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Vote of the week: Disneyland or Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom?

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Published: May 7, 2009 at 10:31 PM

One of my favorite memories while working on Theme Park Insider came last December, as I walked into Disneyland to shoot a photo essay on the newly renovated Sleeping Beauty's Castle. What made the moment so special was what I was thinking as I walked under the train station and into Town Square.

"Wow, I've been to Disneyland and Disney World in the same week!"

Disneyland Walt Disney World

It's the double that many Disney fans dream about, but too few get to do: To visit the original Disney theme park, Disneyland, with its younger sibling, the world's most popular theme park, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. I've done the double in one week on two occasions, last December and on an epic roadtrip in 1990, when I drove from Orlando to Anaheim in two and a half days.

Which brings me to the vote of the week. If given the chance to visit just one of these two parks, for one day, which would you pick? Disneyland or the MK?

I'm not putting any restrictions on this. You can pick the park you think the better, if you've been to both. Or you can pick the park you haven't been to, if you've been only to one. Whatever you want. But tell us in the comments why you picked the one you did.

More stuff coming tomorrow before I call it a weekend.

Readers' Opinions

From E Ticket on May 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM
Tough call. I think those from the West Coast who grew up with DL tend to think that WDW/MK is "too big", whereas folks who grew up on the East Coast who grew up with WDW/MK tend to think that DL is "too small". Just my own informal poll over the years. :)

I'm from CA, so I grew up with DL. However, I've been going to WDW since I was a kid as well, so I really love both. But I voted for DL because it's the original, warts and all. :)

FYI, Robert -- i was lucky enough to be on a business trip to Tokyo in 2007, and another trip to Orlando the same week. When I got home, I raced to DL for a quick visit *just* so I could say I'd been to three Magic Kingdoms around the world within a week. :)

From 76.173.145.52 on May 7, 2009 at 11:04 PM
^ That's awesome!

I've never been to Walt Disney World, so merely from that point of view, that's the one I would choose. If for no other reason than to see what it's like!

From James Rao on May 8, 2009 at 2:00 AM
It all comes down to one thing: The Pirates of the Caribbean. At Disneyland, it is a masterpiece, the best ride in the park. Longer than WDW's version, a little more thrilling, and traversing the Blue Bayou with its not-so-healthy Monte Cristo sandwich, DL's POTC just cannot be beat. It is the quintessential Walt Disney experience. For that one experience alone - an experience that has resonated in my life since I was just a kid - Disneyland gets my vote.
From Daniel Smith on May 8, 2009 at 2:30 AM
Absolutely DL without a doubt for me! I'm from Australia and have been to both DL and MK recently. As a tourist from outside the US, DL gets my vote! It has the Indiana Jones Adventure, in my opinion, a better Splash Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, a better Storybook Land, Fantasmic, a better Big Thunder Mountain, a much better Space Mountain & Pirates, Nemo and more... of course, we are comparing DL with MK (and not all of Disney World) so really I can't see how MK can beat DL in any way. Mind you, I recently went to Disneyland Paris and boy can they do an amazing Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain there! Much, much better than the US counterparts.
From TH Creative on May 8, 2009 at 5:50 AM
I gotta vote for what I regard as my "hometown." Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
From TH Creative on May 8, 2009 at 6:05 AM
James Rao writes: "It all comes down to one thing: The Pirates of the Caribbean."

I Respond: Actually It all comes down to the Jungle Cruise -- and WDW's JC kicks DL's eight ways to Sunday. Better sequencing; better hippo pool, Shirley's Temple and no cheesy (and I mean CHEESY) piranhas.

From William Clark on May 8, 2009 at 6:14 AM
I gotta go with Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Living in Orlando I am lucky enough to be able to see the park throughout the year. The most magical time is Christmas. Cinderella's Christmas castle lighting ceremony stands out in my mind as extraordinary. The Christmas parade, with the Cinderella ponies, is amazing as well. One of the fondest memories in my life was standing in front of the castle 3 days before Christmas, holding my wife's hand as we watched the ceremony and the castle lights come on in sections until it's full brilliance was revealed. Truly beautiful.

I love that place.

