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(3/23/15) Disneyland Resort Huge Construction Update (MORE...)
(3/12/15) New 24-Hour Disney Party at Disneyland and California Adventure (MORE...)
(2/23/15) Disneyland Resort - Ticket Increase Confirmed (MORE...)
(1/28/15) California Public Health Official Warns Against Disney Visit If You’re Not Vaccinated (MORE...)
General Resort News - (3/23/15) DisneyGeek has returned to Disneyland this week with a huge new photo update checking out all the new decorations and bling being added to both parks for the big anniversary celebration, as well as an extensive look at the new Smokejumpers Grill.
(3/12/15) Disney has announced another 24-hour party day that will take place at Disneyland and California Adventure on the West coast and only at at the Magic Kingdom park in Florida. The events will both start on Friday, May 22nd at 6am and run for a full 24 hours before it closes on Saturday morning.
The day is a bit more special in California this year, as May 22nd will be the official start of the Disneyland Resort’s 60th Anniversary celebration, where they will launch a new parade, fireworks, a new version of World of Color and more for the first time.
(2/23/15) As reported to be on the way last month, the Disneyland Resort has now raised their ticket prices for daily and annual pass options as of Feb. 22, 2014. The price of a 1 day, 1 park pass is now $99 for adults (up $3) and $93 for children (up $3). If you want to add park-hopping to your 1-day ticket, it will now cost you an additional $56. Prices are also up across the board for all the various multi-day ticket options, all of which also will include a $40 add-on fee if you want to add park hopping.
As you can expect, prices are also up for all Annual Pass options: $299 for SoCal Select (up $10), $389 for the SoCal Passport (up $10), $549 for the Deluxe Passport (up $30) and the Premium AP flew up $80 to a whopping $779, while the Premier AP (good at all DL and WDW parks) is up $70 to $1099. While these changes were expected, the unexpected change however is that parking is only now included with the Premium and Premier APs. Previously you could pay a little extra to "Add-On Parking" to the lower passes, but this is no longer an option for the lower tier passes, however if you have an existing pass with the parking add-on, you can still keep that benefit during the renewal process. New AP holders, or if you let your pass expire... you are out of luck and will have to either pay for parking from now on, or upgrade to the Premium AP. (I'm hoping Disney puts this revenue to use to fund the construction of another parking structure on the other side of their property to help ease some of the congestion.)
(1/28/15) One of California’s top Public Health officials is now recommending that people who have not been vaccinated against measles, including children under 12 months old who are to young for the procedure, should avoid visiting Disneyland at this time.
(1/23/15) Screamscape sources tell us that the price of a ticket to either of the Disneyland Resort parks will go up very soon. According to our source the price of a single day ticket will rise from $96 to $99, and I’d expect to see about the same $3 bump for the child ticket as well which is currently $90. The big shocker is going to come to the Passholders however, as I’m told that the price of a Premium AP will jump up from the already sky high $699 to $779.
If I was a betting man, I’d say that the price increase will probably take place within the next week or two, so if you are planning a trip to Disneyland parks, I’d go buy your tickets or Annual Pass online NOW before the price increase takes effect.
(1/22/15) The ongoing story connecting an outbreak of Measles to Disneyland continues to make headlines as the number of infected has risen to 53, 5 of which are Disneyland cast members, two of which actually had been vaccinated and caught it anyway.
(1/14/15) Remember those new cases of Measles that were linked to a visit to the Disneyland Resort? According to the latest report the number of official cases has now risen to 26, and all of them visited one or both of the Disneyland Resort theme parks between Dec. 15-20, 2014.
(1/12/15) Is the MyMagic+ / FastPass+ system coming to the Disneyland Resort? According to the OC Register, Disney’s own Tom Staggs mentioned that the new high-tech reservation system would be rolled out to Disneyland as well as other Disney parks around the world in the near future. Of course, no timeline was given as to when we might see this rolled out at Disneyland, but having finally experienced it at Walt Disney World myself last month, I will say that there will have to be some tweeking of the system before they can roll it out in California.
Of course, the system has been under review and constant tweaking in Florida since it first rolled out to all the parks last year, and once it does, it is bound to frustrate a lot of Disneyland Resort guests to no end at first. As someone who still misses the old FastPass free days of visiting Disney parks, I always had a distate for the original FastPass system. It took away a bit too much from my self-given education I had built up over the years as a Theme Park Commando, by leveling the playing field a bit. But there was a method to the madness, and you could still find loopholes in the original FastPass system and ways to "work the system" to your advantage if you knew how.
With FastPass+, you can pretty much flush all that knowledge down the toilet and be prepared to start all over again from scratch my Padawan. That isn't to say that there aren't way to "work the system" in your favor anymore... because there are, but if my first day with FastPass+ is a typical reaction, most of you may find yourself incredibly frustrated to no end by the new system, and it's limitations. As I said, it's a whole new game with new rules to play by, but it can be played... so have patience and we'll see how this works out if they bring it to Disneyland.
