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Update for April 7 - April 13, 2008

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Marty Sklar speaks out about rumored changes to "it's a small world." | Mr. Potato Head goes to California (and Florida) | Julie Andrews event update | Mickey wants to know where you are... | Get ready for Disney's California Food & Wine Festival| This and That

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Marty Sklar speaks out about rumored changes to "it's a small world."

The Walt Disney Company usually avoids public debates about rumored or even confirmed plans for future development, so the company's response to the controversy surrounding alleged proposed changes to Disneyland's classic "it's a small world" attraction was unexpected and surprisingly pointed. Media furor began in March when the ReImagineering Blog (link) published an open letter written by Kevin L. Blair, son of Disney artist Mary Blair, to the Walt Disney Company protesting rumored changes to the ride, in which he said, "As I understand the changes include the addition of the Disney Characters (Mickey, Minnie, Lilo & Stitch, etc.) to the ride in select areas, and the replacement of the “Rainforest” section with Mickey Mouse in a tribute entitled 'Up with America.' "

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times a day after Blair's letter was published, Walt Disney Imagineering spokeswoman Marilyn Waters said, “No one approaches our classic attractions with more reverence than Disney Imagineers who take great care when refreshing beloved attractions. As with all our classics, any enhancements made to It’s a Small World will be in the original spirit of celebrating the children of the world.” A few days later the ReImagineering Blog posted an entry simply titled "With Utmost Reverence" (link), with Waters' quote printed below a photograph of the much-maligned "Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management" attraction at Walt Disney World.

Disney's next response came when Imagineering confirmed that an Alice in Wonderland figure would be added to the attraction's England section, and used an Alice sketch by Mary Blair to illustrate the proposed addition (link). Fans rallied on discussion boards and protest sites like Savethesmallworld.com (link), and the controversy began to attract the attention of national media including TMZ.com and National Public Radio.

In an effort to perhaps put the controversy to rest and address the criticisms of those who insist Walt Disney would never have approved such changes, Executive Vice President and Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering Marty Sklar issued a public statement last week, flatly denying many of the changes Kevin Blair claimed the company was making to the ride:

“A MAGIC KINGDOM OF ALL THE WORLD’S CHILDREN”

A local newspaper reporter got it right when she wrote that, after we updated Pirates of the Caribbean last year, “many fans grudgingly acknowledged that… the additions may make the ride more appealing to young park goers." Now, based purely on rumors that are mostly inaccurate, we are being criticized for touching another one of Walt Disney’s “classics.”

We all agree that “It’s A Small World” is a Disney classic. But the greatest “change agent” who ever walked down Main Street at Disneyland was Walt himself. In fact, the park had not been open 24 hours when Walt began to “plus” Disneyland, and he never stopped. Having started my Disney career at Disneyland one month before the park opened in 1955, I can cite countless examples.

Like all my colleagues at Walt Disney Imagineering, I was pressed into action to help make “It’s A Small World” happen at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. We were all working to complete and open Ford’s “Magic Skyway” and General Electric’s “Carousel of Progress” (I worked on both) as well as “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” for the State of Illinois. But 11 months before the World’s Fair opening, Walt agreed to do “a salute to the children of the world” for UNICEF, and all the Imagineers somehow made it happen.

Mary Blair’s illustrations were, of course, the spark. But this was one of those great Disney “team efforts,” and many Disney legends joined her: Marc Davis; Blaine Gibson; Rolly Crump, Harriet Burns and numerous others. And, of course, Bob and Dick Sherman added that song we can’t get out of our heads. I interfaced with all of them to write and produce a 24-page souvenir book that was sold at the Fair, because Walt wanted to showcase and thank the team for an extraordinary accomplishment.

Now the rumors are swirling that we are “ruining Walt’s creation.” I’ve heard that we are planning to remove the rainforest, add Mickey and Minnie Mouse, create an “Up with America” tribute, to effectively “marginalize” the Mary Blair style and Walt’s classic (all not true).

