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Update for June 27 – July 1, 2012

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All roads lead to Cars Land | What to expect during Annual Passholder Early Entry | Celebrating the 4th of July at the Disneyland Resort | Annual Downtown Disney fundraiser nets $10,000 for CHOC | Disneyana Fan Club to honor John Musker and Ron Clements at Disneyland dinner | This and That...

All roads lead to Cars Land

Disney has a long-standing policy of declining to release park attendance numbers, but you have to wonder if company executives aren't wishing they could stand on the rooftop of Flo's V8 Cafe and crow about the response to the billion-dollar makeover of Disney California Adventure. Though DCA never reached maximum capacity during the week after the park's grand reopening, tens of thousands poured through the turnstiles everyday to get a look at the new Cars Land and all of the other changes around the park.


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Fortunately for the rest of DCA, the thousands waiting three hours or longer to ride Radiator Springs Racers, and thousands more waiting in line for Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree meant that the rest of the park seemed pleasantly busy most days, with waits for Toy Story Midway Mania under an hour, and most other rides posting a wait of less than half an hour.

Disneyland also enjoyed lighter-than-average crowds last week, with most of the "E"-ticket rides posting waits of under an hour this weekend. With most schools now out for the summer, however, TouringPlans.com estimates that both parks will likely be extremely busy this next week.

The opening week Cars Land crowds also snapped up many of the souvenirs created for the new land. The Limited Edition Cars Land music CD is reportedly sold out park-wide (though merchandise cast members say they aren't sure if DCA had received all of the CDs yet, or whether there are more in the warehouse). The souvenir Sipper Cone Cups are also sold out, with the next shipment not scheduled to arrive for a month.

If you missed any of our new DCA coverage, be sure to check out these articles from last week:

We continue our coverage this week, with topics like the the new shopping and entertainment options at Disney California Adventure, a look at Cars Land accessibility for guests with disabilities, a review of the Mad T Party, and a peek inside the exclusive 1901 Lounge.

What to expect during Annual Passholder Early Entry

The new Annual Passholder Early Entry program, which lets passholders enter Disneyland or Disney California Adventure an hour before that park opens to the public, began at the Disneyland Resort last week. AP Early Entry is usually offered at Disneyland Park on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at Disney California Adventure Park on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays most days through September 13, 2012.

Annual Passholder Early Entry requires advance online registration—you cannot just walk up to the gate and flash your AP. Availability is limited each morning, and Annual Passholders may only use the privilege once this summer at each park. We asked four MousePlanet readers who attended the first few Early Entry events to share their experiences so you know what to expect if you use this new perk later this summer.

All four readers seem to agree that you need to arrive early to make the most of the extra hour. Tiffany E. attended the first DCA early entry last Tuesday, arriving at the Mickey and Friends parking structure at 5:40 a.m. (the structure opens at 6 a.m. for early entry). After parking, she and her daughter decided to walk to the main entrance rather than wait for a tram, and joined the line at the west bag check tents to wait until check-in opened at 6:30 a.m.

Tiffany T. attended Thursday's DCA early entry. Her family walked from their room at the Paradise Pier Hotel and arrived at the west bag check at 6:30 a.m. Tiffany said "there was already a significant line formed," and the bag check staff "seemed in no hurry" to screen people.

To check in for the event, you will present the annual passport for each member of your party; a copy of the confirmation you received when you registered for the event helps speed the process. Cast members scan each AP, verify that each person is registered for Early Entry that day, and issue a wristband for each person.

When Doug W. arrived at the East bag check tents at 6:30 a.m. for Saturday's event, he found it was "very organized, lots of CMs to make it go quick." Chris B. also attended Saturday's event, and got to the west bag check by 6:20 a.m., "where about 20 CMs were waiting to scan all your passes with iPods then once scanned the remaining cast members put a wrist band on your hand. By 6:27 I was in front of DCA entrance waiting in line."

