Quantcast
MousePlanet.com


Update for February 24 – March 2, 2014

Go directly to: News & Views | Join our Networks | Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures | Resort Events | Discounts and Promotions | Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

News and Views

Cast member testing of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad scheduled | More chances to Sing Along | 2014 Grad Nite dates and details | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Cast member testing of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad scheduled

Disneyland Resort cast members have been notified of a chance to participate in "Test and Adjust" previews of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad starting March 7. The testing is scheduled to run March 7 through 11, and cast members must sign up in advance at their Team Centers to get tickets.


advertisement


Disney cast members can preview the refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad starting March 7. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We have not heard of plans or dates for the general public, but it's interesting to see Disney handling the return of Big Thunder Mountain almost as if it were a new ride instead of one that is simply reopening after a lengthy (and repeatedly extended) refurbishment. The invitation posted for cast members touts an "upgraded track, updates to the ride vehicles, and restoration of the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town." With this kind of marketing angle, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect additional "previews" for passholders and various affinity groups (e.g. Disney Vacation Club members, D23 fan club members, Disney Visa card holders) before the public reopening.

More chances for Sing Along

Due to the continued popularity of the "Sing Along Under the Stars" events for annual passholders, Disneyland has added three more showings for this final week of the promotion.

A second showing of The Lion King was added following the already scheduled 5:00 p.m. screening on Wednesday, and repeat 5:30 p.m. showings of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid were added for tonight (Monday, February 24) and tomorrow for those who may have missed the earlier events.

Once again, wristbands are distributed from 2:00 p.m. outside the Westward Ho! store in Frontierland and are available while supplies last. Plan accordingly; over 200 people were already waiting in line when wristband distribution opened last Wednesday. If you cannot be at Disneyland when distribution begins at 2:00 p.m., keep an eye on the @DisneylandAP Twitter account for capacity updates to save yourself a trip if the wristbands run out before you can get there. The four remaining events are:

  1. (Newly added) Beauty and the Beast – 6:30 p.m., Monday (today), February 24. Venue opens at 5:30 p.m.
  2. (Newly added) The Little Mermaid – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 25. Venue opens at 5:30 p.m.
  3. First showing of The Lion King – 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 26. Venue opens at 5:00 p.m.
  4. (Newly added) Second showing of The Lion King – 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 26. Venue opens at 7:45 p.m.

2014 Grad Nite dates and details

Editor's Note: We original published in this Disneyland Park Update Monday morning that the Disneyland Resort would host just seven Grad Nite events for high school seniors, compared to 15 nights in 2013. Several readers wrote to say that their high school is attending Grad Nite on a date we had not listed. We have since learned that Disneyland's Grad Nite website currently displays only those nights that have not yet sold out, and that there are in fact more Grad Nite events this year than in 2013.

The 2014 dates, confirmed by Disneyland's Grad Nite team, are: May 16, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 30, 31; June 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19. We very much regret this error.

For 2014, the event includes park-hopper access to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disney California Adventure from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. after that park closes to "day guests."

Schools can choose to arrive whenever they wish during their Grad Nite event. Some arrive right at park opening to maximize their time, while others arrive later due to travel time or other activities. Based on reports from last year, the parks grow increasingly crowded as the day goes on and more students arrive. Grad Nites are often a good excuse to leave the theme parks early to take in a movie and a nice dinner in Downtown Disney.


Disneyland has created a series of t-shirts for visitors celebrating their spring break. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Beware: Formal Grad Nites are not the only times that the Disneyland Resort is crowded with student groups. The last weeks of school are popular times for class trips, something that Disney actively encourages through special pricing and activities for school groups. Those visits won't appear on any calendar, but are a fact of Disney life during this season.

With so many schools on year-round calendars now, you should consider the period between March and mid-June as one big, hazy spring-break-into-graduation season. So while the Grad Nite calendar can give you an idea of when the most high school seniors will be on property, there is no way to know when a school district from central California is sending its 9th graders for their own promotion celebration.

This and that...

...runDisney presented runners with a mystery Sunday afternoon at the after party for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon. A chalk artist created an image of a runner breaking through a brick wall, with the caption:

Something is coming Feb. 25th
Check out runDisney
on Facebook
for more info

#smashthehalf

As previously reported, runDisney moved the Tinker Bell half marathon from January to Mother's Day weekend starting in 2015, a move that many believe was designed to put more time between the womens-focused events in Disneyland and Walt Disney World (they will now be months apart, instead of mere weeks), and create room for a new event at Disneyland. There have also been rumors of a new Marvel- or Avengers-themed runDisney event in the works. Licensing issues regarding the Marvel characters would preclude any event based on them from taking place in Disney's Florida theme parks, so any Avengers event would have to take place at Disneyland. It looks like all will be revealed tomorrow, so keep watching for updates.

