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Alice's new Wonderland | Halloween Time Returns September 12 - October 31 | Summer refurbishment update | Guardians of the Galaxy preview open in Tomorrowland | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Alice's new Wonderland

It's been almost four years since an inspector from California's Division of Occupational Safety spotted a maintenance worker walking along the elevated outdoor section of the Alice in Wonderland ride, and noticed that there was no fall protection system in place along the track. This observation prompted Disney to close the ride for almost a month to install an "interim solution" of scaffolding and handrails covered with vine-printed tarp. This temporary fix remained in place until March of this year, when Disney closed the ride to make permanent modifications.


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The Alice in Wonderland ride, which reopened last week, now sports new visual effects and a low-profile fall-protection system. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The underside of the Alice in Wonderland track has not been visible since being surrounded by temporary scaffolding nearly four years ago. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Now the attraction has reopened, and the changes went far beyond a new fall-protection system for workers. While the exterior of the ride is vastly improved by the removal of the temporary tarps and railings, it's what Imagineers did to the inside of the ride that has everyone talking.

During the four-month refurbishment, and without any fanfare, press releases or Disney Parks Blog previews, Disney enhanced nearly every scene of the ride with digital projections. Far from detracting from the classic dark ride experience, the combination of practical and digital effects work together has produced a visually stunning and immersive experience.


The Queen of Hearts is surrounded by physical and projected Playing Card Soldiers in the Alice in Wonderland ride. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

For those who cannot wait to experience the ride in person (or who cannot get to Disneyland anytime soon), we are providing a a video of the complete ride-through of the attraction. Keep in mind that the camera cannot capture all of the nuance of a dark ride, so set your expectations accordingly. The ride is so very much better in person that we really suggest that you avoid the spoilers and see it for yourself if possible.


Front-seat point-of-view ride-through of Disneyland's enhanced Alice in Wonderland attraction, filmed July 2014 after the ride reopening from a four-month refurbishment. Video by MousePlanet.


The elevated section of the track, known to cast members as "the vine," was widened during the refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Maintenance workers fasten their safety harness to the silver fall protection anchor ("growing" out of the pink plant in this photo) while working on the elevated portion of the Alice in Wonderland track. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The safety modifications include widening the "vine" section of the exterior track, and adding anchor rails along the elevated section of the track, to which maintenance workers connect their safety harnesses. A similar system is used at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom park to keep guests safe on the Wild Africa Trek tour (see Mark Goldhaber's review of the tour). These additions are unobtrusive, and riders likely will not spot them unless looking for them specifically.


Safety rails were added to the Alice in Wonderland track in 2010. MousePlanet file photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


New safety railings are better integrated with the ride's decor. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The railings conceal a ground level anchor track for a safety harness system. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The unexpected upgrade to Alice in Wonderland, coming on the heels of the changes to the Little Mermaid ride in DCA, leads us to wonder what, if anything, the Imagineers have planned for other scheduled refurbishments. Peter Pan's four-day refurbishment probably isn't long enough for this level of upgrade, but the Matterhorn Bobsleds are closed for nearly three months. We'll just have to wait and see what new effects the Imagineers may have planned for the yeti.

Halloween Time Returns September 12 to October 31

Disneyland has released the much-anticipated HalloweenTime schedule for 2014, confirming the return of seasonal attractions like Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Frontierland. The announcement makes reference to "famous Disney Villains," and seeing "Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes," so it's a safe bet that the Halloween Carnival is returning to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

Disneyland is hosting Mickey's Halloween Party on 14 nights in 2014. Ticket prices jumped by $3 over the 2013 event, with most nights now going for $70 per person, and the Halloween night event priced at $77 per person. Passholders save $7 off the advance purchase price (down from $8 last year) on selected event nights. Disney has not confirmed if the popular Toontown pre-party will return for the 2014 event.

Tickets go on sale July 16 for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders. The general public can buy tickets starting July 30. Tickets will be available for purchase online; dates and (day-of, advanced purchase, and annual passholder advanced purchase) prices are as follows:

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
          9/26
($70/$63/$56)
9/27
9/28 9/29 9/30
($70/$63/$56)
10/1 10/2 10/3
($70/$63/$56)
10/4
10/5 10/6
($70/$63/$56)
10/7 10/8
($70/$63/$56)
10/9 10/10
($70/$70/$70)
10/11
10/12 10/13 10/14
($70/$63/$56)
10/15 10/16 10/17
($70/$70/$70)
10/18
10/19 10/20
($70/$63/$56)
10/21 10/22
($70/$63/$56)
10/23 10/24
($70/$70/$70)
10/25
10/26 10/27
($70/$63/$56)
10/28 10/29
($70/$70/$70)
10/30 10/31
($77/$77/$77)
 

Based on past years, we expect tickets for the Friday, October 3 event to sell out first. This is the only October Friday night event eligible for the Annual Passholder and advanced purchase discounts. The October 10 event (CHOC Walk weekend), and the October 17 event (UEA school break) will probably sell out before the end of September. As Halloween is a Friday night this year and not a Thursday school night as it was in 2013, that date will likely be very popular.

None of the event dates sold out until the first week of September last year, but it's not a bad idea to buy the tickets as soon as you pick a date and avoid any disappointment. Disney does not post warnings when event dates are reaching capacity, and every year readers get caught off guard when their chosen date sells out before they can get tickets.

Summer refurbishment update

Work on the new corridors behind Main Street, U.S.A. enters a new phase this week. A construction wall was installed next to the Disney Showcase store Sunday night, and workers will begin construction on the walkway behind the east side of Main Street. This corridor begins near the Main Street parade gate, and ends near the current First Aid center, behind the Baby Care Center.

