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Pixar Play Parade debuts at DCA | Playhouse Disney's new look | A peek inside Toy Story Midway Mania | Cast member union prepares for battle | This and That

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Pixar Play Parade debuts at DCA

After almost a week of "soft-opening" previews, the new Pixar Play Parade debuted Friday morning for a crowd of media, invited guests, and park visitors. As the title suggests, the parade is based on the Pixar animated features, and each one is well represented in the show.


Disney's new parade pays tribute to all things Pixar. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Lightning McQueen serves as the pace car for the Pixar Play Parade. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The parade kicks off with Lightning McQueen and two "car wash" girls, armed with spray bottles, who give a hint at the wet effects to come. The tag line of the parade is "just add water," and every float has some way of spraying the audience as it passes. The lead unit is the Monsters, Inc. float, with Roz acting as the drum major. Billy Crystal provides the voice for the audio-animatronic figure of Mike Wazowski on the back of the lead float.


Boo (center) and monster friends introduce the Monsters, Inc. unit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Roz is an unlikely drum major. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


On the title float are Mike and Sulley (who "pedals" the float). Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Agents from the CDA squirt the audience with hoses. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Many Disney fans know Steven Davison as the creative mind behind Disneyland's Believe... fireworks, the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay and the Parade of Dreams. Davison, who carries the impressive title of Vice President, Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, along with Sayre Wiseman, Director of Show Production for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, incorporated several innovative elements into the new parade. Davison says that he relies on the Internet for much of his research and development, and discovered a device called an Airboard, which provided the inspiration for the "hovercrafts" the Incredibles ride through the parade. (link) Davison said that the actual Airboards proved to be too difficult to use in the parade environment, so they downsized the "whirlybug" platform to create the Incredibles vehicles.


The Incredibles travel down the parade route on simulated hovercraft. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Baby Jack Jack occasional surprises the crowd with a fire effect. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Heimlich marches in front of the bug's life float, the longest unit in the parade. The float features Flik, Atta and acrobats on dandelion swings. The parade's theme songs, "Countdown to Fun" and "The Party's On," were written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, better known for the music they wrote for the High School Musical movies. 


Heimlich leads his own parade down the route. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Flik and Atta swing on the front of the "a bug's life" float. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Bug dancers greet children in the audience. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Slim brings up the rear of the "bug's life" unit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Puppets of Nemo, Marlin and Dory, precede a float featuring puppets of Crush and Squirt. The parade's puppets were designed by Michael Curry, the award-winning production designer responsible for the puppets and masks used in the Broadway production of The Lion King. The parade's costumes were designed by Mirena Rada, who designed the costumes for Avenue Q. Disney says nearly 4,000 yards of fabric were used to create more than 2,000 costume pieces. The Finding Nemo unit also introduces bubbles to the mix.


The "Finding Nemo" unit incorporates almost a dozen puppets. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The parade's puppets, designed by Michael Curry, entertain parade viewers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Crush and Squirt "swim" through a sea of bubbles. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Jellyfish dancers entertain the crowd. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Bloat is portrayed by a puppeteer on wheels. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Ratatouille unit is led by a group of chefs on stilts. Davison said that he liked the contrast between the super-tall chefs and the smaller rat characters, but admits that it's not easy to find stilt walkers. Disney spent three months training these performers to use the high stilts.


Tall chefs lead the Ratatouille unit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Remy and pals scamper on the 2-story high kitchen float. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The final unit is the Toy Story segment, led by the Green Army Men and a spaceship full of little green aliens wielding water canons. Davison said that the parade's water effects can be scaled back or turned off entirely on cooler days, but will be very refreshing on hot summer days.

The Toy Story float features another Disney parade first—acrobats who perform on a high bar that Rex clutches in his mouth. Show director Fred Tallaksen is an award-winning choreographer and was one of the choreographers for Madonna's 2006 world tour.


Green army men lead the Toy Story advance unit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Toy Story aliens spray the crowd. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Buzz Lightyear travels in a ball-filled satellite. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Dancers give Mr. Potato Head a new look. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Acrobats perform on a high bar high above the parade route. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Slinky Dog brings up the tail of the Toy Story unit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Mater is the parade's final performer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The mop and broom brigade follow the parade to keep the route clean. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Playhouse Disney's new look

Playhouse Disney at Disney's California Adventure reopened last week after a month-long refurbishment to install the new show that premiered at Walt Disney World in November. The show introduces characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh. The 23-minute show features a new host, "Casey," and a cast of 25 puppets performed by six puppeteers.


