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Update for March 12-18, 2007

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News and Views

Spring Break begins

Disneyland eases into Spring Break operation this week by extending hours at both parks. Disneyland will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. DCA will be open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and will stay open until 10:00 p.m. on weekends. These hours continue through the end of March, and then Disneyland launches into 8:00 am to Midnight operation through April 15th. (DCA will be open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. during the same period)

MouseAdventure Registration Open CLOSED


These returning MouseAdventure players are ready for the Spring event – are you? Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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A quick reminder that registration is now open CLOSED for our popular MouseAdventure event, scheduled for Sunday April 29. It should surprise no one that this will be our Biggest Event Ever™. Find out about MouseAdventure on our MouseAdventure page.

Monorail re-opens

The Disneyland Monorail resumed round trip operation this weekend, making it easier (and faster) for guests to ride between the Downtown Disney and Tomorrowland Monorail stations. It also made it easier for MousePlanet photo contributor David Michael to see what was happening inside the Submarine Lagoon, and he snapped quite a collection of photos of the work that continues on the coming Finding Nemo attraction.


A flurry of activity surrounds the brightly painted submarines. Photo by David Michael


The submarine lagoon is completely re-filled. Photo by David Michael.

Disney Gallery re-opens

The Disney Gallery was closed last week for the installation of a new exhibit, "Inspired by Disneyland." The exhibit features paintings, ceramics and sculptures by artists including Jody Daily, Elisabete Gomes, Kevin Kidney, Maggie Parr, SHAG, Jane Tivol, Michelle Valigura, Amada Visell, Tom Wilson and Yakovetic.


King Mickey by Maggie Parr is one of the new images available in the Inspired by Disneyland Exhibit. Photo courtesy of Maggie Parr.

You can see the entire collection on the Disney Gallery Web site (link), which for the first time is also including prices, availability and shipping costs for each of the pieces offered, as well as biographies of each artist. Most of the pieces are available for immediate purchase, others are available by special order only and may take up to 6 weeks to be shipped.

A second installation titled "Storybook Memories" showcases artwork from Disney Storybook Collections. Some of these images are available to purchase through the Art on Demand (formerly the Print on Demand system), but pricing and availability is not displayed online.

We should also note that the Disney Gallery has resumed daily operation. The Gallery usually opens at Noon every day, and closes two hours before Disneyland does.

Gimme a "C" "R" "O" "W" "D"!

A few MousePlanet readers noticed a large number of cheerleaders in the parks two weekends ago, and posted to our MousePlanet discussion boards asking what was going on. The annual influx of cheerleaders is due to the United Spirit Association competitions, which bring tens of thousands of participants into the area over a series of weekends each spring.

Fortunately the only in-park event, the 2007 USA Junior Nationals, is already past. The competition was held at the Hyperion Theater inside Disney's California Adventure March 3 and 4. The All-Star Nationals coming up this weekend (March 16 – 18) are held at the Anaheim Convention Center, though many squads will certainly be making time to visit the Disney parks while they are in town.

The largest event, the High School Spirit Nationals and Dance/Drill Nationals, will be held the weekend of March 22 - 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Over 20,000 participants are expected to attend this final event.

This-and-That

...Reservations will be accepted starting March 13th for the Mother's Day Brunch at the Disneyland Hotel. Disney’s Royal Buffet for Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Brunch is $57 for adults, $14.50 for children 3-11, and includes 4 hours of complimentary parking at the Disneyland Hotel. Premium Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount. Call the Disney Dine Line (714) 781-DINE (3463) to make your reservations.

...Just a quick reminder, the Pirates of the Caribbean 40th Anniversary Product Release & Signing event is this Sunday, March 18 at Disneyland. The Disney Gallery Web site has been updated with additional photos of the merchandise to be released, as well as wristband guidelines for those wishing to purchase the limited edition pins and/or the limited edition Christopher Radko ornaments. (link)


Meet the Robinsons will be presented in Disney Digital 3-DT at the El Capitan Theater in Hollwood. Photo courtesy of Disney.

...Tickets are now on sale for Meet the Robinsons at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The theater will screen the movie in "Disney Digital 3-D" from March 30th - May 20th. The El Capitan is a popular place for Southern California residents to see new Disney films because of the special "extras" the theater offers with each new film. During the run of Meet the Robinsons, the El Capitan will have an animation exhibit in the lobby, and will screen the 1953 3-D short, "Working for Peanuts," before the film.

