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Update for August 19 – 26, 2013

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D23 "teases" fans about Star Wars plans | Updated Fall 2013 Refurbishment schedule | Starbucks to open two new Disneyland Resort locations | Mara gets a facelift | Imagineers testing new game on Mickey's Fun Wheel |2013 Happiest Haunts Tour details | Get ready for MouseAdventure 365 | Final hours to bid on Rocks for CHOC | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

D23 "teases" fans about Star Wars plans

If anyone walked into the D23 Expo last weekend expecting Disney to throw open the doors of Imagineering and show detailed plans for the rumored new Star Wars-based attractions for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, they probably had not been keeping up on the latest statements from Disney. After the official Disney Insider published an article promising "teasers for new attractions based on Avatar and Star Wars," Walt Disney Imagineering's communications and media relations manager reacted quickly, saying, "There will be teases to Star Wars and to Avatar but nothing about any attractions or experiences based on those properties. Nor are we releasing any new information on those at the D23 Expo."


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Well, there are teases and there are teases. There's the type of teasing where you feel included in the joke, and there's the type of teasing where you feel you are the joke. After touring the Parks and Resorts pavillion, I have to say that personally, I'm not sure on which side of that line Disney's Star Wars tease was intended to fall.


Disney said there would be no major announcements at this D23 Expo, and the Orange Harvest exhibit keeps that promise. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

At first glance, the pile of wooden shipping crates located prominently inside the entrance to the Parks and Resorts pavillion, some partially opened and spilling packing straw across the floor, seemed out of place. Upon closer examination, I saw that the crates were stenciled with the words "Orange Harvest" in a familiar Star Wars font. Orange Harvest seems an appropriate code name when you consider that both domestic resorts were built on former orange groves, and "Blue Harvest" was the working title for Return of the Jedi.


This Orange Harvest crate is full of "top secret plans," and advertises "speculation beyond imagination." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

I kept reading. The crate marked "top secret plans" had blueprints spilling out the top. "Can we look at those?" I asked the Imagineer guarding the exhibit. "I'm sorry, no," she replied with a smile. Below the Orange Harvest logo, the crate was stamped "speculation beyond imagination." Another crate was stamped, "contents already spoiled." That seemed an especially pointed reference to all of the recent online speculation about the rumored new Star Wars lands and attractions.

It seemed that the closer I looked for some insight into what Disney was planning, the more I found myself being rebuked for doing so. It was as if Disney was saying "this is all we're showing you—don't look too closely, or you won't like what you find." At first I thought it was just me, but as I spoke to other media and random D23 guests, it seems that a lot of people came away with that impression of the Star Wars "tease." Intentional or not (and I'm afraid of the true answer to that), it really felt like the Orange Harvest presence was designed to actively discourage people from asking too many questions about the rumored new attractions.


One of the crates in the Orange Harvest pile was stamped "contents already spoiled," a likely reference to all the Internet speculation about the rumored new "Star Wars" attractions. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Maybe Disney wants us to be excited enough about these future projects that we'll return to the 2015 Expo to see whatever they're ready to show us in two years. Or maybe they want us excited enough that we'll open our wallet and commit to spending our next several family vacations in Anaheim or Orlando.

They just apparently don't want us so excited that we speculate about these plans, read too much into official statements published too soon via Disney publications, or—heaven forbid—spend even a moment reading those dreaded "fan sites." If we do, we might find ourselves the focus of a joke at the next D23 Expo.

But hey—they're only teasing.

Right?

Updated Fall 2013 Refurbishment schedule

There has been a great deal of chatter online about the Fall 2013 attraction refurbishment schedule, with rumors of as-yet-unannounced refurbishment for Radiator Springs Racers, and extentions of already-scheduled projects on Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain. Those particular rumors have yet to be confirmed by Disney, but there have been some updates to the refurbishment schedule published for cast member reference.


Rumor has it that the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment might run longer than originally planned, but Disney has yet to make any announcement. Meanwhile, Big Thunder Trail is still closed due to the costruction, with access to the ranch available through Fantasyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

It's interesting to note that Captain EO is not listed on the internal refurbishment schedule, but is listed on Disneyland.com as being closed starting September 11, and continuing at least through September 27, the last day for which detailed information has been posted.

