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75? Mickeys visit Disney's California Adventure

The 75 InspEARations statues have arrived at DCA, though there are reports that some were damaged in transit. Cast members tell us that another statue was damaged over the weekend by children climbing on it.


Statue #3, "Always My Angel, Mickey," designed by Annette Funicello. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #18, "Extended Play," designed by Wayne Brady. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #27, "Funny Pages," designed by Lori Tyminski for Disney Publishing. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #37, "Lone Star," designed by Kermit Eisenhut. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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Readers have asked for photos of each statue, so we're going to present a few statues each week during the course of the exhibit, through February 22. We numbered the statues in alphabetical order, for those who wish to keep track. And of course, official photos of all 75 statues can be found on the Disney Web site (link).


Statue #40, "Memories," designed by Dennis Larkins for Kodak. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #41, "Mickey and the Nightingale," designed by Ming Na. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #42, "Mickey Celebrated Our Freedom," designed by Paul Wenzel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #48, "Mickey's Dream," designed by Peter Ellenshaw and Harrison Ellenshaw. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you'd like to create your own InspEARation, download a Mickey Mouse coloring page from the Disneyland Web site (link).


Statue #53, "Music Mouse," designed by Brian McKnight. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #58, "Ready for Action," designed by Christy Carlson Romano. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #62, "Slapstick Mouse," designed by Jerry Bruckheimer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Statue #75, "You Can Do It," designed by Elva Salinas for The Home Depot. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

75 Years of Fun with Mickey Mouse pin quest

If you decide to visit the 75 InspEARations statues in person, you can also participate in the 75 Years of Fun with Mickey Mouse pin quest and receive a free Mickey Mouse pin.


Receive a Coca-Cola Mickey Statue completer pin when you complete the 75 Years of Fun with Mickey Mouse pin quest. Photo © Disney.

Start by picking up a pin quest clue card at one of these participating store locations:

  • Fly 'n' Buy
  • Rushin' River Outfitters
  • Laud Bhang's Pin Cart
  • Souvenir 66
  • Sideshow Shirts
  • Treasures in Paradise
  • P.T. Flea Market
  • Greetings From California.

The card will lead you to eight locations around DCA. You will need to answer a question or trade a pin with a cast member to receive a stamp at each location. When you have collected all of the stamps, head over to the Pacific Wharf Café to receive your final stamp and complimentary Coca-Cola Mickey Statue completer pin, courtesy of Coca-Cola (while supplies last.)

Mickey's Shining Star Cavalcade

Mickey's Shining Star Cavalcade, created to bridge the entertainment gap between the "Christmas Fantasy Parade" and the new "Parade of Dreams" scheduled to debut in May, premiered on January 7th. The very short procession includes dancers, characters, princesses and a finale with Mickey and friends.


The opening banner is preceded by Flora, Fauna and Merriweather, and followed by dancers in Mickey Mouse T-shirts. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Winnie the Pooh characters accompany the Disney Princesses down the parade route. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Characters from Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Aladdin and more participate in the cavalcade. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Mickey and friends travel the parade route on the frequently-reused staircase float. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Ears to the ground

…Disneyana fans will be flocking a mile south of Disneyland on Sunday January 23 for NFFC's Strictly Disneyana Show & Sale. Held at the Crown Plaza Resort on Harbor Boulevard in nearby Garden Grove, the show will feature more than 100 exhibitors, including MousePlanet columnist David Koenig.

At the show, Koenig will sign and number the first copies of a Golden Anniversary Special Edition of his popular book Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland. Limited to just 4,000 copies, the collectible package includes a completely updated and expanded version of Mouse Tales, a fold-out aerial photo of the park at opening, and the 60-minute audio CD, A Walk in the Park: A Guided Tour of Disneyland in 1955.

Admission to the show is $6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the general public; the doors open at 9 a.m. for NFFC members.

…The Seal Beach Animal Care Center, an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal shelter, hosts "PAWS IN THE PARK,"a Valentine's fundraising dinner at the Disneyland's Club 33, Thursday, February 10, 2005.

