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Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend coming in 2015 | Tinker Bell event details updated | Summer celebrations in Downtown Disney | Disney Cruise Line requires some passengers to change Hawaiian cruise plans | Save the Date for three CHOC events at the Disneyland Resort | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend coming in 2015

[Note: due to an error on the official Disney Vacation Club website, an earlier version of this article stated that early registration for DVC members started Tuesday, June 3. Early registration for DVC members and annual passholders begins Wednesday, June 4. We regret any confusion we caused.]

May the Force—and the Internet—be with you Wednesday morning if you're one of the annual passholders or Disney Vacation Club members planning to take advantage of the early registration opportunity for the just-announced inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend events. runDisney finally officially announced the highly anticipated race last week, and the online response points to this being the most popular runDisney event yet.


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The event is scheduled for the weekend of January 15 to 18, 2015, the weekend previously reserved for the Tinker Bell half marathon events. runDisney announced last year that the Tinker Bell half marathon's move to Mother's Day weekend starting in 2015.

This new event weekend includes (3.1-mile) 5K, (6.2-mile) 10K and (13.1-mile) half-marathon events, along with runDisney kids races, event expo and Wookie Welcome party. Also offered is the Star Wars Rebel Challenge, an event for those who wish to complete both the 10K and half-marathon. Challenge events have proven very popular with runDisney participants, who seem perfectly willing to pay a little extra versus the a la carte registration prices to receive an additional event shirt and a special challenge medal.

runDisney usually posts tiered event pricing, which leads to the (usually false) impression that registration is still be available two or more months later. Given that recent events have sold out in minutes and hours rather than weeks and months, we're only listing the first-tier price for each event.

  • Star Wars Half Marathon – $195
  • Star Wars Rebel Challenge – $320
  • Star Wars 10K – $105
  • Star Wars 5K – $70
  • runDisney Kids Races – $20
  • Wookie Welcome Party – $99 ages 3 and up; children under 3 are free.

Event schedule:

Thursday, January 15

  • Race expo
  • Wookie Welcome party

Friday, January 16

  • Star Wars 5K
  • Race expo

Saturday, January 17

  • Star Wars 10K
  • runDisney Kids Races
  • Race expo

Sunday, January 18

  • Star Wars Half Marathon

There are a few interesting items in the event details. While the 10K course winds through both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the half-marathon course is described as going through DCA but past Disneyland before heading onto the streets of Anaheim.

Perhaps in response to complaints raised during and following the 2013 Tinker Bell events, Disney has added a disclaimer stating that, while the 5K is not a timed event, participants must complete the course in under 50 minutes (a 16-minute mile) in order to receive a medal for that event.

Once again, runDisney is requiring participants to attend the event expo in person to pick up their race bib, no longer allowing them to have others pick up their race materials. runDisney has also dropped the "Family Fun" branding from the 5K event, and billed it as an adventure for "adults, teens, and tweens." This is in contrast to the "Never Land Family Fun Run 5K" planned for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend event, which is advertised to "runners of all ages—kids, tweens, teens, and adults."

Some runners have complained about the timing of this new race, which falls just one week after the 2015 Walt Disney World marathon weekend events in Florida (and overlaps with the inaugural Castaway Cay 5K Challenge cruise). Of course, this has been the case for years in regards to the Walt Disney World and Tinker Bell events, but some runners seem to feel the conflict more keenly when it involves Star Wars. Others question why the West Coast resort has landed runDisney's two most recent hot new races this year (the already sold-out Avengers Super Heroes half-marathon and the new Star Wars half marathon), and wonder when Walt Disney World is getting a new event.

Early registration for annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members opens Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Based on past events and the intense interest in this new race, we strongly recommend that anyone eligible for early registration take advantage of that perk Wednesday to give yourself a fighting chance at one of the coveted spots in this inaugural race.

Links to the early registration pages will be posted on the respective group's websites the morning of registration. We suggest logging in to the DVC or passholder sites before registration opens so you don't waste any time when the links are posted.Early registration is officially open through June 9, but Disney limits the number of slots offered during the early registration period so there is still availability when general sales begin.

General registration opens June 10, 2014. If you aren't eligible for early registration, don't despair—Disney only sets aside a portion of the overall event capacity for early registration. However, we strongly recommend that you skip the runDisney website on registration morning and register directly through Active.com. The runDisney site often crashes on registration days, where the Active.com website is still running.

Tinker Bell event details updated

The runDisney website also now offers more details—but still no pricing—about the 2015 Tinker Bell event. The weekend includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon events, along with runDisney kids races, event expo and Pasta in the Park party. Annual Passholder early registration opens August 6, 2014. General registration opens August 12, 2014. More information is at the runDisney website.

Event schedule:

Thursday, May 7

  • Expo
Friday, May 8
  • Never Land Family Fun Run 5K
  • Expo
Saturday, May 9
  • Tinker Bell 10K
  • runDisney Kids Races
  • Expo
  • Pasta in the Park Party
Sunday, May 10
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Summer celebrations in Downtown Disney

The Disney Parks Blog last week posted a schedule of special Downtown Disney events for the summer season. The first event is this Friday, June 6, when Downtown Disney hosts a "DOLE Days of Summer" Hawaiian night. It looks like these weekly events are a joint marketing effort by DOLE pineapple and Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii. Look for pineapple-spiked foods at participating Downtown Disney restaurants, and Hawaiian entertainment including a special photo location sponsored by Aulani.

