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Ask It: Best Fireworks, NYE or July 4?

by on December 13, 2017

There’s nothing like a Disney fireworks show. For certain holidays, Disney pulls out all the stops. You know that scene in Mary Poppins where the Banks family has to get to their posts to hold things in place as Admiral Boom sounds a charge from next door? It’s like that for the locals some nights as the sound like a wave of thunder rattles the windows and doors. (It’s a glorious time of year — we all love it!)

At Disney parks, there are two nights when the fireworks are their best: New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July. But which one does it better? This week we’re asking you:

Which holiday has the best fireworks shows at Walt Disney World?

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Voting is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. In the meantime, feel free to tell us in the comments what’s your favorite park or favorite place in the park to catch those holiday fireworks shows?

Ask It Results: Universal Orlando Holiday

by on December 13, 2017

Theme parks and the holidays go together like peanut butter and jelly, coffee and cream, computers and technical issues. But we’re ready to go for this week’s Ask It results. Although Disney in years past has the sentimental vote for best holiday theme park from out-of-town guests, losing things like Lights of Winter at Epcot or the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios does put a bit of Grinch into that holiday spirit. This year, Universal Orlando has added Celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to their previous offerings, and that has driven more buzz about whether Universal Orlando should be a destination for the holidays, either in addition or instead of a trip to Walt Disney World.

Last week, we asked you:

Does the increase in holiday experiences at Universal Orlando make you more likely to take a trip there for the holidays?

 

Here’s your results:

Yes, this year (102 votes, 12%)

Although many people would find it hard to book a last-minute trip for the holidays, you can never underestimate the power of fandom. Take, for example, the number of people who booked a single-day trip to Walt Disney World to ride The Great Movie Ride before it closed. So it isn’t surprising that there’s a small percentage of people who said “Harry Potter and Christmas? Book me a flight!” The benefit of coming for experiencing something like holiday overlays is that you don’t have to do a lot of advance planning–your main focus is just to do the holiday experiences and not worry about anything else. Now getting cheap flights or hotel availability…that could be challenging. Some people love a challenge, though!

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Ask It: Universal Orlando for the Holidays?

by on December 6, 2017

Although Walt Disney World often gets most of the attention during the holiday season (and with reason given the massive amounts of decorations, activities, and more throughout the resort), it isn’t the only game in town for holiday festivities. Many locals often visit Sea World and LEGOLAND to avoid the crowds and still see some very impressive bits of holiday cheer, for instance. In recent years, Universal Orlando has slowly been upping their game when it comes to holiday events, decorations, and more. (To see some of what there is at Universal Orlando for the holidays, check out Derek’s recent Saturday Six article.) Is it enough for people to make a trip this year to Universal Orlando for the holidays or plan for a holiday trip in the future? This week, we’re asking you:

Does the increase in holiday experiences at Universal Orlando make you more likely to take a trip there for the holidays?

  • No (54%, 100 Votes)
  • Yes, in the future (35%, 65 Votes)
  • Yes, this year (10%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 184

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Voting is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Is there anything that you’re especially excited about from Universal’s holiday offerings? Let us know in the comments.

Ask It Results: The Candlelight Processional

by on December 6, 2017

It’s Wednesday, and time for Ask It. Peace on Earth. Goodwill to all. Drinking around the world. Two of these can be found this time of year at Epcot. (Although, truth told, which two you find probably depends who you are traveling with.) One of the most popular events this time of year is Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, a retelling of the Christmas story with a celebrity narrator and full choir. People wait in long lines for a chance to get into one of the multiple shows each evening, but for some people, it is a “one and done” experience or something that doesn’t hold interest to wait to get in.

Last week, we asked you:

Is the Candlelight Processional something you like to do every year, occasionally, or never?

Here’s your results.

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Ask It: The Candlelight Processional

by on November 29, 2017

It’s the time of year for Peace on Earth, and there’s plenty of holiday spirit at Disney parks. One long-running tradition is the Candlelight Processional, a retelling of the Christmas story with word and song with a celebrity narrator and a full choir. This week, we’d like to know:

Is the Candlelight Processional something you like to do every year, occasionally, or never?