In fact, just the opposite is true. We want the message of brotherhood and good will among all children around the world to resonate with more people than ever before, especially today’s young people. Our objective is to have everyone who experiences “It’s a Small World” understand (in the words the Shermans’ wrote 44 years ago) that “there is just one moon, and one golden sun, and a smile means friendship to everyone.”

To make “It’s A Small World” even more relevant to our guests, Tony Baxter (who created the concepts for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and other Disneyland classics) and I arrived at the same place eight years ago. To accomplish our objective, we decided to seamlessly integrate Disney characters into appropriate thematic scenes in the attraction, and do it completely in the distinctive “Mary Blair style.” We spent many long months exploring ways to accomplish this.

We are not turning this classic attraction into a marketing pitch for Disney plush toys (rumors to the contrary). Between Tony, our chief designer Kim Irvine, and me, we represent 128 years creating Disney park entertainment and fun for literally billions of guests around the world. We are not “young marketing whizzes” trying to make a name for ourselves. We were fortunate to have trained, and worked with, all of Walt’s original Imagineers.

In the Shermans’ song, it’s the oceans that are wide, and the mountains that divide. Our goal was, and always will be, to bring people together, and keep this classic “the happiest cruise that ever sailed around the world” (words I personally wrote for that souvenir guide nearly half a century ago).

Or, as Walt Disney phrased it in his introduction to that guide, “a magic kingdom of all the world’s children.”

Martin A. Sklar
Executive Vice President
Walt Disney Imagineering
Imagineering Ambassador

Not to let Imagineering have the final word on the subject, ReImagineering has begun to post to their Web site a series of letters from Disney animators, artists, writers, directors and producers, including Pixar director Pete Docter (link). And while the timing may be entirely coincidental, the Los Angeles Times editorial board set its sights on Disney's California Adventure with an editorial this weekend titled "Disney, we are not amused" (link).
 

Mr. Potato Head goes to California (and Florida)

The audio-animatronic Mr. Potato Head figure that will serve as the "Boardwalk Barker" for the new Toy Story Midway Mania attraction at Disney's California Adventure made an early public appearance last Thursday, and videos of the performances have cropped up on YouTube. In the two videos below (the first is shorter, for those who just want a quick peek), Mr. Potato Head interacts with the audience and even removes and replaces his own ear. The Walt Disney World model was tested in Florida the next day. The DCA attraction expected to officially open the weekend of June 13-15, 2008, though cast previews and "soft-openings" are rumored to begin well before that date.

Julie Andrews event update

Signed copies of Julie Andrews' new autobiography Home: A Memoir of My Early Years sold out in under 10 minutes when Disneyland began accepting online orders last week. Fans who could not get a copy of the book through the Disneyland Web site now have to decide whether to brave the crowds to purchase a copy tomorrow (Tuesday, April 8) when the actress appears at Disneyland for a book release and signing session. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Art of Disney Gallery on Main Street starting at park opening; the signing event will be held at the Main Street Opera House from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please see the event Web site (link) for detailed information about wristband distribution and signing event policies. We expect that this will be a very popular event, so plan accordingly.


King Arthur Carrousel reopened last week after a lengthy refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

MousePlanet columnist David Koening reported in his blog last week that Jingles, the lead house of King Arthur Carrousel, will be dedicated to Julie Andrews during a ceremony in Fantasyland earlier that day. The Carrousel reopened last week after a seven-week refurbishment (link).

Local fans who do not want to brave the Disneyland crowds—or pay for admission—can attend one of Julie Andrews' other local appearances:

  • Thursday, April 10 – Borders Books in Westwood from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13 – The Wonder of Reading event at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, April 18 – Writers Bloc in Beverly Hills from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27 – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (link).

Mickey wants to know where you are...

MousePlanet columnist Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix stumbled upon a test of new technology at Disneyland last week. From her MousePlanet blog (link):

Upon entering the fictional theme park in author Lincoln Child's "Utopia," visitors are given a small lapel pin that serves as their admission media and tracking device. As explained in the book, park management uses the device to track their movements through the park.

It's been a while since I've read the book, but I recall thinking that the metrics possible through such a system are astonishing. How long does a guest really spend in line for attractions, waiting for a table at lunch, browsing the gift shops?

