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Update for September 17 – 23, 2012

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This is Halloween Time | The Art of Frankenweenie | Will one Disney spell the end of a dry Disneyland? | Buena Vista Street 3.0 | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

This is Halloween Time

Halloween Time has started at the Disneyland Resort, with most of the activity centered in Disneyland park. Disney California Adventure has a few scattered nods to Halloween, with Duffy's meet-and-greet transformed into a pumpkin patch, and of course the Frankenweenie exhibit in Hollywood Land. While some hoped for a Halloween overlay for Buena Vista Street, it was probably too soon after the grand reopening to expect a major transformation this year.


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Halloween is just an "emerging holiday" at Disney California Adventure, but the citizens of Buena Vista Street are quickly getting into the spirit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

However, the citizens of Buena Vista Street are not completely unaware of Halloween. The brand new edition of the Buena Vista Bugle hit newsstands last week filled with stories about the "emerging holiday" of Halloween. Be sure to keep an eye out for Donna the Dog Lady on Buena Vista Street—her pet dog Lady is all dressed up for the holiday.


Halloween Time is observed mostly at Disneyland this year. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Halloween Time is a little different at Disneyland this year. While Main Street is still lavishly decorated for the "Main Street Pumpkin Festival," you won't find the Disney characters in their Halloween costumes in Town Square. Instead, the characters will only dress up for the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch.


Big Thunder Ranch is the setting for Disneyland's new Halloween Carnival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This new venue is also the site of the Villains meet-and-greet, the "Astounding Cauldron of Magic." Visitors are led into a "sideshow tent" in groups of 10 to 15 to meet with one of the Disney villains Unfortunately, whatever special effect is supposed to happen as the villain is "summoned" was not working on opening day, but the air conditioned tent makes for a pleasant environment for your encounter with a Disney baddie.


Captain Hook prepares a magic potion inside the Astounding Cauldron of Magic. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The rest of the Carnival is filled with a variety of Halloween activities reminiscent of many fall fairs. There's a small carnival area where you can try to toss a ring around a witch's hat, and a craft area to decorate a paper Halloween mask. The pumpkin carvers who are usually stationed inside Big Thunder Ranch have relocated to the Carnival. A grouping of food carts offers bottled beverages, roasted "corn on the cob web," and cotton candy colored and shaped like an oversized candy corn.


Kids can decorate a Halloween mask, then participate in Mickey's Mask Parade at the Halloween Carnival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Candy corn cotton candy is a popular treat at the Halloween Carnival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies perform daily at the Carnival. Each show is preceded by a brief "Mickey's Mask Parade," which basically consists of the Disney characters and the Hillbillies leading children in the audience in a quick loop around the seating area before the show begins. The Halloween Carnival at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.


Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies perform daily at the Halloween Carnival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Sparky from Frankenweenie is brought (back) to life as a pumpkin. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Aside from the new gingerbread house in the ballroom scene and a nod to Sparky in the queue, the biggest change to the Haunted Mansion Holiday is the lack of Fastpass this year. Instead, the Fastpass distribution area is used as a meet-and-greet area for Jack and Sally.

The Art of Frankenweenie

The "Art of Frankenweenie" exhibition opened to the public in Disney California Adventure last Friday, following an Annual Passholder preview on Thursday night. The exhibit is staged inside the Animation Building in Hollywood Land, and features three actual sets from the film, along with a mock-up of Tim Burton's desk. An eight-minute "4D" sneak peek of the new movie is offered at the Muppets Theater, and the two elements of the exhibition work hand-in-hand to get fans even more excited about the 3-D stop-motion feature.


The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition is on display at Disney California Adventure through November 5. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Frankenweenie producer Allison Abbate describes some of the items displayed on Tim Burton's desk in the exhibition. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Frankenweenie follows the exploits of a young Victor Frankenstien as he attempts to revive his beloved pet Sparky after the dog's untimely demise. The film is animated in black-and-white stop-motion, and the Animation Building exhibit features many of the actual figures used in the production. The first set is Victor's science classroom at New Holland Elementary School, with the imposing figure of Mr. Rzykruski looming over the class. The level of detail in every set is simply incredible, and the figures look as if they could stand up and walk at any moment.


A set of Victor's science class from Frankenweenie is on display at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This set also contains two small cameras, and a touch screen on the front lets you switch between views and take a photo to post to the movie's Facebook page. It doesn't look like the photos have yet posted, so keep checking back if you sent one. You can also submit photos you've taken by uploading them to Instagram and tagging them with #frankenweenietour, #frankenweeniefan, or #frankenweenie.


