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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 17 to 23, 2015

by on May 27, 2015

The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions did great last week, missing only one day (Tuesday) on the resort-wide index. We saw average wait times in the upper half of our scale all week with no day dipping below a level ‘5’. Crowds on Friday’s 24-Hour Event were extreme but based on the definition of our crowd level index (average wait for core attractions between 10am and 5pm) the park level’s stayed below ’10’. It appears that the blue line indicating what we predicted on our Disneyland Overall Crowd Level Chart is missing the second half of the week. That is because the predictions are hidden behind the red line indicating what we actually observed.

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 – Disneyland Forever Fireworks

by on May 22, 2015

Disneyland has a new fireworks spectacular, and I’m happy to report it’s a worthy successor to the long running and beloved Remember: Dreams Come True show. Disneyland Forever uses fireworks, lasers, projections, and music to take the viewer through a history of Disneyland and Disney’s animated features. The films represented in the show include classic animated features like The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and Pinocchio, as well as modern features like The Lion King and Frozen. One of the highlights of the show is the projection technology used on Sleeping Beauty Castle and the buildings up and down Main Street. This means you don’t have to be standing directly in front of the castle to get a good view like the previous fireworks shows. Via the projections, Main Street buildings may be covered in honey during the Winnie the Pooh segment, or look like they’re submerged in water during the Little Mermaid segment. It’s a beautiful effect that works well. This also means you may need multiple viewings in different areas to get the full scope of the show.

Disneyland Forever premieres tonight at Disneyland. We now have video of a full performance on our YouTube channel. Let me know what you think of the new Disneyland Forever fireworks in the comments below.

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Disneyland or Disney World – What’s the Difference? Part 4

by on May 22, 2015

Disneyland or Disney WorldDisneyland or Disney World? Welcome back to our four part series, where we are debating this very question. In case you missed it, in part one we took a look at some of the key differences between Disneyland and Disney World in the areas of size and scope, atmosphere, and weather. In part two, we examined the topics of crowds, pricing, and hotels. In part three, we compared planning, transportation, and the parks. In our fourth and final part, let’s conclude our side-by-side comparison of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World by discussing events, resort extras, and dining.

Events

Disneyland Holiday TimeDisneyland Resort Events

The Disneyland Resort has lots of exciting happenings throughout the year. As well as offering several smaller events, Disneyland Resort is host to:

  • Lunar New Year: This is a fun celebration at California Adventure filled with festive decorations and entertainment.
  • Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend: This is a runDisney race event complete with Star Wars characters and entertainment.
  • New Orleans Square Mardi Gras: This is an exciting happening in the New Orleans Square of Disneyland complete with lively jazz music.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend: This is a themed runDisney race event filled with Never Land characters and entertainment.
  • Independence Day: This celebration has themed merchandise, tasty red-white-and-blue treats plus a dazzling fireworks show.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend: This is another incredible runDisney race event with courses that pass through both California Adventure and Disneyland.
  • Halloween Time: This event includes Disney villains, Halloween crafts, dance parties, yummy Halloween inspired treats, themed merchandise, and festive fall decorations.
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party: This party is held on select nights in September and October and includes exciting dance parties, trick-or-treat stations, character meet and greats, and dazzling fireworks.
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend: This is another runDisney race event this time with a Super Heroes theme.
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: This seasonal offering includes a special version of World of Color, holiday fireworks, a Christmas parade, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., holiday overlays to “it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion, Sleeping Beauty Castle covered in sparkling icicle lights, themed treats and merchandise, and the entire resort adorned with festive decorations.
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration: This event includes themed merchandise and treats, energetic dance parties, and a spectacular fireworks show.

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Video: ‘World of Color – Celebrate’ Debuts at Disney California Adventure

by on May 21, 2015

The first of three new Disneyland Resort nighttime spectaculars premiered tonight at Disney California Adventure. ‘World of Color – Celebrate’ (there’s a dash in the name!) is the latest version of the popular water show in DCA’s Paradise Bay. Celebrate is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and boy Disney got their moneys worth with him because he’s in almost every scene of the show. If I had to rank the top four things you’ll see and hear in the show it’s 1) water, 2) color, 3) Neil Patrick Harris, and 4) the word celebrate. This time around the show flows a lot better and is less like a clip show, Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey do a good job of threading everything together. Plus it features a ton of Walt Disney, which we can all agree is a good thing.

