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vettegirl
05-14-2008, 12:48 PM
Just got back Friday from 6 days at WDW. It was an awesome experience and I am glad I had the chance to go. However I have to say I missed ambience of DL when I was there. Yes there was magic at the Magic Kingdom, and yes the castle is awesome. I just felt like DL is much more special. It was cool to see the Bear Jamboree again at WDW, but I cannot wait to return to DL again. Just thought I would share that with everyone.

Hound 109
05-14-2008, 01:13 PM
I'm with you VetteGirl. I like WDW....but I LOVE Walt's Park. :thumbsup2

wendylady36
05-14-2008, 01:17 PM
I'm with you! Disneyland is the best :goodvibes

drag n' fly
05-14-2008, 01:51 PM
I am glad I am not the only one that feels like this. I like WDW even own DVC there however sometimes I miss Disneyland like a I miss a certain kind of chocolate bar at that time of the month. The craving just never goes away unless you get some!:lmao:

biolabetty
05-14-2008, 03:18 PM
I am a Disneyland regular as well, and I enjoyed my trip to WDW very much. I thought I would be spending the majority of my time at the Magic Kingdom, but I didn't like the way it felt, it was kind of like stepping back into the 1970's at DL with the Peoplemover, Country Bears, Carousel of Progress. It was fun to see those again, but it just felt strange. I ended up going to Epcot about 5 times, and over to Animal Kingdom to ride Expedition Everest over and over. When I got back to California, I went to Disneyland the very next day, it felt so good.

tofubeast
05-14-2008, 03:51 PM
I hear you. I grew up in SoCal, so DL was my home park. Now I live in FL, so I am closer to WDW. While I like the Magic Kingdom, it just does not have that .....I can't even put my thumb on it. I just :love: DL! So happy to be going back to my (still) home park in 2.5 mos!

mommaU4
05-14-2008, 03:55 PM
I also love Disneyland. I grew up going there so for me it's as much about the memories as it is the park itself. But it holds a very special place in my heart that nothing will ever replace. :lovestruc

Cadillac_Dreamgirl
05-14-2008, 09:01 PM
I am going to Orlando in a few days...but, I am not going to WDW , i am going to universal studios..

I told my husband , there are more things to ride in Disneyland, its emptier, no crowds in the right days.. its cheaper, and i like it more

Mouse13
05-14-2008, 09:16 PM
To me Disneyland just feels more magical than WDW. Folks I work with ask me how I can spend a week at the Disneyland Resort but I just smile because it's obvious that they just don't "get it." Disneyland is home to the pixie dust and nothing can compare to the magic that exists there. Counting the days.....

stopher1
05-14-2008, 11:10 PM
I do love WDW - but I'm a DL guy at heart. It's home to me. Born and raised in So. Cal (moved to the midwest for employer) - and worked at DL in hs and college. Practically lived there for many, many, many years.

We've become bi-coastal folks, but definitely LOVE getting home to DL a bit more than our treks to WDW. There's just so much more ambiance - and you just can't top the fact that Walt was there. He may have picked the FL site - but he never set foot in a finished park in FL - but he slept in DL!!!

shyboy72
05-15-2008, 12:41 AM
I have to agree. Growing up at DL, I have to say that I love it so much more than WDW. I think because its smaller and more personal in terms of size than WDW. That, and it just rocks. OH gosh I love Disneyland :)

nluvwithmickey
05-15-2008, 07:44 AM
Wow!! I must say that being a WDW vet (see siggy) I am really looking forward to visiting DL after reaading this. It's funny because I see myself thinking the other way around although I have yet to visit DL.. I keep telling myself that DL may not live up to the love I have for WDW. You see, WDW is the first Disney destination that I have visited so it is really dear to my heart...KInda like you guys with DL.

Thanks for making me look more and more forward to my DL trip. You guys are such a neat crowd, love coming to the DL board.:lovestruc

daisy_77
05-15-2008, 08:23 AM
I love Disneyland AND WDW! I can't pick between them! LOL

Growing up going to DL has definitely made it special to me and I will always consider that park my home park.:goodvibes

PrincessSitka
05-15-2008, 09:55 AM
I love Disneyland

kelmac284
05-15-2008, 10:22 AM
I 100% agree. I am born and raised in CA and so I LOVE Disneyland. It of course was the first park I ever went to and I have VERY fond memories of this park. I have gone back many times since and it was the first place I took my kids. Actually DW is the first park my youngest ever went to but when we went to DW for the first time in 2002 as MUCH as I loved it I couldn't WAIT to get back to DL. I missed so many things such as Indy, the Matterhorn, Alice, OUR smallworld etc. The Magic Kingdom just was NOT the same to me. I think our Pirates is FAR better and I just like the whole New Orleans Square area so much better. I like our fantasmic better and on and on.

