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Disney debuts the Disability Access Service | Annual Passholders save up to 25% with new hotel offer | Tower of Terror AP event, and what you need to know about these "meetups" | Team MousePlanet raises over $7900 at CHOC Walk | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Disney debuts the Disability Access Service

The woman in line behind me at the Chamber of Commerce (Disney California Adventure's Guest Relations office) appeared agitated. She left the line at one point to talk with a cast member stationed outside, but returned, saying the CM told her she really needed to wait to speak with someone inside. "I don't know what to say now," she confided to her companion. "I don't think the old trick will work."


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An extended queue is set up outside City Hall in Disneyland on the first day of the new DAS policy in anticipation of long lines. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If anyone still needs convincing that Disney's Guest Assistance Card program needed to be revised to prevent fraud and abuse, this particular exchange could serve as Exhibit A. As I shamelessly eavesdropped on their conversation, I heard how the woman had learned in the past what she needed to say to get Disney to issue her a pass intended for guests with disabilities, though nothing I heard indicated that she actually required such an accommodation. She was worried that using the same buzzword would no longer make her eligible under the new Disability Access Service, which took effect at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this Wednesday.


A DAS cardholder visits the Fantasyland Guest Relations kiosk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

I visited the Disneyland Resort this week to check on the new program, and posted the basics on our MousePad discussion forum. Because this program has differing levels of accommodation, my description groups guests into two categories: those who are eligible for a DAS under the new program, and those with disabilities who should not require a DAS to obtain access. There are certainly degrees and grey areas, but the majority of visitors with disabilities should initially fall into one of these two groups:

Category 1: DAS cardholders

DAS cards are issued at City Hall at Disneyland or the Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure. The guest and cast member discuss each person's specific limitations and needs. If the cast member determines that a DAS card is the appropriate accommodation, the guest is photographed, the cast member prints the pass (with the guest's photo on the pass), and asks the guest to sign the terms and conditions.


A list of kiosk locations and new theme park guides help DAS cardholders navigate the new program. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

After receiving the pass, visitors can take it to any of seven Guest Relations kiosks in the resort—four in Disneyland and three in Disney California Adventure—and request a return time for any attraction in either park. The cast member issues a return time equal to the current stand-by wait time, minus10 to 15 minutes (for example, 45 to 50 minutes if the stand-by time is 60 minutes). While waiting for their return time, guests using a DAS can obtain a traditional Fastpass from another attraction, ride another attraction with a short line, shop, eat, watch a show, or just wait near the attraction.

At the requested ride, a cast member verifies the return time and that the DAS cardholder is present, then admits the cardholder's party to either the Fastpass return line (if present) or the alternate entrance (where used). While return times are flexible and cardholders need not return exactly when stated, they cannot obtain another return time until they have either ridden or decided to skip the previously assigned attraction.

After riding, cardholders (or another member of their party) return to any kiosk to select the next attraction and receive a new return time. If a ride has a stand-by line of less than 10 minutes, there is no need to get a return time, which makes using a wait time app (Disney or unofficial) really useful. As stated before, guests using the DAS can also use the traditional Fastpass system where offered—in effect, "double-dipping."

Category 2: Access without a DAS card

At Disneyland

Built long before the passage of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, not many of Disneyland's older attractions offer wheelchair-accessible queues. In most instances, wheelchair users go directly to the designated alternate entrance for each ride, though the park has implemented a new test program to issue Fastpass-style return times at nine of the most popular "E-ticket" attractions.


A return time card issued at "it's a small world" is part of a new test program at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

To ride Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure, Haunted Mansion. Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (once it reopens), Peter Pan's Flight, Mad Tea Party, "it's a small world," or Space Mountain, wheelchair users must first visit the attraction in person and receive a return time slip. As with the DAS, the return time is equal to the current stand-by wait time, minus10-15 minutes.

When they return, the guest goes to the designated alternate entrance for the ride, and this is where the physical limitations of the attractions tosses a wrench into the system. For rides like Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean, issuing return times does nothing to increase the number of people using wheelchairs who can safely be on the ride at one time (due to evacuation procedures), so there is still a significant wait after returning to the ride. MousePlanet reader MammaSilva describes her experience at Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend, though says that even with this issue, she "loves" the new system.

User SJF510 also visited Disneyland this weekend and shared her experiences with wheelchair accessibility without a DAS.

At Disney California Adventure

All of the queues at DCA are considered to be wheelchair accessible, so guests using wheelchairs can use Fastpass or wait in the standby line along with the general public. The one exception may be at Radiator Springs Racers, where cast members use the same return time system as the E-ticket rides in Disneyland on very busy days.

