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Custom Mickey Ears Tutorial and Giveaway

by on August 13, 2015

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Planning outfits is one of the best parts of a trip!

I love building up excitement before trips to Disney World. I think it stems from my love of planning: planning meals, planning FastPass+ selections, and even planning outfits. Ohhhhh, I love planning outfits for Disney! Whether you view it as Disney bounding or just spirited dressing, I love focusing on every aspect, down to the details (except for shoes – my feet demand comfort in Disney, so it’s tennis shoes 99% of the time!). One of my favorite details is my custom Mickey ears.

To make a (very) long story short, a little over a year ago I wanted some custom ears, and I knew I could make something better than what I saw on Etsy (certainly cheaper), so I set out to create my own pattern. Since then, I’ve perfected the design, and I’m very pleased to be able to share this tutorial with you. If you’ve got some basic sewing skills and can wield a hot glue gun, I’m confident you can make your own custom Mickey ears, too!

Do you feel like maybe your crafting skills aren’t up to snuff to make your own Mickey ears? No problem! Read through to the end of the post for how you can enter to win your very own custom Mickey ears, made by me!

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2015 Disney D23 Expo Predictions

by on August 12, 2015

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This week marks the fourth ever D23 Expo, which is the exposition event for Disney D23 (the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company). Since 2009, and every second year after that, the event has offered fans the chance to come together and celebrate all things Disney while also getting a sneak peek at upcoming projects across the company’s numerous divisions including parks, film and even video games. With rumors swirling about possible announcements for quite some time now, speculation and anticipation are at a fever pitch. One of my favorite parts of any event like this is making predictions because a) it offers me the chance to brag about how right I was or b) laugh at how wrong I was. I can’t lose! With that in mind, here are my ten predictions for the D23 Expo.

©Disney

©Disney

10. Hollywood Studios Gets a New Name

Let’s get one of the big ones out of the way. Every Disney fan at this point knows that Hollywood Studios is getting a huge revamp. With the new changes will also come a new name for the park, which was previously revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger after he got tricked by a young fan at the annual shareholders’ meeting. From everything I’ve read, the most popular new name appears to be Hollywood Adventure but at this point, it’s anybody’s guess.

Chance it happens: 90%

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – August 2 to 8, 2015

by on August 12, 2015

How Did The Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do?

How Did The Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do?

Last week, Disneyland crowds were as expected during the first half of the week but did not taper off as the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted for the second half. After last Sunday, crowds at both Disneyland parks stayed at level ‘8’s and ‘9’s all 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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“Preferred Show Time” Added to Optimized Touring Plans

by on August 11, 2015

Starting today you can tell our touring plan Optimizer which performance of a show you’d prefer to see. Use this new feature if you’ve signed up for a specific Jedi Training Academy show, want to see the late version of Fantasmic!, or prefer an early morning Flights of Wonder show to avoid the heat.

To select a preferred show time, simply tap or click the performance time you prefer on your touring plan:

Touring Plan Show Time Selection Feature

Tap the “clear preferred time” link to un-select a performance time. Or click on a different time if your preference changes.

The Preferred Show Time feature works on touring plans for Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Studios Florida, and on our mobile Lines app (Android link), desktop, and tablets.

It’s a preference, not a guarantee. The touring plan Optimizer will try to get you to all of your preferred show times. Sometimes that’s just not possible. A good example is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Disney often schedules show performances so close together that you can’t get from a first show to a second before the second starts.

If the Optimizer can’t get you to your preferred show time, it tries to get you to the time closest to your preference.

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Havaianas Strikes Alliance With Disney

by on August 10, 2015

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Copyright Havaianas

Are you a fan of Havaianas? Well, if you are, you will be happy to know that the Brazilian footwear company has partnered with Disney in a strategic alliance and guests will soon be able to purchase the popular flip flops in stores throughout Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Vacation Club Resorts. Matter of fact, the shoes will soon be available for purchase in 22 different retail locations, including spots at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney’s California Adventure.

“We are thrilled to have entered into this relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club because they embody instant joy much like Havaianas,” said Marcio Moura, Havaianas’ USA President. “We look forward to creating a harmonious relationship and further expanding opportunities within the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club in the coming years.”

The company is also working with Disney Theme Park Merchandise to create exclusive co-branded flip flops.

In addition, beginning in November, Havaianas will become an official sponsor of all runDisney races, providing runners with a unique Disney experience.

