Ah, the age old question. Disneyland (California) or Disney World? Land or World? When comparing the two parks in the US in its entirety, I would have to actually say I wouldn’t rank one over the other. Yes they are very similar but they are also very different that I wouldn’t prefer one park over the other. I enjoy visiting both. There are pros and cons to each park; what one lacks, the other makes up for and vice versa. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses. And they both shine on their own.
But for those who have never been to either or even just one of them, let’s go over the differences.
The big difference between the two parks is that Disneyland has two parks while Disney World has 4 main theme parks as well as 2 water parks. Both have a main park that’s central to all the parks globally with a Main Street USA that leads to the big castle and branches out into the different ‘worlds'.' Disneyland has a Disney California Adventure park that’s unique to just California, and Disney World has Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot in addition to Magic Kingdom. Disney World is obviously a bigger resort so everything is more spread out so it takes some time getting from your resort/hotel to the parking structure or transportation system before you finally get to the park. Disneyland being a much smaller park, has both parks right across from each other making park hopping extremely easy and convenient. You only go through security once and then after those gates, you can park hop back and forth as often as you want. I literally went back and forth from Disneyland to California Adventure 4 times in the same day as I did shoots, met up with friends, did my own thing and met up with them again. At Disney World, park hopping takes a bit of time having to head out of one park and wait for transportation to arrive to another and then checking into another park having to go through security all over again and then waiting on line to swipe in. This might be inconvenient to those who can’t bear to be on their feet all day and those who have limited time in the parks to begin with but want to hit up all their favorite spots.Read More