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11 Reasons You NEED to Go to Disneyland If You've Only Ever Been to Disney World

Smaller Crowds (and Better Castle Pictures)
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Growing up a Florida girl, I always thought of Disneyland as a smaller version of Walt Disney World that was missing EPCOT and the Animal Kingdom. But I recently had to totally eat my words when I experienced the magic of Disneyland with my family for the very first time. California locals have always argued that Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World. While I don't think I can make that kind of proclamation, I was blown away by the rides, how easy it was to get around, and the unique touches you'll only find in SoCal. Oh, and they have Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, which is worth a few hundred points in my book (sorry, Florida). If you've ever thought about going to Disneyland but have always ended up back at Disney World, here are 11 reasons you absolutely have to experience it at least once.

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