I recently returned from my college graduation trip to WDW. My girlfriend and I were there from May 24th to the 29th and stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. I definitely had a great time. It was my first trip to WDW in over 15 years and her first trip ever.
Being a DLR regular, however, I just wanted to share two experiences.
First, one morning, Expedition Everest over at Animal Kingdom was down, but they still had the FastPass kiosks open and there were lines of people getting FastPasses for later in the day. This made no sense to me as who is to say when the ride will be back up. Giving them out may only lead to more disappointed/angry guests later in the day. I've never experienced this at DL or DCA. Usually when a ride goes down, so does FastPass, which to me makes perfect sense.
Second, and I know this has surely been mentioned a million times, but I just have to mention it again, I couldn't believe how disgusted I was after experiencing Tiki Room Under New Management. To me, this show was blasphemy and a complete mockery of and disgrace to one of Walt's most charming attractions and greatest feats (being the first AA show). I knew it would be bad, but I just couldn't believe how truly horrible and disheartening it turned out to be. It made me all the more grateful that we still have the original (minus Barcarolle) at DL.
Overall, I had a spectacular/magical trip. I will definitely go back more often now that I am able to appreciate it more since I am older and have experienced all that I have missed out on since my last trip as a young child over 15 years ago. WDW is definitely different than the DLR. Is WDW enjoyable and a magical place? Absolutely! Is it better than the DLR? In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY NOT! Disneyland will always hold prominence in my heart. I think that those who think WDW is better than DLR soely based on the size and scope of WDW forget the charm and magic that only Disneyland can provide. They are two different places each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For me, however, Disneyland will always be number one. It is the original, where Walt walked, and there is a magic at Disneyland that I didn't find at WDW and don't think I will find anywhere else.
My WDW experience made me look even more forward to my DLR summer trip or perhaps trips (want to get the most out of my AP)!
I just wanted to share these few thoughts with you guys.