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Update for September 9 – 16, 2013

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Club 33 members officially notified of upcoming renovation project | Halloween Time Treats | Comings and goings | Passholders invited to contribute artwork for World of Color – Winter Dream | New tastes at Rancho del Zocalo | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Club 33 members officially notified of upcoming renovation project

In a letter dated September 2, 2013, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier officially confirmed to Club 33 members that the historic private club will close on January 6 for a "much-anticipated expansion." The last day of service in the current dining room is January 5, 2014, and the club is expected to open sometime in Summer 2014.

The brief letter states that Imagineer Kim Irvine will lead the renovation, "working from Walt's original vision for the Club, and building on the artistic foundations laid by such Disney Legends as Dorothea Redmond and Emile Kuri." Irvine previously led the conversion of the Disney Gallery into the Dream Suite, also using designs from Redmond and Kuri.

Members will have the opportunity to see some of the changes planned for the club by visiting a members-only preview center which opens September 9. No photos are allowed in the preview center, but it likely won't take long for details of the renovations to spread online.


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The secluded Court des Anges is expected to close to the public as part of the Club 33 renovation project. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The club is also hosting members-only events starting with an evening with Kim Irvine, who will explain some of the changes coming to the club, and continuing with "design updates, tastings, menu concept presentations and other special events designed especially with you in mind."

The letter wraps up with some details about how Club 33 members will be accommodated during this expansion and the closure of the club itself. The Hollywood Room in the Carthay Circle Restaurant will become the Club 33 "home away from home" during the expansion, offering "unique touches to enhance Club 33 Members' culinary experiences." Not stated was whether the chefs or servers from Club 33 will relocate to Carthay Circle during the renovation, or if any of the Club's signature dishes or desserts will be available.

With the club closed, Disney is offering alternate locations for private events members would normally host at the club. I expect the private dining rooms at Napa Rose to see a lot of extra business during the renovation.

Club members can roll over their unused 2013 admission tickets and VIP tours (if applicable) for use before June 1, 2014. The letter stated that due to the aggressive timeline of the renovation, there is no increase to the annual dues for 2014.

While Club 33 members wait to learn more about the changes to the dining room, many Disneyland fans made a point of visiting the Court des Anges in New Orleans Square to take a few last photographs before the secluded courtyard closes as part of the expansion project in late September.

Next up for Team MousePlanet:
the 23rd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park

Sunday, October 13 at the Disneyland Resort

Team MousePlanet will be back for our sixth consecutive year at the CHOC Walk in the Park, benefiting Children's Hospital Orange County. The annual fundraiser takes place before park hours in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $34,000 for CHOC since 2008.

One of the best things about walking with Team MousePlanet is that we handle check in for our walkers! Instead of making you drive to Irvine the week before the race to collect your wristband and t-shirt, we do that for you, so long as you've met your $50 minimum fundraising goal by Friday, October 4th. You only have to meet us in Downtown Disney the morning of the walk to collect your goodies, and then head right into Disneyland to start the walk. (If you meet your goal on or after October 5, you can still walk, you'll just have to take care of sign in yourself).

The 2013 race is Sunday, October 13 at the Disneyland Resort. Team registration is now open! Come join us for a day you won't soon forget.

Are you ready to CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet? Visit our MousePad discussion forum for more information about the walk and our team.

Halloween Time Treats, and a T Party refresh

Disneyland released a list of the treats planned for the Friday the 13th, but the trick is that the article says they'll only be available that one night as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion. We can't speak for all of the items, but cast members at Cafe Orleans and the Mint Julep Bar have confirmed that at least the pumpkin beignets will be available throughout the Halloween Time promotion.


Pumpkin beignets will be offered at Cafe Orleans and the Mint Julep Bar during the Halloween Time promotion. Photo © Disney.

This is good news for those who just can't visit the park of Friday the 13th, and the addition of a second serving location is a real treat for those (this writer included) who love the seasonal beignets, but don't want to deal with making Cafe Orleans reservations just to get an order of the Mickey-shaped treats. Of course, this is only going to make the lines at the Mint Julep Bar even more unmanageable, so maybe table-service dessert is the way to go. Cast members also confirmed that the Mint Julep bar will offer the gingerbread beignets during the holiday season. No word on when the Mint Julep Bar will install a Fastpass machine.

