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Celebrate Gospel returns to Disney California Adventure | Passholders invited to Sing Along Under the Stars | Refurbishment revisited | Earl of Sandwich highlights menu changes | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Celebrate Gospel returns to Disney California Adventure

Celebrate Gospel returns to Disney California Adventure park on Saturday, February 15 to commemorate Black History Month. The annual event, now in its fifth year at the Disneyland Resort, features choirs from around Southern California. The invited groups will perform three sets between 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Stage 17 building in Hollywood Land. The performance schedule is:

Times Performers
11:00 am – 12:45 pm
  • Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Rock Boy Fresh (Ontario)
  • Divine Deliverance Ministries Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Pastor Thom Washington & The Cathedral Voices (Los Angeles)
1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Amazing Grace Conservatory (Los Angeles)
  • Diamondz & Pearlz (Yorba Linda)
  • Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Los Angeles)
  • New Generation Choir (Santa Ana)
  • J. Kingdom & Voices of Destiny (Compton)
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • The Prime Minister of Joyful Jazz (Bellflower)
  • KJLH Radio Free Performance Choir (Inglewood)
  • Moreno Valley College Gospel Singers (Moreno Valley)
  • Project Purpose (Los Angeles)
  • Xtreme Purpose Choir (Pasadena)
  • Friendship Baptist Church – The Wrecking Crew (Yorba Linda)

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To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the event, Disney has added a Gospel History Walk, "a walk-through exhibit highlighting the history and rich traditions of gospel music." Admission to all performances and to the Gospel History Walk is free with DCA admission.

Passholders invited to Sing Along Under the Stars

Thanks to a tip from reader cstephens, we shared last week that Disneyland had scheduled a "Sing Along Under the Stars" event for Disneyland Resort annual passholders every Wednesday and Thursday night in February at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Details were posted to the Disneyland annual passholder website early last week, and the first two sing-alongs were held last Wednesday and Thursday.

Passholders must register in person on the day of the event and receive a wristband to attend. Wristbands are distributed starting at 2:00 p.m. outside the Westward Ho! store in Frontierland, and are available while supplies last. Whether due to bad weather or the short notice of the first events, neither event sold out last week, but that may not be the case for future events.

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree opens at 5:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m.

Reader disneylandkitty attended the first event featuring Beauty and the Beast, and wrote about her experience:

When we first entered the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, we were handed a light-up red rose. At the next station, we were given a bag of popcorn. Next, we received a bottle of water, and at our last stop we were offered hot chocolate or coffee. I thought all these added goodies were very nice of Disney.

We were let in about an hour early to enjoy our goodies and play some trivia. They went back and forth asking kids and adult questions. Next, they picked six kids out of the crowd. They split them in groups of three. Three growled like the Beast and the other three showed their muscles like Gaston. The crowd picked the best kid from both groups. The two winners got [Mickey Mouse plush].

Then the announcer taught everyone in the crowd different moves to go along with different songs. She also told us to light up our roses ever time the rose was in the movie.

Right before the movie started, Belle, the Beast, Cogsworth, and Lumeire came out on stage.

The whole experience was alot of fun, singing to every song and doing the little dance moves in our seats. I for sure want to go back for the rest of the [events].

The dates for the remaining events are:

  • The Little Mermaid – Wednesday and Thursday,  February 12 and 13
  • Aladdin – Wednesday and Thursday, February 19 and 20
  • The Lion King – Wednesday, February 26

Refurbishments revisited

Another week, another version of the spring refurbishment schedule. I fear I'm going to run out of alliterative titles by the time a schedule is somewhat finalized.

This week's changes bring us an extention of the "it's a small world" refurbishment to install fall-protection measures in the ride. The ride was to have reopened February 12 after the holiday refurbishment, but is now slated to remain closed through April 9. The ride is then scheduled to close for a second time April 20 through May 29. Personally, I hope the extended refurbishment includes cleaning work on the exteior of the ride. While photographing the Tomorrowland set, I noticed how dingy the white building has become.


The reopening of "it's a small world" was originally delayed for filming of the "Tomorrowland" movie, but now the ride is closed for fall-protection equipment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The exterior of "it's a small world" is covered in soot from the Disneyland Railroad. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant is slated for another refurbishment February 18 through March 6, but young Padawans can relax—the Jedi Training Academy show will perform even while the adjacent restaurant is closed. Plaza Inn is closed April 20 through May 15, and as of now there is no alternate character breakfast in Disneyland during this period.

Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Grizzly River Run, King Arthur Carrousel, and Ariel's Undersea Adventure are all new additions to the schedule. There is no announcement of a reoening date for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but the ride is closed at least through March.


