Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

7 Must-Do Holiday Activities to Do at The Disneyland Resort

by on December 2, 2015

It's a Small World Holiday

Even though It’s a Small World is not on my list, it is a stunning attraction to see during the holidays.

At the Disneyland Resort, the holiday season (which started November 13th, 2015 and ends January 6th, 2016) is the best time to visit the park. Even though this time of the year is the busiest, it is still totally worth it. During the holiday season The Disneyland Resort feels like totally different theme park. Disney spares no expense when it comes to the holiday season and there are special activities taking place throughout The Resort. But that leaves an important question: which ones should you experience? Well, I am here to help.

If you are planning on staying at The Resort for more than one day, I suggest trying to partake in all the special holiday celebrations. These shows and events only take place during the holiday season so take advantage of them while you can. However, for those of you that are not staying multiple days, like myself when I visit in December, I have come up with seven holiday activities and events that you need to experience. These events are not in any particular order but they all should to be in your Touring Plan.

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Why Every Walt Disney World Veteran Should Visit Disneyland

by on November 25, 2015

Disneyland EntranceThere is a lot of spirited debate in the Disney community comparing Walt Disney World to Disneyland Resort, with passionate opinions on both sides of the issue. Indeed, there have been plenty of articles comparing the two parks on this site and others, and our very own Savannah Sanders has an ongoing series comparing attractions at the two resorts.  

The following is objectively true: Disneyland is smaller, has fewer parks, fewer hotels, and fewer restaurants than Walt Disney World, and versions of most of the major Disneyland attractions can also be experienced in Orlando. Accordingly, a common misconception seems to have developed among Walt Disney World veterans that Disneyland is a “lesser” park and there’s no reason to go when you could go to Walt Disney World instead. The oft-cited fact that “Walt walked there” isn’t enough to convince them to try out the original park.

The reality, however, is that the World’s smaller, older sibling has merit — a lot of merit, in fact — and is very worthy of a visit. Moreover, far from providing you with an excuse to skip Disneyland, your familiarity with Walt Disney World makes it an even better destination than for someone who had never been to either park. I’m going to take this a step further, however, and tell you that if you’re an Orlando veteran, you need to get to Anaheim and take in the original at some point for reasons that have nothing to do with which place is “better” or the footsteps of one Walter Elias Disney.  

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Theme Park Ornaments: A Must-Have Souvenir

by on November 13, 2015

Collecting mementos and souvenirs can be one of the best ways to encapsulate your vacation for years to come. One of my favorite souvenirs are theme park based Christmas ornaments. No matter what time of year the visit takes place, a Christmas tree ornament is a great way to commemorate a special vacation.

I’d like to share with you some ways to make purchasing, sharing, or gifting a theme park ornament even more special. Let’s also take a look at some special theme park ornaments collected throughout the years.

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Personalization

One of the best ways to make a theme park ornament extra special is to get it personalized. Both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando offer ornament personalization. At Walt Disney World nearly any ornament can be personalized. This can be done at the 12 Days of Christmas store as well as Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at the Magic Kingdom. Just know that the closer you get to the holidays the longer the wait for your ornament. Pricing runs about $4 per word, name or date, plus the cost of the ornament.

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Extend the Magic: Using Photo Books to Tell Your Story

by on November 6, 2015

extend the magic

Photo books are a great way to extend the magic of your trip!

I’m sure you’ve all been there – your Disney vacation is over and the dreaded Disney blues set in and all you want to do is extend the magic from your trip. The end of a Disney trip can be depressing, but I’ve developed methods for extending the magic past the vacation so I can bask in the Disney happiness just a little bit longer. One of my main methods of doing this is through the creation of photo books.

Now I know what you might be thinking, “Photo books? Anyone can create photos books to document a vacation! What makes your method so special?” Well I’m glad you asked. I approach photo book creation for Disney trips from a unique angle. Rather than just documenting step-by-step the different events that take place on a trip, I attempt to find a new and different storytelling theme for every photo book I create. My desire is that the photo books not only transport us back to the wonderful memories from the trip, but also make us laugh at the way I chose to tell the story. Essentially, I’ve embraced the idea of being goofy. Let me break down my process step by step.

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Disneyland vs. Disneyland Paris Attractions Head-to-Head with Video

by on November 6, 2015

It’s been a little over a month since I left Europe behind, but I’ve still got a wealth of international Disney fun left that want to share. I’ve already raved about the walk-through attractions at Disneyland Paris, but today we’re taking a hard look at some of the park’s rides and shows. Every hardcore Disney fan has probably already heard about the Paris park’s unique takes on Disneyland originals like Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). However, you may not know about some other Anaheim originals that have also migrated across the Atlantic, and mutated along the way. Just in case you can’t afford to fly off to France to see them for yourself, here’s a video head-to-head comparing four Disneyland Paris attractions against their Disneyland equivalents.

