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Blah blah blah Apple Pay. Although it seems like the new mode of payment is all anyone can talk about this week, the attention is for good reason. Apple Pay is hopefully the first step towards a future we've always envisioned for travelers, a future served by universal payment.
Granted, Apple Pay has a long long way to go before we can hold up our phone to pay for bus fare in Hong Kong one day, and do the same to pay the bill at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark the next, but the growing ubiquity of iPhones and iPads means this native Apple app has serious potential, not to mention that many other countries have already eclipsed the US in contactless payment technology.
Disneyland got a BIG head start on the Halloween festivities when they kicked off their annual Halloween Time on September 12, but despite the clever Halloween-themed decorations and costume-clad characters that now fill the park, the real spooky action can be found at Mickey's Halloween Party.
Held on select nights, the party includes Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, more than 70 trick-or-treat stations, dance parties, creepy craft activities and the chance for you and the fan to roam around Disneyland in your matching Jack Skellington costumes. (Disneyland is one of the few theme parks that do you allow you to dress up, although there are some restrictions.)
As you can imagine, this event is HUGELY popular with Disney fans. So much so that there is only one night left with tickets still available--October 29. Tickets cost $70 a person and include admission to the Disneyland Park up to three hours before the event's start time (6pm) along with complimentary parking.
Can't make it to the party? Then you can enjoy the daytime Halloween festivities at Disneyland which include haunted attractions on rides like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain; the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch where kids can play games, do crafts and get made over into pirates, and a special Dia de los Muertos skeleton display tucked inside Frontierland.
Disneyland Park tickets start at $96 for kids 10 and up while Park Hopper tickets, which give you access to Disney's California Adventure, start at $150.
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It sounds like Disney is hard at work thinking of the latest and greatest in theme park technology, but this time things aren’t exactly related to new rides, attractions, or roller coasters.
Disney recently filed a few patent applications for some of their new ideas, and they have a lot to do with drones. Specifically, the plans sound like the theme parks are planning to put unmanned flying devices to work in the name of sharing a little more entertainment with visitors.
It seems like we were just talking about Disney and their plans to increase admission to some of their theme parks, and now just weeks later they’re doing it again—this time over in California.
The parks that make up Disneyland Resort are rising once again, and this is certainly going to take away from your oversized turkey leg and churro budget. Things have been bumped up by roughly four percent, as Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park will now set you back $96. Parking is also going up by a buck, and that’s now going to cost $17 for each and every vehicle heading into the lots.
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They’re at it again this year, but after the news from last month it’s going to cost you a little bit more to party all night long. Disney parks in California and Florida are doing the 24-hour thing once again, and this year’s events are set to go down this May.
Things were kicked off in a unique way, as they used a message on Twitter featuring 140 characters—Disney characters to be specific. Memorial Day Weekend is when things will be open all day long, as the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” takes place at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.
Mickey Mouse must have a boat payment due or something, as he’s looking to raise a little more cash at his theme parks down in Florida. Walt Disney World just announced that they’re upping the admission cost to its theme parks, and the price increase is effective pretty much immediately. So if you’re been saving up for that trip to visit the Magic Kingdom—you might need to save a little bit more.
It’s pretty much an annual expectation at this point, but it always seems to sneak up on those with Disney plans on the horizon. This time all four parks are going up in cost by $4 per day, and it’s the Magic Kingdom leading them all. It will now set back one visitor $99 to check things out for the day, and when tax is added onto things that’s $105.44. Of course Disney wants you to stay longer than one-day, and the tickets for multi-day visits work out to be a better value. However, it’s a little scary that the cost of doing business with Mickey has now gone over that $100 mark.
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For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coastfor example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Partybut sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.
Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.
It might not be as exciting as a new ride or attraction, but the latest technology coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland is certainly a welcome addition. Taking pictures with Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the character crew has never been the same since social media arrived. So we totally understand when you just need to share those moments on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
That’s where the technology at the theme parks comes in, as AT&T is working behind the scenes to improve the network necessities. We’re not familiar with all the ins and outs of some of these electronics, but we do know that the connectivity company has introduced a whole bunch of small cells to boost signal, reception, and the can-you-hear-me-now factor in and around the parks.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
A collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.
These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:
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The real star of Saving Mr. Banks is actually Disneyland.
The modern day park was transformed back to 1961 for the film which follows Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) on his quest to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) that she should let him turn her beloved book into a movie.
Through costumes, exact replica poster art, balloons, and the famous retro Floral Mickey that once greeted visitors, Disneyland was brought back to its early days just for the film.
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You might have heard that they’re working on yet another film in the Star Wars series. There’s pretty few details about the storyline, but we do know one thing about the arrival of the next films—the theme parks are interested.
The plot is probably still being figured out, but Disney is already planning to cash in on the franchise even more that it has done in the past. Things are still very much a rumor at this stage, but the head honcho at Disney recently hinted that some expansions related to the movie franchise might be on the horizon. Specifically the futuristic Tomorrowland section of Disneyland might get some kind of Star Wars addition or overlay, and down at the parks in Orlando something similar would be added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Oh heck—it looks like Mickey Mouse needs a little extra cash this summer, as he must be planning something big for Minnie. The house of mouse is raising ticket prices yet again at the theme parks, as admission to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World is getting pretty darn close to $100 per day.
The new ticket prices went into effect earlier in the week, so you’re going to bring a few more bucks if you’re hoping for a ride on Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean. Down in Florida the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World resort will now set you back $95 per adult for a one-day ticket—oof. The per day amount decreases as you stay longer, as a four day ticket is now going for $279; however, adding on the ability to hop between parks is an additional $59 per person.