Disneyland vs. Disney World: Traveling From Colorado

March 14, 2016

For many, the approaching summertime means vacation time. If you're a Disney fan or simply a kid at heart, you may be eyeing a trip to Disneyland or Disney World in the coming months. When you are traveling from Colorado, there are some important differences to consider before booking that wondEARful vacation.

The Basics

Disneyland Resort

  • Anaheim, California
  • Parks
    • 2 parks—Disneyland and California Adventure
    • A shopping and dining district called Downtown Disney (no ticket required)
  • On-site Hotels: 3 (plus many non-Disney hotels in the immediate area)
  • Airports in the Vicinity
    • John Wayne/Orange County Airport (most convenient)
    • Long Beach Airport
    • To some extent, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Walt Disney World

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Parks
    • 4 parks—Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios
    • 2 water parks—Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach
    • A shopping and dining district called Disney Springs (no ticket required)
  • On-site Hotels: 18 plus 10 deluxe villa options
  • Airports in the Vicinity: Orlando International Airport

Getting There

Since Disneyland and Disney World are essentially on opposite sides of the country, it helps that Colorado is somewhat in the middle of the two. Both destinations are easily accessible from our state, although, obviously, Disneyland is several hundred miles closer.


Staying There 

If you’re excited about saving money on airfare when traveling to Disneyland, that excitement might be dampened when you compare on-site hotel costs with Disney World. Staying on-site means staying in a Disney-owned hotel on the Disney property.


Playing There 

Disneyland and Disney World recently introduced a tiered pricing system where theme park tickets are now more expensive during the peak season. So, it may be a good idea to escape the Colorado winter and visit either destination at a cheaper price rather than going in summer.


Being There

While Disneyland and Disney World are both magical, the experiences can be quite different.


As a final fun bit of information for us Colorado folks, Main Street USA in Disneyland was fashioned after two cities: Marceline, Missouri, and…Ft. Collins, Colorado!

Disneyland and Disney World both offer excitement, fun, and, of course, Disney magic. So if you are planning to vacation away from our great state, you are sure to have a great time at either of these Disney destinations.

This post was written by Linda Marquez, Senior Creative Services Specialist at Colorado PERA. If you’d like to submit a guest post, please email us at dimecontact@copera.org.