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Update for December 16 – 22, 2013

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News and Views

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage added to 2014 refurbishment list | Tinker Bell Half Marathon moves to Mother's Day in 2015 | Enter the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes | Disney Visa Meet and Greet | Disneyland Resort hosts annual Toys for Tots drives | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage added to 2014 refurbishment list

Possibly in response to a report by an unofficial Disney site stating that the ride would close forever in 2014, the Disneyland Resort took the unusual step last week of publicly discussing the upcoming refurbishment of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. In a posting on the Disney Parks Blog, the company confirmed that the ride is closing on January 6 for a major refurbishment, during which workers are draining the submarine lagoon and refinishing the underwater rockwork and faux coral.


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Per the company, the ride is scheduled to reopen in Fall 2014. A reopening date of September 26, 2014 is listed on a cast member document, but this date is likely just a placeholder. In response to a question about the closure, Social Media Director Erin Glover said, "Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will reopen in late 2014 as the same attraction we know and love today."

The current list of 2014 refurbishments is listed below:

Disneyland

  • Fantasmic – dark January 6 through February 13.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closed January 6 through May 22 for refurbishment.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closes January 6 for refurbishment. A reopening date of September 26, 2014 is listed on a cast member document, but this date is likely just a placeholder.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed January 7–17 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • "it's a small world" – closed January 21 through February 4 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Splash Mountain – closed January 21 through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed January 27 through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. One cast member document lists January 31, 2014 as the reopening date. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.

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, with the ride running at 2/3 capacity.
  • Buena Vista Street west guest bathrooms – closed January 6–16.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed January 6 through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed January 6 through February 27 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color – dark January 7–16.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closed February 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin' Over California – closed February 18 through June 5 for refurbishment.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon moves to Mother's Day in 2015

RunDisney recently announced a schedule change for 2015, moving the women-focused Tinker Bell Half Marathon from President's Day weekend in January to Mother's Day Weekend in May. While some runners welcome the decision to put more time between the Walt Disney World marathon weekend and the Disneyland events (the two race weekends are usually just one or two weeks apart), the choice of Mother's Day has upset many runners. Commenting on the Disney Parks Blog, Jac from Arizona neatly summarized the predicament many runners face as a result of this move:

"This is very disappointing news. As a Tinker Bell 1/2 marathon inaugural runner, I ran 2012, 2013 and am registered for 2014. It has become a “Mom’s Getaway Weekend” for me and my running friend. With the move to Mother’s Day 2015, it is highly unlikely we will be able to run because we cannot leave our children for Mother’s Day. And to bring our children with us would cost a lot of money and require us to travel home after the race—on Mother’s Day—so our kids don’t miss school Monday."

Team MousePlanet runners have expressed mixed feelings about the change. Reader vegaspixie wrote,

"I have to wonder about the choice of Mother's Day weekend for this race. Part of me wonders if this is just a way for Disney to encourage moms who run this 'women's race' to bring the family along. It seems that the Princess [Half Marathon] has become a great opportunity for a rare girlfriend–getaway, and I see many moms who leave their family behind to take part in that special event (I did too one year). On the other hand, I'd never leave my family for a girls' weekend on Mother's Day. Especially to Disneyland—I'd feel so bad!"

Reader Cactusgirl points out that the runners aren't the only people impacted by this change: "I wonder about the community support. As the mom of a cheerleader, I would not be happy having to give up my Mother's Day to drive my girl to cheer all morning."

Still, the move to Mother's Day has intrigued some participants. Reader Disneyphile said, "Being without a mom for 5 years now, Mother's Day has been a very rough day for me every year, and I've been looking for ways to honor my late mom on that day. She loved Tinker Bell and Disneyland so much, and this move is perfect for me. For me, it gives that day purpose again, and I'm pretty excited about it." Cactusgirl notes, "As a runner, I could see it as a great family weekend, though. Imagine if you had two or three generations of moms doing the race together."