One thing I know they will likely have to address is the park-hopping limitations of the current WDW system, which requires you to book your 3 FP+ reservations at once, all in the same park, which does you no good if you had planned to park hop during the day, once or twice. In Walt Disney World, the parks are far enough away that some guests don't park hop at all, but with the entrance to California Adventure a few steps away from the entrance to Disneyland, I think this issue will have to be addressed first.
(1/9/15) Crazy news this week from the Disneyland Resort as 9 cases of Measles in young people have all been linked back to a visit to Disneyland during the same week in December.
Measles?! Yes, Measles... even though I thought they wiped that disease out years ago by immunizing all of us as kids, but all 9 new cases (ages ranging from 8 months to 21 years) apparently came in contact with someone who had it at Disneyland during their December visit to the park. Yes, Measles still exists and California had a total of 61 cases last year, but the good news is that for the majority of us who were given the vaccine over the years, you are protected and safe. In fact, all US children over 12 months old are SUPPOSED to be vaccinated, but there are always guests visiting from around the world who have never been vaccinated, along with the occasional person where the vaccination didn't take, plus the occasional parent who opts out from having their child get it, so these things happen from time to time. It's just kind of scary to think you can get something like that just from a visit to a theme park.
(12/22/14) A few new Frozen themed additions have been added to Downtown Disney… Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink will be open for guests to enjoy now through February 22nd, 2015 and Anna & Elsa’s Boutique shop is also open nearby for all your Frozen themed gift needs.
(8/7/14) Disney has announced that the characters from the new “Big Hero 6” film, Hiro and his robot buddy Baymax, will arrive at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World theme parks to meet and greet with guests this fall. There is one problem I see coming from this however… that Big Hero 6 was actually a Marvel comic and features characters who have interacted with other Marvel Universe characters. That said… technically wouldn’t any of the Big Hero 6 characters be banned from appearing at the Walt Disney World theme parks just as Spiderman, Wolverine and Iron Man are banned, due to Universal’s exclusive rights East of the Mississippi to Marvel characters at Islands of Adventure?
(7/18/14) Disneyland turned 59 on Thursday and the park announced the first official details about their plans for 2015. They are calling it the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and released our first look at the special Diamond logo. While they didn’t go into details just yet about what new changes may come to the park(s), they did start a new contest where you can share your favorite Disneyland memory taken throughout the decades since Disneyland opened for a chance to win a grand prize trip to the Disneyland Resort to kick off the Diamond Celebration next year.
Each week, now through August 27th, the Disney Parks Blog will ask you to submit a photo memory from a specific decade by posting them to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest. Just be sure to include in the description which decade the photo was taken. This week is starting off with the 50’s.
It is also worth mentioning that our friends at Theme Park Adventure asked many special people in the industry to submit a paragraph that would express your favorite memories or what makes Disneyland so special to you. I was honored to be asked as well and you’ll find mine right at the top of the pile. Give it a read and enjoy what this incredible collection of guest writers had to share about what Disneyland means to them.
???? - Third Theme Park - Rumor - (3/23/13) A new report from SlashFilm reports that the Disneyland Resort has been sending out surveys to passholders to ask, “How interested would you be in visiting a Star Wars themed land at the Disneyland Resort?” (For more on that, make the jump to the Disneyland page.)
With the rumors of mini Star Wars Lands being designed for Disneland Paris and now Walt Disney World it only makes sense Disneyland would get in on the action as well. While they could find a way to fit it into Disneyland, I have to admit that I had heard long ago that a Star Wars themed land was being considered as a major land for Disneyland’s 3rd Park.
A lot has probably changed since then since Disney didn’t even own Star Wars when I first heard that rumor, as they had bought Marvel at the time and I believe had just inked the Avatar project for Walt Disney World. Back then the one idea being expressed about Disneyland’s 3rd Park concept was that they wanted the overall concept of the park to be about Heroes and Adventure, full of heavily themed new worlds to explore.
With Marvel freshly purchased at the time, it seemed like a no brainer to add some of the various themed from the Marvel Universe to the park. Whatever they came up with for the Avatar project in WDW, a copy of Pandora could also fit right into California’s 3rd Park too. Now with Star Wars now fully owned by Disney and plans for new films in the works, it would also seem very possible that we could not only see a Star Wars Land built here, but one themed to whatever new and iconic locations are being developed for the next series of films as well. Of course while a park with lands themed to Marvel, Star Wars and Avatar may seem a bit like a teenage boy fantasy come true, it does make me wonder what they could add as well to soften it up for the girls and smaller children. Keep in mind that the plans for the 3rd Park are being worked on and likely in a constant state of change, but with that it also seems clear that the project is getting closer to being funded and moving forward. WDI has their hands full right now with Shanghai and other projects around the world, but sooner than you think they will focus their efforts at last on that old Strawberry field location down the road.
(6/27/12) Could Disneyland be making it’s first serious steps towards designing a third California park? According to MiceAge, WDI has been drawing up plans for a full scale Marvel comics themed park that would feature more thrill rides and fit perfectly into the available acreage, as well as serve as a template for future parks in Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. There are lots of other infrastructure issues to be dealt with before this can happen, such as making room for new resorts, and adding the extra parking spaces that will be needed with a way to transport guests and employees to all three parks.