All four readers entered the park by 7:10 a.m. on their respective days, and all four headed straight to Cars Land. To prevent a stampede through the park, Tiffany T. said, "Just past the Carthay [Circle] Theatre, the CMs stopped the whole crowd with a rope and paced the entire group slowly into Cars Land and all the way back to the entrance of Radiator Springs Racers." Chris reported a slightly different process on Saturday. "Once at the entrance to Cars Land, Mater and Lightning McQueen led the whole crowd down Route 66; both characters then went to their photo ops."

Radiator Springs Racers seems to be the first stop for the majority of guests, but the ride isn't always ready to roll. On Thursday, Tiffany T. reported, "My son and I were in the "paced" group headed to [Radiator Springs Racers]. When we reached the entrance, they announced that the racers were not running, but we could go ahead and get into line. As we were walking through the queue, we heard them announce that the racers were running. We kept moving and got fairly close to the loading [when the ride] went down again. We stayed in line and within 5 minutes, it was running again. At that point, it did not go down again while we were in line, and we got on. Success!" Chris reported that the first riders did not board until about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, and reader Cindy S. posted on Twitter that her party left the line Sunday morning when the ride still wasn't operating by 7:30 a.m.

Of course, there are two other rides in Cars Land, and readers reported that both had no or short lines during much of the early entry hour because most of the guests were in line for Radiator Springs Racers.

All that changes when the park opens to the public at 8:00 a.m.; our readers reported that the wait for Luigi's Flying Tires swelled to as long as 90 minutes once the "day guests" arrived, with the line at Mater's Junkyard Jamboree running as long as 45 minutes depending on the day. Chris pointed out that Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania and California Screamin' had almost no wait during the early entry hour, and suggested that passholders head to those attractions once the park opens and the day guests flood Cars Land.

Tiffany E. added that, while she enjoyed the Early Entry benefit as a passholder, "I do feel bad for the general public. Between the early annual passholder hours [Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday] and the early hotel guest hours [Monday, Wednesday, Friday], general admission has no chance of getting to Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers without a huge line. The Fastpass line before 8:00 was filled with early entry people, so even trying to get a Fastpass is near impossible."

A frequent question about the Early Entry events is the availability of Fastpass. Officially, Fastpass distribution does not begin until the park opens to the public, but we asked our readers to tell us what they saw during their events.

On Tuesday, Tiffany E. said Fastpass distribution did not begin until 8:00 a.m., but that Early Entry guests were allowed to form a line to wait if they wished. Tiffany T. said the same happened during her event on Thursday, but that cast members were trying to discourage guests from getting in line early.

On Saturday, Chris said he walked past the Fastpass line at 8:20 a.m., and saw the return time was already 11 a.m. He joined the end of the line, which stretched as far back as the Animation Building in Hollywood Land, and at 9:25 a.m. received a Fastpass for 7:30 p.m.

According to MousePlanet sponsor TouringPlans.com, Fastpass distribution for Radiator Springs Racers ended for the day around 9:30 a.m. all last week; the earliest was 8:58 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Early Entry offer seems popular with our respondents, with all four saying it is a good addition to the benefits offered to passholders. Tiffany E. said "It makes the new increase on my pass seem a little more worth the cost if I can get such extras." All four also said they'd like to see the offer extended beyond the summer, but perhaps with some changes. Doug said the "6:30 a.m. arrival is rough, especially with kids," and thinks the event would be more enjoyable on days when the park doesn't open to the public until 9 or 10. Tiffany E. said she'd like passholders to be able to use the benefit more frequently, "maybe even every three months—that way you can do it at least four times a year." Chris would like there to be fewer passholders admitted each day, saying he felt like there were just a few too many passholders on Saturday. "I got on all three rides since I was in front of the RSR line queue," he said, "but I know the end of the line waited the whole early hour for RSR."

