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Video: Ride Through of Disneyland’s Reimagined Alice in Wonderland

by on July 3, 2014

Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland has opened after refurbishment. Besides the outdoor section of the track being completely redone, the inside has received several upgrades. The new upgrades, which include new figures and sections of the ride redone with projection technology, give this Disneyland dark ride modern upgrades while keeping its classic look and feel. Check out our video ride through and let us know what you think!

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Entertainment to Get You Excited for Disney

by on July 1, 2014

A while back I posted a list of movies to show your kids before your Disney trip, films that would educate them about the Disney canon so that they would be familiar with park iconography. Watching princess movies is definitely going to get the kiddos psyched for your Disney vacation.

Everyone wants to get in the princess mood.

Everyone wants to get in the princess mood, even sitcom characters.

But what about you?

You know alllll about pixie dust. You’ve been there, done that with Cinderella (glass shoe, bibbidi bobbidi, yadda, yadda, yadda). You are fully familiar with dwarf nomenclature and know P. Sherman’s address by heart. So what entertainment do you, grown-up person, consume to get psyched for your Disney vacation? Here are some ideas.

All items are currently available on iTunes, among other places. So load up your phone, tablet, or classic iPod (yep, they still make those) to keep you pepped up during the plane ride to MickeyLand. Some items listed here are specific to Disney World or Disneyland but, in my opinion, any of them will pump you up no matter which coast you’re headed for.

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Sometimes you need some information with your inspiration. These ex-TravelChannel videos, while now fairly dated, will fill you in on the highlights of a Disney parks visit.

  • Undiscovered Disney Parks. Focuses on backstage experiences and less popular attractions.
  • Disney Parks: Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Get up close and personal with youngest Disney World theme park.
  • Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes. A look at some of the WDW infrastructure.
  • Ultimate Walt Disney World. A look at the Disney World thrill rides.
  • Disneyland Resort Behind the Scenes. Go backstage in Anaheim.
  • Samantha Brown Great Weekends, Volume 1, Episode 5: Orlando. Sam shows things to do if you’ll be spending some time off Disney property.

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Also note that there dozens of other old Travel Channel and Food Network episodes which cover aspects of the wonderful world of Disney. (R.I.P. Great Hotels, Season of Disney, and a billion Food Network Challenge Disney cakes.) You can find some these on tapes or DVD, but they are not readily available for quick download.

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More Potty Talk: Best Disneyland Restrooms

by on June 27, 2014

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Going to Disneyland, you expect to wait in lines for everything (hopefully not long if you are using our touring plans!), but there is one place you should not have to wait in line: the restroom. Disneyland restroom lines can be just can hectic as waiting in a line at an attraction. Today, I am here to show you the best Disneyland restrooms, where you can actually take a break from the craziness that can be Disneyland. 

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Review of Disneyland Single Rider Lines

by on June 26, 2014

Matterhorn Bobsleds Single Rider Pass

Matterhorn Bobsleds Single Rider Pass

Single rider lines at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park can be a very effective way to save time in your touring day at Disneyland Resort. Additionally, they offer another perspective of your favorite attractions through their designated queues. Being a single rider usually means you are placed with another group of guests, which can also lead to fun conversations and even potential new friends with a shared interest in Disney parks. Single rider lines are currently available at the following Disneyland Resort attractions:

  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin’ Over California
  • Splash Mountain

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Disney Parks Celebrity Encounters

by on June 25, 2014

Disney Parks are swarmed with celebrities, from world-famous mice to royalty. Most of them have scheduled times you meet them, get their autograph and take tons of pictures with them. But what do you do when you notice a celebrity in the Parks that isn’t on the Times Guide?

It may have happened to you. You’re waiting patiently in line for one of Disney’s great attractions when you realize that you vaguely recognize a person standing behind you. And then it hits you: You don’t actually know this person – you just saw him/her in the latest hit movie! It’s so out of context, your brain needed a minute to make the connection. So, what now? Before you go over and start hounding someone famous for an autograph, stop and think before you act. Remember, they are there for the same reason you are: to enjoy a Disney vacation with their family; they’re not walking the red carpet to promote their celebrity status. Try to imagine how you would feel if someone came up to you and started bugging you. That’s what you might actually be doing if you gush, ask for an autograph or try to initiate a conversation with someone who is actually a total stranger.

Hugh Jackman recently visited Walt Disney World with his family and posted this shot on his Instagram.  Can you guess what movie project he's working on?