Removable mouths make the figure of Mr. Rzykruski appear to speak. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The second set is the Frankenstien's kitchen, with mom standing at the counter and dad reading the morning paper. Arranged along the front of this set is a display of the tiny handcrafted props used in the movie, everything from a stack of vinyl records to a miniature fondue set. Nearly everything, from the back page of the newspaper to the coupons pinned to the family bulletin board, is legible.


The sets are incredibly detailed, down to the text on the newspaper. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Like the classroom set, the kitchen set has a side window that lets you photograph the scene from another angle. The resulting photos often look like something straight from the movie.

The last set is Victor's attic, filled with an assortment of electrical appliances and makeshift scientific apparatuses. This is the setting for one of the extended scenes in the movie's sneak peek offered in the Muppet Theater, and after watching the preview, I wanted to head right back to the exhibit for another look at the figures. A series of switches on the front of the display allow you to control the lighting in the set, just as the animators did while filming the attic scenes.


The attic set is equipped with switches to let you control the lighting in the scene. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Photos taken of the set look almost like scenes from the movie. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The final piece of the exhibit is Tim Burton's desk. It is covered with sketches of the characters and sets, fabric swatches and costume elements for the characters, and even a display of the removable mouths used to make Mr. Rzykruski "talk." Most interesting might be the progression of character figures—especially a model of Sparky showing how incredibly intricate the articulated figure is. During a media tour of the exhibit, executive producer Don Hahn explained that the movement and facial expressions of many characters are controlled by turning tiny mechanisms inside their bodies, some accessed through ports in the ears, hairline, or joints. He said that a cross-section of the character's heads would reveal something that looked very much like an intricate Swiss watch.


Models and sketches from Frankenweenie provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of stop motion animated films. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A model of Sparky shows the intricate mechanisms inside the stop-motion figures. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Scattered among the papers on the "desk" are diagrams showing how some of the figures are articulated, with notes describing what kind of tool to use to move the figure. For fans of stop animation, this may be the closest look they'll have to the inner workings of the production process.

The Art of Frankenweenie exhibition runs through November 5 at Disney California Adventure. Annual Passholders can show their APs to cast members for priority access to the exhibit and movie preview for the first two hours after park opening through September 20.


An extended "4D" preview of Frankenweenie is shown at the Muppet*Vision 3D theater. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Due to the movie preview, the Muppet*Vision 3D attraction is currently closed. Cast members say the attraction may reopen for part of the day starting September 21, with the Frankenweenie preview running only at night, as was the case during the previews of Tron: Legacy.


Frankenweenie merchandise is available for sale at Off the Page in Hollywood Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Award Wieners offers two Frankenweenie-inspired menu items. The Frank & Weenie ($7.19) is a pork sausage wrapped in bacon and served with grilled onions and BBQ sauce on a jalepeno-cheddar bun. Franken-Fusion ($4.49) is a black-and-white drink made with Minute Maid Light Lemonade, flavored with blackberry and wild grape syrups and topped with lemon-lime foam. Both menu items are available through Halloween.


Black and white lemonade and a specialty hot dog are on the new Frankenweenie menu at Award Wieners Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Will one Disney spell the end of a dry Disneyland?

The most surprising Disney news of the past week came buried in the fifth paragraph of a Disney Parks Blog post about menu development for the new Be Our Guest restaurant in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park, one of the new eateries opening in New Fantasyland later this fall. Tucked into the middle of the article is a single sentence that marks the end of a nearly 60-year tradition: the new restaurant will serve wine and beer at dinner.

While five domestic Disney theme parks offer beer and wine at multiple locations, and Epcot even hosts a wildly popular annual Food and Wine Festival, the two "Magic Kingdom" parks have traditionally been "dry." Alcohol might be served at these parks during after-hours private events or inside the members-only Club 33 at Disneyland, but never to the general public during normal park hours. This policy started at Disneyland in 1955, and carried over to Walt Disney World when that park opened in 1971. Alcohol is served at Disneyland Paris.

Florida's announcement says that the restaurant will serve only wine and beer—no mixed drinks—and only at dinner, but it's hard not to see this as Disney testing the waters for a future expansion to additional Magic Kingdom restaurants. And that begs the question: How long until Disneyland is no longer dry?

The Disneyland Resort will say only that "we have no announcement to make at this time," but it seems difficult to believe that, having broken with tradition at one of the Magic Kingdom parks, the company will maintain the no-alcohol policy at the other, especially under the "One Disney" mentality that guides many operational decisions. If this change doesn't prompt a massive push-back from park guests (feedback on the Disney Parks blog is largely in favor of the change), how long until Cafe Orleans or the Blue Bayou introduces wine lists of their own?

