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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 17 to 23, 2016

by on April 29, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

For the second week in a row, wait times at Disneyland Park between Monday and Thursday were much higher than we would normally see this time of year while wait times on the weekends (including Friday) were comparable to what we have seen in the past. It is interesting that the new Single Day Ticket Pricing scheme labels days during the week as “Value” while weekend days are labelled “Regular”. It is reasonable that the pricing scheme might be impacting when single day guests choose to visit Disneyland Park. Strangely, crowds at Disney California Adventure seem to be unaffected with five out seven predictions hitting the mark 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 10 to 16, 2016

by on April 21, 2016

Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week was two weeks after Easter and the first week back to school for most of the major school districts in the Western U.S. Despite it being one of the least crowded weeks historically, Disneyland Park was shockingly packed with every day reaching a crowd level ‘8’ or higher. This continues a string of surprising crowds at Disneyland Resort in 2016. What is most interesting is that the crowds were focussed almost exclusively at Disneyland Park while Disney California Adventure stayed within a point or two of what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report:

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Soarin’ Around the World to Debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure in June

by on April 20, 2016

Soarin' Around the World

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Guests will finally be able to see the world on Soarin’ at both Epcot and Disney California Adventure.

Beginning on June 17, Soarin’ Around the World will debut giving Guests a glimpse of the Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor in Australia, and the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The ride will immerse Guests in a multi-sensory experience with sights, sounds, and smells.

The soundtrack of the attraction will see a bit of a change that fits with the new destinations, but will still be based on the current version. There will also be a surprise ending for Guests to experience.

Here is a preview of what Guests will be able to expect with the new film:

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Sneak Preview to Occur at Disney Parks

by on April 19, 2016

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You won’t want to be late! There’s a great new sequel to Alice in Wonderland called Alice Through the Looking Glass coming to theaters soon. To get you ready for the upcoming film, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Beginning May 6, for a limited time, you’ll 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 and for those Guests who will be visiting the west coast, they will be able to catch the 3D preview at Disney California Adventure in the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) with special in-theater effects. This sneak preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass will last for 10 minutes from May 6 through June 12.

The film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, returns Alice to the whimsical world of Underland where she travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

Time is of the essence! You won’t want to miss this preview before the clock runs out!

Are you anxious to catch Alice Through the Looking Glass which debuts in theaters on May 27?

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – April 3 to 9, 2016

by on April 12, 2016

How Crowded Was DIsneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

This week we have added an indicator to our chart that displays the crowd levels that we saw during the equivalent week in the prior year. What a difference a year makes! Last week the crowds at Disneyland Resort were near the top level on our scale, much higher than we typically see during the week after Easter. The Disneyland Crowd Calendar predictions for April 4 – April 10 were adjusted in March and it appears now that those adjustments were warranted, although crowds tapered off on Friday and Saturday when the Disneyland Crowd Calendar expected them to surge.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 27 to April 2, 2016

by on April 7, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, crowds at Disneyland Resort closely followed the arc that the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted we would see. If anything, the parks were slightly less crowded than predicted but not by much and mostly at Disney California Adventure. Still, the ‘8’s, ‘9’s and ’10’s make last week one of the busiest weeks that we will see at Disneyland all year.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 20 to 26, 2016

by on April 5, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Disneyland crowds hit the highest level on our scale four out of seven days last week. Although still extremely busy, the parks were a little less crowded on Sunday and Saturday while during the week wait times were extreme in both parks. Disney California Adventure was notably less crowded than Disneyland Park most days.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report:

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SATURDAY SIX: Looking at ways Disney can introduce MARVEL characters into the theme parks

by on April 2, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at Ways Disney Can Introduce MARVEL Characters into the Theme Parks. Yes, April Fool’s Day was yesterday, but believe it or not the this-can’t-possibly-be-real news stories started earlier last week when word started getting out that Disney was considering a Guardians of the Galaxy overlay to the Hollywood Tower of Terror attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. You may be thinking, “No way! That’s insane!” but on the latest episode of the Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa lay out exactly why Bob Chapek (chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts) at least wanted to explore this very idea.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Hotel. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

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Bellhop Groot. (photo by Matt Cleary and Mike Sperduto)

Public reaction to the Guardians of the Galaxy overlay was – to put it politely – overwhelmingly negative. In fact, because of the virulent reaction there is almost no chance this overlay makes it to Florida, but never say never when it comes to the Tower of Terror in Disney’s California Adventure. We here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters were at first taken aback by this idea, in part because the Tower of Terror took first place in our poll on The Greatest Attractions at Walt Disney World. But then we got to thinking. What if Disney did try to think “outside the box” when it came to introducing Marvel characters in the theme parks? More importantly, how could they do it in the cheapest way possible? We think we have some ideas. As luck would have it, six ideas. So sit back, put down your copy of the Spider-Man Clone Saga, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 – Howard the Duck takes over Stitch’s Great Escape

Remember how we mentioned that Tower of Terror came in first in our expert’s list of Best WDW Attractions? Well, guess which attraction took first place in our poll on Worst WDW Attractions? You guessed it: Stitch’s Great Escape. What do you get to overlay one of the all time worst reviewed theme park attractions? Why one of the all time worst reviewed comic book movies. Please welcome Howard the Duck. To put into scale how poorly received Howard the Duck’s movie was, consider that the recent Batman V Superman film took a beating by the critics, scoring a miserable 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Howard the Duck sits at 14% fresh.

We have to hurry on this one though. Howard the Duck had a cameo in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie. When the Guardians team up with the Avengers in the Infinity War (which is expected in either part 1 in May 2018 or part 2 in May 2019), he may be considered part of the Avengers extended family. If that happens, he could become off limits to the Orlando parks thanks to Universal’s contract with Marvel.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – March 13 to 19, 2016

by on March 30, 2016

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

How Crowded Was Disneyland Resort Last Week?

Last week, wait times at Disneyland closely followed what the Disneyland Crowd Calendar predicted. We saw crowd levels hit the highest points on our scale, consistent with the Spring Break-level crowds we see in late March and early April each year. As crowded as it was we only saw a park hit the top level on our scale once – a ’10’ for Disneyland Park on Saturday.

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 Disneyland Quick Service Items For Under $10

by on March 28, 2016

Disneyland Resort just finished another round of quick service dining price increases. This happens a few times a year so that’s not exactly big news. But if you don’t follow Disney dining prices as closely as we do then some of the prices may surprise you. A basic “Classic Cheeseburger” (found at Hungry Bear Restaurant and other quick service restaurants) is now $11.49, up from $9.99. The Burrito Sonora with Marinated Beef from Rancho Del Zocalo was raised to $12.99 from $11.49. This one hurts: the fantastic Fried Chicken from Plaza Inn is now priced at $17.49, up from an already expensive $15.99. I can go on and on but I figured it would be better if I shared some good Disneyland quick service dining entrees for under $10. Yes, some bargains do still exist.
Corn Dog (Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs – Disneyland, Corn Dog Castle – DCA) – $7.99 

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Judging by the length of the lines at Little Red Wagon and Corn Dog Castle, everyone has heard about Disneyland’s legendary corn dogs. Their fame is well deserved and thankfully the price hasn’t  gotten too high yet. A giant hot dog covered in a deep fried batter shell probably isn’t the healthiest option in the world, but there’s something about devouring one of these while touring a busy theme park that feels so right.

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