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Details for the 2012 Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort | Disneyland Announces Narrators for the Candlelight Processional | Cars Land Float to Appear in the Rose Parade | Wreck-it Ralph Meet-and-Greet at Disneyland | This and That...

Details for the 2012 Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort

The holiday season at the Disneyland Resort is quickly approaching, and for the first time, includes Buena Vista Street and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.


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Sleeping Beauty's Castle now sports snow as the resort prepares for the holiday season. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

Guests entering DCA are greeted by Buena Vista Street: a re-creation of 1930s Los Angeles, to which Walt Disney arrived to begin his career as an animator. Park guests are reminded of a Christmas of years gone by. The Carthay Circle area will include a 50-foot Christmas tree with vintage-style ornaments. You will also have a chance to meet Santa Claus inside the Elias and Company Department Store. Buena Vista Street will feature vintage Holiday decor, garland stretched across the streets and town bell ringers.

Cars Land will also feature special holiday decorations, including a "whimsical snowcar at the entrance area. Each address along Route 66 will feature holiday decor that reflects the personality of the Cars character who lives there. Each character and shop owner of Radiator Springs will also have their own, specially decorated Christmas tree.

During the holiday season, you can expect to see the following at Disney California Adventure:

  • World of Color features special holiday guests, Lanny and Wayne from "Prep & Landing"
  • Paradise Bay decorated with a Christmas tree and seasonal wreaths
  • "a bugs land" decorations with giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments
  • A holiday edition of "Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party"
  • Wintertime fun at the Mad T Party in Hollywood Land

Across the Esplanade at Disneyland, Main Street U.S.A. is once again getting decked out with holiday decorations. Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle returns with a holiday lighting show that also incorporates the 60-foot-tall Town Square Christmas tree. In addition:

  • "Believe...in Holiday Magic" fireworks light up the night sky, concluding with a climactic snowfall finale down Main Street U.S.A., "it's a small world" mall and New Orleans Square.
  • "A Christmas Fantasy" parade will entertain guests as Disney characters celebrate the season and prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus.
  • The classic facade of "it's a small world" becomes decorated with more than 300,000 lights, for the holidays.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday continues through the holiday season.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Big Thunder Ranch.

New this holiday season, Downtown Disney is featuring ice skating. Located near ESPN Zone and the AMC Theater, shoppers can enjoy a skate around an outdoor ice rink, complete with music and special lighting; skates are available for rent.

The 2012 Holiday season at the Disneyland Resort kicks off November 12, and runs through January 6, 2013.


Holiday decorations have been installed in New Orleans Square. Photo by Bryan Pugh.


"it's a small world" is currently closed for the annual Holiday overlay. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

Disneyland Announces Narrators for the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional

Disneyland announced the narrators for the 2012 Candlelight Ceremony and Processional this past week. The Candlelight Ceremony is among the oldest traditions at Disneyland, dating back to 1958. The event is made up of Disney Cast Members, and orchestra performing classical Christmas hymns and a celebrity narrator telling the story of the first Christmas. Disneyland will be holding a record 20 performances of the Candlelight Processional this year, from December 1 - 20, 2012.

The list of narrators for the 2012 Candlelight Processional are:

  • December 1 and 2 (Saturday and Sunday) – Dennis Haysbert (actor)
  • December 3 to 5 (Monday to Wednesday) – Kurt Russell (actor and Disney Legend)
  • December 6 to 8 (Thursday to Saturday) – To be announced
  • December 9 to 11 (Sunday to Tuesday) – Lou Diamond Phillips (actor)
  • December 12 and 13 (Wednesday and Thursday) – Dick Van Dyke (actor and Disney Legend)
  • December 14 (Friday) – Marcia Gay Harden (actress)
  • December 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday) – Patricia Heaton (actress)
  • December 17 to 19 (Monday to Wednesday) – Molly Rigwald (actress)
  • December 20 (Thursday) – Dennis Haysbert (actor)

In a tradition that dates back to 1958, the December 1 and 2 performances will be by invitation only to thank the partners in the community for their support throughout the year. Disney has still yet to confirm the registration details for the Annual Passholder or dining packages, which were announced on the Disney Parks Blog in August. Disney dining currently has no information available. Disney is encouraging those interesting in this information to register at Disneyland.com/ap so that they can receive information on Annual Passholder opportunities as they become available.

