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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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Preparing for a Disney Ticket Price Increase

by on February 26, 2016

MYW_Ticket_LogoPrice increases are imminent; resistance is futile.

Okay, it’s not quite as bad as all that, but it has been over a year since Disney increased their regular ticket prices. Yes, they increased the cost of their Annual Passes in October, but it was February 22, 2015 the last time the regular tickets went up. History and our intuition indicates that will change any day now. So let’s take a quick look at what that may mean for you.

Tiered Ticket Pricing

In June of last year a Disney survey seemed to hint that they would eventually be implementing a tiered ticket system. This system would mean that guests would pay more–up to $125 for a single-day ticket–during times of peak attendance. There was no real indication when, or if, this system would ever come to be, but we suspect it will eventually be utilized. We have no evidence that this will be what Disney goes to on the next increase, but we wouldn’t be surprised either.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 14 to 20, 2016

by on February 26, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, Disneyland Resort differed from the pattern we normally see in February. Usually we would expect to see a dip in crowds during the week but last week Wednesday was one of the busiest days of the week, even in spite of some rainy weather. Disney California Adventure dipped to a crowd level ‘5’ on Tuesday but otherwise both parks were a level ‘7’ or higher every 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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New Concept Art for Star Wars Land

by on February 22, 2016

Last night was the Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 anniversary special and of course, the big topic of discussion was about what would be announced for Star Wars Land. We knew that Harrison Ford would be on hand to share some details about the land coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and what we got was some fantastic concept art, with a few additional tidbits. (Keep in mind that these are screen shots from last night’s special.)

  • Imagine stepping on board the Millennium Falcon and actually piloting it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control on board.

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Your Disney World Reverse Bucket List

by on February 19, 2016

Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of a “Bucket List;” it’s a to-do list of things you want to accomplish before you die, or “kick the bucket.” A bucket list typically includes aspirational items (travel to Paris), completist tasks (visit every major league baseball park), physical challenges (run a marathon) or the like. These are positive goal-worthy items.

Is the Turkey Leg a must-do or a never-do for you?

Is the Turkey Leg a must-do or a never-do for you?

I’ve recently been introduced to the concept of the “Reverse Bucket List” – things you would “rather die than do,” negative items to be avoided at all costs. I’m a New Yorker, so my Reverse Bucket List at home includes items like driving in Manhattan (public transportation is my friend), posing with a Times Square Elmo (ick), or waiting in line for hours for a cronut (just why?). I never want to do any of those things.

Many Disney Parks fans (of which I am one) discuss their Disney bucket lists. Some things I’ve seen frequently mentioned include:

  • Staying at a Deluxe level resort suite
  • Visiting all the Disney theme parks worldwide
  • Dining at Victoria & Alberts
  • Touring with a VIP guide
  • Having a Disney wedding
  • Buying/using the Platinum Dining Plan

Those are all worthy ambitions. But what I want to know about here is your Disney Reverse Bucket List. What are the Disney things that you vow never to do, or never to do again, because they are too upsetting, expensive, scary, or otherwise yucky.

Please bear in mind that Bucket Lists and Reverse Bucket Lists are personal, reflecting your own background, interests, or fears. For example, I love a good Disney Parks turkey leg, but I know several people who would put that at the top of their Reverse List. Please be respectful of others’ opinions.

To get things started, I’ll offer up some of my Disney Reverse Bucket List items.

  • Spending New Years Eve in the Magic Kingdom (too much of a muchness for me)
  • Riding Mission Space Orange (I am queasy just thinking about it)
  • Eating cotton candy or anything cotton candy flavored
  • Spending $4.00 for a bottle of water
  • Waiting more than 30 minutes for any stand-by line that doesn’t have Neil Patrick Harris at the end of it.

So tell me, what’s on YOUR Disney World Reverse Bucket List? Where is your line is the sand? What do you vow to never do at a Disney park?

