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Update for July 16 – 22, 2012

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Disney expands Extra Magic Hours, lifts cast member blockouts | Disneyland anniversary event and USA Olympic volleyball team appearance | Start planning for Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort | Disney Cruise Line News | Fifth annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting CHOC | This and That...

Disney expands Extra Magic Hours, lifts cast member blockouts

Starting today and running through September 13, 2012, Extra Magic Hours are offered seven days a week at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for visitors who are staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels. This is a major change to the revised Early Admission program introduced this summer, and provides an even better incentive for vacationers to choose one of Disney's hotels for their visit.


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Under the new program, hotel guests can choose to visit either Disneyland or Disney California each morning of their stay; those with park hopper tickets can visit both parks during the Extra Magic Hours period if desired. This change also addresses complaints from hotel guests that they only had early admission to DCA on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Annual Passholders had early admission on both weekend days and also Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Annual Passholder Early Entry program and Magic Morning program remain unchanged, though both groups now share early admission with Disneyland Resort hotel guests.

Disney also announced last week that the cast member main entrance blockouts have been lifted for most dates at the Disneyland Resort. Cast members can once again use their main entrance passes to sign in family and friends on the following dates: Now through August 19, 26 through 31. The August 20 through 25 blockout dates still apply.

While Disney has removed the blockout dates, they have added a new rule that cast members may not use their Main Gate passes or sign in friends and family before 10 a.m. Disney says the restricton is to "provide a positive experience for our day Guests who enter the parks during early admission or who may be utilizing Disney’s FASTPASS Service." At Disney California Adventure, admitting cast members and their guests after 10 a.m. basically ensures they won't be able to collect a Fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers. Disney also reminds cast members that they are expected to remain with their guests during their visit.

Disneyland anniversary event and USA Olympic volleyball team appearance

Disneyland will commemorate its 57th anniversary on Tuesday with a brief "Celebratory Moment" at 2:30 p.m. Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters will gather in Town Square as Walt Disney's original dedication speech is played on speakers throughout Disneyland. The characters will then lead guests and cast members in Town Square in singing "Happy Birthday" to Disneyland.

Disney's tradition of hosting Olympic athletes at the theme parks continues this Tuesday when Disneyland hosts members of the U.S. Men and Women’s National Volleyball Teams. The city of Anaheim is the official Host City of the teams, and the players are currently training at the American Sport Center a few miles from the Disneyland Resort.

The athletes, Disney characters and the All-American College Band will take part in a cavalcade along the Disneyland parade route from "it's a small world" to Main Street at 1 p.m., after which the athletes will participate in a media photo session.


Olympians at Disneyland Park Through the Years. Disney video.

Start planning for Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort

Mark your calendars; November 12, 2012 through January 6, 2013 is the official holiday season at the Disneyland Resort. We know our readers like to make their holiday plans as far in advance as possible, so here are details of the two events we're most frequently asked about:

DanceTheMagic.com, a Web site that offers travel packages to dance groups, lists November 3 as the date the West Coast segments of the annual Disney Parks Christmas Parade will be taped at Disneyland. (November 4 is a back-up date in case of rain or tape delay). Based on past years, at least some of the floats from A Christmas Fantasy parade will be filmed in a procession down Main Street early Saturday morning, wirh several musical acts performing on a stage in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

This filming usually impacts Disneyland's entertainment schedule—expect Mickey's Soundsational parade to be cancelled both days. This is also usually a good weekend for celebrity-spotting, as the special guests spend time in the parks with their families before and after taping.

While we don't expect an official confirmation for several more weeks, we expect the annual Candlelight Processional to be held December 1 and 2. Dates, performances times, narrator and availability (if any) of dining packages have not yet been announced.

Disney Cruise Line news

Mary Kraemer, travel agent with MousePlanet sponsor Mouse Ear Vacations, alerted us to a new Disney Cruise Line offer for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, and gave us an update that will disappoint some passengers who booked back-to-back Alaska cruises.