With the policy only in effect for a few days as of this writing, and with "training updates" still taking place as the program is tweaked, it's too early to know if the policy will meet Disney's stated intention to "provide the special experience our guests have come to expect from Disney," and also enable the company to "control abuse with the current program that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate."


A highly visible sticker alerts cast members that guests can bring their stroller into wheelchair-accessible queues. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

So far, the new program has served to please some users, infuriate others, and cause confusion among cast members and visitors alike. I've written several times before about the difference between "policy" and "practice" as they relate to theme park operations, and the DAS is a great example of how far the two can differ from guest to guest.

I have now spent the better part of two days touring the parks with people who have a variety of disabilities, and from what I've witnessed and experienced so far, I feel there are still some issues—both major and minor—to be addressed. In fact, the only reason I was in a place at the DCA guest relations office to overhear the woman behind me talking to her companion ("Exhibit A") was because my husband and I went there after being told by a cast member at Disneyland's City Hall (inaccurately) that DCA was "doing their own thing over there," and that we'd need to visit the other park to obtain a DAS.

Some degree of confusion is to be expected whenever there's a major change in policy, though this is a subject that has the potential to seriously impact the way those with disabilities might experience the park. Some of the most vocal criticism has come from the autism community. Hours after the new program went into effect Wednesday morning, Stacey Presley and Judy Mark with the Autism Society of Los Angeles attempted to deliver to Disneyland City Hall a petition signed by 40,000 people asking Disney to reconsider the change. The McClain Special Needs Advocacy has scheduled a demonstration this coming weekend to protest the new rules, and one blogger has decided to tell her adult autistic son that "Disneyland is broken" to explain why they will not longer visit the park under this new policy.


Judy Mark (left) and Stacey Presley carry the petition (protesting the new DAS policy) intended for delivery to Disneyland officials. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

I plan to continue to report on the new DAS, so that you can understand the official nuts and bolts of the program. At the same time, I encourage anyone with personal experience from a visit to the Disneyland Resort to share your observations of how DAS is administered on our MousePad discussion forum so others who are planning trips have an idea of what to expect.

Annual Passholders save up to 25% with new hotel offer

The Disneyland Resort has posted a new hotel discount offering annual passholders discounts of 15 to 25 percent off rooms at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels this fall. The offer is valid for most nights October 20 through December 19, with blockout dates of November 27–29. This package includes one Fastpass for each person on the reservation, and a voucher for a free 5" x 7" PhotoPass print.

The details from the Disneyland website:

Save up to 25% on rooms at a Disneyland Resort Hotel—including Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel—most nights October 20 through November 26, 2013 and November 30 through December 19, 2013. This special Annual Passholder Package includes Disney's FASTPASS ticket, and Disney PhotoPass Service print.*

  • 25% savings on rooms at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels most Sunday through Thursday nights
  • 15% on rooms at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels most Friday and Saturday nights

Booking Dates

  • October 1 through December 19, 2013

Offer Valid Most Nights

  • October 20 through November 26, 2013
  • November 30 through December 19, 2013

Blockout Dates

  • November 27 through November 29, 2013

Travel Must Be Completed By

  • December 20, 2013

Disney FASTPASS Service

Save your place in line on some of your favorite rides while you enjoy the rest of the park. There's so much to do at Disneyland Resort—and Disney FASTPASS Service helps you do it!

  • Package includes one (1) Disney's FASTPASS ticket for each registered guest (ages 3 and older) in the reservation (maximum 5 guests). Each person in the reservation must be present at hotel check-in to receive a FASTPASS ticket.
  • Each Disney's FASTPASS ticket will allow a guest one (1) admission to a FASTPASS return line at any FASTPASS location at the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. Not valid for World of Color Viewing. Disney's FASTPASS attractions and return lines may not operate daily and Disney's FASTPASS tickets are subject to attraction changes, closures and capacity. No cash value; no substitutions. Tickets may not be sold, copied or transferred for commercial purposes and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Tickets expire seven (7) days from check-in or December 20, 2013, whichever occurs first. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Disney PhotoPass Service

Package includes one (1) ticket for a 5"x7" Disney PhotoPass Service print of your choice per reservation.

The ticket for a 5"x7" Disney PhotoPass Service print of your choice is redeemable at any Disney PhotoPass Sales Center in the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks, except at attraction locations. Not valid for online purchases at DisneyPhotoPass.com. Photo must be claimed within 30 days of being taken. Complimentary 5"x7" photo is for personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Ticket expires December 20, 2013 and is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Tower of Terror AP event, and what you need to know about these "meetups"

Disneyland Resort annual passholders are invited to a screening of Disney's Tower of Terror this Wednesday, October 16 at 5:00 or 7:00 p.m. After catching the movie, passholders can stay in Disney California Adventure 90 minutes after scheduled park closing to ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as many times as they want. Full details, including registration information, is posted on the Disneyland website.

