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24 Things You Should Do at Disneyland’s 24-Hour Celebration

by on May 20, 2015

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If you had the opportunity to stay at a Disney theme park for 24 hours, what would be on your list of things to do? Food? Shows? Characters? Attractions? The theme park would be your oyster. Even if you are not able to stay up the full 24 you will have a few extra hours to experience things you may have never made the time for. Well, you will have your opportunity to experience a 24-hour Disney theme park come Friday, May 22. To kick off Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration, guests will be able to experience The Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World theme parks for an entire 24 hours.

During this special event, guests will have the chance to experience different attractions, shows, characters, and food that they would not normally have the time to experience. Since making your Disney theme park—specifically The Disneyland Resort–trip a unique experience is my niche, I have put together a list of  24 activities (since it is a 24-hour event…get it?) to fill your time during this event. Even if you do not plan on attending a Disney theme park during this time, it is still fun to just imagine the things you would do during this exciting celebration.

*DL= Disneyland     *DCA= Disney California Adventure

1. Dine at the Blue Bayou (DL) – If you have never been to the Blue Bayou before then this is the perfect time to experience one of the best restaurants in any Disney theme park. Even though there might be a long wait, that should not deter you because you will have a lot of time on your hands.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Resort saw crowd levels vary between levels ‘4’ and ‘8’ on our scale, including a jump between those two levels in a one-day span between Friday and Saturday. Despite having some crowd levels above average, wait times were usually manageable at either park throughout the 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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Where to Find Walt at Disney World

by on May 17, 2015

Walt and Mickey

Walt and Mickey

When comparing the Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World, one of the biggest differences that always comes up is that Disneyland was Walt’s park while Walt never lived to see Disney World completed. While this is true, that doesn’t mean you still can’t find Walt’s attractions and touches on the East Coast. So keep reading to discover just a few of many places where to find Walt at Disney World!

The Hub: One of the most popular places to take a photo at the Magic Kingdom is in front of the statue of Walt and Mickey with Cinderella Castle in the background. Known as the Partners Statue, it’s appropriately positioned at the center of the park known as the Hub, where paths branch off towards the different lands of the Magic Kingdom. Just seeing the statue at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and at the park center brings it all back to Walt and his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse.  The Hub has undergone some changes lately, but you can still find statuettes of other characters that contributed to Walt’s success, such as Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and more.

101_3519Main Street, USA: Did you know that you can find Walt even before you enter the Magic Kingdom? When approaching the park entrance, you will probably hear a train whistle and the clang of a bell from up above as a train pulls into Main Street Station. This is because Walt loved trains! The Main Street Train Station, along with Main Street, U.S.A, provides guests not just a look at what Walt’s creations, but what was in his heart. Trains were one of Walt’s hobbies and he spend his free time planning and constructing a miniature train that he and his guests could ride on in his backyard. He called it the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Once you enter the park, you have to pass under the Main Street Train Station; but I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning about Walt to check it out. It’s filled with nods to railroad history and Walt’s passion for this vintage form of transportation. Main Street, USA was inspired after Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Walt loved growing up in Marceline and wanted to recreate his memories of the town in his park. He even included a few odes to his family and Imagineers in the names found on the windows above the street. Fun Fact: Walt has two windows of his own. One of them is on the Main Street Train Station and faces out at the entrance while the other is above the Plaza Restaurant and faces Cinderella Castle!

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Photo Tour of The New Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure

by on May 15, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Disney California Adventure began its huge multi-billion dollar transformation almost seven years ago and that things are still being improved! The latest enhancement is Grizzly Peak Airfield, a land in DCA formerly known as Condor Flats. The land’s airfield setting remains but has converted from a desert theme to a to rustic mountain setting. Overall it’s a huge improvement. The new theme raises the level of immersion and quality, and takes the park further away from the embarrassment it was on opening day. I have a lot of pictures from today so let’s get right in to it with this photo tour of the new Grizzly Peak Airfield.
DSC04539As you first enter the land you’ll notice the new Grizzly Peak sign. It looks great and in my opinion is a big improvement over the Condor Flats giant red radar tower.

DSC04541Walking in you immediately notice something was severely lacking from the land’s first incarnation. Trees! There are now multiple trees around the land that should provide some much needed shade for the upcoming summer.

Many more pictures after the jump:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 3 to 9, 2015

by on May 12, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar did a great job predicting the wait times at both parks. As indicated by the comparison (right) between what we expected and what we saw, the resort wide crowd levels were within one index point every day 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 – April 26 to May 2, 2015

by on May 5, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd levels on Sunday and Saturday but in between, crowd levels were lower than history would suggest. Last week’s trend was more evidence that in off-season conditions the parks are much busier on weekends than weekdays. We expect that trend to continue throughout the rest of May.

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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Video: Disneyland Forever Fireworks Testing 4/30/15

by on May 1, 2015

Disneyland’s new fireworks spectacular, Disneyland Forever, doesn’t officially premier until May 22. Guests leaving Disney California Adventure last night caught a sneak peek of the show from the esplanade between the two parks. The following video is of the complete Disneyland Forever fireworks show. Because this video was taken from outside the park you can not hear the music or see the projections on Main Street that will be a major part of the show.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 19 to 25, 2015

by on April 28, 2015

Last week Disney California Adventure wait times were lower than expected during the first half of the week while during the second half of the week Disneyland Park had higher wait times than expected. Otherwise, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted average wait times within a few minutes of what we observed.

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 or Disney World – What’s the Difference? Part 3

by on April 23, 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, we examined the topics of crowds, pricing, and hotels. In part three, let’s continue our side-by-side comparison of Disneyland and Disney World by discussing planning, transportation, and the theme parks.

Planning

 

Disneyland Resort Planning

Planning a trip to Disneyland is a fairly straightforward process. Let’s look at a basic timeline.

  • 12 months or more in advance: This is the time to research where you would like to stay and book a hotel reservation or vacation package.
  • 11 months or less in advance: If you are going to be flying to Disneyland, this is the time to start checking flights and booking one as soon as you find a great deal. Once your flight is reserved, you can book a rental car or make reservations for airport transportation. If you will be driving to Disneyland, this is the time to plan your route and make any hotel reservations that you will need for your journey to and from the resort.
  • 3 months in advance: At this point, it is time to start researching restaurants and tours that interest you and make a list of reservations that you would like to book.
  • 60 days in advance (exactly): This is the day you may begin booking dining reservations. Character Dining, Blue Bayou, and Napa Rose tend to fill up quickly and should be booked as soon as possible. If you did not reserve a vacation package that includes admissions and you plan to purchase your tickets in advance, this is a perfect time in order to allow for shipping. Purchasing admissions early is not a necessity in Disneyland, but it will save you a little bit of time once you arrive.
  • 30 days in advance (exactly): This is the day you may begin booking any tours that you would like to try.
  • 2 weeks in advance: This is a great time to research the attractions offered at Disneyland and California Adventure, make a list of what you would like to experience, and create your personalized touring plans. Also take a few moments to put together a packing list so that you don’t forget anything.
  • 1 week in advance: It’s now time to confirm all of your reservations, print your travel documents, and pack.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 12 to 18, 2015

by on April 21, 2015

Last week, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar expected wait times to be higher than they actually were. This is an indication that the Post-Easter / Spring Break Season may have arrived a week earlier than history would suggest. The wait times at both parks historically are low once the Easter and Spring Break seasons come to a close so this is a good sign for guests to the parks between now and Memorial Day.

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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