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Disneyland adds carnival to Halloween Time activities | The new face of Buena Vista Street | This and That...

Disneyland adds carnival to Halloween Time activities

When the princesses moved out of the Fantasyland theater and into their new temporary meet-and-greet location near "it's a small world," we wondered where Disney would set up the Villains meet-and-greets that are one of the most popular elements of the Halloween Time festivities.


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With Halloween Time starting this Friday, Disney has announced a new Halloween Carnival at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. In addition to the pumpkin carvers and craft station normally offered at Big Thunder Ranch in the fall, there will be new carnival games, along with new food and merchandise carts.

New entertainment includes Billy Hill and the "Haunted" Hillbillies, a "mask parade" with Mickey and friends, and an all-new Magic Cauldron Sideshow. Based on the description posted on the Disney Parks Blog, this is the new Villains meet-and-greet opportunity:

"Dare to venture into this tented area, and you may be asked to help cast a magic spell, conjuring a Disney Villain from his or her realm to meet your group before returning to worlds beyond. Disney Villains fans will want to visit more than once, since you never know which Disney Villain might be summoned each time. Sounds like a real 'scream!'"

The Halloween Carnival is scheduled to run September 14 through October 31, but Disney has not yet said whether it will be open during the after-hours Mickey's Halloween Treat events.

The new face of Buena Vista Street

If you've visited Disney California Adventure since its grand rededication in June, you may have noticed the elaborately themed display windows along Buena Vista Street. The Disney Parks Blog has recently posted a pair of YouTube videos featuring set decorator Brandon Kleyla, who oversaw the design of the highly detailed displays.

In these videos, Kleyla lovingly describes his favorite windows, and talks about the efforts Imagineering put into finding period-specific props, like baseballs with red and black stitches for the Five and Dime window. Watching these videos really gives you a sense of how much care and thought went into selecting just the right piece of furniture, photo, or prop to convey the 1920s theme of the street.


Imagineer Brandon Kleyla talks about the original design of the Buena Vista Street windows in this Disney Parks video.

It's a good thing that many of these windows were documented in the Disney Parks videos, because that's now the only way to see them as the designers intended. Just days after the second video was posted online, Disney's "Resort enhancement" team moved in and added store merchandise to these windows, ruining—in the opinion of this writer and many fans who have taken to Twitter, Facebook, and online discussion forums to protest the change—the theme and atmosphere created by the original displays.


The Atwater Ink and Paint window now displays an unlikely combination of messy painting supplies, and Disney kitchenware. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The books in the Five and Dime window, with their custom-designed dust jackets re-creating books that Walt Disney may have drawn inspiration from, now serve as mere risers for a selection of theme park souvenirs. The work bench in the Atwater Ink and Paint window—originally based on Mary Blair's workstation on display at the Walt Disney Family museum—is now covered with a display of Disney dishes and kitchen gadgets. The intricate details of the Julius Katz and Sons windows are lost under displays of DCA coffee mugs and picture frames, and the kinetic sculpture in the window has been turned into nothing more than a hat rack for Mickey Mouse ears.


Custom-covered books in the Five and Dime window now serve as risers for an assortment of DCA merchandise. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Some believe the change was prompted by lackluster sales in the main entrance stores. While the gorgeous architecture and period-perfect window displays helped truly evoke 1920s Los Angeles, they did not reflect the nature of the retail stores inside. The situation is exacerbated by a new Disney conservation policy requiring store doors to be kept closed to avoid air conditioning the outside. Park visitors, conditioned over the years to interpret a closed door to mean "this is a facade, don't come in" are supposedly less likely to enter the stores. And to be fair, this is very much the case elsewhere in DCA, where the closed doors on Hollywood Blvd. are just a false front to the Animation Building or Muppets theater, or on Disneyland's Main Street, where doors to the Casting and Dentist offices don't open into stores. Buena Vista Street cast members have taken to propping the doors open where possible, or standing in the doorways to keep the doors open where not, but these efforts apparently were not enough.


Props and product mix in the Five and Dime window. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Some of the changes are less obtrusive than others. The Disney toys added to the Big Top Toys window aren't entirely out of place (the 2012-logo apparel is another story), and it's understandable that a department store like the Five and Dime would have sellable merchandise in the window. Other changes are completely jarring, like an array of cooking gadgets and serving dishes displayed on an ink-spattered artist's desk, or Disney scrapbook paper shoved into a vintage typewriter. But even where one could argue that the merchandise makes sense, the displays don't.


The Donald and Goofy figures are for sale at Big Top Toys, but the toy carnival ride they are displayed with is not. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The baseball window in the Five and Dime now has five display forms: three with DCA-logo clothing and two with Buena Vista All Stars baseball jerseys. Visually, there is nothing to distinguish the sellable shirt and sweatshirts from the prop jerseys, especially since Disney has sold similar sports-theme apparel in the past.

The Big Top Toys window display includes some Disney figures that aren't actually for sale, or don't come with the prop they are displayed with. The line between "merchandise" and "prop" should be clear, but in many cases it's not.


