Halloween and Kids Go Free For 2017!

Halloween time is upon us and all your favorite parks are celebrating in BIG ways! Right now you can visit any San Diego Park and the Kids Go Free! You hear right! Check-out the list of parks offering FREE admission to kids this Fall:

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park: Kids Free October | Unlimited Kids free under 11 years per 1 Adult | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

LEGOLAND California:  Kids Free San Diego | One Free Child 1-Day LEGOLAND + SEA LIFE® Hopper with Purchase of Full Price Adult 1-Day LEGOLAND + SEA LIFE® Hopper - Valid through October 30, 2017

SeaWorld San Diego: Kids Free San Diego | One free child admission with one adult single day admission | Valid through October 31, 2017

SEAL Amphibious Tour: Kids Free October | One child free per paid adult on all 1 and 2 hour San Diego Harbor Tours | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Flagship Cruises and Events:  Kids Free October | One child free per paid adult on all 1 and 2 hour San Diego Harbor Tours | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Hornblower Cruises and Events:  Kids Free October | Kids cruise free on any 1 or 2 hour Harbor Cruise in San Diego. Limit 2 children per 1 adult | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

USS Midway Museum:  Kids Free in October | Two Free Child Admission tickets with One Full-Paid Adult | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Maritime Museum of San Diego:  Kids Free October | Children 12 and under receive general admission entry with the paid admission of one adult | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Belmont Park:  Kids Free October | One free wristband with purchase of adult unlimited ride wristband | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Japanese Friendship Garden:  Kids Free October | Children 12 and under receive general admission entry with the paid admission of one adult | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Mingei International Museum:  Kids Free October | Children 12 and under receive general admission entry with the paid admission of one adult | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

San Diego Speed Boat Adventures:  Kids Free October | Kids cruise free on any 1 or 1 hour daily Harbor Cruise | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Old Town Trolley Tours San Diego:  Kids Free October | One free child per paid adult on the Old Town Trolley | Valid October 1 - 31, 2017

Plus don't miss out on all these specials for Halloween Time in Southern California:

Disneyland® Resort:  Adults Pay Kids Price with purchase of a 3, 4 or 5-Day Park Hopper® Ticket

Universal Studios Hollywood™:  Adults Pay Kids Price with purchase of 2-Day General Admission ticket.

Knotts Berry Farm:  Adults Pay Kids Price on General Admission tickets.

A Crash Course on Disney's Fastpass and MaxPass

A Disney vacation is a huge event for many people. Some people have been planning their dream trip to Disneyland since they were children themselves, and others want to make sure their kids have the best time possible. But when 50,000 people are trying to live the exact same dream, at the exact same time, on the exact same day, those lines can get long. That’s why Disney originally implemented the FastPass program. And to further streamline your Disney vacation, the parks have continued to develop and evolve the program, allowing people to make the most of their vacations and see all the attractions they want to see. So how does it work?

While the FastPass program has gone through several iterations since its inception, the basic concept has remained the same: guests can check in at certain attractions and, instead of standing in line to get on the ride, they can wait in a virtual queue and return at an assigned time to jump to the front of the line. The guest still has to wait for the ride, but they don’t have to stand around in a line while they wait. Instead, they can visit other rides, grab a bite to eat, or just take a break out of the sun. When guests scan their tickets, they will receive a slip of paper with a reminder of the time they can come back to skip the line. That slip of paper isn’t a ticket, though, and it’s not necessary to keep it. It’s meant only as a reminder of the time they need to return. To actually get into the ride, they’ll need to scan the ticket they used to get into the park. (This ticket might be on their cell phones. If so, make sure to keep your battery charged!)

FastPass+

Fastpass Disney World

One of the changes Disneyland and Disney World have made to the FastPass in recent years is the addition of FastPass+. This is a program that allows guests to not only grab a pass to skip the line, but to actually reserve a spot for themselves before ever stepping foot into the park. The FastPass+ service is a free part of admission to the park, whether you’ve purchased a deluxe resort package or have found a deal on some discount Disneyland tickets for your family, though guests with a reservation at a resort hotel can make reservations up to 60 days before the date they will actually be visiting the park. Other guests can begin making reservations up to 30 days in advance. Each guest can have up to three FastPass+ reservations each day, but they all have to be within the same park. Once they use one of the reserved FastPasses, they can go to a designated kiosk inside the park and reserve another. Each ride only has a limited number of FastPass+ reservations available, though, so once all of those slots have been spoken for, FastPass+ won’t work for it. You can still use the normal FastPass system to ride, though, by going to the ride’s entrance, scanning your ticket, and coming back at the time it assigns you.

MaxPass

MaxPass Disneyland

Starting this summer, Disney added a premium addition to the FastPass for visitors to Disneyland, called the MaxPass, for an additional $10 per visitor. (MaxPass is currently not available at Disney World.) Normally, to get a FastPass (aside from the FastPass+ reservations), visitors need to go to the entrance to the rides and shows they want to visit, scan their ticket, and receive an assignment of when to return. With the MaxPass, however, guests don’t have to trek all the way to the ride entrance. Instead, they can use the Disneyland app to check in from anywhere inside either Disneyland or California Adventure. Often, MaxPass return times will also be shorter than regular FastPass times.

In addition to letting guests check in for FastPasses on their phones, MaxPass also allows guests to download their professional photos from around the park for free, as well as the photos taken on certain rides like Splash Mountain. Just remember to download them the day they were taken. (If you have an annual pass, you can download them any time before your annual pass expires.) You can download the pictures by using the Disneyland app to enter the photo identification number from the screens displaying the photos as you walk out of the ride area.

Even if guests have already purchased their tickets, they can add MaxPass to their admissions by logging into their account and purchasing the upgrade for $10. The pass must be purchased for each admission, and each is good for only one day. Season Pass holders can upgrade their passes to include MaxPass for $75 for the entire season.

How to Use MaxPass

To reserve rides from your phone using Disney’s MaxPass, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the Disneyland app onto either an iOS or Android smartphone and log in to your account.

  2. Make sure your ticket(s) are linked to your account by going to the “My Tickets” tab and scanning them in.

  3. Select FastPass from the home screen.

  4. Choose either Disneyland or California Adventure—you can reserve FastPasses in either, as long as you are inside one of the two.

  5. Select the attraction you want to visit. It will display the next available time. If that time doesn’t work, you’ll need to select a different attraction.

