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What to expect when Disneyland quakes | Celebrating Spring at Big Thunder Ranch | New Disneyland Hotel discount for April 20 through June 8, 2014 | Disney Cruise Line offers two San Diego sailings in 2015 | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

What to expect when Disneyland quakes

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake, classified as "moderate" by the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred just after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Centered eight miles north of Disneyland in La Habra, and was felt from Los Angeles to Mission Viejo to Long Beach. The quake was preceded by two smaller tremors, followed by nearly 100 aftershocks as of Sunday evening. The USGS states, "the aftershock sequence may continue for several days to weeks, but will likely decay in frequency and magnitude as time goes by."


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On Friday, almost every ride closed for inspection. MousePlanet reader Wedge was on Big Thunder Mountain when the earthquake happened, and posted,

I was actually on Big Thunder with my son and didn't feel anything. When we got back to the mine town before the station I noticed that we were stopped for a few moments longer than normal. I noticed that they were putting away one of the trains, but didn't think anything about it until they announced over the attractions speakers that the ride was now closed and advised everyone to reverse direction and exit through the entrance queue. We didn't have to evacuate the ride and they unloaded us at the normal station. There were a lot of sad faces however and most people at the station were still there waiting. Only after we got off did I hear anything about an earthquake.

Following the earthquake, some Matterhorn riders complained via social media of being "stranded" on the mountain. While it can take longer to exit rides from roller coasters like Space Mountain and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, it still takes a while to ensure a safe and orderly exit even from "flat" rides like Toy Story Midway Mania or the interior show portion of Radiator Springs Racers. I've personally been walked off both of these attractions in the last year, and it took about 20 minutes each time. Our exit from the Indiana Jones Adventure during the One More Disney Day event took about 30 minutes, and we weren't even across the bridge yet.

Once riders are off the attraction, maintenance crews are sent to physically inspect the ride for damage, a process that can take as long as an hour. If the quake is strong enough, stores and restaurants may also close until they can be inspected, as was the case at the Tokyo Disney Resort following a magnitude 8.9 quake in 2011. Friday's quake was much smaller and did not require such closures at Disneyland.

However, the quake was significant enough to prompt stage managers to cut short the first performance of Fantasmic, and cancel Friday night's fireworks show. Fortunately, the second performance of Fantasmic went on as scheduled, and many of the rides reopened before the park closed for the night. Reader Monstro was also at the park, and was waiting near Sleeping Beauty Castle for the fireworks to begin when the quake happened:

My five kids and my wife and I were sitting on the ground in front of the castle off to the Tomorrowland side a bit waiting for the fireworks. We really felt it! We're from Idaho so it was not something we are really used to. I have felt a few before but nothing this big. I saw trees swaying and the lights for the parades were swaying. A bunch of birds flew up into the air. Sitting right on the ground it felt a bit like being on Star Tours, or parts of Captain EO.

My first thought was that somehow Disney was making the ground shake as some sort of Fantasmic effect. My second thought was that something was happening in an underground tunnel beneath us. Then someone behind us yelled "earthquake" and I started looking around for my kids and what was above us nearby. Some of my kids got a bit freaked out. My 13-year-old daughter was actually in tears once she realized what had happened. On the other hand, my 8-year-old son slept through most of it. He picked his head up afterwards and asked what happened, then went back to sleep. When he finally did wake up he remembered nothing about it.

The cast members nearby checked in with everyone to make sure we were OK. Then they started taking down ropes nearby so we wouldn't be "boxed in if another one happens". Then they made the announcement canceling the fireworks. All rides were closed so huge amounts of people began to leave. We headed over to Fantasmic and got a good seat for the later show. There was quite the cheer when the announcement came on saying that "In just 15 minutes" Fantasmic would begin.

Photos posted on social media sites showed Main Street, U.S.A. was packed with people leaving the park after the fireworks were canceled, and the resulting gridlock in the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Some people incorrectly stated that Disneyland was being evacuated, which was not the case. It is accurate, however, that Disneyland did temporarily stop allowing admission into the theme park until some inspections were performed, which is also a standard procedure in some instances.

Both Wedge and Monstro wisely decided to remain in the park while the crowds thinned, and were able to watch the second performance of Fantasmic. Reader DisneyFunFamily4 applauded the park's decision, saying, "I was saying there is no way I'd want to leave with the hordes of people and be stuck in the lines in the parking structure waiting for an after shock. I'd just wait it out and stroll around and people watch."

Still, Southern California residents are always cautioned that a major earthquake can happen at any time. Following an earthquake near the Disneyland Resort and depending on the magnitude of the quake, ride operators may close some or all attractions for inspection based on specific procedures established for each ride. After minor quakes, some rides need not close at all. For some rides and situations, operators may stop loading new passengers, but will keep the attraction running until all riders have exited. Other rides may automatically stop during an earthquake. Cast members may be able to restart the ride to cycle riders off, or may need to walk riders out of the attraction if the ride can't be restarted before inspection.

