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Disney gears up for big media events

Thursday, May 5 is the big day for Disneyland park guests with it being the big official kickoff of the 50th Anniversary celebration. For Disney management and the media, however, most of the effort is going into the evening of May 3, and the day of May 4. These will be the opoprtunitites for Disney to show everything off and get it into all the news reports around the country. Disney is expecting to make several big announcements at that time as well.


A block party cone has covered the "A" in California; another one is located in the loading area of the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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On Tuesday, May 3, invited media will be at Disney's California Adventure park at park closing for some schmooze time and then a private presentation of the new Block Party parade. The early buzz on this new parade is pretty positive. However since this is an interactive event with guests getting to dance with Pixar characters, there are some logistical concerns. They shouldn't arise for a presentation to a smaller media crowd, especially since the media is less likely to actually interact as well.

It is likely that the new Monster, Inc. attraction planned for the former SuperStar Limo location will be officially announced at some point during these events. On Wednesday, May 4, when Disneyland is closed to the public, the media get the run of Disneyland itself. The May 4 activities, when Disneyland is ostensibly closed for final preparations, include premieres of the new Parade of Dreams, all the new golden attraction vehicles, the “50 Magical Years” exhibit in place of “The Walt Disney Story” in the lobby of the Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln attraction, and a new fireworks show. In addition to all the media, the crowd will be filled out a bit with more than 5,000 contest winners and a “Celebrity Homecoming Party” that runs all evening. Additional announcements will likely include information on the Finding Nemo submarines and new additions to Innoventions in Tomorrowland.

The night of May 4th will be a busy one for Disney as they wait until all the celebrities and media go to bed to put the final touches on Sleeping Beauty's Castle. They will also be putting up a large fabric screen and at 10am on May 5th park guests will kick off the festivities with an event that will include a "reveal" of the castle when the curtain drops. One tall truss has been installed at Snow White's Grotto to one side of the castle and the base of another is near Carnation Plaza on the other. Presumably these will be used to hold up that screen.

Speaking of fireworks…

As we reported last week, there have been several pyrotechnic and permitting tests of the new Remember… fireworks show. MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix and Karl Buiter were at the Esplanade (in the area between Disneyland and DCA) in time for one of those tests. The following photos give a sense of some of the effects coming your way, while Karl got some good video. Click this link to see Karl's video. The video is 7.4MB and in Windows Media format (.wmv). To see some discussion and speculation on what is seen in the video, see this MousePad thread.


Sleeping Beauty's Castle and the Matterhorn exchange cannon fire in tribute to Pirates of the Caribbean. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


These brightly colored shells appear to to be launching from around the Central Plaza hub. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Final closures on the road to May 4

Casey Jr. Circus Train, Jungle Cruise, Storybook Land Canal Boats, and the Opera House are the four currently closed attractions that reopen on May 4 for the big media event and on May 5 for regular park guests.

Space Mountain remains closed through those events, reopening on July 15 in time for Disneyland's official birthday on July 17 (yes, this is restating the obvious, but we still get e–mail asking if we know that Space Mountain is closed, so it is good to cover the basics every once in a while).

Track problems for the Disneyland Railroad—reportedly a problematic stretch along the Rivers of America that has required the trains to slow to 5 mph, has closed the Disneyland Railroad but it is scheduled to be back in service on Friday, April 22.

Plaza Gardens closes for two days on April 25 and 26, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is down for one day on April 27. The unscheduled touch–up of Toontown's Goofy's Bounce House ends on April 29, with the attraction opening on Saturday, April 30.

Though not on the official calendar, it is rumored that the Mark Twain is returning to dry dock again this week for more painting. Conspicuously missing from the list (and causing some alarm among infrequent visitors who are concerned about the unavailability of their favorite attraction for their visit) is Splash Mountain. The new, heavier, logs put in place after the last big refurbishment continue to cause problems, and the conventional wisdom remains that things must get fixed before the big summer crowds hit, and probably before the big events of May 4 and 5. Nothing official—or even unofficially official—is known, though.

Track list for new theme park CDs announced

Disney theme park music lovers are in for a huge treat, as three new CD collections have been scheduled for release on May 3. Walt Disney World gets a two–disc set, while Disneyland gets a two–disc set plus a monstrous six–disc collection entitled, A Musical History of Disneyland, which also includes a 72–page fully illustrated hardcover book entitled The Sounds of Disneyland.