How do you feel about this change? Share your thoughts on our MousePad discussion forum, or in the Comments section below.

Buena Vista Street 3.0

Last week I documented some major changes to the display windows on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure, with contemporary Disney merchandise from the adjoining stores added to what had until then been period-perfect set dressing. Some readers agreed with my critique, and others told me to "get over it," but it seems someone at Disney had a similar opinion as ours. When DCA opened Thursday, the displays had changed yet again, with the in-your-face merchandising toned down somewhat.


The Atwater Ink and Paint window after the initial change, full of new merchandise. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Atwater Ink and Paint window after last week's revision. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Other windows were left untouched or had only minor changes. I'd be happiest if all of the windows were returned to their original condition, but this is likely the best compromise we'll see. Of course, one cynical friend opined that this is exactly how he would have handled the situation if he were a merchandise manager and wanted all that window real estate for his shop displays—cram the windows full of merchandise, and then appear to "compromise" by removing some, but not all, of it.

Whatever happened, and whomever was responsible, I for one am happy to see the windows toned down a bit. Now, about those baseball jerseys still on display in the Five and Dime window...


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


Now the office supplies are displayed in a slightly less obtrusive manner. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...The 2012 CHOC Walk in the Park is just a month away, and members of Team MousePlanet have raised nearly $2000 for Childrens Hospital Orange County. There's still plenty of time to join Team MousePlanet—just visit our CHOC Walk page to sign up. In addition to helping raise money for a great local charity, CHOC Walk participants are eligible to purchase tickets to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for just $45. The CHOC tickets are valid October 14 through November 9, 2012; more information is on our MousePad discussion forum.

...For those wondering, the Starbucks in Disney California Adventure is offering the company's fall menu, including Pumpkin Spice Lattes and seasonal baked goods.

...Disneyland.com has been updated yet again with confirmation that the Magic Morning offering at Disneyland will switch to a three-day-a-week schedule effective Tuesday, October 2. Magic Morning has been offered most Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays for years, but the new schedule removes Sundays from the calendar. Magic Morning is offered to Disneyland visitors with qualifying tickets, including 3-day or longer park hoppers, promotional bonus tickets, and the SoCal City Pass.

Extra Magic Hour, offered to visitors staying at the Disneyland Resort hotels, will also be offered at Disneyland on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

...We hear this is the last year to purchase the Ghost Mickey Halloween popcorn bucket at Disneyland.

...Annual Passholders can get a free pair of Glow with the Show Ears with a $50 merchandise purchase at participating Disneyland Resort stores now through September 22. Full details available on the Annual Passholder website.

...Some MousePlanet readers reported receiving a Disneyland Resort photo book in the mail last week. According to the accompanying letter, signed by Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis, the book was sent in place of the current issue of the Annual Passholders "Backstage Pass" magazine as a "thank you" to passholders for their loyalty during the five-year expansion project. The book is titled A Celebration of a Wish Come True, and features over 80 pages of full-color candid and promotional photos from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, including the new Cars Land.

…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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Halloween crowds start materializing this week, but shouldn't be too bad. 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.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2 / 10
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3 / 10
Thursday, September 20, 2012 2 / 10
Friday, September 21, 2012 7 / 10

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  • Expect crowds to pick up a bit this week now that it's Halloween season.
  • 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.
  • Troubadour Treats – closed until Summer 2013 for refurbishment of the Fantasyland Theater. An internal document lists May 23 as the reopening date, but this may just be a placeholder.
  • 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 16 for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr. – closed until November 16 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed until December 8 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.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed October 1–3 for refurbishment.
  • 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 due to the "Frankenweenie" Sneak Peek. Cast members say the attraction may reopen as Muppets in the daytime, and Frankenweenie after 6pm, sometime after September 20th depending on how popular the "Frankenweenie" preview is.
  • Soarin' Over California Theater A – closed September 18 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin' Over California Theater B – closed September 19 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Train – closed October 22 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

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

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www.mouseearvacations.com

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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. These are offered at Disney-operated stores only, and generally can not be combined - you must choose one of the eligible offers. If you're a passholder, the minimum purchase is calculated after your discount, and your discount does not apply to the promotional item. 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.
  • Free Glow with the Show ears with a $50 purchase (1 hat per $50 spent, up to 5 hats per customer). Offer ends September 22.

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.
  • Free Glow with the Show ears with a $50 purchase (1 hat per $50 spent, up to 5 hats per customer). Offer ends September 22.

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:

9/16 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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