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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens today | Spring and summer refurbishment update | Springtime Roundup Coming to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree | Disneyland Hotel cancels popular Mother's Day Brunch | runDisney changes rules; Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon early registration starts this week | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens today

After a 14-month refurbishment, Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopens to the public today, just in time for spring break. If you can't make it to Disneyland soon and want to experience the new attraction virtually, watch the following video, taken with a GoPro Hero3 last week. The new effects in the final scene were not completely functional for this video, but will hopefully tide you can experience the attraction in person.


This point-of-view video is of Disneyland's recently refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, recorded with a GoPro Hero3 digital video camera during the first day of Annual Passholder previews on March 13, 2014. Video by MousePlanet.

Spring and summer refurbishment update


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The reopening of Big Thunder Mountain has allowed Disney to finalize some other attraction refurbishments. This new schedule was released internally last week, with several new additions to the schedule available on Disneyland.com. As always, refurbishments are subject to change without notice, but we think this is a pretty good look at the spring/summer schedules.


The Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed again May 27 through August 14. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland

  • "it's a small world" closed through April 9 for refurbishment and fall protection upgrade. The ride was to have opened February 12.
  • Alice in Wonderland March 10 through July 3 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure closed March 17 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • Cafe Orleans closed March 17–23 for refurbishment.
  • Plaza Inn closed April 21 through May 15 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" closed April 21 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.
  • Westward Ho closed April 28 through May 15 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain closed May 12 through June 26 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds closed May 27 through August 14 for refurbishment.
  • Club 33 closed until June 30 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.



Alice in Wonderland is closed through July 3 for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


New fall protection measures are replacing temporary railings, which were installed in 2010. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar closed indefinitely.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail refurbishment extended through March 18.
  • Wilderness Explorers Ceremony dark through March 18 due to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail refurbishment.
  • The Little Mermaid closed March 20 through May 9 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug closed March 31 through April 18 for refurbishment.
  • Grizzly River Run closed April 21 through June 19 for refurbishment.

Springtime Roundup Coming to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland is planning another seasonal event at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree starting March 28. The Springtime Roundup features a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, plus what Disney bills as "a 'carrot patch' of other famous Disney rabbits."

The Big Thunder Ranch area will also have a craft area, a display of Easter egg art, periodic live entertainment, and snack offerings. The Springtime Roundup runs daily March 28 through Easter Sunday, April 20.

Disneyland Hotel cancels popular Mother's Day Brunch

Reservations for Mother's Day dining opened last week via the Disneyland website and the Disney Dine Line, but one traditional offering is not returning for 2014. With no warning or explanation, Disney has ended the popular Royal Mother's Day Brunch at the Disneyland Hotel. Mother's Day brunch buffets are again being offered at both the Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels, but neither are anywhere as elaborate as the fancy brunch previously hosted in the Grand Ballroom.

Mother's Day Brunch at Storyteller’s Cafe (Grand Californian Hotel) and PCH Grill (Paradise Pier Hotel) is $33.99 plus tax for adults, and $16.99 for children ages 3 to 11. There is no charge for children under 3.

Reservations are also available for:

  • The character breakfast at the Plaza Inn
  • The Carnation Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • The Blue Bayou for lunch or dinner

All three locations are featuring special items for Mother's Day.

You can make reservations via Disneyland.com/dine, or by calling 714-781-3463

The holiday cupcake tradition continues with Mother’s Day cupcakes available at selected locations:

  • Disneyland – Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
  • Disney California Adventure – Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe; Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • Disneyland Hotel – The Coffee House
  • Paradise Pier Hotel – Surfside Lounge

Many believe the change was due to the decision to move the Tinker Bell half marathon to Mother's Day weekend starting in 2015, and the conflict between hosting the brunch and a race expo at the Disneyland Hotel at the same time.

runDisney changes rules; Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon early registration starts this week

runDisney quietly changed a rule regarding race packet pickup for the upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon weekend events, and runners who relied on the old policy are not happy about the new requirement. Sometime last week, a new statement appeared on the runDisney website:

YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR OWN PARTICIPANT PACKET (WHICH INCLUDES YOUR EVENT-ISSUED BIB NUMBER AND TIMING DEVICE) DURING REGULARLY SCHEDULED HOURS.
Individuals will no longer be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.

Disney is not offering race-day bib pickups. What this means is that now, participants must attend a race expo in person on a different (earlier) day to get their racing bib and event shirt. In the past, those who could not attend a race expo in person were allowed to have another person collect their race bib. This itself was not a simple process—runners had to give a copy of their photo ID and a signed race waiver to their designated representative, who themselves had to show photo ID and sign for the race materials. But for many participants, this was the only way they could participate in a runDisney race. For example:

  • Local friends picking up bibs for out-of-town runners whose travel plans prevented them from getting to Anaheim before the expo closed.
  • One member of a family collecting bibs for everyone, avoiding the need for every family member to change their schedules to attend in person.
  • One spouse or partner picking up a bib for the other, saving their partner the trip.
  • Captains of charity teams picking up bibs for their members.