Beach volleyball returns to Downtown Disney the weekend of July 16 to 20, with exhibition games featuring sand volleyball pros and local beach volleyball teams.

More details are available on the Disney Parks blog.

Disney Cruise Line requires some passengers to change Hawaiian cruise plans

Passengers who booked the September 17, 2015 cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver paired with the September 27, 2015 cruise from Vancouver to San Diego learned last week that Disney Cruise Line is requiring them to cancel one or both of the cruises. Passengers were told Disney had "just discovered" this cruise combination is a violation of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886. This legislation prohibits transport of passengers between two different U.S. ports, unless the ship stops at a "distant, foreign port" during the journey.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where the ship is porting between the two cruises, is not considered a distant, foreign port for purposes of the PVSA. Passengers who embark in Hawaii and stay on for both cruises to disembark in San Diego would be in violation of the act. Violations can result in fines of $300 per passenger.

Passengers booked on the back-to-back cruises are asked to cancel either the Hawaii-to-Vancouver leg or the Vancouver-to-San Diego leg. Impacted passengers who booked the cruises onboard to take advantage of the rebooking incentives are also allowed to transfer their reservation to a different sailing, and retain those incentives.

This is not the first time Disney Cruise Line has allowed passengers to book cruise combinations that turned out to be a violation of the PVSA. In 2012, passengers who sailed from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and then from Vancouver to Seattle at the start of the Alaska cruise season were required to disembark with their luggage and change staterooms between cruises, in an effort to satisfy the requirements of the PVSA. U.S. Customs and Border Protection was not satisfied by this arrangement, and passengers scheduled to sail from Seattle to Los Angeles via Vancouver at the end of the Alaska season were forced to cancel one of the cruises.

Disney has also drawn criticism for booking private charters of their ships after opening reservations to the general public, a practice that impacted two 2014 cruises. The October 21, 2014 sailing on the Disney Magic was cancelled after being chartered for the Turner Classic Movie Cruise. The August 24, 2014 cruise on the Disney Dream was cancelled after the Disney Vacation Club chartered the ship for a member's cruise. Passengers booked on the cruises are asked to pick another sailing date, and are occasionally offered additional compensation for related expenses.

Save the Date for three CHOC events at the Disneyland Resort

Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic – Saturday, July 26

During this annual fund raiser for Children's Hospital Orange County, 192 participants will help paint one of two tile murals that will be displayed in Downtown Disney for the year. The press release reads:

CHOC Children’s and the Downtown Disney District would like to invite all young artists to participate in an exclusive and rare opportunity. Children will be able to hand paint a custom tile that will be installed in a beautiful, lighted display in Downtown Disney. These original hand painted tiles will be prominently displayed on the walkway between the Disneyland Hotel and the Downtown Disney District. You, your family and friends will be able to view the artwork any time you visit the Disneyland Resort and the Downtown Disney District.

Please join us on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Downtown Disney District where children will “Paint The Way To Miracles & Magic.” This fun filled CHOC Children’s fund raiser is limited to only 192 tiles, so act now by reserving your tile or tiles today.

  • The tile painting schedule for the day will be divided into six sessions.
  • You may choose the time of day from the painting schedule posted below.
  • The first session will start at 9:00 a.m. with the last session beginning at 2:00 p.m.
  • Each painting session will accommodate 32 children.

Parents, grandparents, relatives and friends may accompany their children and will be able to view the children painting. When each session is over, all of the fun and magic of the Downtown Disney District awaits you.

Registration is $50 per child.

Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 14

Children's Hospital Orange County is hosting its seventh annual Taste of Downtown Disney event on Thursday, August 14. Join CHOC for a night of food, wine, and spirits from most of the Downtown Disney restaurants, with live entertainment, free valet parking, and the opportunity to help out an outstanding local charity. Tickets are $75 per person, and all proceeds benefit CHOC Children's. The press release reads:

Join us on Thursday, August 15 as we taste and savor the flavors of fine cuisine, wine and spirits while enjoying the unique ambience and flair of the Downtown Disney District. Top off the evening by indulging in decadent desserts and coffee from La Brea Bakery Café and Jamba Juice. Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the evening for your listening pleasure.

Enjoy a reception, tray passed appetizers, olive oil tasting and select wine/spirits/beer pairings at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, ESPN Zone, House of Blues, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, WonderGround Gallery, Tortilla Jo's. The evening ends with savory treats from La Brea Bakery Café, smoothies from Jamba Juice.

Last year we offered a new experience, the Tortilla Jo’s Tequila Lounge. This exclusive experience was a tremendous success and will be available this year. Tickets for the lounge are limited!

For more information, visit the event website.

