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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – December 7 to 13, 2014

by on December 16, 2014

Last week, with the exception of Saturday, our predictions did well at both Disneyland Parks. Very well in fact. Most days the average wait times at both parks were within a few minutes of what we predicted. Saturday was a surprise however, with wait times soaring to levels normally reserved for holidays.

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 – November 30 to December 6, 2014

by on December 9, 2014

Last week, our crowd projections did well the first half of the week but our second half did not properly reflect the impact of Candlelight Processional on wait times across the resort. We saw average wait times on Thursday through Saturday at or near the highest points on our scale in some cases.

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 – November 23 to 29, 2014

by on December 2, 2014

As you can see on our weekly graph of wait times, we correctly predicted the shape of crowd flow last week and pretty much nailed the crowd levels as well. Overall, crowds were slightly higher than we predicted. Thanksgiving Day itself was the least crowded of the week, presumably since more guests chose to celebrate with their families at home rather than hit the parks.

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 – November 16 to 22, 2014

by on November 25, 2014

Disneyland crowd levels were up last week but not significantly so, except for Saturday. We tended to miss low with our predictions all week but we still managed to get within one index level of what we observed most days.

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 – November 9 to 15, 2014

by on November 19, 2014

Days around Veterans Day historically see no significant bump in attendance at Disneyland Resort. This year seems to be a significant exception. Sunday through Tuesday saw crowd levels that bordered on extreme despite our historical information which would suggest crowds much lower in mid-November. As much as crowds peaked on Tuesday they returned immediately back to levels we would expect by Wednesday.

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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5 Essential Tips for Dealing with the Rain at Disneyland

by on November 19, 2014

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Rainfall at Disneyland. Copyright- Disney

 

Southern California is a vacation paradise. Your average temperature–year round– is mid to high 70s and clear skies. It is the perfect location for a Disneyland Resort vacation. Unfortunately the only real obstacle you cannot prepare for–when you go on vacation–is the weather. You can gauge what the weather will be like in any particular month but you will not truly know until the week before we leave for your vacation.

Even though it hardly rains in Southern California there are still rainy seasons. The rainy season starts in October and ends in April. But I know most of you are not going to completely avoid those rainy season months just because of some rain. So, what is your plan of attack when you are on your vacation and it is raining at the Disneyland Resort? Below I have put together 5 essential tips for dealing with the rain when you are at the Disneyland Resort.If you are interested in tips on how to deal with the rain at Disney World, our other writer Daisy has an excellent article on that particular topic.

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#Everywhere – A Review of the Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites

by on November 18, 2014

Exterior (6)On my recent trip to Disneyland we stayed at the Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites, which is outside the resort area, but by only a little bit. We chose this particular hotel because we were told it was clean and that it was definitely close to the parks. We found both of those things to be true and were, for the most part, impressed with the property. Of course, there is a little more to it than that, which is good because this would be a very short post otherwise.

The Price

For many travelers, the cost of the hotel is the largest single expense. The Camelot cost us an average of $150.93 per night, which meant our 6 night stay cost $905.58 (including tax). Here is how that number compares to some of the Disney hotels in both California and Florida for the same dates (Prices found on MouseSavers.com):

  • Camelot Inn – $151 per night
  • Disneyland Hotel – $455 per night
  • Paradise Pier Hotel (Disneyland) - $342 per night
  • Grand Californian Hotel (Disneyland) - $526 per night
  • All-Star Sports (Walt Disney World Value Resort) - $124 per night
  • Caribbean Beach (Walt Disney World Moderate Resort) - $217 per night
  • Beach Club (Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort) – $494 per night

Now all of those are the full price rate, most of which can be discounted with various promotions, but it is still illuminating. The cost for the Camelot was less than half the price of the closest Disneyland on-property hotel (Paradise Pier) and right in between the cost for a Walt Disney World Value and Moderate.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – November 2 to 8, 2014

by on November 11, 2014

Our predictions did well again last week with wait times that peaked on Sunday and Saturday with a significant dip in between. Wait times were very low on Wednesday at both parks, the slowest day since early September.

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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Additions and Subtractions To 2014′s A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland

by on November 10, 2014

A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland has seen dozens of changes in its 20-year run (yes, 20 years!), and this year is no different. The biggest change this year is the addition of Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen. The parade’s theme song, which some describe as “classic” and others describe as “incredibly annoying,” remains the same. No matter how you feel about the parade, it is still very popular, and masses of people line up for their chance to see it. A Christmas Fantasy is currently scheduled for two performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and one performance Monday through Thursday. Check the times guide or our Lines app for showtimes.

Before continuing with the pictures we have HD video of a full recording of this year’s parade:

Changes:

IMG_2154sAnna and Elsa from Frozen have taken over Mickey and Minnie’s old ice skating float. This is the same float that appears in the strangely titled Soundsational Pre Parade during non-Christmas months.

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Disneyland Announces Fantasmic! FASTPASS Viewing Options and Dining Packages

by on November 7, 2014

3925500104_0e09eb9e3e_bThe time honored tradition of camping out 3 hours for a Fantasmic! viewing spot is now a little less necessary. Disneyland has announced that Fantasmic! will get a FASTPASS-only viewing area starting December 12. Disney also made it clear that there will still be a stand-by viewing area for those who want to keep it old school, but it’s unclear large or how good that viewing section will be. FastPass tickets will be distributed on Big Thunder Trail (that’s the path to the left of Big Thunder Mountain) and will be distributed until they run out or 1 hour before showtime. Even with a FASTPASS in hand, I’d still recommend that you get in line for the reserved section a bit early. If it’s anything like World of Color’s FASTPASS line in DCA, it is safe to assume that it will be very long and take a good amount of time to get through.

It wouldn’t be a Disney “Nighttime Spectacular” without dinner packages, so they have also announced a variety dining options that will get you FASTPASSes for the show.

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