What's better, Disney World or Disneyland? I recently had the opportunity to visit both parks so I thought I would share my views with you.
Disney Land is in the middle of a city. It is surrounded by and walled off from the hustle and bustle of Anaheim, CA. This means it is surrounded by restaurants, grocery stores and hotels. When I went to Disneyland, I could go straight from my motel. At the end of the day we simply went back. Simple. Disney World, by contrast, is nothing like that. It sits on a large piece of land that is isolated from something else. Without staying in one of Disney's hotels, you'll see at least 30 minutes driving time to get to Disney World from anywhere in Orlando. Then you have to pay for parking and it is usually a long walk from your car to get to the park because the parking lot is amazing! With convenience, Disneyland is the clear winner.
On the other hand, the fact that Disney World is on such a large isolated piece of land brings its own benefits. There is much more area to spread out in and they can better create the experience of truly being in another "world". Disney World has 4 large parks – The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom. They also have some smaller parks and water parks, but I didn't go to any of them.
Generally, I say that both parks are worth it. Disneyland is much more comfortable, but it was that I was totally blown away by the overall experience at Disney World.