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Another Year, Another Dollar (Actually, Two) – One of the less cherished traditions at Disneyland is the annual increase in ticket prices. This year will be no different, it seems, as Disneyland rings in the New Year not only with significant attraction closures (see below), but also with a $2 increase for all single-day admissions.

The new pricing is as follows:

  • Guests 10 and over: $47 (from $45)
  • Guests 3 to 9: $37 (from $35)
  • 3-Day Park Hopper: $119/$95
  • 4-Day Park Hopper: $149/$119


What MousePlanet needs is a source in the sign-making department. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

As an interesting aside, note that the terminology is no longer "Adult" and "Child" but rather "Guests 10 and Over" and "Guests 3 to 9." This could just be a meaningless language change of the type that corporate America produces all the time, but it is easy to speculate that Disney is intentionally disassociating the word "child" from the lower ticket price. This would allow them to start lowering the age that triggers the higher price while avoiding a common comment heard in 2000 (when the age for a "Child's" ticket was changed from 12 to 10) that only at Disneyland is an 11-year-old an "Adult."

SoCal Salute – The SoCal Salute ticket program also returns January 6, but rather than a price discount, residents of Southern California will get more for their $47/$37. They will get a ticket good for admission to both Disneyland and DCA. This ticket is not a park-hopper and is good for only one admission to each park (meaning you cannot go to Disneyland twice on separate days, nor to both Disneyland and DCA on the same day). Though the two admissions do not have to be used on consecutive days, the first admission must be on the same day as the ticket purchase, and the second must be used by May 16, 2003.

These tickets are non-transferrable. You must provide proof of residency at the time of purchase, and you will be asked to print your full name on the tickets. When you return for your second admission, you need to show ID matching the ticket. This offer is limited to 5 tickets per qualifying person.

A Blustery Day at Disneyland Along with the scheduled ride closures, several Disneyland Resort attractions were affected by the Santana/Santa Ana wind conditions on Monday. The Jungle Cruise and Golden Zephyr were closed all day due to the winds, and the Monorail, Horse-Drawn Streetcars and Casey Jr. Circus Train all experienced short, wind-related closures. The National Weather Service's high wind warning continues in effect through Tuesday morning.

The Rehabbiest Place on Earth The winter refurbishment schedule starts today, and Disneyland visitors will face a sea of construction walls on the park’s west side. Jack Skellington is moving out of the Haunted Mansion, and the Rivers of America drained for a major overhaul. This means that the Canoes, Mark Twain, Columbia and Tom Sawyer’s Island will be closed as well.


Draining Rivers of America will provide an opportunity for safety-related changes to Tom Sawyer Island. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Across the esplanade, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney’s California Adventure will be closed while the rope bridges are replaced. Superstar Limo is still on indefinite hiatus.

“it’s a small world” will close on January 13, so the holiday overlay can be removed. Some suggest that Disney delayed this refurbishment with the hope that the Matterhorn and King Arthur Carrousel, both currently under extensive reconstruction, might be operational before yet another ride closes for rehab.


There are still some big holes in the side of the Matterhorn. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Next on the rehab wish list Though it seems that half of Disneyland is already closed for rehab, several other attractions may be added to the list if recurring maintenance issues are not resolved. ...Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train has replaced Soarin’ Over California as the DCA attraction with the most down time — quite a feat for a ride that never leaves the ground. ...Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened late this past Saturday as part of the attraction’s track was replaced. ...Monorail Purple threw a brake shoe Saturday morning — Monorail Orange did the same a few hours later. The monorails were then closed again—for over 6 hours—when the track switch from the roundhouse failed Saturday afternoon.


The Monorails are experiencing increasing mechanical problems; two had problems over the weekend. File photo.

A new attendance record – Disneyland Park set a new one-day attendance record on Friday, December 27, 2002, beating the previous record by about 200 visitors. Total attendance for the two parks was estimated at 108,000.

Here we go again – What is the best way to thank the Disneyland Resort cast members for their efforts during a truly busy holiday season? Why, reward them with another round of layoffs, of course. After budget meetings last week, managers are bracing for yet another wave of pink slips.

Out with the old, in with the new – Effective January 1, American Express is no longer the official credit card of the Disneyland Resort. The Resort no longer honors American Express discounts and benefits, and you cannot choose a Disney vacation in the American Express Membership Rewards program. These changes pave the way for the planned introduction of a Disney-branded Visa credit card this spring. Details are sketchy about this new credit card, but you can find answers to some basic questions about the program at Disney Online Guest Services.


Change comes slowly to resort cash registers (photo taken January 6). Maybe they should get the sign-making department on it. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

If you would like to be notified the instant you can apply for this new card, visit this “secret link” on the Disneyland.com site. The entry page asks you for a nonexistent 6-digit passcode – just choose any link from the “Select Option” pull-down box, and you are taken to a screen where you can provide your e-mail address. If you prefer to register by phone, call 1-888-688-4868.

