Toy Story Land Will Open June 30th at Walt Disney World

It’s official! Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® June 30, 2018.

When it opens, Guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, your Clients can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. (Check out the time-lapse video below of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

You can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a Guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more Guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Woody’s Lunch Box – actually, Andy’s lunch box that he’s set on its side – will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window setting. The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces incorporated into the land’s design.

Be sure to get your 2018 Walt Disney World tickets with Park Savers at discounted prices!

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STAR WARS-INSPIRED RESORT PLANNED FOR WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT PROMISES TO BE ‘UNLIKE ANYTHING THAT EXISTS TODAY’

Last summer, we announced plans for an immersive Star Wars-inspired resort to be built at Walt Disney World® Resort. Tonight we’re happy to share more details on what this thrilling new resort, which will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, will be like.

This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multi-day Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.

At the resort, Guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.

Stay tuned for future updates on this fascinating place!

MICKEY & MINNIE’S RUNAWAY RAILWAY OPENS NEXT YEAR AT DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Our first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, is opening in 2019 – and we have new, exciting details to share! 

During D23 Expo Japan, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, announced the opening year and showed how we’re pulling out all of the stops to make Mickey’s first attraction an unbelievable experience for everyone. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required. 

Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway

On the attraction, the fun begins when Guests see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride. 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where they’re the star and anything can happen. And for the first time, we shared a preview of what the cars will look like when Guests board the attraction for a zany, out-of-control adventure filled with surprising twists and turns. 

The teams helping create the attraction are currently working with partners at Disney Television Animation—the people who create the popular and award-winning Mickey Shorts – to keep the characters and story authentic and to make sure you’re able to step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for future updates on the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

2018 Disney Parks and Resorts Price Increase

The 2018 price increase effects guests in more than just one way (higher prices). The following details have been released concerning the new price increase:

We know how important making memories at Disney theme parks is to families and we will continue to evolve our pricing in way that gives families a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit.

Disneyland® Resort

Effective Feb. 11, 2018 ticket prices, including Annual Passport prices at Disneyland Resort will be adjusted. As a part of this adjustment, the Annual Passport renewal discount will be discontinued.

Walt Disney World® Resort

Effective Feb. 11, 2018, ticket prices at Walt Disney World Resort will be adjusted. Other price adjustments include theme park parking, theme park lockers and Minnie Van service.

As previously shared, later this year, Walt Disney World Resort plans to implement date-based pricing. Given the small percentage of Guests that purchase a 1-day ticket at Walt Disney World, extending pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets will further advance our efforts spread to attendance throughout the year and ensure all Guests have a magical experience no matter when they visit.

Remember you can still get discounted Disneyland tickets at 2017 pricing with Park Savers for a limited-time!

'Incredible Summer' Coming to Walt Disney World

This summer, beloved stories from several Disney films will come to life at Walt Disney World® Resort in the form of new attractions, entertainment, experiences and more at all four parks, setting up summer 2018 to truly be an “Incredible Summer.”

Here’s what you can expect at each Walt Disney World® Resort location.

The Incredibles Take Over Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom® Park – You can party with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and the soon-to-be blockbuster “Incredibles 2.” Edna Mode, the greatest superhero costume designer, will also make her debut appearance. Each evening, you can enjoy a “SUPER” dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage. [NOTE: Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” opens in theaters June 15, 2018.]

The Guardians of the Galaxy Take the Stage at Epcot® – StarLord, and Gamora from “The Guardians of the Galaxy” will join an alien band, taking you on a journey through the cosmos. The party will feature hits from Awesome Mix Tapes 1 and 2 – fun and favorite tunes from the two movies’ soundtracks – building the anticipation for a new Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. 

“Adventurers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure” & A “Dino-Tastic” Celebration for Donald Duck Will Debut At Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – Two new can’t-miss offerings will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in time for the park’s 20th anniversary. First, you can discover new bird species from around the world at the new show “Adventurers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” which will star Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug. The park will also launch a “dino-tastic” celebration, in which Donald Duck takes over Dinoland, U.S.A., in a new character celebration.

