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Pictures: Frozen Fun (partially) Premieres at Disney California Adventure

by on December 20, 2014

Frozen Fun has invaded Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure.  Mad T Party and Muppet*Vision 3D have been retired in favor of Disney’s newest crop of characters. Frozen Fun doesn’t officially start at Disney California Adventure until Janurary 7, 2015, but some of it did open today in what Disney calls a “sneak peak.” So far only the Olaf meet and greet (but not Olaf’s Snow Fest), Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome meet and greet, and Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party have begun daily operation. On to the pictures:

DSC03278Frozen Fun banners can be seen at the front entrance of Disney California Adventure. The actual Frozen Fun area is located inside Hollywood Land.

DSC03264As you approach the Frozen Fun area you’ll notice many reused props from the recently retired Mad T Party. They pretty much just repainted them to make them look “frosty.”

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Pictures and Video: Frozen’s Arendelle Castle added to Storybook Land at Disneyland

by on December 20, 2014

Breaking news: Frozen is a popular movie. I know, shocking, right? Disney has added elements from the popular film to one of the most beloved attractions in Disneyland‘s history. Luckily, it turned out really nice. I know some people are suffering from a bit of Frozen overload, but Storybook Land is an all time classic, and it’s nice to see it get a little love. Arendelle did replace the windmills from the 1937 film The Old Mill, and while it is a bummer to lose them, it at least makes the ride a little bit more relevant to younger generations. That will make the ride more popular, which will then cause more people to experience this wonderful attraction.  On to the video and pictures:

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Arendelle is immediately visible after you exit Monstro at the beginning of the ride.

More pictures after the jump:

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Pictures: Olaf Meet and Greet Premieres at Disney California Adventure

by on December 20, 2014

Before he was just a cartoon character, a digitally created image on the screens of our TVs, phones, and computers. Not any more! Now you can meet Olaf the snowman in the flesh, er snow, at Disney California Adventure. It’s part of the Frozen Fun promotion going on now until May. Later in January he’ll have a dedicated meet and greet spot inside Olaf’s Snow Fest, but for now he’s meeting and greeting outside under the sun. I hope he doesn’t melt! (Ahem, is this thing on?) Today I braved a brutally cold Southern California winter morning, where temperatures hovered around 60 degrees, to bring you these pictures. You’re welcome, Internet.

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There he is! As you can see, Olaf has a wide range of motions. He can hold his arms out!

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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – December 7 to 13, 2014

by on December 16, 2014

Last week, with the exception of Saturday, our predictions did well at both Disneyland Parks. Very well in fact. Most days the average wait times at both parks were within a few minutes of what we predicted. Saturday was a surprise however, with wait times soaring to levels normally reserved for holidays.

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 – November 30 to December 6, 2014

by on December 9, 2014

Last week, our crowd projections did well the first half of the week but our second half did not properly reflect the impact of Candlelight Processional on wait times across the resort. We saw average wait times on Thursday through Saturday at or near the highest points on our scale in some cases.

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 – November 23 to 29, 2014

by on December 2, 2014

As you can see on our weekly graph of wait times, we correctly predicted the shape of crowd flow last week and pretty much nailed the crowd levels as well. Overall, crowds were slightly higher than we predicted. Thanksgiving Day itself was the least crowded of the week, presumably since more guests chose to celebrate with their families at home rather than hit the 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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Disneyland Resort Crowd Report – November 16 to 22, 2014

by on November 25, 2014

Disneyland crowd levels were up last week but not significantly so, except for Saturday. We tended to miss low with our predictions all week but we still managed to get within one index level of what we observed most days.

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 – November 9 to 15, 2014

by on November 19, 2014

Days around Veterans Day historically see no significant bump in attendance at Disneyland Resort. This year seems to be a significant exception. Sunday through Tuesday saw crowd levels that bordered on extreme despite our historical information which would suggest crowds much lower in mid-November. As much as crowds peaked on Tuesday they returned immediately back to levels we would expect by Wednesday.

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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5 Essential Tips for Dealing with the Rain at Disneyland

by on November 19, 2014

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Rainfall at Disneyland. Copyright- Disney

 

Southern California is a vacation paradise. Your average temperature–year round– is mid to high 70s and clear skies. It is the perfect location for a Disneyland Resort vacation. Unfortunately the only real obstacle you cannot prepare for–when you go on vacation–is the weather. You can gauge what the weather will be like in any particular month but you will not truly know until the week before we leave for your vacation.

Even though it hardly rains in Southern California there are still rainy seasons. The rainy season starts in October and ends in April. But I know most of you are not going to completely avoid those rainy season months just because of some rain. So, what is your plan of attack when you are on your vacation and it is raining at the Disneyland Resort? Below I have put together 5 essential tips for dealing with the rain when you are at the Disneyland Resort.If you are interested in tips on how to deal with the rain at Disney World, our other writer Daisy has an excellent article on that particular topic.

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#Everywhere – A Review of the Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites

by on November 18, 2014

Exterior (6)On my recent trip to Disneyland we stayed at the Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites, which is outside the resort area, but by only a little bit. We chose this particular hotel because we were told it was clean and that it was definitely close to the parks. We found both of those things to be true and were, for the most part, impressed with the property. Of course, there is a little more to it than that, which is good because this would be a very short post otherwise.

The Price

For many travelers, the cost of the hotel is the largest single expense. The Camelot cost us an average of $150.93 per night, which meant our 6 night stay cost $905.58 (including tax). Here is how that number compares to some of the Disney hotels in both California and Florida for the same dates (Prices found on MouseSavers.com):

  • Camelot Inn – $151 per night
  • Disneyland Hotel – $455 per night
  • Paradise Pier Hotel (Disneyland) – $342 per night
  • Grand Californian Hotel (Disneyland) – $526 per night
  • All-Star Sports (Walt Disney World Value Resort) – $124 per night
  • Caribbean Beach (Walt Disney World Moderate Resort) – $217 per night
  • Beach Club (Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort) – $494 per night

Now all of those are the full price rate, most of which can be discounted with various promotions, but it is still illuminating. The cost for the Camelot was less than half the price of the closest Disneyland on-property hotel (Paradise Pier) and right in between the cost for a Walt Disney World Value and Moderate.

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