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This Month at Disneyland Resort: December 2012

by on December 1, 2012

Gingerbread house at DCA's Carthay Circle Restaurant (all photos copyright Disney)

Festive trees, twinkling lights, holiday treats — and massive crowds. Santa is on his way, but by the time he arrives at the end of the month, record crowds are expected to descend upon the Disneyland Resort. With Cars Land celebrating its first Christmas season, and the popular Candlelight Ceremony across the Esplanade greatly expanding, you can expect attendance at the Anaheim property to be propelled to previously-unseen peaks before December is out. While weekdays for the next couple weeks should see reasonable crowds, if you are visiting the parks closer to the 25th you'll want to pack your touring plans and plenty of patient holiday spirit. Ho Ho Ho!

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Weekdays through mid-month should be moderately crowded. Tuesday 12/11 is predicted to be a 5 out of 10 at the resort, with a 4.8 at Disneyland, and 5.5 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Attendance will be at its annual apex from 12/21 until the end of the year. Monday 12/31 should be a 10 out of 10 at the resort, with a 10.0 at Disneyland, and 9.9 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (11/18/2012 – 11/24/2012)

by on November 26, 2012

Did you get your fill of turducken, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie last week? Hopefully you were busy chowing down during Thanksgiving, and not braving the record crowds that descended upon the Disneyland Resort. Cyber Monday through Post-Turkey Thursday is your last best chance for exploring the park's holiday offerings. Expect attendance to steadily build starting this coming Friday through the end of December.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Saturday 11/24 was a 9 out of 10 at the resort, with a 8.5 at Disneyland, and 8.4 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Tuesday 11/20 was a 10 out of 10 at the resort, with a 9.6 at Disneyland, and 9.9 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (11/11/2012 – 11/17/2012)

by on November 19, 2012

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We hope you got a chance to check out Disneyland's seasonal decor during last week's slow period, because this week will be slammed with holiday tourists. On the plus side, a couple Fantasyland classics returned recently from extensive refurbishment, revealing a famous puppet-eating whale who now looks better than he has in years.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Tuesday and Wednesday 11/13 & 14 were both a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with a 1.1 at Disneyland, and 1.1 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Sunday 11/11 was a 9 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.6 at Disneyland, and 8.7 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (11/4/2012 – 11/10/2012)

by on November 12, 2012

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Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, but Christmas cheer is already felt in full effect around the Disneyland Resort. This week is a wonderful time to experience the parks' famous seasonal decor without having to fight the massive holiday crowds that will soon arrive.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 11/5 was a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with a 1.1 at Disneyland, and 1.1 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 11/10 was a 8 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.7 at Disneyland, and 3.4 at DCA.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/28/2012 – 11/3/2012)

by on November 5, 2012

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Last week, Disneyland’s seasonal relay race passed the torch from Halloween to Christmas, bypassing poor Thanksgiving along the way. Fear not, if you are craving some holiday turkey — a new addition to Downtown Disney has the cranberry-accented sandwich you are seeking.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 10/29 was a 1 out of 10 at the resort, with a 1.1 at Disneyland, and 2.3 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 11/3 was a 7 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.8 at Disneyland, and 5.9 at DCA.

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This Month at Disneyland Resort: November 2012

by on November 1, 2012

The Halloween cobwebs haven't even been swept away yet, and already Christmas decor is cropping up around the Disneyland Resort. If you don't mind a little aesthetic overlap in your seasonal surrounding, and finding a number of favorite attractions off-limits for refurbishment, then the next couple weeks are an ideal time for crowd-free touring. Then, buckle up for a blockbuster Thanksgiving, as Disney California Adventure approaches its first peak holiday period since Cars Land's summer debut.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Most weekdays this month (with the exception of Thanksgiving Week) should see light crowds. Tuesday 11/13 is predicted at only 1 out of 10 resort-wide, with a 1.1 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 2.7 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Crowds will be at a maximum from 11/20 through 11/25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday 11/23 is the month's predicted peak at 10 out of 10, with a 10.0 in Disneyland, and 9.2 at DCA.

