It’s been a while since our last Disneyland themed blog post. A lot has changed for the parks in the last year or so and a lot more planned for both Disney World and Disneyland Paris. If you are just here for the photos, then we have linked a lot of great images from Disney Instagram. Read on to find out more.
Disney World and all US Parks
In our last post about Disney World changes, we mentioned a lot of plans for the parks that came from Disney 23 Expo. A lot has changed since those plans were put forward and great progress has been made. Something we didn’t mention in that post was the addition to a Pixar Pier arriving at Disneyland Resort. Not only will there be food stands on the pier centred around popular Pixar characters, but a carousel ride called Jessie’s Critter Carousel. You can saddle up with up to 56 different friends on the ride. Food stands will include Senor Buzz Churros, Poultry Palace, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats and Angry Dogs. Pixar Pier will make it’s way to Disney California Adventure on June 23.
In addition to Pixar Pier, D23 announced the arrival of Toy Story Land and recently the launch date was announced. Set your countdown events to June 30, 2018. So you are probably a lot more curious about what to expect so far. If you follow Disney on Instagram then you might have already seen the photos for Slinky Dog Dash a new thrilling ride for all ages. You ride in Slinky Dog who takes you on a ride around curves, hills and drops. If you love the aliens in Toy Story then you might enjoy the Alien Swirling Saucers ride. Jump on the ride to be taken on an adventure in a toy rocket.
Rides which are still in production are the Star Wars: Galaxy Edge which is set to debut in 2019 at Walt Disney World. There was a sneak peak video posted on Twitter check it out below. The area looks like it is really taking shape.
It’s been a long time since Disneyland Paris had any new additions to the parks. Something finally is set to arrive in Disneyland Paris soon. They are introducing a few new areas centred around Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars. No news on what they will bring in terms of the changes but we will update as soon as we hear more news about the updates. The developments will roll out in phases from 2021. One thing we do know for sure is that they will be revamping the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will include the addition of Iron Man and his Avengers team.
That is everything we know so far. So maybe it is time to start planning your next adventure to Disneyland very soon. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.
We really enjoy writing these user inspired posts and for this post, you will see two Instagram posts from our users. Read on to find out who is in this week’s post.
If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.
First up is @amylk_27 who is off to Rome in April this year. The best time to visit Rome is from October to April when it is less crowded and prices for hotels are much cheaper. Rome is a popular tourist destination with some stunning attractions such as The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. All really easy to get to if you hop on the Metro in Italy. The Colosseum although a huge tourist spot, holds a lot of history and stunning architecture. It’s advised to spend a good hour exploring inside of the remains. The Trevi Fountain is a great place to throw in a coin for luck, but also a great place for a pit stop whilst enjoying some ice cream. The Piazza Navona is best to be visited late at night, where the square really comes to life. Whilst in Italy why not indulge in some tasty pasta and pizza. Only the best will be made in Rome. These are just a few things you can do whilst in Rome, Italy.
Next up is @staceyk_b who is off to New York in March. New York is busy all year round but the quietest time to visit is during January till Early March, although rather cold you can get the pick of the best hotels and better pick of the Broadway shows. Here are some must do’s for New York. Central Park really comes alive during the spring months so it could be ideal for a spring walk, why not head towards the Zoo, or hop on a carriage ride through the park. New York is most famous for its pizza, one of the first pizza places to ever open in New York was Lombardi’s Pizza, this place is amazing if you want authentic pizza. If you are looking to walk off that pizza then why not take a walk along The High Line, a beautiful urban bridge in the heart of the city, with stunning views it is a nice alternative to the usual tourist sites in NY. Why not visit some popular landmarks such as the Empire State building and the Rockefeller Center, both stunning views of the city and skyline? It’s a perfect place to take some pictures. A nice way to end a day is by seeing a Broadway show. Either a comedy or musical performance. These are just a few things you can do whilst in New York.
If you want to take part in our user inspired posts all you must do is either tag us in your countdowns, or use #countdown or #countdownplus on your posts.
It’s been some time since we did any Disneyland related blog posts, so we wanted to share some of the best tips for Disneyland Paris. We will split this into sections to read the parts you feel will help you out the most.
So unlike in Florida where it is always sunny and barely a chance of rain or snow. You need to expect the worst to happen in terms of weather. So if you visit in October then bring jumpers and a light raincoat, this works especially if you need to keep warm and dry during the night shows. You might think the park is small but it really doesn’t so do take some great weatherproof shows. It will help as you don’t want to walk around the park and end up having blisters and feeling tired so fast.
