Disneyland vs. California Adventure

Ricky Terrones, Staff Writer

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Disneyland is the role model of amusement parks everywhere. When first opened on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, many people were extremely excited about the new park with 13 original attractions. Even though there was also a majority who thought that Disneyland would be a complete failure, within seven weeks, the park’s millionth guest passed through the gates into Disneyland. Almost fifty years later, on February 8th, 2001, another park was introduced, Disney California Adventure, with 12 original attractions comparing to Disneyland’s 30 at the time.

Nowadays, Disneyland and California Adventure are everyone’s top choice whenever they want to go on vacation. Covering 500 acres, with two parks, three hotels, and the Downtown Disney District, the Disneyland resort takes in over 20 million per year, with the 2014 attendance being 25.4 million.

With every year that passes, the park continues to grow, currently housing 84 attractions in total. One thing that many people debate is whether Disneyland or California Adventure are better. To determine which park is better, let’s go into some of the details.

A very common thing about Disneyland is that the parks are separated by themes. The Disneyland park has eight themes; Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square, and Adventureland. The themed areas within Disneyland are all centered around the iconic Cinderella Castle and the statue “Partners” which depicts Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse holding hands.

California Adventure has seven themes; Buena Vista Street, Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, Cars Land, and Bug’s Land. Within Buena Vista Street, there is the statue “Storytellers” which depicts Walt Disney arriving in Los Angeles in 1923 with Mickey by his side. While the parks have many themes, Disneyland gives more of a sense of imagination and fantasy, while California Adventure is based off of California’s history and culture.

In both Disneyland and California Adventure, there are numerous rides based off movies. In Disneyland, many of the rides are based off of old Disney classics, such as Dumbo, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and many more. California Adventure pays tribute to more of the recent films, such as Monster’s Inc, Toy Story, Cars, and a few others, however California Adventure does include some rides based off of older movies, such as The Little Mermaid.

When it comes to dining, each park has around 30 restaurants, some of which are made to fit into the area’s theme. Each of the parks also have a unique special performance. Disneyland has its “Fantasmic” performance, where there are fireworks and then a musical featuring all of your favorite Disney characters in a battle between good and evil, with a large-scale light show and pyrotechnics.

In Califonia Adventure, there is “World of Color” which features 1,200 water fountains that create a spectacular water show, with lights projecting colors into the fountains, creating spectacular visuals. One thing to take note of is the fact that Disneyland will be bringing back is classic “Electrical Parade” on Main Street USA, which features all of the Disney characters coming together performing on massive, brightly lit up floats. Being here only till June 8th, the “Electrical Parade” is certainly something to go see.

To come to a conclusion, Disneyland is most likely superior to California Adventure for the fact that it is much more iconic and has a much greater history than California Adventure. Many people would likely think the same thing, as the attendance of Disneyland is approximately four times the amount of California Adventure. Put your personal opinion down below of whether you like Disneyland or California Adventure more.

About the Writer
Ricky Terrones, Staff Writer

Ricky Terrones is an 8th grader at Dana Middle School. Ricky lives in San Pedro, CA. He attended Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse Preschool, White Point Elementary,...

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7 Responses to “Disneyland vs. California Adventure”

  1. A Dana Mariner on March 28th, 2017 3:40 pm

    Disneyland has the history and the family rides, while CA Adventure has the thrill rides and the California theme. BUT WHAT MAKES THEM THE SAME IS THEY ARE CHEAP AND USE THEIR MONEY TO GET RID OF THE TOWER OF TERROR!!!

  2. Santa Claus on March 29th, 2017 3:17 pm

    I have been to both of these places, and I personally find CA Adventure more fun, and entertaining. It is like if Disneyland and Universal Studios combined. It may be somewhat small, but it is still really fun.

  3. yomama on March 29th, 2017 3:34 pm

    I love both these theme parks but i’m getting old
    -yomama

  4. michael orengo on April 4th, 2017 10:20 am

    i like both parks but i would have to say disney land. that is the park i went to the most.

  5. someone at dana on April 6th, 2017 11:35 am

    i like disneyland it is awesome but I prefer California adventure.

  6. Jonathan sandoval on April 28th, 2017 10:07 am

    Disney land is LIT

  7. brooke on December 3rd, 2018 12:20 pm

    i like ca better

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