Whoa. I think by saying "ours" the author meant the Stateside version of HMH, he wasn't ignoring the fact that WDW exists. But since HMH only exists at one of the two Disney resorts in the US, HMH in Anaheim is "ours"
Originally Posted by cbkonczak
As for your jabs at the Anaheim Resort.. well, all I can say is wow. Someone is a bit defensive. Nevertheless, I suppose I'm a bit defensive for Disneyland since I grew up with it... So here goes my rebuttal:
1) Disneyland is nostolgic, and is not impressive otherwise.
You fail at giving specifics as to why WDW exceeds Disneyland and simply dismiss Disneyland as a nostalgic nothing park. Give me some reasons and maybe I'll give your argument a chance.
2) The DL Resort is much improved from 15 years ago-- but is not worth the price of admission based upon WDW costs and overall value.
Currently, Disneyland is really worth admission price. The park is in top-notch condition and looks amazing. WDW parks, on the other hand, seem to show their age more in certain areas. Go to The Haunted Mansion at WDW and you'll see my point. You can barely hear the Ghost Host's narration in your Doom Buggy because you hear everybody else's aroud you. The condition of the Haunted Mansion and some other attractoins including Space Mountain, were becoming very poor. WDW parks appeared much less clean than their California sisters and in my experience, CMs were much less friendly than Anaheims as well (except for those in World Showcase). As for Disneyland not being worth the price, in my personal opinion, and although others will disagree with me and that's fine, but if you can visit Disneyland park for one day and not come close to experiencing everything, then I feel it's worth the price of the $56 admission. For me, I can't say that I'm getting ripped off if I can't finish the place in one day...
3) DCA is a joke-- other than the backlot and condor flats-- there is NO SHADE. That is the whole deal for me!
Many Disneylanders will agree DCA has immense faults. Nevertheless, WDW has 2 parks that come off as somewhat lackluster parks also.. MGM Studios is mostly shows with no real "rides" beside Tower of Terror and Rock N Rollercoaster and Star Tours. Most everything else is a big long show or slow ride/show combination. Animal Kingdom is as incomplete as DCA is. Very little to do with huge distances to walk. Sure, there is shade, but that's only because AK is themed as jungles and whatnot and huge amounts of plants are expected. One of DCA's problems that I'm sure you noticed and probably would have pointed out were the cheap rides... AK features a lot of cheap rides in DinoLandUSA.
4) You pay double the money for a nice trip to WDW, and you get 4x the value-- my point here is the price of a 3-day park hopper versus the attendance factor. I was at DL on the 17th of September-- DL actually closed its gates because capacity was 60,000 PLUS. I am still astounded I payed to be treated like a cow. (Not the cult). This is NEVER the case at WDW
Disneyland closes its park when it is deemed necessary by the fire marshall. Of course its going to seem more crowded at Disneyland - especially when the park reaches capacity because its a SMALLER park. It's never the case at WDW because there are multiple parks and numerous hotel resorts. Not to mention, people are visiting Disneyland more now because of the 50th Anniversary ... how could you be "astounded" at the amount of people when you KNOW its the 50th Anniversary? Sounds like poor planning to me.. if you wanted lighter crowds you should have planned a trip not on a Saturday during a huge celebration, or waited until a Saturday after the 50th. If you wanted to expereience the 50th, then you have nothing to complain about when it comes to crowds- you're part of the crowd wishing to experience the 50th ... If you're interested enough the 50th to go check it out you should realize there are others just like you who want to check it out as well.
I don't mean for this to be an attack or mean to you in anyway... just showing points arguing the ones you presented.
Also, sorry to the rest of you for going majorly off-topic...