Tiffany T. also used the AP Early Entry benefit to visit Disneyland on Wednesday, and said the park was empty. "We basically had Disneyland to ourselves! It was amazing!" Doug said he is looking forward to using his benefit at Disneyland on a future visit, "so I can enjoy a very easy first hour in the park." MousePad member Swanie used her Early Entry benefit on Friday, and said, "I have photos of an empty Fantasyland and we walked on everything until close to 9:00am. In fact, we had ridden everything we wanted to by 10:30."

As always, operational policies are subject to change. In fact, Swanie reports that she and her family were asked to test an alternate verification and wristband process during Friday's early entry period at Disneyland, so it seems that park managers are actively trying to make the process easier for both passholders and cast members.

The Orange County Register reports that Knott's Berry Farm launched its own version of an AP Early Entry program last week.

Did you use the Annual Passholder Early Entry at either park last week? Share you experiences on our MousePad discussion forum, and let other readers know what to expect during their visit.

Celebrating the 4th of July at the Disneyland Resort

For the past two years, Disneyland has tried to spread out the Independence Day crowds by scheduling the holiday fireworks show (with the tongue-straining name of "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky") on four nights leading up to July 4. The plan worked so well in 2010 and 2011 that Disney will do it again this year, presenting the show Sunday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. each night.

The patriotic fireworks replace "Magical," Disney’s nighttime fireworks show, which resumes on Thursday, July 5.

If fireworks are in your plans, be sure to check out the MousePlanet Fireworks viewing guide for suggested viewing areas and alternatives for crowded days.


Buena Vista Street is decorated for the Independence Day holiday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland's Fantasmic is on the summer schedule, with performances at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. nightly. With the holiday falling mid-week, Disneyland has not officially scheduled a third performance for July 4. As always, park managers may add another performance if park attendance reaches a certain threshold.

The Flag Retreat Ceremony is often especially well-attended on July 4. The ceremony takes place around 5:00 p.m. in Town Square.

Last year, Disney California Adventure presented an Independence Day "preshow" before the scheduled performances of the World of Color. We have not yet heard if the pre-show is on the schedule for 2012; check next week's Update for the latest holiday information.

Parking is often a problem during the Independence Day holiday, and it is not uncommon for the Mickey and Friends parking structure to reach capacity early in the day. We suggest you try the Toy Story lot south of Katella Avenue on Harbor Boulevard, which offers bus service to the Resort and is generally easier to get into, especially for people arriving from south of the Resort.


Mortimer's Market features patriotic bunting for the Independence Day holiday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

In past years, the Downtown Disney parking lot suspended the standard three-hour grace period and imposed a flat $15 upfront fee for vehicles entering after 6:00 p.m., in an effort to discourage those who would park in Downtown Disney to watch the Disneyland fireworks for free from the esplanade between Disneyland and DCA. We have not yet heard if the Resort plans to do this again this year, but we expect they will. If you have to pay the fee, you should be able to get a refund with a table-service restaurant or AMC movie theater validation.

Annual Downtown Disney fundraiser nets $10,000 for CHOC

The Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic event was held in Downtown Disney Anaheim this weekend, and raised $10,000 for Children's Hospital Orange County. The third annual event was hosted by the Disneyland Resort, with supplies donated by Color Me Mine pottery, and staffed by volunteers from local Chic-fil-A restaurants.


Brian and Lily Griffith of Lake Forest, California, paint a tile at the Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic event in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Participants helped create one of two tile murals by painting and personalizing a four-inch by four-inch tile. The finished tiles will be baked and glazed, then assembled into a mural that will be installed in Downtown Disney near the ESPN Zone restaurant. The new murals will be installed sometime in October, and the murals created during the 2011 event will be sent back to CHOC, where they will be displayed in the hospital's new tower currently under construction in Orange.


2012 CHOC Walk Ambassador Adela Jauregui paints a tile at the Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic event in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic is one of several CHOC fundraisers held at the Disneyland Resort. The next event is the Fifth Annual Taste of Downtown Disney, scheduled for Thursday, August 16. This annual fundraiser includes appetizers and wine tasting at several participating Downtown Disney restaurants. Registration is not yet open; keep watching for additional details.


