So, Did You Mean Disneyland, or Disney World?


A true Disney Enthusiast knows exactly what the problem is with the question above. We’ve all had it happen. You are talking to someone about Disney, and they say something along the lines of “Yeah, we went to Disneyland in FLORIDA.” Or, on a reverse note, “We saw the new Cars Land in Disney World.” Does it drive you crazy? Does it get under your skin until you can’t help but say something? Oh, I know the feeling!

Some people may not understand why it matters. Does it even matter which one you say, Disneyland or Disney World? What’s the difference, they say? Well, there is a HUGE difference! Yes, it’s all filed under “Disney”, but when people confuse the two it’s a huge pet peeve for me. I know I’m not alone on this one. Disneyland was the original, it was Walt’s first vision, it’s in California!!! Disney World was opened after Walt’s passing, there are 4 different parks, oh, and it’s in Florida!!! Is there a difference? Of course there is!

Now, you as a Disney fan have a decision to make in this situation. Do you correct the person speaking, or just let them think whatever they want to? Well, you wouldn’t want them to walk around in life and NOT know the real difference between the two Disney properties, would you? Of course not! I always find a nice way to tell them the difference. You can always start out like I do… “Do you mean Disneyland or Disney World?” Because, yes, there is indeed a difference!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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6 thoughts on “So, Did You Mean Disneyland, or Disney World?

  • January 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    All good comments. I’ve been to Disneyland, and worked at the Magic Kingdom (twice). You can appreciate nice comments about Disney, but I guess sometimes you do indeed have to let some peoples ‘errant’ comments go. We know how it really should be said, I suppose!

  • January 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    This is a GIANT pet peeve of mine. I had the pleasure of going to Disneyland in November. After having visited Walt Disney World over 30 times, there is just no comparison. Walt Disney World is the best in my book, hands down. Disneyland is quaint, but Walt Disney World is the gold standard. I think that even Walt Disney himself would be in awe of WDW!
    My other pet peeve is when someone mixes up a Disney character for a Warner Brothers’ character! Like when someone says, I love that Disney character, Tweety Bird! AAAARGH!!!

  • January 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Well there are times when less said is better. One Christmas my son gave me a Disney stock and even had a small piece of gold colored metal with “since you like Disneyland so much I though I would get you a piece of it. It was all framed. It was so thoughtful. The thing was I have never been to Disneyland. I have been to Walt Disney world maybe 14 times. I never said any thing Just smiled and thanked him and his family.

  • January 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve had this happen to me as well. My response is “You won’t get it till you get hooked on it”

  • January 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Or when they say they went to Disney World and I ask which park…their response is “Disney World” so I have to say—“You mean the Magic Kingdom” . Their response is “whatever”—-that gets me too.

  • January 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    When I worked for the Disney Store in the early ’90s, we were taught to always say “Walt Disney World.”

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