Hot Hubby and I were having dinner with friends last night and the question came up, “What is the difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.” Once, I got over the shock that there were grown ups, who did not know the answer…I decided to answer the question on this blog.
First: Disneyland is in California. Disney World is in Florida
Second: Disneyland is the original, opened in 1955. People say it is more magical, because it is the park that Walt Disney built. Walt lived at Disneyland during construction and his apartment keeps a light on in tribute to his genius…but I digress.
Disney World did not open until 1971 and it is newer, bigger and closer to Floridians.
Third: Disneyland consists of two major Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure which have their own flare and rides. Disneyland is broken into 8 majors lands: Adventureland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street USA, Mickey’s Toon Town, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland. Soon there will be 9 when Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at Disneyland (first). Disneyland can be conquered in a day but Hot Hubby prefers the two-day approach.
Disney World has 4 Major Parks and 2 Water Parks: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. The Disney Company learned a lot when building Disneyland and they secretly bought millions of acres for the Disney World Development. So there is a lot more walking and you can easily fill a week in Florida with everything there is to do.
Florida’s Magic Kingdom most closely matches Disneyland with seven lands: Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, Mickey’s Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also opening in 2019, but after the Disneyland one opens.
Finally, the most important detail: The center of Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Cinderella’s Castle is the center of Magic Kingdom.
Hot Hubby and I are standing in front of one of the castles, do you know which one? Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella?