We are a Disney World family. We have been annual passholders and the kid could give you directions at any of the parks and detailed descriptions of the rides by the time she was 4. But, this is the first time we've visited Disneyland.
I was really excited to see Walt's original theme park. I can now see that, in some ways, Disneyland was the trial run. There are some elements that are superior in California but overall I have to say Florida does it best. The actual rides are great in Disneyland/California Adventure but the ques are outdoors, and make everything seem so much more crowded than it actually is.
However, I LOVE that everything is within easy walking distance in California - even closer together than Universal Studios Orlando.
The Disney magic is differently stronger in Florida. Maybe it is because of the college program which brings people from all over the world to live and work there. They're so happy to be there. Not so much the staff here in California. They're just a little less into things. I've overheard numerous inappropriate for the customer to overhear conversations between staff as they "work" in the quick serve restaurants, the stores, work the rides and even perform cleaning duties. I can't recall that once in Disney World.
We're having a great time. Even if the kid seems to prefer the pool to the parks. And she definitely preferred the babysitting service to us tonight. So did we. Hubby and I didn't do much with our two hours of kid free time but guess what, we can do it again tomorrow, Friday and Saturday if we so desired.
The Kid's favourite ride is California Screamin'. Her least favourite was the Ferris Wheel.