Tickets are $175.00 per person, and include a one-day park-hopper ticket valid at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure on February 10 and a buffet dinner at "Members Only" Club 33 in New Orleans Square at 5:30 pm. A Silent Auction will be featured during dinner. Tickets may be tax deductible - consult your accountant.

Tickets are limited - RSVP to (714) 821-4284 or (714) 556-2772.

…In last week's Park Update, we compiled a list of discounted admission offers to the Disneyland Resort. Several readers have told us about new offers, or variations on the offers we presented. Check out the Discounts/Promotions section below for the latest information. And keep those tips coming - let us know if you find a better / different offer, so we can share it with other readers!


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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

Note: Disneyland is progressively refurbishing more and more attractions as the park readies for its 50th anniversary celebration in 2005.
  • Haunted Mansion closed through January 23 to remove Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • “it's a small world” closed through January 23 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Mickey's House closed through February 4.
  • Mad Tea Party closed January 24 – February 10.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat closed February 7 – March 3.
  • Minnie's House closed February 7 – March 4.
  • Aladdin's Oasis closed through March 11.
  • Plaza Pavilion closed through March 11.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room closed through March 11.
  • Disneyland Railroad closed January 11 – March 11.
  • Splash Mountain closed January 11 – 14; January 18 - March 17.
  • Mr. Toad closed February 28 – March 17.
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln closed February 22 – April 15 to install the 50th Anniversary exhibit in the Main Street Opera House.
  • Honey I Shrunk the Audience closed April 18 – April 22.
  • Disneyland Railroad Tomorrowland station closed January 11 – May 3.
  • Jungle Cruise closed February 28 – May 3.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Trains closed April 4 – May 4.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats closed April 4 – May 4.
  • Haunted Mansion closed September 6–29 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Space Mountain closed through November 2005.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Jumpin' Jellyfish reduced capacity January 21 – March 5.
  • Maliboomer reduced capacity (2 of 3 towers operating) through January 22, 31 – March 12.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! closed April 11 – April 11.
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

January

  • 75 InspEARations exhibit arrives at Disney's California Adventure. Jan. 10 – Feb. 22.

February

  • Chip & Dale's Wild Wild West Pin Adventure. Feb. 3 at Disneyland. Tickets on sale now (link).

March

  • Indiana Jones Adventure 10th Anniversary event. March 3 at Disneyland. Tickets on sale now (link).
  • MousePlanet's MouseAdventure event – Sunday, March 13 at Disneyland. Details to be announced. Want us to contact you when we open registration for this MouseAdventure event? Sign up for MouseAdventure Reminderer.

May

  • 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.

June

  • 2005 Summer Pin Festival. June 24 – Aug. 15, 2005 at the Disneyland Resort. No details have been announced (link).

July

  • Disneyland 50th Anniversary special event. July 2005. No dates or details have been announced (link).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Several current promotions offer discounted admission to the Disneyland Resort. For convenience sake, we have grouped the discount offers based on the number of days the tickets are valid. Check out the category that best matches the amount of time you plan to spend at the resort, and pick the offer which works best for you. And keep those tips coming - let us know if you find a better / different offer, so we can share it with other readers!

One Day

There are currently no discounts offered to the general public for single-day admission. Discounted tickets, starting at around $41 for ages 10 and up, may be available through your employer, student organization or professional association - check with your group activity office or human resources department.


Two Days

Southern California 2Fer Ticket ($53/$43) – The spring "resident salute" discount comes in the form of a 2Fer ticket, which gets you one admission to Disneyland and one admission to Disney's California Adventure on two different days. This ticket may be purchased in advance at Southern California-area Vons and Pavillions grocery stores. The tickets are sold in the form of a "ticket card," which is scanned and activated at the time of purchase. Then you just walk up to the main entrance and present the ticket card and proof of Southern California residency to gain admission.

Tickets are $53 for ages 10 and older, and $43 for ages 3 to 9. The second admission must be used within 30 days of the first admission, or by April 28, 2005, whichever comes first.

