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Update for October 7 – October 13, 2013

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Disney releases details of new guest assistance policy | $48 Disneyland or DCA tickets available to 2013 CHOC Walk participants | Online dining reservations open; Thanksgiving Day details | Extra Day of Magic ticket promotion | Lots of this and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Disney releases details of new guest assistance policy

With the new Disability Access Service (DAS) program scheduled to begin this Wednesday at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, Disney has taken an additional step to help combat some of the negative publicity surrounding this change. In addition to the statement issued last week by Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, the company posted an update about the program via the Disney Parks Blog, along with a Fact Sheet for guests who are planning trips during and after the transition.


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I wrote last week that the Autism Society of Los Angeles issued a statement asking Disney to reconsider the rumored changes, concerned that the new program would not adequately address the needs of visitors with non-visible disabilities. Society spokeswoman Judy Mark said she was contacted by several Disney executives following the organization's statement, and was asked to share this letter—outlining a few additional pieces of information about alternate accommodations for guests with cognitive disabilities that are not included in any other official Disney communication we've seen—with its members:

Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment and accessible experiences for guests.

On October 9, the process that provides access to attractions for guests with disabilities, known as the Guest Assistance Card, will be replaced with the new Disability Access Service (DAS) Card. Guests will request the new card at Guest Relations and DAS Cardholders will receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. The DAS Card is designed to provide the special experience guests have come to expect from Disney. It will also help control abuse that was, unfortunately, growing at an alarming rate.

For more information on this new card, please visit our website.

We believe that the DAS card, with its virtual wait, will accommodate many of our guests with disabilities.

However, we also recognize that our guests with disabilities have varying needs, and we will continue to work individually with them to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances.

While each situation will be handled individually at Guest Relations, following are two examples of accommodations that could be offered based on a guests needs:

  • For a guest whose disability enables them to be in the park for only a limited time, the guest might be offered an accommodation that enables them to use the DAS Card in conjunction with access to a number of attractions without having to obtain a return time.
     
  • Another potential accommodation, based on a guests unique needs, might include providing access to a favorite attraction multiple times in a row without having to obtain a return time.

If you need more information or have specific questions about an upcoming trip, please send an e-mail to disability.services@disneyparks.com. If you are planning a vacation in the next few months, please include a contact phone number and the best time

In addition to the information officially provided by Disney, a Walt Disney World cast member posted information given to employees at the Florida resort during their training, including details about the DAS card itself. While this is not to be considered official or even final, I've confirmed that the information is generally consistent with the training Disneyland Resort cast members have received, though there will be some changes in California due to operational differences between the resorts.

There is another major change to the information published, in that Disney will allow "another member of the DAS cardholder’s travel party" to visit the attraction (WDW) or kiosk (DLR) to obtain the return time, rather than requiring the DAS cardholder to do so. DAS cardholders are still required to ride with their party in order to use the pass, but this change addresses a major concern voiced by parents of autistic children, who worried that making their child go to the desired attraction but making them wait to ride it could trigger a meltdown.

As with any major policy change, there will be an adjustment phase as both cast members and visitors become familiar with the new policy. Though I know from personal experience that this situation has the potential to be very frustrating for visitors, I urge everyone to remain calm and polite when dealing with front-line cast members. They did not write the policy, and cannot change it. If you have concerns about the new program or need additional assistance, Guest Relations in every park is the best place to go.

I will be visiting Disneyland on Wednesday with families representing the Autism Society of Los Angeles, and plan to have more information about the policy and practice of the DAS program in next Monday's park update. I also encourage you to contact me by e-mail with any questions you may have about the policy, and I'll do my best to get answers for you.

$48 Disneyland or DCA tickets available to 2013 CHOC Walk participants

If you need another reason to join Team MousePlanet in the 2013 CHOC Walk, how about this? The opportunity to purchase tickets to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure at a price not seen since in a decade—just $48!

Here's the scoop from the CHOC Walk organizers:

On the day of the CHOC Walk, Sunday, October 13, walkers who present their CHOC Walk in the Park wristband at a Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth may purchase a special CHOC-Tober Disneyland® Resort 1-Day Park Hopper ticket for $71 or a 1-Day 1-Park Ticket for $48. The tickets may be used on that day or on a follow-up visit to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park!

A maximum of 5 tickets may be purchased per wristband. Ticket purchase offer valid on 10/13/2013 only. If the tickets are not used on the day of the Walk, they must be used on or before 11/8/13. Prices subject to change.

To qualify for these reduced-price tickets, all you need to do is register for the CHOC Walk and raise at least $50—that's it! This is a fantastic "thank you" for everyone who comes out to raise money for CHOC.