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What to Expect from 2012′s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on October 31, 2012

Ho, ho, ho! Tis the season for parties at Walt Disney World. Here’s your guide to making the most of your 2012 experience at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

First the basics: Where and when is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

The party (MVMCP) takes place at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. During 2012, the party will be held on November 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, and 30, as well as December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 21.

What time is the party?

Officially, MVMCP runs from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Disney’s standard practice in recent years has been to allow guests holding Party tickets entrance into the park as early as 4:00 p.m. This is subject to change at any time.

What type of ticket do I need to get into the Party?

Admission to MVMCP requires a special party ticket. This is a “hard ticket” event, meaning that no version of the regular Magic Your Way park passes is valid for admission. You must have a MVMCP ticket to enter.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/21/2012 – 10/27/2012)

by on October 29, 2012

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Halloween still has a few days left before it’s officially here, but that hasn’t stopped the Disneyland Resort from starting to install Christmas decor earlier than ever. Try not to suffer too much seasonal dissonance while strolling around the resort!

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 10/22 was a 2 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.3 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 1.2 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 10/27 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.6 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 4.5 at DCA.

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Spending Christmas at Walt Disney World? Things to Think About

by on October 3, 2012

I spent Christmas Day with my family at Walt Disney World in 2010 and will be doing so again in 2012.

The holiday season can be a magical time at Disney (the lights! the trees!) or a challenging time (the crowds! the cost!). There are numerous tips, tricks, and touring plans that can help you navigate the fun and frustration of a Disney December, but there are a few special things you may want to consider when planing a Disney stay which includes Christmas Day itself.

We wore Santa hats all day on Christmas. New tradition!

How will your extended family feel about your decision to be away from them on Christmas?

If spending the holidays with extended family is not part of your usual Christmas practice, then you’re good to go.

But if you come from a clan where several generations gather every Christmas day, and have done so for eons, then you’re going to have your work cut out for you breaking with tradition.

If Great Aunt Sally is sad that you won’t be eating her famous tourtière* and/or lutefisk next to her tree in your Lanz nightgown and bunny slippers, you have a few alternatives:

  • Invite Aunt Sally, and the rest of the gang, to join you at Walt Disney World. Of course, this brings up a host of new problems. Who’s paying for the trip? Can everyone get reservations? Does everyone now think this is the new family tradition? If you’re considering asking the gang to come with you, work out your strategy in advance. Perhaps consider our tips for visiting Walt Disney World with non-nuclear family.
  • Plan an alternative celebration. Due to work or travel schedules, MANY folks celebrate the secular aspects of Christmas on a day other than December 25. You may want to have this alterna-plan worked out in advance of telling any potential nay-sayers about your Disney trip.
  • Use technology to include everyone in the festivities. Now that there’s free WiFi in the Disney resorts, you have no excuse not to use FaceTime or Skype to connect everyone on Christmas morning. You can “be there” while everyone opens their presents and sings “Deck the Halls.” Then you can head out to enjoy your Tonga Toast in peace.
  • Just make a clean break. Sometimes extended family can be a bit much of a muchness. If you’ve just plain had enough of Aunt Sally and her stinky old fish, be firm when you tell the family about your Disney World plans. You’re going; they’re not.

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (8/12/2012 – 8/18/2012)

by on August 20, 2012

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The tourist hordes are having their last gasp at Disneyland, as the summer season rapidly draws to a close. But wait, there’s more! Like a horror movie villain, huge crowds are expected to crop up again as Disneyland’s low-end annual passes lift their black-out dates, allowing thousands of locals to experience Cars Land for their first time.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Friday 8/17 was slower than anticipated at a 7 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 8.3 and Disneyland Park at only 4.1.

Busiest Day: Sunday 8/12 was a 9 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 9.5 and Disneyland Park at 7.6.

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