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Countdown to May 5

As fans prepare for the start of the Disneyland's 50th anniversary, we present another sneak peek into the shows and attractions intended for the 18–month celebration.


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Spoiler alert: Skip this section if you want to be surprised when you see the new fireworks show for the first time by clicking here.

Remember… Dreams Come True

Creative Director Steven Davison, responsible for the Believe, Believe… in Holiday Magic and Wishes fireworks shows has created what he calls “the ultimate Disney E-ticket in the sky.”

Remember… Dreams Come True begins with an introductory voice–over by Julie Andrews, Disneyland's honorary ambassador during the anniversary. Those who have seen Walt Disney World's Wishes will recognize the sequence that follows—the music and accompanying narration are borrowed from the Florida show. Next, Tinker Bell makes her first appearance, launching from the Matterhorn. In press releases about the show, Disney says that Tinker Bell's “awe-inspiring flight will amaze audiences and defy explanation.” Without providing more details, Disney only says that the technology has been successfully tested in Las Vegas. Based on the configuration of new wires leading from the Matterhorn, some have speculated that the technology used in Tinker Bell's new flight is similar to that of the aerial cameras used at sporting events.

Regardless of how she flies, Tink will start at the Matterhorn, where she will drop at a rate of 50 feet per second and level off into a glide to the Castle. Tink will “enchant” the Castle with her wand as Walt's opening–day narration rings out across the park. Davison says that Walt and Tinker Bell will be reunited during this sequence, and multicolored shells re–create the Wonderful World of Disney introduction. Tink will then disappear in a flash of bright light, to reappear later in the show.

The second act is “E-Tickets in the Sky,” and begins with ragtime music evoking Main Street. The familiar tunes of “electrosynthomagnetic musical sounds” of the Main Street Electrical Parade closing fanfare returns to Disneyland park, then moves into Adventureland, honoring the Enchanted Tiki Room with flower–shaped shells. The Indiana Jones Adventure segment warns you not to look into the eye of Mara—and a specialty shell makes that nearly impossible.

The Haunted Mansion section takes advantage of new launch positions around the Central Plaza hub to shoot 13, comets straight up 300 feet all around viewers to evoke the attraction's stretching room. Heart-shaped shells accompany little Leota's “hurry back” narration. A skull–and–crossbones projection onto the Matterhorn leads into the next segment, a Pirates of the Caribbean-theme battle featuring cannon shots between Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Matterhorn.

The show segues to waterfall shells fired to accompany the song “Shenandoah.” Music and narration paying homage to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Davy Crockett lead into the final segment, featuring duck-shaped and bull's–eye shells from the Frontierland Shooting Gallery.

The show next moves into what Davison called the “Laughing Place” segment, featuring bright, primary–colored shells and an orange “Tigger” comet. Laser beams draw attention back to the Castle for the Tomorrowland sequence that closes this act. Memories of Tomorrowland rides past and present, including Space Mountain, Adventures through Inner Space and Star Tours, are conjured through music and narration, Saturn-shaped shells, lasers and comet fans.

The final act opens with another flight by Tinker Bell, who again enchants the Castle to the accompanying music from Wishes before the 17–minute show ends with an 80–shells–in–three–seconds finale.

Some have expressed concern that large portions of Disneyland will need to be closed or restricted during the new fireworks show as a result of the new effects and launch positions. We have confirmed that in addition to Toon Town, Snow White's Scary Adventures and Peter Pan's Flight—which have all closed during past shows—Pinocchio's Daring Journey, King Arthur Carrousel and the Matterhorn will close during Remember… It has still not been determined if the Astro Orbitor, Jungle Cruise or other Fantasyland rides will close during the show.

Disneyland's Golden Vehicles

If the three words above have you picturing buckets of tacky metallic gold paint, relax—it is not that bad. In fact, if the golden King Arthur Carroussel horse displayed during the press preview is an indication, the “goldenized” (Disney's word) ride vehicles will be lovely and tasteful. Far from being dipped in gold paint or coated in shiny gold leaf, the vehicles receiving the “Midas touch” are being repainted with blended, shaded coats of deep gold and bronze, with dark raspberry accents.

Rides getting one of the decorated vehicles include Autopia, Horse-Drawn Streetcar, Jungle Cruise, Snow White's Scary Adventures, and Mad Tea Party. Disney says that the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Main Street Horseless Carriage, Main Street Cinema, Peter Pan's Flight, and Storybook Land Canal Boats are all “under consideration” to receive a golden touch.

If you cannot leave Disneyland without getting your photo taken in a golden ride vehicle, you are in luck—certain locations will actually receive two of the vehicles. One will be used as an off–ride photo location, saving you a long wait for the golden vehicle at the particular attractions.

