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Disneyland or Disney World – What’s the Difference?

by on February 5, 2015

Disneyland or Disney WorldDisneyland or Walt Disney World? This has long been a debate among Disney theme park enthusiasts. I have been visiting both the California original and its flashy Florida cousin my entire life, and I love both destinations for different reasons. It is hard to pick a favorite, because both Disneyland and Disney World have unique and wonderful experiences to offer. Of course, you will find lots of opinions all over the internet about which resort is better. Disney fans are a loyal bunch, and we will defend the love of our favorite Disney destination with great passion. I recently wrote a book called “A Tale of Two Resorts” that attempts to answer this age-old question of whether Disneyland or Disney World is better by comparing both destinations in several areas. Please join me in this four part series where we will look at Disneyland and Disney World side-by-side to compare them. We’ll start with size and scope, atmosphere, and weather.

Magic KindomResort Size and Scope

Disneyland Resort is approximately 500 acres (0.78 square miles) located in the city of Anaheim in the heart of southern California. The resort itself is a sanctuary surrounded on all sides by busy streets, hotels, shops and restaurants. To put that in perspective, imagine the feel of Central Park in New York City and you’ll have a little bit of a sense of what Disneyland Resort is like. The resort includes two theme parks, three Disney hotels, dozens of restaurants, and a shopping and entertainment district. The two theme parks, Disneyland and California Adventure, sit directly across from each on either side of the esplanade, requiring about a five minute walk from entrance to entrance.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 25 to 31, 2015

by on February 3, 2015

Last week our Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted each day exactly right until Friday and Saturday arrived when we saw a spike in wait times at both parks. Saturday was particularly busy at Disney California Adventure, a level ‘8’ on our scale which is very high for a Saturday in January. It appears that the closure of Condor Flats (which includes Soarin’ Over California and Grizzly River Run) may be pushing guests towards Tower of Terror and California Screamin’ more than usual on weekends.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – January 18 to 24, 2015

by on January 27, 2015

Our predictions did remarkably well last week, matching what we saw on Sunday through Martin Luther King Jr. Day and into the rest of the week. Sunday’s crowd was a little higher than expected but the dropoff in crowd after the holiday Monday happened exactly as our Crowd Calendar predicted. The closure of Condor Flats continues to increase wait times at some other Disney California Adventure attractions but the effect seems true on weekends only. Saturday saw a park level ‘7’ at that park, our only miss of the week by more than two levels (we predicted ‘4’).

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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5 Outdated Disneyland Tips and Tricks to Avoid

by on January 21, 2015

My mother always told me to not believe everything you hear. This is definitely true when it comes to things you find on the internet. Searching for an answer to any of your questions on the web will take only seconds but is it the correct answer? Is that answer up to date? That is the thing about looking for information on the internet, once you find an answer to your question, you always have to double and triple check to make sure that it is the correct one. The same thing goes for looking for tips and tricks for Disneyland.

If you search up “Disneyland tips and tricks” on any search engine, you will discover hundreds of different lists and suggestions on the subject. Now, are all these tips and tricks you just discovered true, out of date, or just plain false? Well, I am here to help you weed through the five most popular outdated and false tips that I have seen around the web. These five tips come up frequently, and I wanted to set the record straight so that all of you know which tips are simply fools gold.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 11 to 17, 2015

by on January 20, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Parks were most crowded on Friday and Saturday, least crowded on Sunday and Thursday and moderate in between. Our predictions did well, missing by no more than one level at Disneyland Park each day. As expected, Saturday’s crowds were higher than usual thanks to the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report – January 4 to 10, 2015

by on January 13, 2015

Our wait times models seemed to predict that Christmas crowds would fade by Tuesday but it appears that may have been a day too soon. We saw crowd levels stay in the upper levels of our scale until Wednesday, January 7.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disney California Adventure’s Condor Flats Is Being Re-themed to be a Part of Grizzly Peak

by on January 8, 2015

IMG_3203Condor Flats is a land in Disney California Adventure. Correction, it was a land. Yesterday the land’s flagship (and only) ride, Soarin’ Over California closed for a five month refurbishment. With Soarin’ closed Disney has closed the entire land for refurbishment and re-themeing. Construction walls around the land have revealed that Condor Flats’ new identity  is “Grizzly Peak Airfield,” which means Soarin’ Over California, Taste Pilots’ Grill and the Fly ‘n’ Buy store will all be a part of Grizzly Peak.

Let’s recap, Condor Flats is history, Disney California Adventure now has one less land (7 instead of 8), and Grizzly Peak now has 2 rides instead of 1.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015

by on January 6, 2015

Last week Disneyland Resort hosted its largest crowds of the year, as expected. Disneyland Park filled to capacity almost every day and Disney California Adventure saw its highest wait times of the year.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – December 21 to 27, 2014

by on December 30, 2014

Last week our resort level predictions matched what we saw every day, that is why we don’t see a blue line on the Overall Crowd Level Chart. Our park level predictions hit the mark most days as well with none missing by more than one index level. Both parks saw days with average wait times that hit a level ’10’ on our scale.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – December 14 to 20, 2014

by on December 23, 2014

Our predictions hit the mark almost exactly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week and Saturday was the only significant surprise. Disneyland continues to be more crowded than normal on Saturdays this fall.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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