Smaller doesn’t make it easier
It’s easy for Disney World regulars to almost sniff at how smaller Disneyland is. Yes, it’s only two parks, both smaller than Magic Kingdom at WDW. But that doesn’t make it any easier to get around. It can still be a huge hike around the parks with a wide distance between certain lands, not to mention going from one park to the other.
On that, park hopping sounds great with being able to literally walk from Magic Kingdom to California Adventure, yet that just increases the foot traffic around the areas, especially in the afternoons. It may not be the huge size of WDW, but Disneyland isn’t any less a challenge to handle a day hiking around.
The slightly different layout
While it keeps to the same “wheel” design as the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Disneyland does have some differences that can throw off longtime WDW fans. Adventureland is a bit complicated due to the Indiana Jones adventure, which adds to the lines there. There’s no Liberty Square, and having Haunted Mansion and Pirates close to each other in New Orleans Square can result in some packed crowds.
The different layouts for Fantasyland may confuse some, especially getting around the Matterhorn and subs. So fans of Disney World can’t assume the same strategy works for Disneyland as the layout has enough differences to make it feel like a new park.