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Update for January 6 – 12, 2014

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Refurbishment season begins | Win a Disneyland vacation in the Disney Resolutions sweepstakes | Remembering Cicely Rigdon, Disneyland's Keeper of the Keys | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Refurbishment season begins

Although Disneyland's holiday season technically runs through today (January 6), the annual post-holiday refurbishment season has already begun. Several attractions are now closed, and several more are closing in the coming weeks. We've updated the refurbishment schedule to include new closures we've just learned about, including a two-month refurbishment of Indiana Jones Adventure and a nearly three-month refurbishment of Space Mountain, both beginning on Monday, March 3. These dates have not been confirmed by Disney, but if they hold, it means two more major rides are closed over the spring break season.


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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is one of four attractions closed for refurbishment starting this week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

On the bright side, it does look like the Grizzly River Run refurbishment is off the schedule (although it still appears on at least one document), but Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular is on winter hiatus from January 23 through February 20. Construction walls are coming down around Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and we're hoping for an announcement from Disney to learn when that ride is officially reopening.

Of course, all of this is subject to change as soon as Disneyland announces its future plans for Tomorrowland and elsewhere. For now, here's the 2014 refurbishment schedule as we know it:

Disneyland

  • Fantasmic! – went dark today, reopens February 13.
  • Big Thunder Ranch – closed today to remove the holiday overlay, reopens January 11.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed today for refurbishment. A reopening date of September 26 is listed on a cast member document, but this date is likely just a placeholder.
  • Haunted Mansion – closes tomorrow to remove the holiday overlay, reopens January 17.
  • Jungle Cruise – closes January 13 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Tiki Juice Bar – closes January 13 through February 6 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closes January 21 through February 4 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Splash Mountain – closes January 21 through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Tom Sawyer Island – closes January 21 through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Monorail – closes January 23 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closes January 27 through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closes February 3 through June 5 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad – closes February 24 through March 7 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closes March 2 through April 25 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closes March 3 through May 22 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closes until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. One cast member document lists January 31 as the reopening date. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.

Disney California Adventure

  • Buena Vista Street west guest bathrooms – closed today, reopens January 16.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed today for refurbishment, reopens February 27.
  • World of Color – dark January 7–16.
  • DJ's Dance and Drive show – dark February 6–13
  • Soarin' Over California – closes February 18 through June 5 for refurbishment.
  • Disney's Aladdin A Musical Specatular – dark January 23 through February 20.
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train – closes March 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closes March 3–6 for refurbishment.

Win a Disneyland vacation in the Disney Resolutions sweepstakes

If you need a New Year's Resolution, consider this—remind yourself to enter the Disney Resolutions Sweepstakes everyday now through January 31 for a chance to win a four-night, five-day Disney Parks vacation each day of the sweepstakes.

Each of the 31 daily sweepstakes winners and one grand prize winner receive a five (5) day / four (4) night trip for the winner and three guests to their choice of either Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort, including airfare (if the winner lives more than 250 miles from the selected resort), hotel, theme park tickets and a $500 Disney Gift Card.

Enter via the contest website. You must enter everyday for a chance at that day's drawing. All eligible entries received during the contest will be used to select the grand prize winner on the final day of the contest.

Good news for our Canadian readers—this contest is open to "legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States, D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec)" You can read the official rules here.

You also have a few more days to enter the Show Your Disney Side contest hosted by American Tourister. The grand prize is a four-night vacation to Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort, with the winner's choice of "themes." The various themes determine the components of each prize; check out the official rules to see all of the descriptions. This contest ends January 20, and you can earn up to 10 chances to win by finding the secret codes posted on the American Tourister Facebook page.

Remembering Cicely Rigdon, Disneyland's Keeper of the Keys

Disney Legend Cicely Rigdon, known as the "Keeper of the Keys" for her role in maintaining Walt Disney's apartment above Disneyland's fire station, passed away on December 31, 2013. Rigdon held many positions with the Walt Disney Company, starting as a ticket seller in 1957 shortly after Disneyland opened. She was eventually promoted to Guest Relations, and is credited with developing the modern Disneyland Ambassador program in 1982.

Lisa Benedict Robertson, a Disneyland tour guide from 1993–1997 and the author of the Babes in Disneyland blog, shared some thoughts on Cicely Rigdon's legacy:

"Cicely Rigdon was more than a legend to the tour guides who have become part of the tradition she created more than 50 years ago; she was a standard for excellence and a name that will, for generations to come, always go hand-in-hand with the virtues and importance of good manners, fine grooming and understanding the importance of being a public face for the 'Happiest Place on Earth.' I had the pleasure of interviewing her several years ago for a short bio I was writing on her for one of our tour guide reunions. We spoke for an hour about her history with Disneyland and working with Walt Disney. It was a conversation I will never forget. Cicely was a fine, fine woman and she will truly be missed by her family, friends and her fellow plaid."

