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Update for September 30 – October 6, 2013

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Mickey's Halloween Party | Disneyland opens online dining reservations | 16th Annual Gay Days to boost attendance October 4–6 | Crofton addresses changes to Disney's guest assistance policy | Clark departs Disney D23 | Congratulations MouseAdventure teams! | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Mickey's Halloween Party

Last Friday was the first of the 2013 Mickey's Halloween party events, and a friendly cast member reader shared some information that will be helpful to readers planning their visits. While we've posted all of the details on our MousePad discussion forum, including the full entertainment schedule, character meet-and-greet locations, and a list of all attractions, shops, and restaurants open during the events, here are a few highlights of the changes for 2013:


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Toontown Treat Pre-Party

There's a new Toontown Treat Pre-Party from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday night events, and 5:00–7:00 p.m. for all other events. The pre-party features early trick-or-treating for event guests and character meet-and-greets with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Chip, Dale, Clarabelle Cow, and Roger Rabbit.

Toontown will close to non-event guests two hours before scheduled park closing to clear the area, and will reopen at the times listed. Toontown will then close for the night after the pre-party.

Entertainment

New this year is the Monsters U Dance Party at the Tomorrowland Terrace featuring a monster scare-off with Mike and Sulley at 7:45, 8:45, 9:45 and 10:45 each night.

Also new this year, Glow with the Show Ear hats will interact with the Halloween Screams fireworks show.

Trick or Treating

There are 10 trick-or-treat locations/trails this year. New for this year, each one will offer gluten- and sugar-free treats, but only at the first stop along each trail (the one built to look like a door).

Note: The October 11 event is now sold out (along with the October 4 event). Be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as you pick a date to avoid disappointment.

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 fund raiser 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 walk 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.

Disneyland opens online dining reservations

Walt Disney World regulars are often surprised to learn that the Disneyland Resort does not offer online dining reservations, something visitors to the Florida resort has enjoyed since 2009. Well, Disneyland is finally catching up, and will offer online reservations for table service restaurants starting Thursday, October 3.

The new website allows visitors to make reservations 60 days in advance for table service restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort, including both theme parks, the three Disney-owned hotels, and most of the Downtown Disney restaurants. [At press time, cast members could not confirm whether the Rainforest Cafe will be added to the system; currently Disney does not make reservations for the location.]

With this new system comes a new credit card guarantee policy. We reported in April that Disneyland would adopt the Walt Disney World policy, which requires that a credit card number be provided when making a reservation. Disneyland later announced that the planned implementation had been postponed.

Starting October 3, all new or rescheduled dining reservations will require a credit card. A $10 per person cancelation fee in the event of a no-show, or if the reservation is canceled with less than 24 hours notice.

16th Annual Gay Days October 4–6

The 16th Annual Gay Days event is scheduled for October 4 through 6 at the Disneyland Resort, and a memo issued to cast members indicates the Resort is bracing for large crowds during the unofficial event.

On Sunday, October 6, the Katella parking lot usually reserved for cast members will be utilized to handle overflow guest parking from the adjacent Toy Story parking lot. Cast members who normally park at that lot will instead park at Anaheim Stadium and use a shuttle to get to the Resort.

The three days of events include in-park gatherings, special events at Downtown Disney restaurants and at the Disneyland Resort hotels, and appearances by celebrities including, actress Susan Egan (Megara in Hercules, and Belle in the original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast), Glee stars Alex Newell and Dot Marie Jones, and television personality Tabatha Coffey.

Most of the in-park activities are scheduled inside Disneyland park on Saturday, and inside Disney California Adventure park on Sunday. View the full schedule of events and purchase tickets on the event website.

Though Gay Days is not officially sponsored by the Walt Disney Company, you'll find signs of Disney's involvement, including special menu items created for the event at restaurants in both parks, and a special World of Color dining package at the Carthay Circle restaurant in DCA.

Crofton addresses changes to Disney's guest assistance policy

I wrote last week that Disney, in an effort to curb abuse, is revising its current Guest Assistance Card (GAC) policy. Though Disney cast members themselves are just now going through training on the new program, and though Disney has not provided specific details to the public, news of the pending change has sparked coverage from media outlets around the world, with headlines from the straightforward "Disney tightens up resort disability program" (CNN) to the sensational, "Disney World's Message to the Disabled: Wait in Line" (Yahoo news).

And although Disney worked with the advocacy group Autism Speaks to help develop the new guidelines, the Autism Society of Los Angeles issued a statement saying in part, "The change will turn ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ into a nightmare for many families with children with autism."

The publicity prompted Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, to release an official statement regarding the pending changes to Disney's assistance policy. She writes:

Dear Friends,

Disney Parks holds a cherished place in the hearts of the millions of Guests who visit us each year. We know that is especially true for those of you who have a loved one with a disability. For many families, what would be impossible elsewhere is not only possible, but magical, at our parks and resorts. We are proud to play such an important role in so many of your lives.