From 148.100.217.29 on May 8, 2009 at 6:15 AM
Since I've been to Disney World (and thus the Magic Kingdom) five times and never to its West Coast counterpart, I gave my vote to the original, Disneyland. I've always wanted to step foot in the park that Walt himself used to stroll around in.
From W McDougal on May 8, 2009 at 6:18 AM
It's not even a close match-up, DL by far. MK is so tacky and rundown. DL has way more attractions than MK as well.
From Anthony Murphy on May 8, 2009 at 6:22 AM
Magic Kingdom due to its massive scope. Disneyland is too small for you to be taken out of the magic and you need to fit everything in DL that is basically at MK plus a few things from EPCOT,AK, and DHS.


Disney was wise to make a park in Disney. You are surrounded by the oustide world in CA. I like them both though!

From Corey Romberg on May 8, 2009 at 7:23 AM
While I prefer the Disney World resort to the Disneyland resort, comparing Disneyland Park to Magic Kingdom is no contest...Disneyland is clearly above and beyond better than MK

Disneyland is the original, there is nothing like it...its the only park Walt supervised, the only park he stepped foot on, the only park with attractions that literally have his creative footprint on it...that history alone makes it amazing...but wait a minute, you aint heard nothing yet...

Disneyland has the Indiana Jones Adventure (one of the greatest, if not THE greatest themed rides ever), Star Tours, Pirate's Lair, Fantasmic, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, Storybookland Canal Boats, and Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin, all which MK lack

Disneyland has the better Pirates by far, a much better Space Mountain (for now at least), a better and easier to play Buzz Lightyear...Parade of Dreams was better than any MK parade...Remember Dreams Come True was the best fireworks show ever IMO

I rest my case

From Corey Romberg on May 8, 2009 at 7:26 AM
Oh and DL has Matterhorn and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage as well...forgot about those 2 awesome rides

I am definitely as WDW person, but I LOVE DHS, AK, and Epcot, while MK, at least compared to DL, is good, but not amazing

From Todd Houts on May 8, 2009 at 8:01 AM
I had to vote for DL, I think because of the better POTC, the better Space Mountain, the "I-can't-believe-they-didn't-copy-this-at-another-park Matterhorn, and the inclusion of attractions located not in MK but elsewhere in WDW.

I've been going to WDW since 1975 (probably 10 visits over the years) and truly love the entire experience but unless I'm with small children to once again experience it through their eyes, MK is definitely not my favorite WDW park these days. I've only been to DL a couple of times (1979 or so and 2006) and in spite of the inability to be fully immersed due to growth around the park, there is something about Walt's intimate creation that still packs a punch.

MK's pros for me, btw, are the much larger Cinderella Castle and what was my first Haunted Mansion exterior, that makes me almost walk-by the DL version without realizing what it is. (Plus the upgrades at MK Haunted Mansion are incredible.)

From Don Neal on May 8, 2009 at 8:07 AM
I went with WDW Magic Kingdom because I have never been to DL and I am a sucker for anything in Florida. Based on people's comments I would love to see DL and ride the POTC but I like the lay out of WDW, the different lands, and the immersion.
From TH Creative on May 8, 2009 at 8:54 AM
W McDougal claims: "MK is so tacky and rundown."

I respond: "Tacky" is a matter of taste, but "rundown?" Ya wanna back that up?

From 76.122.56.16 on May 8, 2009 at 8:55 AM
Grew up on anything Disney. Living closer the MK, I was in heaven first time I ever went.........now I am 61 and will be celebrating in the MK again. In all I have been to the resort 58 times and counting, but I have never been to DL. Yes, I would like to, but not being able to fly , guess I will never make it.........but MK is my second home, its gets my vote.
From James Rao on May 8, 2009 at 11:35 AM
TH CREATIVE writes: "WDW's JC kicks DL's eight ways to Sunday."

Using a dilapidated, obsolete clunker like the Jungle Cruise to prove any sort of point is like asking Michael Eisner to save Disney from John Lasseter. Completely ludicrous! I give you one of the greatest dark rides of all time, and you fire back with Jungle Muppets: The Ride. You should be ashamed of yourself.

You can take both Jungle Cruises and put them in your backyard, I won't miss them. With the advent of DAK, Jungle Cruise probably should have been dumped or overhauled a long time ago. Its stupidity is matched only by its irrelevance, and the best part of the ride is watching the skippers shamelessly and tirelessly audition for a better assignment... like shoveling elephant poop at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

The Jungle Cruise was never intended to be a big, fat joke. If Walt Disney wasn't cryogenically frozen, he would be reopening Guantanamo Bay to discipline the Imagineers responsible for the demise of his once beloved attraction. And trust me, waterboarding would be the least of their worries.