Block Party Bash

While most of the focus of the celebration is correctly centered at Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure plays host to the Block Party Blast, based on the Disney/Pixar characters. Part–parade, part–street show, Block Party Blast features three large floats, each themed to a Pixar film—Toy Story, Monster's Inc., and A Bug's Life. Four smaller units serve as dance platforms for the “Pixar Pals,” parade performers dressed in costumes themed to one of the three films.

As soon as the floats come on stage, they tear down the performance corridor to the first of three 400–foot “party zones,” where the floats pause for 11–minute show stops. A troop of Green Army Men lead the procession, barking orders and getting the crowd ready for the show.

This is not a show for people who prefer to sit on a curb and watch a parade pass by. Crowd interaction is not optional—even those who do not get pulled into the street to dance with the Pixar Pals are likely to be bopped on the head with a beach ball or pelted with puffs shot from confetti cannons. Trampolines, jumping stilts and 30 electric scooters add to the melee. The music is a mix of popular dance tunes, from “Shout” to “YMCA” to the “Macarena.”

The roster of performers is impressive. Sixty dancers and 16 acrobats join 26 characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody. Mike, Sully, Flik, and Atta. At the end of each performance, hidden telescoping towers ride from the three main floats to reveal Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone.

Mickey and friends on the Matterhorn

The expected Matterhorn mountain climbers have made their official return. In a show similar to previous Matterhorn climbing productions, Mickey and a couple of regular climbers ascend the mountain while Minnie and Goofy cheer (and heckle) him on. Once reaching the top, Mickey hoists a 50th Anniversary flag.

This little show is geared towards viewing from the Central Plaza hub, with audio played (a bit loudly) in that area.

Obliterating Limo

Little sighs of relief could be heard around the Internet as definite signs of the removal of Superstar Limo at Disney's California Adventure are showing. While the ride's replacement is still unannounced (Monster, Inc.) the outside facade is getting painted over.


Much of the Superstar Limo facade is now covered in white. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.

The growing Olszewski collection

Miniaturist Robert Olszewski released the latest figures in his “Disneyland in Miniature” collection this weekend, and gave collectors a sneak peek at future releases. The new releases were the complex of Hat Shop, Opera House, and Main Street Bank, as well as the complex of Market House, Disneyana, and Main Street Cinema. The first Princess Accessory Pack, including Belle, Cinderella, Show White, and Sleeping Beauty & Prince was also introduced. If you could not attend the release, you can order the new sculptures via the Disney Gallery Web site (link).


The Main Street Station piece is shown with a prototype of Haunted Mansion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.

A table in front of the Disneyana shop held the growing Disneyland in Miniature display, along with prototypes of upcoming releases. The first off-Main Street figure, the Mad Tea Party, will be offered on July 16th. Olszewski is also working on a Haunted Mansion building that will come with three interchangable scenes. By removing the wall at the back of the sculpture, collectors will be able to install three show scenes - the elevator and portait hall, the ballroom scene and the graveyard.

Olszewski also debuted a prototype of the new technology which will allow Main Street vehicles and even miniature parade floats to travel up and down the miniature street.

To be released on June 18, 2005
Main Street Train Station: $245
Main Street Train: $135
Fab Five Character Pack: $38
Dapper Dan Character Pack: $20

To be released on July 16, 2005
Mad Tea Party: $175

To be released on September 10, 2005
Disney Showcase / Magic Shop / 20th Century Music: $170
Jungle Cruise: TBD
Pin Trading Cart with Vendor and Umbrella: $25
Main Street Marching Band Character Pack: $50


A future release will allow Main Street vehicles to move along the street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.


The upcoming Mad Tea Party piece, due in July. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.


The Haunted Mansion piece will have three changeable scenes. This prototype shows the portrait hall. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.


This insert shows the ballroom. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.


The graveyard is the third insert. Photo by Adrienne Vincent–Phoenix.

Disneyland Railroad Info

MousePlanet reader smd4, who knows of what he speaks when it comes to the Disneyland Railroad, recently posted the following interesting information to our MousePad message board (link):

“Today [March 26], the tender tank was lifted and set onto the frame. The cab was placed there some weeks ago, so the engine is really beginning to take shape, and one can really see what the engine will look like. Both the cab and the tender have been painted, lettered and striped (so have the sand dome, bell, and other components). The lettering is stunning, done in the best Disney tradition. She will differ from her siblings, in that all the lettering is hand-applied gold leaf. The drop-shadowing and striping are true examples of the striper's art.

