Disneyland vs Disney World: Which is Best for Your Family?

Main Street, U.S.A. Station Entrance in Walt Disney World. By Jackdude101 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Disney name is all over the entertainment world nowadays. You can hardly buy a ticket to a movie and not have either the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Lucasfilm logo appear onscreen. The company is truly a juggernaut that seems intent on conquering all aspects of the business.

However, after some tentative success in the late ‘30s and ‘40s with animated features, Walt Disney truly became a household name in the 1950s, thanks to the WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY television series and their Disneyland theme park. An immediate success, it was followed in 1971 by the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Both parks have their charms, but one may be better suited to your family than the other.


After the gigantic success of Disneyland, developers knew that they could afford to go beyond the original’s 500 acres: Disney World is a whopping 43 miles long and offers four parks as opposed to the original’s two.

Because of this, there is inevitably more choice at the Florida location. However, both resorts contain the major attractions that draw crowds year after year. If you don’t want to deal with endless traveling between rides and your hotel, choosing the smaller park can definitely be an appealing option.

Outside Activities

If you need a break from the resort, Disney World has more options nearby than Disneyland.

The “Invisible” Experience

Disneyland ended up being more popular than expected and the staff sometimes had trouble keeping up with things like garbage detail, marring things a bit for guests at times. Disney World was designed with a series of underground corridors that allow park staff and performers to easily get from one place to another without being seen. This design touch helps to make the experience a bit more magical when you don’t see quite so much of the behind the scenes workings.