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Update for October 30 - November 6, 2006

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News and Views

This was apparently a week when essentially nothing of interest happened in the world of Disneyland. At least not that I can find. So other than these few small items, this week's park update is here mostly to provide the schedule information below.


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If you've been in Downtown Disney or at the Disneyland Hotel in the last week you've probably seen "photo opportunity" with a 2007 Honda CR-V. This is for a contest you can enter online at the Disneyland Web site and is part of Honda's extensive promotional deal with Disney. Unlike last year, though, when Honda gave away a car every day for a month, this time they are giving away a ticket to Disneyland every day for a month and one car at the end of the month.


Two displays of the new Honda CR-V can be found, one in Downtoan Disney next ot the monorail station and another at the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by David Michael.

The contest runs from October 19 through November 21, 2006. During that time you can enter online (registration with Disney.com is required) once a day. The grand prize is a basic 2007 Honda CR-V and a trip for four to Disneyland (must be taken by April 15, 2007). Every week during the contest one winner will receive two Disneyland Deluxe Annual Passes. The daily winner receives four 1-Day Park Hopper tickets.

Candlelight Processional

A reminder that online registration will open for Candlelight Processional dining packages this Sunday (November 5). Unlike previous years when the dinner package required spending a certain amount of money from the regular menu (and frequently people ended up purchasing food they didn't want), this year's plans are just a flat fee depending on the restaurant. Unfortunately, along with this also comes limited specified menu selections. Non-alcoholic drinks are included.

Each of the six restaurants will have two seatings: One at 3:30 p.m. (for the 5:30 p.m. performance) and another at 5:30 p.m. (for the 8:00 p.m. show).

All guests can register for the two least expensive categories but the seatings at Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel are restricted to reservations made by annual passholders.

At $50 per person are Hook's Pointe (Disneyland Hotel) and Storytellers Cafe (Grand Californian Hotel). For $75 per person you can choose from Granville's Steakhouse (Disneyland Hotel), Yamabuki (Paradise Pier Hotel), or The Vineyard Room (Disney's California Adventure). Napa Rose, which again is restricted to annual passholders, costs $125 per person.

And before you ask, we still don't know who the narrator will be for the performances. Odds are, you'll have to make your reservation without this information.

Pumbaa Parking

We mentioned a couple months ago that Disneyland seemed to be offering free parking at the Pumbaa Lot on Disney Way between Harbor Boulevard and Clementine Street.

Since then, the offer has continued, at least on weekends. The offer goes mostly unused, though, so any worries about additional traffic on Harbor have not realized themselves. If you're visiting the resort and would otherwise have to pay the $11 parking fee, you might want to drive by and see if the option is available.

It needs to be reiterated that the big drawback of parking at Pumbaa is that no tram service is offered, so you must walk to and from the park. But if you're willing to make that walk, you can buy an extra 3.6 churros once inside the park.


The 2006 Disneyland Christmas tree is getting dressed from the top down. Photo by David Michael.

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Disneyland Monorail closed August 21 - December 14 for station remodel and queue construction for Submarine Voyage. Will likely close again in January.
  • Snow White - An Enchanted Musical ended September 4. Show will not return.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds closed September 5 - December 14 for complete refurbishment.
  • it's a small world closed October 23 - November 9 for installation of Christmas overlay.
  • it's a small world closed early January (exact dates to be announced) for removal of Christmas overlay.
  • Haunted Mansion closed January 8 - January 18 for removal of Christmas Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is currently under construction and will open sometime around summer 2007.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie closed until at least January 2007. One-month refurbishment in June/July 2006 was unexpectedly extended indicating major repair work is needed.
  • Golden Dreams replaced September 24 - October 31? For the Halloween season the film show is being overlayed as Golden Screams. Exact return date is not yet known.
  • Mission Tortilla Factory closed October 30 - November 17 for general refurbishment.
  • Midway Mania under construction. Opens 2008.
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

If you know of any events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, let us know.

October

  • Mickey's Halloween Treat. October 13, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29, 30, and 31 at DCA. (See Disneyland AP page for details)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Sculpture Series. On sale October 14. Series by Walt Disney Classic Collection goes on sale at Disneyland Resort (link).
  • Nightmare Before Christmas at El Capitan Theater. October 19-January 4. (link).

November

  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at El Capitan Theater. November 3-January 4 (link). Screening includes a stage musical show before each screening.
  • MouseAdventure. November 5. The next edition of MousePlanet's popular in-park game. Registration is closed.
  • Believe Holiday Fireworks show. Beginning November 9 for daily holiday fireworks show that will run through the end of the year.
  • Lion King returns to Pantages Theater. Beginning November 16 for eight week run. Call 323-463-4367 for details and tickets. Perusal tickets are available to Annual Passholders and Disney Visa members through June 10.
  • A Christmas Fantasy parade. Beginning November 17 for daily parade that will run through the end of the year.

