Disneyland or California Adventure?

Feb 28th, 2013, 09:20 AM
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Disneyland or California Adventure?

We just took our boys (now aged 7 & 4) to Florida last year and did Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Going to LA in April. Staying in LA and only taking a day trip to Anaheim. Trying to decide between Disneyland and DCA. Disneyland seems more "magical" while DCA seems more like a regular amusement park with a lot less attractions than Disneyland. We've been on some of the rides they have at each (while at MK and Epcot/AK), but there are new rides at both parks.
Which would you recommend?

Thanks!
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Feb 28th, 2013, 09:43 AM
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Since they've recently been to Disney World I'd probably take the boys to California Adventure. There is a lot more to CA than there used to be.

In a perfect world you'd have time for both (DisneyLand is my personal favorite) but CA is much different and a lot of fun.
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Feb 28th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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If it's not in your plans, Legoland is really a great choice for that age group. They'll love Disneyland up through the teen years but Legoland should be done before 8 or 9.
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Feb 28th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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Disneyland, no question, there are quite a few rides there that are either not at Disneyworld, or are different.
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Feb 28th, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Whichever one you choose, go early and DON'T go on a weekend.

It can be a total zoo on the weekends. The DCA will have lines that are not worth waiting in.
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May 3rd, 2013, 03:13 PM
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I've done WDW and both parks in California. With kids I would say Disneyland over California Adventure.
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May 3rd, 2013, 05:29 PM
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with such young kids, I'd do Disneyland. Many of The DCA rides are more scary or not for little kids.
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May 3rd, 2013, 05:54 PM
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If your 4-year old is at least 40 inches I might go with Cal Adventure because of Cars Land. Especially since they are boys.
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May 3rd, 2013, 07:32 PM
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The top 5 things that my kids liked about our visit to the 2 parks were all at CA.
In no particular order...
World of Color
Aladdin
Soaring over California
Bugs Life
Toy Story
Grizzly River Run
(Make that top 6)
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May 3rd, 2013, 07:50 PM
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Do both or just CA adventure. My kids had tecently been to Disney World in Orlando and much preferred Anaheim, Disneyland and CA Adventure. Easier to do.
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May 3rd, 2013, 10:32 PM
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My guess is some who are recommending DL may have visited before CarsLand and the other new attractions opened at CA.

Both parks are now 'musts' for young children IMO.
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May 4th, 2013, 05:04 AM
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Buy the park hopper pass and do both. Unlike WDW the parks are right next to each other (no tram needed).
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May 4th, 2013, 10:23 PM
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Pamela posted this on Feb. 28 and hasn't been back...
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