Posts Tagged ‘Main Street’

SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table is Worth Your Time and Effort

by on September 13, 2014

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table is Worth Your Time and Effort. One of the most coveted dining experiences at Walt Disney World is Cinderella’s Royal Table (CRT). Even with its high price tag ($58.15 for adults, $35.86 for kids, or two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan) this restaurant can be a challenge to get into, especially for breakfast. Is CRT worth the hype? I believe it is, but to get the best possible experience it is going to take more than just money. It is going to take a decent amount of planning, a little bit of patience, and maybe just a pinch of luck to get the opportunity, but you and your family are worth the effort, right? Remember that clicking on any picture will bring up the full size version, and let’s get to counting down what separates Cinderella’s Royal Table from everything else, starting with….

# 6 – An empty Main Street, U.S.A.


How much is this view worth to you?


This won’t come easy, but it is a wonderful reward to some hard work. To be able to get an early morning walk down Main Street, U.S.A., you’re going to have to get up even earlier 180 days ahead of time to book your CRT reservation. With Disney on-site guests getting “180 days + 10” for advance dining reservations, it certainly wouldn’t hurt your chances to be staying a night or more on Disney property. I recommend using this Priority Seating Calculator (not affiliated with TouringPlans) to figure out when you’ll be 180 days out from the date you’d like. On the day you are eligible to book your advanced dining reservation, you need to be prepared to go online or call (407) WDW-DINE at 6 AM. I would recommend the phone call and make sure you are ready by 5:45 AM. The earliest seatings at CRT are one of the hardest reservations in the Disney system, but luck favors the prepared and your chances of scoring an elusive 8:05 AM reservation will increase tenfold if you go into this with a plan.

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Observations From Magic Kingdom: January 12, 2014

by on January 14, 2014

Today is historically one of my favorite days to go to the Magic Kingdom. While thousands of people are running the marathon, the parks find themselves in a bit of a transportation disaster. The runners clog major roadways, and cleanup efforts add an extra delay. This means that if you get there early, you beat the crowd in a big way. Folks just can’t get in as quickly as on a normal day! Add to that the fact that the huge “Let the Magic Begin” banner has been removed from the train station, and you are talking about some serious magic today!


Now, the banner being removed isn’t really news. Everyone has been buzzing about that! But have you see the Welcome Show with our lovely, new, banner free view? I decided to take video for you guys this morning! 🙂 Remember, my “channel” is pretty much just for blog linking. All the cool kids are subscribed to the TouringPlans Channel!

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Former Imagineer Tony Baxter to receive Main Street Window at Disneyland on November 1

by on October 29, 2013

Tony Baxter

Tony Baxter at D23 (Image courtesy Disney)

Imagineer Tony Baxter, the creative mind behind iconic Disneyland attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and the Indiana Jones Adventure may have retired from the Walt Disney company earlier this year, but his presence in the parks is far from forgotten. That will be permanently assured this week, as a window above Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., honoring Tony Baxter will be unveiled this Friday, November 1.

As reported by the Orange County Register, Baxter is scheduled appear in Disneyland park this Friday morning for an 8:30 a.m. unveiling ceremony, which was originally announced at August’s D23 Expo. Anyone with a valid park ticket may attend; the park officially opens at 9 a.m. that day, but the turnstiles will open at 8 a.m. to accommodate those attending the ceremony.


Annual Passholder Anniversary Presentations at Disneyland This Month

by on July 1, 2013

Disneyland's grand opening (1955)

It may not be the kind of round-number milestone that attracts massive media attention, but this month's 58th anniversary of Disneyland is well worth celebrating — and hey, the park doesn't look a day over 50! Starting today, Annual Passholders visiting the Anaheim resort on the next few Tuesdays have an opportunity to attend special presentations saluting the five lands that debuted at Walt's original Magic Kingdom.

Passholders attending Disneyland Park tomorrow (7/2), next Tuesday (7/9), or the following Tuesday (7/16) can register for either of two daily sessions (5:30pm or 7:30pm) held inside the Main Street USA Opera House. Disney artist Stacia Martin will be on hand to show off historical snapshots and videos from the park's formative years. Each week different original lands from the park are highlighted; the schedule of topics is as follows:

  • July 2, 2013: Adventureland & Frontierland
  • July 9, 2013: Fantasyland & Tomorrowland
  • July 16, 2013: Main Street, U.S.A. & Disneyland in 1955

The presentations or free for all with valid annual passes, but space is limited so same-day registration is required. See all the details on the Limited Time Magic event here on Disneyland's website.


