Disneylander who wants to visit wdw

Discussion in 'Welcome to the DIS' started by Lorena Lara, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Lorena Lara

    Lorena Lara Earning My Ears

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    hi, i am a lifelong disneylander living in long beach, CA. i've pretty much visited it every year, although i have a desire to visit wdw. could someone tell me what it's like visiting wdw as a californian or just anyone who has been to both parks could tell me what its like going to both? i want to know what to expect and what the experience and atmosphere is like? thanks!

    Lorena
     
  2. gypsy_at_heart

    gypsy_at_heart Mouseketeer

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    I am a long time DL goer and have started visiting WDW in the past few years.

    1. It's huge. HUGE.
    2. I was sweating like crazy in October.
    3. I find it oddly cheaper than DL. For me, from Vancouver, Anaheim is obviously closer but flights are actually often cheaper and the WDW hotels seem to have more selection and better deals.
    4. You need to do a little planning. Online Fastpasses for some rides are necessary - depending on the day, waits can be very very high for some rides. And if you want to eat at be our guest (beauty and the beast restaurant), you really need to plan ahead.
    5. I have a great time. It's not as cozy as DL, and I struggle with the weather at times, but I'm very much a west coast native lol. I love Epcot and Animal Kingdom, both which are unique to WDW and I think very much worth a visit.

    Hope that helps! :)
     
  3. JLoinDisney

    JLoinDisney Eat all the caramel apples...

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    Yea my first immediate thought is... ITS HUGE too! hahaha also the quick service is a bit better over at Disneyland. I would say its like trying to compare two different creatures. My sister and I (both from and live in Mass) are split. I personally love WDW (I like Disneyland too but if given the choice Im going with world) and she is in love with Disneyland. She likes that its a bit more manageable and not as overwhelming. But i would say try out WDW and see how it goes! you'll have fun!
     
  4. longboard55

    longboard55 DIS Veteran

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    We are DL season aps and go to WDW one a year. WDW is pretty amazing, but it is a very different experience. The key is to stay long enough to do most things, including water parks and Disney springs, but schedule so you do not kill yourself. I would suggest at least a week, ticket prices are like $10 a day after 4 days. Also be sure to stay on a Disney property. If you go for a two or three day trip like people do at DL, you will hate it.
     

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