Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

AT&T is Mobilizing Magic to Make Connecting Easier at the Disney Parks

by on February 20, 2014

For those who are AT&T customers and are visiting either Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the near future, you’ll be seeing better cell phone coverage, more reliability, and faster data.

You see, AT&T recently signed a deal with Disney to become the official Wireless Sponsor for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, and we are now seeing some of the components of this partnership coming to life.

To create a better experience for guests, AT&T has deployed more than 350 small cells, which are used instead of the big towers, as the small cells can be placed in more locations, can be obscure, and are more compact. Currently, the coverage has been better for offices, administrative areas, and the utilidor tunnels that are used by cast members. AT&T has also applied specialty network solutions to all the Disney theme parks, as well as the Disney Vacation Club resorts found in the United States.

The work is not done yet, as more cells are set to be installed at Walt Disney World in the near future.

An additional feature of the AT&T partnership is that AT&T is the official sponsor of the My Disney Experience app.

For more information, and to see a short video, make sure to visit AT&T’s website.

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Photo Gallery: Disneyland Cultivating the Magic Tour Part 2 (Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland)

by on February 18, 2014

Welcome back to the happiest horticulture on Earth, as we complete our in-depth photo essay on the Disneyland Cultivating the Magic tour. Hopefully you’ve already enjoyed part one of this series, in which we explored the fascinating flora found in Disneyland Park, from Main Street U.S.A. through Adventureland and New Orleans Square. In this second installment, we’ll examine the lovely landscaping in Frontierland, Fantasyland, and finally Tomorrowland.

Frontierland

We’ll start exactly where we left off, at the rosemary planter that separates Frontierland from New Orleans Square.

This metasequoia, or dawn redwood, has quite a history. Originally thought to be extinct, a living example was rediscovered in central China in 1941.

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Photo Gallery: Disneyland Cultivating The Magic Tour Part 1 (Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, & New Orleans Square)

by on February 9, 2014

Most guests at Disneyland Park are trying to cram as many attractions into their day as possible (and luckily we have an app for that), but repeat visitors who are looking to slow down and smell the flowers should really consider the Disneyland Cultivating the Magic Tour.

While not as popular as the often sold-out Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour, nor as family-oriented as the Discover the Magic Tour, the Disneyland Cultivating the Magic Tour is reasonably priced ($50, Annual Pass and Disney Visa discounts available) and highly recommended to anyone with thumbs the slightest shade of green.

As an added bonus, you’ll get a front-of-the-line access to a trio of attractions, and receive a couple cool souvenirs, which I’ll describe in the second part of this series. I already considered myself well versed in Disneyland’s horticultural history, but I took the tour for the first time late last year and came away with a wealth of new knowledge.

Here’s a photographic recreation of my recent Cultivating the Magic Tour experience, along with a selection of the fascinating facts I picked during our exploration of the Happiest Plants on Earth.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Cultivating the Magic Tour (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Our group is about to begin our Disneyland Cultivating the Magic Tour Adventure (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Like all tours in Disneyland Park, we began by checking in on Main Street, U.S.A., at the tour pavilion just inside the left-hand entry tunnel, where we met our guide Karen from Bakersfield, California. She quickly proved to be every bit as friendly, knoweldgeable, and articulate as you’d expect a Disneyland VIP tour guide to be.

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Disneyland Annual Passholder Sing Along Under the Stars Events Start Feb 5

by on February 5, 2014

Disneyland Annual Passholder Sing Along Under The Stars in February at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree (seen here with holiday decor) will host Disneyland Annual Passholder Sing Along Under The Stars in February.

Drive-in movie theaters are sadly a distant memory in most of America, and the majority of us can’t jump on a Disney cruise just to watch a flick while floating in the pool. But this month, Disneyland Annual Passholders have a unique interactive opportunity to experience a Disney “second golden age” classic outdoors under the Anaheim night sky, thanks to February’s Disneyland Annual Passholder Sing Along Under The Stars screenings at Frontierland’s Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

Each week, a different animated musical film is shown, accompanied by hosted trivia and (of course) sing-along sections. Passholders even get free popcorn, coffee, and cocoa! The venue opens at 5:30 p.m., and the film starts at 6:30 p.m.. Space is limited, so secure a wristband by presenting your valid annual pass after 2 p.m. on the day of at Westward Ho! in Frontierland.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Beauty and the Beast: February 5 and 6, 2014
  • The Little Mermaid: February 12 and 13, 2014
  • Aladdin: February 19 and 20, 2014
  • The Lion King: February 26, 2014

It’s worth noting that events like these, which were formerly promoted under 2013′s “Limited Time Magic” banner, seem to have outlived that marketing campaign. You can find all the fine print on the Disneyland website.

