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As the busy summer season begins this week, most of the news from the Disneyland Resort involves discounts and special offers to lure more visitors.

Discounted park hopper tickets for Annual Passholders


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Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can purchase 2-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets for a reduced rate of $79 ($59 for ages 3 to 9). The offer runs through Thursday, September 30, 2004.

Thanks to MousePlanet reader Tinker Bell for alerting us to this promotion.

Just don't ride after eating

On Friday, June 18, the Disneyland Resort and McDonald's launch a cross-promotion based on the new Tower of Terror ride. McDonald's customers who order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal receive a voucher for early admission to Disney's California Adventure (DCA) to ride the Tower of Terror one hour before the park opens.

Each voucher is good for one person, and valid DCA admission is required: you can't just pop in for the extra hour without buying a DCA ticket.

Vouchers are designated for June, July, or August, and distributed chronologically at participating McDonald's while supplies last. Each voucher may be redeemed only during the month appearing on the voucher.

Call (714) 781-7290 or Disneyland's promotion Web page (link) for more information. [Note: As of June 13, the Web site was not yet active, and redirected to the Disneyland Web site.]

Thanks to MousePlanet reader Opus1guy for obtaining the information on this promotion from McDonalds.

Hand over your cash and ignore the white mountain over there

The Annual Passport processing location has been moved from the Plaza Pavillion on Main Street to the “image capture” gift shop at the exit of Space Mountain, while the Plaza Pavillion is being converted into a temporary pin shop and children's craft area for a summer promotion.

Space Mountain remains closed as a new track is installed, and is expected to re-open in late 2005.

Mickey's All-American Pin Festival delayed

Mickey's All-American Pin Festival, the summer merchandise promotion scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 20, has been postponed. Cast members say that the special pins ordered for the event have been delayed in production, and will not arrive on time. Disneyland will announce new dates for the event later this month.


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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

Note: Disneyland will progressively begin closing more and more attractions as the park readies for its 50th anniversary celebration in 2005.

  • Alice in Wonderland closed through July 2.
  • 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

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle closed June 21 – September 18.
  • Aladdin's Oasis closed July 30 – March 12, 2005.
  • Plaza Pavilion closed July 30 – March 12, 2005.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room closed July 30 – March 12, 2005.
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures closed August 23 – September 11.
  • Star Tours reduced capacity, as each of the four cabins rotate through refurbishment September 7–22.
  • Haunted Mansion closed September 7 – October 1 for installation of Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay. Closed January 10–25, 2005 for removal of Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Maliboomer reduced capacity (2 of 3 towers operating) November 1–25, January 3–22, 31, 2005 – March 12, 2005.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds closed September 13 – November 24.
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish reduced capacity January 21, 2005 – March 5, 2005.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom closed July 2–16.
  • Disneyland Hotel Convention Center lobby, upper level & lower level closed July 16 – September 1.
  • Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel pool slide & kiddies pool closed through June 5.
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

June

  • Grad Nights June 16 and 17
  • The next piece in Robert Olzewski's “Disneyland in Miniature” series—the City Hall and Fire Station complex—is being released at Disneyland. Saturday, June 26

September

  • 2004 Haunted Mansion Holiday Event Thursday, September 30.

October

  • CHOC Walk – this fun-walk through Disneyland park is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Orange County (link). Sunday, October 3. [Note: MousePlanet staff will be organizing a group of readers to join “Team MousePlanet” for this event. Keep your eye here for details.]
  • MousePlanet's MouseAdventure quest-and-adventure event – a Sunday in October. [Read more about MouseAdventure here, and be reminded of it by sending email here.]

May 2005

  • Disneyland closed on May 4, 2005 to “put the finishing touches” on the 50th Anniversary celebration. DCA open on May 4.
  • Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebration begins May 5.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Discounted park hopper tickets for Annual Passholders

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can purchase 2-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets for a reduced rate of $79 ($59 for ages 3 to 9). The offer runs through Thursday, September 30, 2004.

Thanks to MousePlanet reader Tinker Bell for alerting us to this promotion.

McDonald's Tower of Terror early admission voucher

On Friday, June 18, the Disneyland Resort and McDonald's launch a cross-promotion based on the new Tower of Terror ride. McDonald's customers who order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal receive a voucher for early admission to Disney's California Adventure (DCA) to ride the Tower of Terror one hour before the park opens.

Each voucher is good for one person, and valid DCA admission is required: you can't just pop in for the extra hour without buying a DCA ticket.

Vouchers are designated for June, July, or August, and distributed chronologically at participating McDonald's while supplies last. Each voucher may be redeemed only during the month appearing on the voucher.

Call (714) 781-7290 or Disneyland's promotion Web page (link) for more information. [Note: As of June 13, the Web site was not yet active, and redirected to the Disneyland Web site.]

Thanks to MousePlanet reader Opus1guy for obtaining the information on this promotion from McDonalds.

Costco offers “Play 4 Days” tickets

MousePlanet reader DJ_MENTOS let us know that Costco is again offering “Play 4 Days” tickets to the Disneyland Resort. The $79 ticket (for ages 3 through adult) is good for four one-day admissions to Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. The tickets are non-transferable—the same person must use all four admissions.

The ticket expires once the four admissions are used, or on June 30, 2004, whichever comes first. This is not a park-hopper pass, although you could probably use one admission per day at each park, in effect using the four admissions as a two-day park-hopper.

The tickets are available only to Costco members who are residents of Southern California. Costco membership and proof of residency is zip codes 90000 through 93599 is required. Tickets must be purchased at Costco, with a limit of five tickets per member per day.

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 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):

  • 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 (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)
  • Collect Fastpass tickets for multiple attractions at one time.
  • Preferred seating at a choice of select shows in DCA
  • An exclusive Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard (one per person)
  • An exclusive Walt Disney Travel Company California Fun Book (one per package)
  • An 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 now through 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:

  • SL – Southern California Select Annual Pass.
  • SC – Southern California Annual Pass.
  • DX – Deluxe Annual Pass.
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
  6/14 6/15 6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19
 

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–7p

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–7p

DL 9a–9p
DCA 10a–7p

DL 9a–9p
DCA 10a–7p
SL/SC

DL 9a–11p
DCA 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL 8a–Mid
DCA 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23 6/24 6/25 6/26

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p
SL

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL 8a–11p
DCA 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL 8a–Mid
DCA 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

Visit ourAnnual Passholders Blockout Dates 2004 page to see more dates.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for June 7 to 16 at Disneyland.com here.



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