Imagine a day in the future. The world has conquered corona. Your bank account is fatter, and your waist is thinner. You're actually happy at work and finally can see whomever you want, wherever you want. You're winning big, so naturally a camera crew will run up to you and ask, "What are you doing next?"
Being a theme park fan, of course you start to answer, "I'm going to Disney..."
But what's next out of your mouth, "land" or "World"?
Today's "which is better" question divides fans of the world's most popular theme park company. Do you choose Walt's original theme park and the cozy, walkable Disneyland Resort? Or do you go for the world's theme park capital and choose the variety and expanse of the Walt Disney World Resort?
California or Florida? West coast or east coast? Anaheim or Orlando? Which Disney do you do when you do Disney?
Disneyland was the first theme park I ever visited and my home park from the time I was a toddler. But Walt Disney World was where I worked and where I officially become a Theme Park Insider. Southern California is where I was born and where I live, but Orlando is where much of my family resides now.
Disneyland still has an Animation Academy, but Walt Disney World still has Impressions de France. (Well, barely.) Both have a Tom Sawyer Island, but Orlando's is my TSI. Yet I can drive to Disneyland whenever I want (well, when it reopens), but visiting Walt Disney World requires a trip to LAX and a cross-country flight.
Looking at this question more objectively, though, Walt Disney World offers so much more - four theme parks, two water parks, and the huge Disney Springs entertainment district. Sports fans have the golf courses and Wide World of Sports. But Disneyland offers just about as many actual rides and shows as Walt Disney World, all contained within two theme parks just steps away from each other. At Disney World, I need a car or to devote a lot of time riding buses or other Disney transportation to see it all. At Disneyland, I can forget about all that. Everything's in walking distance. Easy.
But Disneyland has fewer on-site hotel rooms and nothing in the value category. The plentiful off-site hotels within a short walk of the parks more than make up for that, but if you want all-Disney, all-the-time, World has more for you.
Maybe the choice comes down to the extras. Visit Orlando and you can enjoy Universal Orlando and SeaWorld just a short drive up the 4. Come to Anaheim and while it's not far to Knott's Berry Farm, everything else is a haul, such as a soul-crushing drive up the 5 to Universal Studios Hollywood - 35 miles and often more than 90 minutes away.
Both resorts have Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. But Disney World has Pandora: The World of Avatar. Yet the Disneyland Resort has Cars Land. You can go back and forth forever arguing between the two, and I hope that you will, in the comments. But let's get to the vote.Tweet
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