Disneyland VS. Disney World

Often Disneyland and Disney World are used interchangeably but they do refer to two distinctly different parks on opposite ends of the USA. Luckily, Hancock International ESL students get to experience the original and the better of the two (in my humble opinion) as Hancock is located just miles away from Disneyland. Although if you international students have time it is great to experience them both! The following article by Christine Dayao highlights some of the differences between the two parks.

Ms. Dayao says, “The most obvious difference between the resorts is their size. Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, covers 43 square miles [111 square KM] — that’s about twice the size of Manhattan or roughly the size of San Francisco. It’s home to four theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The icon of Walt Disney World is Cinderella Castle.

Disneyland: Located in Anaheim, California, this resort is much smaller, sitting on about 500 acres [2 square KM]. It’s home to two parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and its centerpiece is Sleeping Beauty Castle.”

Meaning that Disneyland is much more condensed, which is why I like it better as there is less walking.

The rides can vary as Dayao further explains, “There are about 20 attractions that you’ll find on both coasts, including Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean. However, there are some variations on both coasts and each resort has a number of rides that are exclusive to that location.

Walt Disney World: Some of the one-of-a-kind rides here include Spaceship Earth, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Disneyland: You’ll only find the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Radiator Springs Racers here. (In 2017, look for the re-theming of the Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure — it’ll turn into Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout.)”

And yes they did change the Twilight Zone themed tower to Guardians of the Galaxy. My recommendations are Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Splash Mountain, and Thunder Mountain! Check out Christine Dayao’s full article using the URL below!

Full Article: https://www.shermanstravel.com/advice/8-major-differences-between-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland

Idiom of the Day


Meaning: literally meaning to win, but it can also mean exhausted.

Example: Whew! I’m beat from walking all day at Disneyland!