Weekly Preview

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 23

by on September 21, 2017

Special Events

  • Those hoping to eat breakfast at Satu’li Canteen will now only be able to do so during peak times. Lunch will now start at 10:00am.
  • 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.
  • Through September 30th, Florida residents will be offered a FREE appetizer AND valet parking with each adult dinner entrée. This is featured at the following restaurants:
    • Jiko
    • Flying Fish
    • Citricos
    • Artist Point
  • Are you a Tables in Wonderland member? 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

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 23

by on September 21, 2017

The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook DestinationsStorybook 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.

Tomorrow is the first official day of fall. Even though the temperatures have yet to drop in Central Florida, the crowd levels have certainly dropped at Universal! It’s a great week to visit, so let’s see what’s in store.

Weekly Crowd Level

Things are looking pretty even and easy at the parks this week. Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weekly Weather Report

Mid-week is looking good, but still warm. Check out the latest weather forecast here.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 15, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 16th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we have some very important information this week regarding future sailings in the Caribbean.

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

Dream at Sea, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Magic

  • 16 September – Barcelona (69/55, 50%)
  • 17 September – Day at Sea
  • 18 September – Cadiz (76/64, 0%)
  • 19 September – Lisbon (81/65, 10%)
  • 20 September – Day at Sea
  • 21 September – Ponta Delgada (72/66, 20%)
  • 22 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 16 September – Ensenada (76/62, 10%)
  • 17 September – San Diego (73/63, 10%)
  • 18 September – Ensenada (77/62, 0%)
  • 19 September – Day at Sea
  • 20 September – Cabo San Lucas (86/75, 10%)
  • 21 September – Day at Sea
  • 22 September – San Diego (71/64, 0%)

Disney Dream, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Dream

  • 16 September – Nassau (90/82, 40%)
  • 17 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 40%)
  • 18 September – Port Canaveral (85/74, 20%)
  • 19 September – Nassau (88/80, 20%)
  • 20 September – Castaway Cay (87/80, 10%)
  • 21 September – Day at Sea
  • 22 September – Port Canaveral (84/75, 50%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 16 September – Port Canaveral (87/77, 20%)
  • 17 September – Day at Sea
  • 18 September – Cozumel (87/77, 20%)
  • 19 September – Grand Cayman (85/80, 50%)
  • 20 September – Falmouth (89/79, 40%)
  • 21 September – Day at Sea
  • 22 September – Castaway Cay (87/80, 30%)

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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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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 14, 2017

The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook DestinationsStorybook 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.

Welcome back! I’d like to take a second to say that I hope all that were directly affected by Hurricane Irma are safe. If your trip was interrupted or rescheduled due to the storm, or you are just needing an escape, let’s see how you can unwind at Universal Orlando this week!

Weekly Crowd Level

Please note these are the projected crowd levels at the time of publication. Due to many guests needing to change vacation plans at the last minute due to Irma, crowd levels may fluctuate. Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weekly Weather Report

Mid-week is looking good!! Check out the latest weather forecast here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 14, 2017

Special Events

  • Epcot is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiestas Patrias. On September 16th from 11:00am – 5:00pm, head to the Mexico Pavilion for a scavenger hunt celebrating Mexican culture!
  • Through September 30th, Florida residents will be offered a FREE appetizer AND valet parking with each adult dinner entrée. This is featured at the following restaurants:
    • Jiko
    • Flying Fish
    • Citricos
    • Artist Point
  • Are you a Tables in Wonderland member? 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

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 8, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 9th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We have some very important weather related news to share this week, so lets get right to it.

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

St. Maarten

Disney Magic

  • 9 September – Barcelona (75/58, 89%)
  • 10 September – Day at Sea
  • 11 September – Naples (73/66, 100%)
  • 12 September – Civitavecchia (76/61, 20%)
  • 13 September – Livorno (77/60, 10%)
  • 14 September – Villefranche (75/61, 0%)
  • 15 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 9 September – Ketchikan (58/51, 90%)
  • 10 September – Day at Sea
  • 11 September – Vancouver (74/57, 10%)
  • 12 September – Victoria (68/56, 20%)
  • 13 September – Day at Sea
  • 14 September – Day at Sea
  • 15 September – San Diego (71/64, 0%)

Disney Dream

  • Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled September 8th and September 11th sailings have been CANCELED

Disney Fantasy

  • Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing has been CANCELED

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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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Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 7, 2017

The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook DestinationsStorybook 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.

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.

 

Weekly Crowd Level

 

Back to school can be such a beautiful thing at the theme parks! Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weekly Weather Report

It goes without saying, keeping on top of the forecast this week is not only important for what to wear, but for safety as well. Check out the latest weather forecast here.

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