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Disneyland is closed... no, it's not... yes, it is... Around 1:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, December 27, cast members on the parking lot tram began to warn guests heading into the resort that Disneyland was closed, and that they would only be allowed to enter Disney's California Adventure (DCA).

This wasn't exactly accurate, and caused a good deal of confusion for guests. What really happened was that, due to massive crowds, Disneyland temporarily suspended sales of new one-day Disneyland passports. Guests who already had valid Disneyland park tickets, including Annual Passholders, park-hoppers and those who had already entered the park that morning, were allowed to enter Disneyland.

The only people really affected were those who approached the ticket booths to buy a same-day Disneyland ticket on Friday afternoon. These guests were offered a modified park-hopper ticket, which they could use immediately to enter Disney's California Aventure. When Disneyland was reopened to new guests around 4:30 that evening, those guests were allowed to use that same ticket to enter Disneyland for the evening.

Several MousePad members reported that both parks were exceptionally crowded all weekend. The Disneyland Resort has requested volunteers from the Anaheim Police Department to be stationed in the esplanade between Disneyland and DCA on New Year's Eve to help handle the 90,000 guests expected that night.

Beating the Crowds – You are going to Disneyland this week, you want to see all of the holiday sights, but the thought of coping with the holiday crowds is more than you can bear. Skip the stress – book a tour! The Holiday Time at Disneyland tour, now in its second year, makes it easier to see all that Disneyland has to offer in this wonderful time of the year. The tour takes you to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, "it's a small world," and provides priority seating for the Christmas Fantasy parade.

Tours are $39 per person. Tours are offered through January 5, 2003. We strongly suggest making advanced reservations by calling (714) 781-4400. To make same-day reservations, visit City Hall.

We suggest that you book the last tour of the day, which gives you primo seats for the parade and a great view of the nightly fireworks. Find even more tips for handling holiday crowds in this column.

A new pet for Disneyland – The Orange County Register reports that Walt Disney Imagineering will introduce the first walking Audio-Animatronic figure at either Disneyland or DCA this spring. The figure will take the form of a dinosaur, and be able to interact with guests.

Christmas Clearance Sale – Save 50% on selected holiday items througout the resort. Now's the time to stock up on holiday decorations and gifts for next year. Be sure to check out the Showcase and Greetings from California shops – they are less crowded locations, and may have a better selection than the busier China Closet and World of Disney stores.

New snacks at the Disneyland Resort – MousePad member cstephens alerted us to some new munchies at Disneyland and DCA. The treats include chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick, apple fries, and stuffed soft pretzels. Read this post for the complete list and locations.

Last chance to see... If you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this week, don't miss these holiday treats, big and little, that make this season so magical. Most are offered through January 5:

  • Cookie decorating on Main Street, U.S.A. – Act like a kid again as you decorate a giant sugar cookie.
  • The Disney characters, dressed in their holiday finest.
  • Believe... In Holiday Magic fireworks – Disneyland's fireworks are amazing year-round, but the holiday version is especially magical.
  • Snow on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Gorgeous Christmas decorations throughout the resort.
  • The beautiful tree in the Grand Californian Hotel.
  • Pumpkin Pie fudge.
  • "it's a small world" Holiday – Love it or hate it, "it's a small world" takes on a whole new look every winter.
  • Christmas Fantasy Parade – one more time! (You know you'll miss this parade if it's ever replaced.)

  • Santa!
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – Miniature Christmas trees and holiday decorations adorn the tiny cities along the canal.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – Visit Jack Skellington's vision of Christmas.
  • Fresh candy canes at the Candy Palace – these are usually made on Fridays and Saturdays, but call the Candy Hotline at (714) 781-0112 for the current schedule.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • Superstar Limo

These attractions will close for refurbishment starting January 6:

  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
  • Rivers of America
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Park Events

  • "Holiday Time At Disneyland" Tour, now through January 5, 2003.
  • Holiday entertainment, now through January 5, 2003.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Free Coffee on Main Street – Receive a free small coffee when you buy a mug at the Market House on Main Street, U.S.A. This limited-time offer is only valid at the Market House.

The "Get a 5-Day Park Hopper ticket for the price of a 3-Day ticket" promotion has been extended through January 5, 2004. These tickets are available when you order online from Disneyland.com. Restrictions apply – see site for details.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen – Kids eat free, 4:30–6:00p. [See restaurant for details.]


Park Hours

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat

DL: Disneyland
DCA: Disney's California Adventure
12/27
12/28
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
12/29
12/30
12/31
1/1/03
1/2
1/3
1/4
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
DL 8a–2a
DCA 10a–1a
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
DL 8a–Midnite
DCA 10a–10p
1/5
1/6
1/7
1/8
1/9
1/10
1/11
DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p
DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p
DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p
DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p
DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p
DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p
DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–8p


Entertainment Schedule

Disneyland Park
Disney's California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Friday 12/27
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Minnie's Christmas Party: 12:30p, 1:30p, 2:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 9:45p

Calling All Space Scouts...A Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – Barrage: 7p, 8:30p, 10p

Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Play It! Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Fuze: 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 8:15p, 9:15p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans, 6:45–11p