Joining Team MousePlanet is a great way to participate in the CHOC Walk, since we handle sign-in for all of our walkers. Visit our CHOC Walk website for more information and to join us. We have over 70 walkers, and have already raised nearly $6000 this year—won't you join us?

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 Santa Ana 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 Wednesday, October 9th. 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 10, 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.

Online dining reservations open; Thanksgiving Buffet details available

It took a few hours longer than expected for the site to launch, but visitors can now book reservations online for table service restaurants at the Disneyland Resort.

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, including the Rainforest Cafe.

The website also provides details of the 2013 Thanksgiving Buffet at the Disneyland Hotel on November 28. Reservations open October 8:

Celebrate Your Family with Chip ‘n Dale

Thanksgiving is the time to be grateful for many things—for our families, most of all! The Disneyland family is overflowing with Characters, so we give a special kind of thanks. Come and see for yourself when Chip ‘n Dale along with some of the other world famous Disney Characters greet you at our delicious buffet.

Menu
Delight in a fall harvest of Thanksgiving favorites such as carved roasted breast of turkey and prime rib of beef accompanied by homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry orange relish and smashed potatoes & gravy. Indulge yourself from a selection of fresh salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon and cured meats as well as chilled poached shrimp and king crab legs. Be sure to save room for a variety of tempting pastries and desserts of traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, chocolate mousse, fresh made crepes and a chocolate fountain with sweets for dipping.

Children’s Buffet
Enjoy a special buffet just for kids featuring homemade pizza, macaroni & cheese, chicken, fresh corn and lots of other kid favorites as well as desserts.

Prices
Regular*

$73.99 Adults
$21.99 Children (3–9 years old)
No charge Children (under 3)

* Prices above do not include a 18% gratuity and 8% tax that will be added automatically to your bill.

Parking
4-hour complimentary self-parking will be available. After 4 hours, the Guest will be charged $6.00 per hour. We highly recommend that you allow additional time for the security checkpoint. Identification and vehicles may be checked at the gate.

Reservations
Please call (714) 781-DINE, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
Reservations will be accepted beginning October 8, 2013.

Extra Day of Magic ticket promotion

MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today passed along a new Disneyland Resort ticket promotion for fall visits.

We are offering an extra day free on our 3 and 4-day Park Hopper Tickets. So, basically, your readers can get a 4-day for the price of a 3-day or a 5-day for the price of a 4-day Park Hopper. Plus, these tickets include one Magic Morning and our exclusive $10 ESPN Zone Game Card. The tickets have to be booked by Oct. 15 for travel through Dec. 31, 2013.

This offer is valid without an additional hotel stay, or as part of a package. Visit the Get Away Today website for full details, and to purchase.

This and that...

...All of the remaining Friday night Mickey's Halloween parties (October 11, 18, and 25) are now sold out, but MousePlanet Community Leader Malcon10t learned during her recent trip that guests staying at the three Disneyland Resort hotels may be able to purchase tickets to "sold out" night from the hotel front desks. Check with your hotel for availability during your trip.

...High winds this past weekend forced Disney to cancel the Halloween Screams fireworks during Mickey's Halloween Party Friday night. This disappointed visitors who purchased tickets to the after-hours party, but delighted guests who visited Saturday night. Because the Halloween fireworks were already loaded into the launchers, Disney presented the Halloween Screams show on Saturday night, rather than resetting for the scheduled "Remember... Dreams Come True" fireworks.

After introducing Halloween Screams in 2009 as the seasonal fireworks show, Disney made the popular show exclusive to the extra-cost Halloween Party in 2010, running the "normal" fireworks on non-party nights. However, savvy locals have learned that a cancellation of the Halloween fireworks on party nights means the show will usually run on the next night that fireworks are scheduled, and many took the opportunity to see the Halloween show Saturday night without needing to purchase an event ticket. Keep that in mind, and you might be fortunate enough to catch a bonus show the next time the Santa Ana winds pick up.


A new Hatbox Ghost Mickey Mouse popcorn bucket is available for sale at the Disneyland Resort for $12 plus tax. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Pheonix.

...With an estimated 30,000 people visiting the Disneyland Resort last weekend for Gay Days, Disney's chefs took the opportunity to test new menu items at several locations. The item that seemed to get the most buzz was a chicken-and-waffle sandwich at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. The sandwich was dressed with arugula and Sriracha (Thai hot sauce) mayo and served with french fries.

In addition, Tomorrowland Terrace tested a new version of a turkey burger, Plaza Inn offered a spicy glazed salmon, and Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port offered a tri-colored pasta with spicy sausage marinara.


