Is it the Disneyland Resort or WDW? — A Quiz – Answers

Jack Spence Masthead

Yesterday I asked you to determine whether a picture was taken at the Disneyland Resort or at Walt Disney World. But besides picking the resort, I asked you to determine “why” it belongs in one park and not another. Here are the answers. I hope you scored 100%. .

Like all of my quizzes, no winner will be announced and no prizes awarded.

1. Let’s start with this picture of Schweitzer Falls. Is it located at Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom?

Schweitzer Falls

Disneyland is the answer. As you can see, Schweitzer Falls at Disneyland produces significantly less water than its counterpart at the Magic Kingdom.

Schweitzer Falls

2. While riding Thunder Mountain we see the remains of a dinosaur. At which park is this petrified monster located?


Disneyland is the correct answer. You can tell because the dinosaur at Disneyland faces left while his counterpart at the Magic Kingdom faces right. This is because the track configurations of the two attractions are mirror images of one another.


3. While we’re on the subject of dinosaurs, where can these fellows be found, Disneyland or Epcot?


This question was easy. The answer is Disneyland’s Primeval World. There are no triceratopses on Ellen’s Energy Adventure in Epcot.

4. Here we have Mr. Potato Head. What do you think, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney California Adventure?

Mr. Potato Head

The answer is Disney California Adventure. At DCA, Mr. Potato Head is located outside. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, he can be found inside. The backdrop for the two barkers is also quite different.

Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head

5. Where do you think Lightning McQueen was touring about on this fine day?

Lightning McQueen

If you look closely at the above picture, you can see the buildings of New York Street decorated with Christmas lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Below we see Lightning touring Radiator Springs at Disney California Adventure.

Lightning McQueen

6. Who do you think this judge is sentencing for grievous wrongdoings?


This judge can be found in the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction at Disneyland. At one time, he also handed down verdicts at the Magic Kingdom at WDW, but his court here was permanently adjourned in 1998.

The first picture below was taken at the Magic Kingdom, the second at Disneyland.

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

7. Prince Eric lives bicoastal. Where can we find this home of his?

Prince Eric Castle

The above home of Prince Eric is a miniature and can be found at Disneyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats. His home in Florida’s Magic Kingdom is much larger.

Prince Eric Castle

Storybook Land Canal Boats

Prince Eric Castle

8. The Rivers of America plays home to both the Mark Twain and the Liberty Belle. Which do we have here?


The Liberty Belle only has one smoke stack and calls the Magic Kingdom home. The Mark Twain of Disneyland has two smoke stacks.


9. While circling the Rivers of America, we come across a tribe of Native Americans. Do the people in the next picture call Anaheim or Orlando home?

Native Americans

At Disneyland (above) we find a storyteller passing on the beliefs of his people to others in his tribe. No such scene exists in the Magic Kingdom (below).

Native Americans

10. Which park do we find this sign advertising the Hollywood Tower Hotel?

Tower of Terror Sign

This marquee can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It features a somewhat gothic look. At Disney California Adventure, the sign takes on a more Spanish motif to match the surrounding West Coast architecture.

Tower of Terror Sign

11. Here we have the Cozy Cone Motel located in Radiator Springs. But which Radiator Springs?

Cozy Cone Motel

The above picture was taken in the “Cars” section of the Art of Animation Resort. This should have been easy for you to figure out as you can see the hotel in the background.

Below we have another version of this “motor” lodge. This one is located in the Cars Land section of Disney California Adventure. As you can see, the lobby of the California version is substantially smaller than its Art of Animation counterpart.

Cozy Cone Motel

12. Where is this restaurant that is bathed in perpetual nightfall?

Nighttime Restaurant

The above picture was taken of the Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. You can tell by the Chinese lanterns hanging overhead and the plantation in the background.

Below is the San Angel Inn Restaurant found in the Mexico Pavilion of Epcot. They look similar to one another when viewed from the ride, but are really quite different when studied up close.

Nighttime Restaurant

13. Where can these lovely hula dancers be found?

Hula Dancer

This was actually a trick question. Although the above picture was taken at Disneyland, it can no longer be seen there today. There once was a restaurant in Adventureland known as the Tahitian Terrace. It operated from 1962 until 1993 and featured Polynesian cuisine accompanied by hula dancers and fire eaters.

However, you should have known that the picture was not taken at the Spirit of Aloha show at the Polynesian Resort. The background in the above picture features an open-air, plant-filled backdrop while the show in Florida features a more elaborate stage with a solid backdrop.

Spirit of Aloha Stage

14. Here we have a picture of me ready to blast off on Space Mountain. At what park was I taking this journey?

Space Mountain

I was in a Magic Kingdom space vehicle. You can tell because I was sitting solo, single file with the other riders. At Disneyland, the space craft is wider and guest sit side-by-side.