The spectacular 50th anniversary album for the Disneyland Resort , entitled A Musical History of Disneyland, includes six CDs, a 72–page hardcover book and—for the 5,000–copy limited edition—a golden LP of Walt Disney Takes You To Disneyland—A Music Tour of the Magic Kingdom. Image © Disney.

The first 5,000 copies of the six–disc set (to be available at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and via Disney Direct for $125) also includes a special gold vinyl LP of Walt Disney Takes You To Disneyland—A Music Tour of the Magic Kingdom, the first–ever album release from Walt Disney Records back in 1956. After the limited edition is gone, an open edition of the collection (minus the gold LP) will go on sale nationally in September.

Track lists for the sets were posted to The Magical Music of the Mouse discussion forums by Randy Thornton, Senior Producer at Walt Disney Records, and the man responsible for these phenomenal collections (all three tracklists have been compiled on one page here). The site is also holding a contest to win an autographed copy of the six–disc set. The grand prize also includes the two–CD sets for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Second and third prizes also receive both two–disc sets. Entrants are asked to tell how the music of Disney parks and resorts has touched their lives. The contest closes Sunday, April 24. For more information about the contest, or to see the track lists, check out the discussion forums at The Magical Music of the Mouse (link).

Of particular interest seems to be confirmation of the Rockit Mountain rumors, which we reported on last week. On the six-CD set, track 7 of disc 5 is "Space Mountain (New Daytime Track)," which certainly implies that there is a different nighttime track.

More on the 50th Merchandise event

Last week, Walt Disney Event Services released more information on the three-day merchanidse event scheduled for July 15-17. For a thorough breakdown of what is involved, see last week's park update.

The speakers for the "My Favorite Magical Memories" panel on July 16 include Marty Sklar, Dick Nunis, Ron Dominguez, Jack Lindquist, Jim Cora, Harriet Burns, Cicely Rigdon, and Mary Ann Mang.

The new information also includes the following:

We would also like to announce a few of the seminars and workshops that will be available as part of the event. Please note: Not all seminars and workshops have been listed.

"How to" Class on Horticulture/Park Enhancement
Music of the Park
Back Stories of the Attractions
Disneyland Hospitality - Cooking & Table Decorating Demonstration

Each seminar will be held twice within the same day. There will be a total of eight over the course of the two days with only time to attend two each day.

The bolding in that is ours. They say that they have not listed all the seminars, yet they've also accounted for all eight slots with this list.

One additional perk has also been added to all but the cheapest package (Imagineer's Quest, which has no activies on July 17). Lillian, Roy, and Walt plan purchasers also get an opportunity to ride Space Mountain on July 17. They won't be the first since the ride is scheduled to open on July 15, but considering the crowds that are likely on that day, it isn't a bad thing to have thrown in.

Happiest Faces

The first of the happiest faces mosaics has made its appearance. In the back of Toontown park guests can try to find their pictures in this mosiac.


One of the Happiest Faces on Earth photomosaic mural is now installed in Toon Town. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A close-up of the murals shows that photos were not limited to Disneyland themes—even the Disney Cruise Line is represented. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Whose party is it?

The last couple of weeks have seen previews of 50th Anniversary merchandise for Disneyland store cast members. While there are a lot of neat things coming, some cast members were annoyed to learn that Walt Disney World is already selling Disneyland birthday merchandise that won't hit their shelves for another three weeks. These include the Golden Edition Sleeping Beauty Castle playset and the Golden Edition Disneyland Railroad set.

An interesting experiment

In a bit of a look backwards to the time when Disneyland had separate entry gates for returning visitors, Disney's California Adventure is now experimenting with different gates for different groups of visitors. Ticketed guests, annual passholders, and cast members may have their own gates in addition to self-service turnstiles. Just as at Walt Disney World, one cast member staffs two turnstiles, assisting those who cannot figure out how to insert their admission media. Although the turnstiles marked "Ticketed Guests" accept annual passes, passholders may be encouraged to use the "Annual Pass Guest" gate on their next visit. Disneyland has not switched to the new system.

Pay attention to me

Now that the Buzz Lightyear show has closed, the Club Buzz stage hosts short concert performances by goups like "Brooke and the Boys" and "Party Central." The shows are scheduled 5-6 times each day, Friday through Tuesday. (Dark Wednesday and Thursday) Buzz Lightyear makes an appearance during the performance, during a set on Sunday he began by dancing with the kids, but quickly attracted a crowd of autograph-seekers. To try to bring some attention back to the musicians, the singer we assume must be "Brooke" changed the lyrics to Pat Benetar's "Heartbreaker," singing

You’re a heartbreaker, dream maker
Buzz Lightyear, don’t you mess around with me!

