Kind of similar to my other thread but not quite. A much more specific question. Alright I grew up going to Disney World in Florida. My parents to this day own a time share down there and central Florida to me is home in many ways. In 2009 I took my wife down there for her first time. She was amazed. We went again in 2010 with my parents. We spent two weeks the first time in 2009 and did everything in Central Florida. All of WDW, Universal, Sea World, etc. We agreed it was the best trip either one of us had been on.
In September 2012 we went to Disneyland for the first time. I was worried I wouldn't "feel" the same about the place despite all the great reviews. We had also never been to California. In short, we loved it as well and that trip was as good as our Florida trip. We did three days at Disneyland, one at Universal and hung around the beaches and Hollywood and did a couple studio tours. California is unique, needless to say and I was as sad to leave it as I was Florida.
We have a son, who is almost 2 and will be 2 and a half by September of 2013. That is such a great month to go to either of the parks so I sort of have it earmarked if we have the money and can afford it (please God). I want our son to go to one of the parks. Chances are my wife will be pregnant by then which is what we are hoping for. No big deal, I have looked up the guide and there are very few rides a pregnant woman is suggested to stay away from. She may actually prefer that I don't drag her on Space Mountain! But either way the chances are I take a pregnant wife and a two and a half year old son to one of the parks.
I just don't know which one to choose. Both destinations have their pros:
- better dark rides
- less walking for our son (I want to avoid giving him a stroller)
- the beaches
- Knott's Berry Farm (never been there yet)
- more theme parks
- Typhoon Lagoon/Blizzard Beach water parks perfect for a child
- more to do outside of Disney World suited for him
- familiar with the resort we go to
I guess it is a good problem, if we get to go. Who wouldn't want to have to choose between those two? My feeling is that in California we have the beaches which he would love but the traffic is also bad, there isn't much for him to do in Hollywood or at a studio, the hotel we would probably stay at again (Ayres hotel) is nice but it only has one room, although we would get a crib for sure. But Disneyland is the best park of them all. It is all close together. There are things like Mr. Toad, Alice, Pinocchoi, Casey Jr., that he couldn't ride in Florida. That's a plus.
For Florida the plus is things like Sea World, even parts of Universal might be good for him too. Obviously Universal Florida trumps Hollywood's version. There is Gatorland which I loved and he would probably like as well. The weather in September will be very hot which is a minus compared to California's September weather which is lovely. We would probably stay in a time share a couple miles away from Disney World and could likely get an extra room. Florida also still has lots of sentimental value to me, even over California. Not to mention where we will be flying from (Toronto) the flight is shorter to Orlando which is a plus with a two year old.
Alright, I am open to all suggestions. What would you pick and why? Elaborate.