We’ve got our first podcast episode about Disney travel, and in 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, we finally visited Walt Disney World. We knew it would be different, but didn’t fully understand how different.

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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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Podcast talking about the differences between Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida. Tips for an easy Disney vacation and what to be aware visiting Disney World vs Disneyland. Great to listen to before a Disney vacation to either California or Florida. #Disney #Florida #DisneyVacation

Rob Taylor is the founder of 2TravelDads, the original LGBT Family Travel blog. Focusing on ecotourism and education, 2TravelDads inspires LGBT families (and traditional families also) to go beyond their usual getaways and use travel to learn about and be part of a bigger world. "Traveling the globe and giving the kids a broad worldview."

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