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Brian Bennett

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Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland


Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip


Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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A Disneyland / WDW Comparison

I include the following simply as a reminder to the WDW veterans that are planning a trip to Disneyland to remember that there are some strong differences between the two resorts.  Although other websites do a much more thorough job of comparing them, I thought that a quick summary would be valuable here.


Main Street

Main Street Cinema

The cinema at WDW has been turned into a plush store, so here's your only chance to see what this attraction used to be.

Disneyland Railroad

The Grand Canyon and Primeval World diorama's are located between Tomorrowland and Main Street, if you want to see the remnants of Ford Motor Company's 1964 World's Fair attraction.  WDW doesn't have those features, but it's not a big deal

Main Street Vehicles

Very much like the WDW counterparts.

The Walt Disney Story and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

This attraction is somewhat like an abbreviated version of WDW's Hall of Presidents and the American Adventure put together.  It's similar, but not quite the same.


Enchanted Tiki Room

Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room is still playing the original from the 1960's.  WDW's, of course, is "Under New Management". 

Jungle Cruise

WDW's version has better audio-animatronics than the Disneyland version, and includes a ride through a far-Eastern temple. On the other hand, Disneyland's queue area is far and away the better of the two.  Otherwise, the two are very similar.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye

There is nothing like this in WDW.  The same ride system is used for Dinosaur, at Animal Kingdom, but the themeing here is unique to all of Disneydom.

Tarzan's Treehouse

Very much like WDW's Swiss Family Robinson, but twisted toward the newer Disney flick.

New Orleans Square

Pirates of the Caribbean

Since this this is a much longer, and more detailed ride in Disneyland, don't you dare miss it. Even if you've ridden countless times in Florida.

The Haunted Mansion

The Disneyland version has effects that are a tad bit better than the Florida counterparts, but the two rides are essentially the same.

Frontierland / Critter Country

Here's a list of Frontierland & Critter Country attractions that are much the same in both WDW and Disneyland:

  • Tom Sawyer Island

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Mark Twain Riverboat

  • Splash Mountain


There is no counterpart to Columbia in Florida, but even so, the ride is very much the same as the Mark Twain and Liberty Belle.

Davy Crocket Explorer Canoes

The canoes don't run the river in Florida anymore.  Catch them here if you'd like.

Country Bear Playhouse

Disneyland's playhouse is playing the vacation hoedown.  WDW's plays the original version.

Mickey's Toontown

On a time budget? spend some time here anyway...especially if you've seen Toontown Fair in Florida. This place will let you see what WDW should have done to Mickey's Birthdayland / Starland / Toontown Fair. 

Gadget's Go-Coaster

This ride is much like Goofy's Barnstormer in Florida.

Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin

This one isn't in Florida at all.

Toontown Trolley



Here's a list of Fantasyland attractions that don't exist in Florida.

  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds

  • Storybookland Canal Boats

  • Casey Jr. Circus Train

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle is smaller and less obtrusive than Cinderella's chateau in Florida. However, the Disneyland citadel has something that the Magic Kingdom's does not -- a walk-though diorama telling the story of the heroine's experience with the spinning wheel. It's a lovely walk, made all the more wonderful due to the fact that adding the walk-though was Walt Disney's own idea.

Here's a list of Fantasyland attractions that are much the same in both WDW and Disneyland:

  • Peter Pan's Flight

  • Mad Tea Party

  • It's A Small World

  • Dumbo

  • Carousel

  • Snow White's Adventures


Here's a list of Tomorrowland attractions that are much the same in both WDW and Disneyland:

  • Space Mountain

  • Autopia

  • Star Tours

  • Monorail

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience

  • Astro Orbiter


This is a takeoff of the Innoventions areas at Epcot, but much less extensive.

Rocket Rods

The old people mover was replaced with this high-speed attraction.  It's faster than WDW's Tomorrowland Transit Authority, but not worth the wait that is usually built up.

California Adventure

Hollywood Boulevard

In what some folks believe is the heart of California Adventure, the Hollywood Boulevard area provides three attractions that are classic Disney.

Muppet Vision 3-D

Very much like it's WDW counterpart.

Disney Animation

Very much like it's WDW counterpart, but the presentation, interactive displays, and demonstrations make this slightly better.

Hyperion Theatre

The shows here are unique to the Disneyland Resort.

The Backlot

Backlot Stage

The shows here are unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Superstar Limo

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Condor Flats

Soarin' Over California

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Grizzly Peak Recreation Area

Grizzly River Run

Very similar to Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids attraction, but with California "scenery" and themeing.

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Bountiful Valley

Bountiful Valley Farm

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

It's Tough to be a Bug

Very much like it's WDW counterpart.

Pacific Wharf

The Boudin Bakery

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Mission Tortilla Factory

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Golden Vine Winery

Season of the Vine

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

The Bay Area

Golden Dreams

Unique to the Disneyland Resort.

Paradise Pier

The following Paradise Pier attractions are all unique to the Disneyland Resort.

  • California Screamin'

  • Sun Wheel

  • Orange Stinger

  • Mulholland Madness

  • Jumpin' Jellyfish

  • Maliboomer

  • Golden Zephyr

SS Rustworthy

This is much like Donald's Boat at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

King Triton's Carousel

This aquatic-themed carousel is much like the one at WDW's Magic Kingdom, but the theme is unique.


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