In total, there are four theme parks and two water parks in Walt Disney World in Orlando (EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, along with various yachting, beach, and golf resorts), while Disneyland in Anaheim, California, has only two theme parks and no water parks available. While that may automatically make you think WDW is better, you may find Disneyland more manageable, especially if you’re traveling with little kids. Check out these other insider secrets for the best Walt Disney World vacation.
Disneyland is older
The Disney theme park in Anaheim opened in 1955, while the Orlando theme park opened 16 years later in 1971. WDW benefited from Walt Disney’s hindsight; Disney hated that the area around Disneyland was overrun with other non-Disney hotels and theme parks, because he felt that it “broke the illusion.” To prevent this in Orlando, he bought as much land as he could in Central Florida because he wanted a bigger theme park to accommodate more guests and expand in size, if necessary. By comparison, the Disney theme park in Anaheim takes up about 510 acres of land, while the park in Orlando rests on about 30,000 acres.