I went to Disneyland for the first time in October, and I have been to Disney World too many time to count. While I am no expert, I will weigh in.
As you know the fast pass system is different. Personally, I LOVE Maxpass, so much fairer. As mentioned dining is very different, table service often books fast.
There are a lot more resorts with even more dining options, but take time from getting to resort to resort. WDW is fairly spread out. If you have a rental it is easier to get to other resorts, if you are counting on Disney Transport to get from resort to resort it will take time, as you will have to grab a bus from your resort to a hub like a park or disney springs (I do NOT recommend this as busses seem to take forever at Disney Springs).
And another tip if you have your own transport. Driving to Epcot, Animal Kingdow, and Hollywood Studios is fine, and may be better than buses.
As far as the Magic Kingdom I suggest a bus, as you will have to tram from the parking lot to the TTC (Ticket and Transportation Center) then catch either the ferry or the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. The buses bring you much closer to the park entrance, no ferry or monorail.
As you understand the best strategies for rides is to be there at rope drop. Now this is harder for you as it’s a time adjustment that is not in your favor. But the parks fill up and bottleneck. Another strategy is to get in line for a ride minutes before the park closes.
As far as rides are concerned:
MK - not naming all rides:
Swiss Family Treehouse is different from Tarzans Treehouse, its the original
Pirates is better at Disneyland
Tiki Room is a little better at WORLD
Big Thunder Mt (BTMRR) I did not do, so I cannot say
Splash Mountain is much better at WORLD
Haunted Mansion I cannot say as it has the overlay
Liberty Belle is nice, but Disneyland’s version is much better
Tom Sawyer Island is much better at Disneyland
Jungle Cruise is similar, but slightly better at WORLD
It’s a Small World - Disneyland is better, but it bears a ride
Peter Pan - I did not do at Disneyland
Philharmagic - I did not do at Disneyland, but understand it is better at World, and usually the only wait is for the current show to finish, and you usually do not need a fastpass
Little Mermaid is about the same
Dumbo is the same except there are two rides
Winnie the Pooh I did not do at Disneyland
Space Mountain is smoother at Disneyland and better with the hyperspace overlay
Buzz Lightyear the guns are better at Disneyland
Astro Orbitor is up higher and giver some good views
I did not ride Autotopia so I cannot compare
The Carousel of Progress is a persoanl favorite, but I like the history with Walt
People Mover is not a headliner, but it is for me. I would do this at least once, it gives some good views, takes a load off, and also worth doing at night and at day.
Seven Dwarf Mine train is fun, but over too fast, I would not wait on a huge line for it.
Soaring is the exact same
Test Track is different, but Radiator Springs is much better in my opinion
Living with the Land is an interesting ride and we do not miss it
Turtle talk we did for the first time in California Adventure so I cannot compare
The Seas with Nemo usually has little to no wait, its ok
Journey into Imagination I would not wait more than 10 minutes for
Mission Space is good, I like both versions
Frozen Ever After I have not done
Epcot is under some major construction now. But a lot of people love the food options.
Tower of Terror is ok, Guardians in California Adventure is WAY better, you get so much airtime.
Toy Story Midway Mania I did not do at Disneyland so cannot compare
I have not done any of the new Star Wars rides at either
So very different
I personally recommend Expedition Everest at AK, Kilimanjaro Sarfari at AK, Catch the Lion King at AK, The Nemo show is well done if you are a nemo fan. Flight of Passage is good too.
Wow that was longer than I thought it was going to be. Looking back I mssed things at DLR, but I am content, I did most of what I wanted to.