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Disney Announces Dates and Details for the 2012 Holiday Season | Disney California Adventure open late Fridays this Month | Thanksgiving at the Disneyland Resort | An Appeal from Team MousePlanet | Around the Resort | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Disney Announces Dates and Details for the 2012 Holiday Season

Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, but the Holidays are just around the corner. In fact, the Disneyland Resort transforms into the 'Merriest Place on Earth' in just over five weeks. From November 12, 2012 through January 6, 2013, you can experience one of the most magical times at the resort, and the newly relaunched Disney California Adventure park is part of this year's event as well.


Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. Photo by Bryan Pugh.


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Favorite holiday classics such as the "Believe…in Holiday Magic" fireworks, "A Christmas Fantasy" parade and "it's a small world" holiday are returning to Disneyland. Haunted Mansion Holiday, which is already open for guests of Halloween Time, also continues through the holiday season. You can also meet Santa Claus, see his reindeer, play games and create crafts at Santa's Holly Jolly Jamboree back at the Big Thunder Ranch. Disneyland is also holding a record 20 performances of the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional in Main Street's Town Square, between December 3 and 20. Disney has also announced that these performances are open to "registered" Annual Passholders and that there will be a limited number of dining packages available, but Disney has yet to announce details or what the process is for becoming registered.

Buena Vista Street, a re-creation of the 1930s Los Angeles that Walt Disney knew, will also be transformed for the holiday season. Similar to how the area was decorated in period-specific patriotic flags and bunting for the Independence Day holiday, Buena Vista Street will feature vintage-style ornaments and decor. It is also highly likely that Buena Vista Street will contain the Disney California Adventure Christmas tree.

Back in Radiator Springs, each building in Cars Land will feature holiday decorations which reflects the personality of the characters for which the buildings were inspired. Unique decorations will adorn Flo's V8 Cafe, Fillmore's Taste-in, the Cozy Cone Motel, and Luigi's Casa della Tires. A touch of the holidays will also return to "a bug's land," and Disney will add what they are calling "wintertime fun" to the Mad T Party.

Disney California Adventure open late Fridays this Month

With the success of the Disney California Adventure relaunch and Mickey's Halloween Party forcing Disneyland to close at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays this month, Disney California Adventure park is remaining open until midnight on those nights. It was only a few years ago that these Halloween parties were held at Disney California Adventure in an effort to attract guests into the struggling park. What was once seen as a half day or overflow park, is now attracting half of the the resort traffic, up from only 25 percent.

Thanksgiving at the Disneyland Resort

Various locations are offering special menu items for those wishing to celebrate Thanksgiving while at the Disneyland Resort.

The massive all-you-can-eat Disneyland Family Thanksgiving Feast returns to the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom. This classic Thanksgiving feast includes roasted turkey, prime rib, homemade stuffing, sweet potato souffle, fresh cranberry-ornage relish, as well as mashed potatoes and gravy. The buffet will also include fresh salads, cheeses, smoke salmon, shrimp and king crab legs. Desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, cakes, gourmet cupcakes, and much more.

The Disneyland Family Thanksgiving Feast also includes photo and meet-and-greet opportunities for various Disney characters, as well as complimentary four-hour self-parking at the Disneyland Hotel. The price for adults is $71.99; the price for children ages 3 to 9 is $20.99, and includes a special children's buffet. Annual Passholder discounts apply (15 percent for premium holders; 10 percent for all others). The Disneyland Family Thanksgiving Feast is very popular and tends to get completely booked early; you must make prior arangements by calling (714) 781-DINE (714-781-3463) or by sending a reservation request to dine@disneyland.com.

There are also many more choices for those desiring a more casual or in-park dining experience as well.

Disneyland

Slow-roasted turkey and various side dishes will be on the menus at the following locations:

  • Cafe Orleans – Slow-roasted turkey breast served with turkey pan jus gravy, rosemary andouille sausage stuffing, sauteed green beans with bacon and homemade crandberry sauce ($17.49).
  • French Market – Slow-roasted turkey breast with andouille sausage stuffing. Market smashed potatoes, homestyle gravy, seasonal vegetables, and your choice of artisan bread and cranberry relish ($14.49).
  • Carnation Cafe – Slow-roasted turkey breast with bourbon gravy, apple-cranberry dressing, cream cheese yams, seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, and a roll ($15.99).
  • Plaza Inn – Slow-roasted turkey with a traditional turkey gravy and sage dressing. White cheddar red-skinned mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and a fresh dinner roll ($14.49).
  • River Belle Terrace – Slow-roasted turkey breast with stuffing, roasted garlic thyme mash potatoes, homestyle gravy, seasonal vegetables, cornbread, and cranberry relish ($14.49).
  • Blue Bayou – Brined slow-roasted turkey with smoked cippolini onion, served with pork belly stuffing and roasted shallot potato puree. Accompanied by cranberry gelle ($33.99).
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery – Turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise (pricing not yet available).

