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Mary Jo
04-27-2005, 03:32 PM
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Attractions not at WDW, or that are different:

DISNEYLAND

Main Street:
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Walt Disney personally worked on this attraction, and he had a special interest in President Abe Lincoln. The Hall of Presidents is based on it, but this is still worth watching. It was recently refurbished, and uses a new technique with headphones that make the sounds seem like they are right next to you. This attraction is the first one you’ll see (besides the railroad) when you enter Main Street. (NOTE: For the 50th, this attraction has been put away, but it is due to reopen later this year.)

Railroad: Although there is a railroad at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, the one at Disneyland is different. It circles the park, and you can see the various lands. It also stops at New Orleans Square, Toontown/Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. After Tomorrowland, you’ll go through a diorama that shows the Grand Canyon and the Primeval World. It takes about 20 minutes to circle the park. It’s also a nice way to get from one land to another.

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Adventureland:
Tiki Room: Has the original show

The Jungle Cruise: This is set up differently – kind of backwards from the one at WDW, and doesn’t have a temple. The queue is different, is 2-stories on busy days, & has an animatronic hornbill going up the stairs

Tarzan’s Treehouse: Used to be Swiss Family Robinson – worth a visit because it has some interactive features

Indiana Jones: The ride is almost identical to Dinosaur @ Animal Kingdom; however, due to theme difference, this ride is far superior with fire, etc. This is the best themed queue at Disneyland, with interactive elements that will cause a reaction – push the poles and pull the ropes – even if there is a sign telling you not to.

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New Orleans Square:
There is no New Orleans Square in WDW, so this land is really nice to visit (On the other hand, there is no Liberty Tree Square at DL)

Pirates of the Caribbean: For one thing, this is set in a New Orleans setting instead of Adventureland, like @ WDW. The queue is better at WDW, but the ride itself is themed so much better at DL

Haunted Mansion: This is also different at DL, although personally, I can’t say I like one better than the other – they are just “different” and it is worth riding.

During the holidays (starting the last weekend in September usually and lasting through the first weekend in January) the Haunted Mansion is redone as the Nightmare Before Christmas. The attraction bears no resemblance to the original Haunted Mansion during the holidays, and is a great treat, especially for fans of Jack Skellington, Sally, and Zero.

Trivia about Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion: Walt Disney wanted a place that would be set apart from the rest of the world, and with the limited options in the Anaheim area, he had a berm built around the park, and set the railroad on it, so the train goes around the park, stopping at various lands (Main Street, New Orleans Square, Toontown, and Tomorrowland). In the earlier years @ Disneyland, you could not see any of the cities outside the walls, except for a couple of spots in the park. Well, when they built Pirates and Haunted Mansion, they needed to put the ride someplace, so they dug a tunnel under the berm, and put the rides outside of the park. So, when you go on Pirates of the Caribbean, and go down the two small drops, you are really going under the train berm and into the ride. In the Haunted Mansion, the stretching room is really an elevator that takes you down and you go through the hallway (tunnel) to the actual attraction. You’ll notice that both attractions take you back up to street level at the end. Oh, and the same thing for Indiana Jones Notice as you go through the queue that you are going down… the actual attraction is outside the Disneyland Railroad boundary.

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Critter Country: This whole land is unique to Disneyland

Splash Mountain – This attraction is pretty different than the one @ WDW, and the seats are different in the log. You sit in single file, and each seat has a backrest. I don’t know if one is “better” than the other – The one at WDW seems to follow the storyline better, but the one at DL is also fun to ride.

Davy Crockett Canoes -They don’t have canoes @ WDW. These are fun to do – everyone has to paddle, but watch out – the person in front of you just might accidentally splash you as you go around Tom Sawyer’s Island.

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh This is different than the one at the WDW Magic Kingdom. (From what I hear, the one at WDW is better than this one because the one at DL doesn't "bounce")

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Frontierland:
Pirates Lair (formerly Tom Sawyers Island) This island has been rethemed as an island once overrun by pirates. There are still caves here, though they now have hidden treasure in the cave (reach for the treasure & see a surprise), and you can pump water out of a boat to see treasure, or lift the basket out of the water to see a surprise. The floating and suspended bridges are still here. There are also pirates who sing here at the island. I believe at WDW the theme is still Tom Sawyer, and I heard that there is a snack bar on the island at WDW, but not at DLR.

Thunder Mountain Railroad is basically the same, but the track runs in the opposite direction (from what I’ve been told).

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Fantasyland: Almost all of the attractions are different here, as well as the architecture of the whole land.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle: Okay, let’s start with the castle. You will notice as soon as you enter Disneyland that the castle is more “charming” than “awe-inspiring” like the one at WDW Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Castle. This castle has a walk-thru diorama of the story of Sleeping Beauty, which was recently reopened. The scenes are nicely done. When you go through the hall with the goons peer through the windows in the doors - you may see a surprise. There are a couple of shops in the castle, and a very nice Snow Whites grotto to the right of the entrance. There is no restaurant in this castle, and no place to enter it. However you do walk through it and the drawbridge is a real working drawbridge – raised & lowered two times in Disneyland history – on opening day in 1955, and after the Fantasyland refurbishment in the early 80’s (I’m thinking 1982)

Peter Pan: A dark ride that is different than the one at WDW, and charming. Guests “fly” in pirate ships through this attraction. (this is a favorite of many guests, including me – the line is almost always too long here, so it's best to visit first thing in the morning

Snow White’s Scary Adventures: Another dark ride – be sure to touch the brass apple as you enter the attraction, and when you’re standing in Fantasyland, look at the curtained window for a peek at someone staring out …

King Arthur’s Carousel: This has all horses, each completely different - when you see it, look for Jingles, the lead horse. You can tell who Jingles is by the bells hanging ‘round the neck. Also, Jingles was recently dedicated to Julie Andrews, and if you look at the saddle blanket you will see four figures painted on it to commemorate this dedication.

It’s a Small World This is the original attraction, brought to Disneyland after the 1964 World’s Fair, where it debuted. WDW now has a similar façade; however, this one is a bit grander. Try to time it so that you’re in front of the attraction at a quarter of hour ( :00, :15, :30, :45) for a little clock show. The ride lasts about 15 minutes. Disney characters were recently added, and it is fun to try & pick them out.

During the holidays (usually first weekend in November through first weekend in January) this attraction is transformed to the holiday version, where the dolls will sing Jingle Bells in various languages. It is very charming, and a must-see. Also, there is a light-show on the facade that is choreographed to music, so with the Christmas lights and the light-show, this is one "must visit" spot at Disneyland at the end of the year.

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These are unique to Disneyland:

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: No longer have it at WDW.

Pinocchio: All dark rides seem to have a villain, and the one here is Monstruo the whale. All ends well in Gepetto’s little shop

Alice in Wonderland: A dark ride like Peter Pan, with a nice ending as the caterpillar you are riding travels down the leaves when you exit the ride

Matterhorn Bobsleds: First steel coaster built – it’s just a tad rocky. You sit two to a seat in tandem style, and four to a bobsled. There are two sides – the Fantasyland side is a little smoother and slightly longer (by a few seconds), and the Tomorrowland side is faster with a little dip. This is one of my favorites to ride at night

Storybook Land Canal Boats: You ride in a boat outside and go through Monstro the whale’s mouth to tour miniature villages of Disney characters (very charming attraction and popular – lines can get quite long)

Casey Jr Circus Train: Ride in cars or cages on a track outside. As you go up the hill, try & see if you can hear Casey Jr. say “I think I can.” The little train wields its way around the same area that the Storybook Land Canal Boats go on – this is a fun ride. The following is no longer true, but still interesting, I think ~ Here’s something only a few know…During the fireworks show, Tinkerbell flies from the Matterhorn Mountain past the castle. When you are on Casey Jr, you can follow the cable with your eyes, and see the treehouse where she actually lands. It’s hidden in the trees in Frontierland.

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Toontown: This whole land is nicely set up, and is styled differently than the one at WDW. It gets crowded during the day, and closes in preparation for the fireworks, so time it right when you visit. Early morning or late at night are best.

Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin: This is a dark ride like Mr. Toad, except you get to spin your car round and round.

Gadget Go-Coaster: This is very similar to Goofy’s Barnstormer

There are other things to do for small children -Donalds Big Boat to explore, as well as Mickey & Minnies houses.

