If we’re being honest, we had no idea whether or not we would like Disneyland. We had heard a lot of things, and sadly a lot of those things were not good. While we’re not sure if these negative pieces of knowledge were just from a few grumpy Gusses or the Park is really not as magical as we believed it to be, we generally live by the mantra that we will try most things once. And we usually don’t just take someone’s word for things because we generally do like forming our own opinions. So we hopped on a plane and headed west for the original park, Disneyland. Now if we already spoiled it, or if you’re following us on Instagram, then you will know that we loved it. We didn’t witness any of the negative aspects that we had been warned about.
The Truth about Disneyland
Regardless of our personal feelings about the Park, we did agree that it was eerily familiar. It was the same magical and happy place as Walt Disney World, but in a different way. How you ask? Since our biggest question about Disneyland was “how is it really different than Walt Disney World” we just had to share what we really thought.
5 ways Disneyland is different than Walt Disney World.
Disneyland Rides are Better
No offense to Walt Disney World rides. We do love you, and have becomes very familiar with all our local chiropractors as result. And of all the points, this point actually can be argued since its not quite a “fact.” But when we say they are better, we just mean we like them more. Aside from the smoothness of many of the rides, thanks to frequent repairs and upgrades. The rides are generally more updated, longer, and the details are more prominent. We were only there a short time, but we would bet they don’t break down as much as they do at Walt Disney World either. But really, if we could get their version of Space Mountain in Orlando, we’re sure a lot of people would save thousands on their chiropractor bills every year. Just sayin.
Everything at Disneyland is Walkable
There are only two Parks at Disneyland and they are directly across from one another. Not only are the Parks within walking distance from each other, but the Disneyland Hotels as well as the Good Neighbor hotels are also within walking distance. As inconvenient as it can be to have to walk home after a long day in the Parks, it’s better than standing in a long bus line for that 30 mount ride back to the resort.
Disneyland doesn’t require as much Planning
If you visit Walt disney World you know that planning is EVERYTHING! We’re so used to booking ADR’s at Walt Disney World 180 days out and FastPasses at 60 days out. With Disneyland though, you can’t book your Fastpasses until your Park day. You can’t even book them until you are inside the Park. And dining reservations can only be made 60 days out. And yet we were still able to get all of the Fastpasses and dining reservations we wanted. So don’t let the lack of planning panic you. Disneyland is one vacation you can just wing and still enjoy!
Locals are everywhere
Unlike Walt Disney World, filled with out of state and international travelers, Disneyland is not considered a major travel destination. Which means almost everyone knows what they are doing, most of the time. As much as we love Walt Disney World, there are times when it gets busy and we feel like no one has a clue what they are doing. It becomes almost chaotic. As a Disneyland newbie, because of this, it was easy to find a few people who knew what they were doing and follow in their tracks until we learned the ropes for myself.
Disneyland is Not as Easy To Plan
Don’t worry, we’re not forgetting point 3. We mean the actual trip itself is not as easy to plan. Unless you’re quite familiar with the layout of Anaheim and the Parks beforehand, its actually really confusing. While Walt Disney World is more complicated to plan because there are more things to do, it’s at least a very straightforward process.
So there you have it, 5 ways Disneyland is different than Walt Disney World! What did we miss? What are the differences you notice between these two destinations!