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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

by on May 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland crowds during the week continue to be much higher than history would suggest for the last week in April. Since 2012, no park has hit a crowd level above a ‘6’ during the final week of April and most years the average crowd level is ‘4’. This year is different for some reason that remains a mystery. From our observations in the parks it feels like staffing may be contributing to the longer lines. Restaurants seem unprepared for the influx of lunchtime guests and rides seem to be operating at less than capacity. Staffing does not fully explain the increase in wait times during the week however. The ‘value’ pricing for tickets during the week may be a factor as well.

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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Trivia Tuesday: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel + Video

by on May 10, 2016

DSC02921Welcome back to Trivia Tuesday!

Here’s a short and sweet video about Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel found on Disneyland Resort property in Anaheim, California.

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Disney California Adventure AtMousePhere: Part 1

by on May 5, 2016

 

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Back in July of 2014, I started this blog series called “AtMousePhere,” covering the background music of the Disney Parks. I mentioned way back in my first post:

Maybe you’ve never really paid attention to the atmospheric soundtrack, but that music subliminally creeps into your psyche and gears you up for wherever your feet take you!

That sentiment has been in existence ever since Disneyland first opened in 1955, and it continued across the country in Orlando. But most recently in the United States, it has simply moved across the Esplanade into Disney’s “newest” US park, Disney California Adventure.

DCA encountered some initial criticism back in its first form by critics and guests alike. However, with some tweaking and overhauling here and there, it has developed into one of Disney’s finest parks, containing some pretty fantastic music!

We’ll split the park in two and discover the music of the unique lands! (Note: we’ll be covering its current incarnation only.)

Buena Vista Street

Copyright ClaireNat2016Main Street, U.S.A. and Sunset Boulevard are two great examples of background music that reflects the time period that Imagineers were trying to emanate. Buena Vista Street certainly fits the mold of its predecessors, for sure. Since the area is supposed to recall the era when Walt Disney first traveled to California, the music consists of jazz and Big Band that would have been heard in the 1920s and 1930s!

Some of the artists that you hear are current bands playing those hits. They are the Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra, Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, the music of Dean Mora’s orchestras, and the Palm Court Theater Orchestra. (You can find some – but not all – of the music on iTunes or Amazon, or you can find it on their websites.)

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 17 to 23, 2016

by on April 29, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

For the second week in a row, wait times at Disneyland Park between Monday and Thursday were much higher than we would normally see this time of year while wait times on the weekends (including Friday) were comparable to what we have seen in the past. It is interesting that the new Single Day Ticket Pricing scheme labels days during the week as “Value” while weekend days are labelled “Regular”. It is reasonable that the pricing scheme might be impacting when single day guests choose to visit Disneyland Park. Strangely, crowds at Disney California Adventure seem to be unaffected with five out seven predictions hitting the mark 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 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week was two weeks after Easter and the first week back to school for most of the major school districts in the Western U.S. Despite it being one of the least crowded weeks historically, Disneyland Park was shockingly packed with every day reaching a crowd level ‘8’ or higher. This continues a string of surprising crowds at Disneyland Resort in 2016. What is most interesting is that the crowds were focussed almost exclusively at Disneyland Park while Disney California Adventure stayed within a point or two of what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted.

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

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Soarin’ Around the World to Debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure in June

by on April 20, 2016

Soarin' Around the World

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Guests will finally be able to see the world on Soarin’ at both Epcot and Disney California Adventure.

Beginning on June 17, Soarin’ Around the World will debut giving Guests a glimpse of the Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor in Australia, and the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The ride will immerse Guests in a multi-sensory experience with sights, sounds, and smells.

The soundtrack of the attraction will see a bit of a change that fits with the new destinations, but will still be based on the current version. There will also be a surprise ending for Guests to experience.

Here is a preview of what Guests will be able to expect with the new film:

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on April 19, 2016

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You won’t want to be late! There’s a great new sequel to Alice in Wonderland called Alice Through the Looking Glass coming to theaters soon. To get you ready for the upcoming film, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Beginning May 6, for a limited time, you’ll be able to catch a preview of the upcoming film at the theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and for those Guests who will be visiting the west coast, they will be able to catch the 3D preview at Disney California Adventure in the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) with special in-theater effects. This sneak preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass will last for 10 minutes from May 6 through June 12.

The film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, returns Alice to the whimsical world of Underland where she travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

Time is of the essence! You won’t want to miss this preview before the clock runs out!

Are you anxious to catch Alice Through the Looking Glass which debuts in theaters on May 27?

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 3 to 9, 2016

by on April 12, 2016

How Crowded Was DIsneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

This week we have added an indicator to our chart that displays the crowd levels that we saw during the equivalent week in the prior year. What a difference a year makes! Last week the crowds at Disneyland Resort were near the top level on our scale, much higher than we typically see during the week after Easter. The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions for April 4 – April 10 were adjusted in March and it appears now that those adjustments were warranted, although crowds tapered off on Friday and Saturday when the Disneyland Crowd Calendar expected them to surge.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 27 to April 2, 2016

by on April 7, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, crowds at Disneyland Resort closely followed the arc that the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted we would see. If anything, the parks were slightly less crowded than predicted but not by much and mostly at Disney California Adventure. Still, the ‘8’s, ‘9’s and ’10’s make last week one of the busiest weeks that we will see at Disneyland all year.

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

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 20 to 26, 2016

by on April 5, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Disneyland crowds hit the highest level on our scale four out of seven days last week. Although still extremely busy, the parks were a little less crowded on Sunday and Saturday while during the week wait times were extreme in both parks. Disney California Adventure was notably less crowded than Disneyland Park most days.

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

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