Book a Disney Hotel
This is more of a tip if you have not booked yet, but good to keep in mind for the next trip to Disneyland as well. It is always best to stay in a Disneyland hotel as you can get a free shuttle service to the parks from Disneyland hotels. It also only takes around 10 minutes to walk to the park. Tons of extras get thrown in as well if you choose a Disneyland hotel, such as park tickets come included in the price of your hotel stay, on-site shop and restaurant. If you choose to book a non-Disneyland hotel it can take up to an hour to get back which means less time in the park.
Much like the parks in the US, if you do end up staying in a park in the US. You will be given early access to the parks, from 8am. This gives you a head start of 2 hours to get on rides, so you don’t have to wait behind everyone. This works well for the type of rides where you cannot get fast pass tickets for.
Disneyland has some great food options as well if you do end up staying in the hotels then plan when you want to eat. If you think about eating when everyone else does you will get stuck in a queue for the table. It is advised online to eat before everyone does. Booking a table could be ideal as well since you won’t have to queue. So, plan a day ahead this will help if you are going in a large group. You can if you don’t want to have a sit-down lunch grab food from food stands around the park.
We hope these few tips helped you figure out what is best for your next Disneyland Paris trip. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus so we can see them.
We love your countdowns so much and if you follow us on Instagram and Twitter you will see how much we adore your countdowns. So, we decided to make more user inspired posts and stick to posting them once a month on our blog.
If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.
For the first time, ever in a long time some of you have been sharing some amazing holiday countdowns on Twitter.
First up is @lynnjohnston73 who is off to Tenerife in August. If you like the sound of Tenerife then the best time to go is May, June and July due to the sea breeze being so cool which makes the summer days more refreshing. August is one the most popular times of the year to visit. August is also the hottest time of year to visit as well, so if you need to escape the misery that can be the British weather then it might be perfect. We have actually talked about Tenerife before and one of the most popular destinations to visit if you want to cool off from the summer heat is Siam Park. Heavily popular with tourists, so if you want to go when it isn’t as busy then try getting there in the morning and like many theme parks they have fast passes. Those could come in handy if you don’t want to just waste time queuing. A lot of people assume it’s quite a small park but it is a huge park so don’t forget to pack a pair of trainers with you. If you aren’t interested in the big drops on the slides then you might like the Wave Palace pool which has over 42 different types of waves. Nice place just to relax and enjoy the sunshine with a drink. If you want to go on a huge inner tube you can and glide along the Thai ‘Lazy’ River. If you are an adrenaline junkie and love your slides then you might really enjoy the Tower of Power.
Loro Parque is also a good place to visit, Siam Park and Loro Parque are connected so if you want to save money then get the twin ticket for both parks. Loro Parque has so many animals to see. You can expect to see everything from Gorillas, Sea Lions, Parrots, Sharks and much more. They have a fair few shows you can see during the day to and can see the big orcas performing and has a stunning bird show. There are so many beaches to visit as well if you don’t fancy going to the water park. It’s a lovely place to visit you simply want to do nothing and just lay by the pool in your hotel.
Next up is @TommGreenn who is off to Croatia in September. If Tenerife isn’t for you then maybe Croatia could be more of your cup of tea. Croatia is best to visit during May to June and also in September which is perfect for @TommGreenn. Croatia is a large country and there is an awful lot to see. Some popular destinations in Croatia are Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar. If you visit Split then the best things to do is to rent a car or Vespa and ride around the coastline to visit the beaches and towns. If you want to see some culture then head to Diocletian’s Palace which was constructed by Emperor Diocletian’s in the fourth century AD. If you love Game of Thrones then you might like to know that some of the show was filmed in the Palace. If you are looking for some relaxation then you might enjoy the Krka National Park which is a big hit with tourists and a lovely place to swim in the waterfalls. There is so much more to Croatia then we could write a blog post so if you are heading to Croatia then we hope this gave you a good idea of what to expect.
We hope you enjoyed reading about these two amazing holiday countdowns from Twitter. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus
Disney 23 Expo was on this past weekend and we found out a lot of exciting news about upcoming movies and upcoming rides for this parks. So as you may know we are big fans of Disneyland here on our blog and thought it only felt appropriate to share our favourite new rides coming to Disneyland.
If you don’t have any clue what Disney 23 Expo is well it’s a massive fan based event in the Anaheim Convention Centre. They have huge announcements for rides and future films and this event runs every other year. So, this year was no exception it had some amazing news about improvements and new additions to the parks.
