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Additions and Subtractions To 2014’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland

by on November 10, 2014

A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland has seen dozens of changes in its 20-year run (yes, 20 years!), and this year is no different. The biggest change this year is the addition of Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen. The parade’s theme song, which some describe as “classic” and others describe as “incredibly annoying,” remains the same. No matter how you feel about the parade, it is still very popular, and masses of people line up for their chance to see it. A Christmas Fantasy is currently scheduled for two performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and one performance Monday through Thursday. Check the times guide or our Lines app for showtimes.

Before continuing with the pictures we have HD video of a full recording of this year’s parade:

Changes:

IMG_2154sAnna and Elsa from Frozen have taken over Mickey and Minnie’s old ice skating float. This is the same float that appears in the strangely titled Soundsational Pre Parade during non-Christmas months.

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Disneyland Announces Fantasmic! FASTPASS Viewing Options and Dining Packages

by on November 7, 2014

3925500104_0e09eb9e3e_bThe time honored tradition of camping out 3 hours for a Fantasmic! viewing spot is now a little less necessary. Disneyland has announced that Fantasmic! will get a FASTPASS-only viewing area starting December 12. Disney also made it clear that there will still be a stand-by viewing area for those who want to keep it old school, but it’s unclear large or how good that viewing section will be. FastPass tickets will be distributed on Big Thunder Trail (that’s the path to the left of Big Thunder Mountain) and will be distributed until they run out or 1 hour before showtime. Even with a FASTPASS in hand, I’d still recommend that you get in line for the reserved section a bit early. If it’s anything like World of Color’s FASTPASS line in DCA, it is safe to assume that it will be very long and take a good amount of time to get through.

It wouldn’t be a Disney “Nighttime Spectacular” without dinner packages, so they have also announced a variety dining options that will get you FASTPASSes for the show.

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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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