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Adjustments to Disneyland Crowd Calendar April 4-10, 2016

by on March 22, 2016

Yesterday we decided to increase our Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions for the dates between April 4 and April 10, 2016. We did this for several reasons.

  1. We hear that Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is expecting to draw many more guests this year and that may impact wait times in the parks more than we expected.
  2. Disneyland attendance is up and has been up for quite some time. Crowds at Disneyland Parks are one to two points higher on average than what we have seen in years past.
  3. Disney’s Single Day ticket pricing labels these dates as “Peak”. That is an indication that they may be expecting larger crowds than usual for this time of year.
  4. Some of the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions we had for these dates were between ‘2’ and ‘6,’ and we have not seen any days that quiet at Disneyland parks in recent memory (except on days of poor weather).

We do not make changes to the Crowd Calendar lightly, but in this case – for the reasons stated above – we decided that it would be better for guests to arrive prepared for large crowds, just in case. If you have a touring plan scheduled for one of these dates, make sure to optimize it again. Also, when you are in the park make sure to reoptimize from your mobile device.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 6 to 12, 2016

by on March 20, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Compared to the same week in previous years, Disneyland was much less crowded last week. We saw the resort-wide crowd level dip one to four points lower than the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted. Weather does not seem to be a factor with daily highs ranging between high 60s and mid-70s and no rain. The historical average for the resort-wide crowd level in the first two weeks of March is ‘7’ but we only saw crowds that busy three of the seven days last 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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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 21 to 27, 2016

by on March 10, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

Crowds were down on average at Disneyland during the last week of February although Sunday and Saturday had crowd levels that were slightly higher than what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Predicted. During the week (Monday through Thursday) neither park saw a crowd level above a ‘5’ on our scale.

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 Crowd Calendar Report – February 28 to March 5, 2016

by on March 9, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

History tells us that the first week of March is a great week to visit Disneyland Resort with low crowds. Last year during the same period we saw some of the lowest crowds all Spring so perhaps this year’s predictions were unduly influenced by what we saw last year. Although, we saw ‘2’s, ‘3’s and ‘4’s during the same week in 2014 as well. For some reason this year’s crowds were the largest we have seen in awhile. Even Disney’s new tiered pricing structure labels last week as Value season during the week so it may be that Disney was surprised at the crowds 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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Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Review

by on March 4, 2016

DSC00019This is our review of Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, which is a new ride at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters replaces the short-lived Luigi’s Flying Tires, which was open for only 976 days. That gives it the 8th shortest attraction lifespan in Disney theme park history. Opinions among Disney fans for the Tires were mixed, even though there was a good amount of hype after the ride was originally announced. Some found fun in bumping other tires, or racing around the tire yard. Others did not like it or found the controls too confusing to give it a second chance. In February 2015, Luigi’s Flying Tires closed, which brings us to today.

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The Jungle Book Sneak Peek to Occur at Disney Parks

by on March 3, 2016

The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book is one of my favorite movies as a child. It really spoke to me. (And also kind of scared me…but I was afraid of EVERYTHING as a kid.) So, I’m anxiously awaiting the live-action version of The Jungle Book that’s headed to theaters on April 15.

Well, beginning March 18 and for a limited time, I (and you too) will be able to catch a preview of the upcoming film at the theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For those Guests who will be visiting the west coast, they will be able to catch the preview at Disney California Adventure in the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects.

This sneak peek will allow Guests to get an advance look at some of the scenes from the film, as well as catch a special introduction by the film’s director, Jon Favreau.

The film is based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

Are you anxious to catch The Jungle Book when it swings into theaters too?

 

 

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Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia Coming to Disney Parks

by on March 2, 2016

Zootopia

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Are you excited about Zootopia? Well soon Guests will be able to see Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort in two unique experiences this spring.

For Guests visiting Disneyland, they will be able to find the duo on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney California Adventure.

At Walt Disney World, head to the Magic Kingdom where you’ll be able to catch the pair in the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party on Main Street U.S.A.

For those who are unaware, in the film Zootopia, Judy Hopps is a rookie rabbit police officer who is force to team up with the fast-talking con-artist fox Nick Wild. The two are attempting to crack a mysterious case that is affecting the citizens of their modern mammal metropolis.

Zootopia opens this Friday, March 4!

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Characters from Finding Dory to Appear in Turtle Talk with Crush

by on March 2, 2016

Turtle Talk with Crush

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Dude! Look at all the humans in the Human Tank! Soon, Crush won’t be the only sea creature from Finding Nemo to appear in the window of the Human Tank. Beginning in late spring, at Turtle Talk with Crush in both Epcot in The Seas with Nemo and Friends and in Disney California Adventure at the Animation Academy, Crush will be joined by some brand new friends from the upcoming film, Finding Dory.

Guests will soon be able to meet Destiny, the wale shark, Bailey, the beluga whale, and Hank the septopus. (Hank only has seven legs!) Guests will also be able to see some of their favorites from Finding Nemo too, including Squirt, Marlin, and even Nemo.

These new characters will be swimming into the attraction beginning early May. Finding Dory enters theaters on June 17, 2016.

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Seasonal Pricing Breakdown for Disneyland

by on February 28, 2016

As you may have seen in my blog post yesterday, Disney has moved to seasonal pricing for its one day tickets at Disneyland.

Going forward, each month will be divided into value, regular, and peak days. The new system will work as follows: If you’re visiting in September, you’ll get to pay value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the hectic holiday week during Christmas, you will pay peak pricing.

Seasonal pricing only impact 1 day tickets. Those who purchase multi-day tickets will not see seasonal pricing.

Here’s what this all means for Disneyland tickets.

 Disneyland Resort 1-Day 1-Park Tickets Main Entrance Price Ages 10 & Up Ages 3 – 9
Value Ticket
A 1-Day Value Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Value season date.
$95 $89
Regular Ticket
A 1-Day Regular Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Regular or Value season date.
$105 $99
Peak Ticket
A 1-Day Peak Ticket is valid for one admission to one theme park on any Peak, Regular or Value season date.
$119 $113

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Seasonal Pricing Coming to Disney Parks Starting Tomorrow

by on February 27, 2016

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This is not a drill! If you are planning to head to Walt Disney World or Disneyland soon, purchase your tickets now! Beginning tomorrow, Disney will be starting seasonal pricing (or tiered pricing) for 1 day tickets that are sold to their theme parks beginning February 28.

Here’s how it is slated to work. Each month will be divided into value, regular, and peak days. If you plan to visit, say in the month of September, there will be a variety of ticket options to choose from, including value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the busy Christmas days, you will pay more. (ie. peak pricing.) Guests who are looking to save and have flexibility will be able to do so by purchasing a 1-Day ticket during non-peak times of the year, purchasing a multi-day ticket, or purchasing an annual pass.

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