Radiator Springs
  • On Feb 12, 2019
    Stacey from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi been thinking we LOVE going to WDW, its super fun and easy to fly and drive too as we live in Ohio. Wondering if a trip to DL Cali would be, not sure how to say it, but worth the extra fly time since it is smaller then WDW? Any comments about this? :)

    Greetings, Stacey!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. As someone who vacations frequently to both the Disneyland Resort AND Walt Disney World Resorts, I'd love to help you plan your magical vacation!

    I must say that both coasts have their charms, and I could never pick just one! Since you are familiar with the Walt Disney World Resort, you know how amazing the four theme parks, over 30 hotels, and Disney Springs are! While Disneyland Resort parks are smaller in size, they pack quite the punch in terms of experiences! Plus, if you are fond of Disney history, it's truly incredible to be in the park that started it all, where Walt himself created the foundation for the magical worlds we know and love today.

    Compared to a Florida vacation, Disneyland Resort vacations are much more streamlined. You can travel between the hotels and parks completely by foot, there is no need to worry about making FASTPASS selections until you arrive, and dining doesn't need to be booked until 60 days in advance (versus 180 days at many Walt Disney World Resort restaurants). I find it much easier to plan last-minute or spur-of-the-moment trips without making any sacrifices in terms of our experiences. I often find last-minute or even same-day dining reservations as well. I also love that I can experience a great deal of the Resort in a long weekend. With a longer trip, I can spend more time enjoying my Disneyland Resort Hotel and its amenities as well as the offerings of the Downtown Disney District.

    You will find the Disneyland app SO user-friendly and simple to use. Many veteran Walt Disney World Resort Guests also love the new Disney MaxPass feature of this app. It allows you to make FASTPASS selections one-at-a-time throughout the entire day and includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for one low price per person per day.

    I hope this helps, and have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, New Mexico

Hi there!  I'm Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a toddler mom, military wife, and dentist who is constantly inspired by Disney. One of my greatest pleasures is helping others experience the magic of a Disney vacation! I can't wait to answer your questions so that you can easily explore the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy at the Disneyland Resort. Learn More About Jennifer

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