Disney Theme Park Ticket Price Increases Announced

June 1, 2013 Cheryl 0

Effective June 2, 2013 tickets to your favorite Florida and California Disney Theme Parks will be increasing!  New one day options have also been added to the suite of Walt Disney World® tickets.   Here are the new rates:

 

Walt Disney World®

 

Magic Your Way Ticket Options(*)
Days On Ticket Base Ticket Optional Add-Ons
Ages 10-up Ages 3-9 Park Hopper® Water Park Fun & More Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More No Expiration
10 days $339
($33.90/day)
$320
($32.00/day)
$59 $59 (10 visits) $84 (10 visits) $325
9 days $329
($36.56/day)
$310
($34.45/day)
$59 $59 (9 visits) $84 (9 visits) $280
8 days $319
($39.88/day)
$300
($37.50/day)
$59 $59 (8 visits) $84 (8 visits) $245
7 days $309
($44.15/day)
$290
($41.43/day)
$59 $59 (7 visits) $84 (7 visits) $220
6 days $299
($49.84/day)
$280
($46.67/day)
$59 $59 (6 visits) $84 (6 visits) $190
5 days $289
($57.80/day)
$270
($54.00/day)
$59 $59 (5 visits) $84 (5 visits) $145
4 days $279
($69.75/day)
$260
($65.00/day)
$59 $59 (4 visits) $84 (4 visits) $95
3 days $262
($87.34/day)
$244
($81.34/day)
$59 $59 (3 visits) $84 (3 visits) $45
2 days $184
($92.00/day)
$172
($86.00/day)
$59 $59 (2 visits) $84 (2 visits) $35
One Day Theme Park Ticket Options(*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
1-Day Magic Kingdom® Ticket $95 $89
1-Day Epcot® or Disney’s Hollywood Studios® or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Ticket $90 $84
1-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper® Ticket $129 $123
1-Day Magic Your Way with Water Park Fun & More Ticket $149
(2 visits)
$143
(2 visits)
1-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More Ticket $174
(2 visits)
$168
(2 visits)

2-10 Day Base Ticket admits guest to one theme park each day of use. Park choices are: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Park Hopper option entitles guest to visit more than one theme park on each day of use. Park choices are any combination of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom on each day of use.

Water Park Fun & More option entitles guest to a specified number of visits (between 2 and 10) to a choice of entertainment and recreation venues. Choices are Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, DisneyQuest, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Disney’s Winter Summerland.

No expiration means unused admissions on a ticket have no expiration date. All tickets expire 14 days after first use unless No Expiration is purchased.

Theme Park Annual Pass Options (*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
Annual Pass $609 $609
Annual Pass entitles guest to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except activities/events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as complimentary parking.
Premium Annual Pass $729 $729
Premium Annual Pass entitles guest to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except activities/events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, DisneyQuest and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, as well as complimentary parking.
Attractions Outside the Theme Parks (*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach 1-Day 1-Park / Annual Hopper $53 / $104 $45 / $85
DisneyQuest 1-Day / Annual Pass $45 / $90 $39 / $72
DisneyQuest + Water Parks Annual Pass $132 $102
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex $14.95 $10.28
Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba $61-$144 $49-$117

Water Parks subject to rehabilitation, seasonal and weather closures.

Florida Resident Theme Park Tickets and Options (*)
Park Hopper® Water Park Fun & More Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More
Ages 10+ Ages 3-9
Florida Resident 4-Day Ticket $199 $187 $29.50 $29.50 $59
Florida Resident 3-Day Ticket $179 $167 $29.50 $29.50 $59

Florida Resident 3-Day Ticket and Options and Florida Resident 4-Day Ticket and Options expire 6 months from first use or 12/17/2014, whichever comes first. Block-out dates apply (6/8/13-8/15/13; 12/19/13-1/3/14; 4/12/14-4/25/14; 6/7/14-8/14/14; 12/18/14-1/2/15).

Florida Resident One Day Theme Park Ticket Options(*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
1-Day Magic Kingdom® Ticket $95 $89
1-Day Epcot® or Disney’s Hollywood Studios® or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Ticket $90 $84
1-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper® Ticket for Florida Residents $109.50 $103.50
1-Day Magic Your Way with Water Park Fun & More Ticket for Florida Residents $119.50
(2 visits)
$113.50
(2 visits)
1-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More Ticket for Florida Residents $139
(2 visits)
$133
(2 visits)

Valid proof of Florida residency per adult is required for purchase and use.

