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Update for July 7 - 13, 2008

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News and Views

4th of July at the Disneyland Resort | Monorail Red debuts | What will you celebrate? | Innoventions Dream Home open | PhotoPass offer for annual passholders | This and That

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Fourth of July at the Disneyland Resort - fireworks halted mid-show; attendance well below normal

The Fourth of July weekend brought smaller-than-usual crowds to the Disneyland Resort, though the dense cluster of visitors camping out on Main Street to get the best view of the fireworks made Disneyland feel more crowded than normal for a Friday. Cast members don't know whether to attribute the slack attendance to economic concerns, hot weather, or a perception that the park would be too crowded to visit, but attendance numbers were low even for a non-holiday summer weekend. Visitors at Disney's California Adventure said the park was relatively uncrowded, with waits for the popular new Toy Story Midway Mania attraction under 45 minutes for most of the day.

In preparation for the usual crowds of locals who come to the resort area just to watch the fireworks without buying park admission, the Disneyland Resort designated fireworks viewing areas in the tram loading area of the Mickey and Friends parking structure and in the Esplanade area between parks. The Resort also implemented a $15 flat-rate parking fee for vehicles entering any Disney parking lot after 6 in the evening, and temporarily suspended its policy of free three-hour parking at Downtown Disney lots.


Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are honored during the Fourth of July flag retreat ceremony while the 1st Marine Division Band performs. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The 1st Marine Division Band performed for the nightly flag retreat ceremony in Town Square July 3 to 5, and members of the military were invited to stand around the flag pole and be recognized for their service during the ceremonies. Within minutes after afternoon parade ended, the street in front of the Castle became nearly impassable, with cast members trying to clear and maintain a walkway. Many visitors spent the day on benches in the hub area to position themselves for the best view of Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,  an all-new 20-minute fireworks show that was scheduled to perform only on  Friday night.


Crowds pack Main Street to wait for the fireworks. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Unfortunately, the fireworks had to be halted mid-show due to strong winds at higher elevations. Main Street quickly became gridlocked as thousands of visitors made their way to the exit, and backstage routes were opened on the east and west sides of Main Street to quickly funnel people to the park exit or to Tomorrowland.


Park visitors are escorted through a backstage area toward the Disneyland exit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

While most visitors took the abbreviated fireworks production in stride, a number of people leaving the park decided to stop first by City Hall to demand a refund of their park admission.

Monorail Red debuts

Shortly after we published last week's Park Update, we received word that the new Mark VII Monorail Red would begin passenger service Thursday, July 3. At the time, there was no word as to what, if any, changes or improvements had been made to the inefficient ventilation system believed to be the reason Red had not begun carrying passengers at the completion of the testing mandated earlier this spring by the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Disneyland's public relations department eventually confirmed that the attraction would "soft open" sometime on Thursday, and signs around the Monorail entrances advised, "We may close at any time."


Disneyland's new Monorail debuts for a brief soft opening. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Monorail Red was brought out briefly for pre-opening testing Thursday morning along with Monorail Purple, the lone remaining Mark V Monorail , but both vehicles were sent backstage for several hours while engineers resolved what cast members called a "zone intrusion" problem in the system. Monorail Red finally took its first passengers around 5 p.m. Thursday evening, and was in service for about four hours. The new monorail was briefly put into service Friday morning, but was pulled out of service when temperatures began to climb midmorning. According to reports from readers who were in the park this weekend, Monorail Red did not return to passenger service on Saturday or Sunday.

As David Koenig reported last month, the nose and tail cones of the new Monorail have air conditioning, but the five middle cars do not (link). A MousePlanet reader who saw the new Monorail in service says that air scoops have been added to each of the passenger cabins in an effort to provide additional ventilation and cooling to the cabins, but cast members said that the scoops were not enough to keep the cabins cool during the heat of the afternoon. For now the Monorail may run only in the early mornings and again in the late afternoon while engineers try to devise another way to cool the cabins. Monorail Blue is already on property awaiting DOSH testing.

What will you celebrate?

MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix wrote about the 2009 Disneyland Resort marketing campaign in her MousePlanet Blog last week (link).

If the commercial being filmed on Main Street yesterday afternoon can be taken as confirmation of a rumor I've been hearing for a couple of months, it looks like the Disneyland Resort will promote the Year of Celebrations in 2009 with the tag line "What Will You Celebrate?"

Portions of Main Street were roped off yesterday so that film crews could tape footage of a princess gown-clad child and her mother walking down the lane, with the grandparents keeping pace a few feet behind. Cast members in stores up and down the street were chatting about the new promotion, though details at the hourly cast member level are sketchy at best.

