Disneyland Surprises from a Walt Disney World Pro

Disneyland Surprises from a Walt Disney World Pro by Guest Blogger Erika Tedesco

I recently got to visit the Disneyland Resorts for one day only. It was a bucket list trip! I visit Walt Disney World often and so there were a few surprises waiting for me at the California parks.

gateFirst, I knew that Disneyland (DL) and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) are close to each other, but I didn’t realize how close. Strangely, both parks require separate admittance which seemed silly when going across a courtyard to the other park. This is the Walt Disney World equivalent of having Epcot split into two parks and requiring separate entrance to World Showcase.

gates(Panorama shot of the entrance to DLR – California Adventure to the left and Disneyland to the right)

Next, it was jarring to see Cast Members walking into work and around the park. Disney historians know that Walt didn’t like to see Cast Members from Future World walk into Frontierland, which was why he created the Utilidoors in Walt Disney World. Good call, Walt.

Seems silly, but I also didn’t expect the outdoor queues. Florida weather is hot and sometimes rainy, and although some queues are outdoors, many are inside offering an opportunity to be shielded from the rain and sun. The DL and DCA queues were mostly outside- interesting because you could actually see how long lines were before you entered.

I was also surprised at how friendly the California Cast Members were! I know, I shouldn’t have been, but they were very personable and helpful when I asked questions.

My most delightful surprise was seeing characters outside, mingling with the guests, like in the early  days of Walt Disney World. I even found Mickey standing on a street corner with only two people waiting to talk to  him! It was a lovely reminder of Walt’s vision.
mickeyErika lives in Louisville, KY with her family- husband, Chris, and sons Jackson and Parker.

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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 96.5 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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3 thoughts on “Disneyland Surprises from a Walt Disney World Pro

  • May 17, 2015 at 9:48 am
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    Adam Frankel, Double oops, DCA has two gates as does AK. A big mistake made by Imagineers when building Cars Land, you can see the superstructure of Cadillac Mountain from outside the park something Walt never would have allowed. Backstage is to remain unseeable by the guests.

    • May 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm
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      Adam if you feel you can do better TMSM is always looking for guest bloggers 🙂

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