Several threads I've read here got me thinking.
I love DL, and although I like WDW, I've made no effort whatsoever in visiting that resort in 12 years (it may change on January next year, but because of work).
Anyway, living kinda far away from either park - most people around here always ask me why is it that I go to DL in the first place, when Orlando is nearer from me, and has a ton more things to do. Basically nobody understands why I'd go to California unless it is for visiting other places rather than DL.
I have around 4 - 5 days vacation time a year, and I can't use it all at one time (I usually take two mini-vacations), so in a way, Orlando is completely out of the question.
But the real reason is, well, Disneyland feels like home, and Orlando is pretty much a tourist trap - a beautiful one. Nevertheless, I've been thinking - I always see relaxed people at Disneyland. There's plenty of them, but nobody seems to be in a rush, everyone has a different attitude - a positive one - as in "we've got time". People in Orlando, as far as I can recall, are always running, trying to ride as many attractions as possible, hurrying, etc.
I can only imagine this is because most DL visitors are APs, and most visitors to Orlando are tourists. And this may be the exact reason why I can't stand WDW. Not because of the park, but because of the people and their mindset. I find DL to be extremely relaxing, and WDW hectic and rushed. I've also come to believe people at DL are better behaved because they don't have a need to see it all in a fixed time frame. Or because most of them are old-timers who actually have respect and admiration for the park.
Just my thoughts. So, do you think DL is a tourist destination? Am I wrong, and thinking about the park with far too much admiration?