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“Glow With The Show” Changing To “Made With Magic” at Disney Parks

by on October 20, 2014

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©Disney

Recently Disney rolled out “Glow With The Show” ears; they appeared at Walt Disney World last year and were introduced at Disneyland a year prior. Well, it seems that the concept is being re-branded, and it will now be known as “Made With Magic.”

In addition to being re-branded, new merchandise items have been created for guests to purchase and enjoy. These items include a Sorcerer Mickey wand (which will offer an additional function of changing the light patterns of other “Made with Magic” products), a Mickey Mouse glove, and a Minnie Mouse headband. The previously offered “Glow With The Show” ear hats will still be available, as well.

For those who are unaware, the “Made With Magic” items utilize interactive technology that allows the products to blink and change color in response to the environment you are in at the parks. Places in Walt Disney World that make use of the interactive elements include Fantasmic! and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the Celebrate the Magic castle light show and the Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland, the products interact with World of Color at Disney California Adventure, as well as Fantasmic! and the nighttime fireworks show at Disneyland. When the merchandise isn’t interacting with the environment, it is in a color-changing mode.

The first item to arrive will be the Minnie Mouse headband, which will be available in late October/early November. The Mickey Mouse glove and Sorcerer Mickey wand can be purchased beginning in late November/early December. The ear hats are available now. Each item will cost $25 and be available at select locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

With the new products being offered, are you more likely to purchase a “Made with Magic” interactive item?

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – October 5 to 11, 2014

by on October 19, 2014

Disneyland Resort saw peaks and valleys on our scale this week in line with the schedule for Mickey’s Halloween Parties. When Disneyland Park hosted a party the crowds during the day were two or three points lower than days without a party. This makes a good tip for savvy guests visiting the resort who wish to experience low crowds and don’t plan on visiting during the parties. If you don’t mind the shorter park hours crowds will be much lower on days with a party – at both 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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Details About Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet Opportunities

by on October 16, 2014

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Who else is looking forward to hugging Baymax from the upcoming Big Hero 6? Well beginning at some point this Fall, you’ll have the chance to do so on both coasts!

For guests who are headed to Walt Disney World, you’ll need to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where inside The Magic of Disney Animation, you’ll be able to tour the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s lab. From there you’ll make your way to Hiro’s garage workshop to meet both Hiro Hamada and Bamax.

Unfortunately, this means that we will no longer be able to head to Sugar Rush; we’ll be losing the meet and greet for Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope. Their meet and greet officially closes on October 24. (Guests looking to at least see Ralph or Vanellope will still be able to find them in the “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade” and the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” this year.)

In Disneyland, guests should make their way to Tomorrowland’s Starcade, where you’ll be able to visit Hiro’s robotics workshop and see both Hiro and Baymax. Guests will also be able to see an extended sneak peek of the upcoming film Big Hero 6 in the Magic Eye Theater. (Where Captain EO could previously be found.)

The only detail we now need to wait for is the opening date, as it hasn’t been announced for either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. The only information we have is mid-November. Big Hero 6 rolls into theaters on November 7.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 28 to October 4, 2014

by on October 8, 2014

Late September usually brings crowds that are slightly busier than early September but still manageable and our predictions held true again this year. We also are seeing a continuation of the trend that weekends are busier than weekdays at Disneyland 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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Disney Visa Discounts Available for Disneyland through Mid-December

by on October 8, 2014

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©Disney and Chase

It’s a good time to be a Disney Visa cardholder (Ed. – note to self, we should probably do an article on the Disney Visa and its pros and cons one day). Since releasing discounts for Walt Disney World for cardholders, Disney has today released discounts for Disneyland in California for travel weekdays (no Fridays or Saturdays) from the end of October through December 18 (the Thursday before Christmas). So if you’d like to travel to catch Halloween or some truly spectacular Christmas theming, book by December 18 by calling Disney or contacting your travel agent.

As always, thanks to Sue Pisaturo at Small World Vacations for passing on the info about this Disneyland discount.

Offer details are at http://disneyrewards.com/offers/dlrroomq1/ and are as follows:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 21 to 27, 2014

by on October 1, 2014

Last week, crowds at Disneyland Resort hit levels on our scale a point or two higher than the previous few weeks. Predictably, weekend crowds hit higher levels than weekday crowds, a trend that is quite noticeable in the Fall season. Crowds at Disneyland Park stayed higher than Disney California Adventure each 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 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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