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Half-marathon weekend at Disneyland

The 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend events begin this Thursday, August 28, and continue through Labor Day weekend. The event draws tens of thousands of runners, walkers, friends, and family to the Disneyland Resort, and includes road closures and operational changes that could impact anyone visiting during this weekend. Here's what runners, tourists and spectators should know as we head into this busy weekend.


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Non-runners

The Disneyland Resort is going to be very busy this weekend, which you may already know if you had a hard time finding a reasonably priced hotel room in the immediate area. The good news is that runners tend not to stay up late the night before races, so you should see lighter evening crowds than you might expect.

Staying at the Disneyland Hotel? The race expo takes place in that hotel's convention center, so expect extra crowds at the shops and restaurants. If you are staying at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, expect to race-related noise Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, beginning in predawn hours, especially if your hotel room faces Disneyland Drive. If you are staying at the Grand Californian Hotel in a room overlooking Downtown Disney, expect to hear spectator cheering starting around 5:45 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

While all of the races take place before park opening or outside the parks, you may still experience traffic delays and extra crowds. Give yourself plenty of time if driving to the resort in the morning; race-related road closures are scheduled from 12:01 to 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 12:01 to to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. For detailed road closure information, see pages 9–13 of the event guidebook.

Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 8:00 a.m. early entry for hotel guests and eligible ticket holders is at Disney California Adventure on Friday, at Disneyland on Saturday, and back at DCA on Sunday.

Spectators

Disney does not allow you to view the half-marathon race course from inside either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure unless you purchased a silver ($45), gold ($65) or platinum ($99) ChEAR Squad package. Online registration has ended, but you can still purchase packages at the Expo. There is no theme park viewing for the 5K or 10K events.

If you want to come cheer on the runners without purchasing a spectator package, or plan to cheer at the 5K or 10K events, Disney recommends specific viewing areas on property. All of these viewing areas are accessible only by foot; so walk from either the Mickey and Friends parking structure, or from your hotel if staying nearby.

Event Time Recommended viewing areas
5K 5:30 to 6:35 Start line at Disneyland Drive to Katella Avenue
5:35 to 6:15 Mile 1.4 at Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
5:43 to 6:35 Mile 2.7 at Downtown Disney
5:45 to 6:43 Final ¾ mile on road from Paradise Pier Hotel to Disneyland Hotel and behind ESPN Zone
10K 5:30 to 6:06 Start line at Disneyland Drive to Katella Avenue)
5:48 to 7:05 Mile 3.8 at Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure)
5:58 to 7:40 Mile 5.9 at Downtown Disney)
6:00 to 7:46 Final ¾ mile on road from Paradise Pier Hotel to Disneyland Hotel and behind ESPN Zone)
Half Marathon 5:30 to 6:35 Start line at Disneyland Drive to Katella Avenue
5:40 to 7:05 Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
5:44 to 7:30 Mile 4 at Disneyland Drive to Ball Road
5:30 to 10:00 Final ¾ mile at road from Paradise Pier Hotel to Disneyland Hotel and behind ESPN Zone
6:05 to 9:05 Cheer at Anaheim Stadium as the runners round the bases. The stadium is open for spectators; enter via the Orangewood Avenue entrance.

View all three race courses on pages 31–36 of the Disneyland Half Marathon guidebook.

Detailed information for runners

It certainly seems that runDisney learned from last year's race expo debacle, and extended the expo to a third day to allow runners more time to collect their race packet and shop the expo if they wish. Of course, the move of the 5K to Friday morning means that all runners participating in the 5K must now check in on Thursday.

Friday morning may be the best time to attend the expo if all you want to do is get your race packet and get out. If you want first pick of the race merchandise (technically second pick, since those who paid for the Welcome Event get an exclusive early shopping hour), plan to arrive well before the official noon opening on Thursday. Based on last year's event, you would be well-advised to bring water, sunscreen, and a hat to protect you during the wait.

