Well, My wife and I just finished an 8-day trip to WDW, and I must say that we had a really good time. We literally ate our way thru Epcot and some of the nicest dining establishments in WDW. We saw Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba, which was amazing. We also managed to sneak our 17 year-old daughter and 4 of her friends (visiting Orlando for a choral festival) out of Epcot and took them to the Magic Kingdom for 1/2 a day.
During our 3 visits to the Magic Kingdom, I noticed some things that were quite different in the Magic Kingdom then in Disneyland. At first I was like, "Hey, they got the Carousel of Progress, AND Country Bear Jamboree!" Then I noticed things that were different in a not so pleasing way, like, "Dang, they don't have as much shade here as they do in Disneyland", and "Where's all the benches?"
So, after a while, I decided to write, for the first time in my life, a journal of my visit to Walt Disney World. Which turned out to be a very good thing, since I would have "no way" remembered all of the great things and fabulous restaurants we went to.
But I digress...
Below are some of my observations of Disneyland vs. WDW's Magic Kingdom (hence forth known as WDW's MK):
*Wider walkways at WDW
*Space Mountain is slower and rougher in WDW (I know, Disneylands is rebuilt)
*WDW's Tiki Room "Under New Management" sucks (my wifes exact words)
*No Columbia Sailing Ship in WDW's MK.
*No moat around the WDW's Cinderellas Castle.
*Less outdoor dining areas in WDW MK.
*Less restaurant seating in WDW MK.
*WDW has Carousel Of Progress.
*WDW has the PeopleMover (known at the TTA).
*WDW has Swiss Family Treehouse.
*WDW has Country Bear Jamboree.
*The Monorail cars at WDW seemed larger than Disneylands (not sure if they really were).
*The Hub at WDW is HUGE!
*There are many more tenured (and chronologically older) CM's at WDW.
*There is no Disneyana, Disney Gallery or equivilent at WDW's MK.
*The attraction posters in the tunnels under the railroad tracks at WDW's MK are much smaller then the ones at Disneyland.
*WDW's Splash Mountain has side-by-side seating.
*The "Hungry Bear" restaurant's equivilent "Pecos Bills" has an amazing condiment area that includes free sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions
*WDW's Main Street USA feels much more impersonal than Disneylands Main Street.
* The firehouse in WDW is a merchandise store, and no attempt was made to recreate a "Walts Apt" facade on the second floor. In fact, there is no 2nd floor.
* There is a nice statue of Roy Disney siiting on a bench in townsquare which I thought was VERY cool, since I identify with Roy Disney.
*Very few guests wear Disney attire in WDW (so I stuck out like a sore thumb...PROUDLY!)
And lastly, the funniest thing heard over during our 7 days visiting various Disney theme parks... a cellphone conversation overheard in the Hub at WDW's MK, "I'm sitting at the place where the man is holding Mickeys hand"
By the end of our trip, I had a competely different perspective on the Disney theme parks. I came to realize that they are all different and they need to be appreciated for their differences. I can't tell you all how much it meant for me to be able to go on Carousel Of Progress, and Country Bear Jamboree, and the PeopleMover again, or how cool it was to look up at the Swiss Family Treehouse. The trip was worth it just to see some of those great old attractions.
Well, that's it. If anybody wants to comment, see some pics, add their observations, or rip on me, go for it.