Florida Resident Theme Park Annual/Seasonal Pass Options (*)
Ticket Ages 10-up Ages 3-9
Florida Resident Annual Pass $464 $464
Florida Resident Annual Pass entitles residents to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus complimentary parking.
Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass $584 $584
Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass entitles residents to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, DisneyQuest, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, plus complimentary parking.
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass $309 $309
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass entitles residents to admission to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom except for “blockout” dates around Christmas/New Years, Easter/spring break, and peak summer vacation period; the pass expires 365 days after activation.
Theme Park Miscellaneous Options (*)
Parking $15 (tax included) ($16 camper/trailer) per day
Single Stroller $15 per day ($13 per day for length-of-stay rentals)
Double Stroller $31 per day ($27 per day for length-of-stay rentals)
Locker Theme Parks: $7 per day (large lockers $9 per day) + $5 refundable deposit
Water Parks: $8 per day (large lockers $10 per day) + $5 refundable deposit
Wheelchair $12 rental per day ($10 per day for length-of-stay rentals)
ECV $50 rental per day + $20 refundable deposit

 

Disneyland®

 

Disneyland Resort Ticket Options

Ticket Ages 10+ Ages 3-9
5-Day Park Hopper $300 $279
5-Day 1-Park Per Day $265 $244
4-Day Park Hopper $285 $265
4-Day 1-Park Per Day $250 $230
3-Day Park Hopper $260 $244
3-Day 1-Park Per Day $225 $209
2-Day Park Hopper $210 $197
2-Day 1-Park Per Day $175 $162
1-Day Park Hopper $137 $131
1-Day 1-Park $92 $86

All multi-day tickets expire 13 days after first use.

Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

Premium $669
Deluxe $499
Southern California* $359
Southern California Select* $279
Annual Passport Block-Out Day Ticket $84

*Valid proof of Southern California residency required for purchase and use.

Disney Premier Passport

Disney Premier Passport $979

Theme Park Parking

Auto/ Motorcycle $16
Oversized Vehicles/ Motor Homes/ Tractors w/o Trailers $21
Buses/ Tractor w/ Extended Trailers $26
Annual Passport Parking Pass $139

 

 

Get ready to pull an all-nighter Disney-style

April 25, 2013 Cheryl 1

IMG_4432It’s all Monsters, all the time!

Three Disney Theme Parks will be staying open for 24 hours during Memorial Day Weekend to kick off a Disney’s Monstrous Summer. This first-ever, three-park all-night party extravaganza will be happening at the Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida, and at both Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park in California. The Parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make special appearances in Tomorrowland as well. Plus, there will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle!  In California, you will be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland Park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland Park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and Guests of Disney California Adventure Park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

IMG_4461And the fun doesn’t end just because Memorial Day Weekend is over…the Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks is just beginning!  With a huge lineup of unforgettable experiences, including entertainment enhancements celebrating the characters of “Monsters University.  Mike and Sulley will be dropping in from MU to scare up fun all summer long.   On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, you will be able to find the Monsters University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Meanwhile, at Disney California Adventure Park, Hollywood Land will have its own set of university dorms where you will be able to find Mike and Sulley when they are not leading daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade!   Finally, at Magic Kingdom Park, make sure to check out the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, where the gang has been studying new jokes!

It may be summer vacation, but Monsters University will be in session all season at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts!

Valentine’s Day Proposals – Disney Style!

February 11, 2013 Cheryl 1

Disney engagement Koren Photography (2 of 2) With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, plenty of grooms-to-be are getting ready to pop the question to their future-queens! With so many options – from simple, out-of-the-way spots, to over-the-top locations…what a better place to do it than at a Disney Park?   Here are some ideas:

 

Walt Disney World

  • Head over to the wishing well in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and make a wish to spend the rest of your lives together.
  • Take a walk along the beach at the Polynesian as the sun is setting, or during the Wishes show…nothing could be more romantic!
  • Head over the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and SDisney engagement Koren Photography (3 of 1)pa and get down on one knee on the Grand Staircase!
  • Reserve a balcony room with a view of IllumiNations or Wishes, order some champagne, and ask away.
  • Grab at PhotoPass Cast Member to capture the event….what could be a better backdrop to your love than an iconic Disney landmark such as the castle, France’s Eiffel Tower, or while meeting Mickey Mouse or another favorite character?
  • Plan a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant – Le Cellier, Monsieur Paul, Narcoossee’s, and California Grill are all great options.
  • Take a firework cruise, and pop the question as you watch Wishes explode in the nighttime sky.
  • Go for a horse-drawn carriage ride down on the bayou, at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort.
  • Rent a Surrey and go for a bike ride around Disney’s Boardwalk, stopping at the gazebo forthe big moment.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt around the World Showcase, heading to all of the countries you have visited (or want to visit) together, and then get down on one knee in a romantic spot at your favorite.  Italy anyone?
  • Go shopping for Mickey ears, and suggest the bride and groom ones!
  • Hire your own photographer to capture your magic moment!  The pictures featured in this blog were taken by Koren Photography.