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Tomorrowland
Space Mountain: I like the one @ DL much better – you sit side by side in the cars, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a car that has the music – makes the ride very exciting. During Halloweentime this is transformed to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, so you are racing around space as ghostly aliens are projected throughout.


Autopia: This whole ride was redone in 2000, and the track is fun to drive – you even get to go “off-roading” – I definitely recommend this one, too. Even the adults should enjoy it.

Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters: It might be shorter than at WDW, but the cool thing here is that you can lift your blasters for a better aim, and then email your picture home or to a friend. This attraction will also be interactive on the Internet in the beginning of June.

Finding Nemo Submarine Ride: Since the submarines were removed from WDW, this is definitely unique to DL. For guests who are disabled and cannot get into the submarines, there is a room where you can view the same thing as the submarines - it is the next best thing to being on the ride itself

(Star Tours is exactly like the one at MGM Studios, and so is Honey I Shrank the Audience. I think I’ve heard that the queues are better at WDW, though the Star Wars queue at DL is good once you are inside)


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DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

Golden State
Soarin’ Over California: I used to say, “There is no other attraction like this one.” But, they have since added it at WDW. You ride in a simulated hand glider over scenes of California landscape while listening to music – very nice. You can also catch whiffs of the orange groves, pine forests, and the sea. If you need motion sickness medicine, then take it for this attraction because you won’t want to miss it

Grizzly River Run – Similar to Kali River Rapids, but better, from what I have heard. This attraction takes place in the prominent Grizzly Bear Mountain, and you go up the mountain to ride the river down. It ends with a steep drop while your tire spins so you do not know who’s going to get soaked when you hit bottom

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Similar, yet different, to the areas where children can run around, go down slides, climb ladders, etc. There is also a storytelling amphitheater here, where you can listen to stories about Brother Bear

Tortilla Factory & Boudin Bakery tours: These tours demonstrate how Mission tortillas are made – and you get a sample, and how sourdough bread, which originated in San Francisco, is made – and you get a sample … the bread bowls used for soups and salads at Disneyland Resort are made at this bakery. You can also purchase fresh bread from this area.

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Paradise Pier
California Screamin’: This loop rollercoaster is very different from Rockin’ Rollercoaster. It’s smoother, longer, and has only one loop, plus it is outside.

Various “boardwalk type rides”: Maliboomer, Mulholland Madness, Mickey Wheel, etc.

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A Bug’s Land
Various kiddie rides for the 3-6 year old group, themed from It’s a Bug’s Life characters. The Chew Chew Train is pretty popular, and it is cute, with fun smells – watermelon, etc.

It's Tough to Be a Bug is identical to the one at Animal Kingdom, however, there is no awesome Tree of Life here. You may notice, however, that the queue winds around an area that is quite similar to the little isle that the ants live on in the movie.

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Hollywood Pictures Backlot
Animation Station: Different than the one at WDW, and includes an interactive area that is fun to visit. There are five sections, 1) The Courtyard, which is beautifully done. The walls have static and moving scenes that change from one Disney animated feature to another, 2) Drawn to Animation, where the animator interacts with the audience and teaches everyone how to draw a character, 3) Turtle Talk with Crush is pretty much like the attraction at WDW, 4) Small Gallery that showcases the zoetrope - pretty cool demonstration of animation in 3D, and 5) the Sorcerer’s Workshop, which has activities and interactive exhibits in three sections. In the first room, draw your own cartoon character and make it move, then in Beast’s Library see which Disney character you are most like, and finally, in Ursula’s Grotto lend your voice to song or dialogue for different Disney scenes.

Hyperion Theater – Aladdin the Musical – This is a live show in a beautifully done theater with orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony seating. The show itself is very entertaining, lasts about 20 minutes, and really is a must-see.

Tower of Terror - The WDW version is more extensive in that you go across the building in the Twilight Zone. They couldn’t build the same thing at California Adventure, so you immediately enter the Twilight Zone as soon as the elevator doors close. There are some different special effects that give this ride a different experience than the one at Walt Disney World.

Monsters Inc - This is a dark ride, along the lines of the Fantasyland dark rides, and fun to go on. The line is usually very short

The rest of the attractions are identical, or extremely similar to the attractions at Walt Disney World.

lap3
04-27-2005, 05:43 PM
Mary Jo, first of all, I can't see how you remembered every detail on all of these rides! :eek: I love Disney like the next fan but you are truly an authority on the subject. We took our first trip to WDW a month ago and there were 2 things that we noticed very differently. They are:
Pirates of the Caribbean: For one thing, this is set in a New Orleans setting instead of Adventureland, like @ WDW. The queue is better at WDW, but the ride itself is themed so much better at DL
When we were on this ride at WDW, my DW and I were waiting for the BIG drop to come. When it didn't, we were a bit disappointed. We felt the theming was the same but I didn't pay attention very much
It’s a Small World This is the original attraction, brought to Disneyland after the 1964 World’s Fair, where it debuted. WDW now has a similar façade; however, this one is a bit grander. Try to time it so that you’re in front of the attraction at a quarter of hour ( :00, :15, :30, :45) for a little clock show. The ride lasts about 15 minutes.
At the Original Magic Kingdom, this attraction stands alone. It's elaborate and draws a lot of attention. This version at WDW was another disappointment. It looked like just another ride. In addition, it is shorter ride at WDW like you said.

quiltymom
04-28-2005, 12:46 PM
Mary Jo, thanks for your wonderful list! Here a few of my comments to add to your list. Sorry in advance for the overuse of exclaimation points! :rolleyes1 I mean, it's DISNEYLAND, after all!! And it's also a bit long, too!

Okay -- enough. I hope this helps!

Main Street
Main Street just seems more quaint than at the MK. And the best time to shop there is in the early afternoon. It's almost deserted compared to the rest of the day.

Here's some of my highlights: watching them make fudge at the candy store; looking at the dioramas outside of the Emporium; watching the silhouette artist or getting a silhouette made; watching the glass makers at the Crystal Arts store; getting a fourtune from Esmeralda outside of the Penny Arcade and playing with the antique machines in the Arcade; listening to the piano player at the Coke Corner; playing checkers at the Market House, getting a Mickey bar at the cone shop. :mickeybar

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: I'm sorry to see that it will be closed for the 50th celebration, for this is one of my favorites. I guess that goes back to the ticketed days when this was free and we ALWAYS went on it. There is something so magical about seeing Lincoln, and it's a great history lesson to boot!

Adventureland
Tarzan's Tree House: Stay off this if you're afraid of heights! It gives me the heeby-geebies! But I dutifully go on it with DD & DS. Oh the things a mom will do for her kids.

New Orleans Square
It is beautiful! Make sure to go to the Mint Julep bar to get fritters and a mint julep for a wonderful snack, then take a walk around the to the shops. Be sure to investigate all the little nooks and crannies, too!
Railroad: We LOVE the railroad! The dinosaur panorama is DD's favorite part. She always says that it is where her dinoasurs live. Hint: The New Orleans Square station can be packed during busy times and can take forever to be able to board. If this is the case, walk to where you want to go. It will be much faster.

Critter Country
Davy Crockett Canoes: These are SOOO much fun! Yeah, you may get a bit wet, but what a great way to cool off during a hot day. It's a great experience for kids who have never been on a canoe before. And don't be surprised if you get into a race with another canoe.
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Actually, I liked the DL version better, especially the beehive cars you ride in. Can't exactly say why, though...
Tom Saywer's Island: We went last year and it was a bust compared to what it used to be. They've removed all the fun stuff, like the spinning rock and the guns in the fort due to injuries, etc., and they've taken the life out of the place. I'm hoping that they do something to make it fun again.

Fantasyland
If you want to get on the rides without lines, you must get here first thing in the morning. The lines will be huge right to park closing. There's no fastpasses here, except for Small World.