However, I concur: the pathetic version of the Jungle Cruise at MK is better than the laughable version at DL.

From James Rao on May 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM
^^Tongue firmly planted in cheek, by the way...
From Manny Barron on May 8, 2009 at 1:32 PM
Easiest question ever. Disneyland is quite simply the best. Magic Kingdom is wonderful and it is a great place but compared to Disneyland it doesn't stand a chance. On attractions alone Disneyland has these over the MK:
1. Indiana Jones Adventure
2. Matterhorn Bobsleds
3. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage,
I don't know about you but I would take these attractions over Stitch's Great Escape anyday. Sure the MK has the bigger castle but Disneyland just has that special feel to it. Disneyland all the way.
From Joshua Counsil on May 8, 2009 at 1:23 PM
Disneyland, without a doubt.

Despite being larger, Magic Kingdom seems to lack the heart that Disneyland possesses.

One nice attribute about MK, however, is that it is separated in a little world of its own. Disneyland is surrounded by that horrible fake foliage backdrop (not to mention the tacky Anaheim strip malls just minutes away), whereas the Magic Kingdom experience is preceded by either a boat, bus, or monorail ride.

From TH Creative on May 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM
Let me tell you something Misssssssssssssssster Rao!

Comparing the exotic flora and fauna of a heart-racing voyage along the world’s rivers adventure to a weak boat trip where you are surrounded by the kind of jerky-moving mannequins that wouldn't pass muster at a Chuckie Cheese is at best laughable and at worst blasphemy!

From the journey’s beginning on the mysterious Amazon thru to the discovery of the sacred elephant bathing pool on the Irrawaddy, the Jungle Cruise takes guests on a rollicking romp through South America, the Dark Continent and East Asia. The wit and banter of the intrepid Jungle Cruise skipper provides a unique experience with every ride.

Meanwhile, the tired ol' "yo ho" of the third rate, Wal-Mart parking lot carny funhouse on water has become a complete bore! It became so monotonous they had to slap a Johnny Depp mask on to one of the popping chicken pirates just to keep it mediocre! The day Disney adds a Hanna Montana figure on the back of a hippo, or tacks the Jonas Brothers onto a tree inches above a rhino's horn is when you can start posting your weak (and COMPLETELY misguided) commentary about the single greatest attraction ever developed in the history of the Walt Disney Company -- if not indeed the world!

Actually that Jonas Brothers thing isn't a bad idea.

Now if you will excuse me I need to get my pliers to pull free my tongue which (like yours) is now firmly embedded in my cheek.

From James Rao on May 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM
--> From the journey’s beginning on the mysterious Amazon thru to the discovery of the sacred elephant bathing pool on the Irrawaddy, the Jungle Cruise takes guests on a rollicking romp through South America, the Dark Continent and East Asia. The wit and banter of the intrepid Jungle Cruise skipper provides a unique experience with every ride. <--

TH, where is this attraction you are describing? I would love to ride it, as it sounds amazing.

Are you seriously ripping on the animatronics in POTC and asserting that Jungle Snooze has even one leg to stand on? Puh-lease! As they said in the movie Tropic Thunder, I think you have gone full retard on me! ;)

And by the way, if the animatronics at Chuck E. Cheese were even remotely as good as POTC, I would never have to leave Missouri. However, we both know that is not the case. Now, is that awful Chuck E. Cheese band as realistic as the Fungal Cruise's crazy carousel of dancing natives, or its horrendously hapless hippos? Maybe.

But I guess that is why POTC always makes it to the latter rounds of the Best Ride Tournament, and Jungle Cruise languishes in the ever growing ranks of the also-rans!

From Robert Niles on May 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM
My vote goes to whichever park first installs the animatronic steel-cage match-up between James and TH.
From James Rao on May 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Ahh, shucks. TH and I have not had this much fun blogging since Cedar Point linked in to the Best Ride Tournament and disrupted the whole affair!

Honestly, it is either argue on TPI or mow the lawn... and according to my wife whose brow is fully furrowed as I type, the lawn is winning!

Later gang...

