Disneyworld vs Disneyland


This is the age-old question for many people and families. When planning a vacation, it can be initially difficult to even decide which place to invest your money. These two places have similarities, but are different experiences and stand out on their own.

I have been blessed to be able to experience both parks multiple times and I am currently a season pass holder at Disneyland. My first experience of Disneyland was when I was 16 on a family vacation. It was a blast and a whirlwind trip! I have been back with a group of friends and have multiple times with my husband and kids. Disneyland is a place that our family to have a getaway for the day.

I first visited Disneyworld on a trip with my husband. At the time, we were dating and this is the trip he purposed to me. Obviously this trip was truly magical and I will talk about in a future blog post. I have also been for part of my honeymoon and a family trip with kids and my in-laws. My husband and I are craving to go back.

The first thing to note is that they both have some of the same rides on the outside, but the ride is different at each park. Your experience of the ride will be different. For example, both Disneyworld and Disneyland have It’s a Small World, but they are not the same ride at each park. You will see different dolls on each ride and the boat ride itself is different. The Disneyland ride seems longer than it’s Disneyworld counterpart.

Disneyland has two different parks, the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure. Typically, the Magic Kingdom has a bigger crowd than California Adventure. They have lots of great rides and shows for kids, but also have some thrill rides for the adults. Currently, the Magic Kingdom does have construction happening for the new Star Wars portion of their park, however, you won’t notice much of this because they have it sectioned off nicely and it doesn’t affect how big the walkways are in the park. The staff and characters do an amazing job at making each experience unique. This trip is great for a quick weekend getaway or when you have a week off and can fully explore each park. There are many hotels located across the street and Disneyland has two hotels of their own. The only downside to the Disneyland hotels is that they can be quite expensive.

Disneyword is much larger than Disneyland and has more parks to visit. These parks include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and their two water parks. Each park includes their own set of restaurants, shows, rides, and characters. You can really spend more than one day at each park. The amazing part about planning a Disneyworld vacation is that you can make the package all inclusive. You can stay at a hotel that is on-site and includes transportation to each park. They also have enough hotels to fit a wide variety of price ranges. These all-inclusive packages can include a food package as well. This can make it much easier to budget for your trip. Disneyworld also has rides that Disneyland does not have, making this a very unique experience. I would suggest Disneyworld when you want to take a long vacation. My husband and I spend 7 days at Disneyworld and still did not see or experience everything! If your family wants to take a long vacation, this is the route I would suggest.

So which park to I prefer? Both 🙂 I like each place for different reasons. Where you go is dependent on how much time you want to take off and experience each park. If you haven’t experience either park, I would also experience Disneyland first because it is smaller and it is natural to compare the two. This way you won’t be disappointed by how small Disneyland is compared to Disneyworld. They are both amazing and I enjoy my visits to each of them. I will have future blog posts on each park because this post is just a slight overview on the parks.

Please comment below on what your favorite parts of these parks are and let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Until next time…