Other Friday the 13th specials (which may or may not be offered after the event):

  • Hot pumpkin fritters, pumpkin espresso, Spooky Kooky gingerbread cookies and a Haunted Mansion Holiday souvenir mug at the Royal Street Verandah.
  • Souvenir popcorn bucket at the New Orleans Square popcorn cart.
  • "Eerie Green" frozen lemonade and Spooky Kooky gingerbread cookies at the New Orleans Square frozen lemonade cart.
  • Pumpkin beignets, pumpkin espresso, Spooky Kooky gingerbread cookies and a Haunted Mansion Holiday souvenir mug at the Mint Julep Bar.
  • Meatloaf sliders with Cajun house chips, Oreo mousse “coffin,”and a Haunted Mansion Holiday souvenir mug at the French Market.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations are installed inside Rancho del Zocalo. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Mad T Party also debuts a new look on Friday the 13th, with a Halloween overlay that the Disney Parks Blog says is "filled with more Halloween muchness than one can imagine, from a chilling new look for the Mad T Party Band to a monster mash-up for the Hottest Deck in Town." The Halloween Mad T Party will be hosted every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October.

Comings and goings

Checking on some changes at the Disneyland Resort.

  • Market House Starbucks – Disney has announced that the Main Street Starbucks location will open September 25. Signs are now up around the former BLINK store in Downtown Disney, announcing that Starbucks will open there in Winter 2013.


Starbucks logos and signs are prominently displayed on the Main Street Market House at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Starbucks La Boulange – A reader asked if the Starbucks in Disney California Adventure had introduced the new La Boulange bakery menu that other Starbucks locations are rolling out. I checked with the DCA location, and they said they have no plans to introduce the La Boulange menu, which features baked goods warmed in the stores. According to a cast member, the DCA location doesn't have the right ovens for the La Boulange products. The CM also said the Disneyland location is unlikely to offer the line, but the new Downtown Disney location may when it opens later this year, since it's a stand-alone Starbucks outlet and not part of another Disney eatery.
     
  • Captain EO and the Magic Eye Theater – It looks like Captain EO fans have a little more time to see the tribute show. Tomorrowland cast members were told the scheduled closure of the show has been postponed "indefinitely," though the official refurbishment calendar still shows the Magic Eye Theater closing on September 11.
     
  • Downtown Disney crepe and funnel cake cart – Another Downtown Disney kiosk has closed, though we don't know if they are relocating elsewhere along the strip or have closed for good.


The Walt Disney Travel Co. office in Downtown Disney has moved a few doors down to make room for the upcoming expansion of the Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • The Travelex office in Downtown Disney has closed, and the space is the new home of the Walt Disney Travel Co. office. The Earl of Sandwich is expected to begin work on an expansion into the old Travel Co. space this week.

Passholders invited to contribute artwork for World of Color – Winter Dreams

If you're a Disneyland Resort annual passholder with an artistic streak, you could be part of the new World of Color – Winter Dreams show. Disney is seeking greeting card submissions from passholders to be used in a segment of the upcoming holiday edition of World of Color.

If this sounds familiar, you're probably thinking of LuminAria, the one-season-only holiday show that debuted the year Disney California Adventure opened, and was never seen again. That show, also from the mind of World of Color creator Steven Davison, incorporated drawings colored that day by DCA visitors. World of Color has already proven to be a worthy replacement for LuminAria, and we're intrigued to see how Davison will use the fan-supplied art in this new show.

To enter, create a 4" x 6", single-sided greeting card depicting "what you think the winter holidays bring." The contest rules encourage artists to "Be creative! Be expressive! Be you!"—but please don't include photos, clip art, copyrighted materials, family names or 3-dimensional elements (for full details, requirements and rules, visit the event website).


Passholders are encouraged to enter an original design to be included in the new World of Color – Winter Dreams show. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This is not a contest, and there are no prizes. There is no indication how many cards will be selected, or how or if Disney will contact those whose cards they select. Cards must be received by September 20, and you can either mail your submission to the address on the waiver, or drop it off in person at the World of Disney store.