That’s seriously all it takes. Once you confirm your FastPass selection, the app will display how long you have until you can reserve another FastPass. You can only have one FastPass reserved at a time, and you have to wait a certain amount of time before you can reserve another. Keep in mind that while you can get FastPasses for shows like Fantasmic! and World of Color, MaxPass can only be used for rides. Shows will require you to use the paper FastPass system. Also, remember that once you’ve reserved a FastPass on your phone using MaxPass, you don’t need to scan your phone to get in. Because your Disneyland app is connected to your tickets, you can just scan your regular tickets to use your FastPass reservation. If you’ve already got a FastPass reservation, but decide you would rather cancel that reservation and get a new reservation for a different ride, you can also do that via the Disneyland app.

A Few Final Words

One thing to keep in mind is that the Disney parks are very clear that FastPasses aren’t always available for every ride. They only reserve a few openings in each time slot, and when those reservations are gone, that’s it. Each person in your group who is riding has to have their own reservation, so you can’t just have one person get a reservation and then expect your entire party to be able to ride. Make sure to keep your admission tickets with you all day, because they will be required for you to use your FastPasses.

Crowds are basically a guarantee when you visit Disneyland, but with the right planning, you and your friends and family can still enjoy all of the rides and attractions you want. Just remember to plan your routes, get your FastPasses early, and take advantages of days outside of the parks’ peak times. When you do that, it’s just as good as wishing on a star, and you’ll get the same result: “Your dreams come true.”

15 Food You Have To Try At Disneyland

15 foods you HAVE to try at Disneyland

  1. Ever since Disney California Adventure Park added a Ghiradelli Soda Fountain to the park, guests have been flocking to get a taste of their famous ice cream sundaes and chocolates. Our favorite is a single scoop of vanilla with milk chocolate hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry on top!
  2. It’s obvious that the corn dog is a staple food of theme parks. The smell hits you as soon as the fryers turn on. Disneyland Park however is known for their corn dogs. Battered big, these corn dogs will have you coming back for seconds and thirds, day after day. You can get them next to the Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street USA. Be sure to get there early!
  3. Nothing says YUM more than grilled cheese and fresh tomato soup. On a chillier day at Disneyland Park, this meal hits the spot. Found at Jolly Holiday Bakery off Main Street USA this combo meal features lightly toasted bread with gooey melted cheese. The tomato soup is delicious and heart-warming. Dipping your sandwich into the soup is just magical.
  4. One of the best snacks in the parks is the Mickey pretzel. Found at several food booths through-out both parks, not only is it decorative and fun, it’s delicious! Be sure to get a cup of nacho cheese with your pretzel to make this treat even better!

  5. Speaking of Mickey food items the Mickey waffle is a must-try for any Disneyland Park goer. Served at several locations including the 3 property hotels, carnation cafe, and most character dining breakfasts, the Mickey waffle is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Topped with some powdered sugar, whipped cream, and syrup, this may be the only meal you need!

  6. With the closing of Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland Park to make way for Star Wars Land, many guests believed the famous Thunder Ranch Ribs were gone forever. Not so! Now being served at River Belle Terrace in Adventureland, these spice-rubbed ribs are still available. Slow cooked till the meat is literally falling off the bone and served with crispy tater-tots and beans, it’s one of the finest and hardiest meals in the parks.

  7. If you find yourself seeking a cold treat on a hot day in Disney California Adventure Park be sure to stop by Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream located on Buena Vista Street. With choices ranging from a simple cup to a fudge-dipped waffle cone and sprinkles, you can’t go wrong! Hand scooped flavors include Cookies and Cream, Strawberry, Butter Pecan, and many more! In additions to the cones they serve gigantic sundaes and hand-dipped ice cream bars!

  8. Considered one of the best sandwich shops in the world, Earl of Sandwich serves up some scrumptious hot and cold sandwiches. From their famous Earl’s Club to Hawaiian BBQ, you’ll probably want to buy 2, one for now and the other for now as well. Probably the best part about these sandwiches is the fresh house-made bread. You’ll be impressed with every bite you take. Earl of Sandwich is located in Downtown Disney next to the AMC Theaters.

  9. Another staple food of theme parks is the churro. For some reason though Disney’s is just better than the rest. Freshly baked each day at the stands you’re guaranteed a nice cinnamon crispy outside and a soft warm inside. These are not to be shared as you’ll have many regrets doing so. Want extra cinnamon and sugar? No problem. Just ask the Cast Member for a second round in the pan.

  10. These are not your ordinary tacos. No sir. These are Carthay Circle Lounge's famous and very secretive Twice-Cooked Vietnamese Taco’s. The beef is slowly cooked in a special marinade and then deep fried right before serving. They are topped with fresh pineapple-mint salsa. Served in four min-taco’s, one person should not try and consume more than this. They are very rich. However, you will be back the next day for a second round.

  11. Dole Whips have been a park favorite for years and still are! Located at the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction you’ll want to get there right when they open to avoid the long lines they get in the afternoons. Enjoy a Dole Whip or a Dole Whip Float which features the soft serve pineapple ice cream and some pineapple juice! For those concern about dairy, it has none! It’s simply pineapple, sugar, and water.

  12. It only comes out seasonally each year at Halloween time. The most delicious Halloween candy ever tasted. It’s candy corn on steroids. Disney Park’s Gummi Candy Corn is a must try! Soft and chewy, it hits the sweet tooth’s sweet spot. You’ll never want to eat regular candy corn again!

  13. You may have heard of this infamous chocolate cake. But have you tried it? 24 layers of delicious chocolate on chocolate served with a sorbet and raspberry sauce. We promise you’ve never had anything more amazing then this! Stop in at Steakhouse 55’s lounge for a gigantic serving. Bring some friends to share it with.

  14. Macaroon’s are a popular treat these days so it’s easy to say they all taste the same. Put that aside for 5 minutes of heaven with this Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaroon. It’s unbelievably soft, chewy, and sweet. Fresh raspberries and cream fill every bite of this magical treat. Pick one up at Jolly Holiday Bakery to make your wildest food fantasies come true!

  15. Nachos can be simple food...or out of this world. Cove Bar in DCA Park serves up some of the best nachos we've had, period. Why? One word: Lobster. That's right, lobster nachos piled high with everything delicious on a bed of fresh cut chips. Don't miss out on this lunch and dinner specialty and be sure to arrive early. Lines get long!

Headed to the Disneyland Resort soon? Be sure to get your discount Disneyland tickets with Park Savers! Save BIG over gate pricing and use that extra money on some of these delicious foods!

What Can Babies Ride At Disneyland?

What can babies ride at Disneyland?

You’d be surprised how many attractions babies can experience at Disneyland Park—over 30 at
time of publication.

But just because they can ride, doesn’t mean they should. Mom and Dad should always use
their best judgement when bringing baby to Disneyland and on any ride or attraction.
Today, I’m going to help you navigate all the attractions with no height requirement at
Disneyland Park, along with discussing seating arrangements, the line you’ll be waiting in and
various other elements that might impact your baby’s experience.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in Adventureland?