As you may already know Disneyland has been making way for more Star Wars attractions for some time now. Disneyland is going all out on future lands and rides, such as the Star Wars: The Galaxy’s Edge which will be a land full of immersive experiences. If you are die hard Star Wars fan then you might be familiar with the cantina scene and you can get yourself a glass of blue milk and a perfect music tone to set the mood, it will be like you are in the movie. As of right now, there are a lot Disneyland resorts which are based on classic Disney characters, but a first time for the Disneyland parks will be a Star Wars themed resort. The stay will be like no other resort stay at the park, you will be a citizen of the galaxy as soon as you check in. You will get the right costume and many other exciting opportunities as a new citizen of the galaxy. All the stay will be filled with immersive experiences that you will cherish forever. No real news on what to offer but it makes it all that more exciting if you don’t know really what to expect.
So as you might already be aware of is that the Hollywood Tower of Terror was closed down for a Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride. We had a funny feeling we might be seeing more of the Marvel universe come to the parks in the future. They have plans for new rides which will be situated at Epcot, so it is said that the reason why a Guardians of the Galaxy ride will come to Epcot instead of the parks is that when Peter Quill (Star-Lord) was a big fan of the place when he was younger. So, it seems like a fitting place to place the new ride. 2021 is the big 50th anniversary for Walt Disney World Resort, to coincide they wanted to add an attraction such as a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride and a new Ratatouille inspired ride which will link to the France pavilion.
In other Disneyland news, transportation has been on the parks minds for some time since the Walt Disney World Resort is roughly the size of the city of San Francisco. Which is a lot of space to cover and well can be tricky to get to all parks? So, they want to introduce Minnie Mouse themed vehicles which will help take them from place to place at the parks. They will also include some air travel in the form of a new Disney Skyliner, it will help to get to all locations in the resort. All locations will be linked up to the Skyliner, so you can travel and see the parks from a whole new angle.
We hope you are as excited about all the new rides at the parks as we are, in the comments let us know what you are most looking forward to. Don’t forget to tag your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus or #countdown.
We are midway through the summer months and we have been seeing a huge amount of holiday countdowns on Instagram. You share so many countdowns on Instagram and it is our favourite platform. We have selected some of the favourite countdowns from Instagram to give you some holiday inspiration. Over the month of July we will be posting a lot more User Inspired content to our blog so follow along to see more posts.
Right let’s get into this post with a post from @0ojones who is off to San Francisco in October this year and she is off too many more locations but we loved the sound of San Francisco. San Francisco is famous for many things such as Lombard Street the winding road, Golden Gate Bridge which you can see in many stunning photos online and The Castro. First few tips to get you started that we found online is that you should bring a jacket and expect it to be rather breezy. When you go expect to walk a lot or rely on Uber for longer travel journeys. If you love seeing breathtaking art and getting some much-needed exercise then head to the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, it will make for the perfect Instagram photo. Now if you are a lot older and watched Full House or the remake on Netflix you might be aware of the famous houses in San Francisco. They are called The Pink Ladies, which are 7 iconic houses which you can find in San Francisco either on foot or by the bus tour. We mentioned Lombard Street which is a famous long winding road in San Francisco. It has 8 hairpin turns, you can drive down it if you feel brave enough. Not only is grabbing a taxi a great way around town but trying out the cable cars are a must do if you feel like being a true tourist. So we hope that gives you enough inspiration on what to do in San Francisco.
Next up is @meow_meow_smith who is off to Florence, Italy soon. We have been following her countdown for some time now and been sharing her countdowns on our Instagram Stories as well. So we only felt it was right to feature her countdown on our blog. So Florence is a stunning place to visit in Italy, as soon as you type Florence into Pinterest you get the most stunning photos and great ideas for things to do. So featured in her photo is the Duomo, which is a stunning cathedral which can be viewed from many locations. The Cathedral is breathtaking inside and outside a must do when visiting Florence. If you are looking for the even more interesting place to visit then head to the Ponte Vecchio which is said to be Florence’s oldest and most picturesque bridge which holds many buildings. The buildings on the bridge are actually shops which range from jewellers to silversmiths. The city is best visited from above so head to either Duomo or Palazzo Vecchio for that stunning Instagram photo of the city. You can actually climb the bell tower or dome at the Duomo. If you don’t want to queue up for the views then head to the Palazzo Vecchio as apparently, you don’t have to queue as long since the Duomo is a touristy spot. Well, Italy is famous for pasta and pizza so why not indulge in some amazing at the Osteria Santo Spirito Restaurant on the south side of Arno. If you don’t want pasta then head to Gusta Pizza for apparently the best pizza in Florence.
