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Starting off new series I like to tackle the tough questions, and for me this has to be one of the toughest question facing most families traveling to Walt Disney World Resort. Nobody likes to stand in line. Don’t believe me head to your nearest post office or customer service counter at Walmart. You will see what I mean.If your really daring head there around Christmas
When my family and I travel anywhere that is one of the things I plan for, avoiding large groups of people. I am not a fan of being confined or enclosed by large groups of people. Why am I telling you this well this leads me into my first tip for avoiding lines.
Go during the off season!
One of my favorite tools online when planning my vacation is by our friends at Touring Plans called Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar. We live our lives by the crowd calendar when planning to goto Disneyworld. Just knowing what your in for before you even go to the park is most helpful. I also love the feature of Best Parks and Parks to avoid! This leads me to my second tip for avoiding lines.
Know the wait times.
Most people have a smart phone in this day and age. I love my Droid phone because of all the apps. Once particular app I run that is an absolute lifesaver is Lines, again by the guys at Touring Plans. Knowing wait times and parks to avoid are essential for any Disney planning. With some simple planning you can cut your wait times down considerably. If you don’t have a smart phone just check outside the rides for signage that gives wait times, that will give you an idea to ride the ride now or come back later. Now onto my last tip.
I am surprised by the number of stories of people who go to the parks and have no idea what Fastpass is. I think I heard someone mention something on the Facebook page just this week about people standing in line and not using Fastpass because they didn’t stay at a Disney Hotel. If you have ticket to the park you have a Fastpass! Click here to learn more on what a fast pass is!
I hope these tips help you on your next Disneyworld Vacation. If you have any tips for avoiding lines let us know in the comment section below.
Disneyland has once again raised ticket prices for their parks. The last time prices were raised was a year ago. The new prices will take effect Thursday, August 5th.
For one day, one park, the price is now $76, formerly $72. For a one day park-hopper, the cost is $101, formerly $97.
In addition to tickets, annual passes as well as the parking fee have also experienced price hikes.
Annual passes were raised the most. There are four different annual passes available for purchase: Southern California Select, Southern California, Deluxe, and Premium. The SoCal Select allows passholders to visit 170 days out of the year; SoCal passholders can visit 215 days; Deluxe passholders can visit 315 days; and Premium passholders have no block out days. The Southern California passes are only available to SoCal residents.
The SoCal Select pass has risen from $169 to $184 ($14 increase). SoCal annual passes jumped from $219 to $239 ($20 increase). The Deluxe pass rose from $299 to $329 ($30 increase). Premium passholders will be paying $459, formerly $439 ($20 increase).
Luckily, the Disneyland Resort offers pass purchasers a monthly payment plan. When purchasing a pass, the guest is to pay the price of a one day, one park ticket. After taking the photo for their annual pass, they are free to visit both parks. Passholders can also pay an additional fee (now $99, used to be $79) to have parking placed on their pass.
Parking, which cost $14 per vehicle, has risen to $15.
Currently, the best Disney deal out there is for Southern California residents. Residents can purchase a 3-day ticket for $108, or $36 per day. The tickets are for one park per day.
If you’re planning to head to Disneyland, it’s best to purchase tickets online before Thursday. Those tickets will be valid until January 3, 2011.
I got an email from viewer Joel who lives on O’ahu and has been following the construction over at the Aulani resort since Disney originally announced the project. Joel took some video of the Aulani property back in 2008 before there was anything on the island and follows up with some construction pictures from a few weeks ago.
Thanks Joel for checking us out all the way from Hawaii, and thanks for the video and pictures.
Here is the video from the empty lot back before construction began.
Here are just some of the photos from Joel Flickr account.
Go here to check out the rest of his collection over the course of construction of the Aulani Resort.
If you want to send us any pictures of video of any Disney property email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will gladly make an article out of them and share them with our viewers. Were here to spread the Disney Magic any way we can and I love viewer emails!
Thanks Again Joel!
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