The Wish Lounge has already relocated to a conference room adjacent to City Hall, and the First Aid center moves Monday night to a new temporary location in the former Main Street locker facility during construction.

Construction of the west corridor should create less change for guests, but a cast member break room on the east side is closing to make way for the walkway.

The Hearthstone Lounge at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel is closing for a three to four-week renovation starting July 8. The refurbishment includes replacing all of the tables and chairs, plus construction of a new bussing station.

Guardians of the Galaxy preview open in Tomorrowland

Disneyland visitors can get a preview of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland. The "exclusive sneak peek" replaces the Captain EO Tribute. The preview provides an introduction to Peter Quill, the unlikely hero of the tale, and his band of alien outlaws. The preview is shown in 3D, and makes use of the special motion, light and wind effects possible in the Magic Eye Theater, but thankfully not the water effects.


The Guardians of the Galaxy sneak peek is now playing in the Magic Eye Theater at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney has put a lot of work into the Magic Eye theater for this promotion, replacing the Captain EO marquee and exterior signage, and even removing the video monitors that displayed "making of" footage to visitors waiting for the next showing of Captain EO. These extensive changes are lending some credibility to rumors that Captain EO won't return, even though a Disney spokesman has stated that "Captain EO is expected to return at a later date."


Most of the "Captain EO" signage was replaced for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" preview, and the preshow video monitors were removed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


"Guardians of the Galaxy" merchandise is offered for sale at the nearby Star Trader shop in Tomorrowland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

The 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park, an annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County, is Sunday, October 12 at the Disneyland Resort.

Team MousePlanet is back for our seventh consecutive year at the walk, and we invite all MousePlanet readers, friends, and family to join us. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $42,000 for CHOC through various events since 2008, including the annual CHOC Walk.

For more information about the event, and the benefits of joining Team MousePlanet, visit our MousePad discussion forum. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

This and that...

...Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush begins Wednesday, July 9. Props for the new interactive experience have been constructed in Frontierland, including a "jail" outside the Golden Horseshoe theater.


A map for the Legends of Frontierland interactive experience is posted outside the Golden Horseshoe theater. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


One of the props for Legends of Frontierland includes a jail. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The video preshow for Soarin' Over California was updated last week with images from the upcoming Planes: Fire and Rescue.


The video preshow for Soarin' Over California now features animated characters from the upcoming Planes: Fire and Rescue. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Carthay Circle restaurant in Disney California Adventure has introduced a new summer menu, with new entrees including a lamb porterhouse; chicken and spinach ravioli; and summer garden risotto.

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Question of the Week

Reader disneyis4us has a big question about holiday dining at the Disneyland Resort:

We will be celebrating Christmas at Disneyland this year. YAY! Along with 30 of our family members. We are hoping to either have a Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day dinner. I would love any thoughts, suggestions, ideas.

Where would you take a party of 30 to celebrate Christmas dinner at Disneyland? Come share your suggestions 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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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, July 8, 2014 9 / 10
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7 / 10
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8 / 10
Friday, July 11, 2014 7 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 9 out of 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

  • Club 33 – closed for refurbishment and expansion. Expected to open July 18.
  • Peter Pan's Flight – closed for refurbishment July 21–24.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed August 25 through November 13 for refurbishment.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed through September 27 for refurbishment.


Work continues on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Workers use crushed colored glass to "paint" the bright coral for the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Some decorations are covered with blue plastic bags to protect them from over spray during the refurbishment of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed indefinitely. Removed from the refurbishment list as of July 1.

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.
  • Hearthstone Lounge – closed for renovation starting July 8. The Grand Californian's lobby bar is expected to be closed for three to four weeks.

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

  • 7th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 14. This annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County includes appetizers and wine tasting at several participating Downtown Disney restaurants. Tickets are now on sale via the event website.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 29–31 (Labor Day weekend). All events are full.

Fall

  • Halloween Time – September 12 to October 31.
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree – Friday, September 12. Details at the event website.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – September 26, 30; October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31. Tickets go on sale via Disneyland.com July 16 to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members, and on July 30 to the general public.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland – October 3–5. (Unofficial event) Details on the event website.
  • 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open via the event website. MousePlanet readers, friends and family are invited to register with Team MousePlanet and walk with our group.
  • 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.
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 14–16. All events are full. Details 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. All running events sold out within hours of registration. Details 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 Wednesday, August 6. General registration opens Tuesday, August 12. Details 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

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.

Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $226/$215

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $265/$254

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.


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 both 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 Backpack for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.
  • Disneyland Mickey Mouse Watch for $19.95 with a purchase of $25 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.


30% off rooms at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii –Disneyland Resort annual passholders can take 30% off select rooms at Aulani, now through December 19. You can choose between a standard hotel room, which offers traditional hotel amenities, or Disney Vacation Club villas with kitchens and in-room laundry.

Standard rooms start around $300 per night after discount, with upgrades to better views and larger villas available. A 2-bedroom villa with an ocean view can run more than $1000 per night, but includes a full kitchen and sleeps up to 9 people.

The offer is valid most nights August 25 through November 25, and November 30 through December 19. Contact your travel agent, visit the Disneyland annual passholder website, or call (714) 520-7001.

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

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

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

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

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events: None
7/13 7/14 7/15 7/16 7/17 7/18 7/19
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

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:
Disneyland's
59th
anniversary
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

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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