Everything I've heard about the new promotion—and I'll admit that most of what I've heard is rumor from people who may or may not be in the right departments to know the full details—is that this is a revamped version of the Magical Gatherings product from Walt Disney World.


Main Street is closed to film a commercial for a new Disneyland Resort marketing promotion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a family reunion? Come to Disneyland! (Or as a cast member snarked to me regarding the lack of new rides being built at Disneyland, "We got nothing, you think of a reason to visit.")

2009 is a bridge year for Disney—the 55th anniversary is in 2010—so a low-key promotion makes sense. During an interview session at the opening event for Toy Story Midway Mania, I asked Xiomara Wiley, Vice President of Marketing for the Disneyland Resort, if an annual promotion is even necessary. Couldn't we just designate 2009 as the "Year of Being Open!" and move on?

What remains to be seen is how the Disneyland Resort tailors a WDW-sized product to a Southern California market. The Disneyland Resort can certainly position itself as a destination park for milestone celebrations, but not on the same terms as Walt Disney World. WDW expects that you are going to bring a crowd and stay for the week to celebrate little Bobby's thirrd birthday or your parent's 25th wedding anniversary.


A "mom" and "daughter" followed by the "grandparents" walk down Main Street in a new Disneyland commercial. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

I've often celebrated a friend's birthday "on property," sometimes with groups of a dozen or more, but none of us even rent hotel rooms, much less stay for a week. For many locals, a family reunion may mean that their annual-passholder relatives in Arizona drive in for the weekend.

I'd like to see Disneyland create offerings and unique experiences that don't require a lengthy trip. This is really a great opportunity for the Disneyland Resort to reevaluate some of the offerings they currently have—like the impersonal group birthday party at the Plaza Inn—and look for ways to make them more appealing to locals and repeat visitors.

You can subscribe to Adrienne's blog (as well as to the blogs by other MousePlanet columnists including Mark Goldhaber, Steve Russo, Shoshana Lewin, Alex Stroup and David Koenig), by visiting the blog page on our MousePad discussion boards (link). If you are a registered user you can have the most recent blog posting from your favorite columnist(s) sent right to your e-mail, or add it to your RSS utility.

Innoventions Dream Home open

The new Innoventions Dream Home is now open to the public, though some of the "neighbors" are still moving in. Over the holiday weekend only one of the three pre-show "zones" currently in use was staffed, though cast members were loading guests into all three. Depending on which zone you entered through, you would either catch the "music lesson" at the neighbors house before entering the Dream Home through the front door, or you would simply be sent straight into the Dream Home through the "Party Tent." The remaining two zones are expected to be open later this year.


Park visitors wait to enter the new Innoventions Dream Home. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

As we noted last month, Innoventions Dream Home sponsor Taylor Morrison Homes is hosting a Dream Home contest with a grand prize of a new Taylor Morrison home, customized with technology demonstrated in the Innoventions Dream Home, and a Disneyland vacation package. According to the contest Web site you can enter online once per day, or if you pick up an "Entry Code" at the Innoventions exhibit you can enter that code on the contest Web site to be automatically entered each day of the contest. However the Innoventions cast members knew nothing about the promotion or codes when asked this weekend, and referred visitors to City Hall for assistance.
 

PhotoPass offer for annual passholders

Disneyland Resort annual passholders can receive two passholder-exclusive collectible prints from the Disney archives when they purchase a PhotoPass package for $29.95. The package includes one 6"x 8" and four 4"x 6" prints from your PhotoPass card, plus the two Disney archive prints in a presentation folder. Passholders who purchase the package will also receive a discount coupon valid through December 31, 2008 at DisneyPhotoPass.com. This package is available for purchase only at Main Street Photo Supply Co. in Disneyland and at Greetings from California in Disney’s California Adventure.

This and That
 


Personalize your duffel bag with "Your Name Here" for just $7. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...As we reported last month, the Disneyland Resort is offering a new purchase-with-purchase promotion. Customers can purchase a Disneyland Resort 55 duffle bag for $10 with an additional purchase of $40 at participating Disneyland Resort merchandise locations. The offer is valid through August 23, 2008 or while supplies last, and excludes online and phone orders. Visit the Disney Gallery Web site for a list of participating locations (link). A number of readers have reported that they made a qualifying purchase but were not offered the bag. If this happens to you, simply take your same-day receipt to a participating location (World of Disney, The Emporium and Greetings from California are the three largest and easiest to reach locations), and you can purchase the bag there. MousePad member CV12Pirate also reported that Disneyland will personalize the duffel bags at the Showcase store on Main Street, adding your first name to the side of the bag for $7.


