Trip Planning

Disneyland Preview — Week of November 18

by on November 17, 2017

The holidays are here, and there are a few special events as Thanksgiving ushers in some pretty large crowds this week. Read on to learn more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo: @Kenlyy1

The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland! In addition to holiday decor at every turn, the daytime parade has been replaced by A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic takes over for the evening fireworks. Also, the holiday overlays for it’s a small world and Haunted Mansion remain in place for the season. Over at Disney’s California Adventure, a couple of Cars Land attractions get the holiday treatment for the first time this year: Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters transforms into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. The resorts all get into the spirit as well with holiday decorations, including a gingerbread replica of the Grand Californian in that hotel’s lobby! Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview to learn more about what you can expect for the holidays.

Of particular note is the Festival of Holidays at California Adventure. In addition to food and drink kiosks sprinkled throughout the park, which are always well-received, Princess Elena of Avalor has a special show, and Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will be taking place throughout the Festival. Lots of great stuff happening this season, well worth checking out!

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Disneyland Preview — Week of November 11

by on November 10, 2017

Big, festive week at Disneyland!  Runners descend upon the resort for what will be the last runDisney event out west for a while, and Christmas festivities are officially underway!  Read on to learn more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo by Disney PhotoPass via (clockwise from left)
@Niekon, @Snacob95, @RaisingLasVegas, @Nate_WDW

Lots of activity this week at Disneyland! First and foremost, expect a lot of guests at the resort for Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend. The 10K is held on Saturday, and there will be a half marathon on Sunday morning to wrap up the event. The races add a wonderful energy to the resort, but they also bring a lot of people to the area, even if they aren’t hitting the attractions. Between the runners and the people there to support them, the area may feel more crowded than the crowd levels (which are based on attraction wait times) would suggest. Notably, this will be the last runDisney event at Disneyland for the foreseeable future; it was recently announced that there would not be any events in 2018 on account of the construction for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and other resort improvements.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of November 4

by on November 3, 2017

Christmas time is fast approaching at Disneyland (at least it’s starting to look that way from a decor standpoint)!  Also, we’ve got a few special events on tap this week. Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

 

Fun week at Disneyland, with a couple of unique experiences.  First up is Fall Dapper Day at Disneyland Park. For the uninitiated, Dapper Day is pretty much exactly what the name would suggest — a bunch of park guests, lookin’ dapper, kinda like if the Kentucky Derby were held at a theme park. It isn’t officially sanctioned by Disney and doesn’t typically add significantly to the waits (we’re predicting level 6 crowds), but it does add an interesting atmospheric to your park day. The Disneyland Hotel will be holding the Dapper Day Expo that weekend as well; check out the official site for details if you’re interested in attending the Expo.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

by on October 25, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

Welcome back to the final installment Part 7 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! I hope you’ve enjoyed the last several weeks as I’ve shared with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. We’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens, adults and seniors. Today we’re going to wrap things up with families. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored a minimum of four stars by at least half of the age groups surveyed and has no height restrictions so that everyone from baby to great grandparents can enjoy it together as a family. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Disneyland Weekly Preview — Week of October 21

by on October 20, 2017

Thinking of visiting Disneyland this week?  Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

As you are likely aware, it is Halloween season at Disneyland, with holiday decor, treats, and attraction overlays. Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy returns, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a monster-themed overlay. Specifically, Mission Breakout transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark in the evenings, where the Collector’s Palace is overrun with monsters. Snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can, as lines can get long; the attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. Certainly worth a visit if you’ve not seen it already!

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of October 21

by on October 19, 2017

Halloween arrives early at Disney Springs! Keep reading for more Walt Disney World details!

Special Events

  • Disney Springs is celebrating Halloween early! Enjoy PhotoPass opportunities, face painting, DJ dance parties (near Once Upon a Toy), and stilt walkers!
  • Reservations can now be made for Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise. Enjoy desserts and specialty beverages while experiencing Magic Kingdom fireworks…all from Seven Seas Lagoon! This cruise begins December 1st, so book now.
  • Dining discounts have been extended for Annual Passholders. Through December 23rd, Passholders will continue to receive a 20% discount at 45 select Walt Disney World restaurants. For a list of participating restaurants, check out Rikki’s article.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Part 1 + Video

by on October 17, 2017

I took a week off, but I’m back in business with another resort hotel overview!

Let’s take a look at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, located in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World.

Enjoy!

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 14

by on October 13, 2017

So, the weekend approaches, and you’re thinking about a trip to Disneyland, right? Of course you are! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Halloween season continues at Disneyland this week, with attraction overlays old and new, and a ton of Halloween-themed decor and treats. Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy are back, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a monster-themed overlay that while not really Halloween-y per se, is different, a lot of fun, and definitely appropriate to the season. Specifically, Mission Breakout transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark in the evenings, where the Collector’s Palace is overrun with monsters. Snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can, as lines can get long; the attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 6, 2017

Thinking of coming to Disneyland this week to check out Gay Days, the Halloween festivities, or just because? Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

The week starts with the continuation of Gay Days at Disneyland Resort. Gay Days are way for members of the LGBT community to get together with their friends and families and enjoy a few days at the parks. It is not an official, Disney-run event, so there are no special activities or merchandise provided by Disney, but the event organizers will designate one park for Gay Day participants to visit on each day. Disneyland Park is the designated park for Saturday and California Adventure is the designated park on Sunday, so expect more participants at those parks on those days. As with any large group converging upon the parks, we’re expecting an uptick in crowds for the weekend, with both days at level 8 for the resort. For more information, check out the official website for Gay Days Anaheim.

Monday is Columbus Day, which means that schools will be closed, and the parks will be busier than they would ordinarily be on a typical Monday. On the upside, bigger crowds means a more complete show schedule, so it’s an opportunity to see Fantasmic! and/or the fireworks if you can’t make it over the weekend.

Also, while Mickey Mouse has been talking at Walt Disney World for some time now, Disneyland is now testing a meet and greet at Disney’s California Adventure where Mickey, Minnie, AND Donald all talk, TOGETHER, to you and each other.  It’s pretty fantastic, so check out a video of it here. Note that because it’s currently being tested, no set schedule is available as this goes to press. We’ll let you know as soon as it becomes something you can plan for; for now, just keep your eyes peeled!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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