Those who apply for the card between March 4 and 24 receive a collectible pin, and get “Cardmember since Day 1” embossed on their card.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • King Arthur Carrousel – may reopen any time January 13 - 30


    The King Arthur Carrousel is nearing completion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – may reopen any time January 13 - 30
  • “it’s a small world holiday” – begins January 13
  • Haunted Mansion – through January 23
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes – through late March
  • Rivers of America – through late March


    Tide's out at Rivers of America; the water level is dropping as the river is drained. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

  • Mark Twain Riverboat – through late March
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – through late March
  • Tom Sawyer Island – through late March


    The Tom Sawyer Island pontoon bridge needs much work. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle – indefinite

    Disney’s California Adventure

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Superstar Limo – indefinite

  • After less than two years, the rope bridges are being replaced at Redwood Creek. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Future Attraction Closures:

  • Splash Mountain – February 3 - 21
  • Mad Tea Party – February 24 - March 15
  • Space Mountain – February 2003 - August 2004
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – April 28 - May 30
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – September 2 - October 24

Please note that refurbishment schedules are estimates only, and that all information is subject to change without notice. You can get the most recent updates by calling Disneyland at (714) 781-7290 before you visit.


Park Events

Disney’s Aladdin – a Musical Spectacular – Special Annual Passholder Performances January 6 – 10, 12. Advance reservations are required – get more information at the MousePad discussion board.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Alaska Airlines airfare and hotel specials – Alaska Airlines is offering two specials for travel to the Disneyland Resort. A MousePad member alerted us that the airline is again offering the popular Kids Fly Free special, which includes airfare, hotel, park-hopper tickets, and more. This special offer can only be booked by calling Alaska Airlines at 1-800-468-2248. Adults traveling without kids can take advantage of other special hotel and air packages by booking at the Alaska Airlines Web site.

Free coffee on Main Street – Receive a free small coffee when you buy a mug at the Market House on Main Street, USA. This offer is only valid at the Market House, and is for a limited time only.

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
 
1/6
1/7
1/8
1/9
1/10
1/11
 
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

1/12
1/13
1/14

DL: Disneyland
DCA: Disney’s California Adventure

DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p
DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p
DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

Entertainment Schedule

Disneyland Park
Disney’s California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Monday 1/6
   

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

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

Calling All Space Scouts... A Buzz Lightyear Adventure - 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3:15p, 4:15p, 5:15p

Disney’s Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular: 12:30p, 2:15p
All other showtimes reserved for Annual Passholders, with advance reservations.

Goofy’s Beach Party Bash - 11:45a, 12:45p, 1:45p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - Noon, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p

No information available

Tuesday 1/7
   

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

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

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

Disney’s Aladdin - 1:15, 3p
All other showtimes reserved for Annual Passholders, with advance reservations.

Goofy’s Beach Party Bash - 11:45a, 12:45p, 1:45p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - Noon, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p

House of Blues - Social Distortion, 8:30p

Ralph Brennan's - Jazz Pianist Ray Johnson, 6p-10p

Wednesday 1/8
   

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

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

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

Disney’s Aladdin - 12:30p, 2:15p
All other showtimes reserved for Annual Passholders, with advance reservations.

Goofy’s Beach Party Bash - 11:45a, 12:45p, 1:45p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - Noon, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p

House of Blues - Social Distortion, 8:30p

Ralph Brennan's - Jazz Pianist Ray Johnson, 6p-10p

 

 

Thursday 1/9
   

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

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

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

Disney’s Aladdin - 12:30p, 2:15p

Goofy’s Beach Party Bash - 11:45a, 12:45p, 1:45p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - Noon, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p

House of Blues - Etta James, 8p

Ralph Brennan's - Jazz Pianist Ray Johnson, 6p-10p

Friday 1/10
   

"Believe...There's Magic in the Stars" Fireworks Show - 9:30p

Disneyland Parade of the Stars - 4:45p, 8p

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

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

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

Disney’s Electrical Parade - 8p

Disney’s Aladdin - 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p

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

House of Blues - 100.3 The Beat Radio Remote, 6a-10a

House of Blues - Social Distortion, 8:30p

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

Saturday 1/11
   

"Believe...There's Magic in the Stars" Fireworks Show - 9:30p

Disneyland Parade of the Stars - 4:45p, 8p

Club Buzz Presents Instant Replay: A Tribute to the Decades of Rock 'n Roll - 7p, 8p, 8:45p, 10p

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

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

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

Disney’s Electrical Parade - 8p

Disney’s Aladdin - 11:45a, 1:30p, 4:45p

Pacific Wharf Stage Presents the Fenians - 3:30p, 5:30p, 7:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - 11a, Noon, 1p, 3p, 4:00p, 5p

House of Blues - Social Distortion, 8:30p

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

Compass Books - George McClements Book Signing, 1p-2p

Sunday 1/12
   

Disneyland Parade of the Stars - 4:45p, 8p

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, 5:30 p

Mickey's Detective School - 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

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

Disney’s Electrical Parade - 8p

Disney’s Aladdin - 12:45p, 2:30p, 4:45p
All other showtimes reserved for Annual Passholders, with advance reservations.

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

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

House of Blues - Social Distortion, 8:30p

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

Ralph Brennan's - Lisa Haley and the Zydecats, 11a-3p

Monday 1/13

Disneyland Parade of the Stars - 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

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

Disney’s Aladdin - 12:30p, 2:15p, 5:00p

Goofy’s Beach Party Bash - 11:45a, 12:45p, 1:45p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - Noon, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p

ESPN Zone - Monday Night Live, 9p
Tuesday 1/14

Disneyland Parade of the Stars - 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 - 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3:15p, 4:15p, 5:15p

Disney’s Aladdin - 12:30p, 2:15p, 5:00p

Goofy’s Beach Party Bash - 11:45a, 12:45p, 1:45p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It! - Noon, 1p, 2p, 4p, 5p

Ralph Brennan's - Jazz Pianist Ray Johnson, 6p-10p


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