Disney California Adventure

  • Ariel's Grotto – Traditional roasted turkey dinner ($40.99 adults, $22.99 children).
  • Flo's V8 Cafe – Roasted turkey breast with cranberry marmalade and old-fashioned turkey gravy, red-skinned mashed potatoes, traditional sage stuffing, and peas & carrots. Served with garlic chive broiche roll (pricing not yet available).
  • Wine Country Trattoria – Roasted turkey with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, herb stuffing topped with orange cranberry relish ($27.99).
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill – Traditional turkey dinner with slow-roasted turkey and gravy with sage dressing, whipped mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, and cornbread ($14.49).
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant – A three-course meal of autumn harvest salad of marinated persimmons, candied pecans, and smoked bacon, red-tipped endive, upland cress, and autumn greens. Orange-saged roasted free-range turkey on a posole, autumn squash chili, and turkey tamale. Harvest pumpkin streusel cheesecake, cranberry orange syrup ($50).

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

  • Napa Rose – Four-course Wine Country Feast ($90; you can add a wine flight for an additional $45).
  • Storytellers Cafe – you have two choices here:
    • Classic turkey dinner with brioche bread stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy and cranberry sauce ($22.99 adults, $11.99 children).
    • Buffet , including turkey, New York strip loin, pan-seared salmon, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, grilled chicken, pork loin, candied yams, stuffing with sweet Italian sausage, mashed potatoes, and beets ($30.99 adults, $14.99 kids).

Disneyland Hotel

  • Steakhouse 55 – Three-course meal consisting of roasted butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, dressing, and Grand Mariner cranberry sauce. Includes a pumpkin creme brulee for dessert ($46).
  • Goofy's Kitchen – Turkey, roasted New York strip, salmon with caper-butter sauce, mashed potatoes, brown sugar yams with marshmallows, sourdough stuffing, butternut squash soup, and more ($38.99). A special children's buffet available for $31.99 as well a separate brunch for $33.99.

Paradise Pier Hotel

  • Disney's PCH Grill – Oven-roasted turkey breast, cranberry-orange relish, New York strip steak with horseradish cream, grilled chicken, pan-seared salmon, apple-walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey giblet gravy, as well as various salads and desserts ($31.99 adults, $16.99 kids).

Note: Disney cautions that all prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

An Appeal from Team MousePlanet

The 22nd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park takes place next Sunday, on October 14 at the Disneyland Resort. This 5K (3.1-mile) fun walk through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is an annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County. Team MousePlanet is proud to return for our 5th year, and the 58 members of our 2012 CHOC Walk team together have raised more than $5,000 so far this year. We're hoping to raise much more for this great local organization, and there are several ways you can help:

  • Walk with Team MousePlanet – register to walk with us at the October 14 event, and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals.
  • Raise money with Team MousePlanet – register as a "Sleeping Bear," (someone who is raising money, but cannot attend the Walk in person), and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals
  • Sponsor Team MousePlanet – you can sponsor a Team MousePlanet walker, and help them earn prizes, or make a general donation to our team.

If you'd like more information, visit the Team MousePlanet discussion to chat with other participants. Be sure to read MousePlanet's interview with Nolan Torres, the 2011 CHOC Walk Ambassador, for more information about CHOC and the many reasons we walk.

Around the Resort

…Red Rockett's Pizza Port in Tomorrowland has emerged from its multi-week external makeover. The new facade has received a new progressive paint scheme, which replaced the previous all-red theme.


The new paint scheme for Red Rockett's Pizza Port. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

…The Fantasy Faire project is showing more progress this past week with more vertical construction visible and coverings for some of the taller elements. Disney has not yet released a completion date for the project.


Current construction progress on the Fantasy Faire. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

…Speaking of construction projects that do not yet have a completion date, this past week saw some significant progress on the Downtown Disney Earl of Sandwich location, with the installation of supports for the outdoor dining portion and the start of a new burgundy paint scheme for the front of the building.


Current construction progress on the Downtown Disney Earl of Sandwich. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

…Over on Buena Vista Street, guests can now pick up more Oswald merchandise. Added to the already available Oswald ear hats are T-shirts and metal signs at Oswald's Filling Station.


Oswald T-shirts now available on Buena Vista Street. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

This and That...

…Disney is recruiting cast members and their children to appear as extras for a feature film shoot scheduled to take place at Disneyland on November 6 and 7. While Disneyland won't comment on the filming, we've confirmed this is for Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Cast members are asked to submit photos of themselves "dressed in clothes that may have been worn in the summer of 1961, and sporting period-appropriate hairstyles."

