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My Disney Experience App Adds Bus Wait Times

intercot.com - Tue, 2018-06-19 01:05
The latest version of the My Disney Experience App has added Bus Wait Times:

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Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is major fun in 4DX 360 degree experience

TheDisneyBlog.com - Tue, 2018-06-19 01:03

Last month we reviewed “Solo: A Star Wars Story” the 4DX Theater experience. The Tl;dr is that we recommend giving the experience a try, but could imagine a better film for the technology. Perhaps one that was a bit shorter without quite so many action scenes. Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is...

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New Sneak Peek Hard Ticket Event Could be Begining of New Disney Ticketing Age

intercot.com - Tue, 2018-06-19 00:58
Industry Analysts (and journalists) have begun to extrapolate that the recent Sneak Peek Hard Ticket event for Disney California Adventure could be another sign to a new age of Disney Ticket Pricing:

Quote: Disney Tests Pricing Power at Theme Parks
Issuing pricey tickets for ‘sneak peek’ events is the latest move by Disney to use fares to control crowds

By Erich Schwartzel
The Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES—After raising some ticket prices for its theme parks by more than 20% over the past five years, Walt Disney Co. DIS -1.64% will set a new benchmark this week when it offers die-hard fans the chance to attend a six-hour preview of a new attraction at Disneyland—for $299.

Even for fans used to high prices, the $50-an-hour sneak peek at Pixar Pier on Friday, a day before the attraction officially opens, breaks new ground.

...

The steep price stems in part from a perennial tension Disney faces at its theme parks, where public demand is so strong that its two domestic locations, in particular, can fill to capacity during certain times of year. In response, Disney is considering new approaches to pricing amid upgrades at Disneyland in Southern California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., that are expected to attract even more people.

Raising prices—currently around $100 on average days and more than $120 during “peak” times around holidays—could mitigate tourist appetite and increase Disney’s profits. The company, however, is wary of appearing to gouge customers, according to theme-park executives and analysts, and going against founder Walt Disney’s vision of affordable family entertainment.

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Disney already has introduced a limited version of dynamic pricing to its parks, charging a range of prices based on three categories of dates: “value,” “regular” and “peak.” Prices range from $97 to $135 for Disneyland and between $102 and $122 for Walt Disney World.

Under the changes being considered in recent months, a ticket to Disneyland for Christmas Day, for example, may cost less if purchased on July 1 than on Dec. 24, this person said. Such a system would encourage visitors to commit to a day to visit the park farther in advance than they currently do, this person added, which allows parks to plan better.

Through one-off events like the Pixar Pier preview, Disney is branching out beyond “one-size-fits-all experiences” offered at “a variety of price points” at its parks, said Catherine Powell, president of Disney Parks Western Region.

“We’re pursuing a number of strategies, including pricing and increased capacity, to better spread demand throughout the year so that we can fulfill our mission of exceeding guest expectations every day,” Ms. Powell said.

Disney doesn’t release annual attendance figures for its parks, but more than 38.8 million people visited its domestic locations in 2017, an annual increase of about 1.3%, according to the Themed Entertainment Association trade group.

Rising prices and attendance at the parks have contributed to strong growth in the company’s parks and resorts division in recent years. Annual income for the segment has grown more than 70% since 2013, hitting $3.8 billion in 2017.
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New Sneak Peek Hard Ticket Event Could be Begining of New Disney Ticketing Age

intercot.com - Tue, 2018-06-19 00:58
Industry Analysts (and journalists) have begun to extrapolate that the recent Sneak Peek Hard Ticket event for Disney California Adventure could be another sign to a new age of Disney Ticket Pricing:

Quote: Disney Tests Pricing Power at Theme Parks
Issuing pricey tickets for ‘sneak peek’ events is the latest move by Disney to use fares to control crowds

By Erich Schwartzel
The Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES—After raising some ticket prices for its theme parks by more than 20% over the past five years, Walt Disney Co. DIS -1.64% will set a new benchmark this week when it offers die-hard fans the chance to attend a six-hour preview of a new attraction at Disneyland—for $299.

Even for fans used to high prices, the $50-an-hour sneak peek at Pixar Pier on Friday, a day before the attraction officially opens, breaks new ground.

...

The steep price stems in part from a perennial tension Disney faces at its theme parks, where public demand is so strong that its two domestic locations, in particular, can fill to capacity during certain times of year. In response, Disney is considering new approaches to pricing amid upgrades at Disneyland in Southern California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., that are expected to attract even more people.