CHOC Walk – Sunday, October 12

Children's Hospital Orange County last week honored Team MousePlanet as the 4th place community fundraising team in the 2013 CHOC Walk. Team MousePlanet walkers raised nearly $8000 at the annual fundraiser. Thank you to all of the readers who walked, to those who donated, and those who helped cheer us on. I was genuinely surprised to learn that our team ranked so high, and am so proud of the efforts and generosity of our readers.


Team MousePlanet raised over $7900 at the 2013 CHOC Walk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The 2014 event is on Sunday, October 12 at the Disneyland Resort, and Team MousePlanet will return for a seventh year at the walk. Registrations details will be shared as soon as we have them, but we hope you save the date and plan to join us as we break our 2013 record.

This and that...

...Grad Nite events are scheduled this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, June 4, 6 and 7. Refer to our May 12 Park Update for information about how Grad Nite events may impact your visit on these days.

...Artist Dave Avanzino appears at Disneyland's Disneyana shop June 7 and 8 to showcase his custom Disney letters artwork, as well as to sell his collection of new original artwork. The Artist Showcase hours are 11a.m. to 7p.m. each day. Read more about the custom name program in our MousePlanet blog.


Artist Dave Avanzino appears in an Artist Showcase at Disneyland June 7 and 8. Photo © Disney.

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Question of the Week

Reader monosuna is looking for advice about the Blue Bayou, and especially wants information about off-menu options for vegetarians:

We are planning a trip to Disneyland after 3 years of saving up for it and plan to dine at the Blue Bayou during the trip. It will be the first time dining there for my husband and 2 kids(age 5 and 9) and I haven't been there since I was 13(ahem, DECADES ago). I have a few questions:

What are the other vegetarian options that have been available if you don't want the portobello? I have seen others ask for alternatives and were able to get some.

When is the quietest time to dine there? Our trip will be Monday-Thursday in middle August and we would like to be there and get a water table. I was thinking an early lunch or early dinner would be best?

Do the glow cubes work after the restaurant? Could the kids take them home?

What is the best dish that they currently have (we won't order the Monte Cristo due to stomach issues with deep fried things)

Do you have suggestions for monosuna? Come share your recommendations on our MousePad forum.

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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, June 3, 2014 7 / 10
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6 / 10
Thursday, June 5, 2014 7 / 10
Friday, June 6, 2014 5 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 7 out of 10.
  • Friday is the best day to visit Disneyland
  • Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually "sell out" within the first couple of hours 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

  • Space Mountain – closed May 27 through July 3 for refurbishment.
  • Club 33 – closed until June 30 for refurbishment and expansion.
  • Alice in Wonderland – closed through July 3 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed August 25 through November 13 for refurbishment.
  • 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.


Workers widen the elevated section of the Alice in Wonderland attraction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed indefinitely.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed through June 19 for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort

  • Napa Rose – closing for kitchen renovation in early August. The restaurant is expected to be closed for three to four weeks, but an exact schedule is not yet available.

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).

Summer

  • Grad Nite events – This party for high school seniors graduating in 2014 will be held on these dates: May 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.
  • 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.
  • 7th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 14. This annual fund raiser for Children's Hospital Orange County includes appetizers and wine tasting at several participating Downtown Disney restaurants. Tickets are not yet on sale, but more details are available on the event website.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 29–31 (Labor Day weekend). All events are full.

Fall

  • Halloween Time – mid-September to October 31, 2014
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree – Friday, September 12. More information at the event website.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – 2014 event dates not yet announced.
  • 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.

Winter

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – mid-November to early January.

2015

  • Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 15–18, 2015. This new event weekend includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon, along with runDisney kids races, event expo and Wookie Welcome party. Annual Passholder early registration opens June 3, 2014. General registration opens June 10, 2014. More information at the runDisney website.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 7–10, 2015. (Mother's Day weekend). The weekend includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon, along with runDisney kids races, event expo and Pasta in the Park party. Annual Passholder early registration opens August 6, 2014. General registration opens August 12, 2014. More information at the runDisney website.

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 May, 2014.

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 $96/$90

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $150/$144
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 $178/$165

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $217/$204

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 $226/$215

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $265/$254

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/$235

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $289/$274

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 $266/$250

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $305/$289

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

California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

  • Premier Annual Passport ($1,029) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking.
  • Premium Annual Passport ($699) – includes parking.
  • Deluxe Annual Passport ($519)
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($379) – not currently available
  • SoCal Select Annual Passport ($289)
  • Parking Add On ($159) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes; blocked out July 4 and December 31.
  • Blockout Day Ticket – no longer available.

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.


2014 Southern California CityPASS ($362/$309) – 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.

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 prepurchase your membership before your visit so you can take advantage of the priority 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. 2014 dates: May 28, 30, 31; June 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19.
  • MA – MouseAdventure (www.mouseadventure.com)
  • MHP – Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland
6/1 6/2 6/3 6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: GN
6/8 6/9 6/10 6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: GN
6/15 6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN
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/DX


Events: None
6/22 6/23 6/24 6/25 6/26 6/27 6/28
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None
DL: 8a-12a
None

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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