This elicited a chuckle from the adults and cast members in the vicinity. Unfortunately the attention of the younger set really is on the character appearance and the band essentially provides live background music for a meet-and-greet. Other performers are still scheduled to appear in the evenings Friday - Sunday, without a character to distract the audience.

Ears to the Ground

…Recent visitors to Downtown Disney may have noted that the MainSpring store is now closed. MainSpring sold specialty timepieces; not just watches, but clocks and other items as well. We have heard the rumor that Starbucks is filling this slot—which raises the interesting possibility that Starbucks would be in a location where their price for a coffee actually seems reasonable. A source at Disney denies this, however, saying that as long as existing coffee-related sponsorship deals are in place, Starbucks is not coming to the Disneyland Resort. MainSpring was managed by a group that ran four stores when Downtown Disney opened. None of them now exist in their original form, as Soliton is now occuped by Jamba Juice, Petals is now Club Libby Lu, and Liquid Planet is now the similar Quicksilver.

…For the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster fans who are creating a comprehensive collection of ride photos, a bit of good news came through last week. Disney has changed the tedious process of entering your name and other information in order to email yourself the picture. Now, all you have to do is enter an e–mail address to send the photo to that address.

…Disneyland is offering a "Where the Magic Began" lithograph free with a $125 purchase at Emporium (Disneyland), Greetings from California (Disney's California Adventure), or World of Disney (Downtown Disney).

…The Autopia car that is displayed in the Winner's Circle store as a photo opportunity has been removed. Most likely to be repainted as part of the Golden Vehicles initiative.

…Golden 50th Anniversary logos have begun to appear around the park, with some being large and obvious while others are more subtle. Eventually there will be 50 of them, and if you can't find them all, City Hall will have a list available.


Mr. Toad holds one of the less obvious 50th Anniversary logos. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

…Westward Ho Trading Company, the Frontierland shop that once offered fresh fudge and an entire wall of Jelly Bellies, returned from refurbishment as just another generic souvenir shop. The food items formerlly sold at this location are still available in Critter Country and on Main Street.

…The light poles outside the Main Street opera house have been painted gold. The lamp poles up and down Main Street have been sanded in preparation for painting.

…In a change that will hopefully keep reduce the times where the queue flows out into the general walkway, Pirates of the Caribbean has finally gone back to using both sides of the queue.

…Just a reminder that if you're hoping the Happiest Passholder contest will be your ticket into Disneyland on May 4th, the winners will be announced tomorrow, April 19.


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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.
  • Disneyland Railroad opens April 22
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opens May 4 with installation the 50th Anniversary exhibit in the Main Street Opera House
  • Disney Gallery opens May 4
  • Disneyland Railroad Tomorrowland station opens May 3


The motor boat lagoon is mostly drained. The submarine lagoon remains pretty much the same, though behind a construction wall. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Jungle Cruise opens May
  • Casey Jr. Circus Trains opens May 4
  • Goofy's Bounce House opens May 4
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats opens May 4
  • Space Mountain opens July 15
  • Haunted Mansion closed September 6–29 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay; closed Jan. 9–25, 2006 to remove overlay
  • Submarine Lagoon is now behind a construction wall.

Disney's California Adventure

  • SuperStar Limo building has ongoing construction for an unannounced (Monsters, Inc.) new attraction.


The former Super Star Limo facade is starting to show a little color. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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

  • 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.
  • Mother's Day Brunch at Disneyland Hotel on May 8. Sold out, but information available at 714-781-DINE.

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. Three days of merchandising events with multiple purchase plans (link).
  • July 2005 NFFC convention. July 9–13. The Show and Sale is scheduled for July 10.
  • Robert Olszewski merchandise release. July 16 at Grand Californian Hotel. The first non–Main Street piece in his “Disneyland in Miniature” collection: Mad Tea Party.

September

  • Robert Olszewski merchandise release. September 10 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.

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 (link), 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 (link); 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) – 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).


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

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
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23

 

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30

DL: 8a–11p
DCA: 10a–10p
SL

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–7p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

5/1 5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5 5/6 5/7

DL: 8a–11p
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: Closed
DCA: 9a–9p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 9a–9p

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
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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