Enchanted Tiki Room is a short show rather than a ride, filled with colorful, singing animatronic birds and tiki gods. Loud sounds and lighting effects may scare or captivate young babies. You’ll wait in the outdoor area selling Dole Whips, and yes, you can bring them into the show. You’ll sit on padded benches inside this cool tropical retreat.

Jungle Cruise takes you on a tour of exotic locales in the care of a trusty skipper. You’ll wait in a shaded queue with a typical wait time is 10 minutes or less. You’ll sit in a boat on benches and cargo boxes, no safety restraints needed. Be careful climbing in and out of the boat with baby.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in Critter Country?

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh takes you deep in the Hundred Acre Wood
where the wait time is usually next to nothing. You’ll sit in a giant 6 person beehive for
this classic, family-friendly dark-ride.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in Fantasyland?

Alice in Wonderland takes you on a journey through Wonderland as Alice chases the white rabbit. You’ll wait in a semi-shaded queue with a typical wait time of 20 minutes or more. You’ll sit in a colorful caterpillar with a pull down lap bar that fits about 4 adults.

Casey Jr. Circus Train is an excellent alternative to Storybook Canal Boats with the same views of the miniature Storybook village. You’ll wait in a sunny queue with typical wait time of 10 minutes. You’ll sit in various circus animal cages or in a sleigh-like vehicle.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant line looks short, but often takes quite a while. You’ll wait in a semi-shaded queue for about 20 minutes or more. You’ll sit in Dumbo himself with various colors. Soar with Dumbo with 2 or 3 guests depending on size, use one adjustable strap for your party.

“It’s a small world” because the song is already stuck in your head, right? You’ll wait in a sunny queue for about 5-10 minutes except during “it’s a small world” holiday. You’ll sit in a boat to carry about 4 guests per row across the Seven Seaways canal with no safety restraints needed.

King Arthur Carrousel is a family-friendly ride but all horses go up and down, so be prepared to hold baby tight. You’ll wait in a shaded queue for about 5 minutes and use a simple safety belt once situated on your horse.

Mad Tea Party will take you for a spin. You’ll wait in shaded queue for about 5 minutes. You’ll sit in a whimsical oversized tea cup with no safety restraints required. The teacup will twist and turn slightly less faster if you don’t spin the center wheel.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a quick and zippy dark ride that's only found at Disneyland Park. You’ll wait in sun and shade for about 20 minutes or more. Hold baby tightly as you ride in a 2 person open air automobile.

Peter Pan’s Flight seems like it’s everyone’s favorite. You’ll wait mostly in sun for about 40 minutes. You’ll ride aboard a pirate ship with up to 3 people and a pull down lap bar.

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey can be a little scary for children. You’ll wait inside for just a few minutes on most days. You’ll ride in a woodcarver's cart with seating for up to 3 people per row with two rows and a pull down lap bar.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures has scary in its name. Enough said . . . but we’ll say a little more. You’ll wait inside for just a few minutes on most days. You’ll sit in a mine cart, seats up to 3 people per row with two rows and a pull down lap bar.

Storybook Canal Boats offers similar views to Casey Jr. Circus Train, but getting in and out of the boat with a baby in arms could prove tricky. You’ll wait outside in the sun for 15 minutes or more. You’ll ride in a boat with about 11 or 12 guests.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in Frontierland?

Mark Twain Riverboat & Sailing Ship Columbia these two attractions circle Rivers of America in Frontierland. For baby on board, I prefer Mark Twain Riverboat. You’ll wait on the boat itself of under an awning. You’ll ride on a 14 minute journey around Pirate’s Lair and more. Grab a seat upstairs and inside for shade a quiet. For more adventure, stay outside and enjoy the view.

What can babies ride at Disneyland on Main Street, U.S.A.?

Disneyland Railroad winds through Disneyland Park, passing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and making numerous stops along your journey. You’ll wait in a semi-shaded queue with a typical wait time of 10 minutes. You’ll sit on benches in various railroad cars and enjoy the breezy voyage.

Main Street Vehicles run up and down Main Street, U.S.A. throughout the day. Hop aboard a vintage vehicle and leave your stroller behind in stroller parking to enjoy a different view of Main Street.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in Mickey’s Toontown?

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is based on the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. You’ll wait in a detailed, crazy, cartoony queue indoors. You’ll sit in a Toontown Cab with up to 3 people per cab with pull down lap bar. Be careful- if the lap bar is in the right spot, your little one might hit it with his mouth during the spins.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in New Orleans Square?

Haunted Mansion might be a perfect, relaxing ride for those with very young babies who won’t get scared. You’ll wait in a mostly shaded queue for 10 minutes or less on a typical day. You’ll sit in a Doom Buggy with a pull down bar for 2 or 3 guests (and some hitchhiking ghosts).

Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disneyland classic that just never gets old! You’ll wait outside and then indoors overlooking pirate treasure. You’ll sit in a small barge with room for about 4 guests per row across several rows. Perfect for smaller babies that sleep a lot, but may be scary for older babies sensitive to the two small drops and pirate sound effects.

What can babies ride at Disneyland in Tomorrowland?

Astro Orbitor is a space-inspired adventure similar to Dumbo’s Flying Elephants. You’ll wait in a small outdoor queue, sometimes in direct sunlight with a typical wait time of 15 minutes or more. You’ll sit in a small, very low to the ground rocket with adjustable lap belt. The rockets are hard to get in and out of with baby in arms. 

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a ride and game in one. Try to outscore your opponents and beat the evil Emperor Zurg along the way. You’ll wait partially outdoors but mostly inside this fun, interactive queue. You’ll sit in an XP-40 space cruiser which seats 2 to 3 guests (2 with onboard laser cannons) with a pull down lap bar.

Disneyland Monorail is technically for getting you from point A (Downtown Disney District near Disneyland Hotel) to point B (Tomorrowland) but many small children consider it a ride and it’s a great way to take a quick break and enjoy a scenic view above the parks. You’ll wait outdoors in a shaded queue. You’ll sit inside the monorail with plenty of seats, but strollers must be folded up for the ride.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a ride in a real submarine. If you’re claustrophobic or can’t carry the baby down a very steep set of stairs, skip this one. You’ll wait outdoors in a sem-shaded queue for at least 20 minutes on a typical day. You’ll sit in a dark submarine on a fold-down chair.

Babies can ride so many things at Disneyland Park—probably more than you could even cover
in one day! What rides make your baby’s list at Disneyland?

This article was written by Jessica Sanders. You can find more tips on bringing babies to
Disneyland Resort
on her website, The Happiest Blog on Earth.