We hope you enjoyed both of our users inspired posts this week. Check back in next week for more user inspired posts. If you want to be featured on our Instagram Stories then simply use the #countdown and #countdownplus on your posts and don’t forget to tag us in all your countdown photos on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram here.
So the last few posts have been about work and school so we wanted to share some tips on vacations. We love seeing all of your vacation countdowns on social media. So we wanted to share with you how you can have a fabulous vacation trip via the app.
Once you get your friends together and find out a date you all agree on then, you can add those all important dates to the app. Share the event code and don’t forget to make the event public so everyone can countdown with you.
If you are going on several vacations then don’t forget to personalise the countdown with the selection of great images from our image packs. We have a few vacation inspired images to choose from. You could also add your own images or images from Facebook.
Once you have all the dates sorted and you finish personalising the event then you should start to share the event on social media which as mentioned a lot of our users do. Twitter we don’t see enough holiday countdowns so do get Sharing via the share buttons on the app.
Then a sad feeling of knowing the event is over is not a nice feeling, but you can keep the old events to see how long since an event. This should then spur you on to actually add some new holiday events to the app. The repeat from the top.
We hope this gave you some more ideas on what to do with your vacation countdowns. So get sharing on social as we love seeing your countdowns use #countdown and #countdownplus
We love writing about Universal Studios Orlando as much as we like talking about Disneyland. So we wanted to do a similar post to our Disneyland blog post and share with you a beginner’s guide to Universal Studios Orlando. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.
When to attend
Much like Disneyland, it is best to attend during term time and avoid the national holidays when you can. Of course, if you like going around seasonal time then you may expect to see a few seasonal treats like rides, shows and food.
So if some of you aren’t aware you can use your magic wand that you get from Harry Potter world to do a whole host of fun things. You can unlock some magical features on some parts of the Harry Potter area of the park. Look out for the spots on the floor telling you where to go.
Much like with Disneyland you can find some delightful treats to enjoy at the park. Following on from Harry Potter, you can get a butter beer and why not choose a Frozen Butter Beer for those hot days at the park. The giant Big Pink doughnut from Lard Lad Donuts is a must, best when shared amongst friends. If you are looking for a hearty meal then head to The Leaky Cauldron, which offers a variety of British foods like Bangers and Mash and Cottage Pie. If you want something cold for dessert then head to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, which has some tasty flavours to indulge in.
So much like Disneyland’s Fast Pass Universal Studios has its own system of jumping the queues. You can get The Express Pass which is given to you if you stay in one of the five hotels. Since Universal Studios has a lot more to offer, a lot of people recommend to get a park to park ticket, it means you can get out a lot more rides and attractions.
Let us know if you are off to Universal Studios in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Universal Studio countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.
We write a lot of Disneyland based blog posts and wanted to share with you a beginner’s guide to Disneyland. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.
When to attend
So as shared before it’s best to go during term time at school and avoid all national holidays if you can. Bare in mind it is totally down to when is best for you and sometimes visiting during national holidays can be a great time to see special shows and eat some seasonal foods.
If you are going to the park with family or friends, please remember not to bring your selfie sticks as these are frowned upon at the park. If whilst at the park for the first time you want to see your favourite Disney characters then, the meet and greet with characters might suit you. You can meet several of your favourite characters.
If you want to fast track a lot of rides then we recommend getting yourself a fast pass. For a limited time on rides, you can queue jump and not have to wait hours to get on a ride. This is highly recommended if you are going to get on a ride which is very popular. You can grab tickets at the entrance of rides at the park, you just pay a little extra to queue jump.
Attending a firework show is a must when visiting Disneyland for the first time, or check out the special parades. We want to share the best places to actually view the fireworks which are, the further away you get from the castle the more obstructions will block your view. If you don’t mind setting up camp 2 hours before the show the try and find a spot to sit near the Partners Statue.
There are many food items and always new ones around the seasonal holidays. We have talked about Disneyland items before but a few fan favourites are as follows. The Mickey ears ice cream bar which is so simple but a staple at the parks. Dole whip which sounds amazing and we are yet to enjoy or try the Dole Float. The Mickey Pretzel is a firm favourite for many as a great savoury snack, you can find it at many food carts. We have seen so many gorgeous pictures of the Bacon Mac and Cheese inside from a bread cone which sounds amazing, can be found at the Cars Land. There are much more but these are great, to begin with.
Let us know if you are off to Disneyland in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.