  • Occasionally (36%, 120 Votes)
  • Never (34%, 115 Votes)
  • Every year (30%, 99 Votes)

Total Voters: 334

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The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Do you have a favorite narrator? Let us know in the comments.

Ask It Results: Saturday Six or Outlet Report?

by on November 29, 2017

If there was only one Derek Burgan-based poll that you vote in for 2017, we hope this was the one you chose. (If it isn’t, let us know what other Derek Burgan-based polls are out there, because that’s creepy there’d be more than one, ya know?)

In this world where things can be high stress and depressing at times, having these brief glimmers on sunshine can brighten anyone’s week. For many of you, as evidenced by comments left in the articles, notes on Twitter, and the occasional fan letter made from cut out letters from magazines or newspapers, these articles are worth looking forward to every week (for Saturday Six) or once a month (for the Outlet report). This week, because I enjoy Sophie’s choice types of polls, we asked you:

Which of these TouringPlans blog features is your favorite?

Here’s your responses (with the understanding that although “Both” was the clear winner, even though it wasn’t a choice…).

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Ask It: Saturday Six or Outlet Report?

by on November 22, 2017

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I’m rather thankful for my fellow blogger Derek Burgan, who allows me such rare opportunities as photo model credits as Saturday 6 “Short Person in the Scene #1” and “eBay Pirate”, plus gives me a reason to wander around Disney Outlet stores, filling up my phone with blurry pictures of price tags. Derek is the criminal mastermind behind both the Saturday Six articles and The Magic, the Memories, and Merch! (aka The Outlet Report). Many readers mention that these are two of the articles they look forward to the most on the blog. So this week, we want to know.

Which of these TouringPlans blog features is your favorite?

  • Saturday Six (55%, 262 Votes)
  • Outlet Report (45%, 213 Votes)

Total Voters: 475

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The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, feel free to share what your favorite Saturday Six article is, or what your favorite item you’ve seen in an Outlet report happens to be, in the comments.

Ask It Results: Best Extra Magic Hours

by on November 22, 2017

It’s Wednesday, and that means we’re answering the most controversial questions in the universe here on Ask It. (Okay, maybe not *that* controversial, like “Is the bread mixture thing served at Thanksgiving called dressing or stuffing if you cook it outside the bird?” Although if you want to weigh in on that in the comments, go for it!)

This week, out question had to do with one of the best on-property benefits–Extra Magic Hours. On select days at Walt Disney World, a park may have Extra Magic Hours for people staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. Morning Extra Magic Hours allow you to get in for select attractions one hour before the official park opening. Evening Extra Magic Hours allow you to stay two or more hours after park closing. Which is better? We asked you:

Which Walt Disney World Extra Magic Hours do you prefer to take advantage of?

Here’s your results.

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Ask It: Best Extra Magic Hour

by on November 15, 2017

At Walt Disney World, Extra Magic Hours are those perks for  guests staying at a Disney hotel that give you extra time in a select theme park on a select day. Typically, Extra Magic Hours means that with a simple scan of your MagicBand to confirm you are staying at a Disney hotel, you can get into the Morning Extra Magic Hour park one hour early, or you have the ability to stay at the Evening Extra Magic Hour park up to two hours after the official park closing. By taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours, you can have much lower wait times for many popular attractions. But which of the Extra Magic Hours do you prefer? This week’s question is:

Which Walt Disney World Extra Magic Hours do you prefer to take advantage of?

  • Morning EMH (55%, 320 Votes)
  • Evening EMH (45%, 257 Votes)

Total Voters: 577

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The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. In the meantime, let us know your Extra Magic Hour successes (or failures) in the comments.

Ask It Results: Best Holiday Park Decorations

by on November 15, 2017

Around the house here in Gold’n’Oak it’s beginning to look a lot like pre-Christmas. The bins of Halloween décor have been packed away, and the bins of Christmas décor are staged in different places in the house for easy deployment after Thanksgiving day. At Disney parks, it is incredible how the logistics teams come together to flip a virtual switch to change from Halloween to Christmas seemingly overnight. Because the two décor sets happen so close, it is easy to make comparisons between the two. So last week we asked you:

Which holiday season gets the best decorations at a Disney theme park?

Here’s your results.

Halloween (204 votes, 17%)

 

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