You love Disney, right?
But have you really experienced Disney on both coasts?
Walt Disney World in Florida is HUGE and so magical, but Disneyland Resort in California is the original and a MUST do experience full of Walt’s footsteps--- and so much of the true history of Disney!
Things that I love about experiencing Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks in California:
Proximity: 2 parks - Disneyland and California Adventure - plus Downtown Disney are all within a walkable distance, which makes it perfect for multigenerational trips! Less walking and distance required!
Onsite hotels: There are just 3 onsite hotels at Disneyland, but there are 49 good neighbor hotels that are also very close by and many are even within walking distance of the parks!
Park hopping: EASY peasy - you can walk from the entry of Disneyland to California Adventure within a few minutes.
Less upfront planning: For the California parks and resorts, dining reservations take place 60 days or less, prior to the day you want to dine. In Florida, this time frame starts 180 days before the day you hope to dine.
Fastpasses: Grab an available time when you arrive to the park either through the Disneyland App with MAXPASS (a paid service) or when you arrive to the Fastpass kiosks. While at WDW you can get them up to 60 days in advance, everyone has an equal change of snagging a Fastpass for rides like the Matterhorn on the day they're in the parks! There is no pre planning like at WDW (though you should have in mind which rides you hope to Fastpass).
Weather: California Sun is wonderful! California is a more dry and desert like environment, which means MUCH less humidity than in Florida - the summer heat is not as extreme
Food: I really like the California food! Since the parks are a smaller scale - the difference is seen in the food!
Holidays: There are fabulous overlays on certain rides, like Small World, Rollic Hauloween, Junkyard Jamboree, Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion!
Exclusive to Disneyland: If you want to catch a ride on the Matterhorn and Indiana Jones you'll have to head to California! ToonTown is also still in California, while it has been closed in Florida since 2011!
Exclusive to Disney’s California Adventure Park: Guardians of the Galaxy, Cars Land - Radiator Racers, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Incredicoaster---too many to list!
SO much more can be explained about Disneyland and California differences by your On The Road Travel magic planner!
***One of our favorite family trips was our trip to California, last year! We were able to fly into San Francisco, experience Big Sur, Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, visit the USS Iowa AND still have a few days at Disneyland Resort before flying home from John Wayne airport! It is small and perfect for families with little kids! Did I mention it is close to Disneyland, too? No long commute to a big airport!
Next time we head to California for some Disneyland Resort time---we will mix San Diego in! There is a lovely Amtrak ride to experience about 2 hours on the train and it is full of coastal views! That can be part of a Disney Travel Company package! San Diego and Disney!
It is a win-win!
Don’t forget! Star Wars Land is debuting in California FIRST! It is set for Summer 2019!