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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    for me it is like home. I live 600 miles away but we've been there alot. We went in July and am now planning our trip this summer. Last time I went to WDW was in 1998 and I enjoyed it but it was like a vacation, DL is like going home. I do like AK and Epcot but I love California more.

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessurInWonderland View Post
    I think I have a bit of a bias because I live near and go often to Disneyland, but I like it more than Walt Disney World. When I was younger, I visited Walt Disney World a lot, a little less than Disneyland, but I just like Disneyland better. I can go often, my whole family can spend time there, it brings back memories, and I just like the atmosphere better. Maybe because it just feels like home to me. At Walt Disney World, I feel like I'm on vacation, which is great, but I just prefer Disneyland.


    I like it because it really is another world to escape to. At my home up until about a year ago, my parents always fought, it wasn't a great place to live, and my family just was never very happy. When we were at Disneyland, it was nice, everything was perfect. Not just the park itself, but our personalities, moods, and attitudes. My dad didn't go, but that's the way I grew up. My memories are with my mom and brothers as a family. When my parents divorced, it helped me realize that it was for the better, because my dad was never really family, because family are the people who care about you and will watch out for you and you have good memories with (like having fun at Disneyland!).

    Now I live with my grandparents. I write in Disney font, I surround myself with Disney, I'm obsessed, and they just know I'm really different from most teenagers and people my age, and they make sure I know that and that they don't think that's a good thing, so I kind of can't really be myself, I have to act like a typical, boring teenager that they think people my age should be who just acts like everyone else and aren't themselves and don't have a real character or personality for everyone, and likes thrill rides at six flags, not "kiddie rides", what they think of Fantasyland attractions. My mom works a lot or goes out with her boyfriend. I love Disneyland more than ever because I know how important it is to be myself and be with my family, where I can do that.
    I am so sorry to hear about what happened a year ago, yet so happy to learn how Disneyland made your life so much better. And I really have to say, that if there was a winner to this thread, I'd pick you.

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    ... sigh. This again, really?

    I prefer neither. You cannot seriously compare the two resorts toe to toe. One has 2 parks, a longer history, a denser grouping of attractions, and a modest set of hotels. The other has 4 parks, more land and hotels than they know what to do with, two water parks, and a large amount of extra amenities that would interest vacationers. Besides all that, the two have completely different scopes, clienteles, and underlying ideas.

    Far too often I find that when people say they're comparing DLR to WDW, what they actually are doing is comparing Disneyland to the Magic Kingdom alone (which is at least more sensible). DLR doesn't have anything like Epcot or Animal Kingdom to compare to. And once DCA is on better footing, it will be a park of quality that DLR can claim as its own and no one else's as well.

    Also, to those that say WDW has no detail or intimacy, you obviously have never set foot in AK, the front half of DHS, or World Showcase. Even MK has sections that are full of detail, though bad management has allowed that park to erode badly. Mind you, it wasn't long ago that DLR was the long suffering victim of similar bad management, so they are not immune either. Disneyland has simply had more or less a run of good luck since the 50th.

    As for the "Walt Touch", it has merit, but not nearly as much as some give it. Walt may have been the decision maker, but Disneyland would've been nothing without WED. And many of those same Imagineers (and their proteges) went on to create WDW (in particular, what I hold as WED's greatest accomplishment, the EPCOT Center of the 80's).

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    I love them both equally for the things that make them different. I don't really know why it's always got to be such a competition.

    And on a sidenote, I will be at Disneyland Friday and Saturday for the first time since January 2008. I am very excited.

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    I like Disneyland better because Walt Disney was wrong.

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    Although he dreamt and pursued a world where space was unlimited and the world could be fully controlled, it is this lack of space that has made Disneyland such a densely themed treasure for us to explore. Lacking only a few notable attractions that Disney World has to offer, the two parks are an ever evolving testament to the dream that was the park which was to be the "star" of Walt Disney's company.

    No other resort holds the history, tradition, prestige, adventure, fantasy and promise that the Disneyland does, and thats why I like it better.

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Because Disneyland is 3 minutes away from my house


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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sosai X View Post
    Walt Disney World is for tourists. Disneyland is for purists.
    I love your line .. that was hysterical!

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    I've been to both resorts. Twice I've gone to WDW for free and while I did enjoy myself, I was never impressed or floored.

    Disneyland is the first of course, and the one that everyone will compare the others to. There's just no helping it. It's the one that started it all and the only one Walt stepped foot in and molded for 11 years.

    Disney World was definitely part of his dream and it's with that idea that EVERYTHING that follows should be equal or BETTER than the first. Walt wasn't happy with the small size of Disneyland and of the neighboring motels that moved in because he was a dreamer. He envisioned so much more for the park. Disney World was his answer but... I don't think it would have lived up to his dream.

    WDW is bigger, but definitely not FILLED with as much imagination per square inch as it should be, if we're using Disneyland as a guide. And each park that came afterwards contained even fewer attractions.. but oh yes they were huge.



