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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 14 to 22, 2014

by on September 22, 2014

Predictions did very well last week with our Resort-wide predictions hitting the mark every day except Saturday. Wait times remained below average until the weekend arrived when we saw the first level ’6′ of September. The Southern California heat meant that Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run were some of the busiest attractions of the week. During the week wait times were generally low however, and guests experienced relaxed touring across the resort.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 7 to 13, 2014

by on September 17, 2014

September is usually the least crowded month at Disneyland Resort. Add in the extreme California heat experienced last week and you get some super low wait times. We also saw some higher than usual waits at rides more likely to cool you off like Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Video: Haunted Mansion Holiday 2014 Opens at Disneyland

by on September 12, 2014

Haunted Mansion‘s annual transformation in to Haunted Mansion Holiday has taken place at Disneyland. The attraction looks unchanged from last year, but that won’t stop fans from flocking to it this season. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival also started their seasonal runs today, so there is plenty to do at Disneyland if you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit a little early. Haunted Mansion Holiday runs through January 6, 2015.

Here is a full video ride through of Haunted Mansion Holiday 2014:

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#TBT: Disneyland’s Light Magic

by on September 11, 2014

Werner Weiss for Yesterland.com

photo courtesy of Werner Weiss for Yesterland.com

Throwback Thursday

Quick! Name three Disney Park nighttime spectaculars!

Main Street Electrical Parade!

Fantasmic!

Light Magic!

…wait. What was that last one?

“Light Magic?”

Many of you might be scratching your heads at the last nighttime spectacular mentioned here. Light Magic wasn’t a parade, wasn’t based on any Disney movie, and wasn’t very liked at all. That’s why the show only lasted 15 weeks in the summer of 1997 despite being heavily promoted for a year.

Yet, when you watch Light Magic, you can see elements of Disney Parks parades from the new millenium appearing in its earliest forms. And if you listen, you can hear one of my favorite Disney Parks soundtracks of all time. Let’s look back at Light Magic.

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What to Expect from 2014′s Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

by on September 9, 2014

DSC00864Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special extra-ticket event held select nights at at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, during the Halloween season. The party includes a special fireworks show featuring a fly-by of Zero (instead of Tinker Bell), a costumed character cavalcade,  trick-or-treating, dance parties, and more.

Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place in Disneyland on select nights in the fall, typically running from late-September until Halloween. In 2014, the party dates are September 26, 30, October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14,  17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31.

 

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are now on sale.

What time is the Party?

Officially the Party runs from 6 pm on some nights and 7 pm on others. The party runs until 11 pm or 12 am, depending on the night. Guests with valid Halloween party tickets may enter the park up to three hours prior to the event’s start time.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – August 31 to September 6, 2014

by on September 9, 2014

Other than Labor Day Monday when both parks hit a level ’6′ on our scale, last week was a great week for Disneyland Resort guests to experience low wait times. Disney California Adventure, in particular saw average posted times among the lowest you will see all year.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Disneyland Resort Rolls Out Resort-wide Dining Price Increases

by on September 8, 2014

t_logoLast week Disney rolled out dining price increases throughout Disneyland Resort. Most entrees were increased by 50 cents, while some items such as Plaza Inn’s Pot Roast, wen’t up by as much as $1.

Some notable price increases include:

There are dozens of other price increases so I won’t bore you by listing them all here. Our Disneyland dining menu database has been updated so be sure to check it out if you’re curious about a specific menu item going up in price.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – August 24 to 30, 2014

by on September 5, 2014

Welcome to the Disneyland Resort Crowd Report! Here we take a look at how our crowd predictions performed the previous week and take a brief look at the week to come.

Last week, no park reached wait times higher than a level ’5′ on our scale and most days stayed around a ’2′ or ’3′. That means posted wait times averaged 10 to 30 minutes at most attractions. We are still seeing some attention at the newly refurbished Alice in Wonderland. If that is an important part of your trip to Disneyland you may want to move that attraction earlier in your touring plan.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

 

Disneyland Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
4
3

Disney California Adventure saw wait times lower than usual on Sunday, including an average posted time of 20 minutes at Soarin’ Over California (predicted 22). Although, Radiator Springs Racers wait times were high as usual (62 minute average, predicted 67).

Disney California Adventure
5
2

Monday, August 25, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
3

Predictions hit the mark at both parks on Monday. Average posted time at Space Mountain was 26 minutes, we predicted 25.

Disney California Adventure
2
2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
3

Another level ’3′ for Disneyland on Tuesday with no attraction reaching an average posted time above 34 minutes (Peter Pan’s Flight) while many attractions hit the lowest level on our scale at DCA including California Screamin’ (5 minutes) and Radiator Springs Racers (47 minutes).

Disney California Adventure
3
2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
2

Our predictions were one level too high at both parks on Wednesday. Standout attractions were Alice in Wonderland (26 minutes, predicted 23) and Grizzly River Run (25 minutes, predicted 29).

Disney California Adventure
3
2

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
2

Level ’2′ across the board on Thursday with no attraction averaging a posted time higher than 35 minutes other than Radiator Springs at 49 minutes.

Disney California Adventure
2
2

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
4

Wait times jumped slightly higher on Friday driven by increases at Big Thunder Mountain (23 minutes, predicted 13) and Soarin’ Over California (30 minutes, predicted 23).

Disney California Adventure
2
3

Saturday, August 30, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
5

Weekend crowds pushed many attractions one level higher on our scale on Saturday. Alice in Wonderland continues to draw attention after its July refurbishment. We saw an average posted time of 33 minutes there which represents a ’10′ on our scale for Alice.

Disney California Adventure
3
4
What to Expect This Week
August 31 to September 6, 2014
How Crowded is Disneyland Resort?

How Crowded is Disneyland Resort?

The first week of September is typically a great week to visit the Disneyland Resort. Crowds are lighter with most schools in session and summer vacations concluded for most families.

To see Disneyland Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.

To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.

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Video: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Makes His First Appearance at Disney California Adventure

by on September 3, 2014

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Walt Disney’s original animated characters, won’t have a permanent meet and greet in Disney California Adventure until September 14. Howeer, Annual Passholders at a private party last night got an early look at the character. Oswald did not meet and greet during the event; he only traveled down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards in the jalopy usually used by Five & Dime.

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Using Disneyland Touring Plans and the Lines App

by on August 27, 2014

Radiator Springs Racers entrance -Natalie Reinert

I was determined to avoid lines at Disneyland as much as I do at Walt Disney World. Serious planning was needed.

As a Disney World veteran, there are two things I don’t bother with much anymore: park maps, and extensive planning. I know where everything is, I know when I want to see it, and I know how long I am willing to wait for things (about twenty minutes, generally). I think at this point my feet carry me from place to place without my brain directing them.

But for our first (of many, we hope!) Disneyland Resort trips, I knew that I needed to do some extra planning. Standing around with my face in a park map, trying to figure out where to go next, was simply not an option. I don’t even carry a bag in the park, let alone a map. But I needed a plan to get my family around Disneyland and Disney California Adventure without wandering aimlessly and getting caught in long queues. And, just in case of attraction breakdowns or unexpectedly long wait times, I needed the ability to make an on-the-spot back-up plan. How could I manage that in a park I’d never been before?

Enter personalized plans from TouringPlans.com, and the Lines App.

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