From Michael Hunter on May 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM
I have never been to either, and I would choose Disneyland in heart-beat if I had the opportunity. For me it is all about the history of Disney that draws me to DL. I want to walk the very midways that Walt envisioned and supervised their construction, see the brilliance of his touch on the attractions. I've really gone through quite a "Disney revival" over the last year, immersing myself in the movies I watched when I was a kid, seeking out movies I have never seen, and even picking up a Disneyland Records vinyl last night.

I really want to step into the magic at DL, but I'll probably be stepping into the MK before I get a chance to have my love of history fulfilled at DL.

From 155.97.231.145 on May 8, 2009 at 2:43 PM
While I enjoy both, Disneyland is by far the better park. It is the original. It has the Matterhorn. The entrance gates are even better. The Railroad has the grand canyon and dinosaurs. Storybook land canal boats, Mr. Toad, Canoes, only at DL. Smallworld at DL is a masterpiece. Fantasyland in general is much nicer in DL than in WDW. We all know space mountain is much improved at DL but with the refurb at WDW I am sure it will be matched. WDW does win Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mt. Railroad. There is no comparing POTC. DL wins hands down. They are two completely different rides. New Orleans square is probably one of the best lands in all the parks. I know, it doesn't have many rides but the details are fantastic.

Now, about the Jungle Cruise. DL jungle cruise is way better than Magic Kingdom. The load area is better, the layout of the rivers, animatronics and even the script is flows better. The tunnel in Magic Kingdom disrupts the whole flow of the ride.

I grew up on Magic Kingdom. It wasn't until I was an adult that I visited Disneyland. I've been hooked ever since. When I go back to the Magic Kingdom, it seems too big. It's like a caricature of the original. Everything seems a bit too big, especially the grotesque train station at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.

I always have a blast at both parks, but the DL has a special place in my heart that the Magic Kingdom can't reach.

P M Hacker

From TH Creative on May 8, 2009 at 2:51 PM
What can I say? Mr. Rao is from Missouri. He's a bit provincial. Small wonder he finds robots wearing earrings and guy-liner so unusual and entertaining.

I mean what's the most impressive gag on POTC? The mayor spitting water as he is hoisted from the well. I can purchase the same effect at my local Old Time Pottery store for $14.95 (with the coupon from the Sunday Sentinel). And come on Rao, ya gotta admit, when they decided to throw Depp into the mix POTC not only "jumped the shark," it "21 Jump Streeted the Shark." Honestly it's just like 'It's a Small World' only with Geoffrey Rush -- and frankly the little dolls are a lot creepier!

But tucked into the deepest, darkest corner of Adventureland, an exotic outpost beckons. Come hither. Put your past behind you and venture into the wilds. You'll face enormous African elephants, find a pride of lions savoring a kill. Marvel at the beauty of Schweitzer Falls (and, of course, the back side of water). Face angry headhunters -- Dodge the spear! Dodge the spear!

And then there are the hippos. Those magnificent beasts. Emerging from the murky depths and then charging the boat. Terrified guests protected only by the skippers trusty .38 ... until the PETA people complained (I assume).

You want to compare a jungle full of wild animals to swashbucklers? Sayeth the lion, "I eat swashbucklers for breakfast!"

From W McDougal on May 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM
MK is a rundown mess. Just look at its dilapidated Dumbo, its creaky Splash that hasn't had a refurb overhaul in ages, and its sputtering Space Mountain that's finally getting a refurb after being run into the ground. The tent city of MK's Fantasyland is rundown and tacky as its Toontown compared to the fully realized and themed versions at DL. MK gets very few refurbs and upgrades like DL does, and its decorations for special events are so tacky. This vote should not even be a contest except a lot of people have gone to MK but have never been to DL.
From TH Creative on May 8, 2009 at 3:18 PM
The most impressive aspect of W McDougal’s post is his use of alliteration when he writes “dilapidated Dumbo” … and that’s not really impressive.

MK all the way!

From Eric Ang on May 8, 2009 at 4:26 PM
Although Disneyland may seem smaller....

Here is a list of reasons why DISNEYLAND > MAGIC KINGDOM


- Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ,
- Disneyland's Astro Blasters,
- Disneyland's Splash Mountain,
- Disneyland's Railroad,
- Matterhorn,
- Indiana Jones Adventure,
- Blue Bayou,
- Disneyland's Fantasyland attractions,
- Disneyland's Tommrowland attractions,
- Critter Country,
- New Orleans Square,
- Mickey's Towntown (an actual town.)