Top Five Ways to End Your Day at Disneyland Park

by on April 25, 2013

Fireworks Over Sleeping Beauty CastleIn recent weeks, I’ve shared some my favorite ways to begin my day at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, as well as top picks for finishing a DCA visit, and even places to pause at mid-day around the Resort.

Today, I’m concluding this series with a look at the best options for ending your evening at Disneyland Park. While Disneyland is magical at any time of day, there is something particularly special about those final hours before closing at the original Magic Kingdom. Any one of the following activities (or combination thereof) should guarantee a fitting finale to your day at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Fireworks and Fantasmic!

No one does explosive spectaculars better than Disney, and there is no better one-two punch among theme park pageants than Disneyland’s fireworks and Fantasmic! Whether the show is Remeber…Dreams Come True, Magical, or one of the special seasonal displays, Disneyland’s pyrotechnics are not-to-be-missed. And Disneyland’s Fantasmic! is the ultimate assemblage of animated characters, action stunts, and enormous animatronics. On nights when both shows are performed,first watch the fireworks from the hub near Frontierland, the head immediately towards the river for a seat. Alternatively, stake out a spot early for Fantasmic and you’ll still have a fine view of the overhead sky bursts (though not effects on the castle or Tinker Bell’s flight).

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“Making of Fantasy Faire” Presentation for Disneyland Passholders on March 14

by on March 11, 2013

Photo copyright Disney

The brand-new Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow (March 12), but annual Passholders like our own Guy Selga Jr. have already been inside the princess-centric expansion adjacent to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

If you’re a Passholder who can’t get enough of Fantasy Faire, a free presentation and panel discussion will be held on Thursday, March 14, in Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House. Show Director Christopher Utley and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Michel den Dulk will share “fascinating” details on the new mini-land’s design and construction, and answer audience questions.

Registration for Thursday’s 6pm show begins that morning at 11:30am at the Opera House, and must be done in person by all participating Passholders. Space is limited, so arrive early to register if you’re intent on attending.

Peter Pan Passholder Event at Disneyland this Wednesday

by on February 25, 2013

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Are you a Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder?

Do you love the Disney animated classic Peter Pan?

Would you like to spend a couple extra hours in Fantasyland this week?

If your answer to the following questions is “all of the above,” head over to Disneyland on Wednesday night (February 27, 2013) for the latest Limited Time Magic event. For one night only, Passholders can see a special screening of Peter Pan at the Main Street Opera House, in honor of the film’s recent Blu-ray release.

As an added bonus, select Fantasyland attractions will be open to participating Passholders for 2 additional hours past the park’s public 8pm closing time. Be warned, however, that my recent experience with extended Passholder hours at Disney California Adventure did not result in light crowds and short queues; in fact, it was exactly the opposite.

Film screening start at 11am on Wednesday. Passholders may register for the event in person at the Opera House beginning at 10am on the day of the event; online and advance registration is not offered. See here for details on the event direct from Disney.


Last Week at Disneyland Resort (8/19/2012 -8/25/2012)

by on August 27, 2012

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The masses of annual Passholders that were anticipated to invade the Anaheim attractions after blackout dates were lifted last week didn't quite materialize. So if you've been avoiding Disneyland all summer, now is a great time to visit as preparations begin for the Halloween season.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Friday 8/17 was a 5 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 4.7 and Disneyland Park at only 3.1.

Busiest Day: Sunday 8/19 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 8.9 and Disneyland Park at 5.7.

Subscribe to the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for details on predicted crowds for the next 30 days.

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Clock comes back

by on August 15, 2008

The clock on City Hall in the Magic Kingdom has returned after being gone for months for a refurbishment.

Glass Blowing begins at Magic Kingdom

by on March 25, 2008

As we previously reported, the new Crystal Arts store on Main Street USA has begun to stretch down the side street and included an area for glass blowing demonstrations in the rear.

We were luckey enough to be some of the first guests to experience this new feature which brings some much needed charm and theme to the area.

Glass artisan Mark Haller is one of two artisans who staff the location. He gives a knowledgeable presentation about the artform and glass in general. It’s entertaining and enlightening.

The production of a piece takes about 30minutes on average and the piece produced can be purchased immediately – though it must cool down overnight in a special oven.

For the showing we experienced, Mark created a lovely emerald green and gold vase in front of a sizable congregation of fascinated park guests.