The Parks

Way back when, there were but two Disney parks: one in California and one in Florida. The West-coasters snubbed their noses at Disneyland’s younger sibling built on swampland, while the East-coasters loved pointing out that the Anaheim park was merely a land—theirs was a world. For years, debates raged, from “Our castle is bigger than yours” to “You don’t even have a Matterhorn!” Still, which park to visit, between Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, was rarely a dilemma: it was whichever one was closest—or closest to wherever the family planned on vacationing.

But that was then. Now the Disneyland Resort has come to encompass two parks: the original Disneyland Park and the relatively recent California Adventure located just a hop away—hence the “Park Hopper” ticket. Meanwhile, all that Disney swampland in Florida is now host to four parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom. Now there’s dilemma.

So, as the question asked by kids of all ages in the backs of cars goes: “If you could only go to one Disney park, which would it be?”

The answer is always a debate, as each park offers a unique blend and brand of magic. Best advice: Do a little research and listen to your heart. Then consider splurging for that Park Hopper ticket.