No reopening date has been set for Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

As part of the Finding Nemo refurbishment, Disney drained the Submarine Lagoon over the weekend. As was the case when Disney drained Paradise Bay to install the World of Color infrastructure, the 5 million gallons of water from the Submarine Lagoon was relesed to the Orange County Sanitation District, which will treat the water and release it to the local groundwater aquifer.


The submarine lagoon is approximately half drained as of Sunday afternoon. Photo by Tony Phoenix.


Several underwater elements are slowly being revealed by the receeding water. Photo by Tony Phoenix.


The subs are tied up along the dock in the draining lagoon. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

Here's the updated refurbishment schedule as we know it, with the usual "subject to change dramatically without notice" caveat.

Disneyland

  • Fantasmic – dark through February 13.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace – closed February 18 through March 6 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed February 24–28 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad – closed February 24 through March 7 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. Disneyland.com shows it closed at least through March 9. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closed starting March 10 for refurbishment. No reopening date has been announced, but the ride is closed at least through June.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed March 17 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed through April 9 for refurbishment and fall protection upgrade. The ride was to have opened February 12.
  • Plaza Inn – closed April 20 through May 15 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed April 20 through May 29 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed April 28 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed April 28 through May 22 for refurbishment.
  • Club 33 – closed until June for refurbishment and expansion.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed for refurbishment. A reopening date of September 26 is listed on a cast member document, but this date is likely just a placeholder.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed indefinitely.
  • DJ's Dance and Drive show – dark February 613.
  • Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular – dark through February 20.
  • Soarin' Over California – closed February 24–27 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed through February 27 for refurbishment.
  • Wilderness Explorers Ceremony – dark through February 27 due to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail refurbishment.
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train – closed March 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closed March 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • The Little Mermaid – closed March 20 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug – closed April 20 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed April 21 through June 19 for refurbishment.

Earl of Sandwich highlights menu changes

It's been more than a year since the much-anticipated Earl of Sandwich location in the Downtown Disney district opened, but for some reason the California branch has yet to draw the huge crowds that flock to the company's Walt Disney World location. Last week, the Earl's marketing team set out to draw attention to the California location and highlight its spring menu by inviting a group of media and bloggers to visit the Downtown Disney restaurant and sample items from the menu. The group included a number of bloggers from parenting sites who were new to Earl of Sandwich, and those from Disney sites who are more than familiar with the restaurant and its offerings. [Earl of Sandwich is a favorite lunch spot of mine when I'm researching in the parks.]


A display of some of the salads added to the Earl of Sandwich line-up during its most recent menu change. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Earl of Sandwich revised its menu last year to add more salads, soups, and wraps, including a Thai chicken salad and berry chicken almond salad. A friend complained about the disappearance of the "Veggie" sandwich, which left just one vegetarian sandwich on the menu. I asked restaurant manager Domingo Baccay about off-menu options for vegetarians. He said that since all sandwiches, salads, and wraps are made to order, they can all be made without meat.

The revised menu also included more dessert options, adding cupcakes and brownie creme sandwiches to the popular cookies, brownies, and bites. Bakery items are made on-site at the resturant each day, with bakers starting at 3:00 a.m. each morning.


An assortment of classic and new hot sandwiches at the Earl of Sandwich includes the seasonal Philly cheesesteak and the vegetarian caprese. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you're an Earl fan, you already know about the holiday menu and the popular Thanksgiving-dinner-on-a-bun Holiday Sandwich, but I didn't realize that Earl of Sandwich releases a new menu at the start of each quarter. The special items on each menu are offered only for three months, and get replaced by the new quarterly menu after 90 days. The first special menu of 2014, introduced in January, includes:

  • Philly cheesesteak sandwich
  • BBQ chicken sandwich
  • Bacon macaroni and cheese – the hands-down favorite among the children at the event, and available without the bacon for vegetarians
  • Brownie bark

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This and that...

...Filming of Brad Bird's movie Tomorrowland took place last Tuesday and Wednesday at Disneyland, after which actor Hugh Laurie tweeted, "Tomorrowland officially wrapped. Yesterdayland. Now we place in a pre-heated oven at 220 for the next 18 months." The sequences filmed at Disneyland's 'it's a small world" will be used with sequences filmed last November in Vancouver, Canada, where a mock-up of the ride's loading area was constructed in front of a blue screen.


