1. It’s the only Disney park where Walt Disney himself walked and personally designed.
2. It’s classic, quaint, and a throwback to simpler times throughout it’s entirety.
3. For those who would like a more amusement park feel, you have California Adventure. Have at it, it’s a separate entity right next door.
4. You can nearly conquer it in a day and not feel overwhelmed because you missed something.
5. The weather isn’t nearly as muggy and humid as Florida (even at it’s worst. Yes, I’ve been to Florida).
6. It’s the original. Bonus points.
7. It isn’t flashy or over-the-top just like Walt.
8. It has Chef Oscar, the most precious old man known to planet earth.
I’m gonna have to disagree with this one. And here’s why.
1. Sure, Walt wasn’t alive when WDW was built. However, he was helping to design it for about 3 years before his death. Also, How much of Disneyland is still the same as it was when Walt walked those grounds? Mickey’s Toon Town, Critter Country, and New Orleans Square didn’t exist then. Of the 53 Attractions currently listed at Disneyland, 13 of them are original 1955 attractions, less than a quarter. Can you really use the logic that Walt was there to say that it’s better?
2. As is the majority of WDW’s Magic Kingdom (note that Tomorrowland, which exists in both locations, is not “classic, quaint, and a throwback to simpler times” by any means, already making this point essentially invalid). And, if we’re only taking Disneyland into account (since DCA is not original and Walt didn’t build it directly, and since you reference it as a separate entity, I assume this is the case) , we should probably be directly comparing it to Magic Kingdom.
3. This one I don’t have much of a rebuttal for. Though, HS is fairly amusement park-ish, and is quite similar to parts of DCA.
4. Well, I can do that with MK too. And again, it seems we’re really only taking Disneyland into account, not DCA, so I’m ignoring the other three WDW parks. Though, it’s nice to have them if you have the time.
5. I’ve never had a problem with the weather in Orlando, though my dad has, so I see the point here. And I’ve been in just about every season possible, from middle of summer to middle of winter.
6. Yes, the original. You’re right about that one. And you know what happened? Walt looked at it and said “I’m not quite happy with this. I can do better.” And thus, the Florida Project was born. It took everything he was happy with about the original, and expanded upon it. I’t skind of like saying that the Ford Model T is better than new cars because ut was the original (or about as close to the original as is logical).
7. And WDW is? Again, looking just at Magic Kingdom here (since DCA is pretty flashy, and over the top in several ways), I fail to see what’s flashier about one than the other.
8. I met Chef Oscar, by chance actually. I’d never heard of the man before. And while he’s a nice guy, I don’t feel that he makes an entire park better by being there. Nor that he makes up for the numerous lackluster Cast Member that exist at Disneyland. Sure both parks have their CMs who just don’t seem to ‘fit’ in the parks, but I have to say, I had more crabby CMs in my two days at Disneyland Resort (taking both parks into account here), than I have in my months at WDW.
So, yeah, that’s my opinion. Like daftfordisney, it’s just a personal opinion, but one I feel strongly about, so I felt the need to throw it up here.
Ultimately though, as long as you enjoy the park you’re at, that’s all that matter.