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1. Posted by Naytobes84 (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Which is better, I am guessing the LA one. Is there much difference between the two, same with Universal Studios.

Is LA cheaper to travel through than Florida?


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4. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

1. Disney Land in California was the 1st theme park Walt Disney built. Disney World in Florida was the 2nd ...
2. Disney World is much bigger than Disney Land.

I'm a Florida native, I've never been to Disney Land or any other Disney park around the world. Only Disney World.
Now I know that Disney Land is only The Magic Kingdom and which is the size of the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando! HA!

Disney World (you can find all the info on the Disney website) ... has 4 major theme parks: Magic Kingdom (Splash Mt., Thunder Mt. Railroad, and Space Mt.), Epcot (The Giant Silver ball .. Spaceship Earth, and the World Showcase) , Animal Kingdom, and The Studios (with Tower of Terror and Rock and Roll-a-coster). There are also 2 themed water parks at Disney World .. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. ... As well as tons of Disney (on property) hotels for any budget from ** to *****. Free transportation to get around if you stay in the hotels and tons of shopping and entertainment at Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island.

I know that Disney world has a LOT to offer and I would say check the website or call your travel agent to find an inclusive deal.. I've recently seen a family of 4 can go for 5 nights for $1600. But that's hotel, transport around Disney, and admission to the parks I believe.

Good Luck

5. Posted by Naytobes84 (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Wow, I am thinking maybe Orlando it is! Is that the same for Universal Studios...that it's bigger over in Florida?

Thanks for that, I think you've helped me decide on my holiday big time :)

Oh, and seen as you are from Florida...I am going to sound like a total tourist, but where are the flamingos over there? Hehe...I've always wanted to see a REAL one!

6. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Disney in Florida is great.
I havent been to the LA one though, because i always heard Florida was better.

As for Universal, i prefer Florida and that is speaking from experience.
Although they do have a very cool backlot tour at the LA one.
But overall Florida is better in my opinion.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Disney World (Orlando) is much more elaborate than Disneyland in LA.

Disney World has:
(1) The Magic Kingdom (essentially a slightly larger version of Disneyland)
(2) EPCOT--an amusement park that is a combination of various futuristic rides and a trip to various lands around the world (Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, Morocco, France, Canada, and the UK when I was there, with plans at that time to add Spain and Africa),
(3) Disney Hollywood Studios (the equivalent of Universal Studios to a small degree)
(4) Disney Animal Kingdom (a Wild Animal Park that also has amusement park rides)
(5) two large golf courses and one small one
(6) two water parks
(7) a sports complex that is used by both visitors and even professional sports teams to get ready for their regular season games
(8) Disney Boardwalk Area
(9) Downtown Disney--which has three giant areas--look here for more info on these:
and it also has about 10 major hotel complexes--almost all with pools or other special treats--such as:
Wilderness Lodge--to make you feel like you are in the eastern wilderness of the US
Coronado Resort--makes you feel like you are in San Diego
Disney Polynesian Resort--makes you feel like you are in Hawaii--and they have a fun luau here
Disney Floridian Resort--best resort on the Disney properties--it's like 1890's Florida, but with a nice marina and beautiful rooms.
And there are also about 8 other hotels--including ones overlooking the animal kingdom and the sports complex.
The DisneyWorld gigantic resort is located and competes with Sea World and Universal Studos Florida in Orlando, Cypress Gardens just a ways south, and the Space Center (located east) and Busch Gardens, located 90 miles away in Tampa.

Disneyland has the one park plus an aquarium close-by--and then it competes against Knotts Berry Farm, located in Anaheim, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park located 100 miles south, and Seven Flags Magic Mountain, located about 70 miles north in Valencia. There are also excellent beach resorts just 20 miles south of Disneyland in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

Overall, Disney World is the better choice--especially for small kids. LA might be better for teenagers because of the beaches, although the resorts at DisneyWorld sort of make this an equal proposition at both places.


8. Posted by Naytobes84 (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much guys, you have been so helpful. I am planning a Florida trip as we speak :) Can't wait.

Still...I must know where I can see a flamngo!

9. Posted by pazz5 (Budding Member 60 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I visited Disney World, Orlando last year and had an amazing time. I haven't been to LA but I would definitely recommend Orlando. There is so much to do and see and the theme parks alone occupied us for 14 days!

If you want to see pink flamingo's head to Busch Gardens (Can’t think if they had any in Animal Kingdom). Busch was about 1h from Orlando but was totally worth the trip. Some great rides and a lot to see!

10. Posted by Naytobes84 (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Cool, will make note of that. It's such a touristy thing to want to do, see a certain animal! hehe. I guess it's like people going to Australia to see koalas and kangaroos.