Day Time Event
Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. runDisney Welcome Event (DCA; tickets required)
Noon to 8:00 p.m. Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo (Disneyland Hotel)
Friday 5:30 a.m. Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K (Disneyland Resort)
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo (Disneyland Hotel)
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Disneyland 10K (Disneyland Resort)
9:00 a.m. runDisney Kids Races (Downtown Disney)
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo (Disneyland Hotel)
6:00 p.m. Pasta in the Park Party (Disneyland; tickets required)
Sunday 5:30 a.m. Disneyland Half Marathon (Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim

Event merchandise

The Disney Parks Blog released a preview of the event merchandise for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend. This merchandise will be sold in the official race merchandise section of the Expo. Remember, you do not need to collect your race packet before you enter the expo to shop, so if you're set on purchasing a specific item and are worried about it selling out, your best bet is to shop first, then get your race packet.

Runner tracking

runDisney is partnering with AT&T to offer runner tracking via Racejoy.com. To register, visit the special website and enter the participant's name or bib number. You can register for updates via text message, Twitter, or Facebook.

MarathonFoto discount

MarathonFoto, the official photography company for the runDisney event, just announced a pre-purchase special for the Disneyland Half Marathon events. The specific discount varies by event, but as one example, runners in the 10K event can pre-purchase a $75 coupon code (basically a gift certificate) for $50. Visit the MarathonFoto website to view the discount for your event. You will need your bib number to log in to the website and view the discounts.

New Balance shoe sales

New Balance is offering a virtual queue to save shoppers from having to stand in hours-long lines to get a chance at one of its exclusive Disney shoes. To join the virtual queue, visit the special New Balance website the morning you plan to attend the expo, and sign up. Supply your bib number, and select one size and style to try on.

Once you've registered, you'll be assigned a group and return time. You'll receive a text message or email reminder when it's time to come try on your shoe, and must return within an hour of your assigned time. During your fitting, you can try on other styles and sizes as available. Runners can purchase up to six pairs during the expo.

Running, walking, or cheering during the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend events? Join Team MousePlanet!


Join Team MousePlanet for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend

Come cheer with us – Team MousePlanet is again hosting a cheer station between miles 6 and 7 of the half-marathon course. We'll have oranges, pretzels, red licorice, and cool cloths or sponges (all while supplies last), plus unlimited amounts of support and motivation for all of the runners and walkers. If you would like to volunteer for our cheer station, please sign up on our MousePad discussion forum.

Team MousePlanet placed dozens of custom-made signs at the halfway point of the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon

Let us cheer for you – Inspired by the women of Wellesley College and their legendary Boston Marathon ScreamTunnel, Team MousePlanet will make you a FREE personalized motivational sign, and display it near the midway point of the half-marathon course. Visit our MousePad discussion forum to request your sign, then look for it around the Team MousePlanet cheer station on race day.

Get the gear – Team MousePlanet tech shirts and running hats are now available! If you're participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon, you can place your order online by August 14 to receive your gear in time for the race weekend.

Frozen over

The Disney Parks Blog announced last week that Studio Disney 365 in Downtown Disney is closing on Tuesday, September 2, reopening a few weeks later as the Frozen-themed Anna & Elsa's Boutique. This is just the first in a series of Frozen experiences rumored to be coming to the Disneyland Resort this fall, as the Anaheim theme parks look to capitalize on the craze that has proven to be so profitable at Walt Disney World.

Save the Date: MouseAdventure Sugar Rush


MouseAdventure Sugar Rush is Sunday, October 26 at the Disneyland Resort.

We are pleased to announce the date for our Fall 2014 MouseAdventure event at the Disneyland Resort. The signature community event for MousePlanet readers, MouseAdventure is part-scavenger hunt, part-road rally and part-trivia challenge. This team-based competition that guarantees you will never look at the Disney theme parks in the same way again.

Mark your calendars and save the date for our fall event:

MouseAdventure Sugar Rush
Fall 2014 Disneyland Resort
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Additional details will be revealed in a future MouseAdventure Newsletter, but the contracts are signed and the date is official. Be sure to sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter for more information, and visit our MousePad discussion forum to chat with other players.

Start making your plans now to join us as we whip up a batch of sweet challenges. Are you ready for a RUSH?

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

The 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park, an annual fund raiser 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...

...The Haunted Mansion is now closed through September 11 to install the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.

