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Update for August 27 – September 2, 2012

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17,000 runners expected for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend | Annual Passholder movie night at Disneyland | Police looking for additional victims in Disneyland ticket scam | Short-term parking lot to be closed |This and That...

17,000 runners expected for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend

The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend takes place over Labor Day weekend, with the Health and Fitness Expo starting on Friday and the Cars Land 5K Rally and Disneyland Kids Races on Saturday morning. The 7th annual Disneyland Half Marathon is Sunday, September 2. MousePlanet is also hosting a meet-and-greet Friday afternoon for readers who are participating in the races, or just want to stop by and say hi. More details are available on our MousePad discussion forum.


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Disney is expecting a record 17,000 runners for the sold-out race, with about 2000 more participants than it saw last year. To accommodate the larger numbers, the half-marathon race is scheduled to start at 5:45 a.m., 15 minutes earlier than last year, with roads closures around the resort beginning at 5:00 a.m. Disney strongly encourages runners who are staying at select Good Neighbor Hotels to use the complementary event shuttles to reach the race check-in area. Runners who are driving to the race are parking in the Mickey and Friends parking structure, and Disney asks that you allow plenty of time to get there. Runners are asked to arrive by 4:30 a.m. and be in their corrals by 5:15 a.m.

The race impacts traffic on Interstate 5 through the Anaheim area, closing the Katella Avenue exit from the northbound I-5, the Disney Way exit from the southbound I-5 and both Harbor Boulevard exits from the I-5 close between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. on race day. The course winds from the Disneyland Resort to the Honda Center, then to Anaheim Stadium and back, so expect road closures on sections of major roads including Ball Road, Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue. You can view the race course on pages 24-25 of the Disneyland Half Marathon guidebook.

Disney is not allowing spectators to view the race course from inside either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure unless they have purchased a gold or platinum ChEAR Squad package ($99 to $134). If you want to come cheer on the runners without purchasing a spectator package, Disney recommends four viewing areas on property:

  • Start line (Disneyland Drive to Katella Avenue) – 5:45 to 6:40
  • Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure – 5:55 to 7:00
  • Disneyland Drive to Ball Road – 6:05 to 7:26
  • Final 3/4 mile (road from Paradise Pier Hotel to Disneyland Hotel and behind ESPN Zone) – 6:30 to 10:00

All of these viewing areas are accessible only by foot; walk from either the Mickey and Friends parking structure (or from your hotel if staying nearby).

You can also go to Anaheim Stadium and cheer on the runners as they round the bases. The stadium is open from 6:30 to 9:20 for spectators; enter via the Orangewood Avenue entrance.

Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Due to the Cars Land 5K, there is no Magic Morning at Disney California Adventure on September 1.

On the day of the half-marathon itself, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure open at 9:00 a.m. Due to the race, there is no Magic Morning at Disneyland on September 2.

Annual Passholder movie night at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort annual passholders had the opportunity to watch a classic Disney movie inside the Main Street Opera House last Thursday, the latest in a series of special events for APs. However, unlike the Soundsational Parade, World of Color and Fantasmic events, Disney did absolutely no advance marketing of this event at all.

Instead, managers placed small signs inside Disneyland's gates, inviting APs to visit the Main Street Opera House for more info. Cast members stationed outside the theater asked passholders to vote for which movie—Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King—they wanted to see that night. After voting, passholders received a wristband and instructions to return around 6:30 pm for the 7:00 showing.

MousePlanet reader Natashia K. happened across the event during her visit, and sent the following report:

We arrived before 7 p.m., sat down, and the cast members were mum about which movie we were going to see. The theater wasn't filled to capacity, so it was a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Finally, at 7 p.m., they had a total of three speakers come up to the front and welcome us to the special event. The final speaker asked which movie [we voted for]. He held up a sign for The Lion King, and there was applause for that. Then he held up a sign for Beauty & the Beast and there was applause for that. He then said something like, "Well, it was a really tight race, but the movie that we will present tonight is..." And then the lights went out, and the movie started. It wasn't until the opening scenes did we the audience know which movie won... The Lion King!

