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What to Expect from 2014′s Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

by on September 9, 2014

DSC00864Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special extra-ticket event held select nights at at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, during the Halloween season. The party includes a special fireworks show featuring a fly-by of Zero (instead of Tinker Bell), a costumed character cavalcade,  trick-or-treating, dance parties, and more.

Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place in Disneyland on select nights in the fall, typically running from late-September until Halloween. In 2014, the party dates are September 26, 30, October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14,  17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31.

 

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party are now on sale.

What time is the Party?

Officially the Party runs from 6 pm on some nights and 7 pm on others. The party runs until 11 pm or 12 am, depending on the night. Guests with valid Halloween party tickets may enter the park up to three hours prior to the event’s start time.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – August 31 to September 6, 2014

by on September 9, 2014

Other than Labor Day Monday when both parks hit a level ’6′ on our scale, last week was a great week for Disneyland Resort guests to experience low wait times. Disney California Adventure, in particular saw average posted times among the lowest you will see all year.

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 Rolls Out Resort-wide Dining Price Increases

by on September 8, 2014

t_logoLast week Disney rolled out dining price increases throughout Disneyland Resort. Most entrees were increased by 50 cents, while some items such as Plaza Inn’s Pot Roast, wen’t up by as much as $1.

Some notable price increases include:

There are dozens of other price increases so I won’t bore you by listing them all here. Our Disneyland dining menu database has been updated so be sure to check it out if you’re curious about a specific menu item going up in price.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – August 24 to 30, 2014

by on September 5, 2014

Welcome to the Disneyland Resort Crowd Report! Here we take a look at how our crowd predictions performed the previous week and take a brief look at the week to come.

Last week, no park reached wait times higher than a level ’5′ on our scale and most days stayed around a ’2′ or ’3′. That means posted wait times averaged 10 to 30 minutes at most attractions. We are still seeing some attention at the newly refurbished Alice in Wonderland. If that is an important part of your trip to Disneyland you may want to move that attraction earlier in your touring plan.

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

 

Disneyland Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
4
3

Disney California Adventure saw wait times lower than usual on Sunday, including an average posted time of 20 minutes at Soarin’ Over California (predicted 22). Although, Radiator Springs Racers wait times were high as usual (62 minute average, predicted 67).

Disney California Adventure
5
2

Monday, August 25, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
3

Predictions hit the mark at both parks on Monday. Average posted time at Space Mountain was 26 minutes, we predicted 25.

Disney California Adventure
2
2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
3

Another level ’3′ for Disneyland on Tuesday with no attraction reaching an average posted time above 34 minutes (Peter Pan’s Flight) while many attractions hit the lowest level on our scale at DCA including California Screamin’ (5 minutes) and Radiator Springs Racers (47 minutes).

Disney California Adventure
3
2

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
2

Our predictions were one level too high at both parks on Wednesday. Standout attractions were Alice in Wonderland (26 minutes, predicted 23) and Grizzly River Run (25 minutes, predicted 29).

Disney California Adventure
3
2

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
2

Level ’2′ across the board on Thursday with no attraction averaging a posted time higher than 35 minutes other than Radiator Springs at 49 minutes.

Disney California Adventure
2
2

Friday, August 29, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
2
4

Wait times jumped slightly higher on Friday driven by increases at Big Thunder Mountain (23 minutes, predicted 13) and Soarin’ Over California (30 minutes, predicted 23).

Disney California Adventure
2
3

Saturday, August 30, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Disneyland Park
3
5

Weekend crowds pushed many attractions one level higher on our scale on Saturday. Alice in Wonderland continues to draw attention after its July refurbishment. We saw an average posted time of 33 minutes there which represents a ’10′ on our scale for Alice.

Disney California Adventure
3
4
What to Expect This Week
August 31 to September 6, 2014
How Crowded is Disneyland Resort?

How Crowded is Disneyland Resort?

The first week of September is typically a great week to visit the Disneyland Resort. Crowds are lighter with most schools in session and summer vacations concluded for most families.

To see Disneyland Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.

To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.

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Video: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Makes His First Appearance at Disney California Adventure

by on September 3, 2014

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Walt Disney’s original animated characters, won’t have a permanent meet and greet in Disney California Adventure until September 14. Howeer, Annual Passholders at a private party last night got an early look at the character. Oswald did not meet and greet during the event; he only traveled down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards in the jalopy usually used by Five & Dime.

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Using Disneyland Touring Plans and the Lines App

by on August 27, 2014

Radiator Springs Racers entrance -Natalie Reinert

I was determined to avoid lines at Disneyland as much as I do at Walt Disney World. Serious planning was needed.

As a Disney World veteran, there are two things I don’t bother with much anymore: park maps, and extensive planning. I know where everything is, I know when I want to see it, and I know how long I am willing to wait for things (about twenty minutes, generally). I think at this point my feet carry me from place to place without my brain directing them.

