Weekly Preview

Universal Orlando Preview — Week of February 3, 2018

by on February 1, 2018

Mardi Gras starts this Saturday with Sean Paul performing, and then catch the big game at NBC Sports Grill & Brew on Sunday. We also talk about an the most overlooked restaurant at Universal Orlando. Go Eagles!

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of February 3, 2018

by on February 1, 2018

The Minnie Vans are FINALLY coming to the moderate resorts! To see what else is happening at Walt Disney World this week, keep on reading.

 

Special Events

  • To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peter Pan, guests can take advantage of special Disney PhotoPass opportunities. This will be featured at Magic Kingdom park from February 4-10. Just head over to Fantasyland between 9:00am – 6:15pm.
  • The Minnie Vans have been expanded to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa as well as Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The flat rate is $20 and your Lyft app can be activated at the front desk.
  • See Broadway Performers Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland White at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre from January 26 – 29.

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Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

by on January 26, 2018

Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration is upon us!  Between that, (mostly) low crowds and (mostly) pleasant weather, it’s a great week to visit.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

The Year of the Dog is upon us, and Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration is now officially underway at Disney’s California Adventure. You can of course expect special food and drinks, and there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners decorating the park. Additionally there are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (basically a pre-show* to World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,
  • The Lucky Wishing Well.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.

 

Crowds

As is common this time of year, we’ll see low to modest crowds most of the week, with slightly higher crowds on the weekend.  Saturday is the only day with above average crowds, and Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be very pleasant 2-level crowds.

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

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview – Week of January 27, 2018

by on January 26, 2018

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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Universal Orlando Preview — Week of January 27, 2018

by on January 25, 2018

This week we look at a Celebration of Harry Potter and cover another question in our Mail Bag. Get that Fire Whiskey-spiked Butterbeer ready and put on your Hogwarts robes, it’s time to head to Diagon Alley!

Weekly Crowd Levels

A Celebration of Harry Potter is this weekend, lines and crowds for the attractions in the Wizarding World will be larger than the crowd calendar indicates. Muggle-centric attractions will not be affected by the increased witch and wizard crowd.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of January 27, 2018

by on January 25, 2018

This week brings you a Pro Bowl celebration complete with a pep rally and mascots. Keep reading for more of your Walt Disney World preview!

Special Events

  • To celebrate the NFL Pro Bowl, there will be an All Star Pep Rally at Disney Springs. This January 27 celebration will feature NFL cheerleaders, mascots and more!
  • Narcoossee’s, a restaurant located at Disney’s Grand Floridian and Spa, will no longer offer Sunday Brunch.
  • See Broadway Performers Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre from January 26 – 29.
  • This is your last week to see Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable  before it’s gone forever. This attraction will close February 3.
  • Florida Residents: Discover Disney tickets are available for you to purchase now through June 20. This option allows you to enjoy 3 days at a Walt Disney World theme park for $159 + tax. Note: Tickets can only be used through June 24, 2018.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of January 20

by on January 19, 2018

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 January 20, 2018

by on January 19, 2018

A week of very low crowds, pleasant weather, and the kickoff to Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration!  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

While much of the week will be business as usual at Disneyland Resort, Friday the 26th kicks off the Lunar New Year celebration, as California Adventure welcomes the Year of the Dog. In addition to special food and drinks, and traditional ornamental lanterns and banners to set the celebratory mood, there will be several special events and opportunities to experience, including:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (temporarily taking the place of World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,
  • The Lucky Wishing Well.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.

 

Crowds

Crowds will be very manageable this week, making it a fantastic time for a visit.  The highest crowds will be on Saturday when they are at a level 5, but most days this week you will see level 2 crowds.

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

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Universal Orlando Preview — Week of January 20, 2018

by on January 18, 2018

Donuts. Do I need to say more? This week we cover the news of a famous donut store coming to CityWalk, free tours around Universal Orlando, low crowd levels, and more!

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of January 20, 2018

by on January 18, 2018

We’ve got Broadway Performers, a new bar, and some beautiful weather. Keep reading for your Walt Disney World weekly preview!

Special Events

  • Enzo’s Hideaway is now open at Disney Springs. You’ll find this new bar underneath Maria & Enzo’s Risorante.
  • See Broadway Performers Kevin Massey and Kara Lindsay at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre from January 19 – 22.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable will be closing February 3. Check out this Epcot attraction before it’s gone forever!
  • Florida Residents: Discover Disney tickets are available for you to purchase now through June 20. This option allows you to enjoy 3 days at a Walt Disney World theme park for $159 + tax. Note: Tickets can only be used through June 24, 2018.

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