The number and nature of ride closures will vary depending on the specific situation, but should be expected after earthquakes. They are standard procedure, and not an indication of damage. Following a 7.2 quake in Baja California on Easter Day 2010, almost every attraction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure closed. The same happened Friday night, when

While moderate quakes are a nuisance that can cause delay and disappointment during your Disneyland trip, readers should know what to expect, stay calm, and most importantly, be wary of any claims of "trapped" riders and "mass evacuations," evaluating them critically.

If you are concerned about what might happen if "the big one" hits the Disneyland area, it may be worth reading through the reports from visitors at Tokyo Disneyland during the 8.9 Tōhoku quake that hit on March 11, 2011. Thousands of park visitors had to spend the night in the theme parks after the quake hit because train service to the Resort was canceled. Most of the reports were very complimentary of the way Disney handled the situation, including distributing rain jackets, plastic bags, hand warmers, and food to park guests, though everyone had to stay outside because the buildings had not yet been inspected and deemed safe to occupy.

Celebrating Spring at Big Thunder Ranch

Disneyland's Springtime Roundup began last Friday, bringing crafts, entertainment and the Easter Bunny to Big Thunder Ranch. Springtime Roundup basically adds a seasonal overlay to the existing Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Character Roundup, with the Easter Bunny and other Disney rabbits appearing in the meet-and-greet stations. During the first weekend, characters included the White Rabbit, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, B'rer Rabbit and Roger Rabbit, along with Mickey, Minnie and Pluto in their Easter best.


A sign and bright flowers welcome visitors to Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Easter Bunny makes an appearance at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Rabbit shows off his karate skills at the meet-and-greet in Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Pluto shows off his Easter bunny ears at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The characters rotate about every 30 minutes, and you can spend a pleasant afternoon watching them interact with other guests and characters. Even during this very busy weekend, there were rarely more than one or two people waiting to meet each character, affording an usual opportunity to spend some time with each one. Rabbit showed off his karate moves, and Pluto danced and hammed it up for our camera.

Some of Disney's popular pumpkin artists are back for the Springtime Roundup, this time using an array of foam and wooden eggs to create a display of Disney characters. Some of the finished pieces are on display in a hutch behind the artist, so be sure to look closely.


Amazing egg decorators are a feature at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


An artist begins work on a Maleficent egg at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A Darth Maul egg on display at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


An egg decorated with Remy from Ratatouille is on display at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A foam egg carved like EVE from Wall*E is on display at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A Snow White egg on display at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A partially-decorated egg dries while the artist takes a break at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A Boba Fett egg on display at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Live entertainment comes in the form of a pianist who performs several times a day, augmented by school groups participating in Disney's Performing Arts showcase. A craft area has all the supplies needed to make paper Easter bunny headbands.


Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland is decorated for the Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A school orchestra performs at Disneyland's Springtime Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A decorated surrey provides a colorful photo backdrop outside the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Springtime Roundup runs daily March 28 through Easter Sunday, April 20.

New Disneyland Hotel discount for April 20 through June 8, 2014

Mary Kraemer from MousePlanet sponsor MouseEar Vacations alerted us to a new Disneyland Resort hotel discount released last week. Full details are on the Disneyland Resort website, but here is a summary:

Save up to 20% on select room types at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from April 20 to June 8, 2014. View participating hotels and savings below:

  • Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel: Save 20% on most room types, including Paradise Suites (excludes other suites at this hotel)
  • Disneyland Hotel: Save 20% on Premium rooms including Regal suites and 15% on Standard rooms (excludes all other suites at this hotel)
  • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: Save 20% on Premium rooms including Artisan Suites and 15% on Standard rooms (excludes all other suites at this hotel)

Book March 25, 2014 through May 8, 2014.

Offer Details – Save up to 20% on select room types, valid most Sunday through Thursday nights at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.

Booking Dates – March 25 through May 8, 2014

Arrival Dates – April 20 through June 8, 2014

Travel must be completed by June 9, 2014.

Additional Information

  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday stays between April 20, 2014 and June 8, 2014.
  • Book March 25 through May 8, 2014.
  • Travel must be completed by June 9, 2014.
  • 20% savings available at Disneyland Hotel on Premium, Deluxe, Concierge rooms and Regal Suites, excludes all other suites.
  • 20% savings available at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on Premium, Deluxe, Woods/Garden/Courtyard, Concierge rooms, and Artisan Suites, excludes all other suites.
  • 20% savings available at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel rooms, including Paradise Suites, excludes all other suites.
  • 15% savings available on Standard rooms at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
  • Not valid on previously booked rooms.
  • Excludes applicable taxes and fees.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room.
  • Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
  • Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

Disney Cruise Line offers two San Diego sailings in 2015

When Disney Cruise Line released more of its 2015 itineraries last week, the focus of the announcement were the new sailings to the Norwegian fjords, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. Not even mentioned in the announcement and buried deep in the schedule available to travel agents were two "cruise to nowhere" sailings from San Diego. These unusual sailings are scheduled to fill the gap between the arrival of the Disney Wonder from Port Canaveral (via the Panama Canal) and the repositioning cruise to Alaska. The ship makes no port stops during the short sailing, spending the entire voyage at sea.