Don't get me wrong I love DW too and we are making our 3rd trek back there in Nov but I just LOVE DL and it will always hold fond memories and a soft spot in my heart. When we got home in May of 02 we immediately booked at trip that following Oct for DL because we wanted to go back to "our" park and experience it. Also we had not been to CA yet.

I could go to DL every week if I lived there I love it that much. There is always something new and different to see and it just makes me forget all the bad stuff in the world. It is just a GREAT place and my FAV place in the world.

Nothing against DW but it is just the BEST! :)

mousiemom
05-15-2008, 10:55 AM
i'm a wdw fanatic so i will be visiting your park in 20 days!!! we are so excited! this will be our 1st trip and we can't wait!! i can write books on wdw so this will all be new to me. i know i will love it!:cool1:
mousiemom

phisigprincess
05-15-2008, 11:59 AM
We did Disneyland for the first time a few weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. I have been constantly getting the "which park is better" question, and my honest answer was that I couldn't pick. There were parts of DL that I liked better than WDW and vice versa. WDW is my home park, but I loved so much about DL as well. Now it's off to explore overseas Disney!! (I wish! ;))

mousiemom
05-15-2008, 12:10 PM
We did Disneyland for the first time a few weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. I have been constantly getting the "which park is better" question, and my honest answer was that I couldn't pick. There were parts of DL that I liked better than WDW and vice versa. WDW is my home park, but I loved so much about DL as well. Now it's off to explore overseas Disney!! (I wish! ;))

that's probably how we're going to feel too when we go in 20 DAYS!!! did you do any dinners? how many days did you do dl?
mousiemom

tofubeast
05-15-2008, 01:40 PM
Now it's off to explore overseas Disney!! (I wish! ;))


I so hear you. After I win the lotto, I am off to Disney Sea in a heartbeat. That park looks fantastic!

mariezp
05-15-2008, 06:38 PM
Well, I can't actually say that I have ever been anywhere but Disneyland. Since we only have 2 weeks vacation I am not about to give up my annual trip to Disneyland just to be disappointed. I love Disneyland so much that I am positive there is no way WDW could top it! So... why fix it if it ain't broke?

KCmike
05-15-2008, 09:38 PM
My family and I have been to Disneyworld seven times. We went to DL for the first time last Ocotober. We fell head over heals. Yeah it doesn't have Epcot and some other fun things but the magic kingdom blows away mk at florida. We are going again this june. Is it a streak in the making?

Yzerbear19
05-15-2008, 11:44 PM
My sister and I went 2 weeks ago for the first time and felt the exact opposite of the original poster. We had fun, there was a lot that we enjoyed, but it didn't compare to WDW. There are some things I liked better than at WDW, but overall I think I still prefer WDW. It was fun seeing the park Walt built and I'm glad that I have that experience. Both parks are great though. Its just a personal preference. JMO.

Shawn429
05-15-2008, 11:50 PM
I hit Disneyland for the very first time this week!

I fell in love with it. Don't get me wrong, WDW is my home park (I live in Florida) but I'd go to Disneyland ANYDAY. It had just SUCH a different vibe to it. I prefer more of the rides (Pinocchio, Alice, Mr. Toad, Subs, Matterhorn, Indy). Their Space Mountain is WAY better. The music is killer. LOVE it. I do prefer WDW's Haunted Mansion, hands down. Jungle Cruise is more or less the exact same except without the pirannah's (which wasn't all that impressive, IMO) although the animals were better animated and seemed to actually have color and not faded (thank god our Jungle Cruise is getting a two week refresher). I was meh on Disneyland's Pirates. I did enjoy the few extra scenes and the two drops but eh ... I just wasn't all THAT impressed. I also prefer the REAL Enchanted Tiki Room. It was so refreshing NOT to be interrupted by Iago and Zazu. Their Peter Pan seemed a little bit better and not as dated.

I love the look of Disneyland's Frontierland much more than WDW's. It seems so much more ... western. Their Tomorrowland though is SUPER small and gets cramped. I mean when you enter you literally have the Astro Orbiter RIGHT there and then on the left is Buzz and on the right is Star Tours. Horrible layout.

If I had a choice, I have to say I'd pick Disneyland over the WDW Magic Kingdom anyday. I'm not dissing WDW at all but there was just something so unique and special about Disneyland. It seemed so much more ... PURE and not commercialized, although I'd NEVER give up Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom or Epcot.

I was spoiled though being able to literally just walk to Downtown Disney, Disneyland and DCA. They were all RIGHT there. It was fantastic. And DCA really wasn't that bad. I quite enjoyed it. It needs more headliner attractions though. I struggled to make it even a half day there.