Unfortunately, our current program for providing access to attractions for Guests with disabilities has been abused and exploited to such an extent that we are no longer able to effectively sustain it in its present form. After careful consideration, and with the needs of our Guests with disabilities as our foremost concern, we are modifying the current program so that we will be able to continue to serve those Guests for whom the program is intended.

Over the past few days, you have likely heard about these upcoming changes and how they might affect our Guests with disabilities. Our relationship with you is important to us, and we want to take the opportunity to clear up any confusion or misinterpretation.

Our commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our Guests has not changed. We have long recognized that people may have different needs, and we will continue to work individually with our Guests with disabilities to provide assistance that is response to their unique circumstances.

As with any changes, there will be a period of adjustment, particularly for those families who have developed and refined their preferred ways of enjoying our parks with their loved ones over the years. I thank you in advance for your patience as we fine-tune our new program to mitigate the current abuse, while still providing the special experience our Guests have come to expect from Disney.

Most of all, thank you for entrusting your treasured time with those you love to Disney Parks.

Sincerely,

Meg Crofton
President, Walt Disney Parks and Resort Operations, U.S. and France

A spokesman for the Autism Society of Los Angeles tells MousePlanet that a Disneyland executive contacted them after the group issued its press release, and the group hopes the policy will be changed before it is implemented in October. We continue to monitor this situation, and will provide updates as we have additional information.

Clark departs Disney D23

We learned last week that Steven Clark has left the Disney company and his role as the head of D23, billed as the official Disney fan club, to "pursue new opportunities."

The departure comes as D23 embarks on an ambitious schedule of events this fall, including the opening of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the first international D23 Expo in Japan, a series of Member Mixers at Disney Stores across the country, and the return of several popular holiday events.

Though a replacement has not yet been named, a source tells MousePlanet that it's business as usual at D23, including planning for the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim. "We still have the full support of the executive leadership," who recognize the "value in the membership and the brand."

Congratulations MouseAdventure teams!

Over 900 players turned out this weekend for MouseAdventure 365, our Fall 2013 event. We will publish a full recap and results later on MousePlanet, but want to recognize the top teams in each division.


A player shows off the first of 13 questions in the progressive scavenger hunt during MouseAdventure 365. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Division Place Team Number Team Name
Advanced 1st Place 409 3 Guys, a Girl & a Pizza Port
Advanced 2nd Place 406 Yensid's Apprentices
Advanced 3rd Place 408 Oswald Returns
Basic 1st Place 4032 Goof! There It Is
Basic 2nd Place 2044 Awesom-O
Basic 3rd Place 4061 Roar Omega Roar
       
  Best Family Team 4008 Club 34
  Best New Basic Team 3188 The Robertshouse 5 Less 2

With this, their third 1st place MouseAdventure win, 3 Guys, a Girl & a Pizza Port joins the elite ranks of the MouseAdventure Masters, and are retired from competition. Check back for full results and a recap of our latest event, and congratulations to all of the winners.


A multitasking team works on several puzzles at once during MouseAdventure 365. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you've never played a MouseAdventure event in person, you can now experience the fun of MouseAdventure on your own with three new MouseAdventure Vacation packets. Each contains a selection of MouseAdventure quests from past events, so you can get a taste of what this MouseAdventure thing is all about, explore a new Disney Resort or theme park, or challenge your friends and family to a little competition between MouseAdventure events.


Members of new MouseAdventure team The Dumbohemians stop for some caffeine at the new Disneyland Starbucks at the start of MouseAdventure 365. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland – this packet contains eight quests from past Disneyland events, including MouseAdventure Musical and MouseAdventure UP All Night.

Disney California Adventure – this packet contains eight quests from past DCA events, including MouseAdventure: Road Trip and The MouseAdventure Zone.

Walt Disney World – this packet contains nine quests from the original World Explorers events; two quests each in Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, with three quests in Epcot.

Each copy comes in a spiral bound format for easy use with an answer key in the back. The price is $25.00 per packet, or you can purchase all three for $60.00. Order online at MouseAdventure.com.


The Tomorrowland crew prepare to greet teams during MouseAdventure 365. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

...David Koenig wrote last month about the changes coming to New Orleans Square as part of the Club 33 renovation, including the pending closure of the Court of Angels, saying "the last day for the Court of Angels as we know it is September 28." Fans turned out Saturday night to say a final farewell to the little-known corner of New Orleans Square, so imagine the surprise Sunday morning when the area opened as usual.

We're now hearing that the final day for the Court of Angels is next Sunday, October 6, so you have one more week to get those last photos before the construction walls move in.

...Just a note that Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") is scheduled for October 17 & 18 (link). Visitors planning trips October 17–21 should expect unusually large attendance levels as Utah students and families take advantage of a four-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.

