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  • On Jan 19, 2010
    Meredith Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I want to celebrate my sons 5th at Disneyworld but we have Disneyland passes and go to Disneyland and Calif Adv about once a month. Is there enough new stuff for a 5 year old in Orlando or about the same things we see here?

    Hi Meredith,

    Disneyland & Disney World are amazing! I think the first thing you'll notice is how large the WDW resort is compared to Disneyland. Walt had a lot more room to work with in FL than he did in CA & was able to expand his dreams. WDW is located on 47 miles that includes 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 30+ resorts, 2 large shopping & entertainment areas & every form of recreation you can imagine!

    I grew up going to WDW & was surprised to drive down the street in Anaheim, see the Disneyland sign from the street & say "Oops, there it is" - no disrespect - I loved Disneyland & can't wait to go back - it the place where Walt started it all & very sacred ground for Disney fanatics. There are many attractions both places have in common (i.e., Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Small World - there are more). However, each park has something unique about their common attractions. The exterior of Haunted Mansion at WDW looks totally different than Disneyland. Space Mountain looks a lot alike on the outside but are two different experiences on the inside. Disneyland has The Matterhorn - Magic Kingdom does not. I had a great time comparing the differences & love both parks.

    If you are worried that there won't be enough for your 5 year old to do at MK because you go to Disneyland all the time, check out the 3 other theme parks at WDW.  You will find that there are a few common attractions scattered throughout the 3 other parks but I assure you, your 5 year old will find lots of new things to do to keep him/her busy.

    Planning a trip to WDW can be overwhelming because there are so many choices & decisions to make. Fear not, you've come to the right place for advice & we're happy to help you every step of the way. Please feel free to keep the questions coming & we'll guide you through the Most Magical Place on Earth!
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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