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Update for December 23 – 29, 2013

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Christmas week toolkit | Rose Bowl teams to visit Disneyland | 2014 Southern California CityPass | 2014 Disney Dollars released | Tune in for the 30th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Christmas week toolkit

Long-time readers and regular Disneyland visitors can be excused for jumping to the next item in this week's Update, but the time has come for our annual reminder about handling the holidays at Disneyland Resort. The next two weeks are traditionally the busiest time of the year at the Disneyland Resort, and we want you to be prepared as you face maximum-capacity crowds.


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Santa Mater waits to meet fans outside the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Most importantly, we strongly urge you to purchase your tickets before you ever approach the main entrance. There is absolutely no reason to wait until you reach the resort to buy your tickets, and buying before you arrive saves you a lot of time and headache, and leaves you with more options than those who show up without a ticket. On the busiest days, Disneyland implements a series of crowd-control measures, including restricting the sales of certain types of tickets, or even stopping selling tickets—so by purchasing tickets in advance, you can avoid standing in a long line just to buy tickets, as well as avoid being shut out from purchasing tickets altogether.

Tickets (and even annual passports) are available at many local grocery store chains, and be sure to check with your credit union or company benefit program. You can also purchase tickets at the Disneyland website and print them at home before you leave, saving you a long wait in the ticket booth lines.


Each character in Cars Land has their own unique Christmas tree, including this metal version outside Fillmore's Taste In. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you still manage to get to Disneyland without a ticket – the resort has set up temporary ticket carts next to the Disneyland main entrance. These are full-service ticket desks, and can sell every type of ticket and passport. In addition, if you are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel or Good Neighbor hotel, you can purchase tickets from the front desk before you head to the parks.

Take advantage of Extra Magic Hour and Magic Mornings if you can – both programs offer an extra hour in the theme parks before they open to the general public, and are a great way to get the must-do rides out of the way before crowds arrive.

  • Extra Magic Hours – available to those who are staying at one of the three on-property resort hotels. Gives you access to Disneyland one hour before scheduled park opening time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and to Disney California Adventure one hour before scheduled park opening time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card required for entry.
  • Magic Mornings – included with advance-purchase 3+day tickets and the Southern California CityPass. Gives you access to Disneyland one hour before scheduled park opening time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Each person must have an eligible ticket to enter.


A music themed tree is displayed inside Flo's V8 Cafe in Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you plan to do some shopping this week and you don't have an annual pass or cast member discount – you might want to purchase a snack before you make any major purchases. Many Disneyland Resort quick-serve restaurants are printing a merchandise discount coupon for 20 percent off at the bottom of their receipts. The coupons are only valid at participating stores, and usually only before noon, but check the expiration date—the coupon does not have to be used the same day you receive it.


Sally's tree outside the Cozy Cone Motel is made of bright traffic cones and powered by a battery. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Plan your meals. We've assembled a list of special holiday menu items that will be offered Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Disneyland Resort to help you with any last-minute plans you may need to make.

Table service restaurants fill quickly, so you risk eating hot dogs from a vending cart or waiting in long lines at the counter service locations if you don't make reservations where possible. The new online dining reservation system introduced earlier this year, makes it easy to search for available tables without waiting on hold for hours with the Disneyland Dine Line. As of this writing, there were plenty of table-service locations with openings on Christmas Eve, including the Blue Bayou, but Christmas Day openings were more limited.

If you're in the parks and need help finding an open restaurant, stop by City Hall (Disneyland) or the Chamber of Commerce (DCA) and look for the marked "dining reservations" phones to contact the Dine Line—we've found calls made from Disney phones tend to be answered faster. If all else fails, call the Dine Line at (714) 781-3463 from your home or cell phone to see what they have available.

Rose Bowl teams to visit Disneyland

The two teams competing in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game are scheduled to visit Disneyland on Thursday, December 26 to participate in the annual Media Day. Expect the coaches and key players from Michigan State and Stanford to appear in a very brief ceremony in front of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle at 2:15 p.m.

We do not yet have a formal schedule for the ceremony, but based on past years, expect the event to impact operations around Main Street, with the Castle forecourt roped off starting around 11:30 a.m. to set up a seating area, and the Main Street vehicles to close for the day at noon. The seating area is reserved for invited guests only, but you can watch from the sidelines if you're willing to wait an hour or more.

Immediately after the ceremony, the coaches and players generally participate in interview sessions. Again, we don't have an official schedule, but keep an eye out for some of the players posing for media photos around the tesort starting around 3:00—the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Mad Tea Party are two likely spots to catch a glimpse of the players.

We also expect the bands from the two Rose Bowl teams to appear at Disneyland after Christmas, but no details are yet available.

2014 Southern California CityPass

We have updated pricing for the 2014 Southern California CityPass. The basic pass increases by $9 for adults and $5 for children effective January 3, 2014, and comes with the same benefits as the 2013 version—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. If you purchase the CityPass online, you can upgrade to a CityPass Plus for $34 ($25 for children), which adds one-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park.

The CityPass website currently offers free shipping on the 2014 CityPass, or you can purchase them in person at the Disneyland Resort.

