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D23 Expo 2015 dates announced | It's Tough to be Maleficent | Flo's V8 Cafe ends breakfast service | Electric vehicle charging station available at Disneyland Resort | Super Heroes Half Marathon early registration sells out super fast; open registration begins tomorrow | Disney parks to celebrate "it's a small world" with global singalong | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

D23 Expo 2015 dates announced

In a statement at last week's annual shareholder's meeting, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger announced the return of the 2015 D23 Expo to Anaheim. The "Ultimate Disney Fan Event" is scheduled for August 14–16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the same venue that hosted the expos in 2009, 2011, and 2013.


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As with past events, Disney has released very few details about the expo, but has confirmed the inclusion of both the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit. Returning in 2015 is Show Pass, a Fastpass-style system, for special performances.

Tickets for the 2015 D23 Expo go on sale Thursday, August 14, at D23Expo.com. Pricing has yet to be announced, but will again include a limited number of high-end Sorcerer's Package tickets, which provide special access throughout the event.

It's Tough to be Maleficent

When the Bug's Land Theater reopens on Monday, April 18, after a nearly three-week refurbishment, don't expect to see Flik, Hopper or the rest of the It's Tough to be a Bug gang return immediately. Disney Pictures is taking over the theater for a few weeks to help promote the upcoming release of Maleficent, billed as "the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty."

Such movie previews are usually hosted in the Muppet*Vision 3D theater, but the recent release of the new Muppets: Most Wanted film may have prompted the studio to turn to the "the naturalistic underground setting" of the Bug's Land Theater for this extended sneak peek. Disney hasn't indicated how long It's Tough to be a Bug will be on hiatus.


The third official trailer for "Maleficent," a feature film starring Angelina Jolie and scheduled to open for worldwide release Friday, May 30, 2014. Video © Disney Pictures.

Flo's V8 Cafe ends breakfast service

Visitors to Cars Land will need to find a new place to fuel up in the mornings, as Flo's V8 Cafe is no longer open for breakfast. After we broke the news last week, MousePlanet readers expressed surprise by the change, asking why the seemingly popular meal service ended. A cast member at the location said that fans of the brioche French toast and chicken tamale breakfast platter will have one more opportunity to start (or end) their day at Flo's, as the location will have a breakfast service during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event, though they weren't sure if the restaurant would serve breakfast on May 23, May 24, or both.

Breakfast is still available at these Disney California Adventure locations; click each link to see the full menu.

Electric vehicle charging station available at Disneyland Resort

[The following, by MousePlanet reader currence, is a very thorough report that details her experience with the electric vehicle charging station now available at the Mickey and Friends parking structure. This was originally posted to our MousePad discussion forum; we are reprinting this with currence's permission.]


The ground floor of the Mickey and Friends parking structure at Disneyland has an electric vehicle charging station consisting of a row of 20 Chargepoint chargers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

At the end of January, Disney posted that it had added 20 public use [chargers] at the Mickey & Friends parking structure. Always eager to try new things, I finally convinced my husband to take our Chevrolet Volt and try out the station. For those considering it in the future, a few thoughts:

  • Disney is using Chargepoint chargers. It is helpful to have a physical card in advance. I had to call Chargepoint about a different issue and the person I spoke with indicated while it is possible to activate a charger from their cellphone app, it is harder when there are multiple chargers nearby. Disneyland has numbered the chargers 1–20 but the main Chargepoint website labels them alphabetically based on geography (so what is labeled "A" changes when you scroll around). I didn't see what they are like on the cellphone version, but if they generally know having multiple Chargepoints nearby can cause issues, I would recommend using the physical cards.

  • At the ticket booth after swiping our [annual passes] and getting our receipt, we told the attendant that we wanted electric vehicle charging, and got a yellow strip of paper for our car. My husband doesn't read Internet blogs, and later told me it hadn't occurred to him to ask, or he might have asked earlier. As we did ask before driving off, it was no big deal.

  • Only after we were directed to the Chip & Dale area did we see signage for the electric vehicle parking. I don't know when or where I expected to see signs, but I was a bit surprised that there weren't more, since most people who are not handicapped do not go into that area.

  • Unlike many of the charging stations I've seen that charge fairly high rates per hour (or fraction thereof), Disney is charging $0.35/Kwh (min. $1.50). This is more than most electric vehicle owners would pay to charge at home, but still a bit less than the current price of gas. We paid about $3.50 for 35–40 miles worth of range. Once our battery was full, there were no additional charges.

