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Disneyland cracks down on Party crashers | Candlelight questions and Holiday dining | MouseAdventure Road Trip | This and That...

Disneyland cracks down on Party crashers

I received an e-mail from a regular reader Sharon asking about my experience at the first Mickey's Halloween Party of the 2012, held Friday night at Disneyland. She knew that I had written in 2010 and 2011 about how easy it could be for someone without a ticket to "crash" the extra-cost, after-hours Halloween parties, and wanted to know if I'd noticed an improvement this year.


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As it happens, last-minute preparations for MouseAdventure kept me away from Friday's party, but I heard from several readers who did attend. Based on their reports, it sounds like Disney has dramatically increased and improved security at the event to prevent party crashers, a change I wholeheartedly welcome. I've given Disney managers some grief over their mishandling of this event in past years, and I'm happy to give them kudos for helping to ensure that Halloween party guests get the exclusive access they paid for.


Cast members distribute large shiny wristbands at the start of Mickey's Halloween Party. Photo by Doug Williams.

Reader Doug Williams said the first change he noticed is that wristbands for this event are now big reflective bands printed with a number (a #1 for this first event). "I assume the number is to assist cast members in seeing what night the band was for," he said, adding "I would think this would be to cut down on annual passholders that try double-dipping for the party." I saw several people still wearing their wristbands the next day, and have to agree that they are definitely easier to spot, which means someone hanging out without one is more likely to be noticed.


Readers felt the lines to meet Jack Sparrow and other popular characters were much shorter than last year thanks to enhanced wristband enforcement. Photo by Doug Williams.

Once the event started at 7:00 p.m., Doug said, "Cast members were in full force at just about every crossing asking to see [wrist]bands. This was obviously increased enforcement. It wasn't to the point that it was annoying, but it was constant." Readers Ken and Teresa also attended Friday's party, and said wristband enforcement kept up well beyond 10 p.m., with cast members in the guise of "costume checkers" asking everyone to show off the "most important part of their costume" at checkpoints throughout the park.

Doug said a station was set up inside Frontierland to issue wristbands to event ticket-holders who had entered the park earlier in the day; attendees could have their event tickets scanned and receive the wristband needed to stay for the event. While he felt the station could have had better signage and been better organized, the added location likely helped cut down on the problem I noted last year, when I was able to collect a wristband without showing any proof I had even purchased a ticket to the event.


Phineas and Ferb have a new meet-and-greet location during Mickey's Halloween Party. Photo by Doug Williams.

Doug mentioned that the treat stations had their normal candy selections, but found it odd that Ghirardelli is no longer a candy sponsor, considering the company just opened a location at Disney California Adventure. Teresa said the "healthy" treat options again included dried cranberries and freeze-dried apple slices, but noted that the fresh carrot and apple packs were harder to find.

The benefits of the enhanced wristband enforcement were noticeable to Doug when it came time to see characters. "What was a 30-plus-minute line to see Jack Sparrow or Captain Hook last year was barely 15 minutes this year." He also enjoyed the new Villains meet-and-greet in Town Square. "New villains would come out on a black carriage pulled by a white horse." [We saw] Jafar, Maleficent, Cruella, Dr. Facilier, Evil Queen, to name a few. Again, lines were very reasonable to get to the characters."

Doug also noted that the crowds on Main Street during the fireworks were notably lighter. "As we stood on Main Street though it was obvious that the 'sold out' crowd was not nearly as large in past years, once again I think a credit to wristband enforcement." Ken and Teresa said the lines at the rides were also noticeably shorter, with cast members at every attraction checking for wristbands.

If you're coming to the Halloween party this year. Doug suggests parking in the Toy Story lot instead of the Mickey and Friends parking structure. "Good organization going and coming, making for a smooth ending to the evening."

Candlelight questions and holiday dining

When Disneyland officials announced the expansion of its Candlelight Processional from the normal two nights to a 20-night schedule, they said "performances from December 3-20 will be open to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and guests booking special, to-be-announced dining packages for the 2012 holiday season." With the dining reservation window for that period opening this week, we're anxiously waiting for Disney to announce additional details of these packages, as well as information on when and how the meals can be reserved.

If Disney sticks to its 60-day-advance-reservation schedule, reservations for the Monday, December 3 performance would open this Thursday, October 4. Dine Line cast members were unable to provide any information about the packages, but said to watch for an announcement this week.