As far as the "dark" rides, if you have little ones that scare easily, have overactive immaginations or are prone to nightmares, do yourself a favor and keep them away from Snow White, Mr. Toad, and in some cases Pinocchio. As adults we see them in a nostalgic light, but they are downright frightening to very young children. Alice in Wonderland can also be scary, especially the rides over the leaves at the end if they are afraid of heights.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle: princess: Nothing beats Christmastime at DL when the Hearld Trumpeters play carols from the towers of the castle! And I don't care that it's smaller than Cindy's at MK - I love this one just the way it is.
Peter Pan: I didn't care for the MK version at all. It seemed too dingy. The DL ride has much more magic to it and it isn't as dark. Ride this first thing in the morning, or you will wait 45+ minutes to ride the rest of the day.
It’s a Small World: The WDW version doesn't hold a candle to this one. Please make sure to see the clock show. You usually don't need a fastpass for this ride. The line moves very fast.
Pinocchio: The Pleasure Island room is absolutely magical with the fireworks and all.
Alice in Wonderland: There's nothing like riding on the leaves as you exit the dark portion. It always scared the begeebers out of me as a kid. I thought the car would go right off the edge!
Matterhorn Bobsleds: Try to get on this during the fireworks - it's absolutely amazing to see them as you speed through the mountain.
Storybook Land Canal Boats: This is one ride that is worth riding during the day and night. You have to experience this ride at least once in your lifetime.

Toontown
If you want to get a photo with Mickey ::MickeyMo and not have to wait up to an hour to do so, get to Toontown when it opens and head straight for Mickey's house. Sometimes he's in front posing for photos, but if that line's long, go through the house and he'll be there at the end. Also, there is not much shade here or places to sit. It gets real hot in the afternoon.
Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin: I wouldn't recommend small children going on this ride. It's pretty rough, scary, and overall not too fun. I'll not go on it again.
Gadget Go-Coaster: The line for this ride moves incredibly slow for a very short ride. That said, it is a fun coaster for the little ones.

Tomorrowland
Space Mountain: Once again, the DL version is much better. More fast turns, dips and spins, and you cannot see the track!
Autopia: Definitely a FP ride if the lines are long, for the line moves very s-l-o-w...

And I wish that they'd bring back the People Mover!

I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of it right now. :earsgirl:

twista
06-02-2005, 05:32 AM
I'm with you I wish they would bring THE PEOPLEMOVER back I miss it

geffric
06-02-2005, 09:47 AM
For some reason, at DCA, I thought that Mulholland madness was the same/ similar as the primevial whirl at AK.. ?? :confused3

Buckimion
06-02-2005, 10:23 AM
For some reason, at DCA, I thought that Mulholland madness was the same/ similar as the primevial whirl at AK.. ?? :confused3

Yup, they're both 'Wild Mouse' coasters...although I believe the PW at AK is classed as a 'Crazy Mouse', meaning the cars spin as it goes around the track. :faint:
MM uses standard, non-spinning cars. :tilt:

Bill Lumbergh
06-04-2005, 06:05 PM
Don't forget Fantasmic! at Disneyland. It's a little different than the one at Disney Studios. The Pochontas fight scene in DS is replaced by a Peter Pan fight scene on the sailing ship Columbia at DL. The main villians are Malificent and Ursula at DL instead of nearly all the Disney villians at DS. The end steamboat is larger at DL than DS.

Mullholland Madness is different than Primeval Whirl. Other than MM doesn't spin, MM seems to be breaked heavier. The drops aren't as thrilling as Primeval Whirl's.

love the magic
08-03-2005, 08:25 AM
Thanks for all this detail! I'm a WDW veteran making my first journey to DL in just TWO DAYS!!!! :banana:

This info really helped me know just what not to miss (although I am determined not to miss a thing) CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! :Pinkbounc

mattmommy
05-01-2007, 09:58 AM
How is the seating at Fantasmic different? Last time we were at DL we had to sit on cobblestones the whole time (OUCH). I was so glad when they put it in MGM they added tons of seating. What should we expect?

mystic_path
05-01-2007, 11:09 AM
WOW! Thanks so much for this. This is incredible as its going to help so many people on these boards.

Mary Jo
05-01-2007, 02:14 PM
This was a fun read (again). I see I have to update my original post, and there are subsequent posts with a lot more detail, so, special thanks to quiltymom.

Mattmommy - if you go to the top of the Disneyland forum, you'll see links up there for a visit to the Disneyland Resort. Go to theme parks, then click on parades & shows for the link that describes Fantasmic with pictures. :)

Judy from Boise
05-01-2007, 07:32 PM
This is excellent, should we make it a sticky ?

vote people........

damiel
05-07-2007, 04:32 PM
I would like to add Mickey Mouse Pancakes - you can't get a Mickey Mouse pancake in WDW!

LJH77
05-11-2007, 08:40 AM
Hello everyone!

I was just reading all you messages there about the differences between DLR and WDW and wondered if anyone had been to Disneyland Paris? I've been to DLR and WDW lots of times and as I'm from the UK have also been to Disneyland Paris many times.

I love DLP and I am sure that all of your DLR fans would love it aswell. They have done it very similar to DLR, although in terms of architectuer they have actually improved on it and taken it that step futher, which is so much fun. Here are a few examples:

Fantasyland is more like DLR, although I think they've added even more to it and laid it out even nicer, there is a kind of large pond (made to look like a river) that runs through part of the land with wheeping willow trees over hanging it and a humpback bridge that takes you over the Peter Pan, very pretty at night. It's a Small World is also much the same as DLR, it is housed in a large building slightly away from the rest of the land and is all pastel colours and a feature is really made of it.

Pirates of the Carribean is also much more similar to DLR in that it has the two dips and also has a restaurant inside it, although the outside theming is much better and quite extensive.

DLP doesn't have a tom sawyers island but it does have Adventure Isle in Advernture Land which is all pirate themed and has a Captain Hook Gallion Ship and a really high suspention rope bridge and mazes of tunnels. It's really fun!

So in Frontierland instead of tom sawyers island on the lake that the paddlesteamer (the Mark Twain was moved there I think, although I could be wrong) goes round, it's Big Thunder Mountain! You go under ground, under the lake, and end up on Big Thunder Mountain - it's way cool and the views at night are spectacular!!

Obviously the BIG difference in DLP is that they have a Discoveryland not a Tommorrowland. It's themed in the way the novelist and vissionaries of the past saw the future, like Jules Verne and HG Wells, and most notably in Space Moutain you get shot out of a cannon at the beggining of the ride to take you into the main bulk of the coaster (which goes upside down and has music playing at every seat).

DLP also has a Sleeping Beauty's Castle like DLR, it's still pink only it's much bigger. There is a couple of shops inside it, upstairs the Sleeping Beauty story is told through stained glass windows and models and downstairs in the dungeons is Malificent the Dragon, chained to wall, drumming her claws on the ground and occasionally roaring with displeasure!! It's great - they have done it so well, very atmospheric.

I also love how everthing is in French and English, it's very multi-lingual and I think really adds to the park.

Obivously that is just a really short and not very eliquent description of parts of DLP but if ever any of you guys happen to be in France, the UK, Germany or any other part of Europe for that matter, as a Disney fan I would try and make some time to experience DLP. It's a wee bit different from the USA parks and has a slightly different atmosphere but I don't think that it suffers for it - just makes is (as I said) a wee bit different. But I know you would all love it!!

ps I was going to post a lovely photo of Sleeping Beauty's castle at night.....but I don't know how! Doh! Sorry!

ArielAdventurer
05-17-2007, 10:32 AM
I really enjoyed reading these differences..I agree that Small World was a disappointment at WDW...I almost couldn't find it being in the middle of all the rest of the Fantasyland rides..
I don't agree that they should bring back the Peoplemover..I found it very boring..and..the only part I did like was went it went through one gift shop in Tomorrowland..
The thing I wish they would bring back to Disneyland that they now have in WDW is the Carousel of Progress..I love that thing...and..the ride (can't remember the name) before Star Tours.. in the same location....that shrunk you to the size of a molecule and you saw cells..etc..I was a wee little one when going through this ride..and I thought we actually shrunk...
My mom loved the house of the future...that was also in Tomorrowland..but I don't really remember it enough to comment...

Mazzy
06-02-2007, 07:28 AM
What a fantastic thread - thanks so much for taking the time to put it together. I have pasted it to a word document and printed it off, it's going to be really helpful in planning our first ever trip to DL! :thumbsup2

fairycat
06-18-2007, 05:11 PM
I wanted to add a few updates to the OP since in the past few years things have changed

DL:
At last check Lincoln is still set up for the anniversary and is well worth a watch, besides an exhibit of great items and models from the past, the movie on the history of DL is wonderful, see it while you can!

Obviously as everyone now, knows the Subs are back! Themed with Nemo this ride is back in its original pond in tomorrow land located next to Autopia and the Matterhorn.