And last, but not least … 

Toy Story Land Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – One major highlight of “Incredible Summer” will be the grand opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new 11-acre land will shrink guests to the size of a toy and allow them go explore the fun and adventure of Andy’s backyard. There, your Clients can experience two new attractions: the family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Toy Story Land also will feature an existing guest-favorite attraction, Toy Story Mania!, which will expand to add a third track into the rotation. The land’s Woody’s Lunch Box will be a new quick-service restaurant that will offer up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats to Toy Story Land Guests.

Be sure to purchase your discounted Walt Disney World tickets from Park Savers now for 2018 before a price increase happens!

2018 Disneyland® Resort Price Increase Is Coming

Based on previous years we suspect a price increase for 2018 Disneyland® Resort tickets. Historically the ticket increase could be anywhere from $4-$20 per ticket and may include a price increase for Annual Passes as well. We would expect to see the increase happen within the next 30-45 days.

Luckily for you Park Savers is still offering 2017 discounted prices! Even after the price increase we will still have 2017 prices for a very limited-time. If you plan to visit the parks ANYTIME is 2018 now is the time to buy.

Don't miss the Pixar Fest Celebration at Disneyland® Resort, and the summer debut of the new Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure® Park. 

Ticket specials going on right now include Adults Pay Kids Price on 3 and 4-Day Park Hopper® tickets. All tickets are currently at 2017 discounted prices including 1-Park Per Day tickets and Park Hopper® tickets.

Changes Coming To "it's a small world" Mall at Disneyland

Once “it’s a small world” returns to its classic version, transitioning from “it’s a small world” Holiday, you may notice work continuing in the promenade in front of the attraction. The location of the queue will be moved – along with other enhancements, including a new parade route entrance and stroller area – allowing Guests to travel through “it’s a small world” Mall with greater ease.

“it’s a small world” Mall is a popular area of Disneyland® Park. In addition to accessing “it’s a small world,” Guests use the promenade in front of the attraction to get to Mickey’s Toontown and Fantasyland Theatre, among other offerings. The slightly adjusted parade route will make room for the attraction’s new queue, creating more space in the area.

“it’s a small world” Holiday will close on Jan. 22, 2018 and “it’s a small world” will reopen on Feb. 2, 2018. The aforementioned changes are expected to complete in spring, when “Pixar Play Parade” will step off the new parade route entrance during Pixar Fest, beginning April 13, 2018.

Be sure to purchase your discounted Disneyland tickets for 2018 with Park Savers!

 

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New Walt Disney World Ticket Extra Available

Beginning Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, Guests staying in rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels that are eligible for Disney Signature Services and who have purchased a 3-day or longer theme park ticket or an annual pass are able to purchase a theme park extra for $50 plus tax per Guest per day as part of a new, limited pilot program to receive the following:

  • Three additional FastPass+ selections per day. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.
  • The opportunity to reserve these three additional FastPass+ selections in more than one theme park when a valid Park Hopper option is also purchased with the ticket.
  • A booking window of up to 90 days in advance for these three additional FastPass+ selections and the ability to book them at multiple top-tier attractions. Guests may not repeat the same FastPass+ attraction during a single day.
  • Preferred viewing location for nighttime spectaculars, one per day, including Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom®Park, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Advanced reservation is required and availability of each nighttime spectacular preferred viewing location is limited.

All theme park Guests with valid theme park admission continue to receive up to three FastPass+ selections at a single park per day at no extra charge, as well as additional day-of in-park selections that may be reserved and redeemed one-at-a-time after those initial three selections are redeemed.

9 Reasons You Need To Visit A Disney Theme Park In 2018

9 reasons you need to visit a Disney theme park in 2018

2018 is looking to be an incredible year for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts filled with new additions, anniversaries and celebrations and Festivals. Check-out some of the exciting things happening this year!

Disneyland® Resort

1. New Dining, Retail & Family-Friendly Entertainment Coming to Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland Resort in Early 2018 – New dining and entertainment experiences are coming to Downtown Disney District very soon, including Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. D-Street will also be reimagined into a retail space that offers Disney fans a variety of Disney-themed home goods.

