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Six reasons Los Angeles' Disneyland kicks Walt Disney world's ass

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With four parks to Disneyland's two, on paper WDW has the edge in attractions, but Disneyland packs more punch. Favorite rides that appear at both properties are better in California (Pirates of the Caribbean is twice as long and detailed, Space Mountain is super-smooth with superb effects) and Disneyland also has dozens of great exclusives, from the trippy Alice in Wonderland to the mind-blowing Indiana Jones Adventure (which is only outdone by Universal Orlando's Harry Potter ride). Ignore anyone who says Disneyland's California Adventure park sucks; once its new Little Mermaid ride (debuting June 2, years before Florida's version is in place) and massive Carsland expansion come online, California Adventure will make Orlando's Hollywood Studios look even more pathetic.

Cast members

You can spot a long-time Walt Disney World employee by the haunted "please kill me now" look in their eyes. The number of adolescent indentured interns from the college and international programs who increasingly fill the ranks in Orlando's park don't aid the resort's reputation for apathetic guest service either. In contrast, Disneyland cast members are older and seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs. Or at least they're much better at faking it.

Charm

The most intangible, but most important element that puts Disneyland on a higher plane is the sense of intimacy and originality that permeates it. Orlando feels like a giant well-oiled machine designed to extract tourists' money. Anaheim may do the same, but it still feels like the plucky little park that Uncle Walt personally crafted. Just compare Main Street USA at each park: In California you'll still find a penny arcade, silent cinema and magic shop, whereas in Florida it's all wall-to-wall plush toys and T-shirts.

I could go on, but the California Screamin' coaster is calling my name. Anyone know of a service that will ship my cats to me? If so, I might never return …

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