Going to a Disney park is a great vacation or celebration option for families with children or people who just love the culture. That being said, there are a lot of parks to choose from and if you’re up for traveling you might be able to work in some other things to do in some of the towns where the parks are available. Here are some of the Disney parks and how they differ.


In Anaheim is the original Disneyland that was opened in 1955. Today there are two parks, in addition to Disneyland there is California Adventure right across the courtyard but through different gates. You have to purchase separate tickets to each but there are park hopper passes available to save some money if you plan to go to both.

The Disney California Adventure park specifically celebrates California and everything that it is known for, including images from the past and the present. There is alcohol served at this park in contrast to Disneyland where there is not.

The original Disneyland still retains all of its original charm although it grows considerably over the years as well. There is food in each themed area, as well as rides to go along with each theme. The different themes include: Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, and Micky’s Toontown.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is located right outside of Orlando in Florida, and it is actually made up a few different parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom,

The Magic Kingdom is what most people think of when they think of Disney World, because it was the first park built in the area. It covers 107 acres and six different themed areas similar to how the Disneyland in Anaheim does. Those themed areas are: Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Within each themed area there are rides and attractions that match each of those themes.

The Epcot park has two different sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World has a lot of attractions that have to do with space and what’s assumed for the future. World Showcase focuses more on the present and has 11 country-themed pavilions including: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the United States, France, England, and Canada. Each pavilion has relevant food, shopping, and sometimes rides. Kids can even get stamps in each country’s pavilion as if they were stamping their passports.

The Disney Hollywood Studios focuses on the magic of Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s. There are movie themed rides and activities including learning about how Disney animation works.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is sort of like a zoo with over 250 different versions of animals from around the world. Animals are shown in areas such as : Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Dinoland U.S.A., the Oasis, Camp Minnie-Mickey, and Rafiki’s Planet Watch area. There is a petting zoo as well as animal themed rides.

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