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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – January 31 to February 6, 2016

by on February 12, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

Last week, the crowds we observed at Disneyland Resort closely followed what was predicted by the Disneyland Crowd Calendar with the exception of a cool, rainy Sunday. Disneyland crowds came in a point or two higher than Disney California Adventure most days meaning that the flagship park was more crowded relative to what we see historically than the newer park.

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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The Basics: Using the Crowd Calendar to Decide When to Visit Disney World

by on February 10, 2016

This is a continuation of our Back to Basics Series. Scroll to the bottom to see our other Basics posts.

Are you planning a vacation to Disney World? Wouldn’t it be cool to just pick up and go right now? In my mind, I’m there already with nothing to do to but have fun. Unfortunately, a reality check reminds me that we all have jobs, many need to consider school schedules, and finances and budgets need to be in order. Given all of these considerations, how can you possibly make an informed decision about the best time for your Disney World trip?

Well, today is your lucky day because this article focuses on TouringPlans.com’s Disney World Crowd Calendar, a powerful tool designed to help you make a decision about when to go so that you spend the least amount of time in line. Plus, see a handy summary of how specific holidays and Disney World special events affect how much time you’ll be in line.

[Even more luck! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland or Universal Orlando—TouringPlans provides Crowd Calendars for these destinations too.]

© Sarah Graffam

© Sarah Graffam

How will the crowds be during your Disney World visit? Use TouringPlans.com’s Crowd Calendar to pick the best week for your vacation.

Deciding When to Go: First Considerations

First and foremost, as with any trip, there are two basic factors that are crucial to deciding when to go to Disney World and that provide the context for using the TouringPlans Crowd Calendar. These are: (1) when you can afford to go and (2) when your schedule allows you to go.

In terms of when you can afford to go, maybe your goal is to save up first, or you are expecting a work bonus to put toward vacation, or your budget will be a bit more flexible once that car loan is paid off. As for schedule, you likely need to work around school vacations, a project at work, or family obligations.

Another potential factor is Disney World’s schedule. Is there a special event or time of year you would like to visit? Is it a must-do or just a bonus if it lines up with your other best times for vacation? Also keep in mind that peak crowds bring peak prices at Disney World resorts.

Considering these factors is bound to narrow down the time when you will take your vacation, and this is when TouringPlans’ Crowd Calendar can become an integral part of deciding when to go. Matching up all of these factors—budget, schedule, and what you’d like to experience at Disney World—with the Crowd Calendar is an excellent way to pick the best week for your vacation.

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High-res Scan of DCA’s 15th Anniversary Buena Vista Bugle Newspaper

by on February 8, 2016

Disney California Adventure’s free souvenir newspaper, Buena Vista Bugle, is really really great. The first issue was given out when the park “re-launched” on June 15, 2012 and it has been going strong ever sense. Today the park is celebrating its 15th anniversary and to commemorate the occasion a special edition of the paper is being handed to guests as they enter. If you can’t be at DCA today to celebrate take a look at some scans of the newspaper after the jump (I especially like the page with DCA opening day trivia):

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Video: Disney California Adventure 15th Anniversary Ceremony

by on February 8, 2016

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of Disney California Adventure. This morning the park opened with a small ceremony hosted by Disneyland Resort Ambassador Allie Kawamoto, that featured a speech by Senior Vice President of Disneyland Resort Operations, Mary Niven. Mentioned in the speech were DCA’s upcoming new attractions for 2016, such as Soarin’ Around the World, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Here is video of the ceremony:

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Pictures & Video: Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure

by on February 5, 2016

Disney California Adventure’s annual Happy Lunar New Year celebration has kicked off once again. The event features Disney characters in special Lunar New Year outfits, special food, exclusive merchandise, arts and crafts, and local community groups and performers in several different shows. Lets take a look at how Disney is celebrating the year of the monkey:

Happy Lunar New Year Procession Featuring Mulan and Mushu is the main event of the celebration. Dozens of performers, including drummers, acrobats, and more are a part of this 10 minute show that takes place outside of Paradise Gardens.
DSC00084The character meet and greet spot is located next door to Paradise Garden Grill. Here you can meet Mushu, Mickey & Minnie (in Lunar New Year outfits), or Chip & Dale (also in Lunar New Year gear). The characters rotate every 30 minutes.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – January 24 to 30

by on February 5, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland Resort saw wait times that tended higher than we would normally expect for late January, especially mid-week. The crowds were busier on the weekend than during the week, a trend that is most apparent during the off season and one that the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted well last week although crowd levels were one to two levels higher.

