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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 8 to 14, 2016

by on May 26, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Midweek crowdedness is the new norm for Disneyland Resort. For three of the last four weeks we have seen midweek crowds as busy as weekends which is something that has not happened in years past. Value pricing for single day tickets during the week as well as the lack of annual passholder blockouts may be combining to bring an abnormal number of guests to the park during the week. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues through the summer months.

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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Guests Can Participate in “Speak Like a Whale Day” at Disney Parks This June

by on May 25, 2016

 

©Disney

©Disney

I am not ashamed to admit it. I am really looking forward to Finding Dory. Finding Nemo was always a favorite of mine, so I’m excited to head back into the Big Blue World with Dory, Marlin, Nemo, Crush, Squirt, alongside brand new characters.

To celebrate the upcoming film, Guests will be able to participate in “Speak Like a Whale Day” on June 11 at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resorts. Here’s how:

    • Guests at Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort will receive a complimentary button to celebrate the day.
    • At the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, families can take part in unique themed activities, jam out to a live DJ, and participate in games and giveaways. Young guests can also attend “Whale Speak University” and give speaking the language that Dory seemed to master a try.
    • At The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot, guests can learn about the real-life versions of the characters from the film and see them in their aquarium home. In addition, experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team will be on hand throughout the day to help guests find Dory and her friends, as well as give them a closer look at their world.

In addition, for those who didn’t know, you can now find Dory and some of her new friends from the upcoming film at the Turtle Talk with Crush attraction in Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion and at Disney California Adventure park.

Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.

 

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TouringPlansTV – Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa + VIDEO

by on May 24, 2016

 

Grand Californian HotelWelcome to TouringPlans TV!

You may have noticed the name change. The way we see it, why limit ourselves to just one day a week when we can talk about Disney EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!

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Take a Last Flight on Soarin’ Before it Becomes Soarin’ Around the World

by on May 20, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

On June 17, Soarin will officially see its new film debut with Soarin’ Around the World, but for those who want to take their farewell flights and experience the original film one last time, you will now be able to do so!

The classic Soarin’ film will be available for Guests to experience at The Land Pavilion in Epcot for a limited time starting on May 27 through June 16. Guests may book FastPass+ reservations to experience the classic film one last time beginning May 21.

In addition, at Disney California Adventure, Soarin’ Over California will be showing now through June 15.

For those unaware, when Soarin’ Around the World official debuts will take Guests to unique locations across the globe including the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and more.

Ok, let’s review, that is seat, seatbelt, carry-on items, safety strap, fear of heights, keep your hands and arms inside at all times…anything else? Oh yeah…have a nice flight on classic Soarin’ one last time!

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Tuesday Video: Disneyland Hotel

by on May 17, 2016

Photo - Brian McNichols

Disneyland Hotel

Another Tuesday, another video!

Today, I’ll be sharing the details of the Disneyland Hotel, found on Disneyland Resort property in Anaheim, California.

 

Enjoy!

Have ideas for future videos? Let me know in the comments or on my Twitter @AngelaDahlgren.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 1 to 7, 2016

by on May 17, 2016

Disneyland Crowd Calendar

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Disneyland Resort saw a slight increase in midweek crowds, specifically on Wednesday through Friday but not nearly as high as we have seen in the past few weeks. Our theory that Value pricing for single day tickets is drawing a disproportionate number of day guests midweek still holds true. The Disneyland Crowd Calendar did a good job predicting crowds, matching what we observed within one index level most days. This is the first time in several weeks that we have seen all three lines on our chart grouped together, a sign that the first week of May is behaving like the first week of May does historically.

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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Disney Dollars to be Discontinued

by on May 13, 2016

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©Disney

It is the end of an era. If you’re looking for that Disney unique gift that is Disney Dollars, time is running out! With the proliferation of our cashless society, Disney has decided to end the sale of Disney Dollars. This change goes into effect May 14. Guests may still purchase Disney Dollars through May 14, while supplies last at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland locations.

Disney Dollars do not expire and they will continue to be accepted at select locations at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, as well as U.S. Disney Stores. Disney Dollars were modeled to look like cash and could be purchased in $1, $5, and $10 denominations.

Guests will continue to be able to exchange Disney Dollars for cash equivalents after May 14 at Guest Relations, resort concierge, and hotel front desks.

After May 15, Guests will be able to only purchase Disney gift cards as a gift option, however gift cards are not available in amounts less than $15.

Will you miss Disney Dollars?

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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

 

Copyright ClaireNat 2016

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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