The anticipation and last-minute event was a lot of fun for everyone!

Cast members said last Thursday's event was the first, and would not speculate if or when Disney might host another such event. We're also not sure if Disney plans to publicize future events, or again rely on signs and social media to spread the word. If you want to stay informed in the event of another movie night, be sure to add @MousePlanet to your Twitter feed, or follow MousePlanet on Facebook. And if you're in the park and spot another pop-up event, be sure to let us know so we can spread the news.

Police looking for additional victims in Disneyland ticket scam

The Daily Breeze reports a Compton man was arrested last week after allegedly selling copies of used Disneyland tickets to bargain-hunters on Craigslist. According to the article, Terance Hutchinson purchased electronic tickets from Disneyland.com, and then made copies of the e-tickets and resold them for $55 each. When the buyers presented the tickets at Disneyland, they learned the tickets had already been used.

The article states this is the second time Hutchinson was arrested for allegedly selling bogus Disneyland tickets, and says police believe there are additional victims.

eBay and Craigslist are filled with discount ticket offers, but it's almost impossible to know if the tickets are valid when purchased on the secondary market, especially when dealing with electronic tickets. There's also a growing ticket "rental" market, and Disney appears to be stepping up its efforts to identify and confiscate "rented" tickets.

We plan to cover this topic in greater detail in an upcoming article, but bottom line: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The safest way to purchase Disney tickets is directly from Disney, or from an authorized ticket seller or travel agent.

Short-term parking lot to be closed

The 15-minute parking lot near the Harbor Boulevard pedestrian entrance closes on Tuesday, September 4 for construction. When it reopens on Friday, September 7, the parking spots will be gone, replaced with three lanes of traffic—a center pass-through lane and two outside lanes used for loading and unloading. This lot is a popular drop-off and pick-up location for Disneyland Resort cast members who get rides to or from work. Eliminating the parking spaces and adding additional lanes will help prevent traffic from backing up onto Harbor Boulevard.

Disney is also adding a taxi stand to this location, with room three taxis to wait for passengers. Taxis are currently only available from Downtown Disney and from the Disneyland Resort Hotels, so this change will shorten the walk for people trying to catch a cab after a day at the parks.

This and That...

...Registration for the special Annual Passholder event celebrating the addition of Glow with the Show mouse ear effects to Fantasmic is closed. If you already registered for the event and have extra spots in your reservation, there are a few MousePlanet readers who couldn't RSVP in time looking for a spot. If you're interested in helping out a fellow reader, visit our MousePad discussion forum.

...The newest Disney Fairy is set to join Tinker Bell and friends at Disneyland's Pixie Hollow. Periwinkle, star of the latest direct-to-DVD release in the Disney Fairies franchise, joins her sister Tinker Bell mid-September through winter. According to the Disney Parks Blog, Pixie Hollow is also receiving a winter overlay to welcome the new fairy.

…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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Expect even lighter crowds this week than last 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, August 28, 2012 3 / 10
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3 / 10
Thursday, August 30, 2012 3 / 10
Friday, August 31, 2012 4 / 10

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

  • Expect spikes in the crowd levels for Labor Day weekend.
  • Full blockouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Disneyland (park) is a 2.2 on Thursday.
  • 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.

