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Update for November 5-11, 2007

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News and Views

Christmas comes to Disneyland | Hey Mickey - just wait 'til we get our Hanes on you | This and That

Christmas comes to Disneyland

Given a fairly light news week at the Disneyland Resort, we thought we'd devote this week's Park Update to photos of the transformation from HalloweenTime to Christmas time. Trick-or-treaters were barely back in their beds when crews started to remove the major Halloween decor pieces, and Disneyland visitors could see snow on the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle the next morning. Click on any photo below to view a larger version.

Main Street – Work thus far is focused around Sleeping Beauty Castle, though the visual merchandising team has been hard at work in the stores on Main Street. The China Closet and Disney Showcase stores offer the biggest selection of ornaments and decor, but every store has something to offer. The Disneyland Resort has a brand new collection of gift card designs available, and is offering a pretty set of four holiday tin plates for $10 with a qualifying purchase at participating locations.


The decorators have yet to reach the Main Street buildings. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Disney Showcase offers two rooms of holiday merchandise and decor. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Many of the store windows sport new holiday displays. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Disneyland shops offer a wide variety of gift cards, and a special gift with purchase. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – The holiday transformation of the castle surpasses anything seen before. Most castle turrets have been covered with a thick layer of faux tiles, faux snow and tiny LEDs. The castle looks lovely in the daytime, and Disney's press releases promise that the effect will be even better at night.


A few drifts of snow were visible on Sleeping Beauty Castle the morning of November 1. Photo by Karl Buiter.


Just a few days later, snow blankets most of the castle spires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A closer look reveals tiny LEDs buried in the "snow." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The covering is so well crafted that it's hard to tell that the "tiles" are part of the wrap. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Strings of icicle lights hang from one of the towers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A side view of the castle decorations shows the full daytime effect. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Mickey's Toontown & Fantasyland


The decor in Mickey's Toontown is nearly complete. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Daisy's Diner is decorated with daisies, of course. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Mickey's front yard features a decorated tree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


"it's a small world" is closed through the end of the week to install the holiday overlay. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

New Orleans Square & Frontierland


New Orleans Square is usually the first area to receive holiday decorations. Photo by Karl Buiter.


Wreaths and garland festoon the balconies above New Orleans Square. Photo by Karl Buiter.


Big Thunder Ranch awaits transformation into Santa’s Reindeer Round-up. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Downtown Disney


Trees in Downtown Disney sport twinkle light-wrapped trunks and glowing "ornaments." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


One section of the World of Disney shop is filled with holiday merchandise. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Hey Mickey – just wait 'til we get our Hanes on you

Hanesbrands Inc. and The Walt Disney Company announced a 10-year partnership that includes basic apparel exclusivity for the Hanes and Champion brands, product co-branding, attraction sponsorships and other brand visibility and signage at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts properties.

Under the deal, Hanes becomes the presenting sponsor of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the location of the announcement. (The link? Concert T-shirts, of course.) Hanes will also have a customizable clothing shop at Downtown Disney that will enable guests to design and personalize their own custom T-shirts and other items.

Champion will gain naming rights for the stadium at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, which will now become Champion Stadium. There will be other brand placement and promotional opportunities throughout the complex. There will also be in-store promotional and brand building opportunities at ESPN Zone restaurants and stores across the country.

Much of the apparel will be co-labeled, including Disneyland Resort by Hanes, Walt Disney World by Hanes, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex by Champion and ESPN Zone by Champion. Basic apparel, under the terms of the agreement, is defined as T-shirts and tanks and fleece sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies and other family fleece, including infant and toddler items.

This and That

...Fans of the Golden Horseshoe Revue should mark their calendars for March 29, 2008. Disney Legends Wally Boag & Betty Taylor will be joined by Dana Daniels, Kirk Wall, Dick Hardwick, Stan Freese and original Golden Horseshoe Can-Can Girls for a dinner show and celebration at the Anaheim Sheraton Hotel. Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased at the event Web site. (link) The event will include a silent auction and limited edition merchandise.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland


Both levels of the newly-remodeled Build a Bear Workshop have reopened to customers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Disney Animation (the Snow White exhibit) closed November 10 - 15.
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue will be closed from November 26 at least through the end of January, 2008.
  • Midway Games closed for an unknown duration. The future of the games has been somewhat questionable due to the Toy Story Mania project, but some of the games remain open for now.
  • Toy Story Mania! under construction. Opens 2008.


The Golden Gate Bridge at DCA's entrance is decorated for its final holiday season, while the front gate sports Year of a Million Dreams decorations. 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.

Events

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

November

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 70th Anniversary Celebration. November 16, 2007. See MousePlanet's October 2, 2007 Disneyland Resort update for details (link).

December

  • Candlelight Processional Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2. Jane Seymour was announced to the choir as the narrator.
  • Jim Shore product release and signing. Saturday, December 1. 9 AM to 11 AM at the Disneyana Shop inside Disneyland park and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney. Note: admission is required to attend the Disneyland signing, but is not required for the Downtown Disney signing.
  • Jane Seymour product release and signing. Sunday, December 2, 10 AM - Noon. Artwork released at this summer's canceled Jane Seymour breakfast event will again be available for purchase. (link)
  • Precious Moments Disney Theme Park Exclusive Product Release. Friday, December 14. These park-exclusive sculptures will also be offered at Walt Disney World, and can be pre-ordered November 6 - December 6 through the Disney Gallery Web site. (link)

February 2008

  • Unofficial Homeschool Day at Disneyland. Friday February 1st, 2008. This event is open to all homeschool and alternative schooling families (link).

