone asks me why I prefer Disneyland over WDW, I tell them its because everytime I step into Disneyland it feels like I am home again.

    Disneyland will always be my second home away from home even though I live on the East Coast. My family has made it our park and that is why it is so special to me. It is also the thought that Walt Disney walked and lived in the park, making the place even more homely to me.

    While I do love the Disney Parks for their differences, Disneyland will always be my number one choice over all. As billyjobobb said before about WDW, “It just loses the intimacy of Disneyland.”

    I can’t wait to take my long time girlfriend to Disneyland next week for her first trip. The memories and excitement we are going to share is all that I need to show me that is it home.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    • Jeff Heimbuch

      You’re coming out here, and you didn’t tell me?! Let me know when you’re in, I can show you around a bit!

  • Streamliner

    I’ve really enjoyed these columns over the last year! Ever since the DCA expansion opened, I’ve not had as much reason to visit Micechat (I really loved those construction updates and news), but this column I read every time it came up. Thanks for the fun!

  • Dan Heaton

    This answer would have been different 10 years ago. However, Disney World just hasn’t updated with the times. It’s fallen behind Disneyland, especially with the lack of upgrades to Future World in EPCOT. I hope this changes soon, but Disneyland has this one for sure.

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  • Dapper Dan

    I’m a bit confused by the topic of this duel. The question at the top asks which is the better resort, but the options and discussion are all Disneyland vs. Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is not a resort. It’s about 1/6th of a resort. This is like asking which is the better Football Team, the Denver Broncos or Tom Brady?

    If this is a Disneyland vs. Magic Kingdom discussion, that’s fine. It happens a lot because Disneyland needs that limitation to have any hope of winning. However, the poll at the end of this duel had Disneyland and Walt Disney World as options for best resort. If you really want to compare resorts you have to do the whole resorts; hotels, parks, recreational activities, shopping, everything.

  • Polo33

    I live on the east coast and have logged more trips with the faimly to WDW then Disneyland WDW is beautiful and one can spend a two week vacation there no problem. Heck, they even have NASCAR races you can do plus staying in a treehouse it log cabin in the woods. Pretty cool. However, Disneyland wins. There is just something very special about the place that us tough to describe. It seems more ” real”. It is just perfect.