...Disney has not made any kind of announcement about the delay in the Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment, but the ride is listed as closed for refurbishment through November 10, the last day for which detailed information was available via Disneyland's online calendar.

...Our Canadian readers often grumble that they can't enter many of the contests we share on this site, but here's one exclusively for residents of Canada. The Toys "R" Us Make a Dream Come True sweepstakes offers a grand prize of a Disneyland or Walt Disney World vacation. Visit the contest website to enter by October 11, 2013.

...Glee star and New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer will be at the World of Disney store on Saturday, October 12 to sign copies of The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, sequel to The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. Copies of both books will be offered for sale at the event. As this is expected to be a very popular signing, we recommend that readers keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for specifics about where and when to form the pre-event line.

...Last week I wrote about the change to the Club 33 lunch offering, and incorrectly gave the end date for the current offering as October 7. The last date is actually October 6, and the new service begins October 7. MousePad member AnotherJenny sent me the following information received from Club 33 about the new lunch:

"Beginning on October 7, an enhanced lunch menu will replace the existing buffet service. Starting with a seafood selection presented to each table, your dining experience will feature a choice of an appetizer and entrée from the menu, and finish with a selection of traditional and contemporary desserts presented in a buffet fashion. Thoughtfully designed by Chef Marcel and his team, this lunch offering maintains many of your favorite menu selections, including pan roasted chateaubriand. We are delighted to offer this new lunch service at $65.00, per person exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity."

Club 33 members I've spoken with are generally positive about the change, which comes as the private membership embarks on a massive renovation that will see the main dining room closed for about six months. One member said that she feels the current lunch service is too pricey, and thinks members and their guests will jump at the chance to dine at a lower price.

...Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar is making a personal appearance at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. The event is free for all, but D23 Gold and Silver members can receive reserved preferred seating. To register for the event, reserve tickets through the Skirball Center website. Starting October 2, D23 Gold and Silver members can then request reserved seating via a link to be posted on the D23 event website. Copies of Sklar's new book Dream It! Do It! will be for sale at the event ($24.99), and Sklar will sign copies after the presentation.

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, long-time MousePad member Martini Mom asks about the in-room decorating service offered by the Disneyland Resort Hotels.

Just wondering if anyone has paid to have a room decorated to celebrate a birthday. We will be celebrating our daughters 16th birthday at the Disneyland Hotel on Nov. 24. I thought it would be fun to have the room decorated to surprise her. The price seems pretty steep, $200. It would be worth it to me if it is really fabulous... but if most of the $200 is for their time to hang a banner and put up a few balloons, then maybe not. Anyone have experience with this??

Have you purchased this package? 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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Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

 
Date Overall
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 1 / 10
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2 / 10
Thursday, October 3, 2013 1 / 10
Friday, October 4, 2013 4 / 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 7 out of 10.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party nights on Tuesday and Friday night this week.
  • Tuesday 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 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, then select option 1, option 1 and option 4 at the next three prompts.

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Scaffolding is up on many of the roofs in Fantasyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Jungle Cruise – closed September 30 through October 3.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed September 30 through October 3 for refurbishment.
  • Gadget's Go Coaster – closed September 30 through October 10 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed through October 10 for refurbishment.
  • Mad Tea Party – (the ride, not the dance party) closed October 14–24 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed October 21 through November 7 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Tiki Juice Bar – closed October 21 through November 14 for refurbishment.
  • Dumbo Flying Elephants – closed October 28 through November 14 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed November 1–7 to convert from Halloween to holiday overlay.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed through at least November 4 for a major refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed November 4 to remove Halloween overlay.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train – closed December 2–12 due to the Storybook Land refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – closed December 2–12 for refurbishment.


Snow White's Grotto is closed for cleaning and refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure


The Pacific Wharf Cafe is covered for repainting, but remains open for food service. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • 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.
  • Disney Animation Building – partial closures September 30 through November 12 for maintenance (extended two weeks).
  • Golden Zephry – closed through October 14 for refurbishment.
  • Flik's Flyers – closed October 21 through November 14 for refurbishment.
  • Radiator Springs Racers – 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 – through October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – October 1, 4 (sold out), 8, 11 (sold out), 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.
  • 16th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – October 4–6. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday and at Disney California Adventure on Sunday (link).
  • 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.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 17 & 18 (link). Expect unusually large attendance levels October 17–21 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.

Winter

  • 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:
  • GN – Grad Nite
  • MA–- MouseAdventure (www.mouseadventure.com)
  • MHP – Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland
9/29 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: MA
DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
10/6 10/7 10/8 10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
10/13 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19
DL: 10a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
CHOC Walk
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
10/20 10/21 10/22 10/23 10/24 10/25 10/26
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
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: MHP
DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
10/27 10/28 10/29 10/30 10/31 11/1 11/2
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP
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

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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