2. Lunar New Year Festival Returns to Disney California Adventure® Park, Jan. 26-Feb. 18, 2018 – This spectacular festival will feature Hurry Home — Lunar New Year Celebration, a nighttime water show on Paradise Bay; specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at marketplaces; Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession; traditional crafts and more.

3. Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Expands to Six Weeks in 2018 –Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will return March 2-April 12, 2018, bringing delicious cuisine, specialty beverages and exciting entertainment to Disneyland Resort Guests for its third season. The culinary festival will expand to six weeks, with more days for you to enjoy the flavors of the Golden State. More than a dozen Festival Marketplaces will feature California-inspired tastes and sips. Guests will experience presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli; food and beverage tastings; winemaker dinners; beer, wine and spirit seminars – all in addition to live music, entertainment and special activities throughout the festival.

4. Pixar Fest Brings Celebration of Friendship Throughout Disneyland Resort Beginning April 13 – Beginning April 13, 2018, this limited-time celebration of friendship and beyond will feature the debut of an all-new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” and the return of two favorite parades as well as even more beloved Pixar characters, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items.  

5. Pixar Pier Will Debut This Summer – This summer will bring a transformed land for you to experience at Disney California Adventure park when Pixar Pier opens along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise throughout. This new, permanent land in the area that is now Paradise Pier will introduce four new neighborhoods representing beloved Disney·Pixar stories: “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story,” “Inside Out” and a fourth neighborhood that will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories.  

Walt Disney World® Resort

6. Disney Springs® Will Welcome Eight New Dining Locations – A total of eight exciting new F&B locations are set to make their grand debuts at Disney Springs in 2018. The Edison, along with Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, Enzo’s Hideaway and Pizza Ponte are scheduled to open early in 2018, while Terralina Crafted Italian, Wine Bar George, Jaleo and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are set to debut later on in the year.  

7. The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates its 25th Anniversary –This year’s festival will run from Feb. 28-May 28, 2018. The 90-day event brings with it a multitude of Disney character topiaries, tasty offerings at 15 Outdoor Kitchens, garden tours, the Garden Rocks music series, new kids’ activities, the Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and much more.

8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary – The  theme park dedicated to celebrating life in the animal kingdom will mark a milestone 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  

9. Toy Story Land Opens in Summer 2018 – The highly anticipated expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut to Guests this summer, and with it, two new attractions: Alien Swirling Saucers and the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster. You can already catch a glimpse of what’s in store inside the park’s Walt Disney Presents attraction, where you can view the model and some attraction vehicle maquettes.

Incredicoaster Opens This Summer At California Adventure Park

This summer will bring a transformed land to Disney California Adventure® Park with Pixar Pier, featuring the Incredicoaster – a new experience featuring characters from “The Incredibles.” A super combination of character figures, lighting and special effects will bring the action to life as the Parr family races alongside you in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack! In the video below, the Imagineers creating this experience tell you more about the Incredicoaster story and how they approach storytelling on a high-speed attraction. Your Clients can experience the Incredicoaster this summer at Disney California Adventure Park!

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Getting Around the Disney Parks For Less

Part of your Disney vacation experience includes a lot of travelling. Not just getting to the parks but once you arrive as well. While there are several options out there for transportation there are only a few that we would recommend.

Airport Transportation

Once you've arrived to LA or Orlando you still need to figure out how to get from the airport to your hotel or the resort. In Orlando if you're staying on property we would always suggest using Disney's Magical Express, a free shuttle bus from MCO to your hotel. You can schedule the bus here after you've booked your property hotel. 

In Anaheim, if you've flown into SNA - Orange County or LAX you can take the Disneyland Express. It will drop you off at your hotel and is typically available every hour. Book your reservation in advance here or just pay once you get on the bus. Use coupon code AOC to save $10 off a RT ticket from LAX.

For everyone else we would suggest using LYFT or Uber to help you get from the airport to your hotel or the resort. They are much cheaper than a taxi and are readily available for all airports. A trip from Long Beach Airport or Orange County Airport will cost you about $25 for up to 4 people. From LAX it will cost your about $35-$40. 