Disneyland

  • Carnation Plaza Gardens located to the left of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the New Orleans Square staircases between the Blue Bayou Restaurant and the New Orleans Square Railroad Station are both romantic spots to ask your love to spend their life with you.
  • Plan a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant – Blue Bayou Restaurant, Wine Country Trattoria, and Napa Rose are all great options.
  • Grab at PhotoPass Cast Member to capture the event…what could be a better backdrop to your love than an iconic Disney landmark such as the castle, Paradise Pier, or while meeting Mickey Mouse or another favorite character?
  • Ask one of the Disney entertainers to perform your special someone’s favorite song before you perform the proposal of a lifetime.

Did you get engaged at a Disney Park?  Congratulations!!  Please share your story with us.

 

Disney engagement Koren Photography (1 of 2)

Splash Mountain x3

December 14, 2012 Cheryl 1
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Splash Mountain is a log-flume style ride that Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, and even Tokyo Disneyland have versions of.  It is based on the 1946 Disney movie “Song of the South”, and features the characters, stories, and songs from the film.  The rides at the three parks are different, but each includes gentle floating sections, dark portions, a huge 5-story drop into the briar patch, and run the risk of soaking the passengers!

The Disneyland version is located in Critter Country, and Guests ride aboard six/seven-seater logs with six single-file seats. (The last seat in each log is larger and allows room for larger guests or an adult and a small child).  The log departs the loading area and ascends two conveyor-type lifts before floating gently past the homes of the three main characters.   Before the logs enter the indoor portion, snoring is heard emanating from B’rer Bear’s cave. After a short drop down “Slippin’ Falls”, riders enter the indoor portion of the attraction, where various Audio-Animatronic critters sing the attraction’s first musical number, “How Do You Do?”   Guests float along as the story unfolds, the songs “Everybody’s Got a Laughin’ Place” and “Burrow’s Lament” are heard, and right before the drop B’rer Rabbit is seen alongside the hill, about to be eaten by B’rer Fox.   But B’rer Rabbit outsmarts his chasers by tricking them into throwing him into the briar patch (where he was born and raised) and passengers are sent down the final large drop into the briar patch, mimicking his fall.   At the bottom, the collective weight of the passengers determines how wet everyone will get when the log dives into the full pond at the bottoms – so take a look around you to see who else is riding with you, and then duck!!  As you are drying off, the logs head back inside where the full-cast sings “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” and you can see a preview of the pictures that were taken during your descent.   Fastpass is available for this ride.

The Disney World version of the ride is located in in the Magic Kingdom in Frontierland, across the way from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and near the Disney Railroad station.  Guests board double seated eight-passenger logs, and leave the loading area while Br’er Frog narrates an introduction to the story.  After a quick incline and drop into a small pond, they go up again to where they float gently through scenery designed to make you feel like you are floating on a river in Southern Georgia.  While listening to an instrumental version of “How Do You Do”, riders float by the homes of the three main characters, farm equipment, and stagecoach wagons before heading down a short drop over “Slippin’ Falls”, and enter the indoor portion of the ride.    Here, Audio-Animatronic animals sing the attraction’s first musical number, “How Do You Do?” and the story of how Br’er Rabbit leaves his home in search of adventure while being and being pursued by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear is told.  There are several gentle twists and turns and a few small drops, which all lead to the climactic climb up a very large hill and a 5-story drop down into the Briar Patch!!  Remember to smile (or make your funny faces like my family does) on your descent, since this is where the on-ride photo is taken.  After another outdoor segment, the log returns to the inside, where all of the critters are singing “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” in celebration of Br’er Rabbit’s return!   This ride is actually one of the longer rides at the Magic Kingdom, which makes the wait seem more worthwhile, although Fastpass is available for this ride.

Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland is very similar to the Florida version of the ride, with just a few exceptions. The ride’s layout is actually a mirror image of Florida’s – the story being that it is told from the other side of the river!  Other differences – the show scenes are done in a different order, the dialog is done in Japanese, all of the secondary characters are different, and the final drop the only outdoor one on the ride.

Guests must be at least 40 inches to ride Splash Mountain, and there are dark portions of this ride that may scare younger children, plus you definitely feel the fall!!  However, on a hot summer day, it is a great way to cool off!!

 

 

 

 

 

Surprising your kids with a trip to Disney

October 27, 2012 Cheryl 3

Surprising your kids with a trip to Disney is awesome, but coming up with how to do the big reveal can be tricky.  Do your kids like surprises?  If they have never been before are they going to understand how exciting it is?  Here are some creative ways to let your kids know that they will soon be in the most magical place on earth!

