Disneyworld or Disneyland? - Need advice please

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 4:18 PM

Looks like your topic is getting out af hand. Lets try to get it BACK.

Personally, I'd go to WDW in FLA. Why? Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida are essentialy the same atmosphere. Other than a few rides being different (at DL the Pirates of the Caribbean is quite a bit longer) they offer the same experience. The Animal Kingdom is (at least for the time being) geared for younger kids with the Camp Minnie-Mickey area, and the Dinoland USA area. That and there are a few shows. You can pick out what you want to do in 4 days. Spend one whole day in the MK, and maybe half days at both MGM and AK, and then one day at IOA. There is stuff for kids to do at IOA in the Seuss Landing area as well as in the Cartoon land.

Stay away from Epcot. Don't get me wrong, I love the place, but kids DO NOT. If you want to go just go for a few hours.

I think WDW comes in under the Coaster count over DL, but IOA should make up for it.

Hope that helps!

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:36 PM
If time is a constraint, then spend a few days. It is like the greatest hits of WDW. And DCA is new, but it will be worth it.

You have to look at this trip in this perspective: You don't have enough time or money at this time to do a 6-7 day Floriday romp, so SoCal is calling your name. Hell, if Disney promoted the California Parks like this, more first time visitors may make the journey west.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:58 AM
Peabody - I've been to WDW and Epcot (in the '80's), and my wife's been to DL and and KBF (early '90's). Neither of us have been to IOA.

Agent Johnson - While the having enough money isn't a problem, getting value for it is. Obviously my son is just along in tow, so I'm trying to gear the decision on what my daughter will get out of the experience.

Based on my '80's visits, I wouldn't even bother dragging 'em into Epcot. Based on what I've seen online, I'm not sure they'd get much out of MGM either. What do you all think of DCA as would be experienced by a 3-year-old? Is there much to do, or would she get bored quickly?

Also remember that there's no way I can power a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old through four or five consecutive 12 hour days at a park. It's gotta be one or two, take a day to chill out (and nap), and then maybe hit another day or two.

Thanks for all of the advice.....

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:09 AM
I'd do Orlando, get a hopper, and take the busses. Go to MGM, hit TOT and RnR and leave. :) (Maybe do the Muppets 4D for the kids)

Go to Animal Kingdom, take the kids to the fun new dino part and get the coaster for you! Also, be sure to ride Dinosaur! (I was blown away by it when it opened as Countdown to Extinction) and It's Tough to be a Bug, the kids would dig that as well

.........and if you really feel like it, you could go to Epcot and ride Test track or something. If you do it right, you might be able to do that in a day! (Especially without Epcot)

That leaves all the time in the world to do the Magic Kingdom at your leasure. Yes, it doesn't have Indy, but I love Alien Encounter! :) Then, spend a good solid day at IOA, and maybe USF. (I Love Twister, MIB, etc.)

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:45 AM
Well, having been to both DisneyLand and Magic Kingdom, I'd have to say that SoCal wins out. Besides the facts that DL has Matterhorn, Mr. Toad, and Indy (which MK does not), IMO, DL has more of the intangible "Disney Magic" than MK. So for me, I'd pick DL/DCA over any two-park combo of the four WDW parks.

And on the side trip note, why would you pass up the one option that gives an opportunity for (alleged) good wood (KBF & GhostRider)?

lata, jeremy

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 9:50 AM
Other than Flik's Fun Faire and a few other attractions there is not much for a 3-yr-old to do at DCA. She probably would really enjoy the Little Mermaid-themed restaurant overlooking the lake. However DCA does not require much more than a 1/2 day anyway and with a park hopper pass you can always return to Disneyland.

Both your kids should enjoy Adventure City, which is just down the street from Knotts, and if you haven't been to the park there's two credits waiting for you. They offer discounts to ACE members, too.


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