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Find the Least Crowded Halloween Party in 2017

by on May 12, 2017
Filed under: Crowd Blog, Halloween 9 Comments

Welcome back to what has become a yearly tradition: predicting the least crowded Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. We’ll look back at last year’s recommendations in a bit and give you the full 2017 list, but first make sure you check out our dedicated page for a complete list of dates as well as a thorough description of what the Halloween party is.

In short, if you’re looking for the best 2017 Halloween Party to attend, we recommend Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Each of the past four  years we recommended the same basic party, September 17, 2013, September 16, 2014, September 15, 2015, and September 13, 2016. The reason we’ve broken with that slightly (that September party is #3) is because they parties just start so darn early this year. In the past, very early parties are more lightly attended, so we’re making that assumption again.

The entire list of parties and how we rank them can be found below, but here are some general rules:

  • September is less busy than October. There are exceptions, of course, but you are more likely to see crowds at the October parties. Special addendum for 2017: August will likely be less busy than September.
  • Tuesdays are generally less busy than other days. Sundays and Fridays are busier than other days.

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Disneyland Rides That Disney World Fans Can Skip

by on May 11, 2017
Filed under: Disneyland (CA) 16 Comments

Disneyland rides you can skip if you've been to WDW

Guy Selga is back this week with more advice for your Disneyland visit. Today he looks at what you can skip if you’ve already been to Walt Disney World. Got more questions for our Disneyland expert? Ask in the comments. We’re always looking for more article ideas.

If you’re a regular Walt Disney World visitor that visits Disneyland you will find many exclusive rides to enjoy. Other rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, exist in both resorts but Disneyland’s version is arguably better due to it being longer and more richly detailed. On the flip side, some rides in Walt Disney World are better. Many people pick Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion as an example of this. Here are 6 Disneyland rides that Disney World fans can skip, as well as some suggestions from some friends of mine.

 

Star Tours

Star Tours fits naturally in to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, but there’s no differences beyond the exterior to make is stand out over the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you do chose to ride it at Disneyland you may find yourself waiting a bit longer than you would have to at The Studios. At Disneyland there are 4 Starspeeders to accommodate guests, while at DHS there are 6.

Little Mermaid ride at DCA (left) and Magic Kingdom (right)

Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

The two Little Mermaid rides are the same at DCA and Magic Kingdom (except for a cameo by Incredible Mr. Limpet in the Under the Sea scene). Sure, both the queue and exterior are way nicer at Magic Kingdom, but DCA has the benefit of being a walk-on pretty much every day of the year.

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Ask It: Land and Sea or Sea and Land?

by on May 10, 2017
Filed under: Disney Cruise Line, Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 4 Comments

With the relative proximity of Walt Disney World to Port Canaveral, it isn’t surprising that some people enjoy doing a combination vacation of a Disney Cruise and a Walt Disney World resort vacation. Some people say that it is better to do the land part of the trip to Walt Disney World before the cruise, and others say it is best to take the cruise and then go to Walt Disney World. Here’s this week’s Ask It:

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

  • Land then Sea (63%, 268 Votes)
  • Sea then Land (25%, 106 Votes)
  • No preference (12%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 425

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Feel free to share your reasons for your choice in the comments.

Ask It Results: Universal Orlando Instead of Walt Disney World

by on May 10, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World (FL) 10 Comments

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

With Universal’s new offerings (like Volcano Bay), are you considering an onsite vacation to Universal instead of Walt Disney World?

Vacation dollars don’t go on trees, no matter how many money trees you buy at your local horticulture superstore, and vacation time is a finite commodity as well. For many years, Disney was the end-all-be-all for the ultimate Central Florida family getaway. Times change, and so are vacation habits. Here’s the results of your voting, with more than 2,000 votes cast.

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Animal Kingdom Operating Hours For Pandora

by on May 10, 2017
Filed under: Animal Kingdom, Pandora, Park Hours 4 Comments

Pandora World of Avatar operating hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom

First all of, a huge thanks to Annette Johnson at Build A Better Mouse Trip for not just suggesting this article, but for collating the information.

Pandora – World of Avatar has been open for cast member previews this week. Annual Passholders who previously registered will get their own looks beginning later this week. And media will have previews during the week before the grand opening. Expect soft openings (unannounced times when Disney will let the general public in) in the next weeks. Animal Kingdom closes early (3:30 PM) on the 24th for an evening media event. For more on what we know about Disney’s newest themed land, read this article.

