Was bored long before adulthood. Even my daughter by the time she was 10, would rather go to Knotts or better yet Magic Mountain. Probably been… 25+ years since I’ve been there (and oh, it’s an hour drive away)
Never been to Disneyland. Been to Disneyworld several times. Can’t say that I prefer it. Who knows, it might be nicer? I haven’t been to Disney since roughly 2005. There’s some rides that I’d like to go see… But I prefer rollercoasters, and they just don’t have that many.
I’ve been to World multiple times and Land once. I prefer land. Land isn’t as muggy/humid, doesn’t rain on you every afternoon. Land has all the best rides of the 4 world parks, in Two smaller parks. Its easier to get around, easier to see and do more. World’s hotels are nice but prepare to lose an arm and a leg to be on the monorail, otherwise you are riding a bus or driving from off property. Land has many hotels nearby in walking distance to the entrance. I was able to use points I earn from work travel to stay almost free in a SpringHill Suites and walk to the park. World requires you to plan your day out with a magic band 45 days in advance. Land lets you go get fast pass tickets on the same day putting a last minute trip on equal footing with a long planned adventure. Not to say I don’t like the World, its just after going to the Land, the only downside is that its on the other side of the country from me. Every thing else is a win… Until Star Wars arrives…
I’ve never been to Disneyland. We do DisneyWorld. I prefer Epcot among all the Disney parks. We stay at the Fort Wilderness camp ground. Cheapest on-property option with all the associated perks. But you have to fluff your own pillows. There’s that.
Daddy is from California so when we would go back to visit we went there. We took our kids to Florida and it pretty much rained the whole week. So, don’t remember my Cali days and all I remember from Florida is rain and six unhappy people (my parents went with us). We drove so hubby could golf on their course (didn’t happen), we stayed in a hotel where you could feed the animals (apparently they don’t like the rain either), a lot of the rides were shut down and it was prior to my Daddy’s knee operation so we knew we would be able to ride the boats to get places (which they shut down because the rain lifted them too high to safely board) which made the buses take longer because of capacity limits. Was a shame - however, we definitely got our moneys worth in the meal credits. Food was good.
I was last there in the 1990s for half a day; before that it was grade and highschool trips. I love the Land, but I love the one I remember. We paddled in Indian canoes, we sheltered in a fort against an attack, and rode rides that have been gone for years. I still have a few tickets tucked away in the memory box.
Been to both Disneyland and -world when I was younger on various family/school trips, pretty fun but very overwhelming if you’re not great with crowds & heat & noise. The original Star Tours was the best!
Has no one mentioned how evil Disney/ABC corp is? Wait, am I still stuck in the year 2001? Is anticorporatism not a thing anymore? Too many questions to explain myself? I’m now too jaded and disenfranchised for that anyway. I live in SoCal but haven’t been to Disney in almost 20 years now. So pricey. How am I gonna spend my meh bucks? Speaking of bucks, I still have Disney dollars from the 80s. I bet they’re still valid, but with inflation and all, they’re worthless! I bet eBay has a thing for me.
I went to World immediately after it opened on Thanksgiving weekend. The place was beyond deserted back then (I lived in FL at the time). No ride was ever full. No wait for anything. Spent a half hour playing in some room where when you interrupted the light stream on different spots on the floor you could make different musical tones - was the only person in the room. Of course there are a lot more rides now, crowds… so now the experience would be really different. Then years later went to Land with a bunch of 9/10 year olds during spring break. Wasn’t bad and they were old enough and tall enough to ride everything. Lines were not too horrible. Not sure I have a preference though as I had fun at both.
I prefer Universal Studios or Knott’s Berry Farm, as I’m a rollercoaster aficionado. The last time we went to a theme park was some years ago in Orlando. The Portofino Bay Hotel was finishing up construction and offering package deals to come and stay there before the official opening date. For $1,150 each we stayed in the hotel for 3 nights in two rooms, got three day early admission passes to Universal Studios, 3 restaurant dinners, and a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. With the early admission passes we got to go in to Universal at 8 a.m. and ride everything in an almost empty Park until it officially opened at 10. Then all we had to do was show our room key to be admitted to the priority boarding line which never had very many people in it. It was one of my all-time best vacations. We parked the car and never saw it again because we used the shuttle boats to get around. We would enjoy the theme park in the morning and get back to the hotel just as the early afternoon rain started. Portofino Bay was built to look like an Italian villa. The lower floor of the gorgeous hotel is all little shops and cafes. The guys would nap all afternoon and I would sit at a sidewalk cafe with my book, drinking tea under an awning and watching the rain and the boats.
After over twenty years of having annual passes, we let ours lapse last year.
It’s just gotten too crowded. Back in the late 80s, we’d go up in the evening just to have dinner at Blue Bayou (I loved the chicken Florentine), then maybe ride the train around the park and come home (we live 100 miles away). Then they brought in new management (The paul pressler era) and changed the great menu.
Changed the stores to pretty much all carry the same merchandise. Got rid of the people mover for Rocket Rods (what the hell? people who drove in rush hour traffic lived this, they didn’t need it as an “attraction” at Disneyland).
Then they built DCA and the new hotel, the Grand Californian. That was our go to hotel for a while, but the morning they ran out of hot water was our last time staying there. Seriously, you pay over four hundred dollars a night for a room and no hot water?
Then they started letting people pay for annual passes by the month. Auto pay from credit cards or bank accounts. And the crowds came. And still haven’t stopped coming.
We’re not fans of the Star Wars franchise. So, the new stuff they’re doing doesn’t grab us at all. We have no interest in the parks anymore. Kind of sad, but, hey, we did it for over twenty years, had annual meets for fifteen, so it’s okay. Let the kids wait in line and eat generically crappy food.
Changed the stores to pretty much all carry the same merchandise.
I remember the diversity. Each shop had a little something different. The various lands had shops with goods that mostly reflected the theme. And it wasn’t all 100% Disney generated merch either.
Now it’s all Disney all the time. Visit one shop, you’ve pretty much seen everything they have to offer. It’s easier and less expensive to buy online or at the mall and not have to carry whatever through the park all day. With the frequent Disney Store sales and clearance merch readily available in most colors and sizes.
All grumbling aside, my ex and I took her 5yo daughter there to celebrate her birthday a few years ago. She was huge into the princess thing. I got her a Cinderella outfit and she had such a fantastic day. Several high points to the day, but her favorite was the Breakfast in the Garden hosted by several Disney characters. She got to meet Cinderella and get her picture taken with her.
@ruouttaurmind Oh, my gosh, we used to spend all sorts of money at the stores.
I have a Mickey umbrella I bought in a shop that was over by the Monorail Cafe. Open it up and Mickey ears pop up and his face is on the front. Way cool.
There was a store in Tomorrowland that had all sorts of fun stuff. I got the stuffed animals that you squeezed and they’d fart (like the one that Abby has on NCIS). Lots of just fun non-Disney branded things.
At the Madhatter I bought a small pendulum clock that had a cat come out of the window on the hour. I was bummed when it quit working.
I’m sure if we had younguns around it would be more enjoyable, it’s always been fun to see it through new eyes. But, alas, no children, just these old bones. lol.
Never been to Disneyland, but I’ve been to WDW twice (once to Magic Kingdom and once to Epcot). I believe I was in elementary school both times.
We’re probably going to be going to WDW this coming May. My sister and her husband are planning on taking their 2 kids (oldest will be just shy of 3 years old and youngest 2 1/2 years old) at that time.