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Disneyland Ticket Pricing Breakdown

by on February 12, 2017

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It’s that time again. Time for the annual Disneyland ticket price increase.

Last year, Disneyland introduced seasonal pricing. That continues going forward and means that each month is divided into being either a value, regular, or peak day. The new system will work as follows: If you’re visiting in September, you’ll pay value pricing. If you want to visit around the holiday week of Christmas and New Year’s, you pay peak pricing.

Seasonal pricing only impact 1 day tickets. Those who purchase multi-day tickets will not see seasonal pricing.

Here’s what this all means for Disneyland tickets:

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Walt Disney World Ticket Pricing Breakdown

by on February 12, 2017

Walt Disney World Ticket Pricing

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Yesterday, I shared with you that Walt Disney World tickets will be increasing beginning today. In addition, to that, there were a few other changes that occurred as well that include:

  • Pricing that includes a range of options
  • All new tickets will have an expiration date that the ticket must be used by. (Previously, only one day tickets expired.) This means that unused tickets must be used by a certain date or they will expire. (Example, right now, tickets purchased today must be used by December 31, 2018.) Anyone who holds an expired ticket will be able to exchange it for a credit that can be used towards purchasing a new ticket of equal or greater value. Unused tickets that have been purchased prior to Sunday, February 12 will remain valid and not carry expiration dates.
  • Guests can receive a $20 discount on any 3-Day to 10-Day Magic Your Way Ticket purchased in advance through Disney.
  • The Water Park Fun & More and Park Hopper Ticket will now be called Park Hopper Plus. Water Park Fun & More will be discontinued by itself.   The Park Hopper Plus will include the ability to visit more than two parks in a day, as well as a certain number of visits to your choice of Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf Course, Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Course, or ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Last year, Disney introduced seasonal pricing at Walt Disney World. That will continue this year for one day tickets. With the seasonal pricing, each month is divided to include value, regular, and peak days. You would pay Value Season pricing if you visited in September, but if you visit in December during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, you will pay Peak Pricing. Those who purchase multi-day tickets or are purchasing an annual pass do not currently see seasonal pricing.

Here is the full breakdown of ticket pricing for Walt Disney World:

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Disney Ticket Price Increase Happening Tomorrow

by on February 11, 2017

Ticket Price Increase

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It’s that time again. Time when Disney annually increases their ticket prices. So this is your official warning. Rumors are indicating that tickets will be increasing in price for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World tomorrow, Sunday, February 12.

Here are the changes that we are expecting to see for Walt Disney World:

    • Pricing that includes a range of options
    • All new tickets will have an expiration date that the ticket must be used by. (Previously, only one day tickets expired.) Anyone with an expired ticket will be able to exchange it for a credit to purchase a new ticket of equal or greater value. Tickets that have been purchased prior to Sunday, February 12 will remain valid and not carry expiration dates.
    • Guests can receive a $20 discount on any 3-Day to 10-Day Magic Your Way Ticket purchased in advance through Disney.
    • The Water Park Fun & More and Park Hopper Ticket will now be called Park Hopper Plus. Water Park Fun & More will be discontinued by itself.   The Park Hopper Plus will include the ability to visit more than two parks in a day, as well as a certain number of visits to your choice of Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf Course, Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Course, or ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Disney has recently been increasing ticket pricing in February for the past few years. Last year, Disney introduced seasonal pricing at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. With the seasonal pricing, each month is divided to include value, regular, and peak days. So, for example, if you plan to visit in September, you would pay value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the hectic holiday week of Christmas and New Year’s, you pay peak pricing. Keep in mind that seasonal pricing only impacted 1 day tickets. Those who purchase multi-day tickets or are purchasing an annual pass do not currently see seasonal pricing.

I’ll make sure to have the full pricing details for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland for you as soon as they are released.

If you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World this year, consider purchasing your tickets now and remember that our Price Comparison Tool can help you find the least expensive tickets for your needs.

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Full Outdoor Kitchen Menus for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on February 10, 2017

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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We are two and a half weeks out from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! This year’s festival will take place from March 1 and lasts until May 29. (That means 90 days of gardens, character topiaries, entertainers and most importantly, food and drink offerings.)

At this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, we will see the introduction of two brand new Outdoor Kitchen marketplace kiosks that will join the 13 returning booths. They are Northern Bloom, which focuses on fantastic fare from Canada and The Berry Basket, which will serve dishes that include berries.

I have the full list of the different Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens you’ll find this year, as well as the great drinks and food you can experience at each kiosk. Who’s ready to eat? 