DCA:

The animation studio has gotten two new upgrades,

Crush Talk- I have not done this at WDW so I don't know what if any differences there are

Animation Studio- Instead of showing you how charectors are created like before they now teach you how to draw a famous charector. Each "lesson" will teach you a different charector at last check they had Mickey, Pooh, Tigger, and I know there was at least two more.

momoflizandains
08-07-2007, 06:21 PM
I love this thread as we are devout WDW fans who are looking to travel to DLR next summer.

tinkermell
08-26-2007, 04:21 PM
Tom Sawyer Island is no longer a bust!!!!!!!!!!
They have changed it to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, and it is alot of fun now. pirate: They redid everything, and put stuff in the caves, and you can actually walk on the barrels again across the water. I have a friend with young children, and they spent 2 hours there. She said they could have stayed longer. The Island also does a pirate show, and a meet and greet with Jack Sparrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pirate:
Also note that this week they started on Fort Wilderness. They're tearing it down, and still not sure the specifics on how they're redoing it.
Have fun exploring! :woohoo:

EnnEss
09-03-2007, 02:12 PM
I prefer most of the DL version of rides and think not having Indy at MGM (DS soon) is a travesty. Having said this though, I have to take exception with Thunder Mountain Railway. Its better in a lot of ways at MK, the track lay out is different with different effects and the queue area is better thought out. It is also on the water which is cool to watch from the Island and also adds enjoyment to the coaster itself.

Splash mountain is also quite different in WDW. The one there is themed similarly but, this won't make sense without a lot of explanation, the end result and feel is quite different, again, I prefer the WDW by quite a large margin.

CPM
09-22-2007, 06:59 PM
Great thread! This is just what I need for next summer's DL trip.
I don't want to spend a whole lot of time in DL on stuff I can see at WDW any time. I printed and saved it along with the updates! Thanks to the suppliers!

DisDancerina
09-23-2007, 12:59 AM
I say, the subs are a must see. They're as unique as it gets popcorn::

PigletGurl
10-12-2007, 07:26 PM
Great thread! This is just what I need for next summer's DL trip.
I don't want to spend a whole lot of time in DL on stuff I can see at WDW any time. I printed and saved it along with the updates! Thanks to the suppliers!

Yeah! I also think this is a great thread. I'm going there soon. I agree theat some of the rides in DLR are much better than the ones at WDW. I can't wait 'till my next trip!:cheer2: :cool1: :thumbsup2 :santa:

audrabolster
10-12-2007, 11:46 PM
That is a lot of great information. I've always wondered things about that!

Grumpy Pete
10-13-2007, 05:42 PM
I appreciate the info. I'm heading to DL in Nov. and will pay closer attention to the lay out. Can't wait!

Lovin' Lorne
01-04-2008, 02:47 AM
What a great thread! As a DLR annual passholder and a frequent visitor to WDW (10 times in the past 14 years and counting!) I have to agree with most people's descriptions of the differences between the rides at each park, as well as the various "different but equally great" reviews of each attraction.

We were also fortunate to have visited DLP during their 10 year anniversary celebration in 2002, so now we can say we've seen Disney from three different angles, just like LJH77, :banana: ! One thing I'm surprised that she didn't mention though was the Haunted Mansion. It is totally different than both DLR and WDW. The theme is set in the American old west, and tells the story of a bride that was kidnapped by a Phantom of the Opera type character before the wedding could take place. As for the ghosts and ghouls, they are WAY more scary than either DLR or WDW, more like something out of Indiana Jones, and might be a bit too intense for the younger members of the family. At the end, instead of going through the graveyard like in the other two, you go through an Old West Ghost Town, complete with bar keeps and dance hall girls. It is VERY different and I think that's probably why we rode it something like 3 times in a row. LOL! We took video through the whole thing and it turned out kinda dark, but it's still fun to watch now and then.

spreadingpixiedust
02-05-2008, 10:10 PM
I went to WDW for the first time last summer. I grew up near DL and went all the time. Maybe it is the memories, but DL will always be closer to my heart.

I want to go to BOTH now again!!

Long time Disney fan but new to Disboards. This is great!

:cheer2:

ksoehrlein
02-13-2008, 05:37 AM
Thanks so much for the list! I had a very limited amount of time to spend at DLR, so I used this thread to help me prioritize what I wanted to see. I had so much fun seeing the many Disney attractions that were either new to me or different than they are WDW, I now have to plan a return trip with DH, DD, and DS so they can share in the experience.

DisDancerina
02-13-2008, 09:37 AM
Thanks so much for the list! I had a very limited amount of time to spend at DLR, so I used this thread to help me prioritize what I wanted to see. I had so much fun seeing the many Disney attractions that were either new to me or different than they are WDW, I now have to plan a return trip with DH, DD, and DS so they can share in the experience.

Great idea :)

Donald's Fan in PHX!
03-04-2008, 02:01 PM
Very nice posts! It seems everytime I visit Disneyland I come across something I had never noticed before.

Lizboo
03-17-2008, 12:01 PM
We are WDW big fans, but we are talking about making the trip out to California this year. I was going to post and ask about the major differences between the parks, but I stumbled upon this thread and now I don't have to.

Thanks for all the great info.

stitch68
03-26-2008, 11:24 PM
WOW!!!!

THANKS so much for all that GREAT info.

I was wondering what they were.

My mom and I are big WDW fans--(well, me, more than here, but she has fun when we go & she's more of a kid than my husband is!!!!!!) and are going to DL for the 1st time to celebrate my 40th birthday!!!!!

we're going to take a week, and wondered if we have too much time......but after reading this info, and looking at some of the photo's, I don't think so!

The pictures of Toon Town are so neat......I'll use 1/2 of a memory card on just that area.....it looks sooo different than WDW toontown!!!!!

Can't wait for Fantasmic.....although, it appears that you stand for the whole thing, and I mom needs to sit for something like that......guess we'll see when we get there how that plays out!!!! anyone got any tips or ideas for that????

THANKS,
LESLIE

Lou-Ann
03-28-2008, 06:00 PM
Just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have taken the time to post here. It is very helpful information. :goodvibes

rockstargeisha
04-07-2008, 02:35 AM
Monster's Inc. needs to be added to the list! It's a great slow-moving dark ride much like Winnie the Pooh. It's in the Hollywood section of California Adventure where Super Star Limo used to be. :sulley:

LitlbitWraps
04-26-2008, 01:14 AM
Thanks for all the great insite!
DH loves DW so we are venturing to take the kids to DL until they get a bit bigger. This is a great help to show him the Differences!
TY
-KA

disneylandhunni
04-28-2008, 08:16 PM
After reading this, just makes me want to go on our trip even more! Love the help everyone! :thumbsup2

4 Little Bears
05-06-2008, 12:52 PM
Okay, you've convinced me to book a trip to DL! :rotfl:

Thanks for all the great information--now I'm off to start planning my next disney trip!

ilovethesun
05-29-2008, 05:32 PM
We just returned from our first trip to disneyland with our daughters who are 3 and 2. They LOVED LOVED LOVED the Princess Fantasy Faire. Is there anything similar to this at WDW? I've looked at their web site a few times and can't seem to find anything. This honestly MADE our trip.

mikayla73
05-31-2008, 12:49 PM
I am not sure, but they have the Pirates and Princess Party and the BBB.

rockstargeisha
05-31-2008, 02:08 PM
We just returned from our first trip to disneyland with our daughters who are 3 and 2. They LOVED LOVED LOVED the Princess Fantasy Faire. Is there anything similar to this at WDW? I've looked at their web site a few times and can't seem to find anything. This honestly MADE our trip.

If you're little princesses are interested in getting their hair and make-up done WDW has the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. They have locations in MK and in DTD. There is a large array of princess dresses and accessories available at these locations. There is no Princess Fantasy Faire in WDW, but there is storytime with Belle in MK, princess meet-n-greets in Toontown, and two Princess character meals; one in Cinderella's castle and the other in Epcot's Norway pavilion. Hope this helps. :]

BC1836
06-14-2008, 11:34 PM
To Mary Jo and all of the others who have provided info on this thoroughly informative thread: THANK YOU!

We're heading back to DL next week for the first time since our brief trip there in 1990. We're staying on site for two nights and hope to pack in as much as possible. And thanks to this thread, we'll be a bit more efficient with our precious hours.

All the best.

BC1836
06-22-2008, 01:32 PM
And now, we're back home.

It was practically a new experience for us to be back at Disneyland (a too-short, one day trip in 1990 is so distant).

