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Laurel resting

Now that the 50th Anniversary is fully in swing, the Disneyland Resort is entering into a period of resting on its laurels. Progress will slowly be made on the new rides, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and Monsters, Inc.: Mike and Sully to the Rescue, but for the next few months there isn't going to be a lot new going on at the Disneyland Resort. We'll keep doing these weekly Park Updates, but don't be surprised if they're a bit light on substance for a while, this week being a good example.

Halloween info


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The information we provided last week is now official and the dates for the Mickey's Halloween Treat events at Disney's California Adventure have been announced.


The logo for the event posted to the Annual Passholder page at Disneyland.com. © Disney.

Guests will be allowed to dress in costumes for the event, and there will be special events, shows, decorations, and music in Disney's California Adventure. The event will be held on four nights: 10/21, 10/22, 10/28, and 10/29, which are Fridays and Saturdays. Each night the event will run from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The general admission price is $20/ticket, which includes parking. Ticket will be sold online beginning September 15, 2005, and attendance is capped though what the cap is has not been released. Annual Passholders will be able to purchase tickets early beginning August 1, 2005, at a 25% discount for $15 per ticket. Eight tickets can be purchased per annual pass.

When preparing your costume keep in mind that Disney will reserve the right to deny admission to consumes they feel are obscene or otherwise objectionable. Also, your face must be visible. The official warning on the AP page also says you should avoid representations of famous people or copyrighted characters. Presumably, your daughter would be allowed to show up in her Cinderella dress.

It doesn't feel windy

A lot of guests left Disneyland on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, wondering why the fireworks had been canceled. Announcement made in the parks before both shows warned people that they fireworks were in danger of being canceled because of high winds, and then announced that Remember…Dreams Come True, in fact, would be canceled

We received several questions and theories that this wasn't true, that there was another reason for the fireworks being canceled—perhaps related to the small fire next to Sleeping Beauty Castle after the show last Monday. To everybody who wrote us, it didn't seem like it was windy at all, let alone enough to warrant canceling the show.

Remember… has predetermined guidelines for the conditions in which the show can be held, and for wind the concern isn't so much for how windy it is on the ground but rather a couple hundred feet in the air. The amount of wind can vary drastically between the ground and such heights. Considering the proximity of the fireworks to densely populated areas, and concerns about where debris and smoke would be blown and the guidelines are surprisingly tight. For this reason, on a night when the fireworks were canceled at Disneyland they were used following the Angels/Yankees game at Edison Field (where concerns of damage are much different).

At this point in time, there is no reason to suspect that there is a hidden reason for the cancellations. The fire almost certainly has nothing to do with them since the show was held without change on Tuesday through Thursday last week.


What fire damage is visible after last weeks fire. It is limited to smoke stains on the wall of Sleeping Beauty Castle behind the Prince restroom next to Alice in Wonderland. Photo by Frank Anzalone.

Character switch

In mid-August, the Princess character breakfast currently held at Disneyland's Plaza Inn is moving to Ariel's Grotto in Disney's California Adventure park, where Ariel, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella will interact with guests in the new area. One interesting thing about the new location is that Ariel will appear with legs rather than in tailfin as is standard for her appearances—transporting an immobile Ariel down into the tightly packed restaurant would be a logistical challenge. No word yet on what changes, if any, will be made to the restaurant that has been through many changes since it opened with DCA as a Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

Taking the place of the princess at Plaza Inn's breakfast will be Minnie and several of her friends (though, apparently, not Mickey Mouse).

Shortened quest

The Magical Milestones Pin Quest, part of the Magical Milestones pin program running from June 24 through August 14 has been reduced from its original two weeks to a single day, on Sunday, August 14.

The pin quest, which in recent years was held on the park's birthday, was delayed this year due to the 50th Anniversary events. When guests enter the park on the 14th, they can get a map that indicates six locations in the park. Participants then go to those six locations and either answer a question to get the map stamped or trade a pin for the stamp. Once all six stations have been visited, a free pin is given at Store Command in Tomorrowland.

No explanation was given for reducing the duration of the event. Details of the entire Magical Milestones Pin Celebration can be found at the Walt Disney Event Services Web site (link).