Cars Land-Inspired Float to Appear in the 124th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade

Disney formally announced its plans this past week to enter a Cars Land-inspired float in the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. The Cars Land float will feature a bouncing tire from Luigi's Flying Tires, a bubbling "Original Radiator Spring," a real waterfall, baby tractors (complete with puffing smoke), a re-creation of Ornament Valley, the Cozy Cones, and Cars characters Lighting McQueen, Salley, Luigi and Guido in floral representations.


The Cars Land-inspired Rose Parade Float features elemets from the newly opened Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Art © Disney.

The Cars Land Rose Parade float is not the first Rose Parade float built by Disneyland. In recent years, the Disneyland Resort has displayed a Twilight Zone Tower of Terror float and a float celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in 2005.

You can see the Cars Land-inspired Rose Parade float during the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade, which airs live on New Year's Day, January 1, 2013.

Wreck-It Ralph Meet-and-Greet Opens at Disneyland

Disneyland guests now have the opportunity to meet the characters from the latest Disney animated movie Wreck-It Ralph. The meet-and-greet opened this past week in the Tomorrowland Starcade, and also features vintage-style Wreck-It Ralph video games and background music from classic 1980s video games.


Guests can play classic-style Fix-it Felix Jr. video games at the Wreck-It Ralph meet-and-greet. Photo by Bryan Pugh.


A variety of characters are available for photos, including Wreck-it Ralph and Sugar Rush. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

Wreck-It Ralph opens in theaters on November 2, 2012.

This and That...

... The long-awaited grand opening of the Downtown Disney Earl of Sandwich location takes place on November 2, 2012. However, Earl of Sandwich has confirmed on its Twitter account that soft openings start today, October 29, 2012.


The Downtown Disney Earl of Sandwich Location as it appeared this past weekend, prior to opening. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

... The Orange County Register has a few more details about the Disneyland location filming of Saving Mr. Banks, which we first reported on two weeks ago. Filming should take place on November 6 and 7 (Tuesday and Wednesday), with "several" locations of the park blocked off during throughout the day. The movie, which follows the story of how Walt Disney secured the rights to film the movie Mary Poppins, stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell. Disney, however, has declined to comment on which actors or actress will take part in the Disneyland filming.

... In the continued effort to crack down on multi-day "ticket-rentals," Disneyland is now checking the IDs of guests showing up to the parks with four- or five-day passports to see if they match the purchaser of the tickets. In a statement to MousePlanet, Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said, "In an effort to mitigate 'ticket renting,' we are requiring the guest's name on all 4- and 5-day tickets, and will be checking IDs. Tickets that are purchased at the Resort will have the guest's name printed on them; tickets purchased at other authorized sellers will require that the guest name be added at the gate with indelible ink."

Brown said that they don't believe this new policy will have a big impact on guests. She said the resort is also looking at additional options for addressing the problem, but have nothing to announce at this time.


A sign has been placed between gates 15 and 16 at Disneyland directing guests with 4- and 5-day tickets to have their IDs ready. Photo by Bryan Pugh.

... Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, a restaurant in Downtown Disney, is offering a 10 percent discount as well as priority seating in any available dining room before 6:00 p.m. to guests who show their ticket to the recently opened Downtown Disney Ice Skating rink.

... The Downtown Disney House of Blues was recently presented with a certificate of recognition by the California Legislature for being voted one of the 'Best Concert Venues in Orange County' by the readers of the Orange County Register.

Crowd Forecast

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This is the last week of low crowds at Disneyland Resort this year, as the Christmas holiday season, which starts in mid-November, will bring heavy crowds. 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 30, 2012 1 / 10
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1 / 10
Thursday, November 1, 2012 1 / 10
Friday, November 2, 2012 5 / 10

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

  • Mickey's Halloween Party is on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Partial blockouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Crowd levels are a 7 on Saturday and 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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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 January 2014 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 15 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed until December 7 for refurbishment.
  • Star Tours – operating at reduced capacity with one cabin closed for refurbishment on October 15 to 18.
  • "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.
  • Donald's Boat – closed November 12–15 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed January 7–17 for removal of Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  • Primeval World – closed January 7–23 for refurbishment, will not effect the operation of the Disneyland Railroad.
  • Fantasmic! – dark January 7 to February 14 for refurbishment
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed January 7 to March 28 for refurbishment
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed January 7 to October 30, 2013 for a major refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed October 22 to November 8 for refurbishment.
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish – operating at reduced capacity through November 1
  • Soarin' Over California – operating at reduced capacity through November 1 and November 5–8.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closed for refurbishment November 26 to December 6.
  • Silly Symphony Swings – closed for refurbishment January 7 to February 17, 2013.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed for refurbishment January 7 to February 28, 2013.