 

Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats vs. Disneyland Paris Le Payes des Contes de Fees

One of the oldest operating attractions at Disneyland, Fantasyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats benefit greatly from exquisite horticultural design and live narration.

Disneyland Paris has the superficially similar Le Payes des Contes de Fees, but it replaces the human guide with recorded music, and the agricultural detail isn’t nearly as meticulous.

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Seth & Daisy’s Best Week Ever October 29, 2015: Disneyland!

by on October 29, 2015

1Hello, my darlings! It’s me, Daisy! Oh my goodness, I’ve missed you. Of course, I’ve been loving Seth’s posts so much that I almost feel guilty stepping back in this week. But I went to Disneyland for Halloween, how could I not share that with all of you?

I hope you’ll forgive me for just breezing in for the week. Seth will be back with his excellent posts next week. I’m hoping that my schedule will open up a little this fall and I’ll be able to write some daily park visit posts like I used to in the days before BWE. Would anyone like to see that? Let me know in the comments below! Plus don’t forget that you can follow me over on the Touring Plans Instagram account. I have so much fun interacting with you guys over there. We just hit 5,000 followers so come join the party! Now, let’s get going with the good stuff!

I know this isn’t the traditional view of the castle. I took so many photos, but this one where I “snuck up on it” was my favorite. The first day of our trip was unseasonably hot, but after that the weather mellowed out to a brisk perfection. The upside of the warmer temperatures were these crisp, blue skies. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such pretty photos of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

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There’s so much more fun to be had! Please click the link below to read more.

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Questions and Observations from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailers

by on October 22, 2015

©Disney

©Disney

Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or not, you’ve probably heard that the latest trailer for Star Wars Episode VII debuted on October 19; and let’s just say that it was kind of a big deal.

First of all, it caused me to actually look forward to a Monday. Truly historic. Secondly, the trailer went viral almost immediately and sites selling movie tickets were out of commission for most of the night. I know this from personal experience because I spent over an hour refreshing a website to secure myself an opening day ticket for my local theater. It was a do or do not moment because the internet literally wouldn’t let anyone try. In the end, I did secure myself a ticket for an early showing on December 17. (Yay!) Walt Disney World even offered a special Force Awakens Opening Night Event, which sounds awesome!

But let’s get to the important stuff. The trailer. This new trailer followed two Force Awakens teasers and revealed the most information about this much anticipated upcoming film. Director J.J. Abrams has done a remarkable job keeping most of the story under lock and key, but that hasn’t stopped fans like myself from piecing together some important points. Lastly, and listen to this my fellow Disney Parks Fans, I believe the teasers, and particularly this new trailer, show a glimpse of what will Star Wars Land will be! So let’s take this step by step and break down what we know now about The Force Awakens, what we still want to know, and what clues to Star Wars Land we’ve gained from the teasers and trailers in Questions and Observations from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailers.

Warning: Possible SPOILERS Beyond This Point.

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Trivia Tuesday: Haunted Mansion + Video

by on October 20, 2015

Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Welcome to a spooky edition of Trivia Tuesday!

Click on the video below to hear some ghoooooostly details about the Haunted Mansion attraction.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and YouTube for more informational posts and videos on your Disney vacation-planning needs.

Happy Halloween!

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A Disney World Foodie’s Impression of Dining at Disneyland

by on October 18, 2015

I have a confession: I am a Disney World Foodie. A huge part of my Walt Disney World Vacation planning process revolves around making dining reservations and deciding what new treats or new restaurants to check out. But when I visited Disneyland for the very first time, I quickly learned that dining at Disneyland is a little different than what I was used to, or what I expected. So read on to get a Disney World Foodie’s impression of dining at Disneyland!

Churro

My first Disneyland Churro. Milestones, folks.

Churros Galore

They. Are. Everywhere. Seriously! There seemed to be a Churro Cart everywhere I looked during my time at Disneyland and this sweet and crunchy treat seemed to be as much a part of the Disneyland food culture as Dole Whips and Mickey Premium Bars. Now there are Churros at Walt Disney World, but they are few and far between, and I had never tried one myself. So…of course I had to get one to see what I had been missing and to complete my West Coast Disney Park experience. In Fantasyland, I forked over a few bucks at a cart, bit into my Churro, and discovered that they are sugary, crunchy, but somewhat soft in the middle, and the more I ate the more I liked! A few minutes later, there was nothing left but the paper and a thin layer of cinnamon and sugar on my shirt. Regrets? None.

No Need for ADRs

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Trivia Tuesday: Disneyland Attractions + Video

by on October 13, 2015

Disneyland Small World

Disneyland’s “it’s a small world”

We’re back with another Trivia Tuesday here at TouringPlans!

Check out our Facebook and Youtube page for facts and details about all things Disney.

Today’s Trivia Tuesday brings you back to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Enjoy!

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