I liked the look of Adventureland, Frontierland and Fantasyland over WDW's, although Adventureland is super small. Tomorrowland was too plain and cramped for my tastes.

Oh, and I hands down prefer WDW's Splash Mountain. There is literally no storyline for Disneyland's. I do prefer their logs though and the dropped seemed a little bit more scary.

Yzerbear19
05-15-2008, 11:59 PM
I was meh on Disneyland's Pirates. I did enjoy the few extra scenes and the two drops but eh ... I just wasn't all THAT impressed. Their Peter Pan seemed a little bit better and not as dated. Those were the exact thoughts my sister and I had. Pirates was actually kind of boring. I didn't like that there were several stretches where its just dark with nothing to see.

And we also thought that DL's Peter Pan looked better. That was one of the rides we liked better at DL than at WDW. They really need to update WDW's Peter Pan a bit.

Shawn429
05-16-2008, 11:21 AM
Yeah. Pirates was kinda boring. It seemed to just drag a little bit here and there.

JDBlair
05-24-2008, 07:06 PM
I've always wondered if your "love of the World/Land" has something to do with your very first experience. So, if the World was your first voyage to Disney, the Land will never mean as much and vice versa.

I grew up going to Disneyland, I lived in S. CA until I was 11 but still stayed in CA until I was 19 and went to DL annually, multiple times a year. I, too, :love: DL and DH cannot understand my absolute lack of desire to ever visit the World. I have never been to the World and don't really want to. Everything I know and love is at the Land so what does the World have to offer that the Land doesn't?

Disneyanajc
05-24-2008, 07:21 PM
My first trip was to DL in 1969, have lost count as to how many visits...I actually thought nothing could top DL ever!....then in 1994 we went to WDW for the first time...Loved it! Now we spend time on both coast...Both the parks have their own unique charm...WDW has so much more to see and do.. the resorts are beautiful...we are Poly people...I could spend all my time in Epcot...I look at it this way DL is home and WDW is home-away-from home...:lovestruc
jc

kajcwman
05-24-2008, 07:44 PM
I've always wondered if your "love of the World/Land" has something to do with your very first experience. So, if the World was your first voyage to Disney, the Land will never mean as much and vice versa.

I grew up going to Disneyland, I lived in S. CA until I was 11...

I agree. I lived in the suburbs of L.A. till my family moved to Seattle just before my 12th Bday. We went to DL countless times while living in SoCal. Even after moving to Seattle, and later Portland, I've managed to visit DL almost a dozen times. I've been to WDW 3 times, once in the late 70's (while we still lived in CA :confused3 ) and twice in the past 5 years.
Disneyland will always be "my" park.

OTOH, I spent 2 years in college in Ohio. People talk about Disney vacations there, they're talking about WDW. And this was back around 1990 when WDW wasn't anything like it is now.

dragonflymom
05-25-2008, 04:56 AM
My first trip was to DL in 1969, have lost count as to how many visits...I actually thought nothing could top DL ever!....then in 1994 we went to WDW for the first time...Loved it! Now we spend time on both coast...Both the parks have their own unique charm...WDW has so much more to see and do.. the resorts are beautiful...we are Poly people...I could spend all my time in Epcot...I look at it this way DL is home and WDW is home-away-from home...:lovestruc
jc

Well said! We are the same way! We average 3 - 5 visits to DL every year and last April was my kids' first visit to WDW. We only stayed 4 nights post Disney cruise at the Poly and felt very rushed. DD age 7 at that time loved the Poly and EPCOT. She did not want to visit MK at all since she felt she could do all her favorite rides and attractions at DL except Philharmagic, so we ended up spending 2.5 days at EPCOT and still could not see and do everything in that park. We spent half a day at MK so that DS 4 could do some kiddie rides. The rest of the time we played at the Poly pool and beach. Our experience was enhanced with a free upgrade to concierge, which in our opinion, is much better than concierge at the Grand California Hotel. But I still love the Grand for its ambience and convenience to DCA since DS 4 loves the Electric Parade. The music is forever stuck in my head since I have to accompany him to this parade every night each and every visit if the parade is being offered. For some reason, he was not at all interested in MK's SpectroMagic and the rest of my family thought it was too long and a bit boring. There were a couple of floats that I really liked, but I overall it did seem rather long.

We recently became DVC owners and are now vacationing on both coasts using DVC points. Like many others, DD and I think DL is the best because we have so many fond memories and it's the original. For longer vacations, we like to explore the different resorts/ villas at WDW and spend time at EPCOT. We're headed to DL over the July 4 weekend and to EPCOT for Food and Wine in October. Can't wait!