December

  • Candlelight Processional. December 2 and 3. Two performances each day. No other details are known at this time.

  • 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!

    This first section is a list of discounts on ticket only purchases. Though it has become more common in recent years, Disneyland tickets are still rarely see deep discounts unless you are a resident of Southern California or Northern Mexico. For residents outside that area, the best discounts available tend to be simple advance purchase discounts.

    Unless otherwise states, all tickets currently available for purchase must be first used by January 2, 2007. All multi-day tickets expire 13 days after first use.

    This information is pulled from many sources but much thanks must go to MousePlanet sponsor MouseSavers.com for providing the bulk of the information. If you know of any additional discounts, offers, promotions, or contests that should be listed in this section, drop us a line (link).

    One Day Park Hoper
    Regularly $79/$69

    Southern California 1–Day Park Hopper ($64/$74) – 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. Southern California AAA offices and Vons Supermarkets may also sell these tickets, but call ahead to confirm. Proof of residency will be required when redeeming them at Disneyland (Vons will happily sell you the ticket voucher regardless of where you are from but you still need to be an appropriate resident to use it.

    Two Day Park Hopper
    Regularly $116/$96

    AOCVCB 2-Day Bonus Ticket ($115/$95) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is only $1 and shipping on all orders is at least $10. Therefore you only come ahead on orders made more than 10 days in advance if you are buying more than 10 tickets (link).

    Three Day Park Hooper
    Regularly $169/$139

    Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($149/$119) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. Available at the Disneyland Web site (link) where shipping is included if you order more than 10 days prior to your travel date. Also available from AAA offices in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah (link). Disney Stores (California), Safeway grocery stores (California and Arizona), and certain travel agents may also sell these tickets. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    Southern California CityPass($199/$159) – This pass includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort park ticket (including one early-entry day). It also includes one day admissions to SeaWorld San Diego, Universal Studios Hollywood, and either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location. Purchase CityPass through the Disneyland Web site (link) or onsite at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPass Web site (link) though this has a minimum $7.50 shipping charge (no shipping charge from the Disney Web site if purchased more than 10 days in advance).

    The Southern California City Pass can also be purchased online from Costco at a cost of $174.99/$139.99 (adults/child), 5% surcharge if not a Costco member and shipping fees apply. Booklets may be available for sale in some stores but varies widely. If you want to buy in person it would be best to call ahead and confirm availability. If you do buy at a Costco, you will initially purchase a large plastic container which you must trade for ticket books prior to leaving Costco!

    AOCVCB 3-Day Bonus Ticket ($146/$117) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is only $3 (adult) and $2 (child) and shipping on all orders is at least $10. Therefore, compared to the Disneyland Web site price, you only come about ahead on orders made more than 10 days in advance if you are buying more than 3 tickets. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    Four Day Park Hopper
    Regularly $199/$169

    Advance Purchase 4–Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($169/$139) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. Available at the Disneyland Web site (link) where shipping is included if you order more than 10 days prior to your travel date. Also available from AAA offices in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah (link). Disney Stores (California), Safeway grocery stores (California and Arizona), and certain travel agents may also sell these tickets. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    AOCVCB 4-Day Bonus Ticket ($165/$136) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $4 (adult) and $3 (child) and shipping on all orders is at least $10. Therefore, compared to the Disneyland Web site price, you only come about ahead on orders made more than 10 days in advance if you are buying more than 2 or 3 tickets. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    Play 4 Days Southern California Ticket ($119 all ages 3 and up) – This ticket is only for Southern California residents residing in Zip Codes 90000-93599 and is not available to Northern Mexico residents. It is important to note that while Costco will sell the voucher to anybody who wants to buy one, proof of Southern California residency will be required when exchanging it for the actual ticket at Disneyland. The ticket allows admission to either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure on four separate days. The dates need not be consecutive and admission is allowed to only one park on any given day. Tickets must be first used by November 15, 2006, and expire on November 18, 2006. Call ahead to your Southern California Costco to confirm availability or order online (link), shipping fees apply as well as a 5% surcharge for non-members.