For many participants, the ability to have a friend pick up their bib was the only way they could commit to the race. However this change—made after registration took place—has put a number of runners in a bind. For example, some friends and MousePlanet readers tried were encouraging our own Stephanie Wien to register for November's Wine and Dine Half Marathon in Walt Disney World. If Stephanie signed up, she would have flown out on Friday evening, in plenty of time to get to Orlando for the race itself—but too late to attend the expo. For this reason, several people offered to collect her bib for her. The race sold out before she had a chance to register, but had she registered, she would have immediately booked her flight, and been directly impacted by a rule that didn't even exist at the time she registered. We can only wonder how many registered participants for the Disneyland Half Marathon and Wine & DIne weekends are negatively affected.

If this policy change impacts you for the upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon weekend and you absolutely cannot attend the race expo in person, call runDisney directly to explain your situation, and ask for an exception for this race. You can reach runDisney by phone at (407)-939-iRun (407-939-4786), or via email through its Contact Us page.

runDisney has not directly addressed the reason behind the policy change, and a spokesman did not respond to our email. Runners have noted that other races, including the recent L.A. Marathon, have implemented similar policies, and suggest that the new rules are part of heightened security measures implemented in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

One thing is certain—the new policy will dramatically increase attendance at the runDisney Expo, creating new traffic, parking, and congestion problems for an event that already sees crowding and long lines. Parents who were planning to attend the expo during school hours to collect the Family Fun Run 5K bibs for their children will now have to wait until the children are out of school, which means a dramatic spike in expo attendance Thursday night. Expect to see the biggest impact Thursday and Friday night, and all day Saturday.

Members of our Team MousePlanet discussion forum are sharing their views on the new policy—come join the discussion and tell us how this may change your plans to participate in a future Disney race.

This new policy also applies to the upcoming Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled for November 14–16, 2014. Early registration for this event opens this Wednesday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time for annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. If you are interested in participating in the half marathon and eligible for early registration, we strongly suggest you take advantage of the opportunity; this race is expected to sell out just as quickly as recent runDisney events. Entry fees are:

  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon
    • $195 by April 29
    • $210 between April 30 and June 24
    • $225 on or after June 25
  • Avengers Super Heroes 5K
    • $70 by August 20
    • $80 on or after August 21
  • runDisney Kids Races
    • $20 by August 20
    • $25 on or after August 21
  • Pasta In The Park Party
    • Adult with ticket $135
    • Adult without ticket $89
    • Youth with ticket $115
    • Youth without ticket $69
    • Under 3 $0
  • ChEAR Squad
    • Bronze $0
    • Silver $39
    • Gold $59
    • Platinum $99
    • Under 3 $0

DVC members should check the membership website for a discount code before registering.

This and that...

...Walt Disney Imagineering conducted early morning filming over Disneyland and Disney California Adventure last Wednesday morning. No specific reason was given for this helicopter flyover, but it's an open secret that this is for the eventual update of the Soarin' Over California attraction.

...There are still a few spaces left for our Spring 2014 MouseAdventure event, "MouseAdventure Card Games: Deuces Wild!" You can learn more about the event and register your team at MouseAdventure.com. Be sure to sign up for our MouseAdventure Newsletter, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the most recent updates.

...You can still enter to win a trip to both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort in the Disney Side of Summer Sweepstakes. Enter via Twitter once per day now through March 31. Full details and complete rules are on the Disney Parks blog.

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

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Question of the Week

Reader kingqueen 3princesses is debating between three local hotels and wants opinions from those who have stayed there.

I'm looking at the Ramada Maingate or Carousel for a 6 night stay beginning of June. They are within $50 of each other for the 6 nights. Opinions on which is best?

Also, for about $250 more (for the 6 nights), I could do Desert Inn Parlor Suite A or Del Sol Kids Suite. Worth the extra money?

Do you have any opinions about these hotels? Come join the discussion on our MousePad forum.

Crowd Forecast

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Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9 / 10
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8 / 10
Thursday, March 20, 2014 7 / 10
Friday, March 21, 2014 9 / 10

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  • Thursday 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 > option 4.

Disneyland

  • "it's a small world" – closed through April 9 for refurbishment and fall protection upgrade. The ride was to have opened February 12.
  • Alice in Wonderland – March 10 through July 3 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed March 17 through May 8 for refurbishment.
  • Cafe Orleans – closed March 17–23 for refurbishment.
  • Plaza Inn – closed April 21 through May 15 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed April 21 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.
  • Westward Ho – closed April 28 through May 15 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed May 12 through June 26 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed May 27 through August 14 for refurbishment.
  • Club 33 – closed until June 30 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.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – refurbishment extended through March 18.
  • Wilderness Explorers Ceremony – dark through March 18 due to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail refurbishment.
  • The Little Mermaid – closed March 20 through May 9 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug – closed March 31 through April 18 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. Registration opens Tuesday, March 11. 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.
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree – Friday, September 12. More information at the event website.
  • 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.
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 14–16, 2014. Annual passholder early registration opens March 19, 2014; registeration opens for the general public March 25. More information at the runDisney website.

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 or longer tickets 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, and now runs on a point-based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 reward. We recommend that you pre purchase your membership before your visit so you can take advantage of the priorty seating benefit. =


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
3/16 3/17 3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26 3/27 3/28 3/29
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


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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