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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Guests Can Modify Disney Dining Reservations Online

by on January 27, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Have you ever made an Advance Dining Reservation and then realized that you needed to make an adjustment because you had a conflict that popped up or because the number of Guests you were bringing to the dining experience changed? It’s happened to me multiple times, however, in the past, I was unable to change my reservation, so I had to either cancel the reservation and start over or beg and be at the mercy of the Cast Member upon arrival at the restaurant.

Well no more! Now, Guests are able to easily modify their Advance Dining Reservations online, right from their computer. No more calling reservations to change seating time or number of Guests in the party!

Guests can make these modifications up to 20 minutes prior to their reserved seating time, however, keep in mind that this option is only available to be able to do through the website, not through a smart phone app, such as My Disney Experience or the Disneyland app. Guests looking to modify reservations can do so by visiting http://www.disneyworld.com/dining or www.disneyland.com/dining

Guests will still have the option to call can also call (714) 781-DINE for Disneyland or 407-WDW-DINE for Walt Disney World to speak with a Dining Reservation agent.

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New 4K Ride Through POV Videos on TouringPlans YouTube Channel

by on January 25, 2016

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Experience favorite Disney attractions in UltraHD with our new 4K ride through POV videos!

If you are a fan of the theme park news and reviews we share here on the TouringPlans.com blog, I hope you also frequent our TouringPlans YouTube channel, where we post a steady stream of clips from the Disney and Universal resorts. In case you weren’t familiar with our YouTube channel, now is a perfect time to check it out, because we’ve recently begun uploading new 4K ride through POV videos from Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

These new attraction videos have been recorded on iPhone 6S and 6S+ devices at 3840x2160p 30fps, and uploaded to YouTube at full resolution. If you have a 4K (or UltraHD) television with the proper streaming app or device, or a sufficiently powerful computer with a 4K monitor, you can appreciate the extreme detail of the clips’ native resolution.

Even if you don’t have a 4K device, these new clips should look better than ever however you watch them. On Retina iPad and MacBook displays, the 1440p resolution option looks noticeable better than standard HD, and even the 1080p version should look super-sharp thanks to intelligent down-sampling.

Here’s some of the 4K ride through POV videos we’ve posted so far, starting with a few of our favorite Disneyland dark rides:

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Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon Recap

by on January 25, 2016

medalsA few months ago I got the hair-brained idea that I should participate in the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. Last weekend, I followed through on that crazy scheme and came away with three medals and a new appreciation for Disney athletes!

The weekend started for me on Thursday evening, after I flew in and made it to my hotel on Harbor Boulevard. I was able to walk right across the street to the bus terminal and esplanade of Disneyland without any issues, and then mosey through Downtown Disney as I went to pick up my race bib and register.

rugI have heard many reports of long lines and insane crowds during bib pickup, and that was why I wanted to get that done during the last hour of opening on Thursday. My planning was rewarded with no line at all to pick up my race bib, and no queue when I wanted to look at the official Disney merchandise for the event. (These lines were much longer the next day, when I stopped in for one of the presentations.)

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The race bib pick-up and Rebel Challenge photo spot.

Because I was participating in the Rebel Challenge, I also had to get my picture taken so that it could be verified later that I had indeed participated in both races and finished. (This process went very smoothly on Sunday after the half marathon, I must say!) Then I headed upstairs and grabbed my shirts – one shirt for the 10K, one shirt for the Half Marathon, and one shirt for the Rebel Challenge. I decided to switch the size after I got a good look at them, and there was a special area for that and it took no time at all.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – January 10 to 16, 2016

by on January 21, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland Resort crowds followed the pattern predicted by the Disneyland Crowd Calendar with the notable exception of Sunday. Last year on the equivalent Sunday we saw Disneyland Resort hit a crowd level ‘2’ but this year the crowds were much busier. Wait times were up in general last week with each day about a point higher than the calendar predicted, resort-wide.

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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