Live Entertainment throughout Downtown Disney, 6–10p

Saturday 12/28
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Minnie's Christmas Party: 12:30p, 1:30p, 2:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 9:45p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – Barrage: 7p, 8:30p, 10p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire: Play It! Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Fuze: 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 8:15p, 9:15p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans, 6:45–11p

Live Entertainment throughout Downtown Disney, 6–10p

Sunday 12/29
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Minnie's Christmas Party: 12:30p, 1:30p, 2:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 9:45p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – Barrage: 7p, 8:30p, 10p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire: Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Fenians: 5p, 7p, 9:15p

House of Blues: Gospel Brunch, 10a, 1p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans, 6:45–11p

Live Entertainment throughout Downtown Disney, 6–10p

 

 

 

 

Monday 12/30
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3:00p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 9:30p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – Barrage: 7p, 8:30p, 10p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire: Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Fenians: 5p, 7p, 9:15p

ESPN Zone: Monday Night Live: 9p
Tuesday 12/31
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3p, 7p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Golden Horseshoe Variety Show: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 8:35p

New Year's Eve Entertainment/Events:

New Year's Eve Party Hats & Horns Distributed at 7p @ Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street, Tomorrowland

Ellis Hall & the Truth @ Rivers of America: 8:45p, 10:15p, 11:30p, 12:05a

Side Street Strutters @ Rivers of America: 7:15p, 8:05p, 9:20p, 11p

El Soul @ Tomorrowland: 7:30p, 8:45p, 9:45p, 1a

Eric Ekstrand Ensemble - Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party @ Plaza Gardens Stage: 7:30p, 8:45p, 9:45p, 12:15a

Doug Legacy & the Zydeco Party Band @ French Market Stage)=: 7:45p, 9:45p, 11p, 12:30a

DJ Steve Shanahan @ Small World Promenade: 8:45p - 2a

New Year's Eve Countdown @ 11:59p at Fantasyland, Tomorrowland

New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular - 11:59p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 7:45p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire - Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

New Year's Eve Entertainment/Events:

New Year's Eve Party Hats & Horns Distributed at 7p @ a bug's land, Golden State, H'wood Pictures Backlot

New Year's Eve Countdown at 11:59p @ Golden State, H'wood Pictures Backlot, Paradise Pier, Performance Corridor

Darriba @ Golden State: 6:30p, 7:15p, 10p, 11:30p

Pacific Wharf Stage DJ @ Golden State: 7p, 7:45p, 10:45p, 12:15a

K-BIG Disco Party & DJ @ H'wood Pictures Backlot: 8p to 1a

Jan & Dean and the "Surf City" All Stars @ Paradise Pier: 8:20p, 11p, 12:05a

Jump 5 @ Paradise Pier: 4p, 5p, 6p

K-Earth Oldies Party @ Paradise Pier: 9p, 10:30p, 11:45p, 12:50a

Person to Person @ Paradise Pier: 8:45p, 9:45p, 11:15p, 12:30a

Block Party DJ (Performance Corridor): 8:15p to 1:00a

Radio Disney Noon Year's Eve Event @:
H'wood Pictures Backlot: 11:45a
Performance Corridor: 1:45p, 2:45p
Paradise Pier: 4p, 5p, 6p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson, 6–10p
Wednesday 1/1/03
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade:3:30p, 7:45p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Golden Horseshoe Variety Show: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe...In Holiday Magic: 9:30p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Antix: 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 8:15p, 9:15p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire – Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

House of Blues: Code Name: Rocky - 7:00p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson, 6–10p

Thursday 1/2
   

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe...In Holiday Magic: 9:30p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – The '80s All Stars: 7p, 8p, 8:45p, 10p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Antix: 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 8:15p, 9:15p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire – Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Jazz Pianist: Ray Johnson, 6–10p
Friday 1/3

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 9:30p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – The '80s All Stars: 7p, 8p, 8:45p, 10p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Antix: 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 8:15p, 9:15p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire – Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

House of Blues: Social Distortion, 8:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans, 6:45–11p

Saturday 1/4

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3:30p, 7:45p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 9:30p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Club Buzz Stage – The '80s All Stars: 7p, 8p, 8:45p, 10:00p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Antix: 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p, 8:15p, 9:15p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3:00p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire: Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

House of Blues: Social Distortion - 8:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans, 6:45–11p

Sunday 1/5

Christmas Fantasy Parade: 3p, 7p

Sword in the Stone Ceremony: 10:45a, 11:45a, 12:45p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies: 11:45a, 1:15p, 3p, 4:15p, 5:30p

Believe... In Holiday Magic: 8:45p

Buzz Lightyear Adventure: 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3:15p, 4:15p, 5:15p

Disney's Electrical Parade: 8p

Pacific Wharf Stage – The Antix: 2:45p, 3:45p, 4:45p, 6:15p, 7:15p

Disney's Aladdin: 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p, 6:15p

Goofy's Beach Party Bash: 1p, 2p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 6:45p

Millionaire: Play It!: Noon, 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 6p, 7p

House of Blues: Gospel Brunch, 10a, 1p; Social Distortion, 8:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen: Kenny Sara & the Sounds of New Orleans, 6:45–11p; Lisa Haley & the Zydecats, 11a–3p



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