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runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge registration info | First look at the Disneyland 10K courseThis and that...

runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge registration info

Start stretching your fingers and warm up your keyboard, because "very limited" early registration for runDisney's new Coast to Coast challenge opens this Tuesday, June 11. The new challenge offers a special pink-hued Coast to Coast medal for runners who complete both the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort and the 2014 Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World—and Disney is offering a dual registration that covers both events.


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To snag a spot in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon before registration opens to the public on July 9, you must register for either the 2014 Princess Half Marathon or Glass Slipper Challenge, then on the first registration screen, scroll down to the section titled, "Tinker Bell Half Marathon Special Promotion" and click "Yes." This adds the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon and $175 to your Princess registration.

There is also an option to purchase the commemorative Tinker Bell event pin, but not the other add-ons that are usually offered with race registration, like the commemorative necklace or Pasta in the Park party. You may need to purchase those items separately when Tinker Bell Half Marathon registration officially opens in July.

runDisney usually offers early registration to Disney annual passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Disney Visa cardholders. Disney Annual Passholders can pre-register now for the Princess Half Marathon event races and the new Coast to Coast challenge using the links found on the AP website. A lengthy scheduled downtime of the DVC members site may be the reason the pre-registration offer was not sent to DVC members, but Disney Visa cardholders also report needing to call runDisney to get information about early registration because Visa did not send out the usual offer e-mail.

However, in a move that surprises nobody who has been following runDisney, Active.com—the company runDisney uses for race registration—has posted an active registration link for Tinker Bell that appears to function for anyone. The company did the same thing earlier this year with 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events. [Editor's note: Active.com continues to have issues; it is the same company that experienced a technical meltdown when registration opened for the Chicago Marathon this past February, and Active.com officially apologized for similar issues in March for the Marine Corps Marathon.]

The early registration allocation for the Glass Slipper Challenge (the Princess Half Marathon and Enchanted 10K combination) has already filled, so if your hope was to register for both the Glass Slipper Challenge and the Coast to Coast Challenge, you will need to wait for general registration to open Tuesday.

If you are an annual passholder, Disney Vacation Club member, or Disney Visa cardholder, we strongly recommend registering for your preferred events today before general registration opens tomorrow. We also advise using the proper pre-registration links for your affiliation instead of the "open" link. Passholders should use the links found on the AP website, but Disney Visa card members and DVC members should contact runDisney at (407) 938-3398 for assistance.

Participants who complete the new Coast to Coast Challenge in 2014 will earn a new pink-toned Coast to Coast medal. MousePlanet contributor Lorree Tachell spoke with runDisney representatives at the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego race expo, and said the new C2C medal, "actually looks better in person than I thought it would." She also got the scoop on a question that has been bugging runners since Disney announced the new medal: is it possible for one runner to earn both version of the C2C medal in 2014, since runDisney has previously said you can only earn one Coast to Coast medal no matter how many races you run in a calendar year? Fortunately, the answer is "yes." If you complete both the Tinker Bell and Princess Half Marathons in 2014, you'll earn the pink C2C medal. If you then also complete the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon and any other marathon or half marathon at Walt Disney World in 2014, you will also earn the regular Coast to Coast medal.

It appears 2014 is the only year the new pink C2C medal will be offered—it's probably a "one and done."

First look at the Disneyland 10K course

While we're discussing things runDisney hasn't officially announced, MousePlanet's Stephanie Wien came across the USA Track & Field certification for the upcoming Disneyland 10K, the newest race at the Disneyland Resort and part of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. The certified course seems to share the start line with the Disneyland half marathon, but continues south on Disney Drive past Katella to Convention Center Way. From there, the course runs east to Harbor, then north on Harbor until it enters Disney California Adventure behind Tower of Terror. The course winds through Cars Land and around Paradise Bay, reaching the halfway mark right around Soarin' Over California.

The course then heads backstage and appears to use the vehicle tunnel under the east bus turnaround to get runners from DCA to Disneyland. The course heads up Main Street, U.S.A. to the Central Plaza hub, then into Tomorrowland and up to "it's a small world." Here, the course heads backstage again, with runners going around the parade building before coming back on stage in Toontown. From there, the course heads into Fantasyland, then through Sleeping Beauty Castle just after mile 5. The last mile includes a tour of Frontierland and Critter Country, before heading backstage behind Splash Mountain and the Indiana Jones show building. The final leg goes right through Downtown Disney, with the finish behind the ESPN Zone.

A new certification has not been filed for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon, but the 2012 course is certified through 2022 if the course does not change.

This and that...

...If you're still looking to purchase Disneyland Resort tickets at the pre-increase price, Get Away Today has been given an extension once again to sell tickets at the pre-increase prices through June 25. [Disclosure: Get Away Today is a MousePlanet sponsor.]

…Another week, another new official Disney Twitter account. You can now follow all the happenings from the Downtown Disney District via the @DisneylandDTD account. The account posts information about special events and offers from Downtown Disney shops and restaurants, along with Resort events happening in the Downtown Disney District.

......The final special annual passholder performance of Mickey and the Magical Map is this Tuesday, June 11 at Disneyland. Following the 5:40 p.m. performance, some of the creative team involved with the production are participating in a brief presentation about the show. Passholders may bring up to three non-passholder guests.