Completed tiles wait to be glazed and fired before being assembled into a mural in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

On Sunday, October 14, Team MousePlanet returns for our fifth year at the CHOC Walk in the Park. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $27,000 for CHOC since 2008. The 2012 race is at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open—visit the CHOC website to join us! You can also visit our MousePad discussion forum for more information about the walk and our team.

Disneyana Fan Club to honor John Musker and Ron Clements at Disneyland dinner

The Disneyana Fan Club is hosting a Disneyland dinner event honoring Disney Animators/Producers/Directors John Musker and Ron Clements on Tuesday, July 17 (Disneyland's anniversary). This is a rare opportunity to see John Musker and Ron Clements in person, and to eat dinner at Aladdin's Oasis, which closed as a dining venue in 1996.

Tickets are $115 per person, with an optional Premium Viewing Dessert package for the 10:30 p.m. performance of Fantasmic available for an additional $75 per person. Disneyland theme park admission, which is required to attend the event, is not included. July 17 is a blockout day for SoCal and SoCal Select annual passholders.

Space is limited, and you must RSVP by June 25 if you wish to add the Fantasmic dessert option to your meal. After that, dinner reservations will be accepted only until the event fills. Register using the form available on the club's website, or email anita@disneyanafanclub.org for more information.

Though the reservation form states that one member of your household must be a member of (or join) the Disneyana Fan Club, the DFC has invited MousePlanet readers to attend the event without joining the club. Just be sure to write "I read about it on MousePlanet" somewhere on your reservation form.

Please note, this is not an autograph session, and the event organizers ask that you bring no personal items to be signed.

This and That...

...MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations has a very limited quantity of 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Tickets at the pre-increase price of $224 for adults, $208 for children 3-9, a savings of up to $27 per ticket. Here are the details from their website:

Ticket Rules:

  • Tickets must be purchased with a Get Away Today hotel package. Combine your discount Disney tickets with our reduced hotel rates and/or free night hotel specials to save the most! All of our vacation packages are bundled with these discount tickets, so you don't have to do anything extra to get these tickets.
  • The included discount Disney tickets are physical tickets, which allow you to avoid ticketing booth wait times. Just take your tickets and go straight through the turnstile.
  • These tickets must be treated like cash and are not replaceable if lost or stolen.
  • These tickets are valid through December 31, 2012 and are non-refundable.
  • These tickets are currently not available for travel within five days.
  • Adult tickets are $224 and child (ages 3-9) tickets are $208. This is a savings of $26 for an adult and $27 for a child.

...If you're planning a stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel between now and July 18, be advised that crews may replace the artwork in your room during your stay. Work crews will be accompanied by a Disney cast member at all times while in guest rooms.


The new Red Car Trolley ice cream sundae cup is now available at Clarabelle's on Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street has received its shipment of the Red Car Trolley sundae cup. The souvenir cup comes with your choice of four signature sundaes (Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge, Strawberry, Mint or Mocha) for $11.99 [Note, this photo shows a hand-dipped ice cream bar, which is not sold in a sundae cup unless you ask really, really nicely].

...The Disney Gallery closes June 28 and 29 to install a new exhibit titled "Crowning Achievements: Creating Castles for Magical Kingdoms," featuring the art of Disney theme park castles around the world. The current exhibit, "A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney," closes June 27, with a new exhibit opening June 30 with a product release and artist signing event from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; full details are now available on the Disney Gallery website.

...The Orange County Register reported earlier this month that Disneyland is replacing and upgrading cell phone antennas in Tomorrowland, Downtown Disney, Fantasyland, and New Orleans Square.

…The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, go to the MousePlanet main page and enter your email address in the top right box labeled "Join the MousePlanet Newsletter." Click Join, then fill out the fields in the registration page, including your first and last name. The Newsletter is free, but you must complete this registration to receive it, even if you may have signed up for one with us in the past.