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New Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular To Debut at Magic Kingdom

by on February 9, 2017

Happily Ever After

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Are you ready for a new Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular? The new show called Happily Ever After will debut May 12.

Happily Ever After will showcase some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. It is a story of friendship, perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The nighttime spectacular will feature the latest in fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers. The show will include a brand new, original score. Oh and we can’t forget the state-of-the-art projection mapping technology that’s been utilized more and more recently by Disney.

This new 18 minute show will feature more Disney characters than ever before including moments from Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, The Princess & The Frog, Aladdin and more. The show will also feature Quasimodo from Hunchback of Notre Dame who will swings from the turrets, Woody and his pals from Toy Story recreate the castle entirely out of toys, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story will begin with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Of course, as with most Disney nighttime spectaculars, the Disney villains will attempting to quash those dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Characters will have to overcoming their fears, the heroes will triumph and are celebrated with fireworks. 

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Rivers of Light to Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 9, 2017

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I feel like I’ve written this blog post before…only to have things change. But now, it appears as though the long wait is finally over. According to Disney’s website, Rivers of Light will begin enchanting Guests starting on Friday, February 17.

The show, which as many well know was fraught with delays and issues, currently appears to be scheduled at 7:15 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through March 11.  Then things begin to change with the schedule and get kind of confusing.

Beginning March 12, showtimes change to 8:45 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. That lasts through April 8. Beginning April 9, Rivers of Light will have two shows each and every night – one at 8:30 p.m. and one at 9:45 p.m. leading up to the Easter holiday. Starting April 23, the park will go back to having only one showing nightly at 8:45 p.m. The final schedule change will begin April 30, when Rivers of Light will take place beginning at 9:30 p.m. each evening. Currently, the schedule has only be released through the end of June. FastPass+ reservations are now available. 

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Doc McStuffins to Meet Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 8, 2017

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If you have a Disney Junior fan, then you know all about Doc McStuffins. Later this month you’ll have the opportunity to meet Doc at Disney’s Animal Kingdom just outside the veterinary clinic of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The popular toy doctor will make daily visits meeting with guests and signing autographs. While there, stop and  learn a about conservation efforts and how Disney’s vets care for the animals that live at the park.

Guests will still be able to meet Doc McStuffins in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where she appears alongside fellow Disney Junior stars Sofia the First and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. In addition, Guests looking for Doc McStuffins will also still be able to see her at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine for breakfast at Hollywood & Vine, as well as at Disney Junior – Live on Stage, also found in the Animation Courtyard.

No official date has been announced, so stay tuned to the blog for further details.

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Jostens Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports to be Renamed

by on February 8, 2017

ESPN Wide World of Sports

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The ESPN Wide World of Sports has been going through a lot of changes over the past few years.  Well, there’s another change that’s occurring and that’s that beginning on February 11, the Jostens Center will be renamed as the J Center. This change is due to the Jostens sponsorship ending.

The J Center is a multi-purpose arena for the ESPN Wide World of Sports. It houses basketball and volleyball courts, plus more. The J Center is home to multiple national championships held throughout the year, as well as host to the health and fitness expos during runDisney weekends.

Overall, the entire ESPN Wide World of Sports complex is seeing an expansion with seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, and a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations.

Stay tuned to further changes that may be occurring at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

 

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Star Wars Land to Open in 2019 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on February 7, 2017

Star Wars Land

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We are two years out from the official opening year of the Star Wars-themed lands for both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was announced today that both will open at some point in the year 2019.

Star Wars Land on both coasts will be the largest ever, single-themed land expansions on each coast. The land will  have Guests transported to a never-before-seen planet that is going to be a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space.

Here’s what we know about the lands so far:

  • There will be two attractions, one centered around the Millennium Falcon where you will actually be able to pilot it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control. The second one will find you in a battle between the resistance and the first order in a race against time.
  • In this new world, you’ll enter authentic locations and be able to meet droids and aliens.
  • You’ll be able to enter an other-worldly street market and taste local delicacies.
  • You can enjoy at meal at the best Star Wars themed-dinner club or you can choose to stop in at the local cantina.

You are most certainly going to want to stay tuned to the blog for more details about Star Wars Land as they get released!

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Pandora – The World of Avatar to Open Memorial Day Weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 7, 2017

Pandora - The World of Avatar Opening Date

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After YEARS of hype and build up, we officially have an opening date! Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27!

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora, straight from the film Avatar. In Pandora, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants as they make their way through the enchanting land.

Walt Disney Imagineering has collaborated with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired the film, Avatar, to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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