Trip Planning

Disneyland Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 6, 2017

Thinking of coming to Disneyland this week to check out Gay Days, the Halloween festivities, or just because? Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

The week starts with the continuation of Gay Days at Disneyland Resort. Gay Days are way for members of the LGBT community to get together with their friends and families and enjoy a few days at the parks. It is not an official, Disney-run event, so there are no special activities or merchandise provided by Disney, but the event organizers will designate one park for Gay Day participants to visit on each day. Disneyland Park is the designated park for Saturday and California Adventure is the designated park on Sunday, so expect more participants at those parks on those days. As with any large group converging upon the parks, we’re expecting an uptick in crowds for the weekend, with both days at level 8 for the resort. For more information, check out the official website for Gay Days Anaheim.

Monday is Columbus Day, which means that schools will be closed, and the parks will be busier than they would ordinarily be on a typical Monday. On the upside, bigger crowds means a more complete show schedule, so it’s an opportunity to see Fantasmic! and/or the fireworks if you can’t make it over the weekend.

Also, while Mickey Mouse has been talking at Walt Disney World for some time now, Disneyland is now testing a meet and greet at Disney’s California Adventure where Mickey, Minnie, AND Donald all talk, TOGETHER, to you and each other.  It’s pretty fantastic, so check out a video of it here. Note that because it’s currently being tested, no set schedule is available as this goes to press. We’ll let you know as soon as it becomes something you can plan for; for now, just keep your eyes peeled!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 29, 2017

It’s a great time to be at Disneyland Resort! Halloween decor is up all over the resort and the festivities are in full swing.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo: James Rosemergy

Halloween season is upon us at the Disneyland Resort now, and if you’re a fan of all things spooky, now is a great time for a visit. As per usual, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy are available this week and through the end of October, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a Halloween makeover as well. In the evenings, it transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. Expect long lines in the evenings for this attraction, and snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can.  The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

Mickey’s Halloween Party continues this week, and will be happening on Tuesday and Friday.  Make sure you check out Guy’s preview for all of the details, and to learn how to get the most out of it. Note that this week’s parties are sold out (as are all other parties this season). There is, of course, special merchandise available in conjunction with the parties.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Adults

by on September 27, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney for Adults

Welcome back to Part 5 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, and teens. Next up are the young-at-heart adults. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the adults surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 23

by on September 22, 2017

Halloween festivities continue this week at Disneyland, with even more Halloween parties! Read on to learn more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo – Disney (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)

Halloween season is officially in full swing at the Disneyland Resort now. In addition to yearly favorites Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is getting a new Halloween makeover of its own — in the evenings, it will transform into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Teens

by on September 18, 2017

The Best of WDW for Teens

Welcome back to Part 4 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babies, preschoolers, and grade school kids. Next up are those thrill-seeking teens. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the teens surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 15, 2017

Halloween is here!  Halloween is here!  OK, not really, but it’s September, which means that Halloween festivities have arrived at Disneyland. Read on to learn more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Halloween season is officially in full swing at the Disneyland Resort now.  Both the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain return in holiday mode for Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.  New this year, the already brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is getting a new Halloween makeover of its own — in the evenings, it will transform into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

Mickey’s Halloween Party starts up this week, and will be happening on Wednesday and Friday.  Make sure you check out Guy’s preview for all of the details, and to learn how to get the most out of it! Note that this week’s parties are sold out, as are most other parties this season. If you’d like to attend, get your tickets sooner rather than later.

This year also welcomes the debut of some new Halloween-themed overlays at Disney’s California Adventure.  Cars Land and Buena Vista Street have brand new holiday decor, and there will be lots of seasonal treats available on a limited-time basis. Check out Rikki’s preview for more information about what to expect.

 

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Orlando Theme Parks Reopening Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12

by on September 11, 2017

Following the terrifying passage of hurricane Irma over the past few days, many of the Orlando area theme parks are reopening to guests beginning Tuesday, September 12.

 

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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 8, 2017

Well, it’s early September, which in Disney parlance means it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit in earnest.  Let’s get to this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

There’s not too much coming in the early part of the week, but the week ends in grand fashion with the kick-off of the Halloween season at Disneyland.  On September 15, Disneyland Park classic attractions return in holiday form for Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.

That same day, we’ll also get to see the debut of some new Halloween-themed overlays at Disney’s California Adventure.  Cars Land and Buena Vista Street will both be getting brand new holiday decor, and there will be lots of seasonal treats available on a limited-time basis. Check out Rikki’s preview for more information about what to expect.  Note that both parks will close fairly early on Thursday to prepare for the unveiling on Friday.

Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and this event is coming to an end on Sunday, September 10. If you want to experience it, get on over to the parks this weekend. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

Finally, it’s worth noting that this is the last week in a while that there won’t be some sort of holiday party happening a few nights a week.  If you’re the sort of guest that likes to pop in on a whim, definitely time to start paying closer attention to the evening hours, because there will be early closures at Disneyland Park coming soon.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 7, 2017

Special Note: Due to the ever-changing weather conditions with Hurricane Irma, park hours, crowd levels, weather, and more will change throughout this week. If you are going to be in the area, please follow the directions of local authorities to ensure your safety. Keep updated on the National Hurricane Center web site. Consider if you are able to cancel or postpone your vacation during this potentially life-threatening situation. For a brief summary of some information to know about Hurricane Irma, you can read our article here and our list of closures and additional information here.

Special Events

  • Walt Disney Presents is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To learn more about this attraction, check out Rikki’s article here.
  • The Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Take in your surroundings as your guide brings you around the park. Experience attractions such as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, and enjoy a meal at Satu’li Canteen. Book now as this tour begins October 1st!
  • Are you a Tables in Wonderland member? Now through September 30th, you can receive a 30% discount at the following restaurants:
    • Note: Discount is only available before 6:30pm or after 8:30pm

 

Weather

For the most current weather conditions, click here!

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