Guests don’t have to wait to experience Havaianas at Walt Disney World; they currently have a location at Downtown Disney in The Landing.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons This Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Can’t Wait To Get Back To Disneyland

by on August 8, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons This Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Can’t Wait To Get Back To Disneyland. Over the course of the SATURDAY SIX’s award winning run we have done many articles on how much we love the Walt Disney World attractions, restaurants, and resorts. However, over the years we have been told constantly how great the Disneyland Resort is, even despite TripAdvisor recently ranking Disney’s Hollywood Studios higher than Disneyland (which surprisingly was not an April Fool’s Day prank.) With all the apotheosizing about these parks we figured that we’d have to get to the bottom of this, so we bought crack staff photographer Brandon Glover a first class plane ticket to California. Because Brandon is from Titusville, Florida, this was literally like an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies. What would this Walt Disney World Annual Passholder for well over a decade…a man who would lay down in front of a tank for EPCOT…think of the park That Walt Built? The answer may surprise you. So sit back, sip on a mint julep, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 – Dining Inside the Parks Is Better

When contemplating where to find the best food during a WDW vacation, the most likely conclusion will be to choose a restaurant in World Showcase or one of the many resort locations across the property. For the seasoned WDW veteran, quick service options are usually bypassed for something of better quality. Most quick service locations serve similar fare to their counterparts located around the parks, which many find to be less than stellar across the board. One thing I was looking forward to in Disneyland was trying the variety of quick service foods, of which I’ve heard nothing but stellar reviews. Right from the get go, this proved to be a wonderful truth. Not only was the food appetizing and delicious, but I was amazed at the variety of options available: Flo’s V8 Cafe features a Chicken Tamale breakfast and the biscuits and gravy from the River Belle Terrace provided a salivating reminder of home. Love New Orleans Style food? The French Market had a bit of Cajun flavor to spice up our night. 

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Monte Cristo sandwich at the Blue Bayou. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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There are themed snacks and then there are themed snacks. This is the latter. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – July 26 to August 1, 2015

by on August 4, 2015

How did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Do Last Week?

How did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar do last week?

Disneyland crowds were up last week, for the second week in a row although the only park to hit a level ’10’ was Disneyland Park on Monday. Wednesday was the least crowded day of last week thanks to lower average wait times at Disney California Adventure.

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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What I Wish I Knew Before My Visit to Disneyland

by on August 2, 2015

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Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

I recently went to the Disneyland Park for the very first time. As a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World since childhood, I was beyond excited to experience a Disney Park, particularly Walt’s park, as a first time guest. In fact, the very first thing I did when I arrived was to pick up a first visit button at Disneyland’s City Hall. But before I even passed through the turnstiles, I did my Disneyland homework so that I could avoid some of the rookie mistakes and maximize my time in the park. Even so, there were definitely some things that I either didn’t expect or which would’ve helped my day run more smoothly. So glean from my first hand experience fellow Disneyland Rookies and discover what I wish I knew before my visit to Disneyland.

The Queues Are Narrow – One of the surprising differences for me between Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Park was how much narrower the queues are on the West Coast. When waiting in line for Peter Pan’s Flight, the Storybook Land Canal Boats, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and others, I felt squeezed in and very close to the guests on either side of me. This is something that I haven’t experienced as much in the queues at Disney World. Part of this could be due to the fact that Disneyland has less space to work with; but I think it’s something to note if your a first time guest, especially if you have fidgety little ones in tow.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – July 19 to 25, 2015

by on July 31, 2015

How Did The Crowd Calendar Do?

How Did The Crowd Calendar Do?

Last week, wait times were up at Disneyland Resort. Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure saw crowds a step or two higher than usual. Tuesday and Wednesday the resort hit back-to-back level ’10’s on our scale, a feat usually reserved for holiday seasons like Christmas or Easter.

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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History of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle

by on July 30, 2015

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Sleeping Beauty Castle for Disneyland’s 60th anniversary (photo by James Rosemergy)

For characters like Cinderella and Rapunzel, living in a royal castle was just an unattainable dream. Gazing out the window, they would sit for hours imagining what life would be like within the walls of such a majestic place.

If you’ve ever been to a Disney park, those dreams and wishes may pop into your head when you first set eyes on the magnificent castle; the symbol and iconic center of the park. Today, I will be sharing a brief history of the very first Disney palace: Sleeping Beauty Castle in California’s Disneyland.

This is the time to turn on “Once Upon a Dream” or “When You Wish Upon A Star.”

I’ll wait for you to pull up the song….

*Twiddles thumbs, looks out the window, checks phone*

Okay ready? Let’s continue!

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