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Update for September 4 – 9, 2012

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New record set at Disneyland Half Marathon | $45 Disneyland tickets? It's true! | PCH Grill invites Annual Passholders to preview new menu | Passholder previews for "The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition" |This and That...

New record set at Disneyland Half Marathon

Jimmy Grabow from Running Springs, California, set a new course record at the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday. Grabow finished the 13.1-mile course in 1:05:29, nearly two minutes faster than the previous course record of 1:07:24 set by Paul Ngeny in 2011.  


Jimmy Grabow sets a new course record during the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon. Photo (c) Disney.


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Cindy Lynch from Cardiff, California, took first place in the women's division with a time of 1:24:45, beating Kellie Nickerson, winner of the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon earlier this year, by nearly two minutes. Race results are available on the RunDisney website, so you can check your official time.


Cindy Lynch takes first place in the women's division of the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon. Photo (c) Disney.

Nearly 15,000 runners completed Sunday's race, including actor Sean Astin, three-time Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton, authors Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea (Run Like a Mother), and six MousePlanet staff members. Congratulations to all of the runners and walkers who completed the race, and a special thanks to the Team MousePlanet cheering section who were at mile 6.5 with cold water and encouragement.


Team MousePlanet show off their medals from the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon. From left to right: Jennifer Rich, Andrew Rich, Stephanie Wien, Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, Lani Teshima, and Alex Stroup. Photo by Adrienne Krock.

If you earned a medal this Sunday, come share your photos and race reports on our MousePad discussion forum or Facebook page. If you're registered for an upcoming RunDisney race, stop by our Team MousePlanet discussion forum to meet other MousePlanet runners and walkers, and get support and encouragement for your next event.

$45 Disneyland tickets? It's true!

With all of the recent news reports about Disneyland ticket scams, we're thrilled to help spread the word about a completely legitimate, Disney-approved way to purchase tickets to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure at a price not seen since 2002—and help raise funds for a local charity at the same time.

Participants in the 2012 CHOC Walk benefiting Children's Hospital Orange County can purchase Disneyland Resort 1-day 1-park tickets for $45 each, or 1-Day Park Hopper tickets for just $65. You can only purchase these tickets on the day of the CHOC Walk itself (Sunday, October 14 at the Disneyland Resort), and are valid from that day through Friday, November 9, 2012. There are no block-out dates on these tickets.

Each participant may only purchase up to five tickets, and must be purchased in person at a Disneyland Resort ticket booth the day of the CHOC Walk. CHOC Walk wristband is required. To qualify, all you need to do is register for the CHOC Walk and raise at least $50.

Joining Team MousePlanet is a great way to participate in the CHOC Walk, since we handle sign-in for all of our walkers. Visit our CHOC Walk website for more information and to join us, or visit our MousePad discussion forum to ask questions before you register.

PCH Grill invites Annual Passholders to preview new menu

Disneyland announced a series of special prix-fix dinners for Annual Passholders to try out the new Fall menu at PCH Grill at the Paradise Pier Hotel, and the first dinner was this Sunday, September 2. The promotion runs for three weeks, with new menu items previewed each week. The cost is $34.99 per person, and includes choice of appetizer, entree and dessert, plus a non-alcoholic beverage. The package also includes Fastpass tickets for the World of Color for the entire party.

Sunday, September 2 through Thursday, September 6

Choice of Appetizer

  • Beer Battered Onion Rings
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Choice of Entree

  • La Mesa Southwest Burger
  • Muir Woods Roasted Red Pepper and Mushroom Pasta
  • Malibu Beach Sustainable Fish


The Muir Woods pasta is one of the new entrees Annual Passholders can sample at PCH Grill. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Sunday, September 9 through Thursday, September 13

Choice of Appetizer

  • Santa Monica Flat Bread
  • Seaside Shrimp Flat Bread

Choice of Entree

  • Hail "Mexican" Caesar
  • Pebble Beach Shrimp Mac & Cheese
  • Santa Maria Tri Tip

Sunday, September 16 through Thursday, September 20

Choice of Appetizer

  • Seasonal Soup d'Jour
  • Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Choice of Entree

  • Malibu Beach Sustainable Fish
  • Surfside Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Santa Maria Tri Tip

The passholder who makes the reservation is required to attend, but their guests need not be passholders. The entire party must order from the special menu. Theme park admission is not included for World of Color.

Advance reservations are required; call (714) 781-3463 or e-mail dine@disneyland.com. Preview slots are limited.

If you attend one of these dinners, share your review on our MousePad discussion forum.

Passholder previews for "The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition"

Tickets are on sale now for an Annual Passholder preview of "The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition" at Disney California Adventure on Thursday, September 13. The $295 package includes a champagne reception inside the new exhibit, a "special 4D extended sneak peek of the film," dinner in front of the Tower of Terror attraction, and a mysterious two-hour "special experience" that Disney says “Frankenweenie fans will surely love." Tickets are available through Sunday, September 9 at Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or by calling (714) 781-7277.

Starting Wednesday, passholders can register for a free preview of the exhibit on Thursday, September 13 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. This free event includes:

  • A preview of the exhibit during a designated window
  • An extended, 8-minute 4D sneak peek of Frankenweenie
  • An opportunity to purchase Frankenweenie merchandise and food items
  • "Access to select attractions, shops and restaurants in Hollywood Land."

This event is open to passholders only, and online registration begins Wednesday, September 5. Disney has not said exactly what time registration opens on Wednesday registration, but has confirmed that passholders can register for themselves as well as other passholder guests at the same time. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information, and be prepared to provide the name, valid Annual Passport number, and birth date of each AP in your group as soon as registration opens.