DisneyFunFamily4 said this move means she definitely won't run the race in 2015. "Mother's Day is my day with [dear husband] and the kids and I don't want to get up at 3:30 a.m. to run 13.1 miles." She also raises an interesting issue, "I'm hoping there will still be a Mother's Day brunch somewhere at Disneyland!" RunDisney hosts the race expo in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel, which is also the traditional location of the annual Mother's Day brunch. Will Disney move the expo, or relocate the brunch?

What do you think about this change? Does the move to Mother's Day make you more or less interested in running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon? Share your thoughts on the MousePad discussion forum.

Enter the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes

Upload a photo of yourself wearing Mickey, Minnie, or Oswald ear hat, and you could win a Disney vacation in the Show Your Ears Sweepstakes. One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries to receive a five-day vacation to either Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World, including hotel, airfare, theme park admission, a Disney gift card and Photopass credit.

If you don't have Mickey ears, you can print out an ear hat using tools on the contest website, download a Disney app to digitally add an ear hat to an existing photo, or enter by mail. The contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Canada (excluding Quebec), which should thrill our Canadian readers who often grumble about being left out of other contests. Entries must be received 11:59:59 PM (PST) on December 20, so get your cameras out.

If you're a fan of tiny little fine print, or just want a peek inside the head of a Disney lawyer, read the full official rules. There are lots of interesting restrictions, including no visible logos on your clothing, a list of safety requirements if you took your photo on a Disney theme park attraction, and even an admonishment not to "show use of unapproved methods of accommodating disabilities."

Disney Visa Meet and Greet

Answering a question on our MousePad discussion boards, reader Pammer alerted us to a change in the Disney Visa Meet and Greet. The free character meet-and-greet session is offered to Disney Visa cardholders daily at Disney California Adventure. The photo opportunity is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily, at a somewhat secluded location in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. There are generally two characters on hand (currently Minnie Mouse and Stitch), and they trade off every half hour. Cardholders receive one free 5"x7" photograph per visit.

In the past, cast members have been somewhat lax in the photo redemption, allowing people to use the voucher for a photo other than the one taken at the Visa meet-and-greet, to redeem the voucher at Disneyland, or to save up a trip's worth of vouchers and redeem them all at once. Now, the voucher clearly states—and cast members are careful to reiterate—that the voucher can only be redeemed that same day, only at Kingswell Camera in Disney California Adventure, and only for the meet-and=greet photo.

Disneyland Resort hosts annual Toys for Tots drives

The Disneyland Resort continued its longstanding relationship with Toys for Tots by hosting a series of toy drives in Downtown Disney. Two collection events were held December 7 and December 14, with members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Anaheim Fire and Rescue on hand to accept donations from the public. An ongoing toy drive continues at participating Downtown Disney locations, with collection boxes in place in the World of Disney Store and Jamba Juice, among others.


Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Anaheim Fire and Rescue joined DJ Pauly D for a Toys for Tots drive in Downtown Disney Anaheim on December 7. Photo © Disney.


Jamba Juice is one of the Downtown Disney locations participating in the Toys for Tots drive. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

...Mouseplanet contributing writer Lorree Tachell shares some news about the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon:

Mark your calendars. Looks like open registration for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend events starts Tuesday January 28, 2014. Of course, stay tuned to Team MousePlanet to get all the latest on early any registration opportunities for annual passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, Visa cardholders, etc. Based on previous experience, don't be surprised to also see early registration at the WDW Marathon expo in January!

...As part of this week's Limited Time Magic promotion, Mary Poppins and Bert will appear at a photo opportunity in Disney California Adventure in a dual promotion for the DVD release of Mary Poppins and the theatrical release of Saving Mr. Banks. Disney will also distribute Saving Mr. Banks movie posters, while supplies last.


Re-creating 1961 Disneyland for "Saving Mr. Banks." Disney Parks video via YouTube.

...In addition to all of the holiday treats listed in the last Disneyland Update here on MousePlanet, the Disney Parks Blog added a few more details about New Year's Eve dining, including celebrations at Napa Rose, and special menu items at theme park and hotel dining locations. You can read all about it on our MousePad discussion forum.


Mary, Bert and a pair of penguins greet fans at the Saving Mr. Banks preview hosted by the Disney Parks Blog. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...A new Sunglass Icon kiosk is under construction in Downtown Disney, across from the World of Disney store. This stand replaces the company's existing kiosk, and has design elements that better tie it into the look of its Downtown Disney store.