    I prefer Disneyland because even though it will never be completed, it feels the MOST complete of them all. The parks in WDW have their highlights (Epcot) but it definitely feels as if the imagination had run out. MGM Studios (DHS) was supposed to be one single pavilion in EPCOT and then expanded into a theme park. Based on the layout and design, they ran out of ideas to flesh it out. Animal Kingdom is missing some lands that were promised. Yes, it's a gorgeous park filled with lush vegetation, but there needs to be more if my feet are going to ache the way it does after a day here.

    DCA was built with the same lack of imaginative thought. Had this park been built in Florida, it would have fit right in. But because it's at Disneyland, it gets $1 billion dollars for improvements.


    THAT'S the difference for me. There's passion. I don't feel that the company is passionate enough about WDW for me to feel the same way. I SOO SO SO SO SO want Florida resort to be as amazing as it deserves to be. But it isn't.



    At disneyland, I feel as if I'm in control of my time and can do whatever I want, whenever I want.

    In Florida, Disney is in complete control. They tell me which park to go to early and which park to stay at late. And since every other resort guest follows the same routine, it's not magical anymore is it? We're herded like cows from location to location.

    The entire batch of resort guests are trying to see the very same Fireworks show you are because it's only offered tonight. The same bunch will join you tomorrow to try and watch Fantasmic! too. There is no deciding your own schedule.

    The shops at the parks close early. Wanted to buy something? Too bad. Go to Downtown Disney. It only takes 25 minutes to get there on the shuttle. But you'll have to wait 20 minutes for the next shuttle.

    Want to do something late at night? You can't. Pleasure Island is gone.

    WDW is ideal if you have the time to stay and the money to spend. I can imagine that in that scenario, I would absolutely love it. But it's still lacking a certain Disney touch that is present in Disneyland.


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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Disneyland wins by far. I have seen videos and pictures of wdw enough to know that its not for me.
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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sosai X View Post
    Walt Disney World is for tourists. Disneyland is for purists.
    Choose your own adventure.
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    because i've never been to WDW
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    WDW is 3,000 miles further away
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    Disneyland is the one that started it all. Walt himself paced out the length of Main Street, he lived in the park, he went over all the details inside, and his soul still live in the park. Disneyland has a real magic inside of it.

    Disneyworld is just fun. It's awesome, there's all the favorite Disneyland rides, plus some other really cool ones. But it's not magical. Anything even close to that same "magical" feeling is quickly ended once you decide to go from the Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom... and you find yourself waiting in line 10 minutes for the next bus to arrive and take you to the other park.

    At Disneyworld you can have a lot more fun, simply because there is just so much more to do there. But at Disneyland, you can experience real magic, like no other place on Earth.

    I like these responses the best.

    I've watched specials on WDW, seen all the glory of it's granduer. Honestly I think it would take me 10 days to really see it all.

    But in all it's splender, there is something "overboard" about it.

    You can over do things, IMHO. And I think WDW is over done. I think it was ultimatley created to appeal to the masses.

    DLR has more of that small town feel for me. More personal. I can still see Walt's fingerprints and footprints all over the place.


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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    I tend to subscribe more to the Disneyland>Magic Kingdom but WDW>Disneyland Resort idea, though that's more out of how Disney World offers a huge scope for things and can make the standard weeklong trip into an adventure.
    Disneyland still beats the tar out of Magic Kingdom though, just for how much it crams into such a small space along with the detail and being touched by Walt, though there are a few individual attractions that are better at Florida like Mansion and Splash.
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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    For years I dreamed of WDW imagining it to be DL on steroids, then in 2007 I finally got to go only to find it was more like Disneyland Light. When I got back home I immediatly made plans to go to DL because I still wanted to go spend some time in Disneyland Proper.
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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Ahh it's painful to read people talk so negatively about Disney World. I guess I just fail to see how it is so far inferior, and especially how the people who have never been can judge it inadequate?

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    Quote Originally Posted by karamie View Post
    Ahh it's painful to read people talk so negatively about Disney World. I guess I just fail to see how it is so far inferior, and especially how the people who have never been can judge it inadequate?
    Thats life. haha

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    Re: Why do you prefer Disneyland over Disneyworld...?

    As more and more new people are always joining MiceChat, it is inevitable that this question will come up over and over again. Comparisions are also inevitable. It's the nature of the beast. Opinions should of course be shared without everyone having to agree.

    I visited Disney World on 4 different vacations, before I ever set foot into Disneyland. I loved my vacations at Disney World. I always stayed on property, and each vacation took me to a new exciting hotel, and I did many different things.

    Then in 2005, Disneyland was turning 50 years old. My friend Jennifer and I decided it would be really fun if we were there on July 17, 2005. So we began planning. I discovered MiceChat in April of 2005, and they helped me prepare myself for what I was going to find. I remember reading people's thoughts on Disneyland. The only Disneyland that I knew was from television watching in the 50's and the 60's.

    I remember the first day I set foot in Disney World. I also remember the first time I entered Disneyland. The feelings were definitely different. Disneyland captured my heart.
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