Vacation Time, and another Idea where to go! DISNEY!!!
So, what's the difference between Disneyland and DisneyWorld?
NOTHING.........and........QUITE A BIT!
They both have some of the same rides, yet both have some extreme, extreme differences from each other.
First off, consider where you live and your budget. If you’re on the west coast, then obviously traveling to Disneyland will be a bit easier on the pocket book. If you’re on the East coast, or southeast, then DisneyWorld is within reach. And obviously if you’re in the Midwest, like say Kansas, it’s about equal distance to either. But, also consider what you want from your visit to Disney, because each of them offer different things. So, let's see what is where, and then you can do a little more research on your own and decide where you're going (if you choose Disney, that is).
So, Disneyland: It’s been around for a very long time, official opening July 17, 1955 to a lot of fanfair and in the middle of Los Angeles Orange groves. At least the orange groves were there for awhile. But not long. Once Disneyland took off, motels started buying up adjacent properties and before long totally surrounded Disneyland. And over the years Disneyland has grown, and grown, reinventing itself continually. In the past couple of decades alone they have added the California Adventure (ever try soaring over California….what a trip! Absolutely one of the best rides I’ve ever been on.) Lands have come and gone, and Disneyland continued to reinvent itself, becoming better and better. At Christmas the Haunted House changes from old southern ghosts and ghouls to Jack Skellington and his ghoully crew.
And you can’t beat Pirates of the Carribean…(watch for Captain Jack) the ride is fantastic, and at the end you float smack into the middle of a dark, firefly lit bayou. (And that nice looking southern mansion in the bayou with a gorgeous patio under moss draped oak trees..., that’s The Blue Bayou restaurant..but if you want to eat there, and I highly recommend it…you need to get to the door in the morning asap and make reservations. Otherwise, forget it. It’s that popular!)
And don’t spend all your eating time in the park. No, no, no. Get yourself to the upscale “downtown Disney”, and fine some very fine dining options, along with some high scale stores. Don’t miss this little hidden treasure.
Okay, now, Disney World and Epcot. How about that Disneyworld is….like five gazillion times larger than Disneyland? That you need to take a Disney bus to get from one land to the next? That a public road runs right through the middle of the "lands". That it can take you all day, or longer, just to get through ONE land? That World has lands that Disneyland doesn’t have?
And the DisneyWorld hotels. They are worlds in themselves. Each hotel is actually in a different land and represents that land. There are carribean style cabins, southern mansions, bayou plantation homes, French quarter hotels, modernistic hotels, Victorian hotels, beach side hotels……and on and on. You’ll have a hard time choosing which one to stay in. Oh, and each hotel “world” has its own restaurants and gift stores too. There are bicycle rentals so that you can explore your hotel “world”, there are boats to rent so that you can peddle down the canals. And pools, pools, pools. You can find cheaper accommodations outside of the park, but if you want a truly unique and thrilling vacation, stay at a DisneyWorld hotel….it’s an experience you’ll remember for a very, very long time. And, by staying in a Disney hotel, you don’t have to drive into the park everyday, or count on a hotel having a shuttle and having to catch it at certain times. DisneyWorld hotels have the Disney buses constantly taking you from one park to the next. Whichever Park/Land you want. So convenient. And the lands? There’s the Hollywood Studios….with studio backlot tours, Indiana Jones Stuntshow, crashes, explosions, roaring cars......the American Idol Experience, and rollercoasters galore, then there is Guardians of the Galaxy (which used to be the Hollywood Tower Hotel of Terror). The Magic Kingdom, with the ever famous castle, the Sea Journey of Little mermaid, and, and, and……….
Oh, and…… Haven’t been to Animal Kingdom Safari? Oh my, you have not had a true animal adventure then. You ride on a huge truck, just like the ones they use for safaris in Africa. Thru jungles, hills, around huge mountainous outcroppings, over rivers and bridges…..and everywhere you look there are animals, exotic, beautiful animals……and they are all REAL and FREE. They are not behind nets are in cages, they are…I repeat….FREE. As they should be. 1700 plus animals, 250 plus species on 500 plus acres. It is one of the most magnificient, fun, exciting “rides” I have ever been on. And I did it three time in a row. Lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, gators, tiny, tiny deers, zebras, ostriches and so, so many more. Absolutely fascinating. And the largest animal themed park in the world.
Then, if you can tear yourself away from the Animal Kingdom, and all the other fascinating lands and rides at DisneyWorld, get on over to Epcot Center. (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). That’s what Epcot stands for. It has some really fun rides, and a lot of great shops and restaurants. And all from different countries. They have France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, America, and so many more I can’t even list them all. And each has gift shops and restaurants unique to them. Anyway, there is so much more about both Disneyland and DisneyWorld. But this I will recommend……if you haven’t been…….GO! To either one.
Your kids will love it, and you will love it! It’s a vacation to take with your kids that you’ll all remember forever. But……(this is a whisper) you don’t need kids to enjoy Disney. Doesn’t matter how old you are….5, 10, 15, 35, 45, 60 or 80……GO……you will have the time of your life! And remember to tell yourself: