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Fire!

A small electrical fire Saturday morning at the Playhouse Disney show resulted in the temporary closure of the Hollywood Backlot District, and a bit more excitement for visitors who had come to ride DCA's new Tower of Terror. Three Anaheim fire trucks responded to the fire, which was reportedly traced to a sign on the exterior of the Playhouse Disney building, while tourists were evacuated from the area and redirected to other areas of the park.


Playhouse Disney remained closed after an electrical fire Saturday morning forced the evacuation of the Hollywood Backlot. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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Although the initial report was that the fire was “visible” on-stage, it generated nothing more than smoke and was quickly extinguished. Nobody was injured, although the attraction did not reopen Saturday. Reports differ on how long the Hollywood Backlot was closed, with a DCA cast member saying the area was closed for no more than 90 minutes, and park visitors saying the area was closed for over eight hours. The area was definitely open by 8 p.m., and a special event dinner in the Hollywood and Dine building proceeded without a problem.

Hints from the 50th

Attendees of the 2004 Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics convention got to hear a few of the merchandise plans for the upcoming Disneyland 50th Anniversary celebration. Among the items being developed for the occassion:

  • A six-disc boxed set of music from Disneyland, as well as a new official park album by Randy Thornton, Walt Disney Records' award-winning producer.
  • A new official Disneyland souvenir book for the anniversary by Imagineer Bruce Gordon and author Tim O'Day.
  • A new Disneyland souvenir DVD.


Randy Thornton, Corey Burton and Craig Hodgkins (left to right) address the Walt Disney Art Classics convention. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Thornton also revealed some of the CD titles to be included in the third phase of the Wonderland Music Project, scheduled for release in July:

  • Tutti Camarata conducts music from The Parent Trap
  • Meet Me Down on Mainstreet, with The Mellowmen Barber Shop Quartet
  • A Musical Tour of France with Maurice Chevalier
  • Hawaiiannette – Annette sings Songs of Hawaii
  • Tubby the Tuba

Waiting for the ship to come in

Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn and Councilwoman Janice Hahn were among the officials present to formally announce that the Disney Cruise Line will make the Port of Los Angeles its temporary home when the Disney Magic comes to the West Coast in May 2005.


Admiral Mickey arrives at the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Hahns were joined by Admiral Mickey Mouse and Sailor Minnie Mouse, as well as Scott Tanner, director of travel industry sales for the Disneyland Resort, and members of the Disneyland Band.


Scott Tanner (left, next to Mickey) and LA Mayor Jim Hahn (right, next to Minnie), announce that the Disney Magic is making the Port of Los Angeles its temporary home. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Councilwoman Hahn said that the Port of Los Angeles would soon be known as the Happiest Port on Earth, and related that she and Mayor Hahn had been at Disneyland's opening day nearly 50 years ago. Mayor Hahn spoke of the economic impact the Disney cruises would have on the local area, generating $2 million in spending and $500,000 in wages for the city.


Councilwoman Janice Hahn introduces her granddaughter McKenna to Minnie Mouse. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Mayor Hahn noted that the Los Angeles World Cruise Center is currently the second largest in the state. “We want it to be number one, and Disney is going to help us get there,” he said.


Scott Tanner presents the first boarding pass to Mickey and Minnie. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Disney Cruise Line will begin operations from the Port of Los Angeles on May 28, 2005, when the first of 12 seven-day cruises departs for the Mexican Rivera. The Disney Magic returns to its home port in Florida in August.

Walk this way

The Disney VoluntEARS Walk Team invites MousePlanet readers to join Disneyland Resort Cast Members in an upcoming walk to raise money for the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County:

The Disneyland Resort VoluntEARS are putting together their seventh walk team for AIDS WALK ORANGE COUNTY on Sunday, June 6, 2004 at the University of California, Irvine campus. The walk starts at 9:30, with the Team Photo at 8:30am. It's a 7K walk with a fabulous Family Fun Zone, Food Festival and Health Expo after the walk. Mickey and Minnie are scheduled to be there in their yellow VoluntEARS T-shirts too!

Disneyland has always reached out to the community and this is a great way for our true Disney fans to help out and be part of our team. We encourage all of your readers to join us that morning and raise money and awareness for this devastating disease. Did you know that Anaheim has the second highest infection rate in Orange County for HIV/AIDS? All of the money raised goes to benefit AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County, the largest most comprehensive not-for-profit AIDS-service provider in the county.

It's really easy to join the Team. Simply visit www.aidswalk.org/oc and click on the Disneyland Resort VoluntEARS hompage, or they can call Disneyland Resort Community Relations at (714) 781-0602. Each walker who raises a minimum of $50 will receive a special, limited edition cloisonne pin (while supplies last), plus they'll get a VoluntEARS T-shirt, a chance to win some cool prizes and be part of the Disneyland Resort Team Photo!

We'd love to invite your readers to join us. Together we can make a difference. Together we make it happen.

In addition to signing up as an official VoluntEAR, MousePlanet readers are invited to join Team MousePlanet informally for the walk. Our team, which will be led at the event by MousePlanet staff Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, will be unofficial, and not registered as a formal group with the event. Team MousePlanet is a casual group that provides support, encouragement and camaraderie for those wishing to lead a healthy lifestyle. Follow Team MousePlanet on our MousePad discussion board.

