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A little less Variety in Frontierland


A long-time show will be closing. Photo by Alex Stroup.

The Golden Horseshoe Saloon has been home to the Golden Horseshoe Variety Show twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when headliner Billy Hill & the Hillbillies took their days off.


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In an e-mail to his fans, Dana Daniels, star of the variety show, announced that Wednesday, October 8 would be the show's last performance:

“It is with great sadness that I report that the last performance of the Golden Horseshoe Variety Show will be October 8th. 2003. Show times will be 11:45 am 1:15 PM 3:00 PM 4:15 PM 5:30 PM The show will be replaced with the current 5 day show Billy Hill and Hillbillies. That's right… Hillbillies 24/7. I have been performing this show for the last 8 years two days a week five shows a day. That's over 4000 shows folks. It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of the history of the Golden Horseshoe and I look forward to possibly returning in the future (with a higher daily rate). I would also like to thank my piano player Hal Ratliff for his wonderful piano playing, dedication and consistency. (I'll Be Back).”

Those who want to keep track of Daniels after he leaves Disneyland can visit his personal Web site at danadaniels.com.


Two more days of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies. Photo by Alex Stroup.

A Disney Blast to the Past - 2004 Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics

The Walt Disney Art Classics convention returns to Disneyland next May. The 2004 celebration theme is A Disney Blast to the Past, and runs May 14 to 16. Previous event attendees have just received their invitation in the mail.


During our retro trip backward, you will be welcomed as “students” of Medfield College. (Alma matter of the Absent-Minded Professor) where you will complete your “crash courses” in Disney History, Sociology and Fine Arts, culminating in an unforgettable “graduation party sock hop.”

Be prepared to swoon over our array of Limited Edition Collectibles, greet some of your favorite Disney stars of the era, and enjoy the oh-so-cool activities, created just for our 2004 Class of Medfield College. (The College of Disney Knowledge), such as:

2004 Walt Disney Art Classics Curriculum:

  • Entertaining and educational Medfield College courses presented by the following scheduled “faculty”:
    • Disney Legend Fess Parker
    • Beloved original Mousketeers Bobby Burgess and Sherry Alberoni
    • Acclaimed Disney voice artist Corey Burton salutes famous Disney “voices” of the past.
  • Private after-hours Rockin' Good-time party in Disney's California Adventure
  • Informative and fun Walt Disney animation art cel painting class.
  • “Extra credit course” with a surprise Disney Legend.
  • A swell tribute to the Mickey Mouse Club.
  • A spot-on salute to Walt Disney's animated feature 101 Dalmatians.
  • Appearances by noted Disney artists David Pacheco and Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptors Kent Melton and Dusty Horner.
  • Event-themed limited edition art offerings and Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures available for purchase.
  • Specialty logo merchandise available for purchase.
  • 1-day, 1-park passport to either Disneyland Park or Disney's California Adventure.
  • Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture unveiling.
  • Merchandise signing opportunities.
  • Mingle with fellow “students” and meet your Walt Disney Art Classics “faculty.”
  • Plus many more surprises to blast from the past.

Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are 550 spots. Previous attendees can register until October 15, after which any remaining spaces will be offered to other interested guests.

Credential-only packages are $595 for adults and juniors, $585 for children aged 3 to 9. Disneyland Resort Annual passholders receive a discount of $35 for adults and juniors and $25 for children aged 3 to 9.

Hotel packages, including two nights at the Disneyland Hotel, are:

  • $999.70 per person, single occupancy.
  • $797.35 per person, double occupancy.
  • $729.90 per person, triple occupancy.
  • $696.18 per person, quad occupancy.

Additional nights are available for $203.35 per room, up to four people.

For more information about this event, call Walt Disney Event Services at (407) 827-7600.

