Archive for September, 2012

Last Week at Disneyland (9/16/2012 – 9/22/2012)

by on September 24, 2012

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The Halloween celebrations continued last week at Disneyland, as an extraterrestrial celebrity made a farewell flight over the Happiest Place on Earth.

Crowd Calendar

Busiest Day: Sunday 9/16 was a 6 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 7.5 and Disneyland Park at 4.7.

Quietest Day: Tuesday 9/18 was a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 1.9 and Disneyland Park at 1.1.

Subscribe to the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar for details on predicted crowds for the next 30 days.

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Pictures From Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Flight Over Disneyland

by on September 21, 2012

Today the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over Disneyland before landing at LAX airport in Los Angeles. The trip over Disneyland was one of the Endeavour’s final areas to see the shuttle during its three-day flight across the country.

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Weekly Disneyland Photo Update for September 21, 2012

by on September 21, 2012

This week I’ll be taking a look at the rest of Disneyland’s Halloween offerings I didn’t get to last week. As well as some construction around the resort.

The Dia De Los Muertos decorations are up again inside the Zocalo Park area of Frontierland.

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Private Lounge Available For Chase Cardholders During Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

by on September 20, 2012

Disney Visa Cardholders will have the opportunity to visit a special, private Chase Lounge during this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

During the 46 day event, which runs from September 28 – November 12, guests who have a Disney Chase Credit Card will have the chance to experience this private area on the second floor of the Festival Center (which is the former Wonders of Life Pavilion, found in Future World East in between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE). Guests will be able to relax and enjoy a beverage in the facility.

The lounge will be open from 9 am – 7 pm, and it is required that you show your Disney Visa card in order to gain access.

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“Wreck-It Ralph” Characters to Have Meet and Greet

by on September 20, 2012

For those who love to meet characters, Disney is going to be introducing two new characters into the mix this Fall.

Wreck-It Ralph, along with Vanellope Von Schweetz, will be debuting sometime this November to tie in with the upcoming Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph.  These characters will meet guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Magic of Disney Animation in the Animation Courtyard. According to Disney, the meet and greet centers around guests getting to step through Game Central Station, while catching glimpses of the various game worlds from the film on your way to “Sugar Rush,” where Vanellope and Ralph are waiting to meet you at the finish line.

As of right now, there is no word on what exact date the meet will begin.

 

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Join us for a “Drink Pumpkin Spice Latte in the Heat Meet” at DCA

by on September 20, 2012

The arrival of Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks means only one thing, Fall is here! Join me on Sunday, September 23, at 1:00 pm for the ”Drink Pumpkin Spice Latte in the Heat Meet.” The weather forecast for Sunday is 86 degrees, which is perfect coffee drinking weather as far as I’m concerned. Especially when TouringPlans is paying for your drink! That’s right, everyone in attendance will receive a free Starbucks Pumpkin Space Latte. The meet will take place in Disney California Adventure. Seating inside Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café (where Starbucks is located) is limited, so we will meet in the outdoor seating area to the right of Taste Pilot’s Grill.

If you are going to attend the meet, please RSVP on PlanCast. See you there!

 

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“Frankenweenie” Weekend to Take Place at Downtown Disney

by on September 20, 2012

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To help celebrate the new Disney movie Frankenweenie, Walt Disney World is offering a special event from September 28 – 30,  leading up to the film’s premiere. The event will take place at Downtown Disney’s Westside and will feature various experiences that were all inspired by the new film.

Events for that weekend include:

  • Special 3D showings of Nightmare Before Christmas (at 4:15 pm and 8 pm) and Alice in Wonderland (at 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm) at AMC Downtown Disney 24. A special extended preview of Frankenweenie will be show during the movies.
  • A New Holland Pet Cemetary photo spot, which will place guests among tombstones of beloved pets, like cats, rabbits, turtles, and dogs. This spot is sponsored by HGTV and will be located between the AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Something Silver. It will be available for guests between 6 pm – 11 pm.
  • Special merchandise will be available for purchase at D-Street.  Also, special treats will be served, such as Franken Fusion Lemonade and a Frankenweenie hot dog.
  • For the first time ever at Walt Disney World, guests will have the opportunity to meet Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. This will take place from 6 pm – 11 pm between the AMC Downtown Disney 24 and the Harley Davidson store.

Frankenweenie opens in theaters on Friday, October 5, 2012.

