Disneyland might be the original park, but the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is MY original park. I have attachments to so many attractions and experiences there. So I am excited and a bit skeptical to visit some of my favorite attractions in Disneyland. Will they live up to the versions I know and love? Will I end up liking them more than my originals?? Oh the guilt!
Here are some of the “same, but different” attractions in Disneyland I’m looking forward to experiencing:
Pirates of the Caribbean
It’s pretty unanimous that the Disneyland version of Pirate blows the WDW version out of the water (get it…). The bayou, two drops, a longer ride…how can that NOT be better! This is one of my all time favorite attractions and it’s B’s favorite as well, so I’m sure we’ll experience this one numerous times! My only fear is that I will be very disappointed with the WDW version going forward…
The stretching room goes down instead of up?!?! Can’t wait to experience that! I’m sure there probably isn’t much of a difference, but it’s still pretty cool to this Disney nerd. I’m also excited to see the New Orleans style mansion and see how it differs. However, I’m nervous that it will be closed as they get ready for the Nightmare Before Christmas holiday overlay because I heard that it happens around this time. Does anyone know the dates on that?? Please Disney…hold off until after I’m there!!!
It’s a Small World
While this isn’t one of my favorite attractions (that song REALLY gets on my nerves!), I’m really looking forward to experiencing this in Disneyland. I love how you actually board the attraction outside here! It seems to add such a unique experience. I’m also looking forward to seeing the addition of the Disney characters on the ride. Why didn’t they do this in WDW? They seem to be incorporated perfectly!
Similar to Pirates, I’ve heard that the Disneyland Space Mountain is out of this world compared to WDW (get it again…I’m just cracking myself up over here!). Not only is the ride smoother, but I LOVE that you get to sit next to the people you’re with instead of behind them. Hopefully that also makes the cars easier to get into…the WDW vehicles are horribly awkward!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Ok I’m not thrilled about this version and I know it’s not in Disneyland Park or the Magic Kingdom, but I need to add it to my list. I’ve heard that the Tower in WDW is MUCH better, but since it is my favorite attraction, I need to experience the differences. Honestly, I’m expecting to be disappointed by this one and then appreciate MY version even more 🙂
Other same but different attractions I’m really looking forward to are:
- Jungle Cruise
- The Enchanted Tiki Room (with a Dole Whip!)
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mad Tea Party
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Am I missing anything? What is your favorite same but different attraction in Disneyland or Walt Disney World?