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The Disneyland Difference – A Walk in the Park!

Like most people living on the East Coast I’ve visited Walt Disney World in Florida… um, several times…ok, more like a dozen and a half times. I’ve done the 18+ hour drive more often than the 2 hour flight, but I’m crazy like that. I can’t get enough of those four glorious theme parks, two outstanding water parks, enormous Downtown Disney area, and perhaps best of all the amazing variety of resorts – none of them ever a disappointment!

I’m different than many of my fellow Disney nuts from the I-95 corridor in that I’ve been to Disneyland Resort in California a bunch of times as well, thanks mostly to my sister who lives just about an hour away from Anaheim. Going regularly to the two Disney Resorts in the USA has opened my eyes to both the big and little differences between these two parks. Plenty of debates have been made of which is better, but really they are just different. In this series I’ll highlight some of the things I love about Disneyland that are different than Walt Disney World.

Downtown Disney

The biggest and best thing that Disneyland has over Walt Disney World is the fact that everything is close together. Walt Disney himself lamented how disappointing it was to have such limited space and made very sure the “Florida Project” did not have that problem. But where Mr. Disney found frustration many guests, myself included, are delighted. Why? Because it’s so EASY! Easy to walk (yes, folks walk) from one park to another and to Downtown Disney… and usually your resort. A short walk gets you from Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland to Buena Vista Street in Disney’s California Adventure. Park Hopping could not be easier than it is in California.

Buena Vista Street

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Contemporary or Bay Lake Towers and were able to take the 10-minute path to the Magic Kingdom? Or stayed in the Boardwalk area and walked to Epcot? You wouldn’t believe how amazingly easy it feels to get around everywhere by foot in Disneyland! This is especially true for those of us who have done these trips with small children and strollers. No busses to fold the strollers up and a short walk from the park to your hotel room makes naptime a breeze to keep… as long as you can pull yourself away from the fun!

Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are beloved to me and I’m glad I don’t have to select just one to go to. We have another family trip to Disneyland planned for this December and will be back to Walt Disney World a few months after that. Now if I can just get my other sister to move near Disneyland Paris or Tokyo Disneyland…

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Donna Rossi
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