Pandora will finally open to the public May 27, 2017, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney has extended park hours through the summer for the expected crowds. The park will have a morning Extra Magic Hour at 7:00 AM that day for Disney resort guests. It will open to the general public at 8:00. There are also evening Extra Magic Hours from 11Pm to 1AM that day. Read the rest of this entry »

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 10, 2017
Filed under: Magic Kingdom, Recent News 3 Comments

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

©Rikki Niblett

Looking to get your jingle bells on? Then you should attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Dates for this year were announced back in April for this annual event that occurs each November and December. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

For 2017, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates with the following pricing:

  • November 12, 14, 16: $89 plus tax (ages 10+), $84 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 9: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 10, 17, 26, 28 and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17: $95 plus tax (ages 10+), $90 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 8, 15: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 19, 21, 22: $109 plus tax (ages 10+), $104 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and more.

There really is nothing better than celebrating the holidays with Mickey and pals!

 

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on May 10, 2017
Filed under: Magic Kingdom, Recent News 3 Comments

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

©Rikki Niblett

Hooray! Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

The popular Halloween event that is held annually at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October is a fan favorite. Dates for this year’s event were announce back in April. For 2017, ticket pricing only increased a few dollars over 2016.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

  • August 25, 29, September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24: $74 plus tax (ages 10+), $69 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 19, 26: $79 plus tax (ages 10+), $74 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 15, 22, 29 and October 1: $88 plus tax (ages 10+), $83 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and November 1: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 31: $115 plus tax (ages 10+) $110 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, HallowWishes fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

As far as the costuming guidelines go for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Are you looking forward to having a spook-tacular time at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this year?

Back to the Basics: Booking a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel + Video

by on May 9, 2017
Filed under: Trip Planning, Video, Walt Disney World (FL) 2 Comments

It’s my favorite day of the week: TUESDAY!

To be honest, I’ve always felt really bad for Tuesday. No one cares about it. People dread Monday, Wednesday is the half way mark, but Tuesday? No recognition at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Disney World 4-Park Magic Ticket Now Supported by Ticket Calculator

by on May 8, 2017
Filed under: discounts, Walt Disney World (FL) 6 Comments

 

Walt Disney World Ticket Calculator

Discounts on legitimate tickets can be tricky to find, but our Walt Disney World Ticket Calculator exists to streamline the process. Simply enter the parameters of the Walt Disney World tickets you’d like, and our software will find the best pricing among several reputable ticket wholesalers (currently, we have seven), taking into account all taxes and fees. We generally check the vendor prices one per day, and we get no commission from any tickets that you purchase; this is a objective tool that we operate for the benefit of the TouringPlans.com community.

On May 6, we made this even better by adding support for the limited-time 4-Park Magic Ticket, a ticket that offers good savings if you’re willing to spend 1 separate day in each of Disney World’s four theme parks. The 4-Park Magic Ticket is not a “hopper,” so you can only visit one park per day. And right now the 4-Park Magic Ticket must be purchased by July 30 and used by September 30, 2017. Be sure to read all Disney’s restrictions prior to purchasing. Read the rest of this entry »

What I Won’t Do On My Disney Vacation

by on May 8, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 50 Comments

There are so many things to do at Walt Disney World that it would take months or even years to experience them all! It’s one of the many reasons why I keep going back year after year. Still, there are a few things at the parks and resorts that I skip when visiting Walt Disney World. These activities or choices are either a poor use of time, rookie mistakes, or just not as magical as I expected. So here’s what I won’t do at Disney World.

Boma Breakfast

Character Breakfasts

Don’t get me wrong. I love character meals. I’m all about meeting not one, but multiple characters in A/C and with heaping plates of food. But what I won’t do at Disney World is a character breakfast. Here are my reasons…

For starters, character meals aren’t famous for their food, but my issue with character breakfasts is that breakfast fare is pretty much the same everywhere at Walt Disney World. I know character buffets do offer a lot of food and some have unique or special dishes. But honestly, it’s mostly eggs, fruit, breakfast meats, and Mickey Waffles. My thoughts are if I’m paying a character meal sized bill, I want more than I can get at the resort food court.

Secondly, mornings are prime park time! The parks are empty, most attractions are walk-ons, and no one is worn out or overheated. If a character meal is on my to-do list, I would rather save it for lunch or dinner when the lines are long, not short.

Use FastPass+ For Shows

Shows such as Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, Indiana Jones – Epic Stunt Spectacular, or Mickey’s Philharmagic, offer FastPass+. But trust me, you don’t need them. Most theaters at the Disney Parks are massive and accommodate huge numbers of guests. The only waiting required is waiting for the theater to open. This is why I don’t use FastPass+ for shows as I would rather save those reservations for a ride.

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