Here's another thing to consider. You can ride MORE rides in 1 solid day at the Disneyland resort than you can EVER do at WDW. Disneyland vs any other park wins... but even if you were to park hop, DCA is right across the way. Park hopping at WDW takes up so much time.
I somehow end up park hopping daily when I'm at WDW though (except when at Ecpot, and Animal Kingdom closes early anyway so you can't help but park hop out of that park).
WDW needs more rides. Things like world showcase is fantastic and I love it there, but with a resort with so many parks and so much land, they certainly aren't giving you the most bang for your buck. A 5 day park hopper pass over there is like $400-500 right? A premium annual pass to Disneyland is $356!
Hmmm... I don't think counting a few attractions here and there matters much. To me, the margin between the number of major attractions and rides at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort remains surprisingly slim.
I was in DL the last weekend in September (start of Halloween time) and both Friday and Saturday they did 3 Fantasmics. They were not scheduled though - only two were scheduled but they announced that they added a third Fantasmic and were going to close an hour later in the late afternoon early evening.
Summer isn't a peak season for WDW? Really? I used the official disney.com website for Walt Disney World and picked Saturday, July 14th as the "average" day. That day MGM is scheduled to be open from 9:00am to 10:00pm with one scheduled showing of Fantasmic! at 9:00pm.
The schedules for all parks are up through August '07 on the Disney World site, and for what it's worth I did find two weeks during Easter Vacation when MGM will have two Fantasmic! shows per night, and two days on Memorial Day Weekend with two shows. But for the vast majority of the calendar from mid April through August it goes back to one show per night, even on weekends.
Again, I just picked a random Saturday in the middle of summer as the "base day", and landed on Saturday, July 14th.
If Walt Disney World is so much bigger! than Disneyland, how come they've only come up with 10 more rides? And if there are twice as many theme parks out there, and those parks are so much bigger! and with so much land and infrastructure to work with, why aren't there at least double the number of parades and night spectaculars at Disney World?
When I listed 'em all out and compared them side to side, it was just very surprising how the numbers panned out.
At DLR we get the full benefit of DL's park hours when visiting DLR, because if we are at DCA in the evening we just hop to DL after DCA closes. So every day we get the full hours of DL to visit DLR. At WDW, MK usually stays open later, but the other parks close a few hours earlier. But once those parks close, and you take the time to hop to MK, you have almost no time left - plus no FPs.
When I went over our trip reports, I found that we spent 11-12 hours per day inside one of the DLR parks, but only 6-8 hours per day inside the WDW parks. Part of this was extra time for transportation. Part was also due to weather (we went early June and it was hot and humid as expected). And part was due to the shorter park hours. In fact, when counting up how many rides we went on, over ten days at WDW we went on about the same number of rides as we did in four days at DLR. But we saw twice as many shows.
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Plus add in California weather, easy reach of Mountains, Desert and beaches, DL is awesome.
That is your problem. If Disney resorts were just RIDES, why bother having anything else but just the rides in a big blacktop area?
What distinquishes Disney from regular theme parks? Its the ATTRACTIONS. Focusing just on just Ride-systems totally defeats what a Disney park is.
You would think since the Florida property is so much bigger! than Disneyland that it would have had at least double the number of rides. But it doesn't, and the margin between the two is quite slim with the Anaheim property seemingly on a more aggresive campaign to add even more rides, shows and attractions in the next three or four years.
Or you could look at it on the flip side and say 'Wow.. DL is cramped and crowded!'. You don't hear all the complaining about crowded walkways or impossible crowd control at the Florida resort like you do from DLR fans. Or in that same regard you could ask where is the space to have things that just add to the environment, without having to have a ride system in it? Where are the massive water fireworks shows in DLR? etc etc. If anything I think this type of 'counting' would elude to how cramped the DLR property is and begs to ask where's all the inbetween there?