A few quick observations from WDW "veterans":

DL Main Street had a bit more charm than WDW's Main Street. DL's Main Street featured more numerous store fronts giving it a more early-20th century feel.

DL's POTC is better than WDW's attraction. DL's POTC is longer and the battle area features more artillery shots and water explosions. And the two drops are cool. Above all, it's the fireflies!

DL's acknowledgement to Fess Parker and Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier is clearly superior to the few references to the Baby Boomer's greatest hero at WDW. The inclusion of part of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" in the "Remember...Dreams Come True" fireworks show is truly wonderful.

DL's Toon Town is a town! And then some!

The counter service and casual sit-down food facilities are a bit better (in quantity and quality) at DL.

Of course, it was great to see Mr. Toad and the Electrical Parade at DL a few days ago. And certain attractions unique to DL, like Indiana Jones, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the Casey Jr. Circus Train are, well, special.

Overall, however, we enjoy the size of WDW and its three monorail resorts. (BTW: The WDW monorails are superior to the one at DL.) And WDW has Spectromagic! To be sure, it's somewhat closer.

But there's plenty of magic on both coasts!:cool2:

LVdisneyChick
07-01-2008, 12:14 AM
yey...I'm soakin all the great info up

Jenvenza
07-01-2008, 10:21 AM
I love Pirate's at both parks, but the DL version is my favorite. I love how it is set in New Orleans Square and the double dip!

BC1836
07-01-2008, 11:04 AM
I love Pirate's at both parks, but the DL version is my favorite. I love how it is set in New Orleans Square and the double dip!

After the relatively recent refurb of WDW's POTC, one would think that the main battle area following the drop would have been enhanced with more action in sight 'n' sound, particularly the faux explosions. But it wasn't. After we experienced the DLR's POTC, we quickly realized why it has a distinct advantage over the WDW version.
pirate:

Sleepless Knight
07-01-2008, 12:24 PM
After the relatively recent refurb of WDW's POTC, one would think that the main battle area following the drop would have been enhanced with more action in sight 'n' sound, particularly the faux explosions. But it wasn't. After we experienced the DLR's POTC, we quickly realized why it has a distinct advantage over the WDW version.
pirate:Unfortunately, Imagineering had a plan to really plus up WDW's POTC and make it more like the Disneyland original as part of the movie additions to the attraction, but were overruled by MK management because they did not want to close the attraction for the 2 weeks of Spring Break back in 2006.

BC1836
07-01-2008, 02:03 PM
Unfortunately, Imagineering had a plan to really plus up WDW's POTC and make it more like the Disneyland original as part of the movie additions to the attraction, but were overruled by MK management because they did not want to close the attraction for the 2 weeks of Spring Break back in 2006.

If, indeed, what you say is true, WDW could have easily shifted the refurb to another time. WDW's POTC remains a favorite of ours and will always be high on our list of must-do attractions practically every day we are in the MK. Alas, though, for those who have only ridden on WDW's POTC, what they are missing is quite unique to say the very least.
pirate:

Sleepless Knight
07-01-2008, 02:14 PM
I'm trying to remember where I first heard that. It may have been from an Imagineer on a podcast or something, but it was over two years ago, so I'm not sure on that. It really is too bad though. As you said, people who've never been on the Disneyland version have no idea what they're missing out on.

indiesgirl4ever
07-02-2008, 11:30 AM
u might want to get rid of goofys bounce house they took it away recently

Mickey714
07-17-2008, 01:45 PM
Thanks so much.

wideeyedwonder
08-02-2008, 02:36 AM
I can't believe that no one has mentioned Haunted Mansion Holidays!

At DLand, between October and December, they deck out both the inside and outside of the Haunted Mansion in "Nightmare Before Christmas" garb:

(I have less than 10 posts, so I can't yet post an image or link, but do a web search for "haunted mansion holidays" for more information)

It is a VERY extensive renovation, both inside and out, that they then have to tear back down after Christmas. If you are a Nightmare Before Christmas fan (as my family is), this is something that you don't want to miss!

(PS They also theme up parts of Disneyland, including the main entry gates, in Halloween garb during October...big jack-o-lantern Mickey and Pluto heads at the gates, etc.)

wideeyedwonder
08-02-2008, 02:52 AM
One last point, when riding the DL RR, you get to see the iconic "Primeval World" display of animitronic dinosaurs. One of my most clear and vivid memories of Disneyland growing up was the Allosaurus vs Stegosaurus display in the lava field...and now my kids remember it as well, calling them "the red dinosaurs". We go to DL at least once a year, and we ALWAYS make sure to see the Primeval World display...that and IASW.

And speaking of IASW, someone PLEASE replace the streamer "flames" on those dang volcanos!

CPM
08-03-2008, 02:30 PM
I just returned from Disneyland! I agree with all the posters here. It was a wonderful trip! I tried to get on all the attractions that were different from WDW, some better, some worse!
Thanks for all the tips:thumbsup2

Robert TG
08-16-2008, 01:49 AM
One last point, when riding the DL RR, you get to see the iconic "Primeval World" display of animitronic dinosaurs. One of my most clear and vivid memories of Disneyland growing up was the Allosaurus vs Stegosaurus display in the lava field...and now my kids remember it as well, calling them "the red dinosaurs". We go to DL at least once a year, and we ALWAYS make sure to see the Primeval World display...that and IASW.

And speaking of IASW, someone PLEASE replace the streamer "flames" on those dang volcanos!


It's always a wonderful surprise seeing those dinosaurs while traveling from tommowland to main steet. In WDW there are some of these scenes in Epcot's Universe of Energy.

Robert TG
08-16-2008, 02:01 AM
I have to take exception with Thunder Mountain Railway. Its better in a lot of ways at MK, the track lay out is different with different effects and the queue area is better thought out. It is also on the water which is cool to watch from the Island and also adds enjoyment to the coaster itself.


You would REALLY enjoy This ride at Disneyland Paris. As you load on the ride you then travel underwater (in the dark) to thunder mountain and again plunge into the dark (underwater) to return to unload. :thumbsup2

Disneyland Paris
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/Robert_TG/P2100205.jpg

Marciern22
10-04-2008, 04:52 PM
:wizard: Just got back from WDW and the Disney Cruise last week. OMG! I am at DL at least 4 times a month! I Love it there!!!!!
My kids and I were incredibly disappointed with MK. Our POTC ride at DL is soooooooooo much better!!!!! MK has no bedroom scene, no pile of gold, no skeletons drinking where you stow yer weapons, no drops, not as many guys in jail, and no shooting gallery at the end. That's my favorite part cuz the pirate sitting on the cannon says "YoHo YoHo La La La La La"
MK's Space Mountain is terrible!! Since ours was redone a couple years ago, it rocks!!! Theirs is comparable to The Matterhorn, but in the dark. Really bumpy and it hurts your head.
We were excited to get to see Country Bear Jamboree, but were disappointed also because it looks so old and the songs were different from what they were here.
We love our Fantasmic! here. Missed the pirate ship and the Mark Twain cuz it has a lot more characters. And our Monkeys dance circles all over theirs!!!!!
What can I say? I am a Disneyland Lover through and through! And I'll be going back in a couple days.

cv workout
11-10-2008, 08:26 PM
I am not much of a fan of the version of Fantasmic at the Studios. Is the one at DL any different? I was thinking of skipping it on an upcoming trip in favor of extra rides on Pirates (which everyone says is much more awesome than the WDW version) and Indiana Jones (which WDW doesn't even have). Do you veterans of both parks think this is a good strategy or will I be missing something amazing?

Marciern22
11-11-2008, 03:31 PM
The Fantasmic at DL is much better!!! I was soooo disappointed with the whole Pocahontas part. Really bad!
Having the Columbia come out like it is the Jolly Roger and Peter Pan and Capt Hook sword fighting is much better.
Then...Instead of a little Steamboat coming out with a few characters, you get the big Mark Twain with lots of characters! I really think that it is not to be missed. You'll be surprised by how much you will get done at DL cuz it is smaller, there is no need to choose to miss anything.

