ºoº 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 youll 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, youll go through a diorama that shows the Grand Canyon and the Primeval World. It takes about 20 minutes to circle the park. Its also a nice way to get from one land to another. ºoº Adventureland: Tiki Room: Has the original show The Jungle Cruise: This is set up differently kind of backwards from the one at WDW, and doesnt have a temple. The queue is different, is 2-stories on busy days, & has an animatronic hornbill going up the stairs Tarzans 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. ºoº 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 cant 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. Youll 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. ºoº 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 dont 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 dont 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 Sawyers 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") ºoº 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 Ive been told). ºoº Fantasyland: Almost all of the attractions are different here, as well as the architecture of the whole land. Sleeping Beautys Castle: Okay, lets 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 Cinderellas 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 80s (Im 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 Whites Scary Adventures: Another dark ride be sure to touch the brass apple as you enter the attraction, and when youre standing in Fantasyland, look at the curtained window for a peek at someone staring out King Arthurs 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. Its a Small World This is the original attraction, brought to Disneyland after the 1964 Worlds Fair, where it debuted. WDW now has a similar façade; however, this one is a bit grander. Try to time it so that youre 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. ºoº These are unique to Disneyland: Mr. Toads 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 Gepettos 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 its 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 whales 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 ~ Heres 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. Its hidden in the trees in Frontierland. ºoº 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 Rabbits 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 Goofys Barnstormer There are other things to do for small children -Donalds Big Boat to explore, as well as Mickey & Minnies houses. ºoº Tomorrowland Space Mountain: I like the one @ DL much better you sit side by side in the cars, and if youre lucky, youll 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 Ive heard that the queues are better at WDW, though the Star Wars queue at DL is good once you are inside) ***** ºoº ***** DISNEYS 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 wont 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 whos 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. ºoº Paradise Pier California Screamin: This loop rollercoaster is very different from Rockin Rollercoaster. Its smoother, longer, and has only one loop, plus it is outside. Various boardwalk type rides: Maliboomer, Mulholland Madness, Mickey Wheel, etc. ºoº A Bugs Land Various kiddie rides for the 3-6 year old group, themed from Its a Bugs 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. ºoº 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 Sorcerers 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 Beasts Library see which Disney character you are most like, and finally, in Ursulas 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 couldnt 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.