Let me help make your vacation planning easier this summer by taking a closer look at Disneyland and Disney World Resort s for you. When deciding on a major vacation, many options need to be weighed. When am I going; where am I going; how long will I be gone for, and most importantly, what will I do while I m their. You can find information on Disney packages through your travel agent, online, newspaper travel section, or travel brochures, and magazines.

Most of the information I m going to site for you came from comparing travel magazines; Disneyland Resort, and Disney World Resort Florida. Both magazines are beautifully colored with Mickey Mouse appearing on them. Disneyland is celebrating their forty-fifth year of operation, so they have a large red forty-five on the front cover, with Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Minnie Mouse peering around the numbers. The Sleeping Beauty castle is in the background. A little girl wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt, is laughing, while holding Mickey s hand, in front of the Epcot ball, on the cover of Walt Disney World. If your vacation destination choices came down to simply experience, then Disneyland is the winner.

They have a sixteen-year head start over the folks at Disney World. Walt Disney opened the gates to thousands of elated fans in 1955. Walt Disney World opened their gates in 1971, too more than 45, 000 people. Both locations had beautiful blue skies to welcome their guests smiling faces. The future is at hand in Disney World. They are celebrating the next millennium.

Epcot is the exhilarating center of the celebration, with stunning entertainment, unique events, and interactive exhibits. At the end of the day, you can watch Illuminations 2000: Reflections of Earth, or Fantasmic, an nighttime spectacular that features water, music fireworks, lasers, and fire. Although it s not a millennium celebration at Disneyland, they have Fantasmic also with the finale being the fire-breathing dragon from the animated cartoon Fantasia. Both parks have: Magic in the Sky, firework shows near closing time, and if you watch the sky closely enough, you can see Tinkerbell flying overhead. Disneyland, and Disney World are divided up into seven enchanted lands that lead the young and young at heart to excitement, romance, fantasy, and fun. Follow Main Street U.

S. A to Frontier Land, Critter Country, Adventure Land, Tomorrow Land, Fantasy Land, and Mickey s Toon town Fair. Each area is filled with characters, from Disney s animated stories, entertaining park guests. You can also find plenty of refreshments, souvenirs, and rides within these many wonderfully decorative lands. For real thrills, chills, and high-flying fun, you can find Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at both Disneyland, and Disney World. Exclusive to Disneyland are Tarzan s Treehouse, Indiana Jones Adventure, and Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Exclusive to Disney World are The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and the Barnstormer roller coaster. Accommodations at Disney Resorts are second to none, and put you right in the middle of the magic, according to the AAA Walt Disney Vacation Video. At Disneyland, you can stay at the Disneyland Pacific Hotel and Disneyland Hotel. The monorail to Disneyland drives right up to the hotels.

While at Disney World, there is an array of beautifully themed resorts to choose from. All-Star Sports and Music Resorts let you experience larger than life images from movies and sports. Revel in the laid-back island lifestyle at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Journey to the old southwest at Coronado Springs Resort. Dixie Landings Resort brings southern character and charm to its guests. Experience Mississippi Mardi Gras and cool jazz at Port Orleans Resort.

Enjoy secluded lakeside living at the Villas Resort. Pioneer your way into the great outdoors at Fort Wilderness resort. Discover a quaint corner of the world at Old Key West Resort. Travel to the great northwest at Wilderness lodge Resort. The Boardwalk Resort captures the essence of the magnificent Atlantic Seaboard.

Treat yourself to turn of the century New England elegance at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Escape to a South Pacific paradise at the Polynesian Resort. If Victorian grandeur and grace strike your fancy, then the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will certainly delight you. Finally the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hearted d cor. On top of everything that has already been said about these parks, there is still more to discover at Disney World. You can visit Epcot, an ever changing, always entertaining, world of discovery and delight.

Some of the attractions are; World Showcase, offering the best cuisine and culture from eleven different countries. Future World, where you can go under the sea, or experience big 3-D thrills at Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which is also showing at Disneyland. Step into the Disney-MGM Studios, where you re backstage, onstage, and in the audience of a working movie studio. At the Studios you can also ride the new Rock n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, drop thirteen stories in The Twilight Zone tower of Terror, and see, Beauty and the Beast, live. At Disney World s Animal Kingdom, you can go on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, visit Dino land USA, or rescue the last dinosaur on the suspense filled thrill ride Countdown to Extinction. River Country Water Park is the perfect location for relaxation with its sandy beaches.

With snow-capped mountains, white water raft rides, flumes and floats, waits a winter wonderland at Blizzard Beach. Want to get shipwrecked on a sizzling, tropical island If so then Typhoon Lagoon is the place for you. Here you can snorkel through winding caves with live tropical fish and real sharks. Other attractions at Disney World are Downtown Disney s pleasure Island, the Boardwalk, Mini-Golf, and the Wide World of Sports Complex.

Located close to Disneyland, but not owned by them, are a few other major amusement parks; Knott s Berry Farm; Legoland California; Seaworld Adventure Park; and Universal Studios, all available for an additional cost. Clearly both Disneyland and Disney World offer fun and excitement for the whole family, but now it s your turn to decide what magical vacation you wish to embark on. All of this fun in the sun awaits you on your next Walt Disney vacation.