Disney Cruise Line is offering Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders a 25 percent discount on four California Coastal cruises aboard the Disney Wonder this fall. The seven-night cruises depart from the Port of Los Angeles, make an overnight call in San Francisco, then stop in San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. The cruises sail September 16, 23, 30, and October 7. These are the same four cruises that Disney recently announced would feature new Pixar-themed touches, including presentations by Pixar animators, a gallery exhibit featuring the Art of Pixar, a Pixar Film Festival celebrating the 3D release of Finding Nemo, and new character appearances by Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, and more.

The AP discount is off the prevailing rate for stateroom categories 4A through 11B.

Mary also alerted us to a problem impacting passengers who booked the final Alaska cruise of the season, departing September 3 from Seattle and planned to return to Los Angeles on the September 10 repositioning cruise departing from Vancouver. Such back-to-back bookings are popular with repeat cruisers, but Disney began alerting passengers who booked the double cruises that sailing on both cruises is a violation of the Passenger Vessel Services Act.

Disney encountered the same issue when the Wonder repositioned to Alaska in May, and their solution was to require passengers who sailed from Los Angeles to Vancouver to exit the ship with all of their luggage, and then check in and get a new stateroom assignment for the first Alaska cruise of the season (normally, passengers with back-to-back bookings remain in the same stateroom for both cruises, and may leave their luggage on board when they go to check in for the second cruise).

For the return trip, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has notified Disney that the stateroom switcheroo won't work, and that passengers may not sail on both cruises. Last week, Disney began contacting passengers and travel agents who had booked these back-to-back cruises, and moving or canceling one of the two cruises. Disney is providing some compensation to passengers affected by this change, but we don't have specific details.

At the end of the 2011 Alaska cruise season, Disney avoided the situation entirely by scheduling the Wonder for a brief refurbishment between the final Alaska cruise and the repositioning trip back to Los Angeles.

Fifth annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting CHOC

Children's Hospital Orange County (CHOC) is hosting the Fifth Annual Taste of Downtown Disney event on Thursday, August 16. Join CHOC for a night of food, wine, and spirits from most of the Downtown Disney restaurants, with live entertainment, free valet parking, and the opportunity to help out an outstanding local charity. General admission tickets are $75 per person, and all proceeds benefit CHOC. If you're feeling especially charitable, consider one of the "Special Taste Experiences." For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Tortilla Jo's Tequila Lounge ($200 per person, limited to 40 guests) – We are thrilled to offer this new experience at this year's Taste.  This exclusive experience starts the evening off with general admission to the Taste of Downtown Disney, then from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the Lounge is open and guests can enjoy the Tortilla Jo's Tequila Lounge. Enjoy the private terrace overlooking the Downtown Disney District while tasting fine chilled tequilas, robust red wines and ports as well as choose from a selection of fine cigars. Each Guest will receive a special gift, a bottle of fine Tequila and a collection of cigars. 

Fireworks Package ($125 per person, limited to 8 guests) – Enjoy a special Fireworks viewing at Disneyland Hotel Concierge Floor. Package includes one ticket to the Taste of Downtown Disney, refreshments in the Concierge Lounge in the Adventure Tower at the Disneyland Hotel (11th floor). 

World of Color Package ($200 per person, limited to 10 guests) – Enjoy VIP viewing of the World of Color, Disney's new water show located at Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure Park. The World of Color nighttime water spectacular weaves water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination. More than 1,000 jets of water form incredible shapes in time to the music as Disney and Disney Pixar characters come to life on a shimmering veil of mist.  After an evening at the Taste of Downtown Disney a Disney Cast Member will escort you to the VIP viewing area.

Pirates of the Caribbean Package ($5,000, only one available) General admission to the 2012 Taste of Downtown Disney.  Overnight accommodations for four in the Disneyland Hotel Pirates of the Caribbean Suite. You and three guests will spend the night at the Disneyland Hotel Pirates Suite and spend the following day in the Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park.  A Disneyland Cast Member will guide you and your guests through the Park and assist in planning a magical day. Meals and concessions are not included and accommodation based on availability. Restrictions may apply and tax and gratuity not included. 

Save the Date for MouseAdventure: Road Trip

Grab your friends, pack a bag, and fill the tank because our next Disneyland Resort MouseAdventure will send you on the Best. Road. Trip. Ever!

