I'm posting this in the Hong Kong forum, because as the smallest park, I'm hoping to catch the most people who have been to all the other parks around the globe.
My partner is named after Donald Duck, and since he turned 40 this year, we thought we'd celebrate in grand style by visiting all 11 Disney Parks in 2012, with a stop at Aulani and a short cruise on the Dream. Needless to say - it was an amazing year!!
Anyway, before we began, I devised a rating system to compare the parks. This was done for fun and interest; I'm curious what others think about the system and the outcome. Keep in mind that it is difficult to compare apples to oranges, and even more difficult to compare U.S. apples to international apples.
Each park could earn 75 points in these categories:
1. Park Ambiance (1-10): visual design and cleanliness
2. Cast Members (1-10): level of service and courtesy
3. Food (1-10): variety, quality and price
4. Park Attractions (1-15): variety, quality, detail and interest - please note that we are not thrill ride people, but love dark rides
5. Parades/Shows (1-5): quality and appeal
6. Area Infrastructure (1-5): ease of access and transportation
7. MAGIC Points (1-20): the indescribable feeling you get about a park
Here are my results in place order:
1. Tokyo DisneySea - 75 points
2. DisneyWorld Magic Kingdom - 72 points
3. Tokyo Disneyland - 71 points
4. Disneyland - 67 points
5. DisneyWorld Epcot - 66 points
6. Disneyland Paris - 65 points
7. Hong Kong Disneyland - 61 points
8. DisneyWorld Animal Kingdom - 60 points
9. Walt Disney Studios Paris - 57 points
10. DisneyWorld Hollywood Studios - 45 points
11. California Adventure - 35 points
To be fair, I should note that we visited California Adventure in February - the absolute worst time to go as the park was in complete disarray in preparation for the re-opening this summer - there wasn't even an entrance as we walked through a green construction wall. Out rating would likely be different had we visited DCA in the fall.