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 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.

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

Costco 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket plus $50 Costco Cash card ($259.99) – The Fall 2012 version of this discount offer is a bit different than past deals, with several important changes:

  • Unlike past offers, this ticket has a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all four admission days within 13 days of first use, or lose them.
  • This ticket is NOT restricted to Southern California residents. However, the ticket is not currently available through Costco.com, and we're not sure if stores outside of Southern California will carry it. If you live in Northern California or out of state and spot them, be sure to let us know so we can pass it along to other readers.
  • This ticket includes one Magic Morning day.
  • There are no blockout dates this time.
  • The ticket comes with a $50 Costco Cash Card instead of the Disney Gift Card offered last year.

At face value, the ticket is only $15 less than the rack rate for a Disneyland Resort 4-Day Parkhopper ticket purchased at the Main Entrance booths, and is more expensive than the child's ticket. The real "savings" comes in the form of the $50 Costco Cash Card. If you were already in the market for a 4-day Parkhopper and plan to spend $50 at Costco, this deal will save you $65.00, but it may not be a real value if you aren't an avid Costco shopper.

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells four-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 4-day Park Hoppers are $270 for adults and $250 for children; 4-day 1/park/day tickets are $240 for adults and $220 for children

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $260/$240 Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $290/$270

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells five-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 5-day Park Hoppers are $285 for adults and $265 for children; 5-day 1/park/day tickets are $255 for adults and $235 for children

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

Six Day, One Park per Day Ticket Six Day Park Hopper No longer offered by Disneyland. Some travel providers may offer 6-day or longer tickets to international customers as part of a package; residents of Canada, Australia or the U.K. should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available to you.
Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

No discounts currently available for new purchases. California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

Premier Annual Passport: $849 – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking. Premium Annual Passport: $649 – includes parking.
Deluxe Annual Passport: $469.
Southern California Annual Passport: $329.
SoCal Select Annual Passport: $269.
Parking Add On: $129 – Add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes. Has same blockout days as corresponding pass. Blockout Day Ticket: $70 – Grants one-day park-hopper admission to an annual passholder on a blockout day.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPass $279/$239 Southern California CityPass PLUS $311/$263

2012 Southern California CityPass ($279/$239) – includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2012. Purchase CityPass through the Disneyland Website or on-site at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPass Website, though a shipping charge may apply depending on how quickly you need the ticket.

2012 Southern California CityPass PLUS ($311/$263) – includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, PLUS one-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2012. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPass Website.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Hotel/Travel Packages

Costco Travel Packages – Many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco. Extras when purchasing a Costco Disneyland travel package include Mickey's Toontown Madness admission (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), a character breakfast collectible pin and lanyard, and a Costco luggage tag per person, plus a $20 Disneyland Resort gift card per package.

Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – Package includes accommodations in one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels; Souvenir Park Hopper ticket with voucher for admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, plus one Magic Morning (early entry) for three–day or longer Park Hoppers; preferred seating at three DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!); preferred showing of Turtle Talk with Crush (priority viewing at the first Turtle Talk with Crush show of the day, on any one day—one voucher per Guest); Disney Dream coin keepsake (one per package), luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy or Crush. Contact Disney Travel or your favorite travel agent.

Contact a MousePlanet sponsor travel agency for assistance in booking your next trip

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Other Discounts

Annual Passholder offers – Disneyland has once again extended the 20% merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders. The discount is now valid through December 31, 2012.

Purchase with Purchase offers – Disneyland Resort shops frequently offer a reduced–price souvenir (often a tote bag, watch, or blanket) with a qualifying minimum purchase. 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:
10/28 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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