According to the official promotion details, Southern California residents can purchase up to eight 2Fer tickets per day, but each member of your party must be able to provide proof of Southern California (Zip codes 90000 through 93599) or Baja California (Zip codes 21000 through 22999) residency to use the tickets.

Reader James tells us that he purchased these tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, and was allowed to purchase the tickets for his out-of-state relatives. He says his relatives were never asked for proof of residency.


Good Neighbor Hotel Park Hopper Plus tickets ($105/$85) – Disneyland resort Good Neighbor hotels can offer a 2-Day Park Hopper Plus ticket at $105 for ages 10 and up, or $85 for ages 3-9. No advance purchase is required, and some hotels may even sell them to visitors who are not staying at that property. These tickets are valid through April 28. 2005.


AAA Flex Passport ($98/$78) – Some AAA offices offer a 2-day Flex Passport at $98 for ages 10 and up, or $78 for ages 3-9. This ticket does not require a hotel or package purchase - check with your local office to see if the ticket is available in your area.

A reader let us know that AAA offices in Oregon / Idaho do not offer the 2-day version of this ticket, but a 3-day pass is available.


Three Days

AAA Flex Passport ($129/$99) – Some AAA offices offer a 3-day Flex Passport at $129 for ages 10 and up, or $99 for ages 3-9. This ticket does not require a hotel or package purchase - check with your local office to see if the ticket is available in your area.


Good Neighbor Hotel Park Hopper Plus tickets ($114/$114) – Disneyland resort Good Neighbor hotels can offer a 3-Day Park Hopper Plus ticket for $114, ages 3 and up. (Adults and children pay the same price) No advance purchase is required, and some hotels may even sell them to visitors who are not staying at that property. These tickets are valid through April 28, 2005.


City Pass - through March 31, 2005 ($172/$129) – The CityPass includes a three-day Disneyland Resort park hopper ticket, one-day admission to Knott's Berry Farm, one-day admission to SeaWorld in San Diego, and one-day admission to either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The CityPass is $172 for ages 10 and up, and $129 for ages 3-9, and expires 14 days after first use, or April 1, whichever comes first. CityPass can be purchased through the Disneyland Web site, at the Disneyland resort, at the other theme parks included in the pass, or directly from the CityPass Web site (link).


City Pass [effective April 1, 2005] ($185/$127) – Starting April 1, 2005, the cost of a CityPass will increase to $185 for ages 10 and up, but decrease to $127 for ages 3-9. The pass will also come with one early admission into Disneyland. The CityPass will still expire 14 days after first use. CityPass can be purchased through the Disneyland Web site, at the Disneyland resort, at the other theme parks included in the pass, or directly from the CityPass Web site (link).


Costco City Pass promotion ($149.99/$114.99)Costco is offering the Southern California CityPass for $149.99 for adults, and $114.99 for children ages 3 to 9. The first admission must be used by March 31, 2005, and the pass expires 13 days after the first admission is used.

These tickets are available at Southern California Costco stores, or at the Costco Web site (link). You do not have to be a Costco member to purchase the tickets via the Web site, but a 5% surcharge will be added to purchases made by non-members. A shipping fee applies to Internet orders.


3-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($109/$109) ($139/$109) – The park hopper bonus tickets currently include one early entry admission to Fantasyland, and a $10 ESPN Zone game card. If the Disneyland resort portion of your trip will conclude by May 11, 2005, you can take advantage of the "Adults Play for the Kids' Price" special. Through this advance purchase offer, 3-day park hopper tickets for ages 3 and up are $109, a savings of $20-50 off the main gate price. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or May 11, 2005, whichever comes first.

If you plan to visit the Disneyland resort after April 28, you can still take advantage of the Advance Purchase discount and save $20 per ticket, as detailed in the chart above. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 15, 2006, whichever comes first.

Both of these ticket offers are available through the Disneyland Web site (link), through some Southern California AAA offices, through some Disney Stores, or through your travel agent. These tickets must be purchased in advance, and are not available at the Disneyland resort ticket booths.