Blue screens cover much of the front of "it's a small world" during filming of Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A false front is added to a section of a front of "it's a small world" for the movie filming. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The front of the wooden facade is added to "it's a small world" for filming. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Canopies are added to the ride for filming. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Tiki Juice Bar reopened at Disneyland last week after a brief refurbishment. The area does not appear to be any larger, but the counters were replaced and a second cash register installed. The service flow has changed a bit, as well. Five cast members work between the counters at peak operation, two helping customers at each counter and one making the Dole Whips and floats. The first cast member at each counter takes and serves your order, while the second one takes your payment. Additional cast members replenish supplies from the nearby Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. The new system seems a bit faster, but a cast member admits that it's hard for five people to work behind the counter at the same time, and says they keep bumping into one another as they figure out the new workflow.


Disneyland's Tiki Juice Bar is open for business after refurbishment. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

...Some Disneyland fans have complained about the condition of Space Mountain, and how the building's white surface is marred with visible dark streaks. As long-time readers may remember, Walt Disney Company received a citation and notification of penalty (PDF) in April 2013 from the State of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), partly in response to a November 2012 accident in which a maintenance worker suffered a serious injury when his unapproved anchorage failed and caused him to slide down the roof of Space Mountain while cleaning.

After receiving the notice and penalty, Disney voluntarily closed Space Mountain for three weeks to assess the citations and safety protocols. A few weeks ago, we noticed construction on the top of Space Mountain, and a cast member tells us this is part of the installation of a new fall prevention system that will let cleaners work on the outside of the building again.


Construction atop Disneyland's Space Mountain is possibly related to a new fall prevention system for use by workers when cleaning and painting the ride's exterior. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

...Reader currance recounts her experience with purchasing a Disney Premier Passport renewal voucher from Disneyland using the Disney Vacation Club discount we reported last week. As we noted, Disneyland ticket booth cast members, leads, and managers have previously insisted that they is no way to purchase a renewal voucher for this pass, so currance was curious to see what would happen when she tried to take advantage of the offer for DVC members:

I was up for a fight today so I went to the ticket booth and asked for a DVC discounted Premiere pass to activate later in the year. The very polite cast member was aware of the DVC discounts, but unsure how to do a Premiere anything that wasn't immediately activated. She kept saying that a single person couldn't be in the system twice. I'm not entirely sure what that meant, but I'm sure it made sense to her. A very helpful lead was called over, and together they figured out a way to print an "Annual Pass Certificate – Premier – Disney Vacation Club." The lead appeared to have training in the DVC discounts, but indicated that she had yet to sell one, and stuck around to make sure that transaction went smoothly. A few notes:

  • Despite the Web site indicating that the passes were good through January 31, 2015, mine printed with an expiration date of December 31, 2014. I asked about that issue but decided against making a big deal about it at the time, as I am not sure what my WDW/DL plans will be and how much I will need that extra month. If that month is important to you, be prepared for extra time if they don't fix the system between now and when you go.
  • The lead made sure that the cashier knew that the DVC members must have their actual membership card with them. Simply knowing the membership number is not enough.
  • I was with a friend who needed to get his Premier pass reprinted as some of the numbers had rubbed off. I took the first available cashier since I thought my transaction would take longer. I'm not sure how long he waited to be helped, but we were both done at around the same time. It seemed very straightfoward.
  • I mentioned to the cashier and the lead that the DVC website indicated the discount was only good through April 30, 2014. Neither of them had been told the end-date of the promotion, which was possibly why the cashier was at first a bit confused why I wanted to buy the pass now, when my current pass doesn't expire until mid-December. I don't know if this is a case of Disney not telling their frontline employees all of the relevant information, or if this is a test to possibly make the discounts more permanent (or both). I would love discounts at this level or higher all the time for DVC members, especially when compared to what WDW has been offering to their DVC members. Although I do like locking in current prices for future passes, I really wouldn't mind just buying my tickets when they expire and not having to store tiny pieces of paper with great monetary value for nearly a year if the discounts were more consistent.

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Question of the Week

Reader desertworshipguy is looking for some "off the beaten path" ideas for an upcoming vacation to the Disneyland Resort.

So at the beginning of April myself and my 14 year old nephew will be going to the DLR. We both have annual passes and go often. However, we will be there for 4 days, 3 nights. This is my Christmas present to him. Just him & I running wild at the DLR! Really looking forward to this trip.

Since we go often, I am looking for suggestions. What are some unique things that we could do that would be different then the "normal" things? Any dining suggestions that are like "wow". Thanks!