20 Ways to Save on a Disneyland Vacation

A Disneyland Resort Vacation can be expensive! So when you're getting ready to plan your next visit the the Happiest Place on Earth be sure to use these 20 ways to save on your Disneyland Vacation.

  1. Buy discount Disneyland Tickets with Park Savers. You can save up to $25 per ticket when you purchase with this authorized seller. Purchase your 2-5 day tickets including Park Hopper and 1 Park Per Day tickets with them and save over gate pricing.
  2. Book your flights 1 - 1 1/2 months in advance. We would suggest using the Hopper App that allows you to track the price of a certain flight. It will tell you the best time to buy at the flights lowest price.
  3. Fly into an airport that's close to the Resort. The two closest ones are SNA - John Wayne and Long Beach. Flying in closer to the resort will save you gas or even having to rent a car and they typically DO NOT cost more then flying into LAX.
  4. Sign up for sale promotions for airlines including JetBlue and Southwest. They have fare sales all the time and you can save some serious money.
  5. Take an Uber or LYFT from the airport to your hotel. They are much cheaper than taxis and are readily available. Use these coupon codes to help you get up to $20 off your first ride! This also helps you avoid any parking fees your hotel may charge per night.
  6. IF you do rent a car be sure to do it through Costco or AAA. They negotiate really good rates on your behalf and you can book online. With Costco you get to add a second driver for free. 
  7. Book a hotel that offers free parking and breakfast. This can save you upwards to $25 per day! A free breakfast is the best way to start your day!
  8. If your hotel is within walking distance to Disneyland, walk. Parking at Disneyland costs over $20 per day. There's no reason to pay 2 parking fees if you don't have too.
  9. Hotels offer all sorts of discounts..AAA, AARP, Government, Military, etc. If you're a member of any of these branches take advantage of it when you're booking your room!
  10. Park Savers offers AMAZING discounted Disneyland Packages and they come with a lot of extras including free Photopass pictures, lanyards, luggage tags, souvenir tickets, and more! Book one today and get a free $20 Restaurant.com gift card!
  11. When buying your discount Disneyland tickets keep in mind that the more days you play the cheaper the cost per day gets. The difference between a 4 and 5 Day Park Hopper ticket is only $12. $12 for an additional full day at Disneyland!
  12. You can save additional money on your tickets by purchasing 1 Park Per Day tickets. These allow you to attend 1 park of your choosing for a day. You cannot go back and forth between parks. This makes them a bit cheaper than the Hopper tickets.
  13. Extra Magic Hour is available to Disneyland Property Hotel guests every morning. It gives hotel guests 1 hour early entry into a park before it open to everyone else. You can get a lot done during this hour, especially on the E-Ticket attractions like Guardians of the Galaxy and Radiator Springs Racers.
  14. If you ever plan to go to the parks more than 6 times in one year we would suggest purchasing an annual pass. You'll save money not only on the cost of tickets but you also get discounts in the parks on food and merchandise.
  15. Bringing your own food into the parks is a huge money saver! And yes, you can bring your own food into the parks. Pack that cooler to the brim and start saving that dough! Make some sandwiches and eat some chips. You can cut your dining spend in half by doing this!
  16. Never buy bottled water in the parks. Any quick service restaurant will give you a free cup of water. JUST ASK! This can save you upwards to $10 per day!
  17. Speaking of bring your own food..there are a lot of stores nearby Disneyland where you can shop. Walgreens and Rite Aid are just down the street. You can also head over to Wal Mart. Buy your food and some merchandize here! 
  18. Share meals at the parks. Sometimes the adult meals are big and can be shared by two. Kids meals come with a least 5 items and can be shared by two kids. Restaurants like Smoker Jumpers Grill have a huge condiment bar. You could easily make a vegetarian sandwich here without paying for anything!
  19. If you don't want to bring your own groceries try going across the street for meals. There are tons of places to eat that are cheaper than eating inside the parks.
  20. Sign up for Patina Group's email list. They give you a free birthday meal each year valid at many restaurants in Downtown Disney. 

Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark Debuts This Halloween

Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark Debuts This Halloween

For the first time is the history of the Disneyland Resort, Disney California Adventure Park will take part in the Halloween celebrations this year. Not only will the park have decorations and activities, it will also feature some special attraction changes including Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark!

Themed around saving Groot this new experience will will run at the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction from Sept. 15th - Oct. 31st. #savegroot

Your adventure picks up moments after the events of the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. The Guardians have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, but they have accidentally left Groot behind! Rocket enlists you to distract the creatures that have been released so he can find and rescue his little buddy. While The Collector’s ever-resourceful assistant, Apheta, may try to assure Guests that it is all just a momentary setback, they are advised to proceed with caution!

Once the sun sets each evening during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. Music continues to be at the heart of the experience, and an all-new song, “Monsters After Dark,” was created especially for this attraction by Tyler Bates, composer of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.

Guests wanting to experience the new attraction should arrive early! Fastpasses will go quickly and lines are expected to exceed 90 minutes in the evening time.

Be sure to get your discount Disneyland tickets with Park Savers to help you save.

Mickey's Halloween Parties require separate admission and take place in Disneyland Park. Read more about the parties here. Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark is available to all guests attending California Adventure Park.

Your Guide to Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

Your Guide to Mickey's Halloween Party 2017

Mickey's Halloween Party Disneyland

This is your 2017 guide to the Disneyland Resort's Mickey's Halloween Party. In it you'll find all the available dates to attend, activities available to guests attending a party, where to start your trick or treating, costume guide, and how to meet all your favorite villains! Get ready for some serious candy too!

For those who have never attended a Mickey's Halloween Party here's a brief description: Trick or Treating in Disneyland Park with amazing Halloween decorations, rare villain meet and greets, a special fireworks show, and, to repeat ourselves, pounds and pounds of candy per person.

Tickets and Dates

Mickey's Halloween Party

For 2017 there are several dates that you can attend a Mickey's Halloween Party. Some are later and some are shorter. Some offer special discounts on tickets and some don't. Typically the Oct. 31st Halloween Party is the busiest followed by any weekend parties (Friday night mostly). Prices are the same for all ages 3 and Up. Kids under 3 are free.

September Halloween Parties: 20th ($95), 22nd ($105), 25th ($95), 27th ($95), and 29th ($105).

October Halloween Parties: 3rd ($105), 6th (Sold Out), 10th ($105), 13th (Sold Out), 17th ($105), 20th ($120), 24th ($105), 27th (Sold Out), 31st ($120).

