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KigerKat
12-29-2011, 03:37 PM
we LOVED our Disneyland trip!! It was our my first visit ever and DH's first visit since he was 10, and it was fabulous. We're pretty solid WDW vets, and we were not disappointed in the least. In my opinion, anyone who says otherwise obviously did not do their research prior to their visit and had expected to find another WDW in CA.

I wish we could have stayed longer, but we will definitely be back when Cars Land opens!

sonnyjane
12-29-2011, 03:58 PM
That's fantastic! I always love to hear from people that have discovered the awesomeness of Disneyland for the first time :)

Huff
12-29-2011, 03:58 PM
Glad you enjoyed your first Disneyland trip!! We're Disneyland vets ourselves but have also been to WDW numerous times (will be there in 2 weeks!).

They're vastly different vacation experiences each with their own qualities that make them special. Anyone who goes from one to the other expecting them to be the same will be disappointed.

KCmike
12-29-2011, 04:24 PM
Glad you had such a great trip. Disneyland is the best for sure. What was your favorite attractions? Now after a few more trips you can claim DL as your new favorite home park :thumbsup2

jemimabean
12-29-2011, 04:46 PM
Glad that it was such an awesome trip!
We had always gone to WDW, just because we felt that there was more to do there. In April of this year we went to Disneyland for the first time, and ended up buying APs before we left. We LOVE it. I think that it will be a lot of years before we go back to WDW, though I enjoy that too. I can see having a lot of fun there when our kids are teenagers.

Gisele
12-29-2011, 04:58 PM
I am glad that you and your family had a fantabulous time! That is very nice. :)
What were your most favorite ride attractions? I hope that y'all dined at the Blue Bayou, and had a waterside table.



~~ I love you Phil, and you will forever be with me! ~~

KigerKat
12-30-2011, 01:39 PM
It was just myself and DH, and unfortunately we did not dine at any sit down restaurants. We tried to keep our trip as low cost as possible. We are used to going to WDW when they offer free dining, so it was a change having to pay OOP. Luckily, DH had recently won a photography contest and his prize was a $125 Disney gift card, so that helped quite a bit!

We LOVED Haunted Mansion Holiday!! Neither of us had ever seen the movie, so we watched it on the flight out to CA. I'm so glad we did, otherwise we might not have understood the ride at all.

Our favorite ride was probably California Screamin'. I hate roller coasters that take such a long time to get to the top (I'm afraid of heights), and this one was awesome! I think we rode it about 4 or 5 times.

Every ride that is duplicated at WDW, we liked better at DL, with the exception of TSM and Star Tours, which are pretty much the same.

The only downside to DL is that are a lot of rides/queues outside. WDW has most of theirs indoors because of the heat and rain, but with the weather in CA I can understand most of this being outside. We were there one day when it rained, and it kind of put a slight damper on our plans, but we still managed to have a good time!

I also liked how close everything was. We stayed at Ramada Inn Maingate, and it took only 12 minutes to walk from our hotel room door to the turnstile at DL. And then it was only 159 of my short-legged steps to get from park to park. It really is that close!!

If anyone is interested, here is a link to DH's photos on Flickr. He only posts about 1 photo a day and has over 100 from WDW on there (only 5 from DL so far, but he took about 2000!).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/51442732@N03/

Enjoy!!

NStramler
12-30-2011, 06:43 PM
Your hubbys photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing and glad you liked Disneyland...

Mary Jo
12-30-2011, 07:03 PM
Glad you had such a good time at the Original Magic Kingdom. I love that most of the duplicate attractions are a little bit different so that it's not the same experience when you go on them.

Disneyland at Christmas is an awesome time to go...

jlmarr
12-30-2011, 07:18 PM
We were there one day when it rained, and it kind of put a slight damper on our plans... I get it! :lmao:


If anyone is interested, here is a link to DH's photos on Flickr. He only posts about 1 photo a day and has over 100 from WDW on there (only 5 from DL so far, but he took about 2000!).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/51442732@N03/

Some great pix there. Keep 'em coming!

KigerKat
12-30-2011, 10:13 PM
I get it! :lmao:

I didn't even realize I had put it that way!!