New Disney Gallery Haunted Mansion Exhibit at Disneyland

Disneyland's merchandise department sent us this announcement about the upcoming Disney Gallery exhibit:

Beginning on October 2, 2003 “FRIGHTS! CAMERAS! ACTION! The Haunted Mansion Goes Hollywood” will materialize at The Disney Gallery. This new exhibit showcases original concept sketches and renderings created for the classic attraction plus artwork, costumes and props created for the new fun-filled, fright-packed comedy-adventure, The Haunted Mansion, which premieres in November 2003.

This exhibit highlights the relationship through time of different generations of artists, showing how concepts created more than 40 years ago have come to life through the vision and talents of today's filmmakers.

For more information please visit www.DisneyGallery.com after October 2, 2003.

A longer rehab for Redwood Creek

The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at DCA has been closed since September 2 for rehab. The area was originally scheduled to open this past weekend, but the rehab has been extended another month. Look for the area to reopen on Friday, October 31.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Splash Mountain closed through November 6
  • Haunted Mansion closed through October 2 to install the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through closed indefinitely.
  • Space Mountain closed through 2005
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad closed indefinitely.


Construction on Tower of Terror continues. All indications are that on this ride, something will go terribly wrong.

Disney’s California Adventure

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed through October 31
  • Superstar Limo closed indefinitely


These pipes have recently been installed, and should be visible to riders when the doors open. Photo by Alex Stroup.

Future Attraction Closures

  • “it's a small world” closed October 20 to November 7 to install the “it's a small world” Holiday overlay
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closed November 3 to 26
  • Mark Twain Riverboat closed indefinitely after November 3
Note: Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781-7290.

Park Events

October


There's one weekend of Fiesta Latina left. Photo by Alex Stroup

  • Fiesta Latina at Disney's California Adventure. October 4 and 5.
  • CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park. October 5.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Exclusive Dinner Wednesday, October 1.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Event. Thursday, October 2.
  • MouseAdventure at DCA. October 12.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas film screening at the Disneyland Resort. October 30.


Gaucho Pluto is on hand for meet-and-greets. Photo by Alex Stroup.

November

  • Ambassador Pin Event - Date to be announced.
  • Cast Member Create-A-Pin Contest pin release - Date to be announced.

December

  • Marie Osmond “Enchanted Tiki Room Hostess” doll release and meet-and-greet at Disneyland. Saturday, December 6.
  • Candlelight Processional at Disneyland. December 6 and 7.
  • Robert Olszewski “Central Plaza” sculpture release at Disneyland. Saturday, December 13.

February

  • Sleeping Beauty's Royal Ball. Details to be announced. February 14.

May

  • A Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics – “A Disney Blast to the Past.” Registration for returning participants through October 15; open registration begins October 16. May 14 to 16.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Fall Resident Salute– Two parks, two days for the price of one

Southern California residents can purchase a one-day ticket to Disneyland and a one-day ticket to Disney's California Adventure for the price of a regular one-day admission.*

The resort hotels are offering a “Stay and Play” package in conjunction with this discount. It includes the resident salute 2-for-1 theme park ticket PLUS a one-night stay at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. The package starts at $89 per person. ** To book this package, call(714)956-MICKEY and ask for the package code SAP.

*Offer valid through 11/24/03 for Southern California residents ZIP codes 90000-93599. Admission valid one day at Disneyland Park, and one day at Disney's California Adventure Park. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person, per day, with valid ID. First day of use must be on purchase day. Ticket valid 30 days from first use, or through 11/25/03, whichever occurs first. Restrictions apply. Tickets are non-transferable. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

**Valid for arrivals through 11/24/03 for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599. $89 price is per person, double occupancy, Sunday through Thursday standard room rate at Disney\'s Paradise Pier Hotel, and includes 2 days admission, valid one day at Disneyland Park, and one day at Disney\'s California Adventure Park. Weekend rates and other room rates may vary. Ticket valid 30 days from first use, or through 11/25/03, whichever occurs first. Price excludes resort fees and taxes. Limit 5 people per room, at an additional cost per person. Promotional rate is subject to availability and advance reservations required. Not available for groups.

