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The Holidays Are Here at Disneyland Resort

by on November 3, 2017

Disneyland Holidays

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November 10 kicks off the official holiday season at the Disneyland Resort and it’s the most festive time of the year! This year, there’s going to be some fun new additions mixed in with the standby favorites.

First, this year will mark the debut of new seasonal transformations in Cars Land! Due to the success of Haul-o-ween, Mater and Luigi have put a holiday spin on their attractions. In addition, there will be new delicious eats and great new merchandise, and Disney characters in their holiday finest. Here’s what you can expect:

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  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle features shimmering icicles and more than 50,000 twinkling LED lights. Oh and you don’t want to miss the fireworks spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” as it features a magical snowfall finale
  • The “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade will return with daily performances. The parade will feature favorite Disney characters who will join Santa Claus to spread holiday cheer along with marching tin soldiers, gingerbread cookies, dazzling floats and lively holiday music.
  • Guests can meet Santa at his special location in Critter County
  • There will be a gigantic  60-foot Christmas tree with nearly 1,800 ornaments that will welcome guests to Main Street, U.S.A.
  • “it’s a small world” has been transformed into “it’s a small world” Holiday to celebrate children around the world and the holiday traditions of their countries. FastPass will be available for this attraction.
  • Of course, you don’t want to miss Haunted Mansion Holiday which celebrates the collision between Christmas and Halloween with Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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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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Celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday on November 18 at Disney Parks

by on November 1, 2017

Mickey Mouse's Birthday

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It’s the big cheese’s birth month! With Mickey Mouse’s Birthday officially being on November 18, he’s going to be ready to celebrate with you!

At Walt Disney World, Guests will be able to celebrate with “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons. There will also be special merchandise and a Sorcerer Mickey Cake. During the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! street party on Main Street U.S.A., Cosmic Dance Party in Tomorrowland and also during performances by the Dapper Dans, Guests can sing“Happy Birthday.” In addition, there will be special Happy Birthday Mickey photo props Plus, birthday photo props at all four theme parks, and for those who collect their photos at the parks, they will receive a folder with a commemorative sticker.

Over at Disneyland, there will be a celebration cavalcade for Mickey Mouse, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band, starting at “it’s a small world” and pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square.  And yes, Guests will be able to pick up a “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” button.

If you’re not going to be in any of the parks, you can celebrate Mickey Mouse’s Birthday by using #HappyBirthdayMickey.

Attraction Overview: Haunted Mansion + Video

by on October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Today, I have a spooooooky attraction overview for you.

Do you dare venture inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion? Click below to begin your frightful journey!

And just so you know, this mansion has “NO windows and NO doors,” MuhahahHAHAHAHA!

Ahem, here’s the video…

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 28

by on October 27, 2017

Halloween season comes to a close, and Disneyland wastes no time in getting into the Christmas spirit! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Just a few more days in the Halloween season at Disneyland, so if you want to enjoy the seasonal treats and decor (like the incredible Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure), you need to get over there soon!  Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy runs through Tuesday and will be down on Wednesday to remove the overlay and return to the classic version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will continue its very popular monster-themed overlay — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark — through Tuesday as well. In fact, while it normally only runs in the evenings, it will be in monster-mode all day on Halloween to give everyone plenty of time to get in one or two more rides for the season. Expect long lines and snag a FastPass if you can.

Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. The movie opens on Friday, so it’s a great time to get in and check it out! The preview lasts about 15 minutes.

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Details on Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

by on October 26, 2017

Back during the D23 Expo, many things were announced for the various Disney Resorts, but one very small mention was made for something called Pixar Fest that would be occurring at Disneyland Resort next year. Today, we finally learned a few details about what this celebration will bring.

Pixar Fest will kick off on April 13, 2018 and it will be a limited-time event that will feature the debut of an all-new fireworks spectacular and the return of two favorite parades. Guests will also be able to experience new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items. And yes, there will be Pixar characters too.

Pixar Fest

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The new fireworks spectacular will be called Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. The show will take place at Disneyland park and it will feature dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, all tied together to celebrate the theme of friendship. Guests are invited to embark on an emotional journey that starts when unlikely Pixar characters first meet. The story then moves along as they set out on adventures and overcome obstacles together and celebrates the friendships forged by beloved Pixar pals. The story will come to life via projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. Oh and you haven’t seen anything until you see Buzz Lightyear in a special flyover over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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New Hotel and Parking Improvements Coming for Disneyland Resort

by on October 26, 2017

Big changes are on the horizon for the Disneyland Resort. It was announced that a brand new Four Diamond hotel will be opening up in 2021. This new hotel will transform the west end of the Downtown Disney District and it will also anchor a new gateway to the Disneyland Resort.

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This new hotel will feature 700 rooms and a sophisticated style. There will be extensive landscaping and water elements that will help to create a sort of oasis. The hotel will include a dedicated platform inside for direct transport into Disneyland via the monorail. This resort will provide plenty of views of the Downtown Disney District. In addition, there will be an upper-level restaurant and lounge which will give Guests a view of Disneyland’s fireworks. Speaking of restaurants, there will be many restaurants and shops that open onto an expansive landscaped plaza complete with water features.

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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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New Star Tours Adventures to Debut This Fall

by on October 18, 2017

Star Tours

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Attention Star Wars fans! You’re going to want to head to the theme parks soon because a brand new scene is being added to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

Almost a year ago, Disney announced that a new mission would be added that would deal with something that occurs in Episode VIII, and Disney confirmed that we would be traveling to somewhere we’ve seen already in the trailers – Crait. During the scene, Guests will be put into an epic battle.

The exciting new sequence will debut at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Walt Disney World Resort on November 17.

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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