You'll see that several October dates are already sold out. They do this every year which is why it's a good idea to buy your tickets as soon as possible! Before that though here are a few other things you need to know about tickets:

  • Tickets only get you into Disneyland Park during the hours of the Halloween Party. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night parties your Halloween Party tickets are valid from 6PM to 11PM. On Friday night parties they are valid from 7PM to 12AM.
  • Buying your tickets in advance vs. same day can save you money on some parties.
  • To enter the parks before the parties start you'll need separate paid admission. Check-out Park Savers for discount Disneyland tickets to help you save on regular park admission.
  • Guests can enter the parks 3 hours before the start of the Halloween Party. So if the party starts at 6PM you can actually enter the park at 3PM. Just be aware that you'll need to get a wristband as you enter the parks with your Halloween ticket. This is what allows you to trick or treat and stay in the park during the party.
  • ....which means that if you don't have a wristband at the start of the party, you'll have to leave the park. California Adventure Park is always open later for guests who are not attending a Halloween Party.
  • Lastly, Sold Out events are only sold out online. Disney always reserves a certain amount of tickets for same day sales to Halloween Parties. These can be purchased same-day at a box office. Get there early! If you're staying at one of the 3 Disneyland Resort property hotels, they also have same day tickets available for hotel guests. Stop by the lobby desk for purchase of tickets.

Changes to 2017 Halloween Parties

Halloween time Disneyland

The biggest change to this year's parties is that the 3 hours leading up to the Halloween party (when your Halloween ticket is valid for entry) now gives you access to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park (DCA)! Each will offer unique Halloween-themed activities leading up to the actual Halloween Party at Disneyland Park. 

What this means is that you can enter both Disneyland Park and DCA Park 3 hours before the start of your Halloween Party. Then, when the actual Halloween party starts, you'll need to go over to Disneyland Park to trick or treat, see the fireworks show, etc. 

This is the first year DCA Park has taken part in the Halloween Parties and we're excited to see how it turns out!

Activities

The following activities are available for Mickey's Halloween Party guests:

  • Ride of the Headless Horseman: Feel the fear mount as this chilling figure rides out of the night, advancing with grim purpose down Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Frightfully Fun Parade: Behold a creepy cavalcade starring Jack Skellington and a grim, grinning gaggle of Disney’s most beloved characters, chilliest villains and coolest ghouls!
  • Halloween Screams Fireworks: Treat yourself to a spooky spectacle as the night comes alive with dazzling sights and haunting melodies!
  • Trick or Treat Stations: Dress in costume or come as you are—then grab a bag, search out our treat locations and start “goblin” down yummy sweets and healthful snacks.
  • Disney Villains at Villain's Square: Dare to share a handshake, hug or photo with these horrible, hiss-able baddies!
  • Cadaver Dans: At Halloween time, these stylish singers are changing their tune. And this barbarous-shop quartet is sure to slay you with their razor-sharp wit and AAAHH!-cappella harm-onies.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday: Come see the Haunted Mansion at its cheeriest and feariest—just in time for the horror-days.
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy:Catapult through the haunted cosmos aboard a rocket ride that races to the phantasmic far reaches of deep space—returns Sep 15 to Oct 31, 2017!
Cadaver Dans

The attractions including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are available to all guests attending the parks. The rest of the listed activities are for Mickey's Halloween Party guests only.

Trick or Treating

The part we've all been waiting for. Earlier we said "pounds and pounds of candy." We weren't lying. BYOB rules apply if you want to load-up on candy. That's Bring Your Own Bag. Disney does give you a small bag to fill up as you enter the park but most people bring their own bags and pillow cases as you can make as many rounds as you want for candy. It's unlimited!

When Two Holidays Collide

Typically the set-up for candy stations includes several big crates full of candy and Cast Members giving out gracious handfuls of candy. Upon entering the park for your Halloween Party you'll be given a map that shows all the locations of the candy stations. Most people start at the front of the park so try heading to the back and working your way to the front. We've always had success with this strategy.

You can visit a candy station as many times as you want...so grab some candy and get back in line! It never ends!

The best time to trick or treat is during the parade and the fireworks show. Most people aren't in the candy lines anymore so expect a short line. You'll have enough candy to last you months and then some!

Costumes

This is your chance to dress up as your favorite Disney characters and enter the parks! Typically Disney doesn't allow guests over a certain age to dress up in the parks but these parties are the exception.

There are a few rules Disney wants you to follow however:

  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length Princess dresses)

For Guests Ages 13 and Under

Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests Ages 14 and Older

  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus.
  • Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn, except for medical purposes.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, the event, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

As long as you adhere to these guidelines you'll be just fine! Get creative and have fun!

Meeting the Villains

This is your chance to see some rare Disney villains! They come out once a year for Halloween and give you the opportunity to meet them...if you dare! Characters in the past have included Hades, Cruella Deville, Grimhilde, Maleficent, and Jafar. Who knows who will be there this year! Get their autographs and a picture with them in Town Square in front of the Train Station.

In summary:

  • Buy your tickets in advance! If it's sold out they do have same day ticket sales in limited quantities. Regular park admission is required to enter the parks before the parties. Check-out Park Savers for discount Disneyland tickets.
  • You can arrive and enter the parks 3 hours before the start of your Halloween Party including entrance into DCA Park.
  • There's a lot of candy to be had. Bring your own bags if you want to go beyond what Disney gives you. You can visit candy stations as many times as you want.
  • You can dress up in a costume, just be sure to follow Disney's guidelines.
  • There are tons of fun activities happening during the party. Be sure to stop and see them including meeting some rare villains!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Adults Pay Kids Prices for Disneyland Resort Tickets!

Adults Pay Kids Prices for Disneyland Resort Tickets!

We're excited to announce our newest ticket promotion for the Disneyland Resort! With all that's happened this year (and still to come) we're happy to continue to offer the best discounts and prices on Disneyland Resort tickets!

Right now adults can pay kids prices on all 3, 4, and 5 Day Park Hopper tickets! You can save up to $20 per person with this limited-time offer! Keep in mind that these prices won't last long! Buy now for any travel through Dec. 31st, 2017. 

Check-out the new pricing for the Adults Pay Kids Prices promotion:

3-Day Park Hopper Tickets

Adults: $301.00 with Park Savers vs. $315 Gate Price

Children: $301.00 with Park Savers vs. $303 Gate Price

4-Day Park Hopper Tickets

Adults: $318.00 with Park Savers vs. $335 Gate Price

Children: $318.00 with Park Savers vs. $320 Gate Price

5-Day Park Hopper Tickets

Adults: $330.00 with Park Savers vs. $350 Gate Price

Children: $330.00 with Park Savers vs. $335 Gate Price

Discount Disney World Tickets for 2017

Discount Disney World Tickets

Even though 2017 is more than halfway over there are still great discounts to be had for Walt Disney World! For instance, Park Savers is offering a 7-Day Park Hopper Ticket for LESS than the price of a 5-Day ticket. That's 2 free days! Don't miss out on this great deal as it won't last much longer!

