It's a Small World (East Coast) Vs It's a Small World (West Coast)Disneyland: Very similar rides, yet the experience is different.
From Daniel EtcheberryWhen I rode this ride for the first time in Disneyland this past Summer, I got out of the boat with a big smile. I never got that happy in the Orlando version, yet they are so similar. My conclusion of what makes the SoCal version more magical is the loading / unloading area; getting into the boat outside the show building makes the experience much much better. It's that transition from the outside world into a magical place inside that gives it its true magic. The dolls coming out of the clock and the topiary seals the deal. And is it me or this version looks longer than the one at MK?
Posted September 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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From Anthony MurphyThe one in Disneyland seems bigger.
Posted September 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM
Not to mention it is the original and really has the Clock thing going on. The Clock addition at WDW is pretty recent
From Amy SmithAnyone who has read Kingdom Keepers will tell you that the FL version is horrible and full of nightmare-inducing creepy dolls! ;)
Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM
From AJ HummelI've never been on the Florida version, but everyone I know says the California one is better. I've been on the California and Paris versions, and I have to say that the Paris one is the better of those two. The scenes inside are much better, and the ride is a more appropriate 6 minutes instead of 13 like the California version. Plus, there are no Disney characters.
Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM
From Dominick D6 minutes won't make you wanna smash your head on a wall :)
Posted September 18, 2012 at 7:18 AM
From Randy StellarInside, I like the FL one better because the rooms are flooded and it's not just a canal. But outside CA is much more impressive.
Posted September 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM
From Anthony MurphyThe other thing that Disneyland has over Magic Kingdom is that this is the orgininoal (EDIT: ok, its original) ride. Yes, this is the one that Walt Disney actually created and rode. Period.
Posted September 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM
Thats what I like about Disneyland. Being such a Disney nerd, this is our "Graceland". These are the bonefide 50 something rides that Disney personally created. You could be sitting in the seat that Walt sat in!
From Dominick DYES!! FINALLY!! A TYPO OF THE WEEK!!!
Posted September 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Anthony Murhpy: orgininoal
From Tony DudaDom, you spelled Murphy wrong. Disqualifies your nomination.
Posted September 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM
Never been to Disneyland so I can't compare but I can brag about me riding it at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
From Dominick DActually Tony, Mike is in charge of TOTW, so 2 nominees for him.
Posted September 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM
From Anthony Murphy"I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way." -- Mark Twain
Posted September 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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