This and That...

...Disneyland closes at 5 p.m. this Thursday, September 6, for a private cast member recognition event. Disney California Adventure remains open until 8 p.m.

...When Disney California Adventure debuted the new Games of the Boardwalk in 2009, the prizes were updated to more-or-less match the general theme of the game—plush fish for Goofy About Fishing, plush horses and farm critters at Bullseye Stallion Stampede, and plush circus animals at Dumbo Bucket Brigade. At some point, some of the prizes were upgraded to more closely match each game, with Dumbo Bucket Brigade offering Timothy Mouse or Dumbo plush to winners, and Casey at the Bat replacing the odd neon-colored monkeys with giant stuffed Casey figures and an oversized dachshund in a hot dog bun.


New plush prizes at Bullseye Stallion Stampede match the coloring and markings of the horses in the game. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Now the Bullseye Stallion Stampede has introduced a new set of prizes that has some players trying to collect the whole set. The eight plush horses each match the coloring, coat pattern, and number of the eight stallions in the game, and are considered the "small" prize. The small prize is only awarded when there are two to four players—the prize increases to a stuffed plush Woody doll with five players, or a giant stuffed Bullseye with seven players—but most cast members will let winners select a small prize if they prefer, regardless of how many players there were. At $2.50 per game, you need to be really skilled or be prepared to drop some cash to win the whole set, but we have to give credit to whomever came up with this adorably themed prize.

...Disneyland hosted a second Annual Passholder movie night last Thursday, giving passholders the chance to vote to see either Sleeping Beauty or Lady and the Tramp (Sleeping Beauty won). Once again, Disney did absolutely no advance marketing of this event, instead relying on passholders who were in the park that day and saw the sign announcing the event to spread the word via social media. 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 we'll spread the word as soon as we learn of the next event.


Disneyland hosted two Annual Passholder movie nights in the Main Street Opera House. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...As we reported last month, Disney has added Glow with the Show technology to Disneyland's Fantasmic nighttime spectacular. The first official performance of the enhanced show took place last Tuesday night during a special Annual Passholder event, and the technology was introduced to the general public last Friday. The Disney Parks Blog has posted a video from the AP preview night, so you can get a taste of how the light-up ears interact with the show.


Glow with the Show technology is now used in Disneyland's Fantasmic nighttime spectacular. YouTube video (c) Disney.

...It appears Disney is tinkering with the Extra Magic Hour schedule for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure again, and the change is likely to cause some confusion for vacation planners hoping to take advantage of the program. The Early Admission page on Disneyland.com seems to give conflicting information about exactly when Extra Magic Hour is offered at each park. At the top of the page, under the heading "Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests," it reads:

"Starting September 30, registered Resort hotel Guests will have Extra Magic Hour access to one park according to the early admission schedule. To see the early admission hours at each park, please check the Park Hours and Schedule."

Yet further down the page, also under a heading "Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests," it reads:

"After September 29, Extra Magic Hour will be available every day, during a hotel stay, according to this schedule: Disneyland Park on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and Disney California Adventure Park on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday."

These two statements don't seem to contradict one another until you look at the park hours for September 30, the day the new schedule begins. September 30 is a Sunday, so Extra Magic Hour should be offered at Disneyland per the schedule detailed in the second statement. However, according to Disneyland.com, Extra Magic Hour is offered at Disney California Adventure that day. The same is true for the following two Sundays, October 7 and 14.

The resort previously announced that after September 29, Extra Magic Hour would be offered at Disneyland on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; and at Disney California Adventure on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Early Admission page on Disneyland.com has now been changed to read "Starting September 30, registered Resort hotel Guests will have Extra Magic Hour access to one park according to the early admission schedule," and refers readers to the daily park calendar.

If the Resort has decided to move Extra Magic Hours to DCA on Sundays, that change will likely come as welcome news to Resort Hotel guests who have previously complained that they did not have EMH access to DCA on either weekend day. However, Disney really should clarify the schedule so guests know what to expect during their Halloween Time visits. Thanks to MousePad member Corona for pointing out the change.

...MouseInfo.com is reporting that Disney has extended the "limited engagement" of the West Coast Voices of Liberty a cappella group. According to its report, the engagement has been extended through the holiday season. Voices of Liberty debuted at Disneyland in June, and were originally scheduled to perform only through the summer season.

…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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Now that Labor Day and Half Marathon Weekend have past, Disneyland will have light crowds until Halloween crowds start materializing. 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 is 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, September 4, 2012 1 / 10
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 1 / 10
Thursday, September 6, 2012 1 / 10
Friday, September 7, 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 this to be one of the lightest weeks of the year.
  • Partial blockouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Disneyland (park) is a 1.1 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.
  • 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 3D – closed 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

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 fifth 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.
  • 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 ($125) – A discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses. Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets may be purchased August 17, 2012 through  September 26, 2013, and are valid October 1, 2012 through September 28, 2013.

Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification will be required for purchase.

This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base or other at participating U.S. military sales outlets. The tickets are not available for sale at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. 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 are blocked out December 23, 2012 to January 2, 2013; February 15–17, 2013; March 25 to April 5, 2013; and July 4, 2013.

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 U.K. 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 both Disneyland Resort and Florida's 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) – 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) – 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. Extras when purchasing a Costco Disneyland travel package include 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 in 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. 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:

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 closes
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
9/30 10/1 10/2

10/3

10/4 10/5 10/6
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: 8a-6p
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-9p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-9p
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-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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

10/10

10/11 10/12 10/13
DL: 8a-12a
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None
DL: 8a-6p
EMH / MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
MHP

 

DL: 9a-8p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-9p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-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-11p
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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