All offers, events, tickets, age ranges, services, attractions, and entertainment, may be seasonal, and are subject to change without notice.

A Nightmare deal at Costco

MousePad member Tiki Junki purchased a copy of The Nightmare Before Christmas at a local Costco store, and discovered a Disneyland Resort offer inside. The $13 Special Edition DVD comes with a voucher for up to four pre-issued Fastpass tickets for the Haunted Mansion, and a voucher for one free cloisonne pin from the Le Bat en Rouge Shop in New Orleans Square. The vouchers, redeemable at Disneyland, are good through March 31, 2004. There is nothing to mail in, so you won't wait several weeks for the passes and pin to arrive.

Annual Passholders nights at the Disneyland Resort hotels

Annual passholder discounts are available at the Paradise Pier Hotel through December 12. Rates are $79 per night weekdays, and $119 per night weekends. AP rooms are also available at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel at higher rates.

Get 5 days and 4 nights for the price of 3

Book a package at the Disneyland Resort for a minimum four-nights through the Walt Disney Travel Company, and your package price will include one night's free accommodations at participating hotels. Your package will also include a five-day Disneyland Resort park hopper ticket for the price of a three-day Disneyland Resort park hopper ticket. Click here for a list of participating hotels and dates.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute

Through Friday, December 19, all active members of the United States military (including Coast Guard and activated National Guard and Reservists) qualify for Disney's Armed Forces Salute and can claim one free 3-day park-hopper tickets. Since the tickets expire on December 19, you must claim them by December 17 to use all three day's worth. The passes can only be claimed at a park gate ticket booth. To claim the passes, valid military ID must be shown; activated National Guard and Reservists must also show their active duty orders.

In addition to the one free pass, each qualifying person can also purchase up to five 3-day companion passes for $39 each. If the qualifying person cannot visit a park to purchase these companion tickets, a spouse may do so instead.

Annual passholder discounts at Alamo

California residents get discounts of up to 20% off Alamo's retail rates in the United States. For more details and the discount code you'll need for this offer, visit the annual passholder section of the Disneyland Web site.

ESPN Zone discounts for annual passholders

Disneyland annual passholders can get an Season Ticket Frequent Dining Card at the Downtown Disney ESPN Zone. The Season Ticket entitles you to a free soda with your meal purchase of $6.99 or more. Once you have made four meal purchases, you receive the fifth meal and soda free, and get a chance to win a pair of tickets to the ESPY Awards in 2004. See location for more information and details.

City Pass now available with AAA packages

You can now purchase the Southern California City Pass with Walt Disney Travel Company packages.

With a Southern California City Pass booklet, you will receive admission to five separate entertainment options. Admission includes:

  • 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket
  • 1-day ticket to Sea World Adventure park
  • 1-day ticket to the World-famous San Diego Zoo
  • 1-day ticket to Knott's Theme Park.

Instead of the Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket currently included in California packages from the Walt Disney Travel Company, guests can select a Southern California city's for an additional charge of $47 per pass ($32 per pass for guests ages 3 through 9).

Note: The Southern California City's does not include the $10 ESPN Zone Arena Game Card, or the California package's feature that allows guests to collect multiple Fastpass tickets at once for free in advance.

5-Day Park Hopper promotion extended

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.

AAA Passport Plus Package

For $122.75, you can get a 5-day park hopper and the following extras:

  • Multiple attraction Fastpass (The “Unlimited” option)
  • Breakfast in the park (one per person)
  • Free ESPN Zone arena game card ($10 value)
  • AAA Free parking at the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks

A $13.75 FedEx fee applies to each reservation, (not per person). This package is available without an air or hotel purchase, and must be purchased at your local AAA affiliate office at least 5 days before you plan to use the tickets.