Space Mountain

15. Here we see me riding Splash Mountain. Once again, at what park am I taking this journey?

Splash Mountain

Here things are reversed. At Disneyland, guests ride single-file in hollowed out logs. At the Magic Kingdom, guests sit side-by-side.

Splash Mountain

16. This is a back alley I’d rather not find myself in after dark. So which resort offers this less than friendly venue?

Back Alley

This alley can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To my knowledge, the Disneyland Resort has no comparable scene.

17. At what pet cemetery can we find this dearly departed pig?


Rosie can be seen outside of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion. Here, the pet cemetery is located adjacent to the queue. At the Magic Kingdom, the pet cemetery is located on a hill, making the angle of the picture taken of Rosie impossible – not to mention, Rosie isn’t one of the pets buried at the MK.

Disneyland Cemetery

WDW Cemetery

18. Obviously, this next picture was taken on “it’s a small world.” This picture offers a blatant clue as to which park it is located in, Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom. Which is it?

it's a small world

This picture of “it’s a small world” was taken in the Magic Kingdom. We know this because the water comes up to and surrounds the dolls and props on each side of the waterway. At Disneyland, the boats ride in a canal. No water is present near the various dolls and scenery.

it's a small world

it's a small world

19. Where can you play this carnival game?

Carnival Game

“Bullseye Stallion Stampede” can be found in the Paradise Pier section of Disney California Adventure. Although Walt Disney World offers two areas that feature such games (Dinoland at the Animal Kingdom and the Boardwalk Resort), only Paradise Pier offers “Bullseye Stallion Stampede.”

Below we see “Watergun Fun” at the Boardwalk and “Mammoth Marathon” at the Animal Kingdom.

Carnival Game

Carnival Game

20. Where can we find this vehicle?


This modern-looking vehicle is the tram tractor at the Disneyland Resort. Although the cars guest ride in are very similar to those found at the WDW parks, the power that pulls them are quite different. Below is the WDW version.


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19 Replies to “Is it the Disneyland Resort or WDW? — A Quiz – Answers”

  1. 15/20 – Not bad, since I’ve never been to Disneyland. Thanks for the quiz. It was fun, and it increases my desire to visit the Disneyland Resort so I can check out some of these differences first-hand.

  2. I got 50/50 right. Thanks for the quiz, it was rather entertaining. and i learned new things about some Disney attractions 🙂

  3. 17 right! Not bad!

    Thanks for writing, Jack! I loved your DCA posts, too… just didn’t find time to write comments now that I’m attempting to write a blog of my own.

    Loved this quiz,

  4. Having never been to DLR (or even CA for that matter), I thought I did pretty well with 14 out of 20! I enjoyed this, Jack. 🙂

  5. Another fun and informative quiz! Thanks for taking the time to organize it.

    I do have one question, though. On #16, for the life of me I cannot figure out where in DHS this scary back alley is located. Can you enlighten me, please? Thanks!

    Jack’s Answer:

    The alley is on the south side of New York Street next to the Brockerhoff Building. The alley is fenced off so you can’t actually walk along it, but it is very visible.

  6. Sixteen out of 20 correct! And I haven’t even been to the California Parks! Guess that shows how much I love WDW! Thanks for the quiz! Love them! Keep them coming!

  7. What a fantastic quiz! Thank you for compiling it. What fun!

    As a family we scored 13, so we are rather proud of our score, as we haven’t had the pleasure of DL yet.

    Thank you again!

  8. I’m shocked! I got 100%! About 2-3 were lucky guesses, since I’m not the Disneyland “expert” I once was.

    I remember the first time I saw it’s a small world down here in Florida. I loved the way the water covered the floor rather than riding in a canal. I thought it was a huge improvement in the attraction. I’m finally “old” enough that I love the attraction the same way as I did when I was a young teen at Disneyland.

    This is by far the best quiz results I’ve managed!

  9. Hi Jack,
    Nice going.
    Every time I see a picture of the entrance to Mr. Toad’s wild ride in Disneyland I’m always fooled it could have been Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris. They are very similar.

    Thanks for another weekly highlight!

  10. 12/20 is not bad at all for someone who has never been to CA. Gotta plan a trip. Thinking back stage magic might be the way to go.

  11. Great quiz Jack!

    I got a lot right and for a few that I got wrong I was aware of the differences (Space Mountain for instance) but got the parks mixed up.

    I wish I could have eaten at the Tahitian Terrace – that looks like so much fun.

    Thanks again for all the fun!

    Your Friend,


  12. hey Jack
    only missed 3. this quiz was a lot of fun and made me want to go back even more then before. as long as everything works out we should be booking a trip within the next few months. can’t wait for your next blog and as always keep up the great work.