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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 1 to 7, 2015

by on March 10, 2015

Last week, crowd levels were significantly lower than expected with the exception of Saturday, March 7. It may be that school districts originally planned to be out of session last week altered their schedule to account for lost days due to winter weather or it may just be a random case of lower crowds. Either way, guests who visited Disneyland Resort last week were treated to some of the lowest crowds we are likely to see this spring.

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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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 22 to 28, 2015

by on March 3, 2015

The increased crowd levels we are witnessing at Disneyland Resort are somewhat artificial. They do not necessarily represent an increase in attendance to the parks but rather a redistribution of crowds, especially at Disney California Adventure. Since the temporary closure of Condor Flats (Soarin’ and Grizzly River Run) we have seen a substantial increase in wait time across other parts of the park, especially at Monsters Inc and Tower of Terror. The higher crowd levels are mostly a result of these higher wait times.

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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Disney Parks Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returning for 2015

by on February 27, 2015

©Disney

©Disney

It’s back again! Guests will once again be able to participate in a special Easter egg hunt which has guests searching a Disney theme park, trying to find eggs that are designed to look like Disney characters. This year, the fun hunt will be returning to Walt Disney World’s Epcot and Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure and Disneyland from March 27 through April 5!

Here’s how it will work: Guests will be able to purchase a map for $4.95, plus tax. With each map will be stickers provided that correspond to the actual eggs that can be found in each of the the parks.  Guests are instructed go search the park with map in hand and put the character egg sticker on the map where the actual character egg was found! Once all the eggs have been located, guests must return their map to the redemption station for a fun prize!

Here’s a glimpse of what the maps will look like and where eggs will be located:

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Why This Disney World Regular Wants to Visit Disneyland

by on February 26, 2015

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disney World is my favorite place on earth and I love to visit as much as I can. There’s plenty to do with four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping district, and a number of incredibly themed resorts; but this Disney World Regular has her eye set on another Disney Park for her next trip. Where? The Disneyland Resort! But why? After all, the Disneyland Resort is much smaller, as is its castle, and many of the rides found at Disney World are also at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. There’s also no water parks or as nearly many resorts. But wait! I have some good reasons, many of which Disneyland fans are sure to back me up on. In fact, many of my fellow Disney fans argue that the Disneyland Resort is better than Disney World on a number of points. So keep reading to find out why this Disney World Regular wants to visit Disneyland.

To Be A Park Newbie: My first trip to Disney World took place when I was nine months old. You see, both of my parents were Disney fanatics and couldn’t wait to introduce me to the Disney magic. Throughout my childhood, we took as many trips as we could. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is lying on my bed and studying the Disney World park maps from our most recent trip. I know that I was incredibly fortunate to have visited Disney World throughout my childhood, a tradition I’ve continued to this day; but I must admit that just once, I would like to see my favorite place on earth with new eyes, like a first-time guest who has no idea what’s around the next corner. But seeing how I can’t do that, I can go to the Disneyland Resort! I’ve always wanted to go. It’s Walt’s original vision and is the reason why there’s a Disney World in the first place. Not only would a visit be fulfilling as a Disney Fan, but I would love the chance to be a park newbie, to actually need those free parks at the entrance, and to sport one of those first-time visit buttons!

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 15 to 21, 2015

by on February 24, 2015

Except for Presidents Day Monday, crowds at Disneyland Resort edged one level higher than the Crowd Calendar predicted each day last week. The flow of crowds from day-to-day was exactly matched by the calendar’s predictions however.

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’s Expensive Ticket Prices Just Got Slightly More Expensive

by on February 21, 2015

IMG_3863Next time you head to Disneyland Resort you may want to bring a few extra bucks. According to our friends at Orange County Register and MousePlanet, all ticket and annual pass prices will be raised tomorrow.

 

 

1- day Tickets:  New Price (Old Price)

1-day, 1-park – $99 ($96)

1-day Park Hopper – $155 ($153)

Kid’s 1-day, 1-park – $93 ($90)

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Pictures & Video: Lunar New Year Festivities at Disney California Adventure

by on February 19, 2015

Disney California Adventure is home to, in my opinion, the best Christmas entertainment in any Disney park, Viva Navidad. But did you know it’s also home to an annual celebration of Lunar New Year? Starting today and running until Sunday at Paradise Gardens, you can find cultural entertainment, food, activites, and Disney characters all decked out in Lunar New Year gear. The main attraction is the Lunar New Year Procession hosted by Mulan and Mushu. It features a group of performers in elaborate costumes that dance and drum along with the music (listen closely and you’ll notice the music is from the old Mulan parade at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

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More pictures after the jump.

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Disneyland or Disney World – What’s the Difference? Part 2

by on February 19, 2015

Disneyland or Disney WorldDisneyland or Disney World? Welcome back to our four part series, where we will continue to debate this very question. In case you missed it, in part one we took a look at some of the key differences between Disneyland and Disney World in the areas of size and scope, atmosphere, and weather. In part two, let’s continue our side-by-side comparison of Disneyland and Disney World by discussing the topics of crowds, pricing, and accommodations.

Crowds

The Disneyland Resort crowds are greatly affected by the number of local tourists that visit the Parks every day of the year. Disneyland Resort offers a variety of annual pass options that many local residents choose to purchase. Weekends and nice weather days will always see a jump in attendance throughout the year as annual pass holders take advantage how easy it is to just drop by the resort. Fridays and Mondays are also more crowded than the rest of the weekdays as locals extend their weekends. Another factor that impacts the Disneyland Resort crowds is the number of people visiting the area for conventions. The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest facility on the west coast and hosts thousands of visitors each year. Although the attendees are usually occupied for several hours a day with business, these travelers often take this opportunity to bring their families with them to enjoy the Disneyland Resort while they work. Not to mention, the crowds are also greater when the Disneyland Resort is offering one of their special events such as Halloween Time or Happy Lunar New Year.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 8 to 14, 2015

by on February 16, 2015

As you can see from our chart of “What We Predicted” versus “What We Saw” although we only matched on one day, our Disneyland Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting the change in crowds from day to day last week. Weekends continue to be much more crowded than weekdays although Mondays and Fridays seem to be a mix of weekend-type crowds and weekday-type crowds.

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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How Luigi’s Flying Tires Ranks With Other Short Lived Disney Attractions

by on February 13, 2015

Buonanotte, Pneumatici Volanti. ©Disney

Buonanotte, Pneumatici Volanti. ©Disney

Luigi’s Flying Tires is closing forever on February 16, 2015. The attraction opened on June 15, 2012. The TouringPlans Math and Science Department has informed me that the length of time between those two dates is 976 days. That big of a number may have seemed like a lot when I was a child, but as an adult I can tell you that it is, in fact, not. How does that rank with other notoriously short lived Disney attractions?

1. Tomorrowland Boats aka Phantom Boats – Disneyland – 331 days*

The Phantom Boats have the honor of being the first attraction removed from Disneyland. This simple ride was made up of small four-person boats in a lagoon (where the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is currently located) that were motor powered, and unbelievably, controlled by guests without guide rails or cast members. Information is sparse on this particular attraction, which is why there is an asterisk next to the total number of days. The Tomorrowland Boats ran for approximately three weeks in 1955, but then is August of the same year they were renamed to “Phantom Boats.” The attraction was closed again in October, 1955. The Phantom Boats made a short return in the Summer of 1956 but were then retired for good.

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