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Update for June 4th through 10th, 2007

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Buried Treasure | Enter the Pirate's Lair | Pirates Show | Waiting for Nemo | This-and-That

Buried Treasure

by David Koenig

During the recent Extreme Makeover from Tom Sawyer Island to Pirates Lair, construction crews unearthed numerous homemade "time capsules" left behind by guests and cast members. "Some had toys or other trinkets in them, others had notes," revealed one insider. "Unfortunately, none had enough information to contact the owner, or the notes were illegible. It shows how much guests loved to visit Tom Sawyer Island through the decades."


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The most intriguing stash was uncovered by outside contractors as they were tearing out the walls of Injun Joes Cave for the upgrade to Dead Man's Grotto... vintage bottles of Coca-Cola. The glass bottles of unopened soda were stacked in a chamber behind the cave's walls with a handwritten sign that read, "Have a Coke." Workers speculated that the treasure must have been left behind by the construction crew that originally built the caves back in 1956.

One brave contractor even opened a bottle and drank some of the 51-year-old Coke. "The worker said it was flat, and that he got a buzz from it," said one onlooker.

Enter the Pirate's Lair


Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer is now open. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island is open after a lengthy refurbishment. The new attraction has a surprising number of added features, including a new stage show and interactive installations.


A pirate stands ready to initiate visitors into pirate ways. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Visitors are welcomed to the new attraction by a costumed pirate, who banters with the crowds waiting to board a raft to the island. (One pirated joked with a visitor by asking who taught her to fish. When she looked confused, he pointed to the ring in her lip and advised her that the hook was meant for the fish.).


Dead Man's Grotto houses some spiffy new special effects. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Visitors receive a map detailing the island's new attractions. The Cider Mill on the island has been renamed Laffite's Tavern, and the stage area in front is Pirate Point, site of a new pirate show. Dead Man's Grotto is the first of the island's cave systems, and has been outfitted with new special effects. Explorers need a little patience in traveling these caves, as some effects are triggered by touch or proximity and need a little time to re-set. Take your time when passing through the caves so you can see everything.


The island's caves hold new secrets. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Intrepid cave explorers can find the chest of Davy Jones. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


One treasure cache includes the diary of Elizabeth Swann. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Some treasure is protected by spooky apparitions. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Smuggler's Cove is a completely new installation on the back of the island. The area includes several interactive features that allow would-be pirates to discover lost treasure, as well as a nice photo opportunity in a smaller replica of the bone cage from the second Pirates film.


A suspension bridge crosses Smuggler's Cove. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Treasure seekers can work together to turn the nearby capstan and raise this treasure from the watery depths of Smuggler's Cove. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A sign here says "There's gold below if you pump for it." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

William Turner has apparently set up shop as a blacksmith on the island, and his tiny workshop is open for viewing.


W. Turner, blacksmith, has set up shop on the island. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


W. Turner, blacksmith, has set up shop on the island. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Tom Sawyer Island has always been a tricky to navigate while using a wheelchair, but two new elevator installations make some areas more accessible. One provides access to the stage at Pirate Point, while the other leads to the new restrooms near Fort Wilderness. Some of the caves have entrance areas that are will accommodate a wheelchair, but none of the caves are completely accessible—some have stairs or narrow passages, and at least one requires visitors to climb a short ladder.


Two new lifts add wheelchair access to portions of the island. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A few of the caves have wheelchair-accessible sections, but most have narrow passages, and in one case, a ladder. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Guests can occasionally find Jack Sparrow on the far West side of the island, where piles of treasure provide a nice photo backdrop. Most of the area around Fort Wilderness, including the graveyard in the back, has been blocked with fences, and most of the fort is scheduled to be demolished. (The fort was standing as of the time of this writing, but one source tells us that the demolition is imminent.)


Captain Sparrow can often be found hanging out near this treasure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Paths around Fort Wilderness are blocked off, and the Fort is scheduled for demolition shortly. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The popularity of the new attraction means long lines on either shore. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Pirates show

Visitors can also take in a new show starring Jack Sparrow on the island. The show is in the Pirate Point stage, and is also visible (but barely audible) from across the river.


