Disneyland is getting another and much needed resort hotel in 2021. This is exciting for multiple reasons. First, with on three on property hotels, the Disneyland Resort currently simply lacks enough rooms to meet demand. The current hotels book up very early and the price points are sky high in comparison to Disney World options. Its simple supply and demand. Hopefully, the addition of 700 new rooms will take some pressure off the current hotels and open up availability and lower room rates on the other hotels. Wishful thinking but fingers crossed.
Second, this should create a big time facelift to the west end of the Downtown Disney District. Current plans have the new hotel located basically on top of the monorail station in Downtown Disney right at the gateway to the Disneyland Hotel. There are rumors the hotel will have a Contemporary Hotel-Esque monorail station platform inside the hotel providing direct access for guests into Disneyland. Also, the ground floor will provide new top tier dining and retail spots. The upper level is planned to have a guest lounge and restaurant with fantastic fireworks views.
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I couldn't be more excited for this addition. As a somewhat regular visitor to the Disneyland Resort without ever having the pleasure of staying on-property, I'm really hoping this new hotel makes availability and costs make more sense. We will be there later this year and will definitely get some pictures and snoop around for more info.
If you could theme this new hotel what would it be?
Have you ever wanted to spend the week of Christmas at the most magical place on earth? Maybe you have – it is one of the busiest weeks in the parks after all. But what if you could do it with extra perks and exclusive experiences beyond your average park hopper ticket. Now you can!
Disney just announced their new Ultimate Disney Christmas Package. From December 21 through December 26, guests will be celebrating the holidays in style.
Check out some of the exclusive perks:
December 21 – Ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
December 22 – Exclusive nighttime access to Pandora at Animal Kingdom
December 23 – Holiday Character experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
December 24 – Exclusive Christmas Eve dinner at Epcot
December 25 – Receive a holiday gift delivered to your room
The package includes a 5-night stay at a Disney Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel and 4-day park tickets (with a hopper option). Pricing starts at $140 per person, per night for a family of four.
If you’re interested, you have until December 10th to book your holiday reservation!
Your favorite fluffy companion can now accompany you to select resorts at WDW. Of course, there's rules and regulations but this is still exciting news.
Starting on October 15th, there will be four WDW resorts checking-in man's best friend. These are Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort, The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. According to the Disney Parks website this will come with a fee per night. The fee will range up to $75 per night. Any pups are welcome as long as they are leashed at all times, trained, vaccinated up to certain standards.
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Upon arrival your pup will receive a welcome kit including essentials like a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. I love the welcome kit idea. It's that extra little pixie dust for people who know the struggles of traveling with dogs. Rest assured while at the parks. Disney will provide special "Do Not Disturb" signs letting staff know a dog is in the room and for another added fee you can send your pup to doggy day care at the appropriately named "Best Friends" facility.
It's great to see that our pooches can now experience the most magical place on earth.
'Tis the season. The holiday season and Disney are a match made in heaven.
Disney is slated to start filming its Holiday Specials in November. Filming at Walt Disney World will take place November 3rd through the 7th. There's going to be several shows airing throughout the holiday season. My favorite is Christmas morning. It's become a tradition to watch the show and parade, cook some breakfast and open presents.
This seasons schedule will follow the same format as last year. Walt Disney World will host the stage performances and musical acts while Disneyland will be filming the parades. Unless you're a cast member, good luck getting close to the action. Cast members have first access to being extras, while the rest of us get designated to guest areas.
Who enjoys these shows as much as we do? Who will be heading to the parks to try and get on tv?