Disneyland vs. Disney World: Ride Comparisons

There are many attractions which are the same in Disneyland and Disney World.  However, Some rides share the same name while other rides provide the same experience under a different theme.  Which is better, Disneyland vs. Disney World?

My family and I live in South Louisiana.  My wife and I both grew up going to Disney World because it is simply closer.

In 2012, my wife and I briefly visited Disneyland in California during one of my business trips.  We really enjoyed our time there and vowed to come back with our children.

And, we kept our promise and visited Disneyland in 2017 with our children.

Which park has better rides?  This is a very common question I get asked quite often from friends and family.

Therefore, I decided to do a ride comparison of our favorite similar attractions:  Disneyland vs. Disney World: Ride Comparisons.

So, Lets get ready to rumble…



California Screamin’ vs. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster


Winner:  Disneyland, California Screamin

California Screamin and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster are both high-speed roller coasters.

California Screamin is located in Disneyland’s California Adventure and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios houses Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Why is California Screamin better than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster?  Length of ride, visibility, and wait times.

The length of the California Screamin ride is much longer than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

California Screamin is outside, so visibility is awesome.  I like to see what is ahead – sort of adds to the excitement.

And, wait times seem much shorter at California Screamin than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

These 2 roller coasters are similar in many aspects such as they both launch to a countdown at the beginning and they both go in a loop.

California Screamin is longer and has 1 loop compared to 1 loop and 2 inversions on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  However, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster seems faster, but this could be an illusion because it’s in the dark.

In summary, this was a close comparison and simply came down to personal preference.


Pirates of the Caribbean – Disneyland vs. Disney World


Disneyland vs. Disney World Ride Comparisons Pirates of the Caribbean


Winner:  Disney World, Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland and Disney World share the same name; however, they are very different.

The attraction is located in Adventureland in Disney World and it is located in New Orleans Square in Disneyland.

Why is Pirates of the Caribbean better in Disney World?  The ride queue and the theme matches.

While Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean has 2 drops and is a bit longer than it’s Disney World counterpart, the first scene just doesn’t make sense.  What does a Louisiana swamp have to do with Pirates in the Caribbean?

Louisiana certainly has a rich pirate history (Jean Lafitte), but Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean does not take place in the muddy waters of the Mississippi River delta.

My opinion may be biased because I’m a Louisiana native.

The rides are very similar other than the queue and Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean stroll through the Louisiana swamp.


Test Track vs. Radiator Springs Racers

Disneyland vs. Disney World Ride Comparisons Radiator Springs Racers

Winner:  Disneyland, Radiator Springs Racers

Disney World’s Test Track and Disneyland’s Radiator Springs Racers are completely different experiences, but share the same car-themed concept.

Why is Radiator Springs Racers better than Test Track?  The overall experience is much better.  Honestly, there is really no comparison.

Most importantly, the scenery in the ride is simply awesome.  The breathtaking waterfall, audio-animatronics, tire changing/new paint scene, and the big race make Radiat