    Five Day Park Hopper
    Regularly $219/$189

    Advance Purchase 5–Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($179/$149) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. Available at the Disneyland Web site (link) where shipping is included if you order more than 10 days prior to your travel date. Also available from AAA offices in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah (link). Disney Stores (California), Safeway grocery stores (California and Arizona), and certain travel agents may also sell these tickets. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    AOCVCB 5-Day Bonus Ticket ($174/$145) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $5 (adult) and $4 (child) and shipping on all orders is $10. Therefore, compared to the Disneyland Web site price, you only come about ahead on orders made more than 10 days in advance if you are buying more than 2 tickets. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    All Tickets

    Disney Visa Application Credit $40 - &150; Currently, if you are not a Disney Visa credit card holder, you can receive an extra $40 discount when purchasing Disneyland tickets through the Disneyland Web site. When making your purchase an opportunity to apply for the credit card (and charge the purchase to the card) will be offered. If approved, the credit card will get a $40 credit when used for its first transaction.

    Annual Passes

    DVC Discount &150; Members of the Disney Vacation Club can get a $20 discount on a Deluxe or Premium Disneyland Annual pass. Good for first purchase only.

    Early Renewal Discount &150; If you renew your annual pass (either online or in person) before it expires, you will receive a 10% discount.

    Travel Packages

    4th Night Free (link). For packages booked between now and December 14, 2006, for travel that begins by December 17, 2006 if you book three consecutive nights at a Disneyland on-property hotel or one of the Good Neighbor resort-area hotels you will get a fourth night free. Packages start at $307 per person for stays at the Red Roof Inn Anaheim Maingate. Packages include one 5-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket per person, one day of early entry, three Virtual Magic Kingdom computer game virtual rewards, one entry into Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, preferred show seating at DCA, and Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard, luggage tag, and California fun book.

    2006 Resort Magic Package – This official Disney travel package (link) is $452/per person for two adults per two-nights. The $452 price is for the Paradise Pier Hotel and goes up for Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian Hotel. In addition to the hotel room, the package includes appropriate park hopper tickets, one early admission (early admission days are currently Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays), a virtual prize for the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game, admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), and Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard, luggage tag, and California Fun Book. Travel using this package must be booked by August 28, 2006, and completed by September 2, 2006.

    2006 Good Neighbor Magic Package – This official Disney travel package (link) starts at $277/per person for two adults per two-nights. The $227 price is for the Jolly Roger Hotel and goes up for other Good Neighbor hotels. In addition to the hotel room, the package includes appropriate park hopper tickets, one early admission (early admission days are currently Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays), a virtual prize for the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game, admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), and Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard, luggage tag, and California Fun Book. Travel using this package must be booked by August 28, 2006, and completed by September 2, 2006.

    Costco Travel Packages – Many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco.com. When purchasing a Costco Disneyland travel package extras that will be included are: Mickey's Toontown Madness admission (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), a character breakfast per person, a $20 Disneyland Resort gift card, a collectible pin and lanyard, and a Costco luggage tag.

    Other Discounts

    Disney Visa Free-Stroller Rental – If you have a Disney Visa card you can rent up to two strollers for free at either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure.

    Rainforest Cafe Safari Club – Membership in the Rainforest Cafe gets you a 10% discount on entrees for up to four people. It also gets you priority seating if available. Additionally, after signing up, your membership card will be mailed to you and be accompanied by a $10 award good for your next visit to a Rainforest Cafe. So if you know you will be eating there while at Disneyland and have a Rainforest Cafe local to you, it may make sense to prejoin the Safari Club so that you can use the award during your trip. See the Rainforest Cafe Web site for details (link).

    ESPNZone MVP Club – Membership in the MVP Club does not offer any discounts on food. However, once a member you can make an online reservation for your party up to three days in advance and will get a 25% increase in points purchased when playing games in the Sports Arena (and 40 bonus points at activation). You must register online and your membership card will then be mailed to you within 2-weeks. The card must then be activated at any ESPNZone by the person who signed up for the card and ID will be required (link)

    AAA Restaurant Discounts – AAA (American Automobile Association) members can receive a 10% discount (excluding alcohol) at Plaza Inn, Wine Country Trattoria Ariel's Grotto, PCH Grill, and Goofy's Kitchen.


    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
    10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5 10/6 10/7

    DL: 9a–10p
    DCA: 10a–9p
    SL

    DL: 10a–8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a-8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a-8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a-8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 8a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–9p

    DL: 8a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–9p
    SL/SC

    10/8 10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14

    DL: 10a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–9p
    SL

    DL: 9a–10p
    DCA: 10a–8p

    DL: 10a–8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a–8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a–8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 8a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 8a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–9p
    SL/SC

    10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20 10/21

    DL: 9a–11p
    DCA: 10a–9p
    SL

    DL: 10a–8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a-8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a-8p
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 10a-8p
    DCA: 10a–5p

    DL: 8a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–6p

    DL: 8a–Mid
    DCA: 10a–9p
    SL/SC

    Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates 2006 page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

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




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