...Workers have removed the tarps from atop Space Mountain, revealing the new fall-protection system discussed in a past Update. The metal structure rings the top of the mountain, and provides rigging points for safety harnesses used by workers when cleaning and painting the building's exterior.


The new structure atop Space Mountain is a fall-protection system for use by workers when cleaning and painting the exterior of the building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...A few weeks ago, the Starbucks locations in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure replaced the classic Starbucks bakery menu with La Boulange items that most Starbucks coffee shops launched last year. [Starbucks purchased the San Francisco-based bakery in mid-2012 to expand its lineup of food offerings.] This change does not affect the Disney-produced items sold in the locations. Cast members say that the new Downtown Disney location, scheduled to open by early April, will also carry the menu from La Boulange.


Workers install signs outside the new Starbucks in Downtown Disney. The location is expected to open by early April. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...For those readers who have asked about the mysterious disappearance of the Disney Blend coffee, a new Disney Diner Blend appeared on store shelves a few weeks ago. There seems to be no difference in beans (still 100 percent Arabica), but cast members were unable to tell us if the Diner Blend is a different roast than the Disney Blend. One thing we can tell you for sure—the new coffee is several dollars more expensive per 12-ounce can.


Disney's Diner Blend coffee (blue cans, left) has a different name, logo and price than the original Disney Blend, but we don't know if it tastes any different. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Noah, Kristin Terck & Gregg Visintainer will appear at the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney next Saturday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet collectors and debut their new Disney-inspired artwork. I have to admit to being completely obsessed with finding all of the hidden designs in the Gregg Visintainer piece shown on the event website.

...A new Duncan Yo-Yo cart is one of the changes spotted in Downtown Disney last week. It looks like the Baking Betty's cart has closed, and a new cake shop may be taking over that location.


A Duncan Yo-Yo cart is open in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

.

...AT&T, which became the official wireless sponsor for the U.S. Disney theme parks last summer, sent out a press release last week to announce its installation of a new system of outdoor and indoor distributed antenna systems, repeaters, and small cells around the Disneyland Resort to boost AT&T coverage. Most of the new installations are said to be located in offices and cast member areas, but park visitors who use AT&T should notice a difference as well.


A new collection of 2014-dated St. Patrick's Day merchandise is available at the Disneyland Resort. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

…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 disneyluvnmama wants to know about if readers can recommend a good running route for her upcoming visit to Disneyland.

My [daughter] and I are visiting Disneyland March 1-5, 2014, we are staying at [Best Western Park Place Inn] and we were wondering if there is a good safe place to go running in the early mornings?

Where do you run when you visit the Disneyland Resort? Come join the discussion on our MousePad forum.

Join the MousePlanet Newsletter
E-mail:

Crowd Forecast

Advertisement

"Do more. Wait less."

February at Disneyland ends with mid level crowds during the week and a busy weekend. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the crowds with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines App with access to current and estimated wait times, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now is a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

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, February 25, 2014 4 / 10
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3 / 10
Thursday, February 27, 2014 4 / 10
Friday, February 28, 2014 8 / 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 9 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.

See Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
Get Disneyland wait times on your iPhone, Android, or Smartphone.
Do more. Wait less.


Join our networks

Facebook
MousePlanet MouseAdventure
The MouseStation Podcast THIS IS AN EMPTY BOX! Please do not pay attention to any printing you may see in this box. We only wrote this to let you know that this is an empty box. With nothing in it. Except this message.

Twitter


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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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).

  • 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 and brought to you by MousePlanet. Additional details will be available shortly; be sure to register for the MouseAdventure Newsletter to get the latest information as it is released.
  • Grad Nite events – This party for high school seniors graduating in 2014 will be held on these dates: May 16, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 30, 31; June 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19. The 2014 event includes admission to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disney California Adventure park from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • 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.

3-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

 

Contact a MousePlanet sponsor travel agency for assistance in booking your next trip

Get Away Today

(800) 523-6116 www.getawaytoday.com

Mouse Ears Vacations

www.mouseearvacations.com

Small World Vacations

www.smallworldvacations.com

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
2/23 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.



Comments

Discuss this article on MousePad. (Direct link to the article's thread)


(Send an email to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix)

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix (@MousePlanetAVP) is an original MousePlanet staffer and manages to find time for all of this while running two retail stores, MouseShoppe and CharmingShoppe.