...This week's Limited Time Magic event is a Father's Day-themed meet-and-greet with Mr. Incredible and Frozone at a "special photo location" in Paradise Pier June 10 to 16.

...The ninth annual Unofficial Star Wars Fan Day at Disney is Sunday, June 30. Started in 2005 in an effort to convince Disney to bring Star Wars Weekends to the West Coast, the event now draws hundreds of fans. More details on the event website and Facebook page.

Crowd Forecast

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Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, to help you better plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, TouringPlans.com has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

This week starts off with mid-sized crowds but will go up leading to a busy weekend. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the crowds with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines App with access to current and estimated wait times, 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, June 11, 2013 6 / 10
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6 / 10
Thursday, June 13, 2013 8 / 10
Friday, June 14, 2013 9 / 10

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

  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 8 out of 10.
  • Grad Nights run Wednesday through Friday this week.
  • Monday is the best day to visit Disneyland
  • Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually "sell out" within the first hour of DCA's regular park hours.

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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

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed through October 30 for a major refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • None at this time

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).

2013

Summer

  • Grad Nite events – This party for high school seniors graduating in 2013 continue to be held on these upcoming dates: June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. The 2013 event includes admission to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disneyland Park after the park closes to the public for the night.
  • Ninth Unofficial Star Wars Fan Day at Disney – Sunday, June 30. This unofficial gathering of Star Wars fans is on a mission to convince Disney to bring Star Wars Weekends to the West Coast. More details on the event website and Facebook page.
  • D23 Expo – August 9–11. Tickets for the three-day convention are now on sale.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (sold out) – August 30 through September 1 at the Disneyland Resort.

Fall

  • Halloween Time – September 13 to October 31.
  • 23rd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park – October 13. Team MousePlanet registration details coming soon.

Winter

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – November 12 through the first week of 2014.

2013

  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 17–19. Registration for all weekend activities opens to the general public on July 9; limited registration opens June 11 for those also registering for the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

We also recommend checking the convention calendar at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau website. 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 June 2, 2013.

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.

Don't get scammed! Never buy tickets from an unofficial or secondary outlet, such as through eBay or Craigslist. Never rent or purchase tickets from people approaching you outside the gates stating they have remaining days or leftover tickets. This practice is against the terms of use for Disneyland admission, and may result in denial of entry. It is also common for criminals to shoplift inactivated Disney theme park tickets from supermarkets to resell them. There is no way to determine if these tickets are valid until you try to use them to enter the parks. Only purchase Disney theme park tickets directly from Disney, an authorized seller, or travel agency. 

One Day, One Park Ticket – Regularly $92/$86

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $137/$131
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 $175/$162

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $210/$197

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 ($185 for children); 2-day 1/park/day tickets are $168 for adults ($156 for children).

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

Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $225/$209

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $260/$244

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 ($230 for children); 3-day 1/park/day tickets are $217 for adults ($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 through September 26, 2013, and are valid 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 through July 4. 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 any other discounts are available through them.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $250/$230

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $285/$265

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 ($250 for children); 4-day 1/park/day tickets are $240 for adults ($220 for children).

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

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $265/$244

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $300/$279

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 ($265 for children); 5-day 1/park/day tickets are $255 for adults ($235 for children).

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other 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 tickets for 6 days or longer as part of a package to international customers; residents of Canada, Australia, or the U.K. should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available.
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 ($979) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking.
  • Premium Annual Passport ($669) – includes parking.
  • Deluxe Annual Passport ($499)
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($359)
  • SoCal Select Annual Passport ($279)
  • Parking Add On ($139) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes; has same blockout days as corresponding pass.
  • Blockout Day Ticket ($84) – 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 any other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPASS $319/$279

Southern California CityPASS PLUS $353/$304

2013 Southern California CityPASS ($319/$279) – 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 January 2, 2014. 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.

2013 Southern California CityPASS PLUS ($353/$304) – 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 January 2, 2014. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website.

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

Prices listed above are valid until January 2, 2014.

Hotel/Travel Packages

Costco Travel Packages – many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco.

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

Military 3-Day Park Hopper Discount – active and retired U.S. military can now purchase up to six 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hoppers at the discounted price of $125 each, a 50 percent savings off the regular adult price. The tickets may be used through September 28, 2013 with block-out days from March 25 through April 5, and July 4.

Valid only for active duty or retired U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid and active U.S. Military (or Military spouse) ID required for purchase and admission. Limited to one (1) purchase of up to six (6) tickets per valid ID and Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission.

Annual Passholder offers – Disneyland has once again extended the 20 percent merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders. The discount is now valid through December 31, 2013.

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.

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-and-greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free 5x7 photograph per visit. Cardholders also receive 10 percent off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney-operated retail stores, 10 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 Mornings for 3-plus day ticket holders, promotional "bonus" tickets, and Southern California CityPASS
  • EMH – Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
  • AP – Annual Passholders Early Entry on most weekends
Disneyland Resort Special Events:
6/9 6/10 6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: 
None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: 
GN
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH/AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: 
None
6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: 
GN
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p 
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH/AP

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

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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