Many readers have experienced difficulties when trying to purchase this package from their local AAA affiliate. Be sure to read this thread on our MousePad discussion boards, for more information about the package and tips on how to help your AAA travel agent book your package.

AAA-Disney's Resort Magic Package

This package requires a minimum 2-night hotel stay, and includes:

  • Accommodations at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel, or Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
  • Disneyland Resort Hotel self-parking and Fitness Center access
  • Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket – valid for entry into Disneyland park and Disney's California Adventure park with full park-hopping privileges
  • Free ESPN Zone Arena Game Card – $10 value (one per person)
  • New. Collect Fastpass tickets for multiple attractions at one time. Preferred Seating at a choice of select shows in Disney's California Adventure
  • Exclusive – Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard (one per person)
  • Exclusive – Walt Disney Travel Company California Fun Book (one per package)
  • Exclusive – Disneyland Resort Magical Pocket Guide (one per package)

You can book this package through your local AAA affiliate travel agent.


Park Hours/Blockout Dates

DL: Disneyland
DCA: Disney’s California Adventure
Annual Pass blockout dates: SoCal - Southern California Annual Pass. DX - Deluxe Annual Pass

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
  9/29 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4
 

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-11p
DCA 10a–8p

DL 8a–12a
DCA 10a–9p
SoCal

10/5 10/6          

DL 9a–11p
DCA 10a–9p

DL 10a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

         

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates 2003-2004 page to see more dates.


Entertainment Schedule

Disneyland Park
Disney’s California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Monday 9/29

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

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 5:00p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Jazz Pianist Ray Johnson 6p

 

Tuesday 9/30

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show 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 5:00p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen jazz pianist Ray Johnson 6p

 

Wednesday 10/1

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show 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 5:00p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

 

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen jazz pianist Ray Johnson 6p

 

Thursday 10/2

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

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 5:00p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen jazz pianist Ray Johnson 6p

 

Friday 10/3

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:45p 8p

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

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

Club Buzz Stage Presents The Basix 7p 8p 9:20p

Fantasmic 9p

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

Aladdin and Jasmine's StoryTale Adventures 11a 11:55a 12:55p 1:55p 3:34p 4:40p 5:35p 6:30p

Disney's Electrical Parade 8p

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

Pacific Wharf Stage Presents Soto 2:45p 3:45p 4:45p 6:15p 7:15p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

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

 

Saturday 10/4

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:45p 8p

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

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

Club Buzz Stage Presents The Basix 7p 8p 8:45p, 10p, 11p

Fantasmic 9p 10:30p

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

Jump, Jive Boogie Swing Party Featuring Swingtown 7p 8p 9:30p 10:30p

Aladdin and Jasmine's StoryTale Adventures 11a 11:55a 12:55p 1:55p 3:34p 4:40p 5:35p 6:30p

Fiesta Latina all day

Disney's Electrical Parade 8:45p

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

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

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

 

Sunday 10/5

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:45p 8p

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

Fantasmic 9p

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

Aladdin and Jasmine's StoryTale Adventures 11a 11:55a 12:55p 1:55p 3:34p 4:40p 5:35p 6:30p

Fiesta Latina all day

Disney's Electrical Parade 8:45p

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

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 11:30a 12:30p 1:30p 3:15p 4:15p 5:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

Jazz Chicory 11:30a 3p

Mark Justin Trio 6p 10p

House of Blues Gospel Brunch 10a, 1p ($16.50 $33)

 

Monday 10/6

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

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 5:00p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen jazz pianist Ray Johnson 6p

 

Tuesday 10/7

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 7p

The Golden Horseshoe Variety Show 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 5:00p

Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! 10:30a 11:30a 12:30p 2:15p 3:15p 4:15p

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! Noon 1p 2p 4p 5p

The Ugly Bug Ball 11a 12p 1p 2:30p 3:30p 4:30p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen jazz pianist Ray Johnson 6p

 



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