What little tweaks can the park do to alter pathing through the parks, to draw people out of congested areas and into less frequented attractions - or to get more of them into shops and restaurants?

The technology to do this sort of tracking has been available for years, but never implements on the scale Child suggested in his book. After all, people are already concerned that someone with a high-powered RFID scanner could determine what brand of razor they use without ever stepping foot into their home. It's a tough sell to get consumers to agree to be electronically tracked and monitored while they visit Disneyland.

Certainly, most guests understand that there are video cameras everywhere. However, being caught on camera is a different experience than having something physically attached to you. At least with cameras there's a perception that you can avoid them if you wish. Not so when your park ticket emits a constant "here I am!" alert to Mickey's wireless network.

Yet, what if Disney offered this tracking device in the guise of a park guide? What if Disney handed the consumer a handheld device that would let them navigate through Disneyland? Something that would show their current location on a virtual map of Disneyland, give them estimated wait times of nearby attractions, show them which restaurants have open tables, alert them to the next showing of the parade, or invite them to a character meet-and-greet with Mickey?

Yesterday, Disneyland tested a device that does at least the first two. Some visitors were approached as they entered the park yesterday and given a portable GPS device to play with. I was not selected for this trial, but I saw them in action. So far the device seems to offer little more than a park map with a "You Are Here" icon, but everything else I described above could easily be added with existing technology, some of it already in the parks.

So, are you willing to let Mickey's shadow follow you around Disneyland, if it means you can find out when the line for Finding Nemo gets under an hour? How many perks and features will it take to get you to shrug off your presumed privacy? And do you really care if Mickey knows how often you go to the bathroom?

Get ready for Disney's California Food & Wine Festival

Disney's California Food & Wine Festival begins this Friday, April 11 at Disney's California Adventure, and tickets are still available for the Chappellet Winery dinner on April 11 and the Festival Wine Receptions on April 11 and 12. Make reservations on the event Web site (link).

The complimentary events kick off with the Delicious Desserts demonstration at 11:00 a.m. in the Bountiful Valley Farm area. Chef Jamie Gwen hosts demonstrations at 2:45pm and 4:45pm in the Bountiful Valley Farm area. A complete list of the complimentary events for the weekend is available on the event schedule page (link).

The first cookbook signing event of the festival is on Saturday from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Festival Gift Shop, and features Chef Cat Cora. A detailed schedule of signing events and artist demonstrations is listed in the Events section below.

This and That

... Brady McDonald at the Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday night that Disney has selected the three finalists in the Disney Parks CMO: Chief Magic Official competition (link). According to McDonald, the final three are David Hawley of Roseville, California; radio DJ Ronald "Tripp" West of Powder Springs, Georgia; and Justin Muchoney (JustinM on our MousePad discussion boards) of Seven Fields, Pennsylvania. The three finalists will travel to Walt Disney World for a live competition later this month. Each candidate will be filmed performing a variety of tasks while at Walt Disney World, and this final "audition video" will be available on the contest Web site starting April 17. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite candidate, and the winner will be announced during a live ceremony at Walt Disney World on April 22.

... Disneyland is now accepting applications for the next session of the Disney College Program, scheduled to begin in May-June 2008. More information about the program, application process and the new housing opportunity is available on the College Program Web site (link). If your idea of the dream Disney job involves performing, check out the new Disney Casting Web site (link). The newly redesigned site presents a single audition calendar that covers all of the Disney theme parks, including international resorts and the Disney Cruise line. The site also provides video interviews with current cast members about their audition and employment experience with Disney.


Representatives of the Disneyland Resort presented $235,000 in donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles and Orange Counties during a ceremony on April 3. From left: Greg Georgantas, Disneyland Resort; Kathy Brown, Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club; Richard Porras, Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club; Jill Bolton, Disneyland Resort. Photo by Paul Auyeung/Disneyland Resort.
 

... On Thursday April 3, the Disneyland Resort hosted its annual Boys & Girls Club event and presented the Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club with a 12-passenger van for club transportation use. The Resort also donated $5,000 and 50 tickets to the Disneyland Resort to each of the 17 Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs.