Scrapbook paper is displayed in a vintage typewriter. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Admittedly, these are changes that a small minority of park visitors would ever notice—you know it's a slow news week when we're complaining about store windows. Many store cast members even overlooked the makeover, and most park guests likely pay only a passing glance at the elaborate window displays as they rush to grab a Radiator Springs Racers Fastpass. But for guests willing to take their time and enjoy the scenery, the highly detailed windows were a work of art, filled with incredible props. Cluttering them up with merchandise—even the new DCA and Buena Vista Street collections—does a disservice to the designers and the team that worked so hard to build the original displays.


The kinetic sculpture in the Julius Katz and Sons window is now a hat rack. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...Today is the last day to purchase tickets to the Annual Passholder dinner event and preview of "The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition" at Disney California Adventure. The event is this Thursday, September 13, and tickets are $295 per person. Passholders can call (714) 781-7277 to purchase tickets, or buy them at the Disneyland ticket booths.

The free AP preview of the exhibit, also scheduled for Thursday, filled to capacity quickly after registration opened last week. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, along with the start of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. The Animation Courtyard at Disney California Adventure is closed until Friday while the exhibit is installed.

...Disney announced last week that there will be no after-hours Disneyland Christmas parties this year. Instead, cast members are invited to bring their families to a series of "mix-in" days, when the park is open to the general public. Some have speculated that this change may pave the way for Disneyland to introduce a West Coast version of the popular Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party offered in Walt Disney World, but we think it's more likely due to the expansion of the Candlelight Processional to 20 nights in December.

...There's still no official opening date for the Earl of Sandwich restaurant in Downtown Disney, but the kiosk in front of the former Compass Books location has been demolished (possibly to make room for an outdoor seating area), and a section of the exterior has been painted.


The kiosk in front of the former Compass Books location has been demolished, possibly to make room for an outdoor seating area for the Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Portions of the new Earl of Sandwich exterior have been painted, but it looks like they may be testing different paint colors and combinations. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Los Angeles Times reported last week about a new California Assembly bill that may add a twist to the ongoing legal challenge to Disney's policy on hijabs, turbans, and facial hair. AB 1964, known as the Workplace Religious Freedom Act and numbered for the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, would amend the government code to include the following protection:

"Religious creed," "religion," "religious observance," "religious belief," and "creed" include all aspects of religious belief, observance, and practice, including religious dress and grooming practices. "Religious dress practice" shall be construed broadly to include the wearing or carrying of religious clothing, head or face coverings, jewelry, artifacts, and any other item that is part of the observance by an individual of his or her religious creed. "Religious grooming practice" shall be construed broadly to include all forms of head, facial, and body hair that are part of the observance by an individual of his or her religious creed.

This change, which is effective January 1, 2013, could require Disney to allow cast members who work in positions with guest interaction to wear religious garb such as turbans, yarmulke, or hijabs, or for male cast members to sport full beards and long hair.

…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 e-mail 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."

Now that summer vacations are over, 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 11, 2012 1 / 10
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2 / 10
Thursday, September 13, 2012 1 / 10
Friday, September 14, 2012 6 / 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 has a very low crowd level (1.1) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.
  • Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort begins on Friday, September 14. On that day, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival open.
  • 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

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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.
  • Troubadour 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.
  • Snow White Grotto and Wishing Well – closed until September 24 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad – reduced capacity (3 of 4 trains available) through November 6.
  • Storybook Land – closed until November 15 for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr. – closed until November 15 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed until December 7 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed until September 13 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed until September 13 for installation of the Halloween Time overlay.
  • Main Street Lockers – closed until September 13 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" toy shop – closed until September 14 for refurbishment.
  • Cafe Orleans – closed until September 21 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Mad Hatter – closed until September 21 for refurbishment.
  • Redd Rocketts Pizza Port – closed until September 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

  • Muppet Vision 3D – closed until September 13.
  • Disney Animation Courtyard – closed until September 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

  • Halloween Time 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.
  • 14th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – October 5-7. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday and at Disney California Adventure on Sunday (link).
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday October 14. The annual fund raiser 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

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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:

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
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: 8a-7p
TT

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
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
TT

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


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

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 10a-8p
TT

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-9p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 8a-7p
TT

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
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 8a-11p
TT

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


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

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
MHP

 

DL: 9a-8p
TT

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-9p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 8a-7p
TT

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
MHP

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

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
10/14 10/15 10/16

10/17

10/18 10/19 10/20
DL: 10a-12a
None

DCA: 10a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
CHOC Walk
DL: 8a-6p
TT

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
MHP
DL: 9a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 9a-8p
TT

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 8a-7p
TT

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
MHP

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

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
10/21 10/22 10/23

10/24

10/25 10/26 10/27
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 10a-8p
TT

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


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

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
MHP

 

DL: 8a-6p
TT

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None
 

DL: 9a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 8a-7p
TT

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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