Discount Walt Disney World Tickets

Deals like that don't come around too often so be sure to take advantage of it! Disney does occasionally offer discounts on their own tickets but they are usually only for Florida Residents. That's kind of a bummer for everyone else. That's where we come in. Park Savers offers discount Disney World tickets all year round! You can save anywhere from $10 to over $50 per ticket! That's a lot of savings!

Take a look at some of our current discounts:

3-Day Park Hopper ticket: Adult Gate Price: $391.69  Park Savers Price: $361 - Save $30! Taxes Included!

5-Day Park Hopper ticket with 5th Day FREE: Adult Gate Price: $473.93 Park Savers Price: $445 - Save $29! Taxes Included!

5-Day Park Hopper Plus ticket with 5th Day FREE: Adult Gate Price: $509  Park Savers Price: $465 - Save $44!

We offer all sorts of discounts on all tickets 3 days or more! 

Discount Disney World Base Tickets

Base tickets allow you to enter 1 of the 4 theme parks each day. You cannot go back and forth between parks. The most popular Base Ticket is the 4 Day Base Ticket. It allows you to experience all 4 theme parks over a 14 day period. 

We typically don't suggest the Base Tickets because it's very limiting. For instance, if you choose Magic Kingdom Park one day and that happens to be the busiest park, you're stuck there the entire day with large crowds and long lines. However, the Base Tickets do cost less than the Park Hopper tickets. So if the Base Tickets fit your budget best, then go for it!

Discount Disney World Park Hopper Tickets

Park Hopper tickets allow you visit all 4 theme parks and go back and forth as much as you'd like for the length of your ticket. The most popular ticket is the 5 Day Park Hopper Ticket. It gives you 5 Days of fun at all 4 theme parks!

We always recommend the Park Hopper option as it allows you to avoid the potential large crowd in a park. If you get to Animal Kingdom and it's just crazy there, you can leave! You don't have to be stuck at a park with long lines!

Discount Disney World Park Hopper Plus Tickets

Park Hopper Plus tickets allow you to visit all 4 theme parks plus the 2 water parks and then some! It can sounds like a complicated ticket but it really isn't. Here's the breakdown:

  • You get the Park Hopper Option so you can visit all 4 theme parks on the same day for the length of your ticket.
  • You get visits to do any of the following things: 

    Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

    Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

    Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

    Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf

    Oak Trail Golf Course 9 holes.

    ESPN World Wide Sports Complex

So how do the visits work? If you purchase a 5 Day Park Hopper Plus ticket you get 5 visits to do the above mentioned things. How you use them is up to you. The number of visits is based on the number of days your ticket it. A 5 Day ticket will give you 5 visits. A 7 Day ticket will give you 7 visits and so on. 

Discount Disney World Tickets

Visits can be used how you want. If you go to Hollywood Studios for most of the day and then want to Mini Golf after, go for it! If you want to visit Typhoon Lagoon for most of the day and then Mini Golf, sweet! Just keep in mind that each visit you do removes one visit. So if you use 2 in one day, you're now down 2. You can also use visits AFTER you've visited the parks. Example:

Let's say you buy a 4 Day Park Hopper Plus ticket. Let's say you spend the first 4 days at the theme parks and you don't use any of your visits. Well now that you've used your 4 days at the parks you can still use your visits! You have 14 days from the first time you entered the parks to use EVERYTHING on your ticket including your visits!

Discount Disney World tickets are the only way to go when it comes to visiting the parks. Savings on your tickets can be used towards other things that can be expensive such as park merchandize or dining. Savings $30 per ticket for example for a family of 4 is $120! That's a lot of extra cash to use! It will make your Disney World vacation that much more memorable! 

Is Disneyland's MaxPass worth the cost?

Just a few weeks ago the Disneyland Resort launched their new MaxPass system to "enhance" their current Fastpass system. If you don't know what it is we'll explain in just a moment. What we're really getting at though is this: Is MaxPass worth the extra cost to you? 

MaxPass allows you to plan your Fastpasses via your mobile phone without having to physically walk to any Fastpass machine and enter your park ticket. Let's say you're over in DCA Park in line for Guardians of the Galaxy. It's hot and you're thinking either Grizzly River Run or Splash Mountain would be a great way to cool off. You don't want to wait in a long line once you've gotten to the ride so you want a Fastpass. We'll, you're not leaving Guardians just to go get a Fastpass neither are you willing to walk all the way over to Splash or Grizzly to get the FP and wait till your return comes up. Enter MaxPass.

MaxPass will let you pull up Grizzly or Splash, see when the next available FP is for that ride and let you get one. Now you don't have to walk anywhere to get the FP or leave the line you're in.

What's required for MaxPass is a valid ticket for that day and some monies. $10 per person, per day. You CAN'T buy it for one person in your party and use it for everyone. Each person has to pay to use the service including child tickets.

For a family of 4, that's an additional $40 per day added to your vacation. For a 3 day ticket that's $120! Does the service provided outweigh the cost? We've heard people claim the MaxPass helped them get more rides done during a day then just using the regular Fastpass system. We've also heard from others that it wasn't worth the extra monies. We've even heard that people forget they have it because they're so used to going to the machines.

What it comes down to is this: How much are you willing to pay for convenience? $10 now but what if it's $15 in the future? $20?!

Keep in mind that even if you don't purchase MaxPass you can still use the Fastpass system at Disneyland. You just have to walk to the machines and put your ticket in...something we've all be doing since the introduction of Fastpass at Disneyland.

One thing we know for sure is this: Whether you get MaxPass of not, you're going to have a Magical time!

New Theme Park Additions Coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World!

Disney Theme Parks and Resorts made some BIG announcements recently including new rides and attractions coming to both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. 

Let's start on the west coast with Disneyland:

Paradise Pier to be changed to Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier will feature a brand-new look for the area now known as Paradise Pier, as some of your favorite characters come to life on this seaside waterfront. You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” Building upon the evolution of Disney California Adventure® Park that began in 2007, we are building more new worlds for you to step into and enjoy your favorite stories.

This permanent addition to the park will open during a new limited-time celebration taking place throughout the Disneyland® Resort in 2018 — Pixar Fest! Experience the magical worlds of Pixar in brand new ways as the entire resort comes alive with some of your favorite stories.

Pixar Pier Disneyland

At Disneyland® Park, this incredible celebration will feature a brand-new fireworks spectacular as well as the return of the guest favorite, Pixar Play Parade. That’s right! This popular parade is moving across the Esplanade, which could only mean …

The popular “Paint the Night” parade returns — this time, to Disney California Adventure® Park! And there may even be a new float joining this already amazing nighttime parade.

Marvel to immerse Hollywood Land

Soon, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe at the park.