Robert TG
11-19-2008, 02:30 AM
I agree, Fantasmic at Disneyland is NOT TO BE MISSED!. It is different than Hollywood studio and the atmosphere is great as Tom Sawyer Island turns into a special stage. :banana:

BuckeyeGuy28
01-21-2009, 06:19 PM
As an Orlando native, and a once-a-year to Disneyland (a two-week summer trip with the family so a little work gets done in the office on Harbor Blvd.), I have to say that you guys seem a little determined to dump on WDW just because you can't go there that much. Yeah, our Space Mountain sucks, especially compared to the DL one, but we have Rock n Roller Coaster at The Studios. And yeah, the DL Pirates isn't quite as well-done as the WDW one, but our Splash Mountain is much better than yours. And while you may have the Matterhorn, we have Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Sure, we don't have an Indiana Jones RIDE, but we have a fabulous Indy stunt show and the comparable dark ride 'DINOSAUR'. And your sister park, California Adventure, can't really stand up to MK's sisters Epcot, Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Don't ruin it for the people at WDW--the FL park has many great things to be proud of as does the California park:thumbsup2

Lynzer Torte
01-21-2009, 11:33 PM
As an Orlando native, and a once-a-year to Disneyland (a two-week summer trip with the family so a little work gets done in the office on Harbor Blvd.), I have to say that you guys seem a little determined to dump on WDW just because you can't go there that much. Yeah, our Space Mountain sucks, especially compared to the DL one, but we have Rock n Roller Coaster at The Studios. And yeah, the DL Pirates isn't quite as well-done as the WDW one, but our Splash Mountain is much better than yours. And while you may have the Matterhorn, we have Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Sure, we don't have an Indiana Jones RIDE, but we have a fabulous Indy stunt show and the comparable dark ride 'DINOSAUR'. And your sister park, California Adventure, can't really stand up to MK's sisters Epcot, Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Don't ruin it for the people at WDW--the FL park has many great things to be proud of as does the California park:thumbsup2

Isn't the point of this thread to highlight the differences in the parks for those that don't have any clue? :confused3

DLR29
01-22-2009, 10:58 PM
Yes, this thread is not for people who are looking for WDW information. It is for the WDW vet who is wondering what other attractions are at DLR. Nobody on the DLR DISboards is out to discredit WDW. If I may say so, from reading bothe DLR and WDW boards, it's the exact opposite.

Oh, and P.S. Dinosaur comparable to Indy is like saying a Big Mac is comparable to a nice juicy steak. One leaves a bad taste in your mouth, while the other is satisfying.

Beauty & the Best
01-29-2009, 09:22 AM
Yes, this thread is not for people who are looking for WDW information. It is for the WDW vet who is wondering what other attractions are at DLR. Nobody on the DLR DISboards is out to discredit WDW. If I may say so, from reading bothe DLR and WDW boards, it's the exact opposite.

Oh, and P.S. Dinosaur comparable to Indy is like saying a Big Mac is comparable to a nice juicy steak. One leaves a bad taste in your mouth, while the other is satisfying.

Wow, I love Dinosaur!!!

I can see where the OP is coming from about this being a pro DL thread - but hey, you're in the DL part of the disboards.

By reading this thread, it seems that there is a lot to do at DL and I just scratched the surface when I went there 2 years ago!

It makes a lot of sense that DL would have more rides than MK. After all, WDW has 4 parks to spread out in and in California they need to do it all between 2 parks right?

erinbev
01-29-2009, 02:26 PM
Don't ruin it for the people at WDW--the FL park has many great things to be proud of as does the California park:thumbsup2


hehe, I don't think we could "ruin" it for WDW people. ;)

I have been to both parks, since I live on the west coast and have family in FL. As of right now, I prefer DL because of the convenience of only 2 parks and the nostalgia. And I dislike FL weather. But that doesn't mean I'd turn down a WDW trip! Woohoo! There is a lot of fun to be had. :hyper:

Lou-Ann
01-29-2009, 02:28 PM
Each is truly unique, I agree. :goodvibes

The Duchess
02-07-2009, 04:52 PM
Love both DL and WDW. Hoping to get to DL this April...DH may be going to So Cal for Business. Probably not getting to WDW this year with lousy economy...not been in 2 years!:confused3

Is the PBJ Pizza at Goofy's Kitchen at DL available anywhere at WDW?
SOOO yummy.

Ron Nelson
02-17-2009, 09:06 PM
I have a question, our family was in Disneyland back in 2004 and I can remember them having a Snow White theatre type show. We have been to WDW the last couple of years and did not see it there, my question is if they still have that Snow White show around still?

DLR29
02-17-2009, 10:14 PM
I have a question, our family was in Disneyland back in 2004 and I can remember them having a Snow White theatre type show. We have been to WDW the last couple of years and did not see it there, my question is if they still have that Snow White show around still?

Unfortunately the Snow White show was replaced a couple years back with Princess Fantasy Faire. Now it is a walk through meet-n-greet area with many of the princesses. They also used to do a stage show with princesses, but I thought I heard something about it being cancelled recently.

DisDancerina
02-18-2009, 01:19 AM
DL has the Aladdin Musical Spectacular! I would just go there to see that; the genie is PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherwin
02-18-2009, 03:13 AM
As an Orlando native, and a once-a-year to Disneyland (a two-week summer trip with the family so a little work gets done in the office on Harbor Blvd.), I have to say that you guys seem a little determined to dump on WDW just because you can't go there that much. Yeah, our Space Mountain sucks, especially compared to the DL one, but we have Rock n Roller Coaster at The Studios. And yeah, the DL Pirates isn't quite as well-done as the WDW one, but our Splash Mountain is much better than yours. And while you may have the Matterhorn, we have Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Sure, we don't have an Indiana Jones RIDE, but we have a fabulous Indy stunt show and the comparable dark ride 'DINOSAUR'. And your sister park, California Adventure, can't really stand up to MK's sisters Epcot, Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Don't ruin it for the people at WDW--the FL park has many great things to be proud of as does the California park:thumbsup2
Hey, don't think we're all out to get WDW. It's the other way around. Sure, we may have our little moments of DL pride, but seriously, ask anyone who's been to WDW here on the DLR board, and we will all say that WDW is truly just a magical place as well. We all love both places. At the end of the day, we forget about the differences. Went I went to WDW, it was so depressing having to leave.

sunshine1259
02-18-2009, 12:39 PM
I went to WDW for the second time for my honeymoon in 2007. I drug my poor DH all over Fantasyland looking for the Storybook Land Canal Boats. But could not find it. It was only later that I realized that it at DL and not at WDW :rotfl: . I thought it would be very romantic to through the canal and all being that it was our honeymoon. It would be like but not really, riding the gondalas in Italy. It was just too funny. :lmao: Yes, I do have a very vivid imagination.

But I enjoy both WDW and DL. I am just glad that I live close enough to one of them so that I can go as often as I wish.

Newstarr
03-16-2009, 08:46 PM
We just got back from DW and we so missed Disneyland! I guess you don't appriciate what you have until you try something new. The CM's are so much friendlier and the park is so much cleaner in CA. You don't have to deal with transportation and everything is sooo close. And the History just isn't there. I should have saved $4000 and just done Disneyland :sad2:

ArielAdventurer
03-16-2009, 08:52 PM
We just got back from DW and we so missed Disneyland! I guess you don't appriciate what you have until you try something new. The CM's are so much friendlier and the park is so much cleaner in CA. You don't have to deal with transportation and everything is sooo close. And the History just isn't there. I should have saved $4000 and just done Disneyland


We went to WDW in 2006..and..while I thought is was wonderful..it didn't have the same feel for me as DL..I had to go back to DL just to feel like I had been there..lol

Robert TG
03-17-2009, 03:33 AM
I went to WDW for the second time for my honeymoon in 2007. I drug my poor DH all over Fantasyland looking for the Storybook Land Canal Boats. But could not find it. It was only later that I realized that it at DL and not at WDW :rotfl: . I thought it would be very romantic to through the canal and all being that it was our honeymoon. It would be like but not really, riding the gondalas in Italy. It was just too funny. :lmao: Yes, I do have a very vivid imagination.

But I enjoy both WDW and DL. I am just glad that I live close enough to one of them so that I can go as often as I wish.

Here is a picture of Gondalas and Disney. Taken in Tokyo's Disneysea.

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/Robert_TG/DSCN3058.jpg


Very Romantic. To see more picyures of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, here is the link.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1765752

Very Different and all very good.

seashell724
01-25-2013, 05:01 PM
Can anyone summarize Cars Land for a newbie?

HydroGuy
01-25-2013, 05:42 PM
Can anyone summarize Cars Land for a newbie?CarsLand is a full scale replication of Radiator Springs. It has three new rides:

Radiator Springs Racers
Luigi's Flying Tires
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

It has two new dining options and several new shopping venues.

