Difference between Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Key difference: Disney World and Disneyland are famous entertainment theme parks, which are favorites among both kids and adults. Walt Disney World is situated at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, whereas Disneyland is located at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

Disney World and Disneyland are world famous amusement parks. They are owned and produced by the Walt Disney Company. Disney World is located at Florida, while Disneyland at California. Both the theme parks are known for their excellent amusement and entertainment; they are regarded as the most famous magical and entertainment parks. 

Disneyland or Disneyland Park is the first theme park under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It opened on July 17, 1955 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It was the most famous theme park at its time. There’s a small cute history and incident related to its establishment. Since its opening, Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and renovations, which includes adding many such attractive centers of attractions like the New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey's Toontown in 1993. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened.

The Walt Disney World Resort, informally known as Walt Disney World, or mostly well known as Disney World, is an entertainment complex. It opened on October 1, 1971, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It is regarded to be the most visited attraction in the world, with the recorded attendance of 52.5 million annually. It covers a property of 25,000 acres (10,117 ha; 39 sq mi), in which it houses 24 themed resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, and several additional recreational and entertainment venues. Its center of attraction, “The Magic Kingdom” is the original theme park in the complex, while the Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom were opened at 1980s and 1990s.

The Disneyland was established prior to Disney World. Both the amusement parks are world famous for their spectacular entertaining services. Disneyland was established prior to Disney World. They are huge and constructed under a wide and huge acre of land. Along with the theme parks, they also consist of resorts inside their land, in order to provide comfort and good services to their visitors. There are even more upcoming fascinating and exciting projects in both the parks. They are known to provide a full package of entertainment and amusement. It is suggested that everyone in the world must at least once visit any of the parks, in order to actually experience the real entertainment. As per the March 2005 records, it is reported that, there are 65,700 jobs supported by the Disneyland Resort. Hence, not only do they entertain but they have provided employment in a large amount.

Comparison between Walt Disney World and Disneyland:



Walt Disney World

Also known as

Disneyland Park

Walt Disney World or simply Disney World

Producer and Owner

Walt Disney’s creativity and imagination

Walt Disney’s creativity and imagination

Year of establishment




Anaheim, California

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Records of Number of visitors annually

16.14 million Guests, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year.

52.5 million annually

Consists of

Disneyland Resort consists of two theme parks and three hotels, including the Magical Mouse Holidays.

Walt Disney World Resort consists of four theme parks, 25 resort hotels, five golf courses, two water parks, two mini golf courses, Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment, as well as numerous other recreational activities.

Land area on which they are residing

510 acres

25 000 acres

List of attractions

  • Main Street, U.S.A (July 4, 2010)
  • Adventureland (Themed for a 1950s view of adventure, capitalizing on the post-war Tiki craze)
  • New Orleans Square (The Haunted Mansion and Fantasmic! viewing area in 2010)
  • Frontierland (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in 2008)
  • Splash Mountain (combination log flume and dark ride attraction, based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South)
  • Fantasyland (Peter Pan's Flight and the Matterhorn)
  • Mickey's Toontown
  • Tomorrowland (Space Mountain in 2009)

Theme parks:

  • Magic Kingdom, opened October 1, 1971
  • Epcot, opened October 1, 1982
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios, opened May 1, 1989
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom, opened April 22, 1998

Water parks:

  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, opened June 1, 1989
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach, opened April 1, 1995

Other attractions:

  • Downtown Disney, opened March 22, 1975
  • Disney's BoardWalk, opened July 1, 1996
  • Disney's Wedding Pavilion, opened July 15, 1995
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, opened March 28, 1997
  • Walt Disney World Speedway, opened November 28, 1995
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience, opened November 28, 1995


There were some issues related to the park.

This was constructed in order to overcome the issues, and hence it contains more advanced and developed projects as compared to that of earlier Disneyland.

Other common referred terms

Walt’s original park, local park.

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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