...Olaf from Disney's Frozen has been added to the list of characters that guests can learn to draw at the Animation Academy at Disney California Adventure.

…The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, just enter your e-mail in the box below.

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Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 3 / 10
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6 / 10
Thursday, December 19, 2013 5 / 10
Friday, December 20, 2013 10 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 9 out of 10.
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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

  • Fantasmic – dark January 6 through February 13.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closed January 6 through May 22 for refurbishment.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closes January 6 for refurbishment. A reopening date of September 26, 2014 is listed on a cast member document, but this date is likely just a placeholder.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed January 7–17 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • "it's a small world" – closed January 21 through February 4 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Splash Mountain – closed January 21 through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed January 27 through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. One cast member document lists January 31, 2014 as the reopening date. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.

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, with the ride running at 2/3 capacity.
  • Buena Vista Street west guest bathrooms – closed January 6–16.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed January 6 through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed January 6 through February 27 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color – dark January 7–16.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closed February 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin' Over California – closed February 18 through June 5 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

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – through January 6, 2014.

2014

  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 16–19. All races are now sold out, but registration is still open for the Pasta in the Park party.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 29–31. Registration opens Tuesday January 28, 2014.

2015

  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – Mother's Day (May 10) weekend. No additional details available.

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.

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

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

For the purpose of this offer, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification will be required for purchase. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base or other at participating U.S. military sales outlets. The tickets are not available for sale at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. The price is the same for adults and children, and total of six tickets may be purchased per military member, regardless of who purchases the tickets (the member or their spouse). Disney has also clarified that the "Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission," which means you can not purchase these tickets and give them to someone who will be visiting without you present.

Tickets are blocked out through December 19, 2013 through December 31, 2013; April 13, 2014 through April 20, 2014; and July 4, 2014. As far as we can tell, there is no "fuse" on this ticket, so you may have more than the standard 13 days from first use to use the remaining two admissions, but we highly recommend you contact your base MWR/ITT office for more details before making travel plans. Please note that this ticket is not a "bonus" ticket, and so does not include an early admission day.

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

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $250/$230

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $285/$265

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells four-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 4-day Park Hoppers are $270 for adults ($250 for children); 4-day 1/park/day tickets are $240 for adults ($220 for children).

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $265/$244

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $300/$279

Get Away Today Vacations – MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today Vacations sells five-day tickets at a slight discount over the Disneyland main gate price. 5-day Park Hoppers are $285 for adults ($265 for children); 5-day 1/park/day tickets are $255 for adults ($235 for children).

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Six Day, One Park per Day Ticket Six Day Park Hopper No longer offered by Disneyland – some travel providers may offer tickets for 6 days or longer as part of a package to international customers; residents of Canada, Australia, or the U.K. should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available.
Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

No discounts currently available for new purchases. California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

  • Premier Annual Passport ($979) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking.
  • Premium Annual Passport ($669) – includes parking.
  • Deluxe Annual Passport ($499)
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($359)
  • SoCal Select Annual Passport ($279)
  • Parking Add On ($139) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes; blocked out July 4 and December 31.
  • Blockout Day Ticket ($84) – grants one-day park-hopper admission to an annual passholder on a blockout day.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPASS $319/$279

Southern California CityPASS PLUS $353/$304

2013 Southern California CityPASS ($319/$279) – includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityPASS expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by January 2, 2014. Purchase CityPASS through the Disneyland website or on-site at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPASS website, though a shipping charge may apply depending on how quickly you need the ticket.


2013 Southern California CityPASS PLUS ($353/$304) – is the same as the CityPASS—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—with the addition of 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-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 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 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
12/15 12/16 12/17 12/18 12/19 12/20 12/21
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
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:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
12/22 12/23 12/24 12/25 12/26 12/27 12/28
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
12/29 12/30 12/31 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-2a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-1a
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
1/5 1/6 1/7 1/8 1/9 1/10 1/11
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
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: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
1/12 1/13 1/14 1/15 1/16 1/17 1/18
DL: 9a-11p
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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