Raising prices—currently around $100 on average days and more than $120 during “peak” times around holidays—could mitigate tourist appetite and increase Disney’s profits. The company, however, is wary of appearing to gouge customers, according to theme-park executives and analysts, and going against founder Walt Disney’s vision of affordable family entertainment.

...

Disney already has introduced a limited version of dynamic pricing to its parks, charging a range of prices based on three categories of dates: “value,” “regular” and “peak.” Prices range from $97 to $135 for Disneyland and between $102 and $122 for Walt Disney World.

Under the changes being considered in recent months, a ticket to Disneyland for Christmas Day, for example, may cost less if purchased on July 1 than on Dec. 24, this person said. Such a system would encourage visitors to commit to a day to visit the park farther in advance than they currently do, this person added, which allows parks to plan better.

Through one-off events like the Pixar Pier preview, Disney is branching out beyond “one-size-fits-all experiences” offered at “a variety of price points” at its parks, said Catherine Powell, president of Disney Parks Western Region.

“We’re pursuing a number of strategies, including pricing and increased capacity, to better spread demand throughout the year so that we can fulfill our mission of exceeding guest expectations every day,” Ms. Powell said.

Disney doesn’t release annual attendance figures for its parks, but more than 38.8 million people visited its domestic locations in 2017, an annual increase of about 1.3%, according to the Themed Entertainment Association trade group.

Rising prices and attendance at the parks have contributed to strong growth in the company’s parks and resorts division in recent years. Annual income for the segment has grown more than 70% since 2013, hitting $3.8 billion in 2017.
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Grand California DVC 2BR Villa Room Rates

intercot.com - Tue, 2018-06-19 00:03
Does anyone know or know where to find the cash room rates for a 2BR DVC villa at the Grand California Resort & Spa?

I have been unable to find them. I call the resort and they could not tell me. I called DVC and they also could not tell me. Very Frustrating.

Thanks.
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Bus Times Now Available on MDE App

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 22:14
I just love this, those staying at a Disney resort will be able to check the app for bus times.

From DPBlog
Quote: Today, we’re rolling out a brand new bus time feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app that enables guests to spend less time waiting at the bus stop and more time getting ready for a fun-filled day in the parks. With this feature, guests can quickly discover up-to-the-minute estimates for when the next buses will depart from their Disney Resort hotel and when they will complete their journey to their destination.

The app regularly updates in real time to provide the most current estimates for buses heading to all four theme parks, two water parks and the Disney Springs area. Guests can access the feature throughout their stay by tapping “See Bus Times” when viewing an active Disney Resort hotel reservation associated with their account. Click here for the complete article
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Infomation on Caribean Resort

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 21:27
this upcoming trip will be the first time i've stayed anywhere but a value.
Hearing about the construction has me a little nervous. Does it totally ruin what I am hoping is a nicer accomodation with better sceneries.
The food and drink doesn't bother me, as long as i can still get a resort mug, and it works.
How is the transporation to and from the park?

Any suggestions what i should check out? or are there nice places to sit and read or chill before/after the parks?

thanks.
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Train tour

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 17:41
has anyone ever done the train tour?
is it something someone in an EVC could do?
would an 8 year old be interested?
would you recommend it?
how much is it?

thanks.
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2 new event/show

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 17:40
Does anyone know how long the Donald Duck thing at AK Dinoland will last?
and how long will the guardian's of galaxy go on?
I'd love to see them both, will be there middle of July.
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DIS Unplugged Podcast – 06/18/18 – Disneyland Show

disunplugged.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 17:00
In this episode, we try out mobile ordering for the first time at the Disneyland Resort, as well as give our review on the Blue Bayou Fantasmic Dining Package! To get in touch with the team, check out our contact page. Listen/Download #732 – Disneyland Discussion: [download mp3] Show Notes Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via RSS [...]
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Painful Rider Experience: I Dinosaur as BAD as Indiana Jones Adventure?

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:39
I remember my last ride on Dinosaur at AK - The vehicles where the passenger deck moves independently from the vehicle chassies, but recently i had a NevER AGAIN experience in similar vehicles in the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland.

As soon as the vehicle departed the loading session we were violently jerked around constantly regardless of what was going on in the attraction.