Hugh Jackman recently visited Walt Disney World with his family and posted this shot on his Instagram. Can you guess what movie project he’s working on?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Preview Coming to Disney Parks

by on June 9, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Late this summer, a brand new Marvel blockbuster called Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters. To prepare for this huge release, beginning on July 4, guests at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland can catch an exclusive sneak preview, giving them an extended look at this upcoming film.

At Walt Disney World, guests wishing to see this preview can head to the ABC Sound Studio (the former location of Sounds Dangerous) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Disneyland, the preview will take place at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland (where Captain EO is currently playing. Disney does say Captain EO is expected to return at a future date).

The preview will be shown in 3D at both locations daily. This is similar to a sneak preview that is currently taking place surrounding the movie Maleficent.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1.

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TouringPlans #Everywhere: Budgeting for A Disneyland Trip

by on June 4, 2014

Photo courtesy Guy Selga, Jr

Hello! You may remember from my last post about traveling to Disneyland for TouringPlans #Everywhere that I am totally “California Dreamin” (on such a…uh, spring’s day?). Well, now I am back to give you a little more insight into everyone’s favorite subject: budgeting!

What?! You don’t love to budget? I guess that’s probably normal, which explains why I do enjoy it (e.g. I’m not normal). The sad fact for those of you who do not like to discuss vacation budgeting is that it is an essential part of the trip. My plan here today is to go through my experience budgeting for a Disneyland trip, tell you my thought process, and give you some tips.

Basic Info

As you may recall (but probably don’t), I will be travelling with my wife and two children, ages 5 and 3 at the time of the trip. We live in beautiful, scenic Pennsylvania, which, if you have a knack for geography, you will notice is quite far from California. And yes, my wife has to go although “if I didn’t tell her I could leave today.” We will be traveling in early October, specifically, around the weekend of October 11-13.

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What To Do When You Forget Your Memory Card At Disneyland

by on May 31, 2014

IMG_8802Last Tuesday I arrived at Disneyland’s Mickey & Friends Parking Structure with my camera at my side. My main goal that day was to take pictures and talk about my time in the park for our Observations series of posts. As I walked from my car to the tram loading area I started my ritual of going through my last minute mental checklist to make sure I have everything I’d need for my day in the parks. Cell phone? Check. Keys, wallet, annual pass? Got all those. After I went through my list I look down at my camera and I got the feeling that something wasn’t right. I stop in my tracks and reluctantly held my camera in my hand as the feeling of dread starts to take over, almost like when you pour yourself a bowl of cereal in the morning and then realize the milk in the fridge has gone sour. I flipped open the memory card slot on the side of my camera and realized that I forgot to take my memory card to Disneyland. I instantly remembered that I left it in my computer at home after I cleared it off for the day. Obviously this isn’t a huge problem for me because I only live 20 minutes away. But what if I was on vacation and a plane ride separated me from my house? I decided to take advantage of my forgetfulness and use this experience as blog post fodder.

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Observations From Disneyland and DCA: May 19, 2014

by on May 21, 2014


IMG_0662The big news this week at Disneyland Resort was the sudden price increases for all park tickets and annual passes. Unlike last year, there was no warning before the prices went up. Disneyland simply closed one day with the old prices, and opened the next day with new prices. I won’t go into much here, but the price increases have had a negative reaction. Also like clockwork, the local media has picked up on it again.

IMG_0601It’s been almost 2 weeks since Little Mermaid ~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure reopened with its improvements. I went into detail about the changes on this post, but now I’ve had some time to really soak in all the details. It really blows my mind that something as simple as a new paint job can make the ride so much better. In my opinion these changes took the Little Mermaid attraction from a simple dark ride, and made it into a future classic. I think people would consider it a must-do if this ride would have opened in the heyday of the Little Mermaid craze in the early 90s.

More pictures and observations after the jump.

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Observations From Disneyland: May 15, 2014

by on May 17, 2014

IMG_8704Over the years I’ve noticed that Disneylanders avoid the park if the weather is extremely bad in either direction. Anaheim has great weather for most of the year, but there are the few weeks when it is either cold and rainy or, like today, very hot. Here I caught Snow White walking through the hub, and no one bothered her. No one bothered her because no one was around.

IMG_8696This was the wait time board at 11 AM. Wait times for the past week or so have been a bit higher than usual because so many attractions are down for refurbishment. Today that factor was hardly even noticeable.

More pictures after the jump:

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