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Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom: Which Is the Best Disney Park

Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom: Which Is the Best Disney Park

Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom: n our household it’s a bit controversial… We love visiting the Disney Parks with our kids, and after doing Disneyland no fewer than five times with the boys and having visited Walt Disney World a few times, we have educated opinions. We knew the Magic Kingdom would be different from Disneyland, but didn’t fully understand how different until we were there in person. Now after a few trips, we enjoy both, but do have a favorite between the Florida and California parks.

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Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom - what's the similar, which has better attractions, food, and overall better experiences. We break down our favorite elements of the Disney Parks which are ALL OPEN NOW.

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Give a listen, and be sure to check out our full articles about Disneyland and Walt Disney World:

Scholarly comparison of Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom

And now we dish! What do we like more in Disneyland vs in Magic Kingdom? Where is Magic Kingdom the clear winner? Give a listen and see who you agree with more!!

In this episode…

1:20 – Chris’s favorite treat in BOTH parks: Dole Whips – and you can get them at the Dole Plantation on Oahu too

2:20 – Rob’s favorite sight in both parks:  Main Street USA

3:00 – Adventureland breakdown – what we love and why, and Chris gets nostalgic

Taylor Family on Jungle Cruise Adventureland Disneyland 2

5:30 – Best Adventureland things to do in Magic Kingdom

6:55 – Independence Square, Magic Kingdom – Muppets to watch for

7:45 – Haunted Mansion – Disneyland wins for being cooler than the Walt Disney World attraction. The Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay is the best!

Haunted Mansion Holiday New Orleans Square Disneyland 1

9:20 – Top pick for Magic Kingdom attraction:  Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train – great article about best attractions in Magic Kingdom here!

10:40 – Top pick for Disneyland attraction:  Space Mountain – full comparison between Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom vs Disneyland Paris

12:25 – Splash Mountain in Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom – WDW is more chill for kids, but Disneyland is the original

Taylor Family on Splash Mountain Critter Country Disneyland 1

14:00 – Big Thunder Mountain comparison – Magic Kingdom for sure is the winner

14:45 – Best attraction in Disneyland NOT in Magic Kingdom:  Finding Nemo Submarines – yes, there is a version in EPCOT but it’s not as good at all.

15:55 – Dishing about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – tips for beating the crowds

19:00 – Comparison of parks: why Disney World is more difficult to experience and why it’s exhausting – see park layout and Animal Kingdom as an example

23:20 – People Mover thoughts: love it and miss Rocket Rods in Disneyland

24:05 – Closing thoughts on nostalgia and finding hidden elements in Disney World (that we need to learn more about!)

Colorful balloons at Disneyland on Main Street USA at night 2

So those are our thoughts. Clearly we love both parks, but they really are quite different. Which do you prefer between Disneyland vs Magic Kingdom? Share your opinion!!

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