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Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3 / 10
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5 / 10
Thursday, February 13, 2014 6 / 10
Friday, February 14, 2014 7 / 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 through February 13.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed through February 13 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace – closed February 18 through March 6 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed February 24–28 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad – closed February 24 through March 7 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed until "early 2014" for a major refurbishment. Disneyland.com shows it closed at least through March 9. The ride was to have reopened October 30, 2013.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closed starting March 10 for refurbishment. No reopening date has been announced, but the ride is closed at least through June.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed March 17 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed through April 9 for refurbishment and fall protection upgrade. The ride was to have opened February 12.
  • Plaza Inn – closed April 20 through May 15 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed April 20 through May 29 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed April 28 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed April 28 through May 22 for refurbishment.
  • Club 33 – closed until June for refurbishment and expansion.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed for refurbishment. A reopening date of September 26 is listed on a cast member document, but this date is likely just a placeholder.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed indefinitely.
  • DJ's Dance and Drive show – dark February 613.
  • Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular – dark through February 20.
  • Soarin' Over California – closed February 24–27 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed through February 27 for refurbishment.
  • Wilderness Explorers Ceremony – dark through February 27 due to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail refurbishment.
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train – closed March 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closed March 3–6 for refurbishment.
  • The Little Mermaid – closed March 20 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug – closed April 20 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed April 21 through June 19 for refurbishment.


Construction walls fill New Orleans Square as work continues on the Club 33 expansion. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

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).

  • Disneyana Fan Club Collectible EXPO 2014 – Sunday, February 16 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Anaheim. General admission hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information and a $1 off coupon are available at the event website.
  • Dapper Day at Disneyland – February 22–23. (Unofficial event) More information on the event website.
  • Mini Gay Day at Disneyland – Sunday, March 29. (Unofficial event) More information on the event website.
  • MouseAdventure Card Games – Deuces Wild – Sunday, April 27 at the Disneyland Resort. Additional details will be available shortly; be sure to register for the MouseAdventure Newsletter to get the latest information as it is released.
  • Bats Day in the Fun Park – May 16–18. (Unofficial event) More information on the event website.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 29–31 (Labor Day weekend). All events are full.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland – October 3–5. (Unofficial event) More information on the event website.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 16–17. Expect unusually large attendance levels October 17–21 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.
  • 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Event details and registration information will be available at a later date.

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

2-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day Ticket ($129) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then a second visit to either park on another day on or before June 6, 2014.

You can use both days of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit one park one day and the other park on the second day, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $129 for ages 3 and up, a $30 jump from the 2012 offer. You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $35, a savings of up to $46 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

2-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper Ticket ($164) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure on two separate days on or before June 6, 2014.

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

3-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day Ticket ($159) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then two more visits to either park on or before June 6, 2014.

You can use each day of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit one park one day and the other park on the next day, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. When purchased in advance, this ticket comes with one Magic Morning entry; tickets sold at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths do not include this benefit.

2-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper Ticket ($194) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure on three separate days on or before June 6, 2014.

When purchased in advance, this ticket comes with one Magic Morning entry; tickets sold at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths do not include this benefit.


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 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

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.

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

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $300/$279

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.

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

Disney Vacation Club members can save on two Disneyland Resort annual passports during a special offer that starts February 6

Disneyland Resort Deluxe Annual Passports: $429, a $70 discount

Disney Premier Passport: $849, a $130 discount, and the first time this pass has ever been offered at a discount

The discounts are valid February 6 through April 30. The Disneyland Deluxe AP will be available for purchase through a new online ticket store that will launch on February 6. As before, the Disney Premier Passport will only be available for purchase in person at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland ticket booths.

There is a note on the offer which reads, "Even if you've already purchased one, you can still take advantage of these limited-time savings. Purchase before April 30, 2014, and you can activate your new Pass or Passport when your old one expires." Shortly after posting the offer, Disney amended the website to add, "anytime between now and Jan. 31, 2015."


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.


– 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 selection may vary by location.

Recently, Disney has begun allowing customers to purchase more than one of the offers in a qualifying transaction, so if you spend $40 or more you can buy all three of the items currently available if you wish. 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 Mickey Mouse Tote for $16.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Character Lock Pin for $2.95 with a purchase of $30 or more.
  • Disneyland Throw for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.


A Mickey Mouse tote bag and Disneyland throw blanket are available with a qualifying purchase at participating Disneyland Resort stores. 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
2/9 2/10 2/11 2/12 2/13 2/14 2/15
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
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: 9a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
2/16 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/20 2/21 2/22
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None
DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
2/23 2/24 2/25 2/26 2/27 2/28 3/1
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-12a
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
3/2 3/3 3/4 3/5 3/6 3/7 3/8
DL: 8a-12a
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

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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