Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Disneyland: What’s NOT at Walt Disney World?

One of the great Disney debates is which park is better-Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California. I am unable to pick a favorite of the two. Instead, I love to point out what is the same and, first and foremost, what is different between the two parks and let people decide for themselves.

One of the big differences backward and forward parks is the rides offered. Disneyland offers many unique, iconic rides not available at the newer East Coast park. Here are some of the biggest different offerings available at Disneyland that I noticed.

 The Matterhorn Bobsleds. The Matterhorn Bobsleds are some of the top iconic ride featured at Disneyland although not at Walt Disney World. A roller-coaster type ride, the Matterhorn features two similar but different tracks-one from the Fantasyland side of the ride, another on the Tomorrowland side. The Bobslides were the very first roller coaster ride at Disneyland as well as the very first tubular steel roller coaster within the entire world.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The Disneyland castle doesn’t seem as huge as Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom, however it does have one advantage: it's interactive and guests should explore the various rooms and passageways where 3D displays provide life the Sleeping Beauty story.

Autopia. Although like the Indy speedway, Autopia offers a wider number of cars and longer track. And don’t forget your official Autopia drivers’ license!

California Screamin’. Found at Disney’s California Adventure, California Screamin should look like an early twentieth century coaster. It holds on the mile and and 1/8 of track and twists around other attractions in Paradise Pier.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel. This was one of the most fun, whole family ride we did at Disneyland. It may seem like an ordinary Ferris wheel, but being at Disney causes it to be magical. There are 8 traditional gondolas for guests to ride in, or choose one of the 16 non-mounted cars that slide across the track. (We chose those also it was quite interesting.)

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. With mountain climbing walls, rope bridges, and slides, el born area is designed to let kids explore and produce their Wilderness Explorer Badge like Russell in Disney Pixar’s Up. It's a very welcome break for moms and dads, too, as you can sit back watching your kids explore. Our kids loved el born area. Once you complete the tasks and produce your badges, you can join Russell for that Ahwahnee Camp Circle ceremony.

Come july 1st, Disneyland will also get a whole new area not available at Disney World-Cars Land!!! Rides with this land are now featured around the Disneyland website so you can see exactly what the ride is like and height requirements, etc.

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