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Disney Announces Plans for Epcot’s 30th!

by on September 20, 2012

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It has been speculated for a while whether or not Disney was going to recognize Epcot’s 30th Anniversary, and now that speculation is over. On October 1, 2012, Epcot will offer a few special events, just for the momentous day.

First, courtesy of D23, guests will be able to attend select presentations in World Showplace, a special events building located behind the Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions. These events will be included in park admission; however, seating will be limited.

  • 1-2 pm – Designing the Future – Past and Present: A panel of Disney Imagineers remembers 30 years of building tomorrow!
  • 4:30–6 pm – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar
  • 6:30–8 pm – Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar

Also, at 3 pm, an anniversary moment will take place at the America Gardens Theatre. This event is slated to feature performances by Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty, as well as appearances by Disney leaders. Seating is limited here, as well.

Finally, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will light up the sky at 9 pm, followed by a special 30th Anniversary tag.

For those who will be in Epcot on its 30th Anniversary, it looks like it’s going to be a fun day!

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Tips for Bringing an Infant to Walt Disney World

by on September 20, 2012

I have often encountered guests nervous about bringing a baby along on a Walt Disney World vacation. While any trip with a little one can be challenging, a trip to Walt Disney World is about as easy as travel gets. Disney is totally used to having infants among their guest population and have systems and supplies on hand to make a visit with a baby as easy as possible. To make things even more smoothly for mom and dad, here are some things you should consider when planning a Disney trip with a baby.

Air travel can be tough on little ears

It's easy to have a great time at Walt Disney World, even with several small children in tow.

It’s difficult to predict how an infant will react to his first air travel. Feeding a baby, or offering a pacifier, may make it easier for the child to equalize ear pressure. If you’ve had a bad experience flying in the past, you may want to discuss with your pediatrician the possibility of using a pain reliever such as children’s Tylenol.

Your baby can go with you on any ride for which there is no height requirement

This gives you dozens of options at Walt Disney World. At the Magic Kingdom alone, babies can go on Buzz Lightyear, the Peoplemover, the teacups, the carousel, Small World, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. And that doesn’t include shows, parades, or character greeting experiences. You won’t lack for things to do at the parks. If there are more intense rides that you’d like to go on, but which don’t allow tots, then you can take advantage of Disney’s Rider Swap option.

Your baby will likely be more comfortable in your own stroller

The Disney rental strollers are hard plastic with no padding or support. Additionally, the Disney strollers must stay in the theme parks. They are really most appropriate for toddlers or preschoolers. For a smaller child, you’ll want something softer that reclines. You’ll also want to make sure that you have a stroller than can be used throughout your vacation: at the airport, at your resort, at Downtown Disney, etc. If bringing your own stroller doesn’t make sense, you’re likely to be better off with an independent rental than with the Disney strollers.

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Disney Floral and Gifts

by on September 19, 2012

I had heard about Disney Floral and Gifts a few times over the years, but didn’t have an opportunity to use their services until last month. What is Disney Floral, you ask? Well, it is allows folks to send arrangements, gift baskets, and other goodies for any occasion. These special deliveries can be made all over Disney property for a fee. If you are sending something to a Disney Resort they can usually set it a guest’s room if they are not present when the delivery is made so they are surprised when they arrive from the airport or come back from a long day in the parks.

I decided to give this service a try for the first time when two of my friends got engaged during their trip to Disney World in August. I wanted to send them a little something to say congratulations and this seemed like my best option.  Since they were celebrating an engagement I really wanted to send a bottle of champagne and a little something with Disney flair to go along with it. As you might imagine these friends are also big Disney fans so it was definitely appropriate to send something with a Mickey theme for their special occasion.

I did a quick search online and found the phone number listed as (407) WDW-GIFT and gave them a call. I spoke to the very friendly woman who answered. She pointed me toward their website which displayed all of their gift options. I told her I’d have a look and call back so I wouldn’t keep her on the phone which I’m sure she appreciated. So if you would like to send a loved one a gift in their room I’d suggest going to disneyflorist.com first to pick it out. They have all sorts of ways of gifts to celebrate everything from birthdays, to first trips to Disney World, to graduations and weddings. As I said I was looking for something appropriate for an engagement so I settled on a bottle of champagne with some other sweet treats. If you were unsure about the selection online or wanted to customize your order, I’m sure someone would be happy to help if you called.

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