New tastes at Rancho del Zocalo

Disneyland's Rancho del Zocalo recently expanded its menu with two new offerings: Chicken en Mole, and the Guadalajara Burrito. Both are a twist on existing menu items, but offer a welcome option to the popular restaurant's menu.

The Chicken en Mole ($13.49) takes the same citrus-marinated half-chicken from the current entree, and adds a mole sauce with sour cream drizzle. The chicken is served with rice and beans, and comes with a side of two taco-sized flour tortillas.


Chicken en Mole features a spicy sauce with a very subtle taste of peanut and chocolate. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We tasted the new dish this weekend, and found the mole sauce to be spicy but balanced—don't let the "peanut and chocolate" description throw you off; this is not a sweet sauce. If you grew up in a household where mole was made using a molcajete and simmered for 20 hours, you'll probably find a dozen reasons why your families traditional recipe is better than this one—but anyone who likes a little heat in their Mexican-inspired food should give this a try.


The Burrito Guadalajara introduces carnitas to the Rancho del Zocalo menu. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Burrito Guadalajara ($10.99) basically just adds carnitas (pork) as a new protein option for the existing burrito entree. The meat is wrapped in a flour tortilla with rice, beans and cheese, and topped with a tomatillo sauce instead of the guajillo chili sauce used on the Burrito Sonora. The burrito is served with more rice and beans on the side.

Along with this new burrito offering, carnitas are now available in the Soft Tacos Monterey ($10.99) entree.

This and that...

...Mickey's Halloween Party is now sold out for Friday, October 4, 2013. We recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as you decide on a date to avoid having the event you wanted to attend sell out before you buy your tickets.

...David Koenig reports that Marvel’s “God of Thunder” and his home planet of Asgard will take over the current site of the St. Joseph Hospital display, not so coincidentally located next to the Iron Man 3 “Hall of Armor.” No opening date has been set yet, but expect an unveiling in October, as a lead up to the Friday, November 8 premiere of the new movie Thor: The Dark World.

...If you attended last week's Annual Passholder event at DCA, come share your experience on our MousePad discussion forums. Other readers are curious about the event, and what to know what to expect if they attend the Thursday, September 19 event.

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, new MousePad member chrismak asks a question we often receive about planning trips in the Fall.

Is November a good time to go to Disneyland? Can anyone tell me some details on going in November?

Have you planned a Disneyland vacation during November? When did you visit, and what were the crowds like during your trip? 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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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1 / 10
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1 / 10
Thursday, September 12, 2013 1 / 10
Friday, September 13, 2013 6 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 7 out of 10.
  • Thursday is the best day to visit DCA
  • 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 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

  • 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 is September 25.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed September 12 for refurbishment.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed through September 27 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed through September 12 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Mickey's Toontown House– closed through September 26 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed through October 10 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed through September 12 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed through September 12 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Snow White's Grotto – closed through September 27 for refurbishment. (The wishing well area next to the Castle, not the ride)
  • Captain EO – closed September 11 through November 20.
  • 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 14–24 for refurbishment. (Extended 4 days)
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train – closed October 14–24 due to the Storybook Land refurbishment. (Extended 4 days)
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – closed October 14–24 for refurbishment. (Extended 4 days)
  • 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.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed through October 30 for a major refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed November 1–7 to convert from Halloween to holiday overlay.
  • Space Mountain – closed November 4 to remove Halloween overlay.

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 – "partially closed" through September 12 for refurbishment. We're not sure how one "partially closes" a theater. This may just be a refurbishment of the lobby area, but prepare yourself for the whole attraction to be closed, and then you can be pleasantly surprised if the theater is open.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania – closed September 16–19 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Animation Building – partial closures September 30 through November 12 for maintenance. (Extended two weeks)
  • Flik's Flyers – closed October 21 – November 14 for refurbishment.
  • Radiator Springs Racers – (unconfirmed) closed November 4–7 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

Fall

  • Halloween Time – September 13 to October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – September 27; October 1, 4 (sold out), 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 and 31. Tickets are now on sale. Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders. can get discounts on select nights.
  • 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 – (unconfirmed) December 7 and 8

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.

–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:
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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