World of Color – Celebrate officially premieres Friday, but if you can’t wait here’s our video of a full performance of the show, shot from the front row:

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24 Things You Should Do at Disneyland’s 24-Hour Celebration

by on May 20, 2015

Disneyland Characeters

If you had the opportunity to stay at a Disney theme park for 24 hours, what would be on your list of things to do? Food? Shows? Characters? Attractions? The theme park would be your oyster. Even if you are not able to stay up the full 24 you will have a few extra hours to experience things you may have never made the time for. Well, you will have your opportunity to experience a 24-hour Disney theme park come Friday, May 22. To kick off Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration, guests will be able to experience The Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World theme parks for an entire 24 hours.

During this special event, guests will have the chance to experience different attractions, shows, characters, and food that they would not normally have the time to experience. Since making your Disney theme park—specifically The Disneyland Resort–trip a unique experience is my niche, I have put together a list of  24 activities (since it is a 24-hour event…get it?) to fill your time during this event. Even if you do not plan on attending a Disney theme park during this time, it is still fun to just imagine the things you would do during this exciting celebration.

*DL= Disneyland     *DCA= Disney California Adventure

1. Dine at the Blue Bayou (DL) – If you have never been to the Blue Bayou before then this is the perfect time to experience one of the best restaurants in any Disney theme park. Even though there might be a long wait, that should not deter you because you will have a lot of time on your hands.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Resort saw crowd levels vary between levels ‘4’ and ‘8’ on our scale, including a jump between those two levels in a one-day span between Friday and Saturday. Despite having some crowd levels above average, wait times were usually manageable at either park throughout the week.

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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Where to Find Walt at Disney World

by on May 17, 2015

Walt and Mickey

Walt and Mickey

When comparing the Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World, one of the biggest differences that always comes up is that Disneyland was Walt’s park while Walt never lived to see Disney World completed. While this is true, that doesn’t mean you still can’t find Walt’s attractions and touches on the East Coast. So keep reading to discover just a few of many places where to find Walt at Disney World!

The Hub: One of the most popular places to take a photo at the Magic Kingdom is in front of the statue of Walt and Mickey with Cinderella Castle in the background. Known as the Partners Statue, it’s appropriately positioned at the center of the park known as the Hub, where paths branch off towards the different lands of the Magic Kingdom. Just seeing the statue at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and at the park center brings it all back to Walt and his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse.  The Hub has undergone some changes lately, but you can still find statuettes of other characters that contributed to Walt’s success, such as Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and more.

101_3519Main Street, USA: Did you know that you can find Walt even before you enter the Magic Kingdom? When approaching the park entrance, you will probably hear a train whistle and the clang of a bell from up above as a train pulls into Main Street Station. This is because Walt loved trains! The Main Street Train Station, along with Main Street, U.S.A, provides guests not just a look at what Walt’s creations, but what was in his heart. Trains were one of Walt’s hobbies and he spend his free time planning and constructing a miniature train that he and his guests could ride on in his backyard. He called it the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Once you enter the park, you have to pass under the Main Street Train Station; but I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning about Walt to check it out. It’s filled with nods to railroad history and Walt’s passion for this vintage form of transportation. Main Street, USA was inspired after Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Walt loved growing up in Marceline and wanted to recreate his memories of the town in his park. He even included a few odes to his family and Imagineers in the names found on the windows above the street. Fun Fact: Walt has two windows of his own. One of them is on the Main Street Train Station and faces out at the entrance while the other is above the Plaza Restaurant and faces Cinderella Castle!

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Photo Tour of The New Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure

by on May 15, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Disney California Adventure began its huge multi-billion dollar transformation almost seven years ago and that things are still being improved! The latest enhancement is Grizzly Peak Airfield, a land in DCA formerly known as Condor Flats. The land’s airfield setting remains but has converted from a desert theme to a to rustic mountain setting. Overall it’s a huge improvement. The new theme raises the level of immersion and quality, and takes the park further away from the embarrassment it was on opening day. I have a lot of pictures from today so let’s get right in to it with this photo tour of the new Grizzly Peak Airfield.
DSC04539As you first enter the land you’ll notice the new Grizzly Peak sign. It looks great and in my opinion is a big improvement over the Condor Flats giant red radar tower.

DSC04541Walking in you immediately notice something was severely lacking from the land’s first incarnation. Trees! There are now multiple trees around the land that should provide some much needed shade for the upcoming summer.

Many more pictures after the jump:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 3 to 9, 2015

by on May 12, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting the wait times at both parks. As indicated by the comparison (right) between what we expected and what we saw, the resort wide crowd levels were within one index point every day last week.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – April 26 to May 2, 2015

by on May 5, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd levels on Sunday and Saturday but in between, crowd levels were lower than history would suggest. Last week’s trend was more evidence that in off-season conditions the parks are much busier on weekends than weekdays. We expect that trend to continue throughout the rest of May.

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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