If you want to extend your visit to Hollywood, you can attend breakfast with Chip & Dale at Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store before the 10:00 a.m. showing. Make reservations when you purchase your tickets by calling 1-800-DISNEY6 or visiting the El Capitan Theater Web site.

...Span of Sunset will host a trunk show at Disney Vault 28 on March 24th at 10am, featuring items from their new Runaway Brain collection. A sneak preview of one of the figurines in this collection, as well as the packaging and bonus extras can be found at the Vinyl Pulse blog.

Tip of the Week

In addition to the main entrance to the Mickey and Friends parking structure, there is also a little-known side entrance. Bypassing the main entrance in favor of the side gate can save you as much as 20 minutes on busy days.


You can avoid lines like this by using the side entrance to the Mickey & Friends structure.

To get there, turn right onto Magic Way as if you were going to Downtown Disney, but stay in the right lane. The side entrance is just past the entrance to Downtown Disney, on the right after the signal. The side entrance is not always open on slow weekdays, but is almost always open on weekends and busy weekdays.

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

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Splash Mountain closed January 22 - May 18 for major refurbishment. No major changes are expected but lift mechanics are being replaced.
  • Professor Barnaby Owl's Photographic Art Studio closed January 23 - May 18 due to closure of Splash Mountain (store is primarily for sale of Splash Mountain ride photos).
  • Disneyland Railroad closed February 5 - March 29 for track work and to allow heavy equipment access to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
  • Tom Sawyer Island dark February 5 - May 24 due to add new pirate themed elements to the island.
  • Fantasmic! dark February 12 - June due to work on Tom Sawyer Island.
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closed April 16 - May 3 for an extensive refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Railroad closed May 7 - June 11, likely to allow heavy equipment access to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Unknown duration.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is currently under construction and will open sometime in June or July, 2007.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Toy Story 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.

March

  • Bridge to Terabithia at El Capitan Theater. February 16-March 22. (link).
  • Walt Disney Company Annual Shareholders Meeting. March 8 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 40th Anniversary Product Release & Signing. Sunday, March 18 (link)
  • Meet the Robinsons at El Capitan Theater. March 30-May 20. (link).
  • "Disneyland in Miniature" Product Release & Signing. Saturday, March 31 at Disneyland. See the Disney Gallery Web site for the release schedule.

April

  • Mini Gay Day (unofficial event) April 7 at the Disneyland Resort.
  • Disneyland closes early at 4:00 p.m.. April 22 for a private party. The park will open early at 6:30 and DCA will have extended hours.
  • 2nd Annual Food and Wine Weekends April 27 - May 20. Special dining and food events on each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (link)
  • MouseAdventure April 29 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is CLOSED.

May

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Not yet officially announced but park is scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m. No details available but likely similar to last two events.
  • Grad Night events: Thursday, May 17; Thursday, May 24; Thursday, May 31

June

  • Grad Night events: Thursday, June 7; Wednesday, June 13; Thursday, June 14 and Thursday, June 21
  • Camp Pin-E-Ha-Ha. June 16-17. A pin collecting event. Registration opens March 21, 2007 (link).

September

  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. September 2 and 3. Family Fun Run 5K on Saturday, September 2, Half Marathon on Sunday, September 3 (link).

October

  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday, DCA on Sunday (link).

Summer 2008

  • Disney Magic returns to Pacific Ocean itineraries. May 25-August 17, 2008.

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. This first section is a list of discounts on ticket only purchases. Though it has become more common in recent years, Disneyland tickets are rarely offered at 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.

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 Hopper
Regularly $63/$53

Southern California 2Fer Ticket – This ticket offers residents of zip codes 90000-93599 (and 21000-22999 in Baja California, Mexico) the opportunity to buy entry to one park on one day and to return within 30 days to visit the other park. Tickets expire after 5/26/07 and first use must be made by 4/26/07.

One Day One Park
Regularly $83/$73

Southern California 1–Day Park Hopper – Disney is not currently offering a Southern California 1-Day Park Hopper at the Web site. Southern California AAA offices and Vons Supermarkets may be selling 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. If you do see these available anywhere, email us to let us know.

