Which is Bigger Disneyland or Disney World?

A common question we always get is which is a bigger park, Disneyland or Disney World? And what're the differences between the two parks.

In this page we'll cover everything related to both Disney parks.

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Which Park is Bigger Disneyland or Disney World? 

Disneyland only covers 500 acres while Disney World is 25,000 acres. It's safe to say Disney World is much bigger than Disneyland. However, most people don't realize how large the size difference is, as Disneyland does a fantastic job displaying attractions and shows throughout the park.

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Parks Inside Disneyland

There are 2 parks.

Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park. 

Parks Inside Disney World

There are 4 parks.

Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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Park Location

Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California.

Disney World is located in Orlando, Florida.

Getting Around the Parks

California Adventure is located only 400 feet apart from Disneyland, which is a nice feature for visitors as they can easily walk through to both parks.

Disney World on the other hand is a much larger park, but luckily they offer a complimentary transportation system including a monorail, buses and even a ferry.

These are used to transport guests to and from the parks, as well as Disney operated hotels.

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Which is Older Disneyland or Disney World?

Disneyland opened 16 years before Disney World. Disneyland opened in July 17, 1955 while Disney World opened in October 1, 1971.

Castle Differences Between Disneyland and Disney World

One of the 'trademarks' of Disney parks is the famous castle that all visitors go to lengths to take a picture with.

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Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle stands at 77 ft tall while Disney World's Cinderella Castle stands at 189 ft.

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Can You Visit These Parks in 1 Day?

Short Answer

The answer is you can, but you'll have to prioritize certain things and cut out other ones in order to see what you want to see.

If you can only visit for one day, you'll want to make a plan ahead of time on which rides/shows you'll want to experience, and which ones you will cut out.

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Long Answer

Disneyland will be the easiest park to visit in one day as you can walk to California Adventure at any time.

Disney World will be more challenging as there are 4 parks and each of those parks is massive, and you'll also have to use a transportation system to travel to the other parks (which will take up time).

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We recommend visiting Disneyland for at least 2 days, preferably one day for each park so that you can enjoy it without needing to rush.

For Disney World we recommend giving yourself at least 3 days to visit the 4 parks.

Naturally, there will be some parks that you'll love more depending on your preferences, and you'll know within the first few minutes of being there. Having at least 3 days will allow you to be able to spend more time in those areas, without having to worry about rushing to see another park.

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