Disney tested several new menu items this weekend, including a chicken-and-waffle sandwich. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Although these items were only offered for two days, Disney will evaluate the response and may add some of the items to the regular menus in the future. Examples of items now available on the regular menu include the macaroni-and-cheese hot dog, tested last year during an Annual Passholder event that made it onto the menu at the Refreshment Corner, and the churro bites tested during the first One More Disney Day event, which are sold at the Cozy Cone in Disney California Adventure park.

...A belated note about some menu changes at the Hungry Bear restaurant in Disneyland. The funnel cake has returned to the menu: replacing the warm blueberry pie. Disney has also finally caved to customer demands and added regular french fries in addition to the sweet potato fries introduced when the park redesigned the menu in 2011.


The Court des Anges is slated to close this week as part of the Club 33 expansion project. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...As you read this, construction walls may already be up around the Court des Anges in New Orleans Square. As has been discussed previously on MousePlanet, the sleepy courtyard will be incorporated into the new entry for Club 33. The adjacent L'Ornement Magique shop has already closed and will also be included in the project.

...The Orange County Register reports that the Anaheim Ducks hockey team will offer free shuttles between the Disneyland Resort and other Anaheim-area attractions (including Garden Walk and the Anaheim Convention Center) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night games at the Honda Center. The Ducks Express will starting shuttle service 90 minutes before the start of a game, with return service starting at the beginning of the third period of the game. This is good news for Disneyland Resort passholders, who can park for free at the Mickey and Friends parking structure and take advantage of the shuttle to avoid the $15-$25 parking fees at the Honda Center.

...Disney never officially confirms the dates that the West Coast segments of the annual holiday parade will be filmed at Disneyland, but DanceTheMagic.com, a Web site that offers travel packages to dance groups hoping to participate in the filming, lists the filming date as November 9, with November 10 scheduled as a back-up in case of rain or tape delay (link). Keep in mind that the filming is subject to change without notice, and we don't encourage readers to make a special trip just to see the filming.

...The Modesto Bee reports yet another arrest involving fake Disneyland tickets offered for sale on Craigslist. According to the article, the suspect sold Disneyland tickets that turned out to be invalid. A search of her home turned up "multiple printed Disneyland tickets."

With Disney offering online purchasers the ability to print tickets at home from their own printer, there is no way to know if a paper ticket you purchase from someone else is valid for admission, or just one of dozens of copies they printed of the same ticket. To be safe, never purchase Disneyland tickets from anyone but an authorized reseller or the official Disneyland website.

...L.A. theater fans might want to check out "When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney," which starts previews at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA on October 9. The show is described as "a new musical about the life of the great Walt Disney. The show spans multiple decades as Roy Disney, Walt's older brother and business partner, narrates Walt's journey from a struggling dreamer to a household name." Tickets are available from the show's website.

...Disney Imagineer Steve Davison, whose credits include Wishes, Haunted Mansion Holiday, and World of Color, is directing and producing a non-Disney project for the South Coast Chorale. "Matthew Shepard – Beyond The Fence," opens Friday, October 11, at the Scottish Rite Theater in Long Beach, California. Tickets available from the show's website.

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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 5 Mouseketeers asks a question most parents can relate to:

I've almost convinced my hubby to take a quick trip to DL for our 9th anniversary in June. DL is where we went for our honeymoon. Is it just wrong to go without our kids? I have mixed feelings about it.

How do you feel about escaping to Disneyland without your kids? 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 8, 2013 2 / 10
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1 / 10
Thursday, October 10, 2013 4 / 10
Friday, October 11, 2013 5 / 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 9 out of 10.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party nights on Tuesday and Friday night this week.
  • Wednesday 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.

Disneyland

  • Gadget's Go Coaster – closed 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 until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.
  • 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.

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.
  • Disney Animation Building – partial closures 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 (sold out), 11 (sold out), 15, 18 (sold out), 21, 23, 25 (sold out), 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. If you are staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, you may be able to purchase tickets to a "sold out" night from your hotel's front desk; check with your hotel for availability during your trip.
  • 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 sixth 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

  • Holiday parade taping at Disneyland – November 9–10 (unconfirmed). Disney never officially confirms the dates that the West Coast segments of the annual holiday parade will be filmed at Disneyland, but DanceTheMagic.com, a Web site that offers travel packages to dance groups hoping to participate in the filming, lists the filming date as November 9, with November 10 scheduled as a back up in case of rain or tape delay (link). Keep in mind that the filming is subject to change with no notice, and we don't encourage readers to make a special trip just to see the filming.
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – November 12 through the first week of 2014.
  • World of Color Winter Dreams debut – Friday, November 15.
  • Candlelight Processional – December 7 and 8 (dates 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.

–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
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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