Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando may share certain attractions but they're very different destinations. After the success of Disneyland in the 1950's, Walt Disney knew he wanted a vast area for his "Florida project", and Mickey's kingdom there has 43 square miles
, compared to 300 acres in Anaheim California. Built (so far) are four giant theme parks, two water parks, 23 themed resorts, and five golf courses. The Animal Kingdom theme park alone has 500 acres.
So does that mean that Disney World fans shouldn't visit Disneyland? Not at all, and here are some reasons:
- Certain attractions and zones are unique to Disneyland
- Disneyland is a manageable size and the theme parks and resorts are all within walking distance
- Visitors can have time to explore more in Anaheim
- Disneyland is the original and has the only theme park in which Walt Disney actually walked
It's also fun to compare the Disneyland Park with the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, which was modeled on the California original.