Captain Jack Sparrow stars in this short skit on Tom Sawyer Island. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The show beings with a musical performance by the Bootstrappers, the quartet who previously held stage outside Café Orleans. As they near the end of their set, two pirates take the stage and begin to examine a curious treasure chest. As the story unfolds we learn about a mysterious treasure map, and meet the rag-tag lot determined to take possession of it. The show makes excellent use of some elements from the Fantasmic stage to include crowd-pleasing stunts and special effects.


Stunts and swordfights make for a fun little romp. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The viewing area for this show is very small, and crowds will start to gather about 20 minutes before each show. The best vantage point would seem to be from the upper stage, but the Bootstrappers will displace anyone waiting there when they being their performance. The Bootstrappers leave the stage after a short interaction with the pirates, so you can either be prepared to move up to the rail as soon as they leave, or find a place on the lower level.

Waiting for Nemo


The countdown continues towards the June 11 opening date. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland's new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction opens next Monday, with Annual Passholder previews scheduled for June 6 & 7. The construction walls have come down, and the queue area—with ropes—has already been constructed in the area, spurring hopes that there may be additional previews this week. Some annual passholders on our MousePad discussion board report winning entry for the special preview. (link)


Workers are buffing and polishing the subs in preparation for their big debut. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Workers were busy in the Submarine Lagoon last week, with crews buffing and polishing the sub vehicles, and divers making repairs to the animatronic figures. The construction walls around the lagoon are down, and the "greedy seagulls" animatronic buoy is working, drawing curious visitors to the rail to hear their cries of "Mine! Mine! Mine!"


Divers work on an animatronic figure in the Submarine Lagoon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This-and-That

....Disneyland is offering a second series of Pirates of the Caribbean coins with qualifying purchases at Café Orleans and the French Market in New Orleans Square. Guests receive one coin with a purchase of $30 or more (before tax, after any applicable discount) made at the restaurant. The first of the eight coins in the series was released on May 25. The second was released on June 3, and the rest will be released each Sunday for the next six weeks. We have been told that fewer coins were produced this year, so don't wait too long each week if you are trying to complete the set.

...Tickets go on sale at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern) today for the "Adora Belle Disneyland Dream" Doll Breakfast with Marie Osmond, scheduled for Saturday, July 7. Packages are offered at $235 to $780. Tickets are available through the Disney Events Web site. (link)


This new pirate watch is a limited edition of 250, and will be released in June. Disney photo.

....Disneyland and Walt Disney World will release a new Pirates of the Caribbean watch in June; the date has yet to be announced. According to the Disney Gallery Web site, the "this timeless treasure is limited to an edition size of 250 and comes complete with a brown leather band and gold-toned bezel as well as a replica of Sao Feng's mysterious pirate map . In addition, the map and the watch will come encased in a commemorative map-like tube, that is sure to provide safe keeping."

....Vault 28 will host a trunk show by designer Yvette Mandell on Saturday, June 9 from 2—5pm. Mandell will showcase her kids collection.


 

.... Artist Dave Smith has designed a watch to commemorate the opening day of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The watch will be released on Monday, June 11 at New Century Timepieces on Main Street. The watch is limited to "day of production run" (which means that they will make only as many as are ordered on June 11th), and there is a limit of two watches per person. The watch will sell for $250 and comes complete with a gold-toned bezel and black watch band. A replica of the original artwork is included with each watch purchased.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland


The Main Street train station is back under wraps at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! closed through June 7.
  • Midway Games close June 20 for an unknown duration. The future of the games has been somewhat questionable due to the Toy Story Mania project.
  • 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.

June

  • Grad Night events: Thursday, June 7; Wednesday, June 13; Thursday, June 14 and Thursday, June 21
  • Finding Nemo Annual Passholder previews June 6 & 7. Tickets available by "opportunity drawing" only. To register, visit the Annual Passholder page on the Disneyland Web site.
  • Camp Pin-E-Ha-Ha. June 16-17. A pin collecting event. Registration opens March 21, 2007 (link).