…Visitors planning trips to the Disneyland Resort should make a point to check the Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures section each week for the most recent updates. The Disneyland Resort Web site currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update (link) for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.

Crowd Forecast

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Disney California Adventure re-opened to rave reviews earlier this month, and the peak of summer is nearly upon us. This week's midnight closings at Disneyland and 11:00 pm closings at California Adventure are sure signs that visitors are descending on the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the crowds with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now that school is out, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10 / 10
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10 / 10
Thursday, June 28, 2012 10 / 10
Friday, June 29, 2012 10 / 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Only Southern California Select Annual Passports are blocked out Sunday through Thursday (June 24-28).
  • Full blockouts on Saturday, June 30.
  • Waits at the FASTPASS machines for Radiator Springs Racers (located near It's Tough to Be a Bug) have been around 45 minutes at official park opening, and FASTPASS tickets are generally gone for the day around 9:30 am.
  • Due to its incredibly low capacity, consider riding Luigi's Flying Tires standby right after starting your day by grabbing a FASTPASS for Radiator Springs Racers.

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Community Events

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Team MousePlanet is back for our fifth year at the CHOC Walk in the Park, benefiting Children's Hospital Orange County. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $27,000 for CHOC since 2008. The 2012 race is Sunday, October 14 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open—visit the CHOC website to join us! You can also visit our MousePad discussion forum for more information about the walk and our team.

Volunteer with Team MousePlanet at the Disneyland Half Marathon

Team MousePlanet is looking to form a group to volunteer during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, August 30 to September 2, 2012. Non-runners are welcome. Visit our MousePad discussion forum for additional information.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all of these have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit.

Disneyland

  • Disney Gallery – closed June 28 & 29 to install a new exhibit.
  • Plaza Gardens – closed until winter 2013 for the construction of Fantasy Faire.


The mural outside the "it's tough to be a bug" theater was repainted to provide a better transition from Cars Land to a bug's land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

  • None currently scheduled

Note: Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781-7290.

Resort Events

Check here to see if a large convention, competition or park event might fall during your next trip to the Disneyland Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

2012

Summer
  • Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animation – August 11 and 12. This D23 event returns to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. Additional details and registration information at www.Disney.com/D23.
  • 5th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 16. This annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County includes appetizers and wine tasting at several participating Downtown Disney restaurants. Registration is not yet open, check back for additional details.
  • 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 31 to September 2. Event is now sold out.

Fall

  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday October 14. The annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County takes place before park hours in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Magic Morning normally scheduled for Sunday at Disneyland will likely be rescheduled to Monday, October 15, and Disneyland will likely open at 9 a.m. to accommodate the event. Team MousePlanet is back for our 5th year, and we welcome new members - visit the CHOC website to join us! You can also visit our MousePad discussion forum
  • for more information about the walk and our team.

2013

  • 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 18–20. Registration is now open.
  • Grad Nite events – this party for high school seniors graduating in 2013 will be held on 22 dates in 2013: May 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
    June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. The 2013 event includes admission to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disneyland after the park closes to the public for the night.
  • D23 Expo – August 9–11. Tickets for the three-day convention go on sale August 9, 2012.

We also recommend checking the convention calendar at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau Web site (link). When looking at that site, remember to note both the number of people and the number of rooms resulting from each convention. A gathering of 25,000 people booking few room nights (indicating most will be driving in to the area for their meeting) can impact traffic around the Resort much more than a crowd of 25,000 staying in area hotels. Of course, that second group is going to make finding a hotel room more difficult (and possibly more expensive), so it's best to book your own room as early as possible if you see that a big convention is in town during your trip.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Disneyland prices as of May 20, 2012.

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices check the most recent Disneyland Resort Update.

Several current promotions offer discounted admission to the Disneyland Resort. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the number of days the tickets are valid. Check out the category that best matches the amount of time you plan to spend at the resort, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers!

This first section is a list of discounts on ticket–only purchases. Though it has become more common in recent years, Disneyland tickets are rarely offered at deep discounts unless you are a resident of Southern California or Northern Mexico. For residents outside that area, the best discounts available tend to be simple advance purchase discounts.