These cruises have proven incredibly popular since introduced in 2011, and sell out very quickly. Over 70 MousePlanet staff and readers sailed on the first Cruise to Nowhere in 2011, and quite a few are sailing when the itinerary is offered again this May. For 2015, Disney has stretched the "gap" to five days, making room to offer both a two- and three-day option.

Bookings opened last week, and the sailings are reportedly strong, despite a steep price increase from the 2014 sailings. A Category 11 stateroom (an inside room with no window) starts at $965 for two passengers on the two-night sailing, or $1,154 on the three-night cruise. A stateroom with a window runs over $1,000 for two people, and a stateroom with a verandah ranges from $1,350 to over $2,000, depending on the category and sailing.

Still, these cruises provide an attractive option for local Disney fans who want the Disney Cruise Line experience without the cross-country flight to Florida, and the higher price of the California cruises is offset by the airfare savings.

Disney has still only released its itinerary through August 2015, leaving open the question of where the Wonder is sailing after it returns from Alaska. Will the ship again offer California coastal cruises from the port of Los Angeles, or return to Florida to resume its schedule of sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean? Hopefully Disney will provide the answer to these questions soon by releasing the rest of the 2015 itinerary.

In our experience, pricing on these cruises only increases as time goes on, so it may be worth making a deposit now if you think you are interested, giving yourself some time to make a final decision.

To book, call your travel agent or visit the Disney Cruise Line website.

This and that...

...Disneyland's fresh, handmade fudge Easter eggs are again available at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. The eggs are made each Saturday, and come in four flavors: black walnut, vanilla nut and chocolate with or without nuts. Each 8 ounce egg covered in covered with milk chocolate, topped with a candy bunny and packaged in a colorful window box. The eggs are $9.95 each. Since the eggs have yet to develop the same cult following as the candy canes, you can usually find them days after they are made.

...Reader TTFN92 asked for a photo of the plush Mickey and Minnie available for 2014. These toys are available at several Disneyland Resort locations.


Mickey and Minnie are dressed to celebrate the Class of 2014. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Disneyland Resort cast members have been asked to park at Angel Stadium next Sunday, April 6 due to projected high attendance. If you're visiting the park that day, plan accordingly. Though the peak Spring Break week does not begin until April 13, the theme parks have been very busy the last several weekends, and it looks only to get more crowded as Easter approaches.

..The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail refurbishment is extended again, now until April 20. The area was to have reopened February 27.

...As expected, registration for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend events set new records when it opened to the public last week, with all running events reaching capacity in just two hours. Lani Teshima discusses what this could mean for future runDisney events in her MousePlanet column. If you missed out on registration through Disney, you can still register through a runDisney charity partner or travel provider. A full list is on the runDisney website. One of the charitable organizations is Team Muscle Makers, a charity founded by two MousePlanet readers. An official runDisney charity partner, the team has just a few spots left for both the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, and was just allocated a few more spots for the sold-out Disneyland Half Marathon over Labor Day weekend. Visit their website for more details, or e-mail the team to sign up for an event.

...Disneyland posted this weekend about new desserts at River Belle Terrace. We haven't yet tried these new treats, but you can be sure we'll sample them as soon as possible.

Save room for dessert at River Belle Terrace! Try a Red Velvet, Cafe Au Lait, Minty Grasshopper, or Key Lime Pie! pic.twitter.com/1hboC7OoNb

— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) March 30, 2014

...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.

...Today is the last day to enter to win a trip to Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort in the Disney Side of Summer Sweepstakes. Enter via Twitter. 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 shamoney has a question about making the most of Early Entry:

DH and I are taking our 5 kids in 42 days. This will be the kids' 3rd trip but it's the first time we're taking them for 3 days (3 day hoppers) and will be visiting the parks Mon - Wed. Since I've never dealt with the early entry before, I'm a bit lost when it comes to planning how to approach the parks this visit. I was thinking of starting off in DCA most like likely in Cars land on Monday then hopping after lunch to DL. Then starting off in DL Fantasy land Tuesday for early entry. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Do you have a great Early Entry strategy? Come share your experience on our MousePad forum.

Do you have questions about an upcoming Disneyland visit, or need help choosing a hotel, restaurant or activity? Post your questions on our Disneyland Resort Trip Planning forum to get advice from our readers and Community Leaders. Your question may even be featured here in an upcoming Update.

Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7 / 10
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6 / 10
Thursday, April 3, 2014 7 / 10
Friday, April 4, 2014 7 / 10

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  • Friday is the best day to visit Disneyland
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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.
  • 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.


The temporary rails and tarps added to Alice in Wonderland have been removed as part of the ride's refurbishment, and will be replaced with new safety railings. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed indefinitely.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – refurbishment extended through April 20.
  • Wilderness Explorers Ceremony – dark through April 20 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).

  • 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.
  • President Obama commencement address at Anaheim Stadium – June 14. While not a Disney event. visitors planning to visit Disneyland that day should leave extra travel time to get through Orange County due to expected heavy traffic as a result of this presidential appearance.
  • Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Party – 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will both open for 24 hours.
  • 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. Registration for all events are full. 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
3/30 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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