Known as the happiest places on earth, Disneyland and Disney World hold a special place in the hearts of adults and children alike. Universally known for characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, plus icon rides such as the Spinning Tea Cups and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Disneyland and Disney World are top family holiday destinations. But which one do you visit and are they both the same? Today I’m going to discuss some key differences between Disneyland and Disney World for you.
What Are Disneyland and Disney World?
Florida’s Disney World and LA’s Disneyland are the brainchild of Walt Disney, a cartoon animator and entrepreneur. Disneyland was opening in the 1950’s on the West Coast, with Disney World on the East Coast following a decade later. As theme parks, they offer kids and adults the chance to experience what is promoted as The Happiest Place on Earth. Offering rides, shows, themed areas, character experiences, shopping, dining and even accommodation, they really are a holiday destination in themselves!
But there are however, key differences between Disney World and Disneyland, making one more suitable to visit than the other for some travelers. Let’s take a look into this further.
5 Differences Between Disneyland and Disney World
Besides their physical locations, there are five differences between these two Walt Disney theme parks:
- Size – Disney World is the larger of the two parks, covering 43 square miles and has four theme parks. Disneyland is the smaller, with only 500 acres and two parks.
- Rides – while there are around 20 rides which are the same in each of Disney’s parks. But each one also has some unique rides too. At Disneyland you’ll find the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Mikey’s Fun Wheel. While at Disney World you’ll be able to ride Spaceship Earth and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Castles – Anaheim’s Disneyland is home to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Disney World in Florida has the larger Cinderella’s Castle. Both are amazing castles to explore!
- Travel – walking around Disneyland is much easier, due to it’s smaller size. At Disney World you are able to travel on different complimentary modes of transport around the parks, including a monorail.
- The Disney Bubble – not being able to see or experience the ‘outside world’ is known as the Disney Bubble. While this is hard to do at Disneyland due to it’s small size, when entering Disney World, expect to be in another world altogether!
If you’re thinking about planning a family holiday to Disneyland or Disney World, will you take me with you?! They’re wonderful places for kids of all ages and I’d love to book your travel and accommodation for you. Give me a call or send me a message using my contact page now. Let’s chat!