As someone who’s never been; what is so bad about Disneyland?
I’m not too Bashful to say you really have to be Grumpy or Dopey to hate it. If you’re Happy at all or a childish Doc like me its really a lot of fun. Seriously though it all depends on your outlook. Yes its very contrived and a bit over priced. It can be very crowded at times with long lines and the expensive souvenirs are all junk made in China. On the other hand if you like amusement park rides in an environment that is spotless and staffed by people who go out of their way to help you have a good time then its a great place.
It also depends a lot on who you are there with. I remember the first time we went there with our oldest who is now 23. She was 2 at the time and I don’t think I ever saw her smile or laugh so much. If your idea of a vacation is lying on the beach with a beer than Disney world isn’t going to be the place you want to go. The lines can really be annoying and tiring but if you time things right you can avoid most of that. We usually hit the park first thing in the morning, then head back to the hotel pool for the heat of the afternoon and back to the park again in the evening if everyone is up for it.
If your kids are a little older, Universal studies is practically down the street from Disney and if you stay in their hotel you gat a VIP pass that gets you around all the lines ( definitely worth the cost of the hotel). Their rides are geared more to the older crowd than at disney and the park is smaller so its less exhausting.
My kids are all in college and they still enjoy going to Disney World, in fact we will be going this spring since they all happen to have the same vacation, but we will spend half of our week there and half at Universal.
Its not a trip to Rome or Paris but each type of vacation fills different needs. It all depends on what your up for at the moment.