    The potential downside to this type of charging is that there is no incentive to move your car once your charge is complete. Disney posted on their blog that these spaces are first-come/first-served. Chargepoint's website does provide the ability to see if any of the chargers are available so if you didn't get a space in the morning it might be possible to move your car later in the day (but as those who know [the Micke & Friends] structure are aware, moving ones car typically involves leaving the structure and re-entering). Until more electric vehicle owners realize there is now paid charging, this may not be an issue.

  • We left Disney around 2:30 on a Sunday, right when they were switching the bridge to facilitate cars exiting, so [it was] likely about as crowded as it would be for the day. At that time, about 3/4 of the parking spots were full. Of those, there was a Tesla that was not plugged in and a non-electric vehicle. I understand that the Tesla may have had issues charging or been directed to the electric vehicle area by an overzealous cast member without being asked if they wanted to charge. I don't understand why in a parking structure as big as Mickey and Friends a non-electric car felt entitled to park in an electric vehicle parking spot.

Having now done this, I'm not sure that we will routinely be taking our Volt to Disneyland, but it is certainly a more enticing option than it was before the installation of the Chargepoint chargers.


Disneyland offers 20 Chargepoint chargers, like this one, where visitors can recharge their electric vehicles. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Super Heroes Half Marathon early registration sells out super fast; open registration begins tomorrow

Early registration for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend events opened last Wednesday for annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members, and the available spots for the 5K sold out in under an hour. The Diaper Dash and two more runDisney Kids Races sold out later that afternoon, and by Thursday afternoon the half-marathon was also full.

runDisney hasn't indicated what percentage of the total race capacity was offered during this early registration process, but the quick sellout should give fair warning to anyone planning to sign up for the races when registration reopens for the general public at 9:00 a.m. Pacific (noon EST) tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25.

It's unusual for a runDisney 5K race to sell out before a weekend's main race; we suspect the race's theme is attracting a high number of non-endurance athletes to sign up with friends for fun. If you and your friends are planning on donning your capes for the 5K and have yet to register, we strongly suggest everyone in your group sign up as soon as registration opens (that means pinning down anyone in your group who's yet undecided). The 5K events typically accommodate far fewer participants, and this one—even with its fee of $70 (almost unheard of for a 5K)—will likely sell out in a flash.

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

Once you've secured your spot in the race, come join our Team MousePlanet discussion forum to chat with other runners and share training plans and tips.

Disney parks to celebrate "it's a small world" with global singalong

The Disney theme parks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of "it's a small world" with a global singalong on Thursday, April 10. At Disneyland, head to the front of the attraction, where "a choir of cast members" will sing in front of the attraction.

In the meantime, you can take part in this celebration by going to smallworld50.com by recording yourself singing the iconic tune. You will need to have a webcam; the website does not give you an option to upload a pre-recorded video. You can also create a virtual Small World doll at the website.

Disney is donating $150,000 to UNICEF (United Nation's Children's Fund) in recognition of the attraction's anniversary, and is donating an additional $1.00 for every singalong video or doll created, up to $100,000.

If you have never experienced the joy that comes with not being able to get the song out of your head, we suggest you keep your browser open at the website so you can keep listening to the song, sung by a collage of contributors.

This and that...

...With President Obama confirmed to give the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine graduation ceremony on June 14, visitors planning to visit Disneyland that day should leave extra travel time to get through Orange County. The graduation ceremony recognizing 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students will be held at Anaheim Stadium, less than three miles from Disneyland.

...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.

...Disney VoluntEARS were among a group of 200 volunteers who turned an empty lot into a kid-designed playspace at John Marshall Park in Anaheim. The City of Anaheim, Anaheim Family UMCA, organizers from KaBOOM!, and area residents also participated.

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Question of the Week

Reader kraftykaren49 has a question about a program offered exclusively for guests of the Disneyland Resort Hotels:

I found out that there is a power walk in California Adventure that leaves from the Grand Californian and is for [Disneyland Resort Hotel] guests. It sounds really cool, but I'm wondering how fast they walk. Has anybody done this?

Have you participated in this early morning walk? Come share your experience on our MousePad forum.

Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5 / 10
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 5 / 10
Thursday, March 27, 2014 6 / 10
Friday, March 28, 2014 6 / 10

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all of attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781–7290, then select option 1 > option 1 > 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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

 

  • 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
3/23 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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