New host Casey welcomes Mickey Mouse to Playhouse Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Handy Manny and friends make their Playhouse Disney debut. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The show follows the same script as the WDW version. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gang want to plan a surprise party for Minnie, but they need a little inspiration. Casey introduces scenes from Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh to show Mickey and friends how to overcome the challenges they face, and of course the party goes off as planned. The show is definitely geared towards the 2-to-5 set, but bigger kids and even parents get a kick out of watching the puppets and special effects. 


The new show features 25 puppet characters. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


All of the characters in the show are voiced by the original actors from the Disney Channel shows. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

A peek inside Toy Story Midway Mania

After the debut of Playhouse Disney and the Pixar Play Parade, Disney invited members of the media behind the construction walls surrounding the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction to get a peek at the queue, ride vehicles and the Mr. Potato Head Boardwalk Barker figure. Unfortunately, Mr. Potato Head wasn't quite ready to meet the press, but we hope these photos will help satisfy your curiosity until the soft-opening previews begin in late April.


The queue loads up to 16 riders in two "Midway Trams" at a time. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Each tram holds eight passengers in two, 2-sided cars. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Each rider has a color-coded, spring-action shooters. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Riders enter the attraction through this doorway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Imagineer Kevin Rafferty talks about the Mr. Potato Head Boardwalk Barker. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Don Rickles provides the voice for Mr. Potato Head. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Cast member union prepares for battle

The March membership meeting of Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees Union Local 681 was held last week, and a cast member who attended the meeting (and who asked not to be identified) said that the union is obviously gearing up for a long battle against Disney. The union leadership began the March 12 meeting with a review of the actions taken against Disney to date, and reportedly said that they are much stronger and better organized than they were four years ago. Local 681 president Ada Briceno reportedly told the cast members present, "We're going to need people who are willing to be arrested," and some cast members joked about wearing Mickey Mouse ears in their booking photos.

At the meeting, Briceno confirmed that the union has agreed to meet with Disney at the Anaheim Hilton, the location Disney proposed over a month ago. After staging a series of actions against Disney that included a protest at the Paradise Pier Hotel on February 15, Briceno said the union is ready to move on to the next level. The negotiations reportedly won't begin until April; the exact date has not yet been agreed upon.

Briceno has not responded to recent requests for an interview with MousePlanet, but cast members say that there are at least two major points of contention in this negotiation. The headline issue is likely to be health care. Local 681 employees who work an average of just under 18 hours per week receive "free" health insurance, paid for by Disney through contributions to the union's insurance fund. Disney currently pays just over $2.50 per cast member per hour for this coverage; the union wants Disney to raise that contribution to around $3.25. The union also wants to negotiate raises for hourly cast members (something that won't impact the tipped cast members covered by the contract).

A few cast members have complained that the union is not doing enough to keep them informed about what is happening in the negotiations, and Ada Briceno reportedly promised cast members that the union will be sending out a letter to the membership shortly. Disney has already sent out at least four letters to the covered cast members, but the union so far has relied on shop stewards and "committee" members to spread their message. Union leaders say that mailings are expensive, that they need time to have letters approved by their legal team and that many cast members ignore letters anyway. Whatever method they use, be it direct letters or an update on their Web site, the union definitely needs to touch base with their entire membership - if only to try to collect dues from them.

Under the terms of the expired contract, Disney deducted union dues (about $35 per month) directly from cast member paychecks, and forwarded that money to the union. The contract states that Disney will continue to do so even after the contract expires, unless the union refuses to extend the contract. When the union did just that, Disney notified the union that they would stop deducting dues effective March 1 of this year.

This puts the union in the position of trying to collect dues from 2,300 individual cast members. Union committee leaders staged a two-day "electronic funds transfer drive" at the three Disney hotels, trying to convince employees to sign up for automatic electronic fund withdrawals of their monthly dues. About 10 percent of the cast signed up; another 20 percent paid their dues to the union in cash or check. That still leaves the union trying to collect from 70 percent of the Disney cast members, and, with Disney cast members representing over half of the Local 681 employees, represents a 35 percent reduction in their cash flow for March.

A union organizer at the meeting reportedly accused Disney of taking the action with the intent of distracting the union employees from the negotiations to come, and said that the union is spending more in labor hours to collect dues then they are taking in. Meanwhile, the union claimed that it has spent more money so far on this contract negotiation than it had on any contract so far in the history of the union, and the talks have not yet even begun.

This and That

... Disneyland has posted a very nice interactive virtual tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite on the Disneyland Resort Web site (link).

... MousePlanet staff member Shoshana Lewin reports that the Disneyland College Program is now offering housing to student participants (link). Housing is located in a new apartment complex two miles north of the Disneyland Resort. Shoshana says, "This new component opens up a lot of possibilities for students around the world who would rather work at Disneyland than at Walt Disney World, where housing is available."