Avengers and Marvel Land

These new stories will build on the success of the new and already popular Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! and create a place where you can team up with your favorite Super Heroes like never before. We don’t have more details to share just yet, but stay tunedas we reveal more about this one-of-a-kind experience.

Star Wars Lands receive official name; attractions

The lands, both called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will allow you to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and your stories come to life – and where you will find yourself in the middle of the action. 

The lands will feature two major attractions that put you in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Each attraction – and even the land itself – will offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe like never before.

One attraction will make you feel like you're on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It’s an attraction built on a scale we’ve never done before.

Galaxy's Edge

The second attraction will give you the opportunity to fly the Millenium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. But how you perform on the mission holds even bigger stakes: perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina!

Guests will also encounter many familiar faces inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca, members of the First Order and – among many others – Rex, the troublesome pilot fans may remember from the previous version of a certain Disney attraction who takes on a new role in this land as the DJ at the cantina.

And speaking of the cantina, here you will be able to try unique concoctions like blue milk. Nearby, you’ll also be able to acquire trinkets and treasures from across the galaxy.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later in the year at the Walt Disney World Resort. (No further opening dates have been announced yet.)

On the east coast at Walt Disney World Resort: 

Toy Story Land Opening in Summer 2018

In 2018, you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. And Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions.

Toy Story Land

Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.

Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”

Toy Story Land will open Summer 2018.

E-Ticket Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction coming to EPCOT

A “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction will be added to Future World, adhering to the original vision of Epcot’s Future World as the place to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel.

This is an addition we’re really looking forward to, as a “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction – Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – debuted at Disney California Adventure® park earlier this year to rave reviews from Guests. Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how you can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort. Note: This new attraction will replace the current Universe of Energy attraction, which will close Aug. 13, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Disney World

Ratatouille attraction to be built at the France Pavilion in EPCOT

A Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction will also be added to the France Pavilion in World Showcase. The attraction will expand the pavilion. Similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014, your Clients will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant.

The ride is expected to be completed by the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

Tron Ride coming to Magic Kingdom

Tron – the highest-rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland– is coming to Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida!

The new Tron attraction will sit in an entirely new area right next to the Space Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom® Park. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, made the announcement during the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017. 

Tron Ride Magic Kingdom

The TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is a coaster-style attraction where riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park.

The attraction is expected to be open for the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

Mickey and Minnie to receive an attraction all their own at Hollywood Studios

A new attraction featuring international icon Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  

On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you will step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before. The attraction will put Guests inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where they're the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.

Mickey and Minnie Runaway Train Ride

The attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel. And the people who bring you the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with us to help bring the attraction to life. 

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience we’re calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”

We also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare the new home of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Aug. 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. Until Aug. 13, you can still relive some of the greatest movie moments in history on the Great Movie Ride attraction.

New Space-themed restaurant coming to EPCOT

We're excited to unveil exciting plans to create a new restaurant at Epcot® that’ll offer amazing meals with spectacular views high above Earth – from space

EPCOT Restaurant Space

The restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, will invite Guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars.

The new space restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group. Patina Restaurant Group operates several other restaurants at Walt Disney World® Resort including Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs®.

Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World

A Star Wars-inspired resort will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept. Bob Chapek, Chairman of the Disney Theme Parks made the announcement at 2017's D23 Expo.

Star Wars Hotel Disney World

According to Bob, this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

Disney Vacation Club to add a brand new resort to its list

Instead of creating an addition to an existing Walt Disney World Resort as DVC has done in the past, they will be building a brand new resort to be called " The Riviera Resort." Located near EPCOT the new resort will feature approximately 300 rooms and a rooftop dining experience that will allow guests to enjoy the fireworks of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

Riviera Resort Disney Vacation Club

The new resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort. DVC members were said to be among the most loyal fans of the theme parks and that this new resort was being designed with them in mind.

The new Riviera Resort is expected to open in Fall of 2019.

Disney Skyliner will transport guests from several places at Walt Disney World

Disney announced that a new gondola transportation system call the Disney Skyliner will be put into place giving guests a bird's-eye view of the Walt Disney World Resort as they make their way from resort and theme parks.

Disney Skyliner

The Skyliner is currently set to take guests to and from the new Riviera Resort, Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach resorts to Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway of EPCOT.

The Skyliner will feature different Disney characters on the outside and be completely enclosed with windows for viewing and grated areas for a fresh breeze.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Attraction Coming to Hollywood Studios

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

A new attraction featuring international icon Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  

On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you will step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before. The attraction will put Guests inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where they're the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

The attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel. And the people who bring you the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with us to help bring the attraction to life. 

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience we’re calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”

We also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare the new home of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Aug. 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. Until Aug. 13, you can still relive some of the greatest movie moments in history on the Great Movie Ride attraction.

Riviera Resort Will Be Disney Vacation Club's 15th Resort!

Last week Disney announced that Disney Vacation Club would be adding its 15th resort to be called the Riviera Resort. 

The new Riviera Resort will be built near EPCOT and feature 300 new rooms and a special rooftop dining experience that will allow guests to enjoy the nighttime entertainment for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

Riviera Resort Disney Vacation Club

In the past Disney Vacation Club has been adding onto existing resorts but never building brand new ones. The Riviera Resort will be the first in a while for the Vacation Club and DVC members are excited!

No other theming for the Riviera Resort has been announced but stay tuned for more information as it comes.

The new Riviera Resort is scheduled to open Fall of 2019 and will be connected to the all new Disney Skyliner.

MaxPass To Debut July 19th At Disneyland Resort

We are excited to announce that Disney MaxPass will launch July 19, 2017 at Disneyland® Resort. Disney MaxPass will help Guests to maximize their experience at the Resort by providing unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from the day, and by enabling the convenience of mobile FASTPASS booking and redemption times while in the Parks through the Disneyland App. 

What this means for Guests is they no longer have to walk from Matterhorn Bobsleds to Splash Mountain just to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain. They can simply pull out their phone, open the Disneyland Mobile App and schedule the Splash Mountain FASTPASS. This service will save guests a lot of back and forth time.

Disneyland MaxPass

Disney MaxPass will be offered for an introductory price of $10 a day.  Guests may purchase Disney MaxPass when they purchase their ticket at Disneyland.com, at the box office, Disney Desks at Resort Hotels or Good Neighbor Hotels, or as an add-on through the Disneyland App once they enter either theme park.  Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will have the option of purchasing Disney MaxPass for the life of their current passport for $75.  Signature Plus passholders will receive Disney MaxPass at no additional cost, as part of their annual passport entitlement.