From Orlando Intl. Airport to Walt Disney World it will cost you about $40, again, if you didn't sign up for the free transportation on Disney's Magical Express.

Getting a ride is as simple as installing the app for either company and request your first ride. You can even use our LYFT coupon code parksavers50 or Uber code uberparksavers20. You'll receive up to $20 off your first ride with each company.

Getting Around the Resort

Once you're at the parks getting around when needed can also get pricey if you're thinking about renting a car or taking taxi's.

One thing to keep in mind is that rental cars cost per day but they also can incur parking fees at your hotel and/or the parks. This adds up fast with parking costing $20+ per day and a hotel parking fee of $10+ per day.

In Orlando at Disney World be sure to utilize the free bus transportation from your hotel to the parks and from park to park. This is available to all guests whether you're staying on property or not.

Now if you don't want to wait in long bus lines or you need to get to a store for any reason we would suggest taking a LYFT or Uber. From park to park they can be as little as $6-$8 per ride and are readily available.

At Disneyland in Anaheim we would suggest doing the same, using a LYFT or Uber to get around. There is a LYFT and Uber drop off point just outside the main entrance on the East side of the Resort or you can have them drop you off at Downtown Disney. Do not ask them to drop you off at a Disney Hotel. For security reasons the Cast Members will have the driver take you elsewhere as the hotel is for registered guests only.

Following these suggestions can help you save several hundred dollars on your next Disney vacation just in the transportation part of your trip. For even more savings on hotels, packages and tickets be sure to visit https://parksavers.com. 

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Deals!

We have several great offers going on for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the days in-between! Deals include FREE days and Adults Pay Kids Prices at your favorite theme parks! Plus get a Park Savers EXCLUSIVE offer for Universal Studios Orlando™!

Disneyland® Resort

  1. Adults Pay Kids Prices on 3 and 4-day Park Hopper tickets!
  2. Get your 5th day FREE when you purchase a 4-day Park Hopper ticket!

Universal Studios Hollywood®

  1. Adults Pay Kids Prices on any 2-day general admission ticket!

LEGOLAND®

  1. Buy any 1-day Hopper get your 2nd day FREE!

EXCLUSIVE PARK SAVERS OFFER - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO

We have a very special offer for Universal Studios Orlando EXCLUSIVE TO PARK SAVERS! You can't get this deals anywhere else! Be sure to purchase this limited-time offer through our exclusive link below!

Purchase a 2-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park ticket get your 3rd Park FREE!

Tickets must be purchased between Nov. 23rd and Nov. 27th, 2017 for use between Nov. 23rd, 2017 through Nov. 23rd, 2018. Offer is exclusive to Park Savers and must be purchased using the link above.

Celebrate The Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is THE place to be this Holiday Season!

This Holiday Season prepared to be blown away by Universal Studios Hollywood! Guests visiting the park between Nov. 8th and Jan. 7th, 2018 will be immersed in the Holiday fun put on throughout the park.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Celebrate Christmas in your favorite place, Hogsmeade! With special entertainment like the Holiday Frog Choir, festive decor including lights, wreaths, and garlands everywhere, and of course the music and light show featuring the Hogwarts Castle! It's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

Grinchmas

Grinchmas

It's back! Grinchmas features your favorite Who-ville characters doing all their favorite Christmas traditions! Get your photo taken with the Grinch himself and his best helper Max. Help decorate ornaments for the Christmas tree while listening to the Wholiday singers. End the night with a story reading by Cindy Lou Who and a performance by Who Dolls!

Merry and Mischievous Minions

Even the Minions are getting in on the Holiday action! Get a picture with your favorite Minions dressed up in all their holiday gear before taking a ride on Minion Mayhem!

You don't want to miss out on the Holiday celebration happening at Universal Studios Hollywood this year! You also don't want to miss out on saving money on your tickets! Purchase your tickets now and save up to $20 off per ticket!

Last-Minute Disneyland Trip: Planning and Saving Tips

Looking to book a last-minute Disneyland trip? Here's everything you need to know about tickets, hotels, dining, and saving.