We've also noticed that the Main Street Cone Shop quietly ceased operation earlier this summer. The location is not listed on any refurbishment list available to the public, but all signs were removed from the former ice cream window, and it no longer appears on the Disneyland.com website. Cast members at the nearby fruit cart said this is a permanent closure.


The Main Street Cone Shop is not on any refurbishment list, and all signage was removed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We update the refurbishment schedule every week in the Disneyland Resort Update, so keep watching for changes as we get more information. For now, here are the new confirmed refurbishments. The full schedule is available below in our Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures list.

Disneyland

  • Disney Pin Traders – closed August 19 through  September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed September 2–27 for refurbishment.
  • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island – closed September 3 & 4 for refurbishment.
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures– closed September 9–27 for refurbishment.
  • Captain EO – closed starting September 11; no end date listed.
  • Mad Tea Party – closed October 14–20 for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train – closed October 14–20 for refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – closed October 14–20 for refurbishment.
  • Tiki Juice Bar – closed October 21 through November 14 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed October 27 through November 7 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Dumbo Flying Elephants – closed October 28 through November 14 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Flik's Flyers – closed October 27 through November 14 for refurbishment.

Starbucks to open two new Disneyland Resort locations

If the line at the Starbucks outlet in Disney California Adventure is too long for you, cheer up—Disney will soon offer three new Starbucks locations to satisfy your coffee cravings. Disney has already announced that Disneyland will house a Starbucks in the former Market House location on Main Street, U.S.A., but last week, the company announced the addition of two new locations in Downtown Disney this winter.

Disney said the first location will be "in front of the west entrance to World of Disney," and we suspect they're moving into the space very recently vacated by BLINK, the pop-up concept store opened by Wet Seal in 2011. BLINK moved out with very little fanfare earlier this month, and a construction wall is already up around the building.


BLINK has closed in Downtown Disney, and is the presumed location of one of two new Starbucks announced for Downtown Disney Anaheim. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Interestingly enough, when the Anne Geddes store closed in early 2011, I was told by a very trusted source that they had seen plans to turn that location into a Starbucks. They had some pretty detailed information, so it was a surprise to me when BLINK opened there instead. It looks like maybe BLINK was only there until Starbucks was ready to move on that space.

The second location is described as "a kiosk location" elsewhere in Downtown Disney. The former Compass Books kiosk was demolished when Earl of Sandwich moved in, but there's plenty of room near the ESPN Zone add a stand-alone kiosk.

We note that the Disney Pin Traders location is set to close today (August 19) for refurbishment, but cast members there say the store is not slated to become the new Starbucks. Instead, that location is getting a much-needed renovation, including a new awning and expanded sales area.

Last week's announcement also included the information that the Market House Starbucks will open in September. A peek into the construction zoen Saturday night showed that the interior drywall work looks near completion, but there were no fixtures or furnishings visible.

Mara gets a facelift

A new effect was added to the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland during a recent refurbishment, and Disney unveiled the enhancement last week. The change affects the first scenes of the ride, as the vehicle enters the Chamber of Destiny and proceeds through the Hall of Promise. The ride now features a new dialogue track for Mara, and a new projected effect on the face of Mara at the end of the Hall of Promise.

Disney's announcement about the change was very brief, saying only "New Curse Unleashed on Indiana Jones Adventure Youll never look at Mara the same way again!" This is not a Limited Time Mara promotion – responding to comments on the Disney Parks Blog, Social Media Manager Erin Glover said, "I think this curse will be around for a long time…"


MousePlanet video by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Imagineers testing a new game on Mickey's Fun Wheel

During the D23 Expo, we got a look at a new Imagineering project involving Mickey's Fun Wheel in Disney California Adventure. Walt Disney Imagineering has created a Simon-like pattern-matching game using Mickey's Fun Wheel as a giant game board. Players use their own smartphones as the controller, connecting via an in-park wireless network created especially for the game.

The game lasts several rounds, with the pattern to be matched growing longer and more complicated with each round. Players earn points for correctly matching the pattern, with bonus points awarded for speed. The winner gets to control the light show displayed on Mickey's Fun Wheel between rounds, while the other players compete to guess the pattern the winner has chosen.


