Weekly Preview

Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of November 11

by on November 9, 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.

Hello everyone! Have you all bought your discounted Halloween candy in bulk yet? I might have stock piled three bags of Fun Size Snickers bars for the chocolate apocalypse. This week Universal is also doing their own sale, taking down all the Halloween Horror Nights 27 scare zones, and setting up for their new Christmas decorations.

Weekly Crowd Level

This week is the lull before the storm as we head into the debut of the brand new Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on November 18th and the crowds of the holiday season.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 11

by on November 9, 2017

A new holiday projection show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?! What else is new at Walt Disney World this week?

Special Events

  • Sunset Seasons Greetings is now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This show uses projections on billboards and the Hollywood Tower Hotel to share special holiday stories. This nighttime experience will take place now through December 31st.
  • Special discount for all of you Canadians! Receive 20% off park tickets purchased between November 1, 2017 and February 10, 2018. This applies to ticket packages of 4 days or longer.
  • Beginning November 10th, Disney Springs will look more like the North Pole than a shopping district. View 25 stunning holiday trees on the Christmas Tree Trail, bring your Christmas list (and check it twice!) to Santa’s Chalet, and take a picture with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of November 4

by on November 3, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of November 4th! 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)

Disney Magic

  • 4 November – New York (60/55, 0%)
  • 5 November – At Sea
  • 6 November – At Sea
  • 7 November – Castaway Cay (82/74, 20%)
  • 8 November – Port Canaveral (80/67, 10%)
  • 9 November – At Sea
  • 10 November – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 4 November – Panama Canal (85/74, 80%)
  • 5 November – Cartagena (86/77, 80%)
  • 6 November – At Sea
  • 7 November – Grand Cayman (83/79, 20%)
  • 8 November – Cozumel (/75, 20%)
  • 9 November – At Sea
  • 10 November – Galveston (74/66, 10%)

Disney Dream

  • 4 November – Nassau (82/75, 20%)
  • 5 November – Castaway Cay (82/75, 20%)
  • 6 November – Port Canaveral (80/68, 10%)
  • 7 November – Nassau (83/75, 20%)
  • 8 November – Castaway Cay (82/73, 10%)
  • 9 November – At Sea
  • 10 November – Port Canaveral (77/66, 10%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 4 November – Port Canaveral (79/69, 20%)
  • 5 November – At Sea
  • 6 November – Cozumel (83/74, 20%)
  • 7 November – Costa Maya (83/75, 40%)
  • 8 November – Grand Cayman (83/78, 10%)
  • 9 November – At Sea
  • 10 November – Castaway Cay (82/74, 20%)

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Disneyland Preview — Week of November 4

by on November 3, 2017

Christmas time is fast approaching at Disneyland (at least it’s starting to look that way from a decor standpoint)!  Also, we’ve got a few special events on tap this week. Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

 

Fun week at Disneyland, with a couple of unique experiences.  First up is Fall Dapper Day at Disneyland Park. For the uninitiated, Dapper Day is pretty much exactly what the name would suggest — a bunch of park guests, lookin’ dapper, kinda like if the Kentucky Derby were held at a theme park. It isn’t officially sanctioned by Disney and doesn’t typically add significantly to the waits (we’re predicting level 6 crowds), but it does add an interesting atmospheric to your park day. The Disneyland Hotel will be holding the Dapper Day Expo that weekend as well; check out the official site for details if you’re interested in attending the Expo.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 4

by on November 2, 2017

The holiday season is already here at Walt Disney World! For all the holly jolly news, keep reading!

Special Events

  • The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is this weekend. Will you be participating?
  • Now until November 13th, Annual Passholders can get reserved seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Check out Rikki’s article for more details.
  • Jingle Cruise is returning to Magic Kingdom park on November 2nd. This holiday overlay includes Christmas decorations, Santa hats, and lots of festive puns.
  • Beginning November 10th, Disney Springs will look more like the North Pole than a shopping district. View 25 stunning holiday trees on the Christmas Tree Trail, bring your Christmas list (and check it twice!) to Santa’s Chalet, and take a picture with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear.

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of November 4

by on November 2, 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.

Hi again! It’s Daylight Saving Weekend! Don’t forget to roll your clocks back one hour on Saturday night — which means an extra hour of sleep, which means you’ll be up and ready to hit the parks early Sunday, right????

Weekly Crowd Level

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 27, 2017

Halloween season comes to a close, and Disneyland wastes no time in getting into the Christmas spirit! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Just a few more days in the Halloween season at Disneyland, so if you want to enjoy the seasonal treats and decor (like the incredible Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure), you need to get over there soon!  Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy runs through Tuesday and will be down on Wednesday to remove the overlay and return to the classic version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will continue its very popular monster-themed overlay — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark — through Tuesday as well. In fact, while it normally only runs in the evenings, it will be in monster-mode all day on Halloween to give everyone plenty of time to get in one or two more rides for the season. Expect long lines and snag a FastPass if you can.

Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. The movie opens on Friday, so it’s a great time to get in and check it out! The preview lasts about 15 minutes.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 27, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 28th! 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)

Disney Wonder, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Magic

  • 28 October – New York (71/63, 10%)
  • 29 October – At Sea
  • 30 October – At Sea
  • 31 October – Castaway Cay (82/75, 10%)
  • 1 November – Port Canaveral (78/71, 20%)
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 28 October – At Sea
  • 29 October – Cabo San Lucas (86/71, 0%)
  • 30 October – Puerto Vallarta (87/70, 50%)
  • 31 October – At Sea
  • 1 November – At Sea
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – At Sea

Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 28 October – Nassau (86/78, 100%)
  • 29 October – Castaway Cay (85/73, 100%)
  • 30 October – Port Canaveral (69/60, 0%)
  • 31 October – Nassau (84/76, 10%)
  • 1 November – Castaway Cay (84/76, 10%)
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – Port Canaveral (81/72, 10%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 28 October – Port Canaveral (80/69, 80%)
  • 29 October – At Sea
  • 30 October – Cozumel (81/73, 10%)
  • 31 October – Grand Cayman (84/80, 40%)
  • 1 November – Falmouth (88/78, 40%)
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – Castaway Cay (85/76, 10%)

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 26, 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.

Fall has come to Florida, it’s Halloween week – no tricks, just treats all around!!

Weekly Crowd Level

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 26, 2017

Happy Halloween week! Those heading to Walt Disney World will see lower crowds, beautiful weather, and THREE Halloween parties. What a treat!

Special Events

  • The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend begins Thursday, November 2nd. Will you be participating? Let us know in the comments!
  • Also starting November 2nd, Cirque du Soleil will perform twice a night (6:00pm & 9:00pm) Thursdays through December 31st. This show is found at Disney Springs.
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders. Through December 23rd, 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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