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24 Things You Should Do at Disneyland’s 24-Hour Celebration

by on May 20, 2015 4 Comments

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If you had the opportunity to stay at a Disney theme park for 24 hours, what would be on your list of things to do? Food? Shows? Characters? Attractions? The theme park would be your oyster. Even if you are not able to stay up the full 24 you will have a few extra hours to experience things you may have never made the time for. Well, you will have your opportunity to experience a 24-hour Disney theme park come Friday, May 22. To kick off Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration, guests will be able to experience The Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World theme parks for an entire 24 hours.

During this special event, guests will have the chance to experience different attractions, shows, characters, and food that they would not normally have the time to experience. Since making your Disney theme park—specifically The Disneyland Resort–trip a unique experience is my niche, I have put together a list of  24 activities (since it is a 24-hour event…get it?) to fill your time during this event. Even if you do not plan on attending a Disney theme park during this time, it is still fun to just imagine the things you would do during this exciting celebration.

*DL= Disneyland     *DCA= Disney California Adventure

1. Dine at the Blue Bayou (DL) – If you have never been to the Blue Bayou before then this is the perfect time to experience one of the best restaurants in any Disney theme park. Even though there might be a long wait, that should not deter you because you will have a lot of time on your hands.

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Updated Port Orleans Riverside Room View Photos

by on May 20, 2015 3 Comments

Disney landscapers have trimmed back many of the trees in front of the Magnolia Terrace building (#85) at Port Orleans Riverside, allowing for better river views from upper-floor rooms. Our photographers swung by for quick stay last week, and get updated photos for our hotel room view database.

Here’s the view from room 8916 before the trimming:

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And here’s the view after:

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It’s a much better view, and they’ve kept the lovely Magnolia trees around the sides.

The photographers are making their way around Walt Disney World this summer, updating room photos for the Polynesian, BoardWalk Inn Villas, and more.

Thanks to our friend Andre Wiley of PortOrleans.org for the tip about the maintenance!

Ideas for Entertaining Kids On The Plane

by on May 20, 2015 19 Comments

Photo - DisneyFor some, the thought of flying on a plane with kids is simple and carefree.

For me, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong – I have an amazingly easy child who travels very well. Still, I would be lying if I didn’t admit prior to flying with her, I become a Nervous Nelly.

For those of you who can relate to my anxieties, here is a list of ideas and items for entertaining your child on a flight to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or anywhere else. Although who are we kidding, why go anywhere else when you could go to some of the happiest places on earth? ;-) Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney World Crowd Level Changes May 2015 to May 2016

by on May 19, 2015 30 Comments

Today the Disney World Crowd Calendar received an update. The last time we updated the Disney World Crowd Calendar was December 2014, and a lot has changed since then.

Park Hours, Park Schedules and the Way They Get Updated

See Brian’s article about how often park hours change. We track park hours obsessively, so it is important to refresh our crowd levels every few months to take advantage of the latest trends.

Confirmed dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Magic Kingdom crowds vary greatly depending on the party schedule. Now that we have confirmed dates for the parties, the crowd levels can be updated to reflect the schedule.

School Schedules for the 2015/2016 School Season

Orlando is the world’s most popular family vacation destination, so it makes sense that the crowds are highly driven by school schedules. Fewer schools in session mean more families on vacation. We publish our Crowd Calendar one year in advance, so there are times of the year when we must project the school schedules into the future before the schedules are officially published. Now that we have confirmed schedules for the 2015/2016 school year, it is time to update the calendar.

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How Often Do Disney World Park Hours Change?

by on May 19, 2015 23 Comments

TouringPlans logoPark hours are one of the many things that factor into our Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar calculations. We have found over the years that park hours are decent indicators of crowd size (although they are far from the only indicators). The reasoning is simple: Disney has longer operating days when they think they’ll be busy and shorter when they don’t.

I have personally been collecting Walt Disney World park hours for 4 years now, since July 1, 2011 and I have compiled some overall statistics that I find interesting, and therefore think you may find interesting as well. Be warned, there are a lot of numbers in this post so geek out everyone!

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Disneyland Resort saw crowd levels vary between levels ‘4’ and ‘8’ on our scale, including a jump between those two levels in a one-day span between Friday and Saturday. Despite having some crowd levels above average, wait times were usually manageable at either park throughout the week.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Resort Crowd Report:

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Universal Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Last week, Universal saw wait times at or below levels predicted by the Universal Crowd Calendar every day. Other than Saturday, guests to Universal enjoyed crowd levels no higher than a ‘5’ which means most headliner attractions had average wait times less than 50 minutes.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:

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Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – May 10 to 16, 2015

by on May 19, 2015

Crowds at Walt Disney World last week were as predicted by the Crowd Calendar except for Tuesday and Wednesday when wait times lagged below expectations. It was a good week for crowds with most days having below average crowd levels. Only Saturday saw a crowd level above the midpoint on our scale.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Touringplans.com Disney World Crowd Calendar Report:

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Disney Cruise Line Returns to New York City in 2016

by on May 18, 2015 1 Comment

Thank you to Tammy Whiting for the heads up on this:

Good news, East Coasters – Disney Cruise Line will have sailings out of New York City to Canada and the Bahamas in 2016 on the Magic.

I was lucky enough to catch the Canada itinerary the last time Disney had it, and loved the change of scenery. If you’re looking for something new on DCL, and Alaska or Europe are too far or too much money (in my case – both!), this is a great option to consider.

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Halal Dining at Walt Disney World

by on May 18, 2015 2 Comments

There have been members of the Islamic faith vacationing at Walt Disney World for decades, but the growing number of adherents to Islam in the United States, along with increased accessibility from the Middle East (including non-stop flights from Orlando International Airport to Dubai, UAE) means that more Islamic guests than ever are visiting the parks.

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Many times you can have luck requesting halal meals in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. (Photo by Erwin Mascardo)

Like many Jewish guests, Islamic guests often have special dietary restrictions that they maintain while on vacation. In the past, many guests have reported that when it comes to halal meals, you had to create your own solution. Some people have suggested selectively ordering kosher meals, even though not all kosher meals are halal. Others have had luck visiting Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion and talking with the chef to see what could be put together on that particular day.

Thankfully Disney has started to realize that with the large number of guests requesting and having a preference for halal food, better accommodations need to be made. In correspondence with the Special Diets Team at Disney, I have learned that there are a few solutions for eating halal at Walt Disney World.

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