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Disney’s Magic Kingdom
The Disney’s Magic Kingdom is almost a carbon copy of Disneyland. This isn’t scientific, but I’d guess that they’re about 80% identical. We walked through the main gate and down Main Street USA toward the castle in the park’s center. Once there, to our left was Adventureland and to our right was Tomorrowland and beyond the castle was Fantasyland and Toontown – so far the same as Disneyland.
And that same magical feeling tugging at my heart…
But once we passed through Adventureland – which boasts “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Jungle Cruise” (yes they tell stupid jokes here too) and “The Swiss Family Tree House” (it was recently changed to “Tarzan’s Tree House” in CA), we moved directly into Frontierland. There isn’t any New Orleans Square like in California. That’s one of the biggest differences. Instead, Orlando has Liberty Square, complete with an 18th century style pub where visitors can sample colonial fare.
The other major difference between Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom is the absence of the Matterhorn between Tomorrowland and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It’s actually in another park.
Chinese fire-drill: some rides that are in one place in Disneyland are in a slightly different position in the Magic Kingdom. These include Big Thunder Mountain Railroad being on the opposite side of Tom Sawyer’s Island as compared to CA, It’s a Small World being on the opposite side of Fantasyland and sporting a trimmed down façade, and Tomorrowland Speedway (aka Autopia) being much closer to Fantasyland and Toontown as opposed to being on the outside edge of Tomorrowland in CA.
While Fantasyland was almost identical, I’m pretty sure that Pinocchio’s ride wasn’t in Florida – at least I didn’t see it – but Josh’s favorite ride is on both coasts: Peter Pan. And it offers exactly the same experience, as do most of the duplicate rides.
One exception to that is Pirates of the Caribbean… I think the décor and entrance is better than at Disneyland, but the ride fell a little short compared to the original, which as higher drops and seems to move more smoothly. But if you’ve never been on either, you won’t be disappointed.
So far it’s a draw between Disneyland and Disney’s Magic Kingdom, not taking into consideration any other parks on either coast. Have you been to both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom? How would you compare the two?
Next up :: Epcot Center