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You're right, it's crowded

A few MousePlanet readers have noted that Disneyland seems busier than usual even for this time of year. While Disney does not release attendance figures, Disneyland extended its operating hours three days last week. The park has made additional adjustments for this coming week; a sure sign that they are experiencing larger-than-normal spring break crowds.


To handle the crowds, the Monorail returns to one-way service. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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Tomorrowland remains a maze of construction walls, as the repaving project continues. The Monorail fleet—often consisting only of Monorail Blue—has gone to one-way-only service to help accommodate the crowds.


Dumbo is grounded until April 1. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland can feel even busier because of the number of rides closed for rehab. Fewer attractions mean there are fewer lines available to soak up the crowds.

Meanwhile, construction continues

As Disneyland marches towards its 50th birthday, the maze of construction walls and scaffolds is moving slowly towards Sleeping Beauty Castle. Work continues on the interior of City Hall, and has begun on the exterior of the Disneyana/Market House complex. Down the street, visitors can catch a glimpse over the wooden walls of the newly olive tree-free Central Plaza.


Most of the scaffolds have come down from around the City Hall complex. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


City Hall looks brand new after refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Disneyland Fire Department sports a fresh coat of paint. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Scaffolds spring up around the Disneyana/Market House complex. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The south side of Flower Street gets a facelift. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Walt and Mickey "Partners" statue stands amid the Central Plza construction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Construction walls circle the Central Plaza, from where 125-year old olive trees were removed last week.

The Ladybugs are back


The Lady Bugs are back, but they aren't dancing yet. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The ride vehicles have been replaced at Francis' Lady Bug Boogie, although the attraction reopening date is still listed as "to be determined" in the cast member reference guide.


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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Dumbo closed through April 1.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure closed through April 2.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through closed indefinitely.
  • Space Mountain closed through 2005.

Disney’s California Adventure

  • Superstar Limo closed indefinitely (rumored to reopen May 19).
  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie closed indefinitely.

Future Closures

  • Muppet Vision 3D closed March 22 – 25.
  • Adventureland restrooms closed April 19 – May 1.
  • Peter Pan's Flight closed April 19 to May 28.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean closed May 3 – 7.
  • Alice in Wonderland closed June 1 – July 3.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle closed June 21 – October 2.
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures closed August 23 – September 11.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room closes September 8 – October 30.
  • Haunted Mansion closed September 13 – October 1 for installation of Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds closed September 13 – November 5.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel Pool closed May 3 – 8.
  • Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom closed July 2 – 16.
  • Disneyland Hotel Convention Center lobby, upper level & lower level closed July 16 – September 1.
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

Ongoing

  • Frights, Camera, Action exhibit about the Haunted Mansion attraction and movie at the Disney Gallery, extended through April 18.

March

  • MousePlanet's MouseAdventure puzzle-and-scavenger-hunt event. March 28.
  • Spring Premiere Sculpture Event debuts “I'm not Bad, I'm Just Drawn That Way,” a 5,000-unit limited edition porcelain sculpture of Jessica Rabbit. Walt Disney Classics Collection event will be held both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. March 26 – 28.

April

  • Tower of Terror event, details available at the Disney Gallery Web site (link). April 22 & 23.

May

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Opening at DCA. May 5.
  • A Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics – “A Disney Blast to the Past” May 14 – 16.

October

  • CHOC Walk - this fun-walk through Disneyland park is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Orange County (link). October 3.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Car rental discounts

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders save up to 20 percent car rentals from Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. Restrictions apply—get full details and the necessary discount codes on the Annual Passholder Web site (link).

Mighty Ducks tickets

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders save up to 50 percent on Mighty Ducks tickets. Offer applies to selected dates only, through April 4. There are three seating areas to choose from, at varying prices and discount levels. Visit the Annual Passholder Web site for more details (link).

Anaheim Angels tickets

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders save on Anaheim Angels tickets. Offer applies to selected dates only. There are three seating areas to choose from. Visit the Annual Passholder Web site for more details (link).

Disney's Passport Plus Package for 2004 includes:

  • Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket
  • $10 ESPN Zone Arena Game Card
  • Preferred Seating at select shows in Disney's California Adventure Park
  • California Diamond Fun Book (one per package)
  • Free parking at Disneyland Resort Theme Parks

Prices are as follows:

  • 5-day: $129 (children: $99)
  • 6-day: $159 (children: $129)
  • 7-day: $184 (children: $149)

An additional handling fee of $10 will be charged per mailing address.

New SoCal Salute announced; two parks, two days at one-day price

The Disneyland Resort is offering a new version of the Southern Californian resident salute through Friday, April 30. Residents may spend a day at Disneyland and a day at Disney's California Adventure for the price of a one-day ticket.

