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    What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Would anybody like to speculate what Disneyland would be like today, if Walt Disney hadn't traveled to Florida and purchased land for the building of Walt Disney World?
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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Most likely the same with more parks other than DCA and DL.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaraann View Post
    Would anybody like to speculate what Disneyland would be like today, if Walt Disney hadn't traveled to Florida and purchased land for the building of Walt Disney World?
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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Did Walt Disney ever try and buy more land around Disneyland, or was that an impossibility after the success of Disneyland? I understand he gobbled up a whole lot of land inexpensively under assumed names before they figured out that he was the purchaser.
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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    There would be no additional parks.

    The classics would still be there but things like Tomorrowland when it was refurbed in 98 would have been amazing, without the cost of building DCA to deter them, the new Tomorrowland would have been phenomenal.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    There would be no DCA. Another park might have been built, but not necessarily. There would not be a Big Thunder, and possibly no Space Mountain or Country Bear Jamboree. Carousel of Progress would have stayed, meaning no America Sings or Splash Mountain.
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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    It's kind of a false question. Opening a Disneyland in Florida was Walt's idea through and through. No he didn't make it to the opening, and his wacky vision for EPCOT was not at all what Epcot is today, but it's like asking "What would Disneyland be like if Walt hadn't decided he wanted to build a theme park?" WDW was built because Walt had the ambition to expand. I think that there are some issues with having multiple Disney resorts but I do think that both WDW and DLR have benefited from having each other.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    You'd be looking at a whole different company. One could even question if the Disney company (and Disneyland for that matter) would even still be owed by the Walt Disney Company, or even if the company existed. It could be owed by one of several other companies.

    After Walt Disney's death, the Magic Kingdom was one of the things that united the company, Roy completed it to follow his brother's wishes. At the same time it was also a financial strain on the company for many years, not being as financially successful as Disneyland until after the opening of Epcot in the 80s (although to be clear Epcot was not the catalyst of the financial success). Basically, it would be very hard to tell what Disneyland would be like because it would be just as hard to tell what the Disney company would look like, and that would of course be a major contributing factor to the state of the park.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    There would be no additional parks.
    Not only that but there probably wouldn't be the Disney Vacation Club or the cruise line either as WDW resorts paved the way for all future resort destination ventures.
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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    We probably would have gotten WestCot.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Quote Originally Posted by TTN View Post
    You'd be looking at a whole different company. One could even question if the Disney company (and Disneyland for that matter) would even still be owed by the Walt Disney Company, or even if the company existed. It could be owed by one of several other companies.
    I agree. Disney went down this road anyway and would of done so sooner if it was a cheaper company.

    Usually when companies are broken up the owners of the pieces syphon the income off to thier pockets, not to build up the companies.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaraann View Post
    Would anybody like to speculate what Disneyland would be like today, if Walt Disney hadn't traveled to Florida and purchased land for the building of Walt Disney World?
    Walt Disney desperately wanted to expand the size of Disneyland. My guess is that if he had stayed in Anaheim, he would have eventually used the parking lot (where DCA and Downtown Disney are today) to simply expand the size of Disneyland into a much larger park. He might also have been able to persuade Anaheim officials to use eminent domain to acquire surrounding parcels to increase the size of the resort. Failing that, he probably would have built new parks in nearby locales, such as Long Beach.

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredSimmons View Post
    Walt Disney desperately wanted to expand the size of Disneyland.
    Where did you read that?

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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Walt Disney didn't want another Disneyland in Florida, he wanted EPCOT.

    I think Disneyland would have been bigger, but not huge, had Walt Disney never gone to Florida. It's kind of weird to think about WDW never showing up. It'd be seriously crowded at Disneyland!
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    Re: What Would Disneyland Be Like Today If WDW Was Never Built?

    Extremely crowded.



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