...This is the last week to enter the Disneyland 60 Years contest, for a chance to win a trip to the 60th anniversary celebration. Details in our July 15th Disneyland Resort Update.

...Tickets are now sold out for the October 3 Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. The remaining dates are still available. Purchase tickets online and at Disneyland Resort ticket booths.

...Registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Pixie Dust Challenge (the Tinker Bell 10K and half-marathon combined) and Never Land Family Fun Run 5K are all still open as of press time, putting sales of this race considerably behind other runDisney events and even the previous years of the Tinker Bell race. Many put the blame on the decision to move the Tinker Bell half-marathon to Mother's Day Sunday, noting that only the 10K and runDisney kids races, both of which will be held on Saturday, have sold out. The Never Land Family Fun Run 5K event is scheduled for a Friday, making it difficult for families with school-age children to participate.

Some also point to the early start of registration for the late Spring 2015 event as a possible reason for the sluggish sales, noting that runDisney has also just recently sold registrations for the brand-new Avengers and Star Wars weekend events. Get more details about the races and register at the runDisney website.

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

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Question of the Week

Reader ennoidyam has a big challenge for our readers:

I'm a single mom and I'm trying to get 6 people to Disneyland for as far under $2000 as possible. Is it cheaper to book the hotel and tickets separately or to use the packages on Disneyland's website?

Do you have some great money-saving tips for a large family? Sharpen your pencils and come join the discussion 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.

Date Overall
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3 / 10
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3 / 10
Thursday, August 28, 2014 2 / 10
Friday, August 29, 2014 2 / 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 3 out of 10.
  • Crowds could spike this weekend due to the Disneyland Half Marathon.
  • Thursday 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

  • Haunted Mansion – closed through September 11 for installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed through August 28 for refurbishment .
  • Big Thunder Ranch – closed September 2–11 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Jungle Cruise – closed September 2–4.
  • Main Street Photo Supply – closed September 2–23 for refurbishment .
  • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – closed September 3–4.
  • Horse-drawn Streetcars – closed September 2. May remain closed through the end of October.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed September 5 for refurbishment. No reopening date available.
  • Space Mountain – closed September 8–11 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Spaceport Document Control (Space Mountain photo shop) – closed September 8–11.
  • Captain EO – closed September 12–25 for refurbishment.
  • Mickey's House in Toontown – closed September 15 for refurbishment. The Mickey meet-and-greet is closed this day.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed September 16–18 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed September 22–24 for refurbishment.
  • Silhouette Studio – closed September 24–26 for refurbishment.
  • China Closet – closed September 24–26 for refurbishment.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed through September 26 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed indefinitely.
  • California Screamin' – closed September 10–11 for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort

  • Napa Rose – closed for renovation. Expected to be closed through the end of September.
  • Studio Disney 365 – closed through September 12

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

  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 29–31 (Labor Day weekend). All events are sold out.

Fall

  • Halloween Time – September 12 through 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 are now on sale via Disneyland.com. and at Disneyland ticket booths.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 3–5. 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.
  • MouseAdventure Sugar Rush – Sunday, October 26. Sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter for more details when they are available.
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 14–16. All events are sold out. 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. Space still available on many events. 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.


2014–2015 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($132) – a discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2013–2014 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid through October 3, 2014. Under this program, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 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 November 27, 2014 through November 29, 2014; December 24, 2014 through December 31, 2014; and March 30, 2015 through April 4, 2015 . Unlike past years, this ticket is not blocked out on the 4th of July. 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.

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.
  • Frozen Lithograph for $14.95 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. September 26, 30; October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31.
8/24 8/25 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


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

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events:
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events:
Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – 5K
DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX


Events:
Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend –10K and Kids Races
8/31 9/1 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5 9/6
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Half Marathon
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events:
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


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

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/7 9/8 9/9 9/10 9/11 9/12 9/13
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events:
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: Halloween Time begins
DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/14 9/15 9/16 9/17 9/18 9/19 9/20
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 9a-5p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: Cast member event at Disneyland
DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


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

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/21 9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 8a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-6p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: Cast member event at DCA
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


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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