Last-minute Disneyland trips are a lot of fun! You're super excited about going because just a few minutes ago you weren't even planning on it. As it sinks in you're thinking about how much you have to do to get ready. Our last-minute Disneyland trip guide can help you process everything while offering tips for booking and saving (even last-minute planners get savings).

Tickets

You can still purchase discounted tickets for Disneyland in last-minute scenarios. Visit Park Savers for Disneyland ticket discounts. They have the best deals and allow you to book your tickets just a few days before arrival.

Be sure to see what specials they are running on their tickets like a free day or Adults at Kids pricing. No matter what you find you'll pay less than gate or online pricing with them.

Hotel

A Disneyland Property hotel may be impossible to book at this point because they tend to fill-up months before. Not to fret. Be sure to look everywhere before giving up. Park Savers has great inventory and great pricing. Besides them check-out Disney themselves, Expedia, Priceline, or Hotels.com. They all have different inventory so you may get lucky. 

If you don't care about staying on property we'll recommend some of our favorite hotels with great amenities like free parking, breakfast, and close to the parks.

  • Residence Inn Marriott Convention Center - Free breakfast (the best around) and a 5 minute walk to the parks.
  • Desert Palms Hotel and Suites - Free parking and breakfast and a 5 minute walk to the parks.
  • Desert Inn and Suites - Free breakfast and a 1 minute walk to the parks.
  • Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel - Free parking and breakfast, 10 minute walk to the parks.

Flights

If you need to fly in last-minute check Southwest airlines. They are the cheapest followed by JetBlue. Airports near Disneyland include SNA - Orange County, LGB - Long Beach, and finally LAX - Los Angeles. SNA is closest followed by Long Beach then LAX. 

Getting to and from the airport can be pricey. We always recommend using Uber or LYFT. If you've never used them before use our coupon codes:

Uber Code: deang2368ue - $20 off your first ride!

LYFT code: parksavers50 - Up to $50 in free ride credit!

These are great for getting to and from places as well including picking up and dropping off at the parks from a non-property hotel.

Dining

Unlike its sister park, Disneyland doesn't take 100+ day reservations for its restaurants. If you're looking for reservations at the Blue Bayou or Carthay Circle Restaurant we would suggest downloading the Disneyland Mobile App right now and start searching! And don't stop searching! Search many times per day! People cancel reservations all the time so the more you search the better chance you have at getting a reservation.

Outside of those two restaurants most of the Disneyland dining is quick service. You can bring in your own food like packed lunches. When you arrive in Anaheim head to Wal-Mart or Vons and buy what you need. Vons does delivery to your hotel for free but you may pay slightly higher prices for the food items. Sometimes not.

We'll leave you with one of our favorite food tips: The Red Wagon Corndog stand in Disneyland Park is the best. It's even better when you tell them you just want a corndog, no chips. You'll save over $2.00....huzzah!

Conclusion

Take the trip! You'll have no regrets visiting the Happiest Place on Earth! The sun is always shining, it's nice and warm, Mickey and the gang are waiting to greet you, and Indiana Jones is ready for another adventure! That's what makes last-minute Disneyland trips so fun!

Pixar Fest Is Coming To Disneyland

Pixar Fest To Celebrate Our Favorite Pixar Pals

Starting April 13th, 2018 a new celebration will begin at the Disneyland Resort and it's all about your favorite Pixar Pals! Pixar Fest will feature tons of new activities and shows at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.

First, the parades. We're going to see the return of two, both of which we're really excited about! Originally making its debut at Disney California Adventure Park the Pixar Play Parade will be shown at Disneyland Park and feature all of the original floats plus some new ones including the Pixar Lamp, UP, and Inside Out! If you can't quite remember this parade you can watch the entire show here.

The second parade, and the one we're most excited about is the Paint the Night Parade. This parade debuted during the Diamond Celebration at Disneyland and was then set to Walt Disney World in trade for the Main Street Electrical Parade. Next year for Pixar Fest it will makes it return but to California Adventure Park instead of Disneyland Park. It will feature all of the Pixar characters it did before including Cars, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. plus new movie characters later in the year.