50th merchandise details

Cindy Stephens (cstephens on many of the Disney message boards) attended the 50th Anniversary merchandise event over the weekend of July 15 and has put together an extensive trip report about it, including photos and even some video. This is a must-read for anybody interested in the merchandise events that Disney occasionally holds (link).

For those who had inquired, it does include a list (link) from the auction with the price things went for. One of the surprise lots at the auction was the fighting shark and octopus figures from the submarine lagoon. The final selling price for that was $2,000 and it turns out it was purchased by a a poster from our MousePad message board, who goes by the name Circarama. He posted that he was surprised to learn that it also came with the fighting lobster, also from the lagoon, and later posted photos of them sitting in his back yard (link and link). If he does get them working, hopefully he'll send along some video.


The fighting lobsters in his backyard. Photo by MousePlanet reader "Circarama."


The report is that the mechanics are still in place so it may be possible to get them working again. Photo by MousePlanet reader "Circarama."

Ears to the ground

...It appears that we were either given incorrect information about this year's Candlelight Procession or plans are still in flux. What we're hearing now is that it will be just one weekend, the first full one in December, but that it will be held on three days: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As always, nothing is certain until it is officially announced, and sometimes not even then.


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

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Haunted Mansion closed September 6–29 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay; closed Jan. 9–25, 2006 to remove overlay
  • Pirates of the Caribbean closed October 3 through December 13 (this closure does not have an official announcement supporting it; it should be taken as strong rumor and not certain fact). New rumors say that this refurbishment may be pushed out to early 2006 and be as long as four months. As soon as anything is confirmed, we'll say so.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is currently under construction and will open sometime in 2007.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Monster, Inc.: Mike and Sully to the Rescue is under construction and will open in early 2006.
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.

Events

June

  • Magical Milestone – A Pin Celebration. June 24 – Aug. 15 at the Disneyland Resort (link).

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

Southern California 1–Day Park Hopper ($68/$58) – Residents of Southern California (zip codes 90000–93599) and and northern Baja California, Mexico (zip codes 21000–22999), can buy discounted one–day park hoppers. You can purchase up to eight tickets at a time, one order per day, and two orders in any seven–day period. Valid ID showing zip code will be required with ticket for admission.


Two Days

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.


Advance Purchase 2–Day Park Hopper ($105/$85)– Available for online purchase directly from Disney (link) or Northern California, Nevada, and Utah AAA offices (link).


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.


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).

The Southern California City Pass can also be purchased online from Costco at a cost of $164.99/$112.99 (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.

You can take advantage of the Advance Purchased discount as detailed above. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 15, 2006, whichever comes first. The first visit must occur before January 2, 2006.

Both offers are available at the Disneyland Web site (link) and from AAA. You must buy these tickets in advance; they 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

4–Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets($159/$129) – The park hopper bonus tickets currently include one early entry admission to Fantasyland, and a $10 ESPN Zone game card.

You can take advantage of the Advance Purchased discount as detailed above. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 15, 2006, whichever comes first. The first visit must occur before January 2, 2006.

These tickets are available through the Disneyland Web site (link) and from AAA. 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.

You can take advantage of the Advance Purchased discount as detailed above. These tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 15, 2006, whichever comes first. The first visit must occur before January 2, 2006.

Both of these ticket offers are available through the Disneyland Web site (link), and from AAA. You must buy these tickets in advance; they 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.

Fourth Night Free

Get a fourth night free if you stay at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels for three or more consecutive nights. Visits must happen through December 18, 2005 (link).

2005 Resort Magic Package

This package (link) for couples includes two nights' lodging and a park hopper tickets. Travel must occur “value seasons” from August 28–November 21, 2005; and November 27–December 23, 2005.

  • 50th Anniversary 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)

Two versions of the package are available. For $349 per person (double occupancy) you can stay at one of the on–property Disney hotels. For $229 per person (double occupancy) you can get the same package while staying at the Jolly Roger Hotel or Red Roof Inn Maingate.

50th Anniversary Package

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 must be booked online through the Disneyland Web site (link) by December 28, 2005.

Free Stroller Rental

Holders of a Disney Visa card can get up to two free stroller rentals per day at the Disneyland Resort. This offer is valid through September 30, 2006 and you must present a valid Disney Visa card at time of rental.

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 strict requirements for registering and getting your rewards, so make sure you read the details carefully (link).


Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

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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.

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



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