Two Day Park Hopper
Regularly $122/$102

Southern California 2-Day Park Hopper ($83/$73) – This ticket offers residents of zip codes 90000-93599 (and 21000-22999 in Baja California, Mexico) the two days of visits to the Disneyland Resort and on both days the ticket-holder can visit both parks. Tickets expire after 5/26/07 and first use must be made by 4/26/07.

AOCVCB 2-Day Bonus Ticket ($119/$100) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $3 (adult) and $2 (child) and shipping on all orders is at least $10 (link). So if you are ordering more than 10 days in advance and your discount would be less than $10, you'll still come out ahead by ordering at the Disneyland Web site.

Three Day Park Hooper
Regularly $179/$149

Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($159/$129) – 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 (not currently listed at the AAA Web site, you may need to call your local office). 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). If purchased from AAA, the tickets come with free parking at the Mickey ∧ Friends parking garage (an $11/day value)

Southern California CityPass($235/$189) – 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 $209.99/$169.99 (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 ($155/$126) – 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. So if you are ordering more than 10 days in advance and your discount would be less than $10, you'll still come out ahead by ordering at the Disneyland Web site. Tickets include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

Everybody Plays for the Kid's Price ($129/$129) – A special off season promotional ticket direct from Disney. First day of use must be on or before April 26, 2007. If you have the tickets shipped to you (as opposed to Will Call), you'll also receive a coupon for discounts on Disneyland merchandise. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

Four Day Park Hopper
Regularly $209/$179

Advance Purchase 4–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 (not currently listed at the AAA Web site, you may need to call your local office). 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). If purchased from AAA, the tickets come with free parking at the Mickey ∧ Friends parking garage (an $11/day value).

AOCVCB 4-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 at least $10 Tickets include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

Everybody Plays for the Kid's Price ($149/$149) – A special off season promotional ticket direct from Disney. First day of use must be on or before April 26, 2007. If you have the tickets shipped to you (as opposed to Will Call), you'll also receive a coupon for discounts on Disneyland merchandise. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

Five Day Park Hopper
Regularly $229/$199

Advance Purchase 5–Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($189/$159) – 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 (not currently listed at the AAA Web site, you may need to call your local office). 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). If purchased from AAA, the tickets come with free parking at the Mickey ∧ Friends parking garage (an $11/day value).

AOCVCB 5-Day Bonus Ticket ($183/$154) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $6 (adult) and $5 (child) and shipping on all orders is $10.

Everybody Plays for the Kid's Price ($159/$159) – A special off season promotional ticket direct from Disney. First day of use must be on or before April 26, 2007. If you have the tickets shipped to you (as opposed to Will Call), you'll also receive a coupon for discounts on Disneyland merchandise. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

Travel Packages

2007 Resort Dream Vacation Package – This official Disney travel package (link) starts at $389/per person for two adults per two-nights. The $389 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), a collectible Dream Coin, and Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard, luggage tag, and California Fun Book. Travel using this package must be booked by March 10, 2007, and completed by March 15, 2007.

2007 Good Neighbor Dream Vacation Package – This official Disney travel package (link) starts at $259/per person for two adults per two-nights. The $227 price is for the Red Roof Inn Anaheim Maingate 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), collectible Dream Coin, and Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard, luggage tag, and California Fun Book. Travel using this package must be booked by March 10, 2007, and completed by March 15, 2007.

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.

Annual Passholder Discounts at the Disneyland Resort Hotels – The Annual Passholder section of the Disneyland.com Web site (click here, registration required) has details about the current AP rates for the three Disneyland Resort hotels. The offer advertises rates as low as $129 per night (plus resort fees and taxes) at the Paradise Pier hotel, and MousePlanet readers have reported rates as low as $189 per night at the Grand Californian Hotel.

The discounts are available for stays between January 28th and February 14th, and there is a limit of two rooms per Passholder. For reservations, call (714) 956-MICKEY and ask for rate plan "APD." It may pay to have a flexible schedule and a little patience - readers have reported that it may take a little time for the phone agent to locate the best discount for your stay.

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
3/4 3/5 3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9 3/10

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
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: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC

3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17

DL: 8a–11p
DCA: 10a–10p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–8p
SL/SC

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
SL

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

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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