If you know of any additional discounts, offers, promotions, or contests that should be listed in this section, drop us a line. Note, we are no longer listing offers from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, as their convenience fee negates any savings.

One Day, One Park Ticket – Regularly $87/$81

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $125/$119

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Two Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $170/$158

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $200/$188

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $220/$205

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $250/$235

Get Away Today Vacations offer – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations has a very limited quantity of 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Tickets at the pre-increase price of $224 for adults, $208 for children 3-9, a savings of up to $27 per ticket. Here are the details from their website:

Ticket Rules:

  • Tickets must be purchased with a Get Away Today hotel package. Combine your discount Disney tickets with our reduced hotel rates and/or free night hotel specials to save the most! All of our vacation packages are bundled with these discount tickets, so you don't have to do anything extra to get these tickets.
  • The included discount Disney tickets are PHYSICAL tickets, which allow you to avoid ticketing booth wait times. Just take your tickets and go straight through the turnstile!
  • These tickets must be treated like cash and are not replaceable if lost or stolen.
  • These tickets are valid through December 31, 2012 and are NON-refundable.
  • These tickets are currently not available for travel within five days.
  • Adult tickets are $224 and child (ages 3-9) tickets are $208. This is a savings of $26 for an adult and $27 for a child!

Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($95) – A discounted price offered to active or retired U.S. military personnel or their spouses. Based on past offers, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the US military, including active members of the National Guard or Reservists and active or retired members of the US Coast Guard. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base, or at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Valid military ID is required. The price is the same for adults and children, and total of six tickets may be purchased per military member, regardless of who purchases the tickets (the member or their spouse). Tickets must be purchased by Sept 30, 2012. The ticket has the following blockout date: July 4, 2012.

As far as we can tell, there is no "fuse" on this ticket, so you may have more than the standard 13 days from first use to use the remaining two admissions, but we highly recommend you contact your base MWR/ITT office for more details before making travel plans. Please note that this ticket is not a "bonus" ticket, and so does not include an early admission day.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $245/$225

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $275/$255

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $260/$240

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $290/$270

No discounts currently available to the general public.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Six Day, One Park per Day Ticket

Six Day Park Hopper

No longer offered by Disneyland. Some travel providers may offer 6-day or longer tickets to international customers as part of a package; residents of Canada, Australia or the UK should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available to you.

Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

No discounts currently available for new purchases. California residents can take advantage of the monthly–payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

Premier Annual Passport: $849 [Valid at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking]
Premium Annual Passport: $649 [includes parking]
Deluxe Annual Passport: $469
Southern California Annual Passport: $329
SoCal Select Annual Passport: $269
Parking Add On: $129 [Add on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes. Has same blockout days as corresponding pass]
Blockout Day Ticket: $70 [Grants one–day park–hopper admission to an annual passholder on a blockout day]

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPass
$279/$239

Southern California CityPass PLUS
$311/$263

2012 Southern California CityPass ($279/$239) – This pass includes a 3–Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early–entry day), a one–day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2012. Purchase CityPass through the Disneyland Website or on–site at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPass Website, though a shipping charge may apply depending on how quickly you need the ticket.

2012 Southern California CityPass PLUS ($311/$263) – This pass includes a 3–Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early–entry day), a one–day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, PLUS one–day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2012. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPass Website.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Hotel/Travel Packages

Costco Travel Packages – Many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco. When purchasing a Costco Disneyland travel package, extras that will be included are: Mickey's Toontown Madness admission (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), a character breakfast collectible pin and lanyard, and a Costco luggage tag per person, plus a $20 Disneyland Resort gift card per package.

Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – Package includes accommodations one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels; Souvenir Park Hopper ticket with voucher for admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, plus one Magic Morning (early entry) for three–day or longer Park Hoppers; preferred seating at three DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!); Preferred Showing of Turtle Talk with Crush (Priority Viewing at the first Turtle Talk with Crush show of the day, on any one day – one voucher per Guest); Disney Dream coin keepsake (one per package), luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy or Crush. Contact Disney Travel or your favorite travel agent.