“The cab of the engine is huge! It doesn't have a roof hatch, but there will be plenty of ventilation through its large doors and windows. Most of the cab fittings have been installed, including the throttle and Johnson Bar. Of particular interest is the gauge stand—the cast iron bracket that holds the steam gauge, and, above it, the brake gauge. This piece is a Baldwin original, and it is rare because through the years, shop crews would often cut off the top gauge mount. This one is as original as the day it left the Baldwin erecting floor in 1902.

“The process has begun to re-install the Stephenson valve gear components. Much of the valve gear is original Baldwin as well, recognizable because of the stampings “8 11 1/3 C” which indicate the locomotive style in Baldwin “code.”

“The smokebox front and door have been installed, with the door cast from the original pattern used to make the doors for the four other Disneyland engines. A new headlight bracket, fabricated along the lines of the one on the Marsh, has been bolted to the smokebox. The boiler braces have also been attached between smokebox and pilot deck.

“New driver centers are being cast as I write this (rectifying a repair made to one of the wheels during Cedar Fair days). The tender and pony trucks have already been painted, with the tender truck having been attached. The cylinders themselves have been encased in polished brass.

“Anyway, hope you enjoyed this report. This engine is just beautiful. It will be even more so when steam fills her cylinders, her whistle screams, and she pulls out of Main Street Station for the first time--a fitting tribute to the man who played such an influential role in the history of Disney steam railroading.”

Discount updates

April 1 is the date of expiration for current CityPass booklets. Booklets for travel beginning April 1 or later are now available through various outlets (including, at a discount, Costco) with the price for an adult booklet increasing $13 to $185, while a child's booklet drops $2 to $127. These booklets offer three days' park hopper admission to Disneyland, and one day each at Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park.

Alaska Airlines has extended its “Kids Fly Free” promotion. Travelers now have until June 1 to book qualifying travel, and until June 29 to complete the trip.

Have what it takes to be a princess?

An open audition is being held on April 2 for Disney character look-alikes to work in the park for the 50th Anniversary celebration. Applicants must be in one of these height ranges:

  • 4–foot–9 to 5–foot–1
  • 5–foot–6 to 5–foot–8
  • 5–foot–11 to 6–foot–3

The roles being auditioned are all princesses and princes, Mary Poppins, Alice, Merlin, and characters from Peter Pan and the Mad Tea Party. View the full listing for more information (link).

Finally, giving up

Any chances of a resurrection of a water show at Paradise Pier at Disney's California Adventure appear to have lapsed, at least for one using the “island” in the middle of the water that was installed for the long gone—if not entirely forgotten—Luminaria show from 2001. That island has now been removed, making for a much cleaner view, even if seagulls have lost a resting place.


The view across the water at Paradise Pier is now unobstructed. Photo by David Michael.

Park hours

Long days at the parks continue for Spring Break through this week, but starting next Monday both parks return to their short-hour schedule until again ramping up as summer approaches.

Ears to the ground

…Although unconfirmed, we hear that newly refurbished Splash Mountain may go down again following spring break to do some fine tuning on the new ride unit logs.


Don't keep it to yourself! Send us your news tips, rumors, and comments. E-mail us here.

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.
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opens April 16 with installation the 50th Anniversary exhibit in the Main Street Opera House
  • Space Mountain opens July 16
  • Disney Gallery opens May 5
  • Honey I Shrunk the Audience closed April 4–8
  • Disneyland Railroad Tomorrowland station opens May 3
  • Jungle Cruise opens May 4
  • Casey Jr. Circus Trains closed April 4 – May 3
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats closed April 4 – May 4
  • Haunted Mansion closed September 6–29 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay; closed Jan. 9–25, 2006 to remove overlay

Disney's California Adventure

  • It's Tough to be a Bug! closed April 4 – May 4
  • SuperStar Limo building has ongoing construction for an unannounced (Monsters, Inc.) new attraction
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

April

  • Swarovski Sunrise Breakfast merchandise event – Saturday, April 9 at Grand California Hotel. Release of six new Disney crystal figurines froms Swarovski. $95 per person or $430 with hotel stay. Registration now open (link).

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

  • Robert Olszewski merchandise release. June 18 at Disneyland Park. Two new Main Street pieces in his “Disneyland in Miniature” collection: Main Street Train Station and Main Street Train. Also released will be Dapper Dan and Fab Five character packs.
  • 2005 Summer Pin Festival. June 24 – Aug. 15 at the Disneyland Resort. No details have been announced (link).

