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Update for December 3 - 9, 2007

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News and Views

Disneyland by Candlelight | Christmas at Club 33 | Save the Date for MouseAdventure | Wildfire Heroes Salute clarification | This and That

Disneyland by Candlelight

Despite a balky dining package reservation system and minor threat of rain, Disneyland's presentation of the Candlelight Ceremony and Procession appeared to go off without a hitch this weekend. Some guests even had high praise for the way the park handled crowd control for those guests who wanted to try to claim seating in the very limited viewing area. Actress Jane Seymour served as narrator for the 2007 event, and Disney composer and producer Bruce Healey substituted for Candlelight's regular conductor Nancy Sulahian, who is recovering from surgery.

Though photos cannot convey the sense of pagaentry that Candlelight brings to Disneyland, we hope you enjoy these images from the event. We've also included some pictures from the constuction of the stage. While it takes a full week to build and decorate the Candelight set, the entire stage is disassembled overnight once the performances conclude, so the only traces remaining Monday morning were some lighting trusses around Town Plaza.


Cast members prepare the seating area for Sunday's second show. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Guests line up on either side of Main Street to wait for Candlelight seating. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Actress Jane Seymour narrates the 2007 Candlelight Ceremony. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Local school and church choirs join Disney cast members for the annual performance. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Disney composer and producer Bruce Healey leads the audience in singing "Silent Night." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The main stage is set on Monday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Additional lighting is in place by Tuesday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


By Thursday the greens are in place, along with seating for the orchestra. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Christmas at Club 33

The holiday photo tour continues this week with new photos from around the Disneyland Resort, including the holiday decor from Disneyland's Club 33. Click on any photo to see a larger version.


Garland decorates the banister in the foyer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Fresh pine boughs decorate the hallway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A Christmas tree and pine boughs decorate the lounge alley. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Peacock feathers serve as a festive centerpiece. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Feathers and masks decorate the wall sconces for the holidays. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A peek out a Club 33 window provides a close-up view of the New Orleans Square decorations. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A Christmas tree nestles in a corner of the foyer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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Mark your calendars: MouseAdventure returns April 13, 2008

MousePlanet is pleased to announce that our next MouseAdventure event will be held Sunday April 13, 2008 at the Disneyland Resort. Further event details, including park, format, cost, event capacity and registration dates will be announced after the new year, but we wanted to give players as much advance notice as possible so you can clear your calendars. Many thanks to the Disneyland Resort event sales department for allowing us to confirm our event date so far in advance.

Wildfire Heroes Salute clarification

As we published in our November 12 Disneyland Park Update, the Disneyland Resort is offering a repeat of the Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute promotion first offered in 2003 / 2004. Under the current offer, Southern California firefighters, law enforcement and rescue workers receive a complimentary three-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket when the present their valid identification at a Disneyland Resort ticket booth.

We have been told that some MousePlanet readers may have come across the information published on our site during the 2003 / 2004 promotion, and have arrived at Disneyland expecting to purchase "companion tickets" for $39 each. The $39 companion ticket was offered only during the 2003 / 2004 promotion. Under the terms of the current promotion Eligible emergency personnel may also purchase of up to five additional three-day Park Hopper tickets for $56 each, a substantial discount from the regular $189 cost.

Both the complimentary ticket and any companion tickets are valid now through February 28, 2008, with the exception of block-out dates of November 22-25, 2007; December 8-9, 2007; December 25, 2007 to January 6, 2008; and February 15-17, 2008. Complete details of the current offer, including residency requirements and purchasing limits, are available at the Disneyland Web site (link).

This and That

...Anne Geddes will be on hand for a book signing at her store in Downtown Disney on December 8 & 9, 2007. The signing will be held from 4-6pm on Saturday, and from 2-4 on Sunday.

...The Hollywood Egyptian Theatre will host a screening of The Pixar Story on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 at 7:30pm, followed immediately by a Q&A session with the film's director / producer Leslie Iwerks and former Disney board member Roy E. Disney. Ticket information is avaiable at the theater's Web site (link).


Santa holds court below the Grand Californian Christmas tree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

...If the line at Santa's Reindeer Roundup is too long for your little ones, you can also catch up with Santa at the Disneyland Resort hotels through December 24th:

  • Paradise Pier Hotel lobby: 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.; 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.; 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Grand Californian Hotel lobby: 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.; 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.; 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.; 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Craftsman Club at the Grand Californian Hotel (December 15-24 only): 8:55 - 9:15 p.m.

..Disneyland's coveted candy canes will be available Saturday, December 8 at park opening. There is a limit of two per person, and the treats tend to sell out quickly. If you can't make it to Disneyland right at park opening, a second batch is usually sold after 11:00 a.m.


Downtown Disney's Christmas tree is located near the ESPN Zone. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland


Year of a Million Dreams logos decorate the Disneyland gates. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Disney's California Adventure

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.

December

  • Robert Olszewski Peter Pan's Flight Product Release & Signing. Saturday, December 8. 9 a.m. to Noon at the Disneyana Shop inside Disneyland park. (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 to 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)
  • MouseAdventure. Sunday April 13, 2008. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Summer 2008

  • Disney Magic returns to Pacific Ocean itineraries. May 25 to 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

Disney's 2007 / 2008 Wildfire Heroes Salute – The Disneyland Resort is offering Southern California firefighters, law enforcement and rescue workers a complimentary three-day Park Hopper ticket valid as part of the Disney's Wildfire Heroes Salute. The tickets are valid Tuesday, November 13, 2007 and are good through February 28, 2008, with the exception of block-out dates of November 22-25, 2007; December 8-9, 2007; December 25, 2007 to January 6, 2008; and February 15-17, 2008. Eligible emergency personnel may also purchase of up to five additional three-day Park Hopper tickets for $56 each, a substantial discount from the regular $189 cost.

Complete program details, including residency requirements and purchasing limits, are available at the Disneyland Web site (link).

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 accommodations; 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 accommodating; 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 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
  12/3 12/4 12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8
 

DL: 9a–6p
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 9a–6p
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 10a–8a
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 10a–8a
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

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

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–9p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–6p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

12/16 12/17 12/18 12/19 12/20 12/21 12/22
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL

DL: 9a-11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a-11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 9a-11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

12/23 12/24 12/25 12/26 12/27 12/28 12/29
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a-9p
DCA: 10a–7p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
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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