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Disneyland Preview — Week of February 17

by on February 16, 2018
Filed under: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland (CA), Disneyland Park, Trip Planning, Weather, Weekly Preview

This week Disneyland sees its Lunar New Year Celebration wrap up, and bigger crowds for the President’s Day weekend. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Photo: Twitter/@Kenlyy1

There’s nothing special planned for the occasion as far as we’ve aware, but this weekend is President’s Day Weekend, and you can expect larger crowds as folks come in to take advantage of the long weekend. The highest crowds should be on Sunday and Monday, but check out our Crowd Calendar for more details.

Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration concludes this weekend at Disney’s California Adventure — if you’d like to check it out, the last day is Sunday the 18th.  You can expect:

  • 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 (which is a pre-show to World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill;
  • The Lucky Wishing Well; and,
  • Special food, drink and decor.

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

Finally, Disneyland Resort is currently showing a Sneak Peek of A Wrinkle in Time. The preview will be shown in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

by on February 16, 2018
Filed under: Disney Cruise Line, Weekly Preview 4 Comments

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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Toy Story Land to Open This June at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 16, 2018
Filed under: Hollywood Studios, Recent News 5 Comments

The most anticipated land of the summer finally has its opening date! Toy Story Land will be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30!

As part of the land, Guests will be able to experience the two new attractions, Slinky Dog Dash, which will be a family-friendly roller coaster where Guests will be able to ride on a coaster that looks like Slinky Dog, and Alien Swirling Saucers, where Guests will spin around with the Little Green Aliens. Also joining the land officially will be Toy Story Mania, one of the most popular attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The land will also include a new walk up window called Woody’s Lunch Box, which will serve soda floats, and is sponsored by Mini Babybel.

The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces that have been incorporated into the land.

So, get ready to shrink down to the size of a toy beginning at the end of June!

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of February 16, 2018

by on February 16, 2018
Filed under: In Case You Missed It

Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day have come and gone…so what else is there to get excited about? Oh right! Black Panther comes out today! (Technically.) Are you going to see the film? What are you most excited about seeing?

This week, learn which talk show is coming to film at Walt Disney World, see the Kingdom Heart’s 3 trailer and more.

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors


Disney Cruise Line did exceptionally well with the Cruise Critic awards this year…with the Disney Wonder winning surprisingly, the most accolades.

In kind of a bittersweet article, one of the original Disneyland Space Mountain Imagineers took a ride on the attraction for the first time since 2005.  Read the rest of this entry »

Universal Orlando Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

by on February 15, 2018
Filed under: Universal Orlando Resort, Weekly Preview 2 Comments

Toss the paczki but keep the beads out as Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration continues with a Kelsea Ballerini performing Saturday. Finish your po’ boy and lets get to the parks!

Weekly Crowd Levels

School holidays and a long weekend leads to a massive spike in crowds as guests take their first post 2017 holiday trip. As a reminder arrive early at park opening and use customized touring plans to avoid waits.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

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Walt Disney World Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

by on February 15, 2018
Filed under: Walt Disney World (FL), Weekly Preview 7 Comments

Tickets, parking, and Minnie Van prices are on the rise. What else is new this week at Walt Disney World? Keep reading to find out!

Special Events

  • Walt Disney World ticket prices have increased. Check out Rikki’s post for a breakdown of the new pricing options.
  • Prices have also increased for both the Minnie Vans and parking at Walt Disney World. Minnie Vans will now be a flat fee of $25; regular parking is $22 and preferred parking is $45.
  • The Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals begins February 22 and runs (get it?) through February 25. Will you be participating? Let me know in the comments!
  • The Three Caballeros are now at Discovery Island Carnivale in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! You’ll find these avian musicians from February 4 through May 5.

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What To Do When Your Significant Other Isn’t Into Disney

by on February 14, 2018
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 16 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. We asked you last week if you and your significant other see eye to eye on Disney. And Julia has the tally here. The natural follow-up is what if you’re one of the people whose travel partner doesn’t want to go to Walt Disney World?

This topic brought up some lively conversation on our blogger Slack.

First, there was the issue of the title, which was originally “Ways to Cope with your Non-Disney Significant Other.”

We had some feelings about that, starting with this one that I’ll keep anonymous:

From TouringPlans Slack: one writer said, "I can only dream of the ration of crap I would receive if I publicly described my wife's relative lack of enthusiasm for Disney as something I had to "cope" with. Hard pass."

Identity hidden to protect the innocent.

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Ask It: Ever Done Adventures by Disney?

by on February 14, 2018
Filed under: Just For Fun 11 Comments

They say that there’s other places to vacation in the world aside from a Disney theme park or DVC resort. (Who are “they” anyhow?) Okay, it’s true–there’s so much in the world to see and so many amazing places to visit. But what if you could take the Disney difference with you on vacation destinations around the world? That’s the idea about Adventures by Disney trips. These are vacations to desirable locations around the world, everything from safari in Africa to the mountains of Machu Picchu. You can take a river cruise on the major rivers of Europe, or you can explore the fascinating sights and sounds of Asia. There’s even Adventures by Disney trips in the United States. As they say, all magic comes with a price, dearie, and these trips will set you back a pretty penny. They also are only available on certain dates. All this means that not everyone will have had an ABD experience.

This week, we’re asking you:

Have you ever taken an Adventures by Disney trip?

  • No (93%, 385 Votes)
  • Yes (7%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 413

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If you have, let us know which one(s) in the comments. If you haven’t, let us know what the main reason is that you’ve not been on one, or let us know which one would be on your wish list. The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week.

Disney Dish Podcast 148: Who Thought Minnie Mouse Madonna Was A Good Idea?

by on February 14, 2018
Filed under: Disney Dish Podcast 1 Comment

Disney Dish episode 148In the latest episode of the Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill Media. Len and Jim talk about the glory days of the 80s when MTV was still relevant and still played music.

To appeal to a younger, hipper generation, Disney produced a TV special called Totally Minnie. Not only was it Minnie’s first starring role, but the supporting cast included Suzanne Somers, Vanna White, and (somehow) Elton John.

TV critics were merciless, calling it “excruciating” and that “it would need work to even qualify as a disaster.”

Who thought this was a good idea, and how did it happen? Grab your jelly bracelets and lace gloves, and take a listen as Jim gives us the details.

Disney Dish is available through all fine podcast apps. You can also support the podcast and get longer episodes at Your support helps Jim Hill Media continue to produce great content. The podcast is produced (fabulously) by Aaron Adams with financial support from TouringPlans.


Ask It Results: Is Your Significant Other a Disney Fan?

by on February 14, 2018
Filed under: Just For Fun

No matter how much you love that special someone in your life, there may be things that drive you crazy. The way they slurp their soup. Snoring. Cheering for the wrong sports team. You name it, because everyone’s an individual, there’s plenty of opportunities to find ways that couples have their differences. It can even come into play when Disney is on the line. Last week we asked you:

Is your significant other as much of a Disney fan as you are?


Here’s your results.

Yes (803 votes, 47%)

Did she talk you into your first trip? Did he suggest buying an annual pass so you could make more trips? Was it a love of Disney that made you realize that you had so much in common? Whatever it was, many of you said that your significant other is as much of a Disney fan as you are. This doesn’t mean that you always like Disney in the same way, however. You may have one person on Team Pirates and the other on Team Haunted Mansion when it comes to the best ride in the Magic Kingdom. One might like Disney for meeting characters, and the other might like it for the pyrotechnics. There’s so many ways to love Disney, but it can be a great shared interest for a couple–and it always gives you places to go for a romantic getaway.

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