Mickey's new Mini

Mickey Mouse has some new wheels. A new mouse-themed Mini Cooper has arrived at the Disneyland Resort. The car is an official company vehicle, and will be used in park cavalcades and to shuttle VIPs around the area.


Keep your eyes peeled for Mickey's new ride. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The custom-decorated car is so new it doesn't have license plates yet—Disney is still waiting for word from the DMV if the vanity plate they want is available.

Corrections

In the May 3 Update, we provided incorrect requirements for children riding attractions alone. A cast member sent in this correction about the new policy.

“To ride alone you must be at least 7 years old. This is verified of course by simply asking the Guest how old they are. If you're under 7, you must be accompanied by a 'responsible party,' that's at least 16 years old or 54 inches tall. Most of the rides have more specific requirements that require the responsible party to be in the same row, or perhaps same vehicle as the child. This can create issues if there aren't enough responsible parties to share a row/vehicle with each child. In that case they'd have to do the standard child switch procedure.”

In the May 3 Update, we incorrectly reported about what online Fastpass vouchers could be redeemed for if the park had run out of Tower of Terror passes. The vouchers may be redeemed for Fastpass tickets to Grizzly River Run or California Screamin'.


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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Peter Pan's Flight closed through May 28.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through closed indefinitely.
  • Space Mountain closed through 2005.

Disney’s California Adventure

  • Superstar Limo closed indefinitely.
  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie closed indefinitely.

Future Closures

  • 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

May

  • Grad Nights: 20, 27

June

  • Grad Nights: June 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17

September

  • 2004 Haunted Mansion Holiday Event Thursday, September 30. Reservations will be accepted at the Disney Gallery Web site (link). May 24 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

October

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

May, 2005

  • Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebration begins May 5.

Current Discounts & Promotions

50th Anniversary Package

If you book a three-night resort stay at any of the Disneyland Resort hotels during the 50th anniversary promotion, your package includes a four-day Park Hopper ticket, a special 50th anniversary commemorative clock and a Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour.

The “50th Celebration Package” is available only for three-night stays, with arrival dates May 5 through December 31, 2005. The package can be booked through the Disneyland Web site (link), or by calling (714) 520-5060

The Disney Treasures offer for APs

Annual Passholders can receive a copy of The Disney Treasures book, worth $60, when they apply for a Disney Visa card. The book will be mailed after the cardholder uses the new account. Apply by phone at 1-800-640-5306, and mention card code 26FF.

Car rental discounts

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders save up to 20 percent on 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).

Anaheim Angels tickets

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can save 50 percent off the regular price of tickets for the following home games of the Anaheim Angels baseball team, which plays at nearby Angel Stadium of Anaheim (formerly Edison Field):

  • Baltimore Orioles: Saturday, May 22, 7:05 p.m.
  • Cleveland Indians: Friday, June 4, 7:05 p.m.
  • Oakland Athletics: Monday, June 21, 7:05 p.m.
  • Boston Red Sox: Thursday, July 15, 7:05 p.m.
  • Seattle Mariners: Sunday, August 1, 1:05 p.m.

Prices are: Terrace Box, $12.50 (reg. $25); Lower View Box, $7.50 (reg. $15); and Upper View, $6.00 (reg. $12).

Although there is no limit to how many tickets a passholder can purchase, you must use mail or fax in the order form provided at the Annual Passholder Web site, and you cannot purchase these tickets online or obtain them at the ticket window on the day of the game. See the passholder Web site for details (link).

AAA-Disney's Resort Magic Packages

If you are a AAA member, you can take advantage of these packages that include hotel nights and theme park tickets, along with extra ammenities:

  • 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.
  • New – Preferred seating at a choice of select shows in DCA
  • 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)

Sample prices include:

AAA Disney's Resort Magic: Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel for two nights from $269/adult, $127/ages 10-17, $97/ages 3-9

AAA Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Magic: Jolly Roger Hotel for two nights from $193/adult, $127/ages 10-17, $97/ages 3-9

These packages require a minimum two-night hotel stay, and are good for travel between April 18 to July 1, August 29 to November 21 and November 28 to December 23, 2004. You can book this package through your local AAA affiliate travel agent.

Disney's AAA Passport Plus Package 2004

If you don't need a hotel room, the Passport Plus Package offers AAA members a discount on Park Hopper tickets, and comes with extra benefits:
  • 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:

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

An additional handling fee of $10 is charged per mailing address. These tickets are available to AAA members only when purchased through AAA offices.

AAA ticket offers

For shorter stays, AAA offers 2- and 5-day tickets for the Disneyland Resort:

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

These tickets include free parking (the back of the passports note the free parking, so you will need the passport with you when you park your car).

CityPass

The Southern California CityPass 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 either the world-famous San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park
  • 1-day ticket to Knott's Theme Park (includes a free Knott's Berry Farm T-shirt with each child's City Pass)

The CityPass is $172 ($129 for children).

You can purchase the Southern California CityPass with Walt Disney Travel Company packages. 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 for an additional charge of $47 per pass ($32 per pass for children 3 through 9).

Note: The Southern California CityPass 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.


Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

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

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
  5/17 5/18 5/19 5/20 5/21 5/22
 

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–9p
SoCal/Sel

DL 8a–Mid
DCA 10a–9p
SoCal/Sel/DX

5/23 5/24 5/25        

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p
Sel

DL 9a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

DL 9a–8p
DCA 10a–6p

       

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

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for May 10 to 16 at Disneyland.com here.



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