Following her retirement in 1994, Rigdon was honored with a window on Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A., commemorating her work with the Ambassador program. The window reads:

Ambassador Finishing School
Cicely Rigdon, Instructor

Cicely Rigdon was honored as a Disney Legend in 2005 alongside 17 other Disneyland cast members and Disney noteables, including Jack Wagner (the "voice of Disneyland") and actor Steve Martin.

Cicely Rigdon began at Disneyland as a ticket seller and in 1959 joined the tour department. In 1982, she developed the Ambassador Program for Disneyland. MousePlanet archive photo by Frank Anzalone.

This and that...

...We confirmed last week that the extra merchandise discount offered to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders has been extended another year, through December 31, 2014. This promotion offers Premium and Premier passholders a 20 percent discount on most merchandise purchases, and extends a 10 discount discount to Deluxe, Southern California and Southern California Select passholders. The extra merchandise discount started out as a limited promotion in 2009, but Disney has continually extended the expiration date ever since.

...With the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend just around the corner, runDisney has announced a schedule change for the runDisney Kids Races on Saturday, January 18. The races now being at 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled. The runDisney website and the event guide have been edited to reflect this change, but we wanted to share this reminder for those who may have marked their calendars and not checked back. Team MousePlanet will again be out on the half-marathon race course in support of all of the runners and walkers. We'll have more information in next week's Update about where participants can find us, and how spectators can join us to cheer on the participants.

...The Spring 2014 Dapper Day, an unofficial "fashionable gathering," is scheduled the weekend of February 22–23. Event organizers encourage participants to dress in their "Sunday Best" and join them for events and gatherings at the Disneyland Resort. More information is available at the Dapper Day website.

...Another unofficial event is scheduled the weekend of January 19–20. "Galliday: The Oncoming Storm" is a gathering of Doctor Who fans, many of whom will be dressed as their favorite Doctor or companion. More information is available on the event's Facebook page.


New additions to the River Belle Terrace menu include this cinnamon roll French toast. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...River Belle Terrace recently updated its menu to add a few new items at breakfast, and add hot entrees back to the lunch and dinner menu. New breakfast items include cinnamon roll French toast and a build-your-own yogurt parfait at breakfast, with a variety of add-ins available at the toppings bar. For lunch and dinner, only one salad remains on the menu, and the sandwiches have been reworked with new ingredients. The new entrees include roast turkey or beef, a fresh catch of the day, and vegetarian black bean cakes.

...Readers have complained of a hidden price increase at Rancho del Zocalo during their most recent menu update. The restaurant's Mexican platters were previously served with a small scoop each of guacamole and sour cream. These condiments are no longer included with the platters, but are available for $1.29 each, a hefty upcharge considering the portion size. On the plus side, the tortillas served with the platters no longer come in a plastic bag, which had a tendency to leak and leave diners with soggy tortillas.

…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.

Question of the Week

Reader Nicolette Rodriguez asked via the MousePlanet Facebook page:

"Any tips for the best 'Character Dining' at the Disneyland Resort? Have done 'Goofy's Kitchen' for breakfast and enjoyed it, anyone had dinner there? Any ideas?"

Do you have a recent experience to share with Goofy's Kitchen or other Disneyland Resort character dining locations? Leave your feedback in the Comments section of this article and we'll pass them on to Nicolette.

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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.

 
Date Overall
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5 / 10
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 3 / 10
Thursday, January 9, 2014 4 / 10
Friday, January 10, 2014 6 / 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.
  • 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

  • Fantasmic – dark through February 13.
  • Big Thunder Ranch – closed through 11 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed 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.
  • Jungle Cruise – closed January 13 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Tiki Juice Bar – closed January 13 through February 6 for refurbishment.
  • "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.
  • Tom Sawyer Island – closed January 21 through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Monorail – closed January 23 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed January 27 through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closed February 3 through June 5 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad – closed February 24 through March 7 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed March 2 through April 25 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed March 3 through May 22 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

  • Buena Vista Street west guest bathrooms – closed through January 16.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed through February 27 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color – dark January 7–16.
  • DJ's Dance and Drive show – dark February 6–13
  • Soarin' Over California – closed February 18 through June 5 for refurbishment.
  • Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Specatular – dark January 23 through February 20.
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train – closed March 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closed March 3–6 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).

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 (Labor Day weekend). Registration opens Tuesday January 28.

2015

  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – Date change to 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.

2014 Southern California CityPASS $328/$284

2014 Southern California CityPASS PLUS $362/$309

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 extended the 20 percent merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders through December 31, 2014.

 

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
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:
Tinker Bell 5K
DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events:
Tinker Bell 10K
1/19 1/20 1/21 1/22 1/23 1/24 1/25
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Tinker Bell
1/2 Marathon
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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-11p
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
1/26 1/27 1/28 1/29 1/30 1/31 2/1
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-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-11p
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
2/2 2/3 2/4 2/5 2/6 2/7 2/8
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-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-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 8a-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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