July

  • The Art of Disney Parks ~ Where Dreams Come True exhibit. July 1 ? August 31 at the Festival of Arts. For information about the Festival, visit the official Web site (link).
  • Adora Belle Disneyland Dream Breakfast with Marie Osmond. July 7 at Disneyland. Tickets for the event go on sale June 4th. See the event Web site (link) for more details.
  • "Disneyland in Miniature" Product Release & Signing. Sunday, July 8 at Disneyland. The Disneyland marquee accessory will be available for purchase as part of a larger Disney Gallery anniversary event.
  • "Disneyland in Miniature" Product Release & Signing. Saturday, July 28 at Disneyland. New releases include the Plaza Pavilion / Enchanted Tiki Room / Aladdin's Oasis sculpture and additional Main Entrance accessories. (This date is tentative and subject to change)

August

  • Bats Day in the Fun Park (unofficial event) Friday-Sunday, August 17-19. (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).
  • The Art of Disney Parks ~ Where Dreams Come True event. September 13-14 at the Disneyland Resort. Will include an auction of artwork from the Festival of Arts exhibit and 50th Anniversary. Keep an eye on the event Web site for updates as they become available (link).
  • Downtown Disney artist weekend. September 15-16. An exhibit 'dedicated to the art of local artist participants.' No additional details are available at this time.

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).
  • Mickey's Halloween Treat. October 5, 12, 19 and 26; 7:30 pm. - 11:30 pm. and October 4, 11, 18, 25, 29, 30, and 31; 6:30 pm. - 10:30 pm. Tickets currently available to Annual Passholders via the Disneyland Annual Passholder Web site.
  • CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park Sunday, October 21 (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 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
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).

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).

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.

Travel Packages

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.

Yamabuki and Steakhouse 55. Disneyland Resort annual passholders save 30% off the entire check (excluding alcohol) Mondays through Wednesdays through August 15th. The discount is valid for lunch and dinner at Yamabuki, and breakfast and dinner at Steakhouse 55.

Dream Ears offer. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can purchase two "Where Dreams Come True" light-up ear hats for only $20, plus tax, at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District. A valid Disneyland Resort Annual Passport must be shown at time of purchase. Offer valid while supplies last. No discount will be offered in conjunction with this promotion. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Pirates watch and litho offer. May 20 through August 18. Customers can purchase a Pirates of the Caribbean watch and lithograph set for $10 with a qualifying $50 purchase at select store locations at the Disneyland Resort. Visit the promotion Web site for a complete list of stores and restrictions.

2 for 1 Festival of Arts tickets for Disneyland Resort annual passholders. July 1 ? August 31. Disneyland Resort annual passholders can purchase 2 for 1 tickets to the Festival of Arts by presenting their current passport at the box office. This offer does not include tickets to the Pagent of the Masters. Tickets are regularly $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors.

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, which can make a huge difference on busy days. 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.

Free Metrolink and ART weekends – Disneyland Resort annual passholders can participate in a joint promotion with Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) and Metrolink. As part of Metrolink Weekends, Passholders can use Metrolink to travel for free to the Anaheim Metrolink station, then use a free ART pass to get to the Disneyland Resort. The offer is great for those who live in the Inland Empire or southern Orange County, but those who live north of Disneyland will have to get there the old fashioned way. The list of eligible origin stations is limited, and none of the southbound trains coming from LA are included in the promotion.

To take advantage of this promotion, you’ll first need to visit the promotional Web site at this link. (link) Use the username "train" and password "ap" to login. Once you register, you will receive by mail:

  • One 4-trip ticket from Metrolink to be used on the Weekend Train
  • One round-trip ticket for the ART system from Metrolink station to the Disneyland Resort (a $5 value)
  • A free 7-day pass on Metrolink (one 7-day pass per household).
  • The Metrolink Weekends schedule is available at this link, and the ART operating schedule is available at this 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
  6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7 6/8 6/9
 

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–7p
SL/SC

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

6/10 6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/16

DL: 8a–11p
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–7p
SL/SC

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–7p
SL/SC

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23

DL: 8a–11p
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–7p
SL/SC

DL: 9a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–Mid
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates 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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