Disney Tourist Blog News – Vol. 2, No. 1


Just when you least expected it, Disney Tourist Blog News is back for its second volume as the highly anticipated fall programming begins…or something like that. We figured now would be a good time to release a second volume since we just completed a multi-billion dollar (give or take) overhaul of the web design of the site (what do you think of the new look?). Since we went on hiatus this summer, our first issue of volume 2 will take a look at some of the stories you may have missed during summer break.

TOP STORIES

Since sharing our Disney Bucket List earlier this summer, we’ve already crossed several items off the list. Now that’s what I call progress!

Our review of the 2013 Disney Dining Plan. Unlike many websites, we do not highly recommend it…or even “lukewarm recommend” it.

We share some of the interesting items we pack for our Disney trips. Lots of weird gadgets on here!

PhotoPass+ is the hot new photo service from Disney, but does it make the grade? Given our anti-PhotoPass stance in the past, the answer might surprise you…

Have you ever wondered why Disney California Adventure needed a multi-billion dollar extreme makeover? Our retrospective features some of the most cringe-worthy elements of DCA 1.0.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is right around the corner(!!!), and we share our review and tips for maximizing your fun quotient at the Party!

Have you checked out my “One More Disney Day” eBook titled Disneyland: Sunrise to Sunrise yet? Use code: SUNRISE2012 for 25% off!

We shared an album of exclusive Facebook Timeline Cover photos on the DisneyTouristBlog Facebook Fan Page.

Making ADRs soon? Make sure you consult index of Disney Restaurant Reviews!

…MAKIN’ MEMORIES

We made memories earlier this month at EPCOT’s 30th anniversary as I dressed in retro attire and Sarah dressed like a crazy lady! ;) Photo by Cory Disbrow.

Several readers have asked about our point and shoot recommendations for Christmas 2012 and whether our point and shoot camera recommendations are still current. They are not current. Is a post ranking new point and shoot cameras something you’d be interested in seeing? Our current top camera, by far, is the Sony RX100 (check out our review of that little beauty).

Check out ISO 5571 – Disney Photography Podcast, co-hosted by me, for great Disney photography tips!

NEWS YOU CAN USE

A reopening date of December 6, 2012 has been set for Test Track 2.0 and crews race against the clock to finish this project, which is reported to be behind schedule.

It now appears that the nearly-dead AVATAR Land project is quickly moving forward as plans recently leaked.

The highly divisive “Limited Time Magic” promotion was announced for Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Times Square.

Though no press release has been issued, the best Muppets movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol, quietly comes to Blu-ray new week. I’m stoked, and it looks like it’ll have a robust set of extras!

Earl of Sandwich opens November 2 at Disneyland Resort. Millions rejoice.

FastPass+ inches closer to a widespread rollout at Walt Disney World.

Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction on track to open soon at Walt Disney World!

ITEMS OF INTEREST

WDW Today offers a preview of our favorite fan gathering of the year, Reunion.

MiceChat offers an amazing photo tour of New Fantasyland in Dateline Disney World.

Inside the Magic presents an extensive photo tour of Halloween Time at Disneyland. We’re DEFINITELY visiting Disneyland next Halloween!

Ideal Buildout presented a spectacular plan for a “Yesterland” theme park.

Disney Photography Blog recaps the Tower of Terror 10-miler runDisney event. Sarah and I ran this fun event!

Disney Food Blog¬†reviews the new frozen beer in World Showcase’s Japan.

easyWDW shares a well done look at some Food & Wine Festival booths. Also attempts humor. Fails miserably.

D23’s Michael Crawford shares information regarding The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot, an interesting retail concept that never came to fruition.

ISO 5571 – Disney Photography Podcast, a podcast I co-host, has had a ton of mediocre episodes recently. CHECK THEM OUT!

ImagineeringDisney shares a rational, well-reasoned plan for character attraction placement in the theme parks…which will be totally ignored by management. :(

TouringPlans offers a lighthearted look at Maelstrom in “A Tribute to Trolls” (shameless plug–I wrote this article).

WEDWay Radio launched “WEDWay NOW!” over the summer, and it has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts.

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We hope you enjoyed our story tonight, The Disney Tourist Blog News. If you found or wrote a particularly interesting article about Disney somewhere on the web this week, share it in the comments!

-Tom Bricker, Editor in Chief

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4 Responses to “Disney Tourist Blog News – Vol. 2, No. 1”

  1. Diane says:

    Mark one vote for an updated point and shoot camera post! The rx100 may be the best, but I am interested in who is in second (and might be more reasonably priced).

  2. Jennifer says:

    definately need an updated Point and Shoot review!! The RX100 looks great, but it way outside my budget!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the feedback. Now I just have to find a store that has display versions of the ones I want to test!!! :)

  3. Heather S. says:

    LOVE the picture of you and Sara at Epcot in October!! I have that same hat I wore as a Kid at Epcot and I found it this summer and my kids all took pictures in it! ;)

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