The author uses her smartphone to play a color matching game using Mickey's Fun Wheel as the board. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

From what I saw in the limited preview I played, this is exactly the way I think technology should be used in the parks. This game takes something that is already in the park—in this case, Mickey's Fun Wheel—and lets visitors interact with it in a new way that does not distract from the overall theme or "show." People who aren't playing can still enjoy the display of colors and patterns on Mickey's Fun Wheel, and remain completely unaware of the game.

For the folks who walk around glued to their smartphone, this actually encourages them to look up from the screen and reengage with their environment, and possibly even get to control the "show" for a moment. Rather than passing the time waiting for World of Color to start by reading Facebook or playing Angry Birds, players can use their phones in a way that fosters interaction with their companions, even if it's just to see who can get the highest score.

We have no word on when this might be launched for full-time use, or if similar initiatives are planned elsewhere in the park, but I can't wait to see how the Imagineers leverage this idea to other shows and experiences.

2013 Happiest Haunts Tour details

We have dates and details of the 2013 Happiest Haunts Tour, including new discounts offered for The Ultimate Experience package.

The "Ghost Relations" tour guides are back again to lead you on the Happiest Haunts tour of the Disneyland Resort. The tour visits spooks sites in Disney California Adventure and Disneyland, and includes selected rides. Contributing writer Annemarie Moody took the tour in 2010, and shared her experience in her MousePlanet review.

The tour is $75 per person for all ages. Deluxe, Premium and Premiere Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney VISA and AAA cardholders save 20 percent. Cast members save 35 percent on select dates only; check with Cast Activities for details.

While the tour is offered daily between September 13 and October 31, you'll need to book an Ultimate Experience package if you plan to tour on a night when Mickey's Halloween Party is scheduled.

The Ultimate Experience is $140 per person ($145 on October 30 and 31), and includes the Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour and admission to Mickey’s Halloween Party after the tour, plus a private meet-and-greet with a Disney Villain. New for 2013, a 20 percent discount is available to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Disney VISA and AAA cardholders on all nights except October 30 and 31. This addresses the issue from past years where the lack of discount made the Ultimate Experience more expensive than purchasing the tour and event ticket a la carte using the available discounts, something Disney would not allow.

You can make reservations for Disney's Happiest Haunts 30 days in advance by calling the Guided Tour office at (714) 781-4400, or in person at Disneyland. Foreign language or sign language interpretation is available with advance notice.

Get ready for MouseAdventure 365

Registration opened last week for our Fall 2013 MouseAdventure event at the Disneyland Resort on Sunday, September 29. Some of our MouseAdventure teams have told us they'd play every weekend if they could! Unfortunately that's not possible, but we've managed to pack a year's worth of MouseAdventure fun into our next event, MouseAdventure 365.

The Advanced category sold out in under an hour, but there are still a few spots available in our Basic division. Don't put it off; we expect those spots to be gone soon! Register now for MouseAdventure 365!

Final hours to bid on Rocks for CHOC

MousePlanet is proud to support Children's Hospital Orange County, and we've partnered with CHOC for a unique FUNdraiser auction that ends today.

Just like the rocks in "A Bug's Life," CHOC Rocks have a deeper meaning. The tradition started with a young woman named Timmaree, who began painting rocks to give to the doctors and nurses while she was being treated at CHOC. She also sold them at fundraisers, signing hundreds of rocks for dedicated collectors. Today, Team Timmaree Rocks is one of the largest teams in the annual CHOC Walk, and her friends and family continue to host rock painting events in her memory.


A collection of rocks hand-painted by well-known local artists and Disney illustrators will be offered in an auction to benefit Children's Hospital Orange County. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Beloved artists, including Shag, Chip Foose, Dave Avanzino, Kevin Kidney, Jody Daily, Joe Yakovetic, Stacia Martin, Jeff Granito and Katie Kelly have each hand-painted a CHOC Rock, and MousePlanet is proud to offer them at auction via eBay's Giving Works program. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these auctions will go directly to Children's Hospital Orange County.

For details on each rock and to bid on them on eBay, see our auction page now. The auctions end in 5-minute intervals between noon and 1:00 p.m. (Pacific time) today, Monday August 19.


(L-R) Jeff Granito, Joe Yakovetic, Dave Avanzino, Jody Daily and Kevin Kidey are among the 13 artists who created Rocks for CHOC. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

...The new Disneyland Official Album is scheduled to be released at the Disneyland Resort starting tomorrow, August 20, and will also be offered online via Amazon.com for $18.99.