- Last but not least......

Disneyland's Wishes > Magic Kingdom Wishes

- Disneyland's Wishes makes Magic Kingdom's look like the Grad Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Showcase at Epcot.

Even Disneyland's parking lot tram is much nicer!

From Doug Kelley on May 8, 2009 at 5:54 PM
This is easy. For one day, Disneyland over Magic Kingdom. For two or more days, that's also easy--Magic Kingdom over Disneyland. Two days would have been the hard choice. Disneyland has Walt's personal touch, more unique rides, more to do in one park and arguably better attractions (Pirates, Space Mtn).
From Doug Kelley on May 8, 2009 at 6:03 PM
Actually, the only way WDW could be winning in this poll is because Cedar Point fans are skewing the vote.
From James Rao on May 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM
[Applying guy-liner as I type] So, what exactly do you have against us swish... err... swashbucklers, TH?

You do bring up one good point about the Bungle Blues: I used to love when the skipper shot the .38 (which was normally aimed at his/her own head if he/she has been forced to "drive" the boat regularly). Those gun shots were my signal to wake up from the nap I had been enjoying during the "exciting" adventure. After my brief nap, I could exit the "ride" and continue with my MK tour, refreshed and invigorated. The only better place to take a nap at the MK was in the Hall of Presidents, because the A/C was such a blessing. If the Jungle Cruise had A/C (and some extremely potent Jungle Booze), I might never exit the ride. And if the Cruise Captains were strippers, instead of skippers...

But I digress. And regress.

"As we approach, please notice that there's a dock on the left, and a dock on the right. But don't let it confuse you. It's a paradox."

"HA HA HA! Skipper, you're funny!"

"What do you mean I'm funny?"

"It's just, you know. You're just funny, it's... funny, the way you tell the story and everything."

"You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little *blanked* up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to *blankin'* amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?"

That was Jungle Cruise meets Goodfellas. Now, that would be quite a ride!

AHEM! Robert, can we get Disney's Anaheim folks to shoot something out to their Facebook fans and boost the vote?

PS Very funny post about CP, Doug! =D

From 75.59.219.102 on May 9, 2009 at 1:26 AM
I was able to do both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in the same day. I went for two hours in the morning to the Magic Kingdom at the end of my WDW trip before my flight back to SoCal. I arrived back into John Wayne Airport and had a friend pick me up and we went to Disneyland for the last half hour of it being open. Pretty cool to do!
From TH Creative on May 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM
Good News for James Rao!!!!!

Following suit with the addition of '21 Jump Street's' Officer Tom Hanson to POTC, the Walt Disney Company has signed likeness rights to put Aly and AJ in the "Take A Wench For A Bride" gag. As if that were not enough, sources claim that the company is in final negotiations to add a 'Wizards of Waverly Place' scene in (yet another) revamped version of the attraction.

Meanwhile (50 yards east) guests sit terrified and exhilarated by a mysterious dark temple filled with treasure, tigers, king cobras and the VERY BEST EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER HIDDEN MICKEY in the company's history.

From James Rao on May 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM
Th, I am beginning to like your version of POTC better and better all the time. Those two young ladies are SMOKIN' HOT! Can we throw in Keira Knightley for good measure? After all, she really should be park of the attraction.

The other ride your referencing....well, it doesn't exist. At least not in the cool way you are describing. There is, however, a similar ride with circa 1970's animatronic animals, brackish water, and tired one liners called Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom. In addition to the cheesy animal effects and burned out boatmen (and women), there are a few hidden Mickey's (and Minnie's) near the cardboard cutout of the temple along the route. The first set of Mickey's is in the framework of the temple, directly above each of the statues on the left. There are also some yellow Hidden Mickey's on the back of the giant spider inside the temple. I have not seen these Hidden Mickey's in a while as you are required to have your eyes open in order to do so. But on the Jungle Snooze, sleep is unavoidable.

PS Just so you know, Disney wanted LIVE animals on your favorite jungle tour. Therefore, the sad looking animatronic animals were PLAN B. Do you really think we should celebrate an attraction that is clearly operating in PLAN B-mode?