 

 

Scavenger Hunt

We love to do scavenger hunts – we have one of those Pirate Treasure games where you have to find the clues and then eventually get the prize.  You could let one up around your house with Disney-esque clues such as “Look out for the ticktock Crocodile” (your alarm clock), “It is Snow White’s least favorite fruit” (Apple), “Where would you find Cinderella’s favorite footwear?” (closet/shoe rack), “What Rapunzel needs for her hair” (hair brush), “101 Dalmatians would sleep here” (dog’s bed), or “Where Woody and Buzz hang out” (play room).  Then the last one is “Where Mickey lives” and tell them they are going to Disney World!

Eeeek it’s a Mouse!

If your kids are a little older, purchase a Mickey Mouse plush at your local Disney Store and hide it in the pantry or laundry room with a big note that says “You are going to Disney World”.  When your kids come down for breakfast start running around and telling them that you saw a mouse and you need their help.  Have them run all over looking for where it went, then you run into the pantry and scream.  When they come to help you show them the mouse you found!

Time to Eat

If you have been to Disney before, make their favorite meal that they ate there.  If not, make some Mickey shaped food (pretzels, cheese, pancakes, sandwich or cookies).  Maybe wear a Disney t-shirt or apron, and then casually mention about how the food reminds you of something.  When they mention Disney say something like “maybe we should go there tomorrow!”

Wake up sleepy head

Wake your kids up with the surprise – sing “It’s a Small World” or the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song, fill their room with Mickey Shaped Balloons, have the dog come in and lick their face with a note attached that they are going to Disney, or hang a sign on the bathroom mirror or even write it in shaving cream.

It’s for you…

Have your neighbor (or the UPS guy) drop off a package for your child, and when they open it a balloon comes out with a note that says they are going to Disney.  Or have a gift basket delivered filled with all sorts of items that they will need for their trip (Mickey Ears, sunscreen, new towel, lanyard, Mickey plush, autograph book).

Puzzled

Order a picture puzzle from Shutterfly and have your child put the pieces together to do the big reveal.  You can get really creative on how they get the pieces – you can hide them around the house and use the scavenger hunt idea to find them, you can mail the pieces to your kids over a few days and then have them work together to put the pieces together, you can have friends bring them as gifts for a birthday or Christmas, or have their teacher send home a note with them in there…the possibilities are endless.

Bait and Switch

Tell your kids that they are going somewhere else, like grandma’s while mom and dad go away or even another (less exciting) vacation destination and then surprise them at the last minute.  Or if you want to be kind of sneaky, tell them you got their report cards and they are going to summer school…then pull out the report card envelope and have them take a look inside where instead is a note saying that you are going to Disney World!

Turn down that music

When they come home from school have a different Disney song or movie or TV show playing on each TV or iPod in the house.  As they go from room to room they will get the hint, and then have a big sign in the last room announcing the trip.

Breaking News

If you have the technical skills, you can create your own Breaking News Story!  Sit your family down for a Disney Movie Night, and a few minutes into it have it interrupted with a late breaking news story about your family going to Disney!

Getting on an jet plane

I have a friend who booked their flight to Orlando so they would have to leave at the same time the kids normally left for school.  So she got them up the regular time, had them get ready, and eat breakfast.  Then as she and her husband were rushing them out the door to get the bus instead of her normal “don’t forget your backpack” statement, she said “don’t forget your airplane tickets and park passes cause you are going to Disney World today!!”

These are some of my ideas…what are yours?  Have you ever surprised anyone with a trip to Disney? If so, I hope your kids were this excited!

“Limited Time Magic” at the Disney Theme Parks in 2013!

October 17, 2012 Cheryl 0
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Disney Parks have 52 weeks of magical surprises planned for you in 2013!  As announced this morning, “Limited Time Magic” features some extra magical experiences, with some Pixie Dust sprinkled in for good measure!   These special events will be occurring about both the Disneyland® Resort and the Walt Disney World® Resort, where they will suddenly appear, and then disappear almost as quickly.   The magic ranges from Park-wide events, to special culinary treats, to limited edition merchandise, to special moments of surprise and delight, and it all begins in January of 2013!

So, what can you expect with to see with “Limited Time Magic” at Disney Parks? Here’s an idea:

  • True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet Park Guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.
  • Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and Guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
  • Long Lost Friends Week: Lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opportunities with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight your Clients. And Disney Guests even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
  • Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
  • Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: The Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
  • Unleash the Villains: Friday the 13th in September 2013 is a special day, soDisneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park are staying open until the 13th hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar, and other Disney Villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and other nighttime mischief.
  • Golden Horseshoe Revue: The fabled Frontierland show returns to Disneyland Park for one month only, bringing back the corny jokes and enduring songs that were often enjoyed by Walt Disney himself.

I can’t decide which event I am more excited about – Pirate Week, Long Lost Friends Week, or Unleash the Villains.  And I LOVE spending the 4th of July at Walt Disney World®, so a whole week of patriotic event is going to be awesome!!  I may just have to move to Walt Disney World® to take advantage of all of these amazing events!!  Which one are you looking forward to the most?