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Disneyland is in California and the Magic Kingdom is in Florida… Yes, they are very similar and both full of the Disney magic but they are also very different. We just got home from a mini vacation in Walt Disney World, and had an amazing time! H is 2.5 years old and the perfect age to enjoy all that WDW has to offer.

Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom

Should you visit one if you have seen the other?
Sure, why not, if the occasion arises to get to travel to both of theses Disney parks then for sure do so. Also if your are a Disney fanatic then seeing both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom is a must! However, as a born and raised Southern California girl my heart lies with Disneyland, and I think you get a lot more attractions for your money.

Magic Kingdom Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

The two parks share several attractions, and I think Disneyland’s versions are better. For example both parks have a Small World attraction. The one at Disneyland has the world’s fair facade, where the Magic Kingdoms version looks like any other Fantasyland attraction (you could totally walk right past it)! Pirates of the Caribbean is also better at Disneyland the ride is longer (so more Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me) and feels more realistic.

What you will only see at Disneyland California:

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle

Fantasyland

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Sleeping Beauty Ride
  • Storybookland Canal Boats

Tomorrowland

  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Innoventions
  • Captain EO

Frontierland

  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Fantasmic

Toontown

  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Jolly Trolley
  • Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin

Adventureland

  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Tarzan Treehouse

What you will only see at Magic Kingdom Florida:

Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle

Fantasyland

  • Cinderella Castle
  • Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Goofy’s Barnstormer
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
  • Two Dumbo The Flying Elephant
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (still begin built)

Tomorrowland

  • Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover)

Frontierland

  • Country Bear Jamboree

Adventureland

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

Liberty Square

  • The Hall of Presidents

Another difference between the two parks is the types of visitors. Disneyland has a high percentage of locals who drive in for the day, where the Magic Kingdom attracts mostly tourist who fly in and make Walt Disney World a multi day vacation. Even though the Magic Kingdom is larger making it easier to walk around with a stroller, it does not feel superior to Disneyland. Oh and the Magic Kingdom needs more places in the shade to sit for this pregnant mama.

How many of you have been to both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom parks? Which do you prefer?

Some attractions at Disneyland might not be at Magic Kingdom, but are at another theme park at Walt Disney World. Same for some attractions at Magic Kingdom might be at Disney’s California Adventure. 

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