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    Disneyland vs. WDW

    I think many of our listeners are more familiar with WDW than DL, and everyone probably wonders about the differences between the two resort areas.

    We have experienced both WDW and DL quite a few times and are always struck by a few of the differences that we see, and I?ll share just a few below.

    The DL Castle is much smaller than the MK Castle at WDW. Not better or worse, just different

    Even though DL is smaller than that MK at WDW, it has more attractions, and some cool attractions that WDW does not have.

    There are only 3 ?on site? DL resorts since DL is surrounded by the city of Anaheim.

    The Pooh attractions are a bit different. They have different ride vehicles, the Pooh ride in DL starts out side and there are a few other differences.

    POC is very different at DL and has 2 drops!

    So, post your own observances between the two, or ask your questions about WDW vs. DL
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    Never having gone to DL..

    Since I have never visited DL before, do you still feel that you are "immersed" in the Disney magic while there? You know what I mean? When we go to WDW, I feel like I am in this "Disney Bubble" for a week where the rest of the "real world" cannot creep in.

    Do you still feel that at DL??
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    • #3
      I actually love both DL and WDW.

      To me, DL has so much history linked into the Park. Sure, WDW is much larger, and much more secluded, but to know that Walt has his true hand in the entire project makes it even more special. I look forward to going back one day!
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      • #4
        I love DL! It's a little harder to get the bubble feeling but once you're off the main street and you're walking towards Downtown Disney, you enter the bubble. I love that you can walk across to Downtown Disney or California Adventures from DL gates.
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        • #5
          DL vs. WDW

          I love WDW and you are in that bubble, but DL is a great park. They may have a smaller castle but they have many different rides that WDW does not have. It is also nice that you can walk from your hotel to the park. I also love the history from the park. This is the park where Walt Disney would walk around in. There are so many stories about the park with the history that makes it magical. It is also the first park that I went to as a child and the first one that we took our son to when he was just one.
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          • #6
            I've been to Disneyland over 100 times in my life - mostly as a kid and teenager (I'm old now!). It holds a very dear spot in my heart.

            I've had 3 trips to WDW, all since 2005.

            WDW has magic that my family and I have experienced together. It has memories that have been created that my kids will never, ever forget. Ever.

            It is priceless. We all love it.

            Don't make me choose between the two!
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            • #7
              is it possible to do DL in one day?

              I have been to downtown disney in california but never got to actually go into the park itself. And I know now there is california adventure.. so do you need one day for DL and one for California adventure?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Marci View Post
                is it possible to do DL in one day?

                I have been to downtown disney in california but never got to actually go into the park itself. And I know now there is california adventure.. so do you need one day for DL and one for California adventure?
                That's what I would do. When I was there, I only had one day so I chose DL over CA. But we spent the entire day in DL and didn't see everything.
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                • #9
                  I love both parks as well. I agree with Debbie.

                  I have only been to DL twice and they were only for part of one day each time. So I didn't get to experience much of DL.

                  I would love to go back and have enough time to experience it all.
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                  • #10
                    Well we are still trying to decide if we are going to go to DL next May (2010). It is all going to come down to if I can get cheap airfare. So if we decide to go I will need lots of help planning! I have no clue about DL.
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                    • #11
                      We like both ;0)

                      We really love both! When we go to DL we always stay on site. I know that there are off-site hotels and motels that are located very close to DL and CA, but we aren?t choosing our resort based on the location ? We are staying at Disney resorts because of the ?magic.? We also enjoy the fact that the Disney owned resorts are just that ? resorts. With restaurants and resort pools etc. We want those things while we are on vacation.

                      You do feel surrounded by the magic at DL. I love walking through Downtown Disney in the morning. It is one of my favorite things to do at DL. As mentioned there is also a nostalgic feeling at DL that I love. Walt was there!

                      I love them both, but I also really like to notice the differences between the two
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                      • #12
                        so I MIGHT be getting a chance to go to DL this october because my mom's job is flying her out to cali for a conference and she has invited me to go with her! I'm super excited about it as I've never been but so full of questions! I think we will only have one day to tour the park so I'm figuring we should do DL and skip california adventure..

                        if you were a WDW pro and had never been to DL before but only had one day, what would you see and do?

                        any suggestions you guys? I know NOTHING about the park except that toon town there seems way better and there is a roger rabbit ride right? That looks like fun.. and the POTC is supposed to be better at DL and what else? They have an indiana jones ride that is cool....

                        what should I not miss???
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                        • #13
                          Well, I would go on all the attractions that are not in WDW, like the Alice in WOnderland dark ride or Matterhorn.

                          And go tot the Haunted Mansion, the experience is really different. And even thought he castle is small and the foliage is different, I'm gonna memorize the area, and how it's a different experience to WDW.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pam View Post
                            So, post your own observances between the two, or ask your questions about WDW vs. DL
                            Something we absolutely LOVED was the Blue Bayou Restaurant in DL's New Orleans Square. You actually felt like you were outside next to the bayou on a nice evening (sans mosquitoes)! The "bayou" was actually the beginning of Pirates. You could see the boats floating by. Great ambiance (and my family's from New Orleans so I really do know!)

                            Originally posted by Mike View Post
                            Since I have never visited DL before, do you still feel that you are "immersed" in the Disney magic while there? You know what I mean? When we go to WDW, I feel like I am in this "Disney Bubble" for a week where the rest of the "real world" cannot creep in.

                            Do you still feel that at DL??
                            Once you get on property, I'd say yes. However, something we remember vividly is that "real life" is right up next to the gates of the entrance. Very, very commercial area. Found the picture below on the web just now. The street looks empty at that moment but it's actually a very busy boulevard with shops, gas stations, hotels and restaurants opposite the entrance if I remember correctly. (It was back in the late '90s when we were there. Corrections welcome.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Margaret View Post
                              Something we absolutely LOVED was the Blue Bayou Restaurant in DL's New Orleans Square. You actually felt like you were outside next to the bayou on a nice evening (sans mosquitoes)! The "bayou" was actually the beginning of Pirates. You could see the boats floating by. Great ambiance (and my family's from New Orleans so I really do know!)
                              I've been reading about Blue Bayou and am thinking of going there.. but I hear that while the ambiance is great, the food is hit or miss. How was it when you were there Margaret? I'd love to eat somewhere like that though.. it sounds amazing! Actually, I'm really excited just to see New Orleans Square... is there a lot to do there?

                              oh, and I just realized that in october don't they decorate the haunted mansion with a nightmare before christmas theme??? OOH, I would love that as that is one of my favorite movies (I love Tim Burton!) and my sister would be SOOO JEALOUS! muahahahhaha!! *evil laugh*.
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