…Volunteer registration is now open for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. For more information, visit the RunDisney volunteer website. Volunteer opportunities fill quickly, and many shifts are already completely full, so don't wait to register. Volunteers who complete a minimum of two shifts receive a free Disneyland Resort one-day, one-park ticket.

…An NBC technology blogger came across an FCC filing detailing what could only be an NFC (near field communication) wristband for the upcoming "NextGen" project at Walt Disney World; the blogger mistakenly refers to Disneyland in the article. These "NextGen" wristbands will help Disney track guests through the park, tailoring their experience on attractions and streamlining services such as FASTPASS, dinning and ticket sales.

…The Matterhorn Bobsleds closed earlier this year for an extensive six-month refurbishment for a number of improvements and upgrades, including the installation of a completely redesigned bobsled ride vehicle. This week came news that Disney has donated one of the former, and very recognizable, bobsleds to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives in Arlington, Texas. The Matterhorn was the first tubular steel-tracked roller coaster in the world.

…The "Enchanted Books" in Beast's Library in the Animation Building at Disney California Adventure park have been updated to include new characters. The interactive books now ask a new series of questions to match each guest with the Disney personality they are most like. New personalities include, Lightning McQueen, Merida, and Mickey Mouse (yep, he wasn't there before).

…Annual passholders have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative double old-fashioned glass set starting tomorrow through February 2013 - or while supplies last. The glass set features classic Disney character silhouettes with the "Passholder" logo. The two glass sets will be released each month, and will be retired the following month. The currently release schedule is Minnie on October 9, followed by Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and Mickey on the first of the following months. The glasses will be available at various locations throughout the resort and you can see them and more information here.

…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 continue to materialize 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.

Date Overall
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 3 / 10
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 2 / 10
Thursday, October 11, 2012 2 / 10
Friday, October 12, 2012 4 / 10

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

  • There's a Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday.
  • Partial blockouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • CHOC Walk is on Sunday.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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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
  10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5 10/6
  DL: 10a-8p TTDCA: 10a-8p EMH AP Blockouts: Events: None DL: 8a-6p EMH / MMDCA: 8a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 10a-8p

TT DCA: 10a-8p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

None
DL: 9a-9p EMH / MMDCA: 9a-9p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 8a-7p

TT DCA: 8a-11p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

MHP
DL: 8a-12a EMH / MM / TTDCA: 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 NoneDCA: 8a-11p EMH AP Blockouts: SL Events: None DL: 8a-11p TTDCA: 8a-10p EMH AP Blockouts: Events: None DL: 8a-6p EMH / MMDCA: 8a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: MHP

DL: 9a-8p

TT DCA: 9a-8p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

None
DL: 9a-9p EMH / MMDCA: 9a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 8a-7p

TT DCA: 8a-11p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

MHP
DL: 8a-12a EMH / MM / TTDCA: 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 NoneDCA: 10a-11p EMH AP Blockouts: SL Events: CHOC Walk DL: 8a-6p TTDCA: 8a-8p EMH AP Blockouts: Events: MHP DL: 9a-8p EMH / MMDCA: 9a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 9a-8p

TT DCA: 9a-8p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

None
DL: 9a-8p EMH / MMDCA: 9a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 8a-7p

TT DCA: 8a-11p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

MHP
DL: 8a-12a EMH / MM / TTDCA: 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 NoneDCA: 8a-10p EMH AP Blockouts: SL Events: None DL: 10a-8p TTDCA: 10a-8p EMH AP Blockouts: Events: None DL: 8a-6p EMH / MMDCA: 8a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: MHP

DL: 8a-6p

TT DCA: 8a-8p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

None
DL: 9a-8p EMH / MMDCA: 9a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 8a-7p

TT DCA: 8a-11p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

MHP
DL: 8a-12a EMH / MM / TTDCA: 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 NoneDCA: 8a-10p EMH AP Blockouts: SL Events: None DL: 8a-6p TTDCA: 10a-8p EMH AP Blockouts: Events: MHP DL: 10a-8p EMH / MMDCA: 10a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 8a-6p

TT DCA: 8a-8p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

MHP
DL: 10a-8p EMH / MMDCA: 10a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 9a-11p

TT DCA: 9a-9p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

None
DL: 9a-12a EMH / MM / TTDCA: 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 NoneDCA: 8a-9p EMH AP Blockouts: SL Events: None DL: 8a-8p TTDCA: 10a-8p EMH AP Blockouts: Events: None DL: 10a-8p EMH / MMDCA: 10a-8p None AP Blockouts: Events: None

DL: 10a-8p

TT DCA: 10a-8p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

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

DL: 9a-12a

TT DCA: 9a-10p EMH

AP Blockouts

Events:

None
DL: 9a-12a EMH / MM / TTDCA: 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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