...The Borders bookstore chain is sponsoring a Dream Rewards contest, with a grand prize of a trip to Walt Disney World and the opportunity to create a fairy character for an upcoming Disney Fairies book release. Full details are available at the contest Web site (link).

... The Trademark Blog (link) reports that Disney has filed for trademarks on "Luigi’s Flying Tires," "Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree" and "Radiator Springs Racers," the names for three new attractions expected to open in 2012 as part of the new Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure. Hopefully these filings will help resolve any future debates about the "official" names of the new attractions.


The new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse display at World of Disney has more style than shelf space. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

... The World of Disney has an elaborate new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse display just inside the West doors of the building. The display includes a small model of Mickey's house and a treehouse populated by Mickey's nephews. The walls surrounding the display feature concept art from Mickey's Toontown.


Toontown concept art decorates the walls of the World of Disney store. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

... MousePlanet reader "Tinker Bell" alerted us to an incredible travel package offered for sale by Sam's Club for one customer. For just $14,700, you and up to three guests can take a 5-day, 4-night vacation that includes:
  • Tickets to the World Premiere of Wall*E
  • A tour of the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, including a private screening of "A Pixar Story" and the opportunity to meet the filmmaker.
  • A private tour of the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, a behind-the-scenes tour of the art at film archives, a guided tour of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building, lunch in the executive dining room and the opportunity to meet Disney Master artists.
Additional details are supposed to be available on the Sam's Club Web site, but we have been unable to locate them. Tinker Bell scanned the catalog page if you would like to read the fine print (link). This package will go on sale Wednesday, April 9 and 10 p.m. CDT, and there is only one available. Good luck, and send us pictures!

 

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

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.
 

April 2008

  • Julie Andrews appearance and book signing – Tuesday, April 8 at Disneyland. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Art of Disney Gallery on Main Street starting at park opening; the signing event will be held at the Main Street Opera House from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please see the event Web site (link) for detailed information about wristband distribution, signing event policies and online ordering. 
  • Disney's California Food & Wine Festival – April 11 through May 5, 2008 (link).
  • Chef Cat Cora Book Signing – Saturday, April 12. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure (link).
  • MouseAdventure – Sunday, April 13 (link).
  • Chef Jamie Gwen Book Signing – Friday, April 18. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure (link).
  • Artist Demonstration & Signing with David Bird and Elisabete Gomes – Saturday and Sunday, April 19 & 20. 1 to 4 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure. (Link)
  • Chef Nancy Silverton Book Signing – Saturday, April 26. 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure (link).
  • Chef Guy Fieri Photo Signing – Saturday, April 26. 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure (link).
  • Chef Jamie Gwen Book Signing – Saturday, April 27. 2 to 3 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure (link).

May 2008

  • Artist Demonstration & Signing with Dave Avanzino and Noah – Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4. 1 to 4 p.m. at Disney's California Adventure (link).
  • 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 7 (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 Cell 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.


Timm Lundeen's latest Haunted Mansion pin will be released on August 10, 2008. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

August 2008

  • Pinbassador Pin Release & Signing – Sunday, August 10 (link).
  • 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

Disneyland Special Events:

  • MM - Magic Morning
  • TT - Toontown Morning Madness
  4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12
  DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

TT

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

MM

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

TT

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

MM

DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
TT
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
MM / TT
4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
MM
DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–6p

TT

DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–8p

MM

DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–8p

TT

DL: 9a–11p
DCA: 10a–8p

MM
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
TT
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
MM / TT
4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
MM
DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–8p

TT

DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–8p

MM

DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–8p

TT

DL: 9a–10p
DCA: 10a–8p

MM
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
TT
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL/SC/DX
MM / TT
4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30 5/1 5/2 5/3
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–10p
SL
MM
DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

TT

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

MM

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

TT

DL: 10a–8p
DCA: 10a–6p

MM
DL: 9a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL
TT
DL: 8a–12a
DCA: 10a–9p
SL/SC/DX
MM / TT

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.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

 



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