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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 8, 2017

Well, it’s early September, which in Disney parlance means it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit in earnest.  Let’s get to this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

There’s not too much coming in the early part of the week, but the week ends in grand fashion with the kick-off of the Halloween season at Disneyland.  On September 15, Disneyland Park classic attractions return in holiday form for Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.

That same day, we’ll also get to see the debut of some new Halloween-themed overlays at Disney’s California Adventure.  Cars Land and Buena Vista Street will both be getting brand new holiday decor, and there will be lots of seasonal treats available on a limited-time basis. Check out Rikki’s preview for more information about what to expect.  Note that both parks will close fairly early on Thursday to prepare for the unveiling on Friday.

Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and this event is coming to an end on Sunday, September 10. If you want to experience it, get on over to the parks this weekend. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

Finally, it’s worth noting that this is the last week in a while that there won’t be some sort of holiday party happening a few nights a week.  If you’re the sort of guest that likes to pop in on a whim, definitely time to start paying closer attention to the evening hours, because there will be early closures at Disneyland Park coming soon.

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Return in November

by on September 5, 2017

Holidays at Disneyland

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If you are planning a Disneyland Resort trip during the holidays, you are in for a magical experience. This year, the holiday season will take place from November 10 through January 7 and will include some great fan favorites, once again.

At Disneyland, Guests will be able to enjoy seasonal favorites, including Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks, complete with snowfall. Guests will also find the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.

You also won’t want to miss the“A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music, marching soldiers and holiday cheer. Oh and Santa will be there too! Want to meet him? He’ll be found welcoming guests at a special location in Critter Country. Disneyland also will have its traditional holiday overlays at both “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday (which opens on September 15).

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Overview: Mickey’s Halloween Party 2017 at Disneyland Park + Video

by on September 5, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenI gotta say, I feel guilty.

Here I’ve been going on and on about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.

Have I mentioned Halloween at Disneyland Resort?

Not. Even. Once. 

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 2

by on September 1, 2017

Sooooo, you’re heading to Disneyland Resort for Labor Day and beyond — or you’re considering it — and you’re wondering what you’re in for. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get to this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

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This week kicks off with a holiday weekend — Labor Day — and things start with a bang (or starting pistol, if you prefer), as the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is already in full swing! There are races both Saturday and Sunday morning, and the runner’s expo continues throughout the weekend at the Disneyland Hotel.

With the holiday and the races, you can expect larger crowds than typical for this time of year. They aren’t oppressive, but it will be significantly different on the weekend than the rest of the week from a crowd standpoint. You can get more detail on the crowds below.

Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and it’s still going on, but it is nearing the end of its run, with just a couple of weeks remaining. If you want to experience it, start making plans now. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of August 26

by on August 25, 2017

Hey all, it’s once again time to look towards the week ahead and see what’s going on at Disneyland Resort. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Last week, Space Mountain went down for its Ghost Galaxy overlay, and this week, it’s the Haunted Mansion‘s turn as it prepares for Haunted Mansion Holiday. Its last day of operation this week is Sunday, August 27.

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The end of this week marks the kickoff of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend! Races start on Friday morning, but the event begins with the runner’s expo on Thursday at the Disneyland Hotel.

For those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, there’s still a little bit of time left to take advantage of the extra hour at the end of the night at Disney’s California Adventure to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. You’ll be able to use this on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, but the promotion ends at that time. Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and it’s still going on, but it is nearing the end of its run. After this week, you’ll have a couple of weeks left before it goes away, so if you want to experience it, start making plans now. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Force Friday II Is Coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World

by on August 24, 2017

Force Friday

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Do you feel that? It’s the force….Force Friday that is, and it’s coming soon! Force Friday II is going to be a merchandise event that will be held at both Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and at Downtown Disney at Disneyland. During the event, new Star Wars themed merchandise will be released. This will be the very first time you can get your hands on Star Wars: The Last Jedi themed merchandise, including unique products found only at Disney Parks.  Items will include apparel, pins, toys, retail MagicBands, Vinylmation, and more. The event will take place on September 1 beginning at 12:01 a.m.

 

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Force Friday II will take place at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District
. This is a free event, however, you must register to get to attend. Registration will be accepted only on DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 24 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Once registered, guests will receive additional instructions via email. Doors open for the event at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

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Disneyland Wait Times Lower Than Expected Since New Fantasmic!

by on August 18, 2017

Recently we updated projected crowd levels for Disneyland Park in response to the re-opening of Fantasmic! on July 17. Although the new show is drawing plenty of visitors we have not seen an increase in wait times around the park. So, today we are posting a new update for now until Labor Day based on the latest wait times collected.

Annual Passholders who own a pass with blockout dates will have their first opportunity to see the new Fantasmic! on August 21. We expect the park to busy (especially Frontierland in the afternoon) between August 21 and 25 but we don’t expect a large increase in wait times at the attractions.

Very hot weather is contributing to lower than expected crowds as well. We have seen most days at two or three points lower than expected since mid-July. So, from now until September 4 you will see a drop in crowd level for many days.

 

Disneyland Preview — Week of August 19

by on August 18, 2017

Time for another Disneyland preview! I know I discussed this at length last week, but we are now at your very last, no take-backs, opportunity to see the Main Street Electrical Parade.  If you want to see it before it goes dark forever, the time to do so is NOW.  Like, literally, right now. Stop reading, and get yourself to Disneyland Park to stake out a spot, and then open the article again to read the rest of it while you wait. Time’s a-wastin’!

OK, you back?  Read on for more about what to expect at Disneyland this week!

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School Schedules and Crowd Levels

by on August 14, 2017

Ed. Note: We frequently get questions to TouringPlans asking how we make crowd predictions. This article provides insight into one of the metrics used when formulating predictions about park attendance.

It comes as no surprise that many families with school-age children take Disney vacations, and most prefer to take their children on vacations when school isn’t in session. To account for these attendance patterns, we track over 100 public school districts. This includes the 100 largest school districts in the country, the largest school districts in each state, and school districts that are close to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. This covers 12 million students. That is more than 20% of all students enrolled in public education. TouringPlans spends a lot of time collecting the school schedules each fall and summer. We put in the effort because school schedules are one of the best indicators for predicting crowd levels. Collecting more school schedules has diminishing returns, however. We would have to collect 100 more school districts’ calendars to cover 5% more of the public school students.

National Center for Education Statistics
CCD public school district data 2014-2015, 2015-2016 school years
http://nces.ed.gov/ccd

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Disneyland Preview – Week of August 12

by on August 11, 2017

Hey everyone, and welcome to Friday! Yet another good-looking summer week at Disneyland is upon us. Read on for more details in this week’s Disneyland preview.

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