...The Tiki Souvenir Sipper is now available at the Tiki Juice Bar outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. The plastic sipper is $8.49, and comes filled with pineapple juice. The sipper was also available at Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel during the D23 Expo, but that location has sold out of their allocation and is not expecting to receive more.


A new Tiki Souvenir Sipper is available at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Long Lost Friends Week is coming back to the Disneyland Resort as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion August 19 to 25, 2013. Meet the selected characters at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland for special photo opportunities.

...The Orange County Register reports that developers are planning to build 14 new hotels in Anaheim, adding nearly 4,000 new rooms. The first of the hotels is expected to open as early as December, according to the article (paid subscription required to read the full article).

...Halloween has come early to the Disneyland Resort, with the first merchandise already available for sale. New this year is a Perry the Platypus plush joining the traditional Mickey, Minnie and now Duffy the Disney Bear, along with more Haunted Mansion-inspired Halloween goods.


The new Halloween merchandise collection is on display at several locations at the Disneyland Resort, including the Main Street Emporium. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

... Join us for our Team MousePlanet Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend meet-up on Friday, August 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Downtown Disney. Stop by and meet some of your fellow Team MousePlanet runners and walkers before the start of the half-marathon weekend events. We'll have poster board so you can make your own race poster, which we'll display at the Team MousePlanet CHEER Station along the half-marathon course. Specific location TBD; keep an eye on our Facebook events page for updates.

Question of the Week

Each week, we share a question posted by a member of our MousePad discussion forum, and see if any of our other readers have advice or useful suggestions on that topic.

This week, MousePad member DisneyMomandJack has a question about Disneyland's version of the Pirate's League, expected to return for Halloween 2013.

Is the Pirate League worth doing for my 5-year-old son?

Did your child experience Pirate's League at Disneyland last year? Were you happy with the experience, and would you recommend it to other families? Please share your comments on our MousePad discussion forum,. You can also post your own question to be included in a future Update.

Crowd Forecast

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all of attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781–7290.

Disneyland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed through October 30 for a major refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Trail – closed through August 29 due to the Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment. Access to the Big Thunder Ranch area is available through Fantasyland.
  • Market House / Disneyana – closed for construction of new Starbucks location. Disneyana has already moved into the Disney Gallery space on Main Street. Official opening date will be sometime in September.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed August 19–22 for refurbishment.
  • Mad Tea Party – closed August 19–22 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Pin Traders – closed August 19 through September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed August 26-29 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed August 26 through September 12 for refurbishment.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed September 2–27 for refurbishment.
  • Rafts to Tom Sawyer's Island – closed September 3 & 4 for refurbishment.
  • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island – closed September 3 & 4 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed September 3-5 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed September 3–12 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Mickey's Toontown House– closed September 3–26 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed September 3 through October 10 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed September 9–12 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed September 9–12 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures – closed September 9–27 for refurbishment.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed September 17–19 for refurbishment.
  • Jungle Cruise – horticulture work taking place September 23–26 and September 30 through October 3; attraction remains open.
  • Mad Tea Party – closed October 14–20 for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train – closed October 14–20 for refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – closed October 14–20 for refurbishment.
  • Tiki Juice Bar – closed October 21 through November 14 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed October 27 through November 7 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Dumbo Flying Elephants – closed October 28 through November 14 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Tower of Terror – reduced capacity now through January 1, 2014. This usually means one of the rides three drop shafts is closed for refurbishment, and that the ride is running at 2/3 capacity.
  • Muppet Vision 3D – closed September 9–12 for refurbishment.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania – closed September 16–19 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Animation Building – partial closures September 30 through October 29 for maintenance.
  • Flik's Flyers – closed October 27 – November 14 for refurbishment.

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

  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (sold out) – August 30 through September 1 at the Disneyland Resort.
  • Team MousePlanet Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend meetup – Friday, August 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Stop by and meet some of your fellow Team MousePlanet runners and walkers before the start of the half marathon weekend events. We'll have poster board so you can make your own race poster, which we'll display at the Team MousePlanet CHEER Station along the half marathon course. Specific location TBD – keep an eye on our Facebook events page for updates.