2014 Disney Dollars released

The first series of Disney Dollars for 2014 are set to be released at the Disneyland Resort this week, and features three of Disney's classic mountain attractions: Splash Mountain ($1), Big Thunder Mountain ($5), and Space Mountain ($10). Mickey Mouse is pictured in the corresponding ride vehicle on the back of each bill.


The 2014 Disney Dollars feature Disney's iconic mountain attractions. Photo © Disney.

At the Disneyland Resort, you can purchase the new Disney Dollars from:

  • Disneyland – City Hall, Star Trader and Gag Factory
  • Disney California Adventure – Guest Relations (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Main Entrance/Downtown Disney – World of Disney store, all Main Entrance ticket booths
  • Resort Hotels – Mickey in Paradise at the Paradise Pier Hotel, Fantasia Gift Shop at the Disneyland Hotel.

Tune in for the 30th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade"

The 30th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" airs this Wednesday, December 25, on ABC TV at 9:00 a.m. Pacific, Central, and Mountain; 10:00 a.m. Eastern. The parade also airs on CBC Network in Canada, and across the globe on the American Forces Network; check local listings for times.


Nick Cannon hosts the Disneyland sections of the 30th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which airs this week on ABC. Photo © Disney.

The Disneyland segments were taped the weekend of November 9 and 10 at Disneyland, and are hosted by Nick Cannon. In addition to an enhanced version of A Christmas Fantasy Parade, the show features performances by Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Dove Cameron, and the cast of Teen Beach Movie.


The cast of "Teen Beach Movie" performs in the taping of the 30th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Disneyland. Photo © Disney.


Demi Lovato is among the performers to appear in the 30th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Photo © Disney.


The 30th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade includes enhanced scenes and floats from Disneyland's Christmas Fantasy Parade. Photo © Disney.

This and that...

...There are just three more days this year to purchase a fresh candy cane from the Disneyland Resort. Candy canes will be made and sold at Trolley Treats in DCA on Monday, December 23; at the Candy Palace in Disneyland on Tuesday, December 24; and back at Trolley Treats on Wednesday, December 25. Color-coded wristbands are distributed at each location at park opening, and indicate when you can return to purchase one of the fresh candy canes from that day's production. Quantities are limited, and Monday and Tuesday will be your best day to visit, as crowds are expected to be smaller on those days.

...Here is a really neat holiday activity for the family at the Disneyland Resort: Pinocchio's Workshop at the Grand Californian Hotel is offering a snow globe ornament workshop, where you can create an ornament like the one shown below. The cost is $20 per person, and sessions are at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. through December 24. Space is limited, so sign up with the concierge at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. You need not be a hotel guest, but they are only advertising this within the hotels. [Update: Though we were told by a concierge at the Paradise Pier Hotel that anyone could participate in this activity last week, reader Ken wrote to say "They are ONLY available to hotel guests. I had to go 3 levels up in management to get someone to allow my son to participate. I doubt most readers would push that hard.  it was fun, but I would hate for someone to get rejected because of that." ]


Visitors can create a snow globe ornament like this during a workshop at the Grand Californian Hotel through Christmas Eve. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The current extra discount offered to Premium and Premier annual passholders is set to expire December 31, 2013, and there has been no word from Disney about potentially extending this offer again. The merchandise discount was "temporarily" raised from 10 to 20 percent (and 15 percent on food) so long ago we've lost track, and has continued at the higher level through a series of extentions. It will be interesting to see if Disneyland continues with the bigger discount on the highest-priced passes, or if they return the discount to the previous 10 percent as Walt Disney World did earlier this year.

...The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood is again hosting its popular Mary Poppins sing-along January 10 through 20, 2014. Attendees are invited to dress in costume and sing along to the film (lyrics are projected right on the screen) to classic songs like "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite." Daily show times are 10:00 am, 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m., and general admission tickets start at $10.

The 7:45 p.m. performance on opening night (Friday, January 10) features a costume contest and "other surprises." The 10 a.m. performance on January 14 is a "tiny tot" showing, with the house lights dimmed (rather than out), and the volume turned down a bit, which is great for younger children and those with sensory issues. See our MousePad discussion forum for full details.

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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.

 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 5 / 10
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9 / 10
Thursday, December 26, 2013 10 / 10
Friday, December 27, 2013 10 / 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 10 out of 10.
  • Tuesday is the best day to visit Disneyland
  • Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually "sell out" within the first hour of DCA's regular park hours.

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all of attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781–7290, then select option 1, option 1, and option 4 at the next three prompts.

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.

2013 Southern California CityPASS $319/$279

2013 Southern California CityPASS PLUS $353/$304

2014 Southern California CityPASS $328/$284

2014 Southern California CityPASS PLUS $362/$309

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.

Prices listed above are valid until January 2, 2014.

2014 Southern California CityPASS ($328/$284) – 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 December 31, 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.


2014 Southern California CityPASS PLUS ($362/$309) – 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 December 31, 2014. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website

Prices listed above are valid until December 31, 2014.

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

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 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
12/22 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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