Since announcing Disney MaxPass in January, Disney has added two additional Disney FASTPASS locations at Toy Story Mania and Matterhorn Bobsleds, bringing the total number of attractions to 16. Guests will continue to have the option of Disney FASTPASS service at no additional cost by obtaining a FASTPASS return time with their park admission ticket at attraction FASTPASS kiosks.

Get 2 Days FREE at Walt Disney World Resort This Summer

Specials like this don't come along very often. Park Savers has a very special offer for anyone going to the Walt Disney World Resort this summer: 2 FREE days!

Guests who purchase a 7 day Park Hopper ticket will only pay the price of a 5 day Park Hopper ticket; receiving your 6th and 7th days completely FREE.

There are no restrictions on this ticket other than they must be used by Dec. 31st, 2018. So even if you're not going this year you'll want to snag this offer as it's good for next year as well. No block-out dates.

Your Park Hopper ticket will get you same-day access to all 4 theme parks including Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT. 

Animal Kingdom offers some of the most unique experiences including a real-life safari where you'll see animals including giraffes, zebra, lions, hippo, cheetahs, elephants and more! Plus Pandora - The World of Avatar in now open for guests and features two of the most talked-about rides in the Disney universe: Na'vi River Journey and Flight of Passage. 

Pandora - The World of Avatar

EPCOT is coming up on its world famous Food and Wine Festival featuring over 30 different countries sampling some of their most authentic foods and wines. You can also Eat to the Beat with this festivals concert series featuring bands such as STARSHIP, Plain White T's, Air Supply, Sugar Ray, American Authors, Blue October, Tiffany, Boyz II Men and many more!

EPCOT

Magic Kingdom just debut it's new fireworks show Once Upon a Time featuring some of the biggest and brightest fireworks we've ever seen and a dancing castle! Plus this fall catch the ever-popular Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party where you can dress up as your favorite character and trick or treat with some spooky villains!

Hollywood Studios is home to a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars. With shows happening daily including Jedi Training Academy, March of the First Order and the recently added night time fireworks show Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Plus meet some of your favorite dark side characters including Kylo Ren and Darth Vader at the Star Wars Launch Bay!

The Hollywood Tower Hotel

There's so much to see and do at the Walt Disney World Resort you'll definitely want 7 days to experience it all! So get your 7 Day Park Hopper ticket now and save BIG for your next BIG trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

2017 Planning Guide - Disneyland in July

Disneyland in July

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Disneyland in July is ready to bring the heat and extended Disneyland hours. If you’re going to Disneyland or California Adventure this month, here’s what to expect at the resort for July 2016.

Disneyland in July

Disneyland in July

Updated for 2017!

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Disneyland now sets ticket prices based on crowd predictions and demand. July is full swing Summer Break and most ticket prices reflect regular and peak admission prices. We’ve partnered with Park Savers to bring you the lowest priced Disneyland tickets online.

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What’s New at Disneyland in July

Disneyland in July Planning Guide

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

  • D23 Expo takes over Anaheim July 14, 15, 16. See our D23 Prep article for more info.
  • July 17 is the official birthday of Disneyland and the re-opening of Fantasmic!; expect larger crowds on that day.
  • July 29th Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes return to Rivers of America. Disneyland Railroad also opens.
  • Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party go on sale this month. Read more here.
  • Cooling down is essential during the hot summer months. You’ll want one of these water misting fans (and it’s cheaper than buying in the parks!) for your Disneyland trip.
  • Still need a hotel? See where we recommend you cool down at Disneyland’s top water park hotels. 

Disneyland in July Park Plans

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Disneyland in July Closures

The following attractions may be closed during part or all of this month. Be sure to check the official Disneyland app for closures and hours during your visit. Posted closures verified through July 26, 2017.

Disneyland July Crowds

Disneyland Resort

  • Mark Twain Riverboat (thru July 28)
  • Sailing Ship Columbia (thru July 28)
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (thru July 28)
  • Disneyland Railroad (thru July 28)
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop

Are you heading to the Disneyland Resort? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to for your Disneyland in July visit.

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New Update To Fastpass at Disneyland

Since last week Disneyland has been testing their updated Fastpass system available at all Fastpass enabled attractions.

The new system gets rid of paper tickets to show your Fastpass time and prove entrance into the Fastpass line. Upon receiving your Fastpass at the Fastpass machines it now goes onto your ticket or annual pass which is then scanned upon entering the Fastpass line at one of these pictured poles.

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The machines still print out a ticket but it's just a reminder about your Fastpass reservation. You won't ever hand it to a Cast Member for use at a ride.

Disneyland has posted signs at all Fastpass attractions with instructions on how the updated system works.

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2017 Food And Wine Festival Concert Series Announced

A record 32 musical acts will rev up the Eat to the Beat concert series during the 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017 at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.

Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October.

Guests also can tune into their favorite returning bands that will include festival opening act Delta Rae.  Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily.  The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1         Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3                  The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5                  Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7                  Fuel “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10                STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12              Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15              Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17              Sister Hazel “All For You”   
  • Sept. 18-20              Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22              David Cook “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24              Everclear “Santa Monica”                   
  • Sept. 25-27              Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29              38 Special “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1         Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3                   American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5                   Christopher Cross “Sailing”  
  • Oct. 6-8                   Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11                 Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13               Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15               Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17               Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits                 
  • Oct. 18-20               10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22               Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24               Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26               Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29               Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1         Hanson “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3                  Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5                  Living Colour “Cult of Personality” 
  • Nov. 6-8                  Boyz II Men "End of the Road"
  • Nov. 9-11                Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13              Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”
  • (Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

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Make Our Favorite Treat from Pandora - The World of Avatar

All the new food at Pandora - The World of Avatar is...out of this world! One of our favorite treats is the Pongu Lumpia at the Pongu Pongu stand. Of course that's their Pandora name. We know them as rolls of awesomeness on earth. Who doesn't love a pineapple cream cheese spring roll?! 

Anyway, Disney has released this recipe for your enjoyment. Spread the love!

Pongu Lumpia (Pineapple Cream Cheese Spring Rolls)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Makes 10 Lumpia

  • 10 spring roll wrappers
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • Oil for frying

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Carefully separate spring roll wrappers. Cover wrappers with moist paper towel to prevent drying.
3. Cut softened cream cheese into 10 equal pieces.
4. Place one spring roll wrapper on a cutting board. Place one piece of cream cheese in the center of the spring roll and spread evenly on wrapper, leaving a 3/4-inch border around the edges. Add 3 tablespoons of diced pineapple and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
5. Roll one edge of the wrapper towards the center. Fold in both sides and continue rolling. Moisten the edge with water to seal the lumpia.
6. Repeat with remaining spring roll wrappers.
7. Place lumpia on prepared baking sheet and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
8. Preheat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan to 350°F. Fry lumpia for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
9. Roll in remaining sugar before serving.