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Meet the Characters from Big Hero 6 Beginning This Weekend

by on November 7, 2014

Hiro and Baymax

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Yay! It’s here! Big Hero 6 arrives in theaters today! (And you can bet I’ll be seeing it tonight.) I’ve heard such great things about this movie, so you can bet that the next time I’m down in Walt Disney World, I’ll want to give Baymax a huge hug. (Look how squishy he looks!)

The good news is that I won’t have to wait long to meet both Baymax and Hiro Hamada and neither will you! You see, beginning today, guests will have the opportunity to meet the pair at Walt Disney World.

To meet the two, you’ll need to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where inside The Magic of Disney Animation, you’ll be able to tour the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s lab. Guests will meet the two in Hiro’s garage workshop.  (The two are located where the former Wreck-It Ralph meet and greet was.)

At Disneyland, guests should also begin to be able to meet Hiro and Baymax by simply heading to to Tomorrowland’s Starcade, where you’ll be able to visit Hiro’s robotics workshop. In addition, The Magic Eye Theater will be showing an extended sneak peek of the Big Hero 6. (Where Captain EO was previously shown.)

Who else will be lining up like me to meet these two?

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Disneyland Attractions to Skip

by on November 6, 2014

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

 

“How much will it cost?” “When is the best time visit?” “Where am I going to stay?” “Which attractions should I experience?” These are the four most important questions you must answer before venturing on your Disneyland vacation. For me, the first three questions have always been easy to answer, but the last one has always been a bit of a challenge. That is because it all depends on who will be joining you on your Disneyland trip. It’s important to find a balance with a list of attractions that everyone can enjoy together. One method that has always worked for me is to skip Disneyland attractions that will take up more of my time.

I am on the same boat as our other TouringPlans’ writer - Tom Bricker - who believes that everyone should experience every attraction once. But what about those moments when you are strapped for time or only going to be at the park for one day? Even if you create your own touring plans - which is a must – it can still be unclear which attractions should be added to your touring plans. This is why I am here to help you determine which attractions to skip and which attractions will maximize your time at the park. Let us begin.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – October 26 to November 1, 2014

by on November 4, 2014

Last week, our Disneyland crowd predictions performed very well, with only one prediction missing by more than 1 index level. Crowds were low during the week and busier on the weekends, as usual. We might have expected a busier Halloween crowd given that this year Halloween fell on a Friday but wait times remained reasonable.

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 Resort Crowd Report – October 19 to 25, 2014

by on November 3, 2014

Crowds remained low all week then spiked significantly on Saturday. We saw wait times well below average most days mixed in with a few attractions that saw some variation in wait times. Disney California Adventure had a string of days from Monday through Friday at a level ’2′ 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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#Everywhere: The Disneyland Results Are In!

by on October 29, 2014

2014-10-10 at 19-55-52As many of you probably know, I recently made my first trip to the Disneyland Resort in California as part of TouringPlans #Everywhere. A few months back, I wrote a post here about what I expected to find when I traveled to Disneyland. Well, now I’m back and will attempt to address all of my previous impressions, which were almost all made from a position of ignorance (as most of my impressions are). If you are planning a trip out west and do not want to be spoiled (like I didn’t) please read no further.

I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say, so let’s just get right into it:

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – October 12 to 18, 2014

by on October 24, 2014

Columbus Day Crowds led the way at Disneyland Resort last week, then crowds settled for the second half. We continue to see crowds focused on weekends and adjacent days while mid-week crowds remain around average levels, sometimes lower 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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“Glow With The Show” Changing To “Made With Magic” at Disney Parks

by on October 20, 2014

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Recently Disney rolled out “Glow With The Show” ears; they appeared at Walt Disney World last year and were introduced at Disneyland a year prior. Well, it seems that the concept is being re-branded, and it will now be known as “Made With Magic.”

In addition to being re-branded, new merchandise items have been created for guests to purchase and enjoy. These items include a Sorcerer Mickey wand (which will offer an additional function of changing the light patterns of other “Made with Magic” products), a Mickey Mouse glove, and a Minnie Mouse headband. The previously offered “Glow With The Show” ear hats will still be available, as well.

For those who are unaware, the “Made With Magic” items utilize interactive technology that allows the products to blink and change color in response to the environment you are in at the parks. Places in Walt Disney World that make use of the interactive elements include Fantasmic! and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the Celebrate the Magic castle light show and the Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland, the products interact with World of Color at Disney California Adventure, as well as Fantasmic! and the nighttime fireworks show at Disneyland. When the merchandise isn’t interacting with the environment, it is in a color-changing mode.

The first item to arrive will be the Minnie Mouse headband, which will be available in late October/early November. The Mickey Mouse glove and Sorcerer Mickey wand can be purchased beginning in late November/early December. The ear hats are available now. Each item will cost $25 and be available at select locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

With the new products being offered, are you more likely to purchase a “Made with Magic” interactive item?

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – October 5 to 11, 2014

by on October 19, 2014

Disneyland Resort saw peaks and valleys on our scale this week in line with the schedule for Mickey’s Halloween Parties. When Disneyland Park hosted a party the crowds during the day were two or three points lower than days without a party. This makes a good tip for savvy guests visiting the resort who wish to experience low crowds and don’t plan on visiting during the parties. If you don’t mind the shorter park hours crowds will be much lower on days with a party – at both parks.

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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Details About Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet Opportunities

by on October 16, 2014

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Who else is looking forward to hugging Baymax from the upcoming Big Hero 6? Well beginning at some point this Fall, you’ll have the chance to do so on both coasts!

For guests who are headed to Walt Disney World, you’ll need to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where inside The Magic of Disney Animation, you’ll be able to tour the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s lab. From there you’ll make your way to Hiro’s garage workshop to meet both Hiro Hamada and Bamax.

Unfortunately, this means that we will no longer be able to head to Sugar Rush; we’ll be losing the meet and greet for Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope. Their meet and greet officially closes on October 24. (Guests looking to at least see Ralph or Vanellope will still be able to find them in the “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade” and the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” this year.)

In Disneyland, guests should make their way to Tomorrowland’s Starcade, where you’ll be able to visit Hiro’s robotics workshop and see both Hiro and Baymax. Guests will also be able to see an extended sneak peek of the upcoming film Big Hero 6 in the Magic Eye Theater. (Where Captain EO could previously be found.)

The only detail we now need to wait for is the opening date, as it hasn’t been announced for either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. The only information we have is mid-November. Big Hero 6 rolls into theaters on November 7.

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – September 28 to October 4, 2014

by on October 8, 2014

Late September usually brings crowds that are slightly busier than early September but still manageable and our predictions held true again this year. We also are seeing a continuation of the trend that weekends are busier than weekdays at Disneyland Resort.

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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