Cour des Anges (Court of Angels)
New Orleans Square
One of the great "Coke vs. Pepsi" debates is whether Disneyland in California or the Magic Kingdom in Florida is the "better" theme park. In the end it's a pointless debate: while they're similar they both have their unique charms and if you enjoy one you owe it to yourself to visit the other at some point in your life. (Besides, I keep hearing that Disneyland Paris is the best designed of the Disneyland/Magic Kingdom parks so the debate may be extra-pointless).
If forced to choose, however, I'd choose Disneyland without hesitation. This has a lot to do with it being the park I grew up with, sure, but also has a lot to do with Walt Disney and his history, as well as a little land called New Orleans Square. New Orleans Square is my favorite area of any Disney park and I simply can't conceive of a Disneyland without it. No matter how much I like Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom (which I do) I can't help but feel like something is undeniably missing without New Orleans Square. Again, there may be no reason for this other than that cursed nostalgia that keeps us pretending cardboard dark rides are "classics", but it's just how I feel. At least in the case of New Orleans Square I think the nostalgia is justified as the land is intricate, beautiful, and lively: full of wonderful nooks and crannies like the court you see here. The land comes off as an idealized version of New Orleans and a wonderful love letter to the history and charm of that city.
Here's a shot of this beautiful area from down below.
Somewhat related side note: when I first started posting photos of Disneyland on Flickr a few years ago it seemed like Disneyland photos were incredibly rare compared to Walt Disney World photos. Lately, however, it almost seems like the majority of the shots are coming from Disneyland. What happened?