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Disneyland River Belle Terrace Review

by on February 17, 2016

01River Belle Terrace is a table service restaurant located in Disneyland’s Frontierland that specializes in Southern cuisine. The menu includes several barbecue staples like chicken, brisket, pulled pork, and even some BBQ Tofu for the vegetarians out there. River Belle Terrace has always been a quick service eatery, but Disney switched the restaurant over to table service after the closure of Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue. The restaurant has been the favorite breakfast spot of a lot of park guests over the years, with many of them enjoying a Mickey Pancake to start of their day, but now all breakfast items have been removed from the menu and lunch service doesn’t start until 11:30 AM. Luckily the same quick service breakfast menu items have been moved over to the nearby Rancho Del Zocalo. If you want to relive the days of enjoying breakfast at River Belle Terrace, you can pick up the food at Rancho Del Zocalo, and then walk over to the seating located outside of River Belle and Stage Door Cafe. Most of the outdoor seating remains open to all guests.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – February 7 to 13, 2016

by on February 16, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

Last week we saw wait times at both Disneyland parks that matched closely what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted. Only on Tuesday did the Disneyland Crowd Calendar miss by more than one index point and that was entirely due to larger than expected waits at Disneyland Park. Disney California Adventure was a ‘3’ as predicted on Tuesday.

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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The Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot and Disneyland

by on February 12, 2016

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It’s almost that time again. It’s almost time to celebrate Easter in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. For the past few years, Disney has rolled out a special Easter egg hunt which allows guests to search around either Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort, trying to find eggs that are uniquely designed to look like Disney characters. This year, the fun will take place at Epcot in Walt Disney World and at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland, and new for 2016, Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort. Guests will be able to participate in this egg-cellent from March 2-27 (or while supplies last.)

Here’s how it will work: Guests will be able to purchase a map for $5.95, plus tax. With each map stickers are provided that match up with the actual character-themed eggs that can be found in each of the the parks (or Downtown Disney.)  Guests are then able to search via the map’s general locations and when an actual egg is found, the Guest will then place the character egg sticker on the map where the was located. Once all the eggs have been discovered, Guests should return their map to the redemption station for a fun prize.

Here’s a glimpse of what the maps will look like:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – January 31 to February 6, 2016

by on February 12, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Last Week?

Last week, the crowds we observed at Disneyland Resort closely followed what was predicted by the Disneyland Crowd Calendar with the exception of a cool, rainy Sunday. Disneyland crowds came in a point or two higher than Disney California Adventure most days meaning that the flagship park was more crowded relative to what we see historically than the newer park.

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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The Basics: Using the Crowd Calendar to Decide When to Visit Disney World

by on February 10, 2016

This is a continuation of our Back to Basics Series. Scroll to the bottom to see our other Basics posts.

Are you planning a vacation to Disney World? Wouldn’t it be cool to just pick up and go right now? In my mind, I’m there already with nothing to do to but have fun. Unfortunately, a reality check reminds me that we all have jobs, many need to consider school schedules, and finances and budgets need to be in order. Given all of these considerations, how can you possibly make an informed decision about the best time for your Disney World trip?

Well, today is your lucky day because this article focuses on TouringPlans.com’s Disney World Crowd Calendar, a powerful tool designed to help you make a decision about when to go so that you spend the least amount of time in line. Plus, see a handy summary of how specific holidays and Disney World special events affect how much time you’ll be in line.

[Even more luck! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland or Universal Orlando—TouringPlans provides Crowd Calendars for these destinations too.]

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© Sarah Graffam

How will the crowds be during your Disney World visit? Use TouringPlans.com’s Crowd Calendar to pick the best week for your vacation.

Deciding When to Go: First Considerations

First and foremost, as with any trip, there are two basic factors that are crucial to deciding when to go to Disney World and that provide the context for using the TouringPlans Crowd Calendar. These are: (1) when you can afford to go and (2) when your schedule allows you to go.

In terms of when you can afford to go, maybe your goal is to save up first, or you are expecting a work bonus to put toward vacation, or your budget will be a bit more flexible once that car loan is paid off. As for schedule, you likely need to work around school vacations, a project at work, or family obligations.

Another potential factor is Disney World’s schedule. Is there a special event or time of year you would like to visit? Is it a must-do or just a bonus if it lines up with your other best times for vacation? Also keep in mind that peak crowds bring peak prices at Disney World resorts.

Considering these factors is bound to narrow down the time when you will take your vacation, and this is when TouringPlans’ Crowd Calendar can become an integral part of deciding when to go. Matching up all of these factors—budget, schedule, and what you’d like to experience at Disney World—with the Crowd Calendar is an excellent way to pick the best week for your vacation.

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