Both parades will debut on April 13th, 2018 at the respective parks and the start of Pixar Fest.

Next we have an all new fireworks show for Disneyland Park: Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. Together Forever will feature a theme of friendship and include some of the heart-warming music from our favorite Pixar films plus some amazing new pyrotechnics and projections! The projections will not only be seen on Cinderella's Castle but also on the buildings of Main Street U.S.A., "it's a small world" and the water screens of Rivers of America. Plus lookout for Buzz Lightyear as he flies over-head!

Debuting with the new parades and firework show is an all new Pixar Film Festival that will feature some of your favorite Pixar Short Films such as Lava and For the Birds. The festival will be held in the Sunset Showcase Theater in California Adventure Park and play several times throughout the day.

Other entertainment includes a new musical troupe, special meet and greets with your favorite Pixar Characters, and crafts and other activities all taking place at Paradise Gardens. You'll also want to keep your eye out for new merchandise and dining options!

We can't wait for this new celebration to begin! Also don't forget, now-Oct. 31st, 2017 we have Adults Pay Kids prices on all 3, 4, and 5 Day tickets! Tickets are valid for use during Pixar Fest next year so buy them now before this sale ends!

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The New Disneyland Hotel Will Amaze You!

New Disneyland Hotel Announced

The new Disneyland hotel which was announced this past weeks was a big shocker for us! Not that we didn't know they we're building one but more of what it is and where it's located. Our initial reaction was "how?" How can they pull this offer?! It will disrupt so many things! However, the more we've thought about it the more we love it. 

The new Disneyland hotel will feature so really cool things but first the basics. It will feature 700 guest rooms, a fantastic swimming pool, a rooftop restaurant and lounge for dining as well as a rooftop fireworks viewing area. Shops and other dining experiences will be featured at the bottom or ground level of the hotel and include some playful water features.

New Disneyland Hotel

The new hotel is somewhat "oasis-themed" in that it will be surrounds by foliage and water features including the outside of the rooms all the way to the top. No details have been announced about the interior of the hotel other than the fact that hotel guests will have dedicated platform access to the monorail. This will be located at the North East end of the hotel.

The location of the hotel is probably the most interesting part. Whereas most of us speculated it would be located in the Downtown Disney parking lot, the new hotel is actually taking over the west end of Downtown Disney! Right smack in the middle of it, sorta. Take a look at the rendering done by Disney. You'll see that it V shapes around the end of Downtown Disney in front of the Disneyland Hotel. It sort of caps off Downtown Disney in a sense.

New Disneyland Hotel

Of course we have lots of questions based on the photo rendering of the new hotel. The image makes it look like the hotel has 4 separate building, the 2 larger ones creating the V shape and then 2 smaller ones on the North West side. Will these be Disney Vacation club rooms? Suites? Standard rooms?!

We're also wondering what will happen to all the shops that are already in Downtown Disney but now in the way of the new hotel. These would include Rainforest Cafe, AMC theaters, ESPN Zone, and Earl of Sandwich. Will they be featured on the ground level of the new hotel? Are they removing them completely?

It's an interesting concept to get use to but we think it's going to be really great! Disney did mention that all 4 resort hotels will be connected by lush garden walking paths to create a more connected feeling of the resort. We haven't forgotten about you Paradise Pier!

The new Disneyland hotel will open in 2021 with construction starting in 2018. It is expected to be Disney's 3rd AAA Four Diamond Hotel. Be sure to visit Park Savers for additional news and updates and for special Disneyland ticket deals.

New Combo Tickets for Southern California Theme Parks

We're excited to announce several new combo tickets for the major southern California theme parks including Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and more!

Until now these combo tickets had to be purchased in a package. Now you can buy them without a hotel and enjoy even more savings on your theme park tickets!

The new combo tickets include

Don't miss out on these great deals and additional savings on your theme park tickets! 

As always Park Savers offers year-round discounts on theme park tickets to all the major theme parks in Southern California including Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo, and more!

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!