From Raul Araoz on May 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM
Be careful of what you wish for, TH. A script for the Jungle Cruise is still in works. You know it will star Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in the Bogart and Hepburn roles. Then your beloved attraction will have its' own High School Musical AAs.

Oh, and Disneyland is significantly better than MK. Pirates being just one of the reasons.

I now wait in fear of the TH freight train. :(

From TH Creative on May 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM
Come on James, admit it! In order to be a world class attraction, all the Jungle Cruise has to do is ...(mmpfh) ... just .... (chuckle) .... add .... (GUFFAW!) ... Johnny Depp.

When POTC realized it was gettin' dusty it just tossed Jay-Dee into the mix.

Unfortunately, Mr. Depp's (wooden) appearance doesn't help much. To date, POTC remains an attraction filled with wooden puppets boasting the wardrobe more suitable for a 1980s Adam Ant video.

By contrast, just down the road, enormous butterflies (with wingspans from "12 inches to one foot!") propagate around the cascading waters of beautiful Inspiration Falls. Around the river bend a collection of Pygmy canoes send an ominous message, a coiled snake watches out our pass by and a family of gorillas invades a safari's camp.

And what's even more exciting is ... (Ring)

I'm sorry, excuse me for a moment.

Hello? Uh-huh. Just a sec'

Hey Mr. Rao, Lucas Grabeel is on the phone and he wants to know when his POTC animatronic will be installed.

(Chuckle)

From James Rao on May 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM
Maybe the Jungle Cruise and POTC have more in common than I originally thought. I mean, when the summer season winds down, each of the oft re-used Jungle Blows jokes will have been repeated 2,681,667,528 times - that is exactly the same amount of dollars J-Depp and Company have earned for Disney in worldwide box office ticket sales.

I guess I am not the only one who likes Johnny Depp and his guy-liner?

In all seriosity, I must ask: TH, have you ever actually ventured out of Orlando long enough to visit the Disneyland version of Pirates? If not, then I think you are just being feisty (I have no problem with that), if so, then either you are insane (please call Charter Hospital and arrange treatment), or your Orlando-centric ways will not allow you to clear the Pixie-dust out of your eyes long enough to comprehend the greatness of an attraction actually brought to life by THE MAN himself.

From TH Creative on May 9, 2009 at 7:28 PM
Mr. Rao writes: "I guess I am not the only one who likes Johnny Depp ..."

I respond: Well DUH! Certainly all the focus groups who concluded "'Pirates of the Caribbean' will always be a lame, mechanistic, shooting-gallery kind of two-bit carny until you add a 'Tiger Beat' pin-up, hugs-n-kisses pretty boy" are in legion with your rather shallow perspective. But again, you're from Missouri. Which would indicate your eyes well-up every time you hear the opening chords of 'Moon River' -- which would lead us all to believe that the most painful news for JR is that there are NO plans for the Osmonds to be added to POTC ... not that such an addition wouldn't help.

(Chuckle)

From TH Creative on May 9, 2009 at 7:34 PM
JR asks: In all seriosity, I must ask: TH, have you ever actually ventured out of Orlando long enough to visit the Disneyland version of Pirates

I Respond: Let's see, when have I ever ridden POTC at Disneyland? 1968 (when it was cutting edge), 1980 (made out with a girl named Jill), 1999 (working for Universal at the time), 2008 (as in, last summer).

From Mark Kausch on May 9, 2009 at 8:48 PM
Y'know, I'd really, REALLY like to vote for MK. I've been there only once and it's looking more and more like it'll be the only time ever for me.

But I can't. In spite of the fact that DL's right up the road and I can (physically, not financially) go there any time I want (read: any time my wife lets me), it's da BEST! Besides all the other reasons listed above that I won't retread, the park has the support of John Lassiter.

From James Rao on May 10, 2009 at 5:01 AM
This is Missouri, TH, it would be Kansas not The Osmonds. You have to go a little further west to Utah before the Osmonds come into play. And Henry Mancini was born in Ohio (think Cedar Point), although I love the song Moon River (but not the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's from whence it came), and I also love his song The Sweetheart Tree from The Great Race, which was actually very funny, unlike your favorite boat ride.

But, Carry On, My Wayward Jungle Snooze Skipper... there'll be peace when you have the right dosage of medication!

It has been fun today, TH, but now I am off to bed with visions of Keira Knightley dancing in my head.

Cya tomorrow!