Join us on Sunday, September 30, 2012 for what is sure to be a fun day in Disney California Adventure Park. Registration opens Tuesday, July 31, 2012. We will share more details as we finalize them—be sure to sign up for our MouseAdventure Newsletter or visit our MousePad discussion forum to keep up with the latest news.

This and That...

...We're hearing that the Princess Fantasy Faire closes on August 12 so work can begin on the Fantasyland Theater. While the new Fantasy Faire is still under construction at the former Carnation Plaza Gardens, the princess meet-and-greet area is relocating to the terraced viewing area in front of "it's a small world." Disney used this area earlier this year for the Chinese New Year festival, and often hosts Villains meet-and-greets there during HalloweenTime. No word on plans for the Fantasyland Theater, only that the venue will be used for some sort of stage show starting next year.

...Advance purchase tickets are on sale today for Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Disney has still not released any details of the Happiest Haunts Tour or Ultimate Experience package, but we'll post updated information as we get it. Additional event information is available on the official event website, on the Annual Passholder section of the Disneyland Resort Web site (registration is required to view this content), or by calling (714) 781-4400.

...Registration for the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, January 20, is now officially filled, though you may still be able to register by signing up with a charity group, or by purchasing a package through an official travel operator.

...Pin traders should check out the new Come out and Trade events hosted daily at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree through the end of August. Every day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., pin traders can trade Disney pins with cast members from a wagon wheel-themed pin board, play Pin Tac Toe, or try your hand at For the Fishing of Pins and Panning for Gold. The Big Thunder Ranch pin cart also sells a variety of Disney pins.

...TouringPlans.com has continued tracking the Fastpass distribution pace at Radiator Springs Racers, and tells us that Fastpass tickets are still running out before 10:00 a.m. everyday, but not quite as quickly as during the first few weeks of operation. The ride was also closed the evening of July 12 and all of Friday, July 13 due to mechanical problems.

...MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations is still offering 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.

…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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Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, to help you better plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, TouringPlans.com has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

Summer vacation season remains in high gear this week at 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.

Date Overall
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10 / 10
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10 / 10
Thursday, July 19, 2012 10 / 10
Friday, July 20, 2012 10 / 10

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

  • Southern California Annual Passports are now blocked out through August 19.
  • Full blockouts on Saturday.
  • Disneyland (park) is an 8.2 on Monday.
  • 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 on 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

  • Plaza Gardens – closed until winter 2013 for the construction of Fantasy Faire.
  • Princess Fantasy Faire / Fantasyland Theater – closes August 12. The Princess meet-and-greet location will be moved while the new Fantasy Faire is under construction.

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 (sold out) – August 31 to September 2.

Fall

  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 14 - October 31, 2012
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31. Advance-purchase tickets now are on sale to Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Cardholders by calling 714-781-4636. Tickets are on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and to the general public via Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781–4000.
  • MouseAdventure: Road Trip – Sunday, September 30, 2012. Join us for what is sure to be a fun day in Disney California Adventure Park. Registration opens Tuesday, July 31, 2012. We will share more details as we finalize them - be sure to sign up for our MouseAdventure Newsletter or visit our MousePad discussion forum to keep up with the latest news.
  • 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.

Winter

  • Holiday parade taping at Disneyland – November 3 (unconfirmed). Disney never officially confirms the dates that the West Coast segments of the annual holiday parade will be filmed at Disneyland, but DanceTheMagic.com, a Web site that offers travel packages to dance groups hoping to participate in the filming, lists the filming date as November 3, with November 4 scheduled as a back up in case of rain or tape delay (link). Keep in mind that the filming is subject to change with no notice, and we don't encourage readers to make a special trip just to see the filming.
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – November 12, 2012 - January 6, 2013
  • Candlelight Processional – December 1 & 2 (unconfirmed). Dates, performances times, narrator and availability (if any) of dining packages have not yet been announced.

2013

  • 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 18–20. Registration is now sold out.
  • 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 to 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 website (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

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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:

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
8/5 8/6 8/7

8/8

8/9 8/10 8/11
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
8/12 8/13 8/14

8/15

8/16 8/17 8/18
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
8/19 8/20 8/21

8/22

8/23 8/24 8/25
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:


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

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 8a-12a
TT / AP

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL

Events:
None

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

DCA: 8a-11p
AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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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