Several readers wrote to tell us that the Safeway stores in Central and Northern California, and Vons stores in Las Vegas, are also offering the 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets. Check with your local Safeway store for details, as the dates and benefits may be different.


Four Days

Costco Play 4 Days ticket ($89/$89) – Costco is offers a discounted 4-day Disneyland Resort ticket at $89 per person, ages 3 and up. This ticket is not a park hopper - each day is valid for admission at either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. This promotion is available only to Southern California residents (zip codes 90000-93599) who hold a Costco membership. Unlike the CityPass offer, these tickets must be purchased in person at a Costco store.

When you purchase the ticket through Costco, you will receive a voucher to exchange at a Disneyland resort ticket booth for a valid pass. Proof of local residency is required to exchange the tickets, and there is a limit of 5 tickets per day. Tickets are non-transferable.

The ticket is valid through June 23, 2005, or until the fourth admission is used. The ticket is not valid March 19 - April 2, 2005.


Good Neighbor Hotel Park Hopper Plus tickets ($134/$134) – Disneyland resort Good Neighbor hotels can offer a 4-Day Park Hopper Plus ticket for $134, ages 3 and up. (Adults and children pay the same price) No advance purchase is required, and some hotels may even sell them to visitors who are not staying at that property. These tickets are valid through April 28, 2005.


4-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($129/$129) ($159/$129) – The park hopper bonus tickets currently include one early entry admission to Fantasyland, and a $10 ESPN Zone game card. If the Disneyland resort portion of your trip will conclude by May 11, 2005, you can take advantage of the "Adults Play for the Kids' Price" special. Through this advance purchase offer, 4-day park hopper tickets for ages 3 and up are $129, a savings of $30-60 off the main gate price. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or May 11, 2005, whichever comes first.

If you plan to visit the Disneyland resort after April 28, you can still take advantage of the Advance Purchase discount and save $30 per ticket, as detailed in the chart above. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 15, 2006, whichever comes first.

Both of these ticket offers are available through the Disneyland Web site (link), through some Southern California AAA offices, through some Disney Stores, or through your travel agent. These tickets must be purchased in advance, and are not available at the Disneyland resort ticket booths.


Five Days

Disney's AAA Passport Plus Package 2005 ($169/$139) – The 5-day Passport Plus park hopper ticket is $169 for ages 10 and up, and $139 for ages 3-9. This package 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 - may not be available when you order)
  • Free parking at Disneyland Resort Theme Parks
  • Early Entry into Fantasyland on select days

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

Several readers report that their local AAA office does not offer this ticket, or that the benefits are different. Readers may remember that this also happened with the 2004 version of this package.

MousePlanet has contacted AAA offices around the country, and encountered the same problem. If your local AAA office does not offer the ticket, you may wish to check with another AAA office in your area - the decision whether or not to offer this ticket seems to depend on which regional AAA "club" you belong to, and in some cases rests with the office manager at each location.

We can tell you that the Auto Club of Southern California (ACSC) is not participating in this offer, and AAA Oregon/Idaho offers the 5-day tickets. Some readers have also been told that the California Diamond Fun Book is no longer available.


5-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($139/$139) ($169/$139) – The park hopper bonus tickets currently include one early entry admission to Fantasyland, and a $10 ESPN Zone game card. If the Disneyland resort portion of your trip will conclude by May 11, 2005, you can take advantage of the "Adults Play for the Kids' Price" special. Through this advance purchase offer, 5-day park hopper tickets for ages 3 and up are $139, a savings of $40-70 off the main gate price. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or May 11, 2005, whichever comes first.

If you plan to visit the Disneyland resort after April 28, you can still take advantage of the Advance Purchase discount and save $40 per ticket, as detailed in the chart above. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 15, 2006, whichever comes first.

Both of these ticket offers are available through the Disneyland Web site (link), through some Southern California AAA offices, through some Disney Stores, or through your travel agent. These tickets must be purchased in advance, and are not available at the Disneyland resort ticket booths.