:wizard:

Disney Dreams
01-25-2013, 06:16 PM
CarsLand is a full scale replication of Radiator Springs. It has three new rides:

Radiator Springs Racers
Luigi's Flying Tires
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

It has two new dining options and several new shopping venues.

:wizard:

... and a million little details to wander around and take in for hours, everything from Hidden mocked to tributes to things right out of the movie, along with character meet 'n' greets and entertainment offerings.

- Dreams

sleepydog25
04-27-2014, 10:07 PM
ºoº

Attractions not at WDW, or that are different: The latest comments seem to be well over a year old, so let this experienced WDW traveler take a crack at some of the same attractions you first previewed years ago (sadly, we couldn't get to them all). I last visited DL 25 years ago, and my wife had never been. I had fond memories of the place, and I wasn't disappointed. I've highlighted my comments below in red.

DISNEYLAND

Main Street:
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Walt Disney personally worked on this attraction, and he had a special interest in President Abe Lincoln. The Hall of Presidents is based on it, but this is still worth watching. It was recently refurbished, and uses a new technique with headphones that make the sounds seem like they are right next to you. This attraction is the first one you’ll see (besides the railroad) when you enter Main Street. (NOTE: For the 50th, this attraction has been put away, but it is due to reopen later this year.) Weren't able to fit it into our plans.

Railroad: Although there is a railroad at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, the one at Disneyland is different. It circles the park, and you can see the various lands. It also stops at New Orleans Square, Toontown/Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. After Tomorrowland, you’ll go through a diorama that shows the Grand Canyon and the Primeval World. It takes about 20 minutes to circle the park. It’s also a nice way to get from one land to another. Loved the railroad. It's more of an actual ride unto itself than its counterpart at WDW.

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Adventureland:
Tiki Room: Has the original show I'm not a huge fan at either park, but my wife liked it just as much as the version in WDW. Funniest thing about the attraction was the line for Dole Whips that was way bigger than the line to get into Tiki Room. ;)

The Jungle Cruise: This is set up differently – kind of backwards from the one at WDW, and doesn’t have a temple. The queue is different, is 2-stories on busy days, & has an animatronic hornbill going up the stairs A solid ride, but seemingly a bit shorter at DL.

Tarzan’s Treehouse: Used to be Swiss Family Robinson – worth a visit because it has some interactive features Offers great views of the park so becomes a superb place to take pictures.

Indiana Jones: The ride is almost identical to Dinosaur @ Animal Kingdom; however, due to theme difference, this ride is far superior with fire, etc. This is the best themed queue at Disneyland, with interactive elements that will cause a reaction – push the poles and pull the ropes – even if there is a sign telling you not to. Closed for refurb. :worried:

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New Orleans Square:
There is no New Orleans Square in WDW, so this land is really nice to visit (On the other hand, there is no Liberty Tree Square at DL) Enjoyed some Mickey beignets under a canopy. Only issue was the lackluster directions given by two CMs to find the takeout window for the beignets. "Just around the corner" didn't clarify which corner (lots of construction walls there with no signage). Finally, we asked a third CM who helpfully said, "Keep going around to the right past a set of bathrooms and you'll see the Mint Julep Bar. There."

Pirates of the Caribbean: For one thing, this is set in a New Orleans setting instead of Adventureland, like @ WDW. The queue is better at WDW, but the ride itself is themed so much better at DL Agree that the DL version is superior except for the queue. More details, the sound track is clearer.

Haunted Mansion: This is also different at DL, although personally, I can’t say I like one better than the other – they are just “different” and it is worth riding. We found this slightly weaker than the one in WDW, and that likely has to do with a better queue. Plus, the ride seemed darker. Still, they're are quite similar.


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Critter Country: This whole land is unique to Disneyland

Splash Mountain – This attraction is pretty different than the one @ WDW, and the seats are different in the log. You sit in single file, and each seat has a backrest. I don’t know if one is “better” than the other – The one at WDW seems to follow the storyline better, but the one at DL is also fun to ride. Didn't ride it. We like SM but aren't huge aficianados of the one in WDW due to the "stink." I've heard DL's does not have that aspect, but we just didn't work it into our plans.

Davy Crockett Canoes -They don’t have canoes @ WDW. These are fun to do – everyone has to paddle, but watch out – the person in front of you just might accidentally splash you as you go around Tom Sawyer’s Island. Closed during our stay.

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh This is different than the one at the WDW Magic Kingdom. (From what I hear, the one at WDW is better than this one because the one at DL doesn't "bounce") Didn't ride, and the one in WDW has a relatively new, interactive queue.

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Frontierland:
Pirates Lair (formerly Tom Sawyers Island) This island has been rethemed as an island once overrun by pirates. There are still caves here, though they now have hidden treasure in the cave (reach for the treasure & see a surprise), and you can pump water out of a boat to see treasure, or lift the basket out of the water to see a surprise. The floating and suspended bridges are still here. There are also pirates who sing here at the island. I believe at WDW the theme is still Tom Sawyer, and I heard that there is a snack bar on the island at WDW, but not at DLR. Didn't go there.

Thunder Mountain Railroad is basically the same, but the track runs in the opposite direction (from what I’ve been told). We liked the DL version better, though they are very close in content. We enjoyed the queue better and found the ride every bit as enjoyable. The detail outside the ride is slightly better at WDW, but overall, the fun factor tips to DL on this ride.

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Fantasyland: Almost all of the attractions are different here, as well as the architecture of the whole land.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle: Okay, let’s start with the castle. You will notice as soon as you enter Disneyland that the castle is more “charming” than “awe-inspiring” like the one at WDW Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Castle. This castle has a walk-thru diorama of the story of Sleeping Beauty, which was recently reopened. The scenes are nicely done. When you go through the hall with the goons peer through the windows in the doors - you may see a surprise. There are a couple of shops in the castle, and a very nice Snow Whites grotto to the right of the entrance. There is no restaurant in this castle, and no place to enter it. However you do walk through it and the drawbridge is a real working drawbridge – raised & lowered two times in Disneyland history – on opening day in 1955, and after the Fantasyland refurbishment in the early 80’s (I’m thinking 1982) Charming is one word to use, and certainly one can't beat the history and nostalgia of SB's Castle, but it isn't truly the focal point of the park the way Cindy's Castle is. When it comes time for the requesite castle pictures, Cindy wins hands down.

Peter Pan: A dark ride that is different than the one at WDW, and charming. Guests “fly” in pirate ships through this attraction. (this is a favorite of many guests, including me – the line is almost always too long here, so it's best to visit first thing in the morning Didn't ride.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures: Another dark ride – be sure to touch the brass apple as you enter the attraction, and when you’re standing in Fantasyland, look at the curtained window for a peek at someone staring out … Loved it and all the "dark" rides DL has that WDW doesn't.

King Arthur’s Carousel: This has all horses, each completely different - when you see it, look for Jingles, the lead horse. You can tell who Jingles is by the bells hanging ‘round the neck. Also, Jingles was recently dedicated to Julie Andrews, and if you look at the saddle blanket you will see four figures painted on it to commemorate this dedication. Didn't ride.

It’s a Small World This is the original attraction, brought to Disneyland after the 1964 World’s Fair, where it debuted. WDW now has a similar façade; however, this one is a bit grander. Try to time it so that you’re in front of the attraction at a quarter of hour ( :00, :15, :30, :45) for a little clock show. The ride lasts about 15 minutes. Disney characters were recently added, and it is fun to try & pick them out. I'm one of those in the minority who actually doesn't like IASM, but given that, the one in DL is better due to the Disney characters (though to be fair, some of them look terrible, as if a 5-year old sculpted them--I'm talking about you Woody!), the architecture, and the outdoor loading.



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These are unique to Disneyland:

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: No longer have it at WDW. See Snow White comment.

Pinocchio: All dark rides seem to have a villain, and the one here is Monstruo the whale. All ends well in Gepetto’s little shop Ditto.

Alice in Wonderland: A dark ride like Peter Pan, with a nice ending as the caterpillar you are riding travels down the leaves when you exit the ride Down for refurb.

Matterhorn Bobsleds: First steel coaster built – it’s just a tad rocky. You sit two to a seat in tandem style, and four to a bobsled. There are two sides – the Fantasyland side is a little smoother and slightly longer (by a few seconds), and the Tomorrowland side is faster with a little dip. This is one of my favorites to ride at night There is no counterpart in WDW unless you cheat and include EE (which is a great ride). Jerky, not very fast, and not scary in the least, but it's quintessential Disney for me. And the Abominable Snowmen actually work! (Are you listening, EE?)

