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What's the difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World? This question can cause heated debates, so I'm not going to say one is better than the other. I'll just deliver a few facts and tips:
  1. Location:
    • Disneyland is in Anaheim, California.
    • Walt Disney World is located 20 miles outside of Orlando, Florida.

  2. Number of Parks:
    • Disneyland consists of 2 parks:
      1. Disneyland: The original.
      2. Disney's California Adventure: A California-themed park with rides a bit more on the thrilling side.
    • Walt Disney World has 4 parks:
      1. Magic Kingdom: Most comparable to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA (yet Magic Kingdom is still much bigger than Disneyland.)
      2. Epcot: Focuses on international culture and technological innovation.
      3. Disney's Hollywood Studios: Movie-set themed park.
      4. Disney's Animal Kingdom: Over 500 acres of lush landscape and real animals.
      plus Walt Disney World has 2 Water Parks:
      1. Blizzard Beach
      2. Typhoon Lagoon

  3. Size:
    • According to Wikipedia, "At its peak, [Walt Disney World] occupied approximately 30,000 acres or 47 square miles, about the size of San Francisco, or twice the size of Manhattan." (That includes all 4 of the parks.)
    • Disneyland (including California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and hotels) covers about 300 acres or half a square mile.

  4. Attractions: Both Disneyland and Disney World's Magic Kingdom have some of the same attractions-- Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Main Street, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, and Tom Sawyer's Island-- but they are not built identically. For example, the Castle at Disney World is more than twice as tall as Disneyland's.

  5. Tickets: Disneyland and Disney World sell tickets differently:

    • At Disneyland you can buy a 1-day pass for Disneyland only or a "Parkhopper" which lets you "hop" back and forth between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure (they're within walking distance of each other). Parkhoppers are sold for 1-6 days and of course the more days you buy, the better the deal.

      You need to use your tickets within 14 days of your first visit.

      I like to buy them from FunFamilyFavorites.com. Tickets

    • Walt Disney World sells "Magic Your Way" tickets. These give you admission to 1 park per day, and again, the more days you buy, the better your ticket deal.

      You can upgrade your ticket to a "Parkhopper" which, like Disneyland, lets you visit multiple parks on the same day, and can add admission to the water parks. Disney World also lets you add a "No Expiration" option so that your tickets never expire. Otherwise you have to use them within 14 days of your first visit.

      I like to buy them from FunFamilyFavorites.com.

I think some of the best Disney World tips are the same ones for Disneyland:
  • Buy your tickets in advance
  • Bring bottled water

    ...and to avoid disappointment:

  • Be aware of rides that are closed for maintenance
  • Be aware of rides' height restrictions.

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