Last week, the Disney Parks Blog hosted a Halloween Time Express meetup. I was fortunate enough to have my RSVP accepted, and shared photos via our MousePlanet Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts all night. Dozens of readers asked why they hadn't heard about the event in time to sign up.

These events are generally hosted by Disneyland's social media team, and are announced via its social media channels (including the Disney Parks Blog, Twitter, and Facebook). Sites like MousePlanet are not given advanced notice when an event is about to be announced, since Disney prefers that you visit the Disney Parks Blog regularly and follow all of its social media networks for official announcements and news. That means if you want to know about upcoming Disney Parks meet-ups, you should make sure to "follow" and "like" the various official Disney accounts.

Team MousePlanet raises over $7900 at CHOC Walk


Team MousePlanet raised over $7900 at the 2013 CHOC Walk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Team MousePlanet set a new personal record for team size and total funds raised at the 2013 CHOC Walk in the Park, benefitting CHOC Children's, the children's hospital of Orange County. The 79 members of our CHOC Walk team have already raised $7,913.51, and are on our way to meeting our goal of $10,000 by October 31. We'd like to recognize those members who raised the most funds:

  • Helga Bergthold – $710.00
  • Tom Rolinski – $375.00
  • Mary Rolinski – $375.00
  • Cindy Stephens – $370.00
  • Ron King – $295.00
  • Parker Mayorgas – $272.40
  • Sherry Santos – $265.00
  • Rose Hess – $225.00
  • Patricia Abrahams – $225.00

Over 15,000 walkers participated in this annual fundraiser, with over 600 teams and a total of nearly $2 million raised for Children's Hospital Orange County.


Thousands of walkers gather on Main Street, U.S.A. at the start of the 2013 CHOC Walk in the Park. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Dancers, cheerleaders, and musicians from local high schools lined the CHOC Walk course to cheer on the participants. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Disneyland's fire department passes out stickers to young CHOC walkers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

There's still plenty of time to support Team MousePlanet as we work towards our goal. Visit our CHOC Walk website to make a general team donation, or help push a member over the next fundraising milestone.

Thank you to all of the readers who walked, to those who donated, and those who helped cheer us on. We'll be back for 2014. and hope you can join us.


Volunteers distribute water along the CHOC Walk course. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Red Car News Boys greet walkers as they enter Disney California Adventure during the 2013 CHOC Walk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

...Tickets are still available for the October 30 and 31 Mickey's Halloween Party events, but all other nights are sold out.

...King Arthur Carrousel was scheduled to reopen October 11 following refurbishment, but was still closed as of Sunday. Disney has not posted a new estimate for the return of the attraction.

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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, MousePad member Rapunzelthorn asks for recommendations for pizza and Chinese food delivery around the Disneyland Resort:

Do you guys have any recommends for where to order great pizza or Chinese food for delivery around Disneyland? I'm looking for places that deliver to the nearby hotels. We are staying at the Anaheim Plaza.

We usually just look at the coupons/flyers that are put in the room and order from those, but it is hit or miss. I'm sure that we are probably missing out on the better places.

Several readers have shared their recommendations for pizza delivery, but so far only one Chinese food options. If you have a favorite local place, please share your suggestion 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 15, 2013 5 / 10
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3 / 10
Thursday, October 17, 2013 5 / 10
Friday, October 18, 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 8 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

  • King Arthur Carrousel – scheduled to be closed through October 10 for refurbishment, but still closed as of October 13.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.

Disney California Adventure

  • Golden Zephry – closed through October 14 for refurbishment.
  • Flik's Flyers – closed October 21 through November 22 for refurbishment.
  • Radiator Springs Racers – closed November 4–7 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Animation Building – partial closures through November 12 for maintenance (extended two weeks).
  • 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.

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 15, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, and 31. All dates but October 30 and 31 sold out. 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.
  • 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 through 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

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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-Phoenix.


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. 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 hotels – Disneyland Resort annual passholders can save 15% - 25% off rooms at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels this fall. The offer is valid for most nights October 20 through December 19, with blockout dates of of November 27–29. This package includes one Fastpass for each person on the reservation, and a voucher for a free 5" x 7" PhotoPass print. Full details on the Disneyland website.


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

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 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 December 19–31, 2013; April 13–20, 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
10/13 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
11/3 11/4 11/5 11/6 11/7 11/8 11/9
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
11/10 11/11 11/12 11/13 11/14 11/15 11/16
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
11/17 11/18 11/19 11/20 11/21 11/22 11/23
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None

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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