... MousePad member sheldonc posted a helpful hint for Disney fans who crave a Dole Whip, but can't make it to Disneyland. The Irvine, California branch of Strickland's Frozen Custard carries several flavors of Dole soft serve, including pineapple. Most of the chain's locations are in Ohio, with single branches each in Florida and South Carolina (link).


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

Disney's California Adventure

  • Corn Dog Castle – closed May 5 to 16 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug – closed May 12 to 23 for refurbishment.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania attraction still under construction and expected to open summer 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 2008

  • Spring Break – Though area schools observe their spring breaks during different weeks throughout March and April, expect the largest crowds during the two-week period between March 15 and 30 when the Disneyland Resort operates at maximum hours.
  • Robert Olszewski Product Release & Signing – Saturday, March 29 (link)

April 2008

  • Julie Andrews appearance and book signing – Tuesday, April 8 (link)
  • Disney's California Food & Wine Festival – April 11 through May 5, 2008 (link)
  • MouseAdventure – Sunday, April 13 (link)

May 2008

  • Grad Night events – Thursday, May 15; Thursday, May 22; Thursday, May 29.
  • Alice in Wonderland 50th Anniversary Product Release & Signing – Saturday, May 24 (link)

June 2008

  • Precious Moments Product Release & Signing – Saturday, June 4 (link)
  • Disney's Summer Pin Festival 2008 - Mickey's Pin Odyssey – June 20 - August 10, 2008 (link)
  • Disney Day Campin' Event – Saturday, June 21 (link)
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room 45th Anniversary Product Release & Signing – Sunday, June 22 (link)
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room 45th Anniversary Cel Release – Sunday, June 22 (link)
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room "Featured Artist" Pin Release & Signing – Sunday, June 22 (link)
  • Grad Night events – Thursday, June 5; Wednesday, June 11; Thursday, June 12; Thursday, June 19.

July 2008

  • Cast Member Create-A-Pin Contest Winners Pin Release & Signing – Saturday, July 12 (link)

Spring-Summer 2008

  • The Disney Magic cruise ship returns to Pacific Ocean itineraries – May 25 to August 17.

August 2008

  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31 (link)
  • 2008 Disneyland Half Marathon – Sunday, August 31 (link)

October 2008

  • 2008 UEA convention – October 16 & 17 (in Utah). Many Utah public schools close so teachers can attend the Utah Education Association convention, which creates a four-day weekend for the students. Expect the resort to be busy that weekend – some claim 'UEA' stands for 'Utah Escapes to Anaheim.'

November 2008

  • Nevada Day (observed) – Friday, October 31 (in Nevada). This state holiday creates a three-day weekend, and many families head to the Disneyland Resort.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Several current promotions offer discounted admission to the Disneyland Resort. For your convenience, 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 that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or 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 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

Southern California 2Fer Ticket
$66 / $56

2008 "Southern California 2Fer Ticket" ($66 / $56) – Offers admission to Disneyland on one day and Disney's California Adventure on a second day for the price of a one-day, one-park ticket. The tickets are available for sale at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, as well as Disneyland Resort Hotels, Vons stores, The Disney Stores, South Coast Plaza Disney Desk and Disneyland.com, and the following restrictions apply:

  • Tickets valid for Southern California residents within Zip codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within Zip codes 21000-22999.
  • Proof of residency required.
  • Admission valid for one day at Disneyland park and another day at Disney's California Adventure park , but not for both parks on the same day.
  • Tickets expire 30 days from first visit. First visit must occur between January 7 and April 24, 2008.
  • Each use constitutes one full day of use.
  • Limit 8 tickets per person, per day with valid ID.
  • Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use.
  • Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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 supermarkets (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)

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 you must purchase tickets in advance, as this offer is not valid at the Disneyland Resort ticket booth. You must use your ticket for the first time on or before April 24 and its 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), and single-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park, as well as SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood. 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 that 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 supermarkets (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)

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 supermarkets (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)

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 Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – Package includes accomodations one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels; Souvenir Park Hopper ticket with voucher for admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, plus one Magic Morning (early entry) for three-day or longer Park Hoppers; preferred seating at four DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!, Golden Dreams); Preferred Showing of Turtle Talk with Crush (Priority Viewing at the first Turtle Talk with Crush show of the day, on any one day – one voucher per Guest); Disney Dream coin keepsake (one per package), luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy or Crush. Contact Disney Travel or your favorite travel agent.

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 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. This offer is valid only at the Main Gate rental locations at each park.

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
  3/17 3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22
  DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC

DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26 3/27 3/28 3/29
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC

DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p


DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p


DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

DL: DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
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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