 

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Disneyland’s Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Find New Home at Knott’s Berry Farm

by on January 16, 2014

Billy Hill

Kirk Wall (aka Billy Hill) and the Hillbillies are back at Knott’s Berry Farm

After over 20 years of entertaining faithful fans in Frontierland, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies recently played their last show at Disneyland. As big fans of the Billys, we here at Touring Plans were heartbroken to see our favorite Anaheim performers unceremoniously “retired” by the Mouse after the 2013 holiday season. Now, we are thrilled to report that Billy Hill and the Hillbillies – aka Krazy Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies – have found a new home at nearby Knott’s Berry Farm.

According to the schedule posted on Kirk Wall’s website, the Hillbillies will perform at Knott’s every Saturday and Sunday (plus an occasional Monday and Friday) afternoon, starting Sunday, January 18, and continuing at least through April. We don’t give much coverage to Knott’s Berry Farm, but the Billys may make it worthwhile to take a day detour from Disneyland on your next trip!

 

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Disneyland Annual Pass Discounts Extended Through 2014

by on January 6, 2014

Disneyland annual pass discounts extended through 2014

Disneyland annual pass discounts extended through 2014

One of the great benefits of being a Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder is the generous discounts offered on food and merchandise in and around the Anaheim theme parks. But if you read the fine print on your Passholder agreement, or stumbled across Internet news reports circulating last week, you may have been concerned that Disneyland Annual Pass discounts were officially scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013.

We are happy to report that the resort rang in the new year by updating its Disneyland annual pass discount webpage. The expiration date on discounts has been extended to December 31, 2014, for all the same venues that previously participated, at the same savings percentages. The last-minute renewal appears to be an annual tradition that we expect should continue next year.

 

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New Disney Dollars Series Available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

by on December 27, 2013

New Disney Dollars Series

©Disney

If you love Disney Dollars, Disney has rolled out a brand new series to both resorts, Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

The new design celebrates the Disney Mountain Ranges and features Splash Mountain on the $1.00 bill, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on the $5.00 bill, and Space Mountain on the $10.00 bill.

So what are Disney Dollars? They work just like cash and are essentially a gift certificate that can be spent towards many different items at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These can be redeemed at various locations on property. Many people also collect them as a souvenir of their trip.

Keep in mind that supplies are limited. This new version of currency will be sold at Guest Relations in Disney theme parks, at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort Hotels, and at World of Disney in Downtown Disney on both coasts.

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Five Disneyland Holiday Favorites

by on December 24, 2013

Disneyland holiday five favorites

Photos by Seth Kubersky

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (at least according to that ubiquitous song) and there’s no holiday season quite like a Disneyland holiday. In the past, I’ve experienced Disneyland it all its seasonal splendor during Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Fourth of July. But until last week, I’d never visited the Happiest Place On Earth during Christmas time, and as an Orlando resident I was blown away by the quantity and quality of seasonal celebrations. As we enter the final weeks of the peak holiday season, here’s my personal top five favorite aspects of Disneyland’s 2013 special offerings to distract you from the epic E-ticket queues.

Seasonal Sweets and Treats

Christmas is no time to go to Disneyland on a diet, as I discovered an insatiable need to sample the limited-time seasonal snacks offered and nearly every quick-service counter.

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Five Disney California Adventure Holiday Favorites

by on December 24, 2013

Disney California Adventure holiday favorites

Disney California Adventure is decked out for the holidays. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

It may not have the six decades of cherished Christmas traditions of its older sibling across the Disneyland Resort esplanade, but don’t dismiss the Disney California Adventure holiday celebrations. The park has made great strides since its Cars Land-fueled rebirth last summer, and this year’s enhanced seasonal offerings are no exception. Once you’ve finished checking out my five favorite Disneyland holiday additions, tackle these top picks among DCA’s Christmas presents.

Buena Vista Street Decor and Shows

As soon as you step through Disney California Adventure’s Art Deco gates into the 1920′s era Buena Vista Street, you’ll notice the seasonal spirit in the shop windows. DCA has been criticized for redecorating the original Imagineer-designed window dispays with non-period merchandise, but the retail corridor’s holiday treatments for 2013 represent a return to form.

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Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Closing for Extended Refurbishment

by on December 16, 2013

Disneyland Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage refurbishment

Photo copyright Disney

If you are a fan of directionally challenged CGI clownfish, you better swim over to Disneyland in the next few weeks. The Orange Country Register reported, and the Disney Parks Blog confirmed, that Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction will close on January 6 for an extensive refurbishment expected to last until late 2014.

During the downtime, Disney says that the Tomorrowland lagoon will be drained and the coral rockwork will be made more colorful. The subs, which were (in their original non-Nemo incarnation) added in 1959 as one of Disneyland’s first E-ticket attractions, have limited carrying capacity and are notoriously expensive to maintain. Here’s hoping that the submarines do return by the end of next year, and that this isn’t the first step towards the attraction fading into Yesterland.

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