Weekly Preview

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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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 6, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 7th! I’m Brandon Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

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

Cabanas, Disney Fantasy

Disney Magic

  • 7 October – At Sea
  • 8 October – At Sea
  • 9 October – Nassau (88/80, 20%)
  • 10 October – Castaway Cay (87/79, 20%)
  • 11 October – Port Canaveral (84/76, 40%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 7 October – At Sea
  • 8 October – San Diego (74/63, 0%)
  • 9 October – Ensenada (75/63, 0%)
  • 10 October – At Sea
  • 11 October – Cabo San Lucas (87/77, 30%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – San Diego (75/64, 0%)

Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 7 October – Nassau (89/80, 10%)
  • 8 October – Castaway Cay (87/80, 20%)
  • 9 October – Port Canaveral (86/77, 50%)
  • 10 October – Nassau (87/79, 40%)
  • 11 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 50%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – Port Canaveral (81/74, 40%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 7 October – Port Canaveral (85/78, 80%)
  • 8 October – At Sea
  • 9 October – Cozumel (86/77, 60%)
  • 10 October – Grand Cayman (86/79,20%)
  • 11 October – Falmouth (87/76, 50%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – Castaway Cay (85/78, 60%)

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 5, 2017

I hope you’re hungry, because this week’s preview will definitely build up an appetite!

Special Events

  • BaseLine Tap House is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Located on Grand Avenue (near Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater), this restaurant features small plates, specialty cocktails, and California-based beers and wines.
  • There’s a new exhibit in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. ‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos features artwork and artifacts based on the traditions of Día de los Muertos, a main focus in the upcoming Pixar film Coco. Will you check it out? Let me know in the comments!
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders! Through December 23rd, these Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article!

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 5, 2017

The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”….and for that we celebrate with a long weekend! Hooray for more time to play!

Weekly Crowd Level

You will definitely see the effects of the holiday weekend at the parks, but with careful planning using a personalized touring plan, it will be easy peasy!

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 29, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 30th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

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

Castaway Cay

Disney Magic

  • 30 September – Saint John (59/40, 0%)
  • 1 October – Sea Day
  • 2 October – New York (75/59, 0%)
  • 3 October – Sea Day
  • 4 October – Saint John (68/52, 10%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – New York (80/62, 0%)

Disney Wonder

  • 30 September – Sea Day
  • 1 October – San Diego (74/65, 10%)
  • 2 October – Sea Day
  • 3 October – Cabo San Lucas (88/78, 20%)
  • 4 October – Sea Day
  • 5 October – San Diego (75/63, 0%)
  • 6 October – Ensenada (81/63, 0%)

Disney Dream

Disney Dream

  • 30 September – Nassau (89/80, 10%)
  • 1 October – Castaway Cay (87/79, 80%)
  • 2 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 60%)
  • 3 October – Nassau (87/79, 80%)
  • 4 October – Castaway Cay (85/77, 80%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – Port Canaveral (83/75, 60%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 30 September – Port Canaveral (84/76, 60%)
  • 1 October – Sea Day
  • 2 October – Cozumel (85/77, 80%)
  • 3 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 50%)
  • 4 October – Falmouth (85/80, 80%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 80%)

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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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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 28, 2017

Exciting news happening this week at Walt Disney World. Read on for the whole scoop!

Special Events

  • October 1st marks the 35th anniversary of Epcot! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the park will have exclusive merchandise, a ceremony featuring Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre, and a special version of Illuminations. For more details, click here!
  • Beginning October 1st, guests will have the opportunity to meet Timon from the Disney film, The Lion King. Look for him on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!
  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This after-hours event begins December 16th and includes Star Wars entertainment, character meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more. This event sold out quickly last Spring, so book ASAP.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 28, 2017

The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

Is it just me or did September fly right by faster than the Hulk coaster?! Life moves way too fast–get out and have fun people!!

Weekly Crowd Level

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 23

by on September 22, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 23! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

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

Sint Maarten

Disney Magic

  • 23 September – Day at Sea
  • 24 September – Day at Sea*
  • 25 September – Day at Sea
  • 26 September – New York* (82/70, 10%)
  • 27 September – New York (78/69, 30%)
  • 28 September – Day at Sea
  • 29 September – Bar Harbor (67/51, 60%)

*Itinerary changes noted en route due to weather concerns.

Disney Wonder

  • 23 September – Ensenada (71/60, 0%)
  • 24 September – San Diego (77/63, 0%)
  • 25 September – Day at Sea
  • 26 September – Day at Sea
  • 27 September – Puerto Vallarta (88/74, 60%)
  • 28 September – Mazatlan (88/76, 50%)
  • 29 September – Cabo San Lucas (86/77, 20%)

Sint Maarten

Disney Dream

  • 23 September – Nassau (89/82, 20%)
  • 24 September – Castaway Cay (89/81, 10%)
  • 25 September – Port Canaveral (86/74, 10%)
  • 26 September – Nassau (90/80, 20%)
  • 27 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 10%)
  • 28 September – Day at Sea
  • 29 September – Port Canaveral (87/76, 10%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 23 September – Port Canaveral (84/76, 90%)
  • 24 September – Day at Sea
  • 25 September – Cozumel (86/77, 40%)
  • 26 September – Grand Cayman (87/82, 20%)
  • 27 September – Falmouth (89/78, 90%)
  • 28 September – Day at Sea
  • 29 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 40%)

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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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