Storybook Land Canal Boats: You ride in a boat outside and go through Monstro the whale’s mouth to tour miniature villages of Disney characters (very charming attraction and popular – lines can get quite long) My emotional Achilles' heel. I loved doing this ride back in the day, and it didn't disappoint. . .except the night version. I seem to remember the lights being brighter and more colorful for the night passage, but perhaps that's just an old brain being forgetful. Outside of a couple of dioramas (Aladdin's, Ariel's), it was hard to see anything. Also, one of the lamps on the little island was broken, likely mashed by a giant duck. ;)

Casey Jr Circus Train: Ride in cars or cages on a track outside. As you go up the hill, try & see if you can hear Casey Jr. say “I think I can.” The little train wields its way around the same area that the Storybook Land Canal Boats go on – this is a fun ride. The following is no longer true, but still interesting, I think ~ Here’s something only a few know…During the fireworks show, Tinkerbell flies from the Matterhorn Mountain past the castle. When you are on Casey Jr, you can follow the cable with your eyes, and see the treehouse where she actually lands. It’s hidden in the trees in Frontierland. Didn't ride.

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Toontown: This whole land is nicely set up, and is styled differently than the one at WDW. It gets crowded during the day, and closes in preparation for the fireworks, so time it right when you visit. Early morning or late at night are best. Didn't visit.

Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin: This is a dark ride like Mr. Toad, except you get to spin your car round and round.

Gadget Go-Coaster: This is very similar to Goofy’s Barnstormer

There are other things to do for small children -Donalds Big Boat to explore, as well as Mickey & Minnies houses.

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Tomorrowland
Space Mountain: I like the one @ DL much better – you sit side by side in the cars, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a car that has the music – makes the ride very exciting. During Halloweentime this is transformed to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, so you are racing around space as ghostly aliens are projected throughout. Agree the one at DL is better: smoother, actually plays music, and makes you giggle. The queue isn't as good, but that's a small criticism.


Autopia: This whole ride was redone in 2000, and the track is fun to drive – you even get to go “off-roading” – I definitely recommend this one, too. Even the adults should enjoy it. Also better than at WDW. Landscaping and views are nicer.

Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters: It might be shorter than at WDW, but the cool thing here is that you can lift your blasters for a better aim, and then email your picture home or to a friend. This attraction will also be interactive on the Internet in the beginning of June. Have to disagree. The one at WDW is longer, has more targets, and has a continual fire trigger. We did like the blaster being easier to hold, however.

Finding Nemo Submarine Ride: Since the submarines were removed from WDW, this is definitely unique to DL. For guests who are disabled and cannot get into the submarines, there is a room where you can view the same thing as the submarines - it is the next best thing to being on the ride itself Closed for refurb.

(Star Tours is exactly like the one at MGM Studios, and so is Honey I Shrank the Audience. I think I’ve heard that the queues are better at WDW, though the Star Wars queue at DL is good once you are inside) Have to say that ST is better at WDW--picture quality is sharper, 3D effect more noticeable (we actually sat right in the middle, too). Queue is better, as well.


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DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

Golden State
Soarin’ Over California: I used to say, “There is no other attraction like this one.” But, they have since added it at WDW. You ride in a simulated hand glider over scenes of California landscape while listening to music – very nice. You can also catch whiffs of the orange groves, pine forests, and the sea. If you need motion sickness medicine, then take it for this attraction because you won’t want to miss it Call this one even. Same ride, same smells, same thrills. At one point, you fly through the clouds and fog over the Golden Gate bridge--I don't recall ever seeing that Soarin' in WDW, but the queue their is better and interactive in places.

Grizzly River Run – Similar to Kali River Rapids, but better, from what I have heard. This attraction takes place in the prominent Grizzly Bear Mountain, and you go up the mountain to ride the river down. It ends with a steep drop while your tire spins so you do not know who’s going to get soaked when you hit bottom Closed for refurb.

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Similar, yet different, to the areas where children can run around, go down slides, climb ladders, etc. There is also a storytelling amphitheater here, where you can listen to stories about Brother Bear No go

Tortilla Factory & Boudin Bakery tours: These tours demonstrate how Mission tortillas are made – and you get a sample, and how sourdough bread, which originated in San Francisco, is made – and you get a sample … the bread bowls used for soups and salads at Disneyland Resort are made at this bakery. You can also purchase fresh bread from this area. No go

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Paradise Pier
California Screamin’: This loop rollercoaster is very different from Rockin’ Rollercoaster. It’s smoother, longer, and has only one loop, plus it is outside. My wife likes this better than RnRC; I like RnRC better. In both cases, however, it's a small margin. Loved the outdoor feel to CS, but the gut punch of the RnRC blast-off is slightly better. There is nothing fun about the queue for CS, either, and RnRC wins the music "contest" easily.



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A Bug’s Land Didn't visit.
Various kiddie rides for the 3-6 year old group, themed from It’s a Bug’s Life characters. The Chew Chew Train is pretty popular, and it is cute, with fun smells – watermelon, etc.

It's Tough to Be a Bug is identical to the one at Animal Kingdom, however, there is no awesome Tree of Life here. You may notice, however, that the queue winds around an area that is quite similar to the little isle that the ants live on in the movie.

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Hollywood Pictures Backlot Only did ToT. . .see below.
Animation Station: Different than the one at WDW, and includes an interactive area that is fun to visit. There are five sections, 1) The Courtyard, which is beautifully done. The walls have static and moving scenes that change from one Disney animated feature to another, 2) Drawn to Animation, where the animator interacts with the audience and teaches everyone how to draw a character, 3) Turtle Talk with Crush is pretty much like the attraction at WDW, 4) Small Gallery that showcases the zoetrope - pretty cool demonstration of animation in 3D, and 5) the Sorcerer’s Workshop, which has activities and interactive exhibits in three sections. In the first room, draw your own cartoon character and make it move, then in Beast’s Library see which Disney character you are most like, and finally, in Ursula’s Grotto lend your voice to song or dialogue for different Disney scenes.

Hyperion Theater – Aladdin the Musical – This is a live show in a beautifully done theater with orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony seating. The show itself is very entertaining, lasts about 20 minutes, and really is a must-see.

Tower of Terror - The WDW version is more extensive in that you go across the building in the Twilight Zone. They couldn’t build the same thing at California Adventure, so you immediately enter the Twilight Zone as soon as the elevator doors close. There are some different special effects that give this ride a different experience than the one at Walt Disney World. Another close call, but I have to give the nod to ToT in Hollywood Studios due to the more extensive ride and the slightly better theming in the queue areas.

Monsters Inc - This is a dark ride, along the lines of the Fantasyland dark rides, and fun to go on. The line is usually very short

The rest of the attractions are identical, or extremely similar to the attractions at Walt Disney World. To me, there is no better or best when it comes to the two resorts, WDW and DL. Both have exceptional rides that bring out the kid in us all, and to ever decide not to do either would be a real shame. Though WDW will continue to be our go-to Disney location (we're only a 10-hour drive away), we will always have the fondest memories of our special time at DL, and we hope to get back in a couple of years. :thumbsup2

brucenvicki
07-18-2014, 02:19 PM
Thank you, everyone, for all of this great info. We're long-time WDW visitors making our first trip to Disneyland in two weeks. This is super helpful in prioritizing our mere two days at DL/DCA -- though we're hoping to do everything we can, whether we've done it a zillion times in Orlando or not. Can't wait!!!

July 2014: First trip to Disneyland!
December 2012: Animal Kingdom Lodge
October 2009: Beach Club
June 2009: Saratoga Springs[/COLOR]
2007: Old Key West
2005: Wilderness Lodge Villas
2002, 2003: Off property
1998: Fort Wilderness
1993: off property
Countless visits as a Florida resident pre-1990

sleepydog25
07-18-2014, 04:43 PM
Thank you, everyone, for all of this great info. We're long-time WDW visitors making our first trip to Disneyland in two weeks. This is super helpful in prioritizing our mere two days at DL/DCA -- though we're hoping to do everything we can, whether we've done it a zillion times in Orlando or not. Can't wait!!!You'll have a blast! Just be ready to zip straight to Cars Land at rope drop if you don't want to wait a lo-o-o-ng time. ;)