I don't think I could stay for seven days in Florida for any reason. Even my imagination has limits...
WDW is also a lot safer, with the nearby Dr Phillips area being a very upscale neighborhood, not an urban area. In general, the layout of Orlando is much nicer, with it encompassing the surrounding suburbs around which the theme parks situate themselves. There's not much commute needed to get from WDW to other destinations, and in most cases you can avoid the highway (and therefore heavy traffic) altogether to get between attractions.
But this conversation has strayed from the better resort to the better city (which again, as a former SoCal, Irvine to be specific, native living in Orlando, I can say that Orlando is much more comfortable and entertaining)...there is no doubt WDW is the better resort with much more unique and diverse offerings. Sambo, I have no doubt you spent 15 days at DLR (that would be a little too much for me but to each your own)...however I don't see how if that much time at the smaller and more limited resort kept your interest, how you couldn't stomach a week in WDW considering that there are a week's worth of theme parks there alone.
I mean, there's a reason Magic Kingdom hosts more people than Disneyland each year. ;)
I grew up in AZ, so Disneyland was the place we went once a year when I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s. We did our first trip to WDW in 1985. Over the last 25 + years I've been to WDW about 10 times (on average about every 3 years) and to Disneyland too many times to count. Especially after moving to CA in 1999.
As someone mentioned before it is hard to compare the two, unless you are just comparing the Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland. I have great childhood and youth memories of both resorts, but having spent more time at Disneyland, it is still more special to me.
As far as overall resorts there is no comparison that WDW is a better resort destination. I've stayed at at least 9 different WDW resort hotels, and just enjoy being surrounded by the resort offerings, and away from the rest of the world.
But one should never confuse quantity with quality.
In a nutshell it's like a quote I heard Al say one time (On a recent Micechat podcast, and he actually may have been quoting someone else)
"Disneyland was a park built by a man for his daughters. WDW was a park built by a committee for the masses."
Itīs not fair to compare two very different places. But ok... WDW or DL?
Tokyo Disney Resort if you ask me.
So Cal get plenty of tourists that can easily top MK's numbers. The thing is that there is a lot to do in So Cal. And there are a sizeable amount of tourists to So Cal who never step foot into a DLR park.
There is just as much to do in Orlando as there is in So Cal...DL just isn't so much a 'destination' as it is a neighborhood theme park...WDW is literally almost a town in itself, and going there truly is an experience like no other. People vacationing in So Cal may not want to go into Anaheim (especially if they can't nab a Disney hotel), or what I think is more likely, they have made the mecca to the #1 tourist destination in the world, and have no desire to go see it's little sister.