TL;DR - Orlando's SWL has advanced enough that we can begin to see how the area around Rise of the Resistance will be different from Anaheim's - DHS version is wider and more square whereas DLR version is narrower and longer. Pluses and minuses to each I'm sure. And satellite views have been updated enough that we can make direct aerial comparisons between both versions. These show the DHS version does not lack for overall space compared to DLR.
With the latest aerials, the layout differences around the Rise of the Resistance area are starting to become clear.
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I've scribbled some boxes and arrows to try to highlight differences.
The area around RotR in Anaheim will be much longer but narrower than the one in Orlando. It'll probably be like the difference of walking along a street or alleyway (Anaheim) versus through a square or plaza (Orlando). I suspect Anaheim's might have a better sense of journey or discovery as you'll walk along and see things revealed in the distance, whereas Orlando's will might seem more abrupt but also more enveloping in certain spots. Pluses and minuses to each I'm sure.
- The yellow box is the RotR queue entrance structure (making an educated guess for DHS). You can see how the relative location and orientation is different on each coast.
- The red box is the backstage support building.
- The dashed brown line is the X-wing replica area. In Anaheim, there looks to be a small plaza between the X-wing and backstage building. In Orlando, the probable spot for the X-wing seems smaller (no plaza) with an adjacent barrier themed as a crumbling wall.
- Arrow A: note how the Orlando backstage building will be almost right across the path from the exit of RotR, whereas in Anaheim it's significantly farther down the path.
- Arrow B: you can see how narrow Anaheim's SWL becomes relative to Orlando's. And similar to the backstage building, note how different the location of the X-wing will likely be between the 2 coasts.
Relatedly, I remember this subject came up about 1.5 years ago:
@marni1971 was kind enough to dispel the assertion that DHS was lacking for space, and @egg provided some additional explanation:
Satellite map views have been updated enough that we can make direct comparisons.
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Below I've used Anaheim's SWL as a base map and overlaid it with the approximate locations/boundaries in Orlando:
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- Rise of the Resistance queue entrance (A=Orlando, AA=Anaheim)
- Backstage building (B=Orlando, BB=Anaheim)
- X-wing replica (C=Orlando, CC=Anaheim)
And, for kicks, here's a full view of Anaheim's SWL overlaid with the outlines of Orlando's (give or take a few feet):
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I thought you'd appreciate itThis is a really interesting thread. It's not often where you have an almost exact clone of something in both coasts on this scale where you can compare subtle differences like color hues.
With some exceptions, the Florida version seems to be more saturated and higher contrast. My guess is that this is because for much of the year, Florida has mucky overcast or partly cloudy skies, particularly from June through October, whereas Southern California typically has clear (albeit smoggy) skies. Florida has beautiful skies from November-ish to April, though. Overcast skies make grays and whites blend more with the sky and ground and it makes everything look bland.
Or, maybe they just wanted them to be less identical.
In terms of layout and shape, yes. There are also differences in theming. But I understand that this particular aspect will be insignificant to some. If this is the case for you then it would seem that this thread is of little interest to you.Absolutely:
There are no significant differences other than topography due to the size constraints in Disneyland and the encroachment of the river.
to the OP very cool thread here! And I am glad we can all agree the DHS version is far superior to DL
I can't wait to see what they come up with when the land goes into previews for paying customers in a few weeks!
Serious question. Has anyone heard a reason for these differences? I remember reading about a slight differences in hues to account for different levels of sunlight, smog, weather, whatever, but this seems like a lot more than that. Two different concepts altogether.