I was a chaperone for a group of 25 high school students attending a convention in Orlando. We had only one free day to visit Disney World, so we chose to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom.
We're from Los Angeles - all of the kids have been to Disneyland, but for many, this was their first trip to Disney World. Everyone had a great time, but the consensus at the end of the day was that Disneyland is better than the Magic Kingdom.
One of the first things I noticed is that parts of the Magic Kingdom seemed very outdated and tacky - The Transportation & Ticket Center, Fantasyland facades... perhaps the construction and level of theming are not as elaborate as Disneyland. I also felt like the Magic Kingdom isn't maintained as well as it's west coast counterpart - lots of chipped paint, fading colors, etc.
Overall a fun day, but in my opinion the original is still the best. Thoughts?