But for our first (of many, we hope!) Disneyland Resort trips, I knew that I needed to do some extra planning. Standing around with my face in a park map, trying to figure out where to go next, was simply not an option. I don’t even carry a bag in the park, let alone a map. But I needed a plan to get my family around Disneyland and Disney California Adventure without wandering aimlessly and getting caught in long queues. And, just in case of attraction breakdowns or unexpectedly long wait times, I needed the ability to make an on-the-spot back-up plan. How could I manage that in a park I’d never been before?

Enter personalized plans from TouringPlans.com, and the Lines App.

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Menu Monday: Best Disneyland Candy – Candy Palace vs. Trolley Treats

by on August 25, 2014

Candy Palace sign - Disneyland - Natalie Reinert

The surprisingly understated sign of Candy Palace, at Disneyland

Disneyland candy. It’s a tradition, right up there with corn dogs and churros. From elaborate candy apples to house-made toffee, Disneyland serves up some of the most toothsome sugary treats in the theme park business. But where’s the best spot to get it? Do you opt for the original in Disneyland’s Candy Palace, or head over to Disney California Adventure for the sweets at Trolley Treats? I tried both, checking out the selection, atmosphere, and amenities at each location, to help you acquire the best sugar buzz on Disneyland property.

Disneyland traditionalists will argue for the Candy Palace. This Main Street, U.S.A., institution has been dishing out the treats for nearly sixty years, after all. In 2012, the Candy Palace was expanded, increasing display space as well as the iconic show kitchen, where guests can watch

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Potty Mouth: Best Restrooms in Disney California Adventure

by on August 24, 2014

Disney California Adventure

Photo- Ray Castillo Jr.

Now that we, here at TouringPlans, have already highlighted the best restrooms throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland, it is now time to show some love to Disney California Adventure. While I was visiting my family and friends in Southern California this summer, I had the opportunity to go to the Disneyland Resort to have some fun and do a bit of “research” to find out which Disney California Adventure restrooms are the best. To make my list, I looked for two things: cleanliness of that particular restroom and how much traffic it gets. The cleaner and less crowded, the better. Now, without further ado, I present to you the best restrooms in Disney California Adventure.

Buena Vista Street

  • There is a set of restrooms that you can use right before entering Disney California Adventure. They are located close to the bus stop drop off/pick-up area in the front of the Disneyland Resort. These are great to use before going into any of the parks or leaving for the day to head back to your hotel.
  • There is also a restroom that is hidden right when you enter Disney California Adventure. Head to the left, next to the guest relations area. That is where you will this quiet set of restrooms.

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Crowd Calendar 4 Launched for Universal Orlando and Disneyland Resort

by on August 23, 2014

New Crowd Calendar methodology arrives at Universal Orlando Resort

New Crowd Calendar methodology arrives at Universal Orlando Resort

 

The methodology used for the TouringPlans.com Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar since November 2013 takes over the Universal Orlando and Disneyland Resort crowd calendars starting today. Crowd Calendar 4 has worked well for Disney World so we are confident it will perform equally well for Universal and Disneyland. See below for a synopsis of how the calendar has performed since November 2013. When we predict the crowd level (between ’1′ and ’10′) we see that about 95% of the time the actual crowd will be within two index points, and about three-quarters (3/4) of the time within one.

 

Disney World Crowd Calendar Error Results since November 2013

Disney World Crowd Calendar Error Results since November 2013

 

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Menu Monday: Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

by on August 18, 2014

Trader Sam's drinks - Natalie Reiner

The Shipwreck on the Rocks and the Polynesian Punch in their souvenir mugs at Trader Sam’s. The Navy Grog, being off-menu, doesn’t have a souvenir option.

For such a hot spot for Disney super-fans, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar sure has an unassuming location.

Sharing a building and patio with the Disneyland Hotel’s counter-service dining location, Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam’s could easily be overlooked amidst all the drooping palms and towel-clad children running to the monorail water-slides. But word is out: Trader Sam’s, a tiny little bar named for the head salesman of the Jungle Cruise, is a can’t-miss highlight of any Disneyland vacation.

Inside, louvered “windows” look out on tropical islands, a la the Enchanted Tiki Room, and tiki gods gaze down from the rafters and walls. Notes and aged photos pay tribute to Disney films, Imagineers, and Cast from over the decades. Just in terms of exploring the archives and deciphering the inside jokes, Trader Sam’s is Disney-nerd heaven.

And so Trader Sam’s has become part of the Disneyland trip for in-the-know fans. One morning that I was there, in fact, every single person in the room was a Walt Disney World Cast Member or Cast Member-alumni–including myself, and the bartender.

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