The last time I rode Dinosaur, I think I remember seemed to needlessly toss riders around somewhat but not too much. Is it 'worse' now?
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QS Dining before MVMCP

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:36
We will be going to MK on one of the days that they have MVMCP. We are not attending the party. How early do we need to eat a QS dinner before we leave? Do the QS restaurants close early? Really want to eat dinner at Columbia Harbor House but don't want to have to eat as early as 4pm or anything. Thanks!!
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Beyond the Parks: The Crossroads of Disney Travel

TheDisneyBlog.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 11:33

If your family is anything like mine, and it probably isn’t, but just go with me here, then your children may have reached an age where ideas around travel are changing. That is, the family vacation is no longer dependent upon so many theme parks (not that there is anything...

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Dreams Unlimited Travel Show – 06/18/18

disunplugged.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 08:00
In this episode, the panel answers more questions about Adventures by Disney vacations! Want to get in touch? Check out our contact page. Podcasts #105 – Adventures by Disney Questions and Answers:[Download Mp3] Show Notes: To book a vacation with Tracey Heinrichs, click here! To book an Adventures by Disney vacation with Kevin Klose, click here! For general [...]
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Podcast questions

intercot.com - Mon, 2018-06-18 01:47
I love that you are asking questions of the Intercot population at large!

I know my last question could be an entire podcast in and of its self!

How about a site specific question....
For example what are, if anything, the individual distinctions next to each name? ie staff member, team Intercot cast member, Intercot guest. Also the green "ribbons" and stars in varying quantities.

Thanks!
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June 9-16 Fantasy cruise to western caribbean

intercot.com - Sun, 2018-06-17 20:16
We're back from the 7-day Western Caribbean on the Fantasy. As usual, everything was great and we're ready to go back. Staff, logistics, and food were all up to DCL high standards. We already have a marker down for our next cruise.

1 - It was HOT. We were expecting what we northerners consider hot weather, but nothing like near 100 degrees and near 100% humidity that we encountered every day. We simply weren't prepared. If you go, you'll want loose, light clothing and a hat.

2 - no bugs! They had repellent available, but we really didn't need it. YMMV

3 - traveling with small children (3.5 year-old granddaughter) is different than traveling with adults. We did everything on toddler time. Early seating, no lingering over coffee, none of the adult venues or entertainments and none of the broadway-style shows. We did see Frozen three time over the course of the week and attended every Oceaneer's club open house and EVERY princess-related event. She had a blast, which was the point of this adventure. There is a LOT to do, and the kids are stimulated all the time. I don't think we could have taken her any earlier and had her enjoy it. Every kid is different, of course, but if asked, I'd recommend a minimum age of 3.

4 - Try Remy. Expensive but worth it. It make's Palo look like a food truck.

5 - the Disney app for your phone is worthless, and the in-room cell phones are not much better. They need to improve their wireless infrastructure for either of those tools to be useful. We tried to use them to keep our family coordinated, but the messages were usually delayed by up to 24 hours, making the chat feature useless. Also, it didn't pick up all of your reservations, and didn't update any changes. I recommend other cruisers rely on the Navigator and take a good watch.

Safe travels

Stitchfan
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Convenience store?

intercot.com - Sun, 2018-06-17 15:44
Planning an upcoming trip - staying at a Disney Springs are hotel - does anyone know if there is a new convenience store in Disney Springs? I thought I saw something about that. TIA
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Disney Springs Has a Cool New Summer Treat

intercot.com - Sun, 2018-06-17 14:48
Disney Springs has announced a new ice cream treat at its Häagen-Dazs kiosk:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Springs Cool down this summer with an ice cream cookie sandwich from Häagen-Dazs!



Try it with two new cookie options including the Brownie Cookie and Snickerdoodle Cookie available through July 1.
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Paddlefish Celebrating National Vanilla Milkshake Day 2018

intercot.com - Sun, 2018-06-17 14:42
Paddlefish in Disney Springs is celebrating National Vanilla Milkshake Day 2018 with a sweet deal:

Quote: Originally Posted by Paddlefish
We’re shaking things up for National [Vanilla] Milkshake Day on June 20th, offering $5.00 treats to celebrate!


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The Fourth at the Fort 2018 Event Schedule

intercot.com - Sat, 2018-06-16 20:45
Disney's Fort Wilderness will be Celebrating Independence Day 2018 with a line-up of special activities:

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Press Release
The Fourth at the Fort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will offer several special events around the Fourth of July holiday:

  • The Fourth of July 5K Run will take place Tuesday, July 3. Pre-registration is available June 24-30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ; the run begins from that location at 7:30 a.m.
  • The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade begins at 4 p.m. on July 4. Registration will be open June 24-30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.
  • The Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6-11 p.m. on July 4. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, dancing, games, contests, a movie, and more. In addition, the Fort Wilderness food truck will be available in the settlement area with delicious items for purchase.
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