Weekly Preview

Disneyland Preview — Week of January 6, 2018

by on January 5, 2018

The new year is here, and with it comes much lower crowds and chillier weather. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Disneyland MonorailThe busy holiday season comes to a close at Disneyland Resort this week, and with the end of that season comes the far less busy refurbishment season.  Yes, several popular attractions are going offline starting this week.  Some, like Haunted Mansion, Dumbo, Grizzly River Run, and Splash Mountain are undergoing brief downtime for scheduled maintenance or to remove holiday overlays.  Others, like California Screamin’, are gone for good, at least in their current forms.

Crowds

Crowds are all over the map this week, ranging from quite high this weekend as winter break wraps up, to very low towards the end of the week once most kids are back to school.  Wednesday and Thursday notably have level 2 crowds, which are about as low as you’re likely to see all year.

 

 

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of January 6, 2018

by on January 5, 2018

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of 2018. If you’re celebrating with a trip to Walt Disney World, here’s what you have to look forward to this week.

Special Events

  • Friendly reminder that Disney Festival of Fantasy, the parade at Magic Kingdom park, is at 3:00pm for the foreseeable future.
  • Beginning January 11, Disney’s Magical Express will pick guests up 3 hours prior to their scheduled domestic flight. International flights will still pick up 4 hours before departure time.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closing for refurbishment January 7. Blizzard Beach will be re-opening the same day.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of December 30

by on December 29, 2017

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.

Ports of Call

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Disneyland Preview — Week of December 30

by on December 29, 2017

Another super busy week at Disneyland Resort as we transition to 2018, though it becomes slightly more manageable as the week progresses. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

We get to usher in 2018 this week, and that means we get to experience the special New Years offerings at Disneyland! The New-Year’s-only (generally) Fantasy in the Sky  fireworks will run twice on New Years Eve, at 9 pm and again at 11:55 to welcome the New Year. If seeing the fireworks from Main Street U.S.A. is important to you, you’ll want to make sure you stake out a spot even earlier than usual. California Adventure will also ring in the New Year at Paradise Pier with its Fountains and Fireworks countdown. Special dining events are available at Napa Rose and PCH Grill; advance reservations are strongly recommended for these experiences. 

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 30

by on December 28, 2017

The holidays are underway at Universal Orlando, but we look ahead to the first few days of 2018. Toast the new year at Universal with EVE at CityWalk, enjoy one last meal at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, and see Blue Man Group with discounted tickets.

Weekly Crowd Levels

 

Holiday crowds are at Universal Orlando. Expect crowded park areas, long lines for food and drink, and long waits for attractions. See wait times and create touring plans in the Lines App for Universal Orlando.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 30

by on December 28, 2017

Goodbye 2017! Read on to see how you can ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World.

Special Events

  • There are several places to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World. Click on Rikki’s article to check out your options.
  • Speaking of New Year’s Eve, the Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming from Magic Kingdom park on December 31. Don’t miss the Fantasy in the Sky New Year’s Eve Fireworks at 11:50pm Eastern Time.
  • The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® is from January 3 – January 7. Which race will you be participating in? Let me know in the comments!
  • This is your last chance to experience Stitch’s Great Escape! This ride will close until further notice on January 7, 2018.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of December 23

by on December 22, 2017

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.

Ports of Call

 

 

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Disneyland Preview — Week of December 23

by on December 22, 2017

We’re at that point of the year when EVERYONE is off of school, and that means that Disneyland will be BUSY. What else is in store? Read on to find out in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

The same holiday festivities we’ve been talking about continue this week at Disneyland Resort.  This includes the Festival of Holidays at Disney’s California Adventure (featuring food and drink kiosks sprinkled throughout the park). Princess Elena of Avalor has a special show, and there’s also Disney ¡Viva Navidad! (celebrating Latino holiday traditions). During the Festival, Annual Passholders are eligible to pick up a Sip & Savor Pass for $45 that is good for eight Festival food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol).

Still haven’t had a chance to meet Santa? The big guy will be at Ahwahnee Camp Circle at the entrance to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail with other holiday activities. Santa will be taking a breather starting on Christmas, but Goofy will take over and will be available for photos in the same location. 

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 23

by on December 21, 2017

The Christmas crowds have descended on Universal Orlando Resort this week. Also, this is the last full week of operation of Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific Resort and the $45 Blue Man Group ticket offer. Grab some cookies, and let’s get planning.

Weekly Crowd Levels

If you must visit the resort this week, go on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the busiest time of the year in Orlando. Expect long wait times for attractions, long lines for food and drink, and crowded pedestrian areas. Please be patient and extra nice to Team Members this week as they handle the crowds.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 23

by on December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays TouringPlans.com friends! Will you be celebrating at Walt Disney World? Here’s your weekly preview.

Special Events

  • Hall of Presidents has finally re-opened at Magic Kingdom park. Will you experience this refurbished attraction?
  • Also re-opened at Magic Kingdom is Stitch’s Great Escape! This ride will close until further notice on January 7, 2018.
  • There are several celebrities narrating the Candlelight Processional this week. Check out:
    • CCH Pounder: December 23 and 24
    • Jaci Velasquez: December 25 to 27
    • Chandra Wilson (eek!): December 28 to 30

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