Eligible residents can purchase up to five “2fer” tickets per day with proof of Southern California residency (zip codes 90000 through 93599, or Northern Baja California residents within zip codes 21000 through 22999; valid ID required). “2fer” tickets are priced at the regular one-day ticket prices for the Disneyland Resort theme parks—$47 for ages 10 and up, $37 for ages 3 through 9—and are available at Resort ticket booths as well as at the Disneyland Web site (link).

The first day of use must occur on the date of purchase; the second day of use must occur within 30 days of purchase or before April 30, whichever occurs first.

New AAA tickets

AAA announced new ticket plans for the Disneyland Resort:

  • 2-day adult Flex Passport $98 (children: $78)
  • 5-day adult Flex Passport $129 (children: $99)

The new prices took effect December 24, 2003, and all tickets include free parking.

Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute

“Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute” entitles active California firefighters, law enforcement and rescue personnel, with proper organization and photo ID, to one free three-day park hopper ticket. They can also make a one-time purchase of up to five three-day park hopper companion tickets for $39 each. Discounted hotel rates are also available at the three Disneyland Resort hotels.

The promotion is valid through March 31, except for blackout dates of February 14 to 16. For more details, visit Disneyland's Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute Web page (link) or call (714) 520-5069.

Annual Passholders nights at the Disneyland Resort hotels

Annual passholders can book a room at the Paradise Pier hotel for $59. This offer is valid only on Sunday nights, through March.

Annual Passholders can also book rooms at the Paradise Pier Hotel for $79 a night, Sunday through Thursday.

Weekend rates and discounts for the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian are higher. Make reservations at 714-956-MICKEY, and ask for rate plan APN. Note: these offers run concurrently. If your trip includes a Sunday night stay, be sure to ask for the lower rate for that night.

City Pass available with AAA packages

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

A Southern California City Pass booklet includes admission to five separate entertainment options:

  • 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 children 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.

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

3/22

3/23
3/24
3/25
3/26
2/27
 

DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p

DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p

DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p

DL 9a–10p
DCA 10a–8p

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p SoCal

DL 8a–12a
DCA 10a–10p
SoCal/DX

3/28 3/29          

DL 8a–11a
DCA 10a–10p

DL 9a–9p
DCA 10a–8p

         

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


Entertainment Schedule

Disneyland Park
Disney’s California Adventure
Downtown Disney
Monday 3/22

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

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p, 2:15p, 5p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

 

House of Blues
Club Detour 8p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Rob Kloptenstein 6:30p

Tuesday 3/23

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

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p, 2:15p, 5p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

House of Blues
Hip Hop: Musiq 8p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Doug Lacy Piano 6:30p

Wednesday 3/24

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

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p, 2:15p, 5p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

Chance to Shine 11a, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

House of Blues
Punk/Alt: The Von Bondies 8p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Doug Lacy Piano 6:30p

Thursday 3/25

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

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

 

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p, 2:15p, 5p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

Chance to Shine 11a, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

D.U.H. - Department of Untapped Hilarity 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p, 6p

House of Blues
Alternative: Slightly Stoopid 8p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans 6:30p

Friday 3/26

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:15p, 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, 9:30p, 10:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

Pacific Wharf Blues Bash Featuring The L.A. Groove Mission 3:45p, 4:45p, 6:15p, 7:15p

Chance to Shine 11a, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

D.U.H. - Department of Untapped Hilarity 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

House of Blues
Alternative: Slightly Stoopid 8p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans 7p

Saturday 3/27

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:15p, 8p

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

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

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

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p, 7:15p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

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

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

Pacific Wharf Blues Bash Featuring The L.A. Groove Mission 4:45p, 5:45p, 7:15p, 8:15p

Chance to Shine 11a, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

D.U.H. - Department of Untapped Hilarity 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 2:30p

 

House of Blues
Pop/Alt: Modest Mouse 8p

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans 7p

Sunday 3/28

Disneyland Parade of the Stars 4:15p, 8p

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

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

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

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p, 7:15p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

Pacific Wharf Blues Bash Featuring The L.A. Groove Mission 4:45p, 5:45p, 7:15p, 8:15p

Chance to Shine 11a, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

D.U.H. - Department of Untapped Hilarity 1:15p, 2p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 6:30p

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

Rock: Story of the Year 7:30p

Monday 3/29

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

Snow White - An Enchanting New Musical 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:45p, 4:45p, 6p

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

Once Upon a Time Storytelling 11a, noon, 1p

Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 12:30p, 2:15p, 5p

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, noon, 1p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p

The Magic of Brother Bear 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

D.U.H. - Department of Untapped Hilarity 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, 3p, 4p, 5p

 



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