Contact a MousePlanet sponsor travel agency for assistance in booking your next trip

Get Away Today
800–523–6116
www.getawaytoday.com

Mouse Ears Vacations
www.mouseearvacations.com

Small World Vacations
www.smallworldvacations.com

Other Discounts

Annual Passholder offers – Disneyland has once again extended the 20% merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders. The discount is now valid through December 31, 2012.

Purchase with Purchase offers – Disneyland Resort shops frequently offer a reduced–price souvenir (often a tote bag, watch, or blanket) with a qualifying minimum purchase. The current offers are:

Disneyland shops

  • Mickey tote bag for $15.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Pin Trading Starter Set for $18.95 with a $40 purchase.

Disney California Adventure shops

  • Disney tote bag for $15.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Expandable duffel bag for $17.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Mickey Mouse watch for $17.95 with a $30 purchase.

Downtown Disney / Disneyland Resort Hotel shops

  • Expandable duffel bag for $17.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Coastal tote bag for $15.95 with a minimum purchase of $25.
  • Pin Trading Starter Set for $18.95 with a $40 purchase.

Character Dining Vouchers – Discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through Get Away Travel.

Disney Visa – Cardholders have access to a private Character Meet 'N' Greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free 5x7 photograph per visit. Cardholders also receive 10% off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney–operated retail stores, 10% off at selected Disneyland Resort restaurants, (Big Thunder Ranch, River Belle Terrace, French Market, Cocina Cucamonga, Steakhouse 55, PCH Grill and Storyteller's Café), and 20% off the "Welcome to Disneyland," "A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps," and "Discover the Magic" guided tours. See the Disney Visa website for terms and conditions.

Landry's Select Club – Members of the Landry's Select Club get priority seating at the Rainforest Cafe when available (which makes a huge difference on busy days), and a 10% discount on retail purchases. This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club as of March 31, 2012. If you are already a Safari Club member, you can migrate your membership to the new Landry's Select Club at no charge, and start to earn points in the new program. All Safari Club points and benefits expire on March 31, so if you have any gift certificates left to redeem, you have just a week to do so. The new Select Club eliminated the entree discount and free appetizer offer that was included with the Safari Club, replacing them with a point–based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. If you are not yet a member of either the Safari Club or the Landry's Select Club, you can pre–purchase your membership before your trip. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 reward.

ESPNZone MVP Club – Membership in the MVP Club does not offer any discounts on food. However, once a member you can make an online reservation for your party up to three days in advance and will get a 25% increase in points purchased when playing games in the Sports Arena (and 40 bonus points at activation). You must register online and your membership card will then be mailed to you within two weeks. The card must then be activated at any ESPNZone by the person who signed up for the card and ID will be required (link).

Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

DL: Disneyland
DCA: Disney California Adventure

Annual Pass blockouts:

  • SL – Southern California Select Annual Pass
  • SC – Southern California Annual Pass
  • DX – Deluxe Annual Pass

Early Admission: (full description available on the Disneyland website)

  • MM – Magic Morning for 3-plus day ticket holders
  • EMH – Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
  • AP – Early Entry for Annual Passholders with advance reservations
  • TT – Toontown Morning Madness at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort Special Events:

6/24 6/25 6/26 6/27

6/28

6/29 6/30
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/1 7/2 7/3

7/4

7/5 7/6 7/7
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC/DX

Events:
4th of July Holiday
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/8 7/9 7/10

7/11

7/12 7/13 7/14
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/15 7/16 7/17

7/18

7/19 7/20 7/21
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Disneyland's anniversary

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/22 7/23 7/24

7/25

7/26 7/27 7/28
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None
7/29 7/30 7/31

8/1

8/2 8/3 8/4
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL/SC

Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
None

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

 



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