Disney is now accepting reservations for the traditional Thanksgiving Day character buffet at the Disneyland Hotel. A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast is offered from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22. The price is $71.99 for adults ages 10 and up ($20.99 for children ages 3-9). The meal includes four hours of free parking at the Disneyland Hotel. Discounts for annual passholders (10 to 15 percent, depending on annual pass type) and cast members apply.

We'll have details about additional Thanksgiving and Christmas meal options in an upcoming Update, but we can confirm the dates for the seasonal character meal price increase. Holiday (or "peak") pricing is in effect November 16, 2012 through January 6, 2013, which will add $2 to $5 to the price at any of the five character meals offered at the Resort.

MouseAdventure: Road Trip

The scorching heat during this weekend's MouseAdventure event helped reinforce player perceptions that we somehow control the weather, with temperatures breaking 100 degrees Sunday afternoon.


MouseAdventure: Road Trip sent 700 players into Disney California Adventure to gain a new perspective on Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Seven hundred players came out for our first event in the re-imagined Disney California Adventure, and the vast majority pushed through the brutal heat to solve 16 quests that took them to every corner of the park. Expect a full recap and official scores on MousePlanet later this week; in the meantime, here are the winners:

Returning Teams


First Place – The Heffatooies (1318 points)


Second Place – San Diego Mouse Catchers (1292 points)


Third Place – New Orleans Squares (1254 points)

New Teams


First Place – Permanecer Sentados Por Favor (989 points)


Second Place – Masters of the Universe (781 points)

Family Teams


First Place – Goofy Two Shoes (901 points)


Second Place – Cute and Fluffy! (825 points)

We also want to congratulate our newest MouseAdventure Masters team The Heffatooies. Having taken first-place honors in three different MouseAdventure events, The Heffatooies are now retired from further competition, but are invited to come back and play future events for free. Past Masters team Simba's Pride actually earned the highest score at this event, with an impressive 1350 out of a possible 1400 points.

Our next MouseAdventure event is less than a month away, on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Walt Disney World—and registration is still open. We don't have any details about our next Disneyland event, expected to be Spring 2013, so be sure to sign up for our MouseAdventure Newsletter to stay informed.

This and That...

...The 2012 CHOC Walk in the Park is just a month away, and members of Team MousePlanet have raised over $3000 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.

...RunDisney is expected to open volunteer registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon this week. Race volunteers help with such activities as runner sign-ins, water station staffing along the race course, and distribution of medals at the finish line, helping out with one of a hundred projects needed to make sure the race weekend runs smoothly. Volunteers can receive free or discounted theme park tickets for their participation, and many local youth organizations participate to help meet school requirements for community volunteerism. If you're interested in volunteering with RunDisney, keep an eye on the official website this week.

If you would like to volunteer with Team MousePlanet, we will again host our own runner support station somewhere along the half-marathon route as we did last month at the Disneyland Half Marathon. Sign up on our MousePad discussion forum, and we'll post additional details as we have them.

...Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is again hosting a Haunted Gingerbread House workshop. Each class begins with the participants decorating their own chef hat, then a Ralph Brennan’s chef demonstrates how to assemble the gingerbread houses. Once the construction is done, participants move onto the decorating phase. Both construction and decorating materials are provided, and the whole class lasts about 2 hours, and participants take their creations home.

The sessions are October 20, 27 or 28 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Each gingerbread kit costs $48.00 plus tax and comes with gingerbread house and candy, chef’s hat, two reserved seats and soft drinks for the participants. Additional guests are $12.00. You can make your advanced reservations and payment by calling Bruno Duarte at (714) 776-5200 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Halloween and Christmas events sell out very quickly every year, so reserve your tickets soon.

…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.


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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.
  • 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.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through October 3 for refurbishment.
  • Goofy's Playhouse – closed through October 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

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – 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 – Through October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – October 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 29, and 31. Advance-purchase tickets are on sale via Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781-4000. Advance-purchase tickets also available to Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders by calling (714) 781-4636.
  • 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 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. 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:

  10/1 10/2

10/3

10/4 10/5 10/6
  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
10/28 10/29 10/30

10/31

11/1 11/2 11/3
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 8a-6p
TT

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events:
MHP
DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

 

DL: 8a-6p
TT

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
MHP
 

DL: 10a-8p
EMH / MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events:
None

DL: 9a-11p
TT

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:
None

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

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None
11/4 11/5 11/6

11/7

11/8 11/9 11/10
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None
DL: 8a-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: 9a-12a
EMH / MM / TT

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

 



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