July

  • Disneyland 50th Anniversary special event. July 15 - 17. No details have been announced, but Disney is taking an interest list (link) for those who want to receive e-mail updates about the event.
  • July 2005 NFFC convention. July 9–13. The Show and Sale is scheduled for July 10.
  • Robert Olszewski merchandise release. July 16 at Disneyland Park. Several new pieces in his “Disneyland in Miniature” collection: Disney Showcase/Magic Shop/20th Century Music and Jungle Cruise as well as a pin trading cart and a marching band character pack.

September

  • Robert Olszewski merchandise release. September 10 at Disneyland Park. The first non-Main Street piece in his “Disneyland in Miniature” collection: Mad Tea Party.

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

No discounts offered to the general public for single-day admission. You might find discounted tickets, starting at around $41 for ages 10 and up, 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) through April 28, 2005 – The spring “resident salute” discount is a 2Fer ticket, with one admission to Disneyland and one admission to Disney's California Adventure on two different days. Purchase the “ticket card” in advance at Southern California-area Vons and Pavillions grocery stores (or at the Disneyland Web site), scanned and activated at the time of purchase. Walk up to the main entrance, present the ticket card and proof of Southern California residency to gain admission.

Tickets: $53 for ages 10 and older, $43 for ages 3 to 9. You must use the second admission 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 buy 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.


Southern California 2-Day Park Hopper at 1-Day Park Hopper Price through April 28, 2005 – Residents of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico, can purchase a standard 2-Day Park Hopper pass for the price of a 1-Day Park Hopper. It appears this offer is available only online at Disney's Web site (you need to enter an eligible ZIP code).

Tickets: $73 for ages 10 and older, $63 for ages 3 to 9. You must use the second day of admission 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 buy up to eight passes per day, but on only two days in any seven day period. Expect 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 when presenting the tickets at the main entrance.


Good Neighbor Hotel Park Hopper Plus tickets ($105/$85) through April 28, 2005 – 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 to 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 and Idaho do not offer the 2-day version of this ticket, but instead offer a 3-day pass.


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) through April 28, 2005 – 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 ($185/$127) effective April 1, 2005 – Starting April 1, 2005, the cost of a CityPass increases to $185 for ages 10 and up, but decrease to $127 for ages 3-9. The pass includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort park hopper bonus ticket (includes a $10 ESPN Zone game card and one early admission), one day admission to Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World San Diego, and either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park. The CityPass still expires 14 days after first use. Purchase CityPass 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 ($164.99/$112.99) through March 31, 2005Costco is offering the Southern California CityPass for $149.99 for adults, and $114.99 for children ages 3 to 9. You must use the first admission by March 31, 2005, and the pass expires 13 days after the first admission is used.

Available at Southern California Costco stores or at the Costco Web site (link). Non–Costco members can buy the tickets via the Web site with a 5% surcharge. 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 concludes 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. Expires 13 days after first use or May 11, 2005, whichever comes first.

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

Both offers are available at the Disneyland Web site (link), some Southern California AAA offices, some Disney Stores, or your travel agent. 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 differ.


Four Days

Costco Play 4 Days ticket ($89/$89) – Costco offers a discounted 4-day Disneyland Resort ticket at $89 per person, ages 3 and up for Southern California Costco members (zip codes 90000-93599). Not a park hopper; each day is valid for either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure admission. Unlike the CityPass, you must buy these tickets in person at participating Costco locations.

You get a voucher to exchange at a Disneyland Resort ticket booth for a valid pass. Proof of local residency is required to exchange the tickets, with 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) through April 28, 2005 – 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. 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 concludes by May 11, 2005, 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 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. You must buy these tickets in advance; they 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 offices do not offer this ticket, or that the benefits differ. You 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, check with another AAA office in your area. The decision to offer this ticket seems to depend on which regional AAA “club” you belong to, and in some cases rest with the office manager at each location.

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 concludes by May 11, 2005, 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, take advantage of the Advance Purchase discount and save $40 per ticket, as detailed in 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 through June 29, 2005 – If you have to fly to Southern California, Alaska Airlines has a package that includes either a free 5-day park hopper with each paid adult ticket, or an adult 5-day park hopper for the children's price. You must book packages by June 1, and travel must be completed by June 29. 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:

  • 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 offices do not offer this ticket, or that the benefits differ. You 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, check with another AAA office in your area. The decision 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.

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.

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.

ESPN Zone MVP Club

If you sign up online for ESPN Zone's MVP Club (link) you can receive a $20 voucher (for food, merchandise, or game cards), a 40-point game card (about $10 worth), and an ESPN Zone mini-cooler. ESPN Club in Orlando is excluded from this offer. You must pick up these items in person, although they do not have to be used as the same store from which you get them. There are some fairly strick requirements for registering and getting your rewards, so make sure you read the details carefully (link).


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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DL: 9a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

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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