Fall

  • Halloween Time – September 13 to October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – September 27; October 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 and 31. Tickets go on sale July 8 for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders. The general public can buy tickets starting July 15.
  • MouseAdventure Fall 2013 – Sunday, September 29. Register now for MouseAdventure 365!
  • 23rd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 13. 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 14, and Disneyland will likely open at 9 a.m. to accommodate the event. Team MousePlanet is back for our 6th 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.

Winter

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – November 12 through the first week of 2014.
  • World of Color Winter Dreams debut – Friday, November 15.
  • Candlelight Processional – December 7 and 8 [unconfirmed]

2014

  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 16–19. The half-marathon and kids races are sold out, but registration is still open for the 5K and 10K.

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).

Everyone Plays for the Kids' Price – This offer is available in different versions from different vendors:

  • The Expedia website lists the following special offer: Book your Disneyland Resort Park 3-Day Hopper Ticket by September 30, 2013 and redeem now – October 31, 2013 to receive an Adult ticket for the Child ticket price (price listed reflects savings).

Their listed price is $243.99 for an adult 3-day Park-Hopper Bonus ticket, one cent less than the child ticket. The regular price of that ticket is $260, so you save $16 if you book through Expedia. There do not appear to be any additional booking fees, and you receive your voucher immediately, so this seems to be a legit way to save a little on a 3-day Park Hopper ticket. You can read the fine print on our MousePad discussion forums.

  • Get Away Travel has a similar offer with different dates. Tickets must be purchased by August 10 for travel through December 31, 2013. You must purchase the tickets at least four days in advance. The Get Away Travel offer also includes a $10 ESPN gift card.

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.

2013–2014 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($129) – a discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2013-2014 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid August 12, 2013, through September 25, 2014. Under this program, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129 each.

For the purpose of this offer, 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). Disney has also clarified that the "Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission," which means you can not purchase these tickets and give them to someone who will be visiting without you present.

Tickets are blocked out through December 19, 2013 through December 31, 2013; April 13, 2014 through April 20, 2014; and July 4, 2014. 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.

For complete information regarding Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may visit the Disneyland Resort website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

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; blocked out July 4 and December 31.
  • 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.

Other Discounts

Did we miss an offer? If you know of an authorized discount on Disneyland Resort tickets, standing offers for Annual Passholders from non-Disney vendors, or other promotions which might interest our readers, please drop us a note!
Discounts for everyone

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. Current offers:

  • Disneyland Beach Towel for $13.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Disneyland Tote Bag for $17.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Sorcerer Mickey Watch for $18.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.


The current purchase with purchase offers at the Disneyland Resort include a towel, tote bag and watch. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Pheonix.

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).

Character Dining Vouchers – discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through Get Away Travel.

Discounts for Annual Passholders

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

Discounts for Disney Visa Cardholders

Character Meet and Greet – cardholders have access to a private character meet-and-greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free 5"x7" photograph per visit.

Disneyland Resort merchandise – Cardholders also receive 10 percent off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney-operated retail stores

Disneyland Resort dining – 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)

Disneyland Resort Guided Tours – 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 for all of these promotions.

Hotel and travel package offers

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.

Discounts for US Military

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.

2013–2014 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($129) – a discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2013-2014 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid August 12, 2013, through September 25, 2014. Under this program, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129 each.

For the purpose of this offer, 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). Disney has also clarified that the "Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission," which means you can not purchase these tickets and give them to someone who will be visiting without you present.

Tickets are blocked out through December 19, 2013 through December 31, 2013; April 13, 2014 through April 20, 2014; and July 4, 2014. 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.

For complete information regarding Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may visit the Disneyland Resort website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

Discounts for California residents None at this time
   
   

 

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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
  • EMH – Early Admission for Annual Passholders (not currently offered)
Disneyland Resort Special Events:
8/18 8/19 8/20 8/21 8/22 8/23 8/24
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p 
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
8/25 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DDL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: Disneyland
5K and 10K
9/1 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5 9/6 9/7
DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Disneyland
Half Marathon
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-7p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-7p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DDL: 10a-7p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/8 9/9 9/10 9/11 9/12 9/13 9/14
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-7p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-7p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-7p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


Events: None
DDL: 9a-5p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:


Events: None
DL: 9a-1a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:


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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/15 9/16 9/17 9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27 9/28
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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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