The parks are celebrating the Independence Day holiday this week with a holiday fireworks show at Disneyland and a special addition at Disney California Adventure’s World of Color water-and-light show. The Disney Gallery opened a new exhibit Saturday with a focus on the company’s most recognizable park icons: castles. The new show takes a look at concept art of the various Castles that welcome guests to Magic Kingdom parks around the world and features new art for sale by Disney-commissioned artists. Meanwhile, construction continues next to Disneyland’s own Sleeping Beauty Castle, as the new Fantasy Faire princess-meet-and-greet area continues to take shape. Over at California Adventure, crowds continue to come but may seem more manageable as more and more Annual Passholders are blocked out as we enter peak summer season. Outside the parks, Downtown Disney is celebrating California Avocado Week, offering cooking demonstrations, activities and special menu items at participating restaurants.
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Summer crowds are here and Cars Land is proving to be extremely popular with guests. Our friends at Touring Plans are here with their crowd forecast and tips for your visit to the Disneyland Resort.
Summer vacation season kicks into high gear this week, but with SoCal Annual Passholders blocked out for the rest of summer, there should not be a significant increase in crowds. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With summer crowds arriving, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.
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In Disney California Adventure, crowds continue to come to the park to experience the new Cars Land offerings, but guests visiting when Annual Passholders are blocked out will find wait times throughout the park to be rather reasonable for the middle of summer.
Radiator Springs Racers had a wait time that hovered around 100 minutes Friday afternoon. A far cry from the huge three-hour waits that guests experience on days that there are no Annual Passholder block-outs.
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The Fourth of July pre-show at World of Color returned Sunday night for its annual run through July 4th. The pre-show is unchanged from last year’s version. Below, a quick iPhone video of Sunday night’s performance from MiceChat’s Fishbulb
The Fourth of July pre-show for World of Color will run nightly through July 4. At Disneyland, the annual “Celebrate America!” fireworks will play instead of the regular “Magical” show. Juyl 1-3, the “Celebrate America!” show will play in an abbreviated 9-minute format, saving its full 13-minute show for July 4th holiday.
Independence Day Entertainment Schedule
July 1 — 4
|Disney’s Celebrate America!
A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
|World of Color
with special Fourth of July pre-show
Disney California Adventure Park
|9:00 PM, 10:15 PM|
It’s great to see these sorts of events at the Resort — it’s like a mini Food and Wine festival and hopefully we’ll see a full-scale Food and Wine Festival return to California Adventure in the next year or so.
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|[center]WEEKLY NEWS & INFORMATION ROUND-UP[/center]|
|[center]Weekly Theme Park Hours
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|[center]Expected Crowd Levels[/center] [center]presented by TouringPlans.com[/center]|
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|[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
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|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
|Disneyland raises ticket prices for annual Halloween parties
Disney recently announced dates for the annual Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland and along with this year’s dates were higher prices for the after-hours trick-or-treating party. The OC Register has details:
|[b]Disneyland increases Halloween prices[/b]|
Disneyland visitors will pay $2 to $5 more to go to the park’s popular after-hours Halloween parties this year.
Disney is already getting ready for its big fall promotion, Halloween Time. The company this week announced the dates and prices.
Halloween Time runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 31 with a few ride revisions and special decorations that can be seen by all visitors. The after-hours Mickey’s Halloween Party events at Disneyland for trick-or-treaters require extra tickets on 11 nights.
The tickets, for annual passholders, go on sale July 9. Regular park-goers can buy them starting July 16.
Tickets start at $46 for annual passholders and $54 for regular park-goers, when purchased in advance. The most expensive tickets, for Oct. 29 and Oct. 31, go for $69, even if purchased in advance or by annual passholders.
Prices have gone up dramatically since the first 2005 party at Disney California Adventure, which charged just $18 a night.
“Since they moved it to Disneyland and made it more expensive, not only do we not go, but I also do not attend Halloween Time or the Halloween party,” said Oleg Chaikovsky of Irvine in an email. “I am the lone passholder in the family, and I can’t justify paying … almost $50.”
The after-hours events include trick-or-treat stations, exclusive viewings of the Halloween Screams fireworks show, a mini parade, villain greeting areas and dance parties. Ticket holders also can get into Disneyland three hours before the parties start.
|[b]Full story: OC Register: Disneyland increases Halloween prices[/b]|
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