TDS is like visiting the backlot of a great movie studio with lots of cool sets, but you've never seen any of the movies made there. Hey..nice Volcano but no intimacy. No emotional attachment or relevence. I've been lucky enough to have been to both. DL is all emotion and relevence and less awe. DL's awe is from the connection to the movie or topic.
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I think this column did a very good job of comparing these very different parks. However, my outcome would have been different. There is nothing in the world that can compare to Tokyo Disney Sea. Although it lacks the total number of attractions of Disneyland, it is the most immersive, expansive, detailed, magical, and awe inducing park you could imagine. Think of all the threads that we have started around here about how to "Fix" Disneyland. Tokyo Disney Sea doesn't need fixing. Its first phase was built perfectly and a major second phase is already well on its way. Quite simply the most amazing place that I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot of cool places all over the world).
Fun debate. I think, in the end, it has more to do with individual taste than anything else. For a family with kids, Disneyland probably wins (although the enclosed Mermaid Lagoon and Aladdin area are great for kids at TDS). For adults, TDS wins hands down. For Teens, Disneyland wins right now, but TDS will pull ahead when Tower and the new Spirits Coaster next to Indy opens in a few months.
Ahhhhhhh. I wonder how Lashbear's TDS trip is going right now?
-The Dusty Traveler
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thanks for reading my series of park comparisons and for your thoughts.
Trust me, it was a HARD comparison to make. I have been to both parks numerous times and I really enjoy each one, but for different reasons. It was almost like sayingwhich do you like better, Steak or football, I mean they are just REALLy different.
In the end the number of attractions, the variety of attractions and the history and charm of the original Disneyland won out. But I LOVE Tokyo Disney Sea and in many ways if I were to visit one park tomorrow I would likely choose TDS. However in the big picture DL wins out.
I do think that when the two major new attractions open at TDS it will be an even tighter competition and as I mentioned in the article, I would not be surprised to see TDS overtake DL in the near future.
Great article. DL is the def the best, no matter what. The original will always reign supreme to me. I'd love to visit TDS though, espescially after hearing about all the great things that park has. Thanks Ted!!!
Although I have never been to TDS, and have no basis for comparison, I know that in a true contest, I would still choose DL Every. Single. Time. Purely for the nostalgia, or the Intangible, as Ted Tamburo called it (and what a great word, BTW).
Part of the reason I love DL so much is that I grew up there, and no other theme park, no matter how impressive, could ever compare to that. I'd love to see them all someday, but I know that nothing could ever replace the original for me, even with so many odds stacked against it.
Fantastic report Ted. As someone who has been to all the parks (except the Paris resort) I can vouch that you did your homework. That said, although I'd agree that Disneyland would win over DisneySea in terms of sheer number of attractions, when you have Tokyo Disneyland right next door with many of the same attractions you mentioned that end up 'besting' Disneyland over DisneySea (Tokyo Disneyland has most of the Fantasyland dark rides, including Tokyo-exclusive Pooh's Hunny Hunt, Haunted Mansion, a superior Splash Mountain (the best IMO), a much superior Big Thunder Mountain, a vastly superior Castle (with the Black Cauldron AA show), Mickey Mouse Revue AA show, Country Bears, a debatably equal "Pirates" (better AAs, but shorter then Disneyland's, without being as short as WDW's), indentical an versions of Roger Rabbit's cartoon spin and Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters....you have a really tough call as far as visiting a 'resort'. Cause let's face it, if DisneySea was across from Disneyland, there would be no question as to what resort to visit. But I think, resort wise, Tokyo wins out with it's two parks over Disneyland Resort. In comparing individual parks, your review is 100% accurate, but with Tokyo Disneyland right next door to DisneySea offering just about everything you mentioned lacked in DisneySea...it's not hard for me to argue that Tokyo's the place to be.
Thank you for your park challenge. I do feel that this comparison is very difficult since each park has a theme of its own. Disneyland holds true the very essence of youth and endearing quality that I feel no other park has. Tokyo Disney Seas brings to the table, what trial and error has been attained from a quaint little park in Anaheim. Whatever your thoughts on this subject, without Disneyland there would be no Tokyo Disney Seas.