WDW Resort vs. Disneyland ResortWhich park should I visit next and why? If you could only go to just one and not the other, which resort would it be?
From Frank PrshaOkay I've been to the WDW Resort 6 times now. I would like to go to the Disneyland Resort at least once in my life. What are the differences between the Disneyland Resort and the WDW Resort? How long is enough time to visit the Disneyland Resort? Is the Disneyland Resort better than the WDW Resort or is it the other way around? I would like to hear back from you guys!
Posted October 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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From Anthony MurphyPicking between the two resorts is like picking between your children. Each of them have their pros and cons. Since you have already been to WDW a bunch of times, I would recommend going to Disneyland. I think you will appreciate WDW more seeing how DL works.
Posted October 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM
No doubt, Disneyland Resort is the Happiest Place on Earth. This is the park that Walt Built. However, this park is tiny compared to the Magic Kingdom. You know all those stores on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom? Try taking out four of those stores and you got the DL version. It is amazing how Disney is able to work just as many attractions in DL as there is in MK, but at a fraction of the size.
I believe Disney had no idea that his theme park was going to be such a cultural phenomenom. If he knew that, it would have been built somewhere bigger.
From Frank PrshaThanks for all the info! I hope to see Disneyland someday! Would a WDW vet be disappointed their first time to Disneyland? I mean will it seem as magical as what Disney World seemed the first time I went?
Posted October 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM
From Joey IFrank,
Posted October 4, 2013 at 3:51 AM
I went to WDW 4 times before my first trip to DLR, but DL is so magical that I actually like it more than WDW! It's a little tiny but the park totally focuses on a "quality not quantity" style. You'll love DL and their amazing exclusive attractions!
From James RaoI am on the way back from my epic trip (six days) to DLR, which I visited for the first time since 1981 (having visited WDW many times in the intervening years). I will produce a full trip review in a week or so once I get home and get caught up on the mundane things of life, but in the meantime, I would strongly urge any theme park fan to visit DLR at least once in his/her lifetime. It is a great experience and well worth the time and money. Overall I prefer WDW simply because it handles crowds SO MUCH BETTER than DLR, but there is no question DLR deserves your attention and your theme park dollars.
Posted October 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM
From Robert NilesHere's my pecking order for Disney resorts:
Posted October 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Tokyo > Anaheim > Orlando > Paris
Better maintenance, food quality and the overall convenience of a walkable resort give Disneyland the edge over WDW, for me.
From Anthony MurphyIf you are used to WDW, you will like DL.
Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM
I have found that people who are used to DL do not necessarily like WDW.
What makes DL better maintained and better food? I did not see anything like that when I was there. That's not saying that DL was shabby and had crappy food. I just didn't find it any difference in maintenance and food quality. I would argue WDW has a bit of an edge just because quantity. It is easier to get around, I will give you that.
From Frank PrshaThanks everyone for your responses! They were very informative!
Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM
From Frank PrshaHow are the hotels at Disneyland? Are they worth staying at? Or is it better to stay off property?
Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM
From Anthony MurphyThere are three hotels: Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian, and Paradise Pier.
Posted October 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM
I have only stayed at the Grand Californian and Paradise Pier. I have heard good things about Disneyland Hotel, but it appears to be the furthest from the action.
The Grand Californian is, of course, spectacular. Its right in the middle of the action and has that Disney Charm. Its a bit pricey though. Still, they have their own gate into DCA.
Paradise Pier is very nice, but it probably will remind you more of a Double Tree Hotel. A nice business hotel, but lacking a bit of the Disney magic. Still, the rooms were nice, the view of the park beautiful, and a pretty good character breakfast. My family really liked this one.
From Flavio de SouzaDLR is smaller, but its 2 parks have more dark rides than the 4 of WDW.
Posted October 8, 2013 at 4:52 AM
Regarding hotels, the only really worth is Gran California. The other 2 are more far away from the parks than the many smaller hotels, with better cost benefits, you can find outside the resort.
From James RaoAll three Disney resorts are within easy walking distance (or monorail distance in the case of Disneyland) of the parks and Downtown Disney. They are expensive, but if you never want to "leave the magic" they are all worth it. I stayed at Paradise Pier and loved it. Wonderful hotel. Not much of a theme, but top notch in every other respect (except shower water pressure - it is a little bit low).
Posted October 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM
I jogged around the whole resort area every morning and did not see any local hotels/motels that I would have preferred over Paradise Pier. And while some of them were as close, I did not see any that were substantially closer. Not enough to sway my opinion, anyway.
It sounds like you are going on a once in a lifetime trip - so make sure the place you are spending your downtime is more than just a cheap place to sleep and shower. It should be part of the experience, IMHO.
From Frank PrshaThanks everyone for the advice!
Posted October 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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