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

From Jessica Mayug on May 10, 2009 at 11:28 PM
I vote disneyland. I have been there far more times than ive been to MK and i simply like it better! Indiana Jones has a lotttt to do with this. It is probably the greatest themed ride ive ever experienced.

oh and...
TH you must be seriously deranged. out of ANY disney attraction you argue for jungle cruise?! i thought everyone in existence had come to the conclusion that jungle cruise is quite the dud when compared to other attractions.

From David Sutter on May 11, 2009 at 4:09 AM
Gee think its time for my 2 cents worth. Ive been to both of them. And having worked at one and not the other..Ill go with Disneyland over Magic Kigdom. Theres lots of reasons as follows:

Which park has Fantasmic, Wishies, Both Mattahorn and Space Mt. all in one? 2) Toon Town veres Mickeys Toon town Fair....Storybookland with Casey Jr. And the Swanboats? Not WDW..A much better POTC..HM..ANd all dark rides in Fantasyland still in tact? And the Subs..Please why The Winnie the pooh theming thru out at MK I just dont get.
Oh and just a note I live 20 mins from WDW I can here wishies from my front door..And Im as big a Disney nut as the next guy but sorry Its Disneyland over Magic Kingdom..Anyday

From 152.132.9.130 on May 11, 2009 at 7:44 AM
is there seriously an argument going regarding POTC and JUNGLE CRUISE???!!! did i miss something? i like Jungle Cruise well enough. We're talking an entire theme park... I vote with nostalgia.. the original gets my vote
From 24.196.210.92 on May 12, 2009 at 3:43 PM
Disneyland has everything close together which means more ride time more rides and attractions.
Rides missing from- WDW Casey Train ride, Roger Rabit Taxi ride, Nimo, Matterhorn, Pinocchio Daring Journey, Mr. Toad Wild Ride, Indiana Jones, Orange Stinger, Golden Zephyr, Mickey's Fun Wheel, Califoria Sreaming,3 different Bugs life, Monster Inc., 46 rides in total.
Electric Light Parade has been away from the MK for 8 years, big loss. Space Mountain is so much better and a longer run due to one track and a sound track that has quite a punch. Pirates is also better with more drops and better beggining. The Haunted House is better as well.
Thunder Mountain is about the same.


Diney World has 4 parks & to switch a park always takes a 20-30 min. of time. I've done all the parks in one day but loose the theme park experience in between. The Yetti ride is outstanding. I wish they would at least put a Matterhorn in Epcot in the Germany area. Maybe build a Florida Adventure Park and stack the parking lots as in CA.. Horrizon-Epcot was torn down; DW employees don't use that term but this was Walt's Vision; another loss. Figmet ride scaled way back, the old way was more fun, another loss. GM original ride was a loss that could of been upgraded for green automotive future concepts-helps disney-helps GM-helps -helps to bring new energy products. Test Track was put in something not what it was design for and should have built this at the MK. The NASA ride was ok and will be dated soon. The Ellen Dino ride is way too long and would rather just do the ride part and forget Jepordy. If I could trade my non expiring 4 day pass from WDW for Disneyland. I would.

I live in New Orleans Louisiana where WDW was a site that was under consideration and happy to have work at a theme Park where the owner were close friends. The park was called Pontchartrain Beach and had logos Mickey Donald, Goofy, and Minnie, and Porky; used till closing 1983.

Don't Vote for a park just because you live near it. I live closer to WDW and still vote for the one on the West Coast. Disneyland is The Best and maybe even out of all their overseas parks.

Lewis Go Bear

From Eric Ang on May 12, 2009 at 4:07 PM
How did MK win the vote?

I seriously think that a majority of the voters who voted in favor of Magic Kingdom, did not go to the ORIGINAL Disneyland, and unfortunately considered WDW as a whole versus Disneyland as opposed to Magic Kingdom versus Disneyland.

Contrary to what alot of people belive, a vote for Disneyland isnt just based solely on nostalga, but in the actual QUALITY of the attractions. If one were to compare the same attractions in both parks, The Disneyland versions are superior in both quality and experience.

All I have to say is this...Go watch wishes at Disenyland, and If JULIE ANDREW'S narration didnt get you, just see how you feel after the 'haunted mansion' firework piece, then if you still feel like Magic Kingdom is better after that, then I will suffice.

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