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 Spring 2013 for the construction of the new Fantasy Faire.
  • Princess Fantasy Faire/Fantasyland Theater – closed until Summer 2013 for refurbishment of the Fantasyland Theater. The Princess meet-and-greet is relocated to the terrace near "it's a small world" until the new Fantasy Faire opens.
  • Troubador Treats – closed until Summer 2013 for refurbishment of the Fantasyland Theater.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed through September 13 for installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Stage Door Cafe – closed August 28 and 29 for refurbishment.
  • French Market – closed September 4–7 for flooring work.
  • Snow White Grotto and Wishing Well – closed September 4–24 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad – reduced capacity (3 of 4 trains available) September 4 to November 6.
  • Storybook Land – closed September 4 to November 15 for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr.closed September 4 to November 15 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure closed September 4 to December 7 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed September 10–13 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed September 10–13 for installation of the Halloween Time overlay.
  • Main Street Lockers – closed September 10–13 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" toy shop – closed September 10–14 for refurbishment.
  • Cafe Orleans – closed September 10–21 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Mad Hatter – closed September 10–21 for refurbishment.
  • Redd Rocketts Pizza Port – closed September 10–21 for refurbishment.
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes – closed September 17 and 18 for refurbishment.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed September 18-20 for deck oiling.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed September 25-28 for deck oiling.
  • Goofy's Playhouse – closed October 1-11 for refurbishment.
  • Starcade – closed October 8-18 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed October 22 to November 8 to install the holiday overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed November 1-8 to transition from Halloween Time to Holiday overlay.
  • Space Mountain – closed November 5 to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay.

Disney California Adventure

  • Toy Story Mania – closed September 5 for software installation.
  • Muppet Vision 3Dclosed September 10–13.
  • Disney Animation Courtyard – closed September 10–13 for refurbishment. Turtle Talk and Animation Academy will be open and accessible via side doors.
  • Soarin' Over California - Theater A closed September 18 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin' Over California - Theater B closed September 19 for refurbishment.

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
  • 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (sold out) – August 31 to September 2.

Fall

  • Disneyland Resort Service Celebration – Thursday, September 6. Disneyland closes at 5 p.m. for a private cast member recognition event. Disney California Adventure remains open until 8 p.m.
  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 14 to October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – September 28; October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29 and 31. Advance-purchase tickets are on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and to the general public via Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781-4000. Advance-purchase tickets now are on sale to Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Cardholders by calling (714) 781-4636.
  • MouseAdventure: Road Trip (sold out) – Sunday, September 30. Be sure to sign up for our MouseAdventure Newsletter or visit our MousePad discussion forum to keep up with the latest news about future events.
  • 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.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 18 & 19 (link). Expect unusually large attendance levels October 18–22 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.

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 to January 6, 2013
  • Candlelight Processional – Nightly, December 120. Performances times, narrator(s) and details of reserved viewing areas and dining packages have not yet been announced.

2013

  • 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend (sold out) – 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 9–11. Tickets for the three-day convention are now on sale.

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

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells two-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 2-day Park Hoppers are $197 for adults and $185 for children; 2-day 1/park/day tickets are $168 for adults and $156 for children

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 – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells three-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 3-day Park Hoppers are $245 for adults and $230 for children; 3-day 1/park/day tickets are $217 for adults and $202 for children

2012-2013 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($95)

2011-2012 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

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells four-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 4-day Park Hoppers are $270 for adults and $250 for children; 4-day 1/park/day tickets are $240 for adults and $220 for children

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

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells five-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 5-day Park Hoppers are $285 for adults and $265 for children; 5-day 1/park/day tickets are $255 for adults and $235 for children

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. 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. Ends September 13, 2012.
  • TT – Toontown Morning Madness at Disneyland. Ends December 31, 2102.

Disneyland Resort Special Events:

8/26 8/27 8/28

8/29

8/30 8/31 9/1
DL: 8a-11p
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 9a-10p
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None
DL: 9a-10p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 9a-10p
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-10p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 9a-12a
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts
SL

Events:
None

DL: 9a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
9/2 9/3 9/4

9/5

9/6 9/7 9/8

DL: 9a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:

Disneyland Half
Marathon

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

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 10a-8p
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 10a-5p*
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:

*Disneyland to close
early for Cast Member
event.

DL: 9a-11p
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None

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

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
9/9 9/10 9/11

9/12

9/13 9/14 9/15
DL: 9a-11p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 10a-8p
EMH / TT / AP

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH / AP

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 9a-12a
TT

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
9/16 9/17 9/18

9/19

9/20 9/21 9/22
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
TT

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 10a-8p
TT

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 9a-12a
TT

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
9/23 9/24 9/25

9/26

9/27 9/28 9/29
DL: 8a-11p
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
MHP

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

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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