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Vote of the week: Which is your favorite Disney land?

December 16, 2010, 9:40 PM · Here's the scene: Through the magic of the Internet and holiday wishes, you've just been whisked from your computer and dropped on to the hub in front of the castle at your favorite Disney Magic Kingdom theme park. (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland - take your pick.)

Main Street USA at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom at Christmas
The most popular Disney park, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, decked out for the Christmas holiday

Where do you go first?

That's the essence of this week's Theme Park Insider vote: What's your favorite of the original Disney "lands"? Now, I'm talking about these lands generically here, I understand that the specific attraction line-up - and the appeal - varies from park to park. Heck, even the names of these lands vary around the world, too. (I'm looking at you, Disneyland Paris.)

But which is the theme that captures your heart and imagination? Which is the land to which you'd want to run first?

Tell us why that land is your favorite, in the comments, please.

Replies (26)

December 17, 2010 at 2:23 AM · Disneyland Paris isn't the only Disneyland to change the names of the lands. Tokyo Disneyland's Frontierland is known as Westernland and Main Street USA is known as World Bazaar.
December 17, 2010 at 4:27 AM · Tomorrowland! It has three of my favorite attractions -- Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Transit Authority (unless they've changed the name *again*), and of course, the Carousel of Progress.
December 17, 2010 at 6:04 AM · Robert, you're asking us to chose out favorite child. My favorite Land is the one I'm in at that time.
December 17, 2010 at 6:15 AM · Tomorrowland because each MK style park has their own interpretation of it!
December 17, 2010 at 6:35 AM · My favorite is New Orleans Square, which is only at Disneyland and therefore not an option. It has the two best dark rides ever, The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, both in their original locations. Often duplicated, seldom matched.
December 17, 2010 at 7:42 AM · Orleans Square/Liberty Square
December 17, 2010 at 9:30 AM · My favorite land is actually Liberty Square. I just love the feeling that I'm walking through the town square of 1700's America, watching the riverboat go by, etc... Since that wasn't an option, I voted for my second favorite, Frontierland.
December 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM · Though not in Orlando, New Orleans Square will always take the cake as far as I'm concerned. Liberty Square has never quite made sense as a replacement to me. And sticking Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland has always rubbed me wrong.
December 17, 2010 at 12:36 PM · Poll vote as of Friday morning seems to confirm that Disney is correct to be pouring money into a rebuild of Fantasyland at WDW. (At this point, Fantasyland is DL - and that's not 'Disneyland.' It's dead last.)
December 17, 2010 at 1:01 PM · But "Fantasyland" at Magic Kingdom wasn't one of the original "Disney lands" was it? No, so the fact that Disney is spending money on the revamp of that land in Florida is kind of irrelevant for this poll.
December 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM · Frontierland.
December 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM · The best themed land at any of the Disney parks? You are asking which is the best themed land in the Disney parks?

(Deep Breath)

Traveling just a short distance west of Main Street USA at the number one theme park on the only inhabited planet known to man is an exotic (if somewhat foreboding) corner of the world known as Adventureland. While the tropical atmosphere is home to various ancillary attractions like the bird show and that off-the-shelf pirate ... carny thing, the crown jewel of Adventureland (if not the theme park industry world wide) is Disney's Jungle River Navigation Company.

If visitors can muster the courage, they board a "weather-worn watercraft" (trademark THCreative. All rights reserved) and are led by an intrepid skipper on an extraordinary journey along the world's rivers of adventure.

December 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM · Robert said: " (At this point, Fantasyland is DL - and that's not 'Disneyland.' It's dead last.) "

...or at least on the DL. Baseball fans will know what I mean. If you're not a baseball fan, then you're outta luck.

TH, my mom wasn't much for rides, but she loooved her some Jungle Cruise.

I didn't vote in the poll, because I don't know Disney well enough in terms of what's where and the layout.

December 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM · Mr. Gallagher your mother is perhaps one of the most remarkable women ever to garce this planet. Young girls should aspire to meet the standard she has set.
December 17, 2010 at 5:03 PM · Liberty Square is my favorite place on earth, and the Haunted Mansion is my favorite attraction there. Pirates of the Caribbean isn't far away either. Fantasy Land is for babies and mamby pambies!
December 18, 2010 at 6:37 AM · I voted for Tomorrowland. Of course, I intended that vote for the 1967 verson of Disneyland's Tomorrowland (or perhaps what tomorrow's Tomorrowland could be), NOT the current incarnation.
December 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM · Discoveryland (Tomorrowland) at Disneyland Paris thank you very much. A strong attraction line-up - Space Mountain, Star Tours and Buzz - coupled with some marvellous architecture. Somewhat dated in parts, but that can add to the charm of it.
December 19, 2010 at 2:12 PM · Difficult one this. I went for Frontier although only at DLRP... Big Thunder in the middle of the lake (sorry - Rivers of America) with the ride reaching it through an underwater tunnel is possibly one of the best ride experiences in the World! Incredible!

Then again, Adventure at DL is also pretty impressive. So too is Discoveryland at DLRP. God - so many choices. I wonder if the vote was given to our children which would be top? Perhaps Fantasy would be higher? Who knows..

Good poll...

December 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM · How does POTC in Adventureland not make any sense? Its an 'Adventure' with Pirates... Duh! I'll agree that New Orleans Sq is a fantastically themed part of DL, but the other Pirates - particularly the Parisian version is an excellent substitute, perhaps even improvement on the original. My two cents.
December 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM · One must vote their biases.

I worked there, and I loved it. Nothing beats the view of Wishes from atop the Astro-Orbiter. Nothing can take that away from me.

December 19, 2010 at 7:09 PM · Lol, TH you are hype. But I also voted for Adventureland.
December 20, 2010 at 4:57 AM · Technically POTC is in Caribbean Plaza -- not actually Adventureland.
December 20, 2010 at 8:28 AM · there should be an all of the above tab haha
December 20, 2010 at 11:15 AM · Aw, no New Orleans Square... 'Nawlehns... so I went with Adventureland... I may be biased since I love tropical destinations!
December 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM · Just love to meander around there!
December 21, 2010 at 7:10 AM · I chose Frontierland because of Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. I hope I chose the right area that contains those rides. They are the most elaborate and fun rides at the Magic Kingdom to me.

I considered choosing Fantasyland because I think it is one of the lands that sets Disney apart from it's competitors...... it's like a kids area that adults can enjoy also due to the immersive and fun dark rides. I don't think it's just for kids or mamby pambys. I think it will be awesome when the Fantasyland forest opens up..... I think getting a wooded / shaded area into the park sounds like a great idea (although less princess meet and greets would not dissappoint me).

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