Alaska Airlines “Kids Fly Free” promotion – If you have to fly to Southern California, Alaska Airlines has a package which includes either a free 5-day park hopper with each paid adult ticket, or allows you to buy an adult 5-day park hopper for the kids price. You must book packages by March 21, 2005, and like most current promotions, travel must be completed by April 28. Visit the Alaska Airlines Web site (link) for more details.


Six or Seven Days

Disney's AAA Passport Plus Package 2005 – The Parkhopper Plus package may be available in 6- or 7- day increments at participating AAA offices. Check with your local AAA office for availability and pricing. This package 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 - may not be available when you order)
  • Free parking at Disneyland Resort Theme Parks

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

Several readers report that their local AAA office does not offer this ticket, or that the benefits are different. Readers may remember that this also happened with the 2004 version of this package. MousePlanet has contacted AAA offices around the country, and encountered the same problem. If your local AAA office does not offer the ticket, you may wish to check with another AAA office in your area - the decision whether or not to offer this ticket seems to depend on which regional AAA "club" you belong to, and in some cases rests with the office manager at each location.

We can tell you that the Auto Club of Southern California (ACSC) is not participating in this offer, and AAA Oregon/Idaho offers the 5-day tickets. Some readers have also been told that the California Diamond Fun Book is no longer available.


 
Special thanks to MousePlanet reader David Michael for some of this information.

Alaska Airlines “Kids Fly Free” promotion returns

Alaska Airlines is repeating the popular “Kids Fly Free” promotion for travel to the Disneyland Resort, and is offering park ticket and hotel discounts as well.

If you book an Alaska Airlines Southern California Vacations package for travel between January 4 and June 29, 2005, one child (age 2-11) can fly free with each paid adult ticket. The package also includes four nights at the Holiday Inn Buena Park and airport transfers via Karmel Shuttle (children 2-11 are free). The packages, including airfare and hotel, start at $429 per person.

Even better, if you travel between January 4 and April 28, you also receive a free child's 5-day Disneyland Resort park hopper for each paid adult. If you are traveling without children, you can instead purchase the adult 5-day park hopper ticket at the children's price. Be aware, however, that Disneyland considers 11-year-olds to be adults for the purpose of admission pricing.

If Buena Park is too far away from Disneyland for you, you can upgrade to a Disneyland Resort hotel and receive up to $200 Disney Dollars with a stay of four nights or more before April 24, 2005.

Finally, if you book the package through alaskaair.com, you get 1500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Bonus Miles per passenger. For more information, visit the Alaska Airlines Web site (link). You must book packages by March 21, 2005.

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder offers and promotions

  • Get January AP rates at the Disneyland Resort, starting at $79 per night at Paradise Pier hotel. Promotion valid Sunday – Thursday for arrivals January 2–31, 2005. Additional restrictions apply. Call 714-956-MICKEY (714-956-6425) to book.

50th Anniversary Package, revised

The Happiest Homecomings on Earth package has been revised for the new year. The previous promotion was good only for three-night stays at the Disneyland Resort hotels; the new offer is valid on longer stays and includes Good Neighbor Hotels as well.

Instead of the 50th anniversary commemorative clock and Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour, the new packages include all the following:

  • “Enchanting” commemorative certificate (one per package)
  • Park Hopper bonus ticket, which includes one early entry into Fantasyland and a $10 ESPN Zone game card. (Park hopper tickets can be upgraded to an annual pass for an extra fee)
  • Preferred seating to select shows at Disney's California Adventure
  • Entry into Mickey's Toontown Madness
  • Walt Disney Travel Co. lanyard and pin (one per person)
  • Walt Disney Travel Co. luggage tag
  • Walt Disney Travel Co. fun book (one per package)

The “Happiest Homecoming on Earth” package is available for arrival dates through December 31, 2005. The package can be booked through the Disneyland Web site (link), or by calling (714) 520-5060.


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.
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Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates 2005 page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland.com here.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.



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