Spring 2008

  • Disney's California Food & Wine Weekends. Spring 2008 (link)

Summer 2008

  • Disney Magic returns to Pacific Ocean itineraries. May 25-August 17, 2008.
  • 2008 Disneyland Half Marathon. Sunday, August 31, 2008 (link)

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 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 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 $66/$56

One Day Park Hopper
Regularly $91/$81

Southern California 1–Day Park Hopper – Disney is not currently offering a discounted 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, e-mail us to let us know.

Two Day Park Hopper
Regularly $132/$112

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 Hopper
Regularly $189/$159

Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($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 (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)

Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($169/$139) Effective January 3, 2008

2008 "2 Days Free" offer – Buy a 3-day Parkhopper ticket and receive a 5-day Parkhopper Bonus ticket which includes one Early Entry admission. The Spring promotion is available starting January 7, and tickets must be purchased in advance - this offer is not valid at the Disneyland Resort ticket booth. The ticket must be used for the first time on or before April 24 and expires 13 days after first use or on May 7, 2008, whichever occurs first.

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).

You can also purchase the Southern California City Pass 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 $214/$184

Advance Purchase 4–Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($184/$154) – 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).

Advance Purchase 4-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($184/$154) Effective January 3, 2008

2008 "2 Days Free" offer – Buy a 4-day Parkhopper ticket and receive a 6-day Parkhopper Bonus ticket which includes one Early Entry admission. The Spring promotion is available starting January 7, and tickets must be purchased in advance - this offer is not valid at the Disneyland Resort ticket booth. The ticket must be used for the first time on or before April 24 and expires 13 days after first use or on May 7, 2008, whichever occurs first.

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 $234/$204

Advance Purchase 5–Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($194/$164) – 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).

Advance Purchase 5-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($194/$164) Effective January 3, 2008

2008 "2 Days Free" offer – Buy a 5-day Parkhopper ticket and receive a 7-day Parkhopper Bonus ticket which includes one Early Entry admission. The Spring promotion is available starting January 7, and tickets must be purchased in advance - this offer is not valid at the Disneyland Resort ticket booth. The ticket must be used for the first time on or before April 24 and expires 13 days after first use or on May 7, 2008, whichever occurs first.

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.

Hotel / 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.

Disney's Good Neighbor Dream Vacation Packages – This package is valid for arrivals June 29 - August 30, 2007, and starts at $214 per person. Package includes two nights at a Good Neighbor hotel; Park Hopper ticket (with admission to one Early Entry and/or one Toontown Morning Madness depending on ticket purchased and days visited); preferred seating at a DCA show; souvenir coin, luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie or Goofy. (Sample pricing is for two adults and two children under 9 years-old sharing one room at the Jolly Roger Hotel, and includes a 3-day park hopper ticket per person. Other hotels and ticket combinations are available at a higher price) Reservations must be made by August 27, 2007. Call (866) 279-7165 for more information.

Fourth Night Free at Good Neighbor Hotels – This package is valid for arrivals September 2 to December 16, 2007, and starts at $257 per person. Package includes hotel accomodations; Park Hopper ticket; admission to one Early Entry and one Toontown Morning Madness; preferred seating at a DCA show; souvenir coin, luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie or Goofy. (Sample pricing is for two adults and two children under 9 years-old sharing one room at the Best Western Pavilions, and includes a 3-day park hopper ticket per person. Other hotels and ticket combinations are available at a higher price) Reservations must be made by December 13, 2007. Call (866) 279-7165 for more information.

Fourth Night Free at Disneyland Resort Hotels – This package is valid for arrivals August 19 to December 12, 2007, and starts at $345 per person. Package includes hotel accomodations; Park Hopper ticket; admission to one Early Entry and one Toontown Morning Madness; preferred seating at a DCA show; souvenir coin, luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie or Goofy. (Sample pricing is for two adults and two children under 9 years-old sharing one room at the Disneyland Hotel, and includes a 3-day park hopper ticket per person. Other hotels and ticket combinations are available.) Reservations must be made by November 12, 2007. Call (866) 279-7165 for more information.

2008 "2 Days Free" offer – When you buy a 3-, 4- or 5-day Parkhopper ticket, Disney will add two free days. In other words, you'll pay the 3-day rate ($189) and receive a Parkhopper Bonus ticket good for five days. You can maximize your savings by taking advantage of the advance purchase discount, and pay just $169. The Parkhopper Bonus ticket includes one Early Entry admission. The Spring promotion is available starting January 7. The ticket must be used for the first time on or before April 24 and expires 13 days after first use or on May 7, 2008, whichever occurs first.

Other Discounts

Disney Vacation Club membershave a new discount at the Disneyland Resort. DVC members can now purchase discounted tickets to Mickey's Halloween Treat at Disney's California Adventure. Tickets are $27 if purchased anytime between August 1 and the day before the event. Members cannot buy these tickets online, and must show their DVC membership card at any Disneyland Resort ticket booth to receive the discounted rate.

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, 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 two 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
    11/6 11/7 11/8 11/9 11/10
   

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

11/11 11/12 11/13 11/14 11/15 11/16 11/17
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–10p
DCA: 10a–7p
SL/SC

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

11/18 11/19 11/20 11/21 11/22 11/23 11/24
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

11/25 11/26 11/27 11/28 11/29 11/30 12/1
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

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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