Top ten ways Disneyland is different from Walt Disney World

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How Disneyland differs from Walt Disney World

We grew up with Walt Disney World as our main park.  So how does a trip to Disneyland compare?

  1.  At Disneyland you can walk to everything!  You literally can walk from your Disney Grand California Hotel room and into the Disney CA Adventure Park.  The Disneyland hotels and parks are all located minutes away from each other.  The Disneyland park and California Adventure park entrances are directly across from each other.  If you want to watch all the night time shows you can walk from park to park, show to show.  Need a mid-day nap?  It’s very easy to get to your Disneyland hotel and then back into the parks.
  2. Rides at Disneyland  – When you go to Disneyland you get to experience the theme parks all over again the first time.  Some things are familiar and some things are brand new.  It’s like seeing your favorite movie when they come out with a fantastic sequel.hanunted mansion disneyland jack
  3. Ride Overlays – At Disneyland there is more of a local crowd.  So Disneyland does some amazing holiday overlays on their rides for the holidays.  You have to see Nightmare before Christmas at the Haunted Mansion and also the Small World holiday overlay for Christmas.
  4. Disney Characters – At Disneyland you might see the Disney characters roaming the streets.  It’s a little more laid back and usually not long lines if a line at all for some characters.
  5. Food at Disneyland is different.  There are more fresh and healthy options at Disneyland.  The quick service options also offer healthier things like sandwiches or salads in addition to the normal theme park fare.  The Disneyland resort hotels offer some wonderful dining options too.  We cover these on this weeks Mouse Chat podcast.
  6. The Disneyland History – Disneyland is the park Walt Disney built and walked in.  He meet guests here and ad an apartment above the fire station.  The park is filled with history and the cast members are very proud.Cars Land Disneyland at night
  7. New lands to explore – Disneyland has lands like Cars Land and New Orleans Square where the entire land is something you can not experience at Walt Disney World.
  8. Unique Shows and Parades – Disneyland has World of Color which is a spectacular night time show and is worth a trip to Disney’s California Adventure.  Also the Fantasmic show at Disneyland is so much better than the Fantasmic show at Walt Disney World.  Since this recording the original World of Color show has been announced to be coming back and the Paint the Night Disneyland Parade is scheduled to close on Sept 5., 2016.  Our guess is that Paint the Night will be coming to Walt Disney World, but we will announce more Paint the Night Parade news when it is released.
  9. California Weather – The weather in CA can be much nicer than the weather at Walt Disney World, especially during the Summer.
  10. Listen to Mouse Chat for the number ten reason 🙂


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  1. I just wanted to let the mouse chatters know that I really enjoy the podcast. Chris Wood’s snark is the best! In March I started listening to the archives beginning with Episode 1, and I just now caught up to the current episode. Podcasts like this give me my daily dose of Disney while I wait for my next trip. I’m planning to go to Disneyland Paris in 2019, so I’ve got a long wait ahead of me. Keep up the awesome podcast!

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  2. Loved the “How Disneyland differs from Walt Disney World” Podcast. Being a longtime annual pass holder you really did capture the essence of the Disneyland Resort. We are taking Grandson (also a DL/DCA pass holder) to WDW for the first time the beginning of November which Chris setup for us. He is so excited about going to the “WORLD” instead of the “Land”. Making a second bi-coastal run out to Florida is kind of out of the question for the Mouse Chat meet up in the beginning of December. Maybe next year you would think about also doing a meet up at Disneyland Resort in the spring. Longtime listener, love the show.

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  3. I’m listening to this episode as a Southern California local. When you guys started talking about how ” cold” it is in the winter and how bad LA traffic is, I was laughing. I learned to drive out here, so this is normal. And I live in the high desert(which can be pretty cold in the winter), so I go down to Anaheim in the winter and get excited about how warm it is. But when I go back east in the summer I am a useless mess because I have NO idea of how to function in humidity. I think it’s important to provide context when we give these kinds of opinions, since (due to where I live) my biggest, most sincere bit of Disney advise is to never ever go to Florida or Anaheim in the summer. They’re both so lovely in the winter! Thanks for everything!!

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  4. You mentioned Luigi’s Flying Tires but it doesn’t exist anymore.

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