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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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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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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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of August 26

by on August 25, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of August 26! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. As always, let’s take a look at the weather and see who is going to need a parka this week.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)


Disney Fantasy.

Disney Magic

  • 26 August – Barcelona (84/72, 10%)
  • 27 August – Day at Sea
  • 28 August – Naples (88/73, 0%)
  • 29 August – Civitavecchia (89/71, 0%)
  • 30 August – Livorno (87/69, 0%)
  • 31 August – Villefranche (85/72, 0%)
  • 1 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 26 August – Ketchikan (60/52, 70%)
  • 27 August – Day at Sea
  • 28 August – Vancouver (82/61, 0%)
  • 29 August – Day at Sea
  • 30 August – Tracy Arm Fjord (59/49, 70%)
  • 31 August – Skagway (58/52, 60%)
  • 1 September – Juneau (57/49, 60%)

The AquaDuck!

Disney Dream

  • 26 August – Nassau (90/80, 30%)
  • 27 August – Castaway Cay (88/80, 80%)
  • 28 August – Port Canaveral (87/76, 50%)
  • 29 August – Nassau (91/82, 40%)
  • 30 August – Castaway Cay (89/81, 20%)
  • 31 August – Day at Sea
  • 1 September – Port Canaveral (89/77, 30%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 26 August – Port Canaveral (87/77, 80%)
  • 27 August – Day at Sea
  • 28 August – Day at Sea
  • 29 August – Tortola (81/75, 40%)
  • 30 August – St. Thomas (88/80, 20%)
  • 31 August – Day at Sea
  • 1 September – Castaway Cay (89/81, 20%)

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of August 12

by on August 10, 2017

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It’s the middle of August, which means summer is slowly starting to wind down! If you are planning one last hurrah in the Universal Orlando parks, here’s what to expect.

Weekly Crowd Level

Oh so slowly, the kids are going back to school and summer is fading, as will the crowds by the end of the week.

Weekly Weather Report

Summer weather still changes rapidly and often, so check out the latest forecast here before your visit.

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Disney Store Haul + Video

by on August 8, 2017

I’m trying something different today!

A few weeks ago, I asked if any of you would want to see a Disney Store haul, and a lot of you said yes!

So today, I’m going to show you what I recently purchased during a 25% off sale at the Disney Store.


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Ask It Results: Land and Sea or Sea and Land

by on May 17, 2017

There’s the old saying about a vacation that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. When you do a Walt Disney World vacation in conjunction with a Disney Cruise Line cruise, you truly do get that vacation to recover from your vacation. But what’s the best order to do them in? Last week we asked you:

When doing a Disney Cruise/Walt Disney World combination vacation, do you prefer to do Land then Sea or Sea then Land?

The results are in, and there was a very clear favorite.

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Attraction Overview: Splash Mountain + Video

by on May 2, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenIt’s been a looooong two weeks away from Youtube (P.S. I’ve missed you all!), but I’m finally back with a new video!

Enjoy this overview of Splash Mountain, featured at Walt Disney World, Disneyland,and Tokyo Disneyland.

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Ask It Results: Best Current Use of Star Wars

by on April 26, 2017

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

Which is the best use of Star Wars at Walt Disney World?

With special nods to the “All of the above” (read: Star Wars mega fans) and “None of the above” (read: Not Star Wars fans), here’s how the four choices did in our weekly poll, with more than 1,400 votes cast.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style at Disney Springs’ Raglan Road

by on March 8, 2017

Raglan Road

©Raglan Road

Make sure you’re wearin’ your green as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend at Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Disney Springs!

This year’s event will last from March 16 through March 19 and the celebration will feature great Irish cuisine, live music, Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and more!

The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of two different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Young Dubliners, The Byrne Brothers, HanaLena Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Swingin’ On the Gate, Rollickin’ Rua, and Jennifer Lyons. Guests will also be able to catch performances by the award-winning Irish dancers.

The full schedule of events can be found here:

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