The models for the DVC Grand Californian Villas are now open for tours. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new DVC villas are built much like the Saratoga Springs and Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms, but with Craftsman-style decor. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Disney Vacation Club models for the Grand Californian Villas are now officially open to the public, though points charts and on-sale dates for the new property have not yet been released by Disney.

...The Disney Cruise Line is offering to defer 50% of the deposit for passengers who book new cruises through the Disney Cruise Line Web site. Though the site refers to the promotion as a "discount," you still pay the full fare; but your upfront deposit drops 50%. DCL deposits are generally $200 - $250 per person, so a family of four would defer $400 - $500 of their costs until the final payment date.


A new banner tries to draw attention to the "temporary" Art of Disneyland exhibit on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Adam Townsend from the Orange County Register reported a story about a Disneyland cast member who came to the rescue of a driver who flipped his semi truck on the freeway, using training and a fire extinguisher he had received from the Disneyland Resort (link). According to the story, Robert Olvera broke through a window and climbed into the truck's cab to free the trapped driver, then reported to work as scheduled despite being covered with minor lacerations and diesel fuel. Olvera's supervisors sent him home for the day with pay.

...abc7.com reported last week that a roofing contractor fell from a ladder on top of a gift shop in Tomorrowland, and was retrieved by crane and sent to a local hospital for evaluation (link). Authorities told the station that the worker was in his 70s and suffered a minor shoulder injury in the 5-foot fall.

...The Disney Clothiers on Main Street is offering 40% off all "authentic" zip and pullover fleece shirts and jackets.


 Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

Disney's California Adventure

  • Hyperion Theater – closes September 2 for refurbishment.
  • Flik's Flyers – closed September 2-12 for refurbishment.
  • Sun Wheel – closes September 11 for refurbishment and to install the new Mickey face.
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.

 

Come out and play with MousePlanet!

The MousePlanet crew is planning a series of social events for readers this summer and fall, and you're invited!
  • MousePlanet Anniversary Meet(s) – Thursday, July 17. Come celebrate the 8th anniversary of your favorite Disney Web site (and Disneyland's 53rd birthday). We're planning two meeting times that day to accommodate those who plan to spend the whole day in the parks, and those who can't.

    • 10:00 a.m. – Carnation Plaza Morning Meet. Stop by and pick up your MousePlanet button and Mini MouseAdventure quest sheet.  
    • 6:00 p.m. – French Market Dinner Meet. Come try (and critique) the new French Market menu with MousePlanet staff and readers.
       
  • MousePlanet night at Mickey's Trick or Treat Party – Friday, October 3. Our second annual MousePlanet night at Mickey's Trick or Treat Party. This is one of the annual passholder discount nights, and tickets are already on sale through the AP Web site.

Stay tuned for additional details and events throughout the summer.

Events

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

July 2008

  • Cast Member Create-A-Pin Contest Winners Pin Release & Signing – Saturday, July 12 (link).
  • MousePlanet anniversary meet – Thursday, July 17. Come celebrate the 8th anniversary of your favorite Disney Web site (and Disneyland's 53rd birthday). The Morning Meet will be at 10:00 am at Carnation Plaza, then come back and join us for dinner at the French Market at 6:00 pm. MousePlanet buttons and Mini MouseAdventure quest sheets will be available at both meets, so stop by and say hello!
  • National Fantasy Fan Club (NFFC) Show and Sale – Sunday, July 20 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel in Garden Grove. The show is open to the public at 11:00 am, and a coupon for discounted admission is available on the NFFC Web site (link).

Spring-Summer 2008

  • Disney's Summer Pin Festival 2008 - Mickey's Pin Odyssey – June 20 - August 10, 2008 (link).
  • The Disney Magic cruise ship returns to Pacific Ocean itineraries – May 25 to August 17.

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

  • Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party – October 3, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31. A separate ticket costume party at Disney's California Adventure. Annual Passholder discounts are available for October 3, 16, 22, 23, 28, and 29. Standard price is $29 per ticket; Annual Passholder price is $25. Tickets purchased the day of event are $37 and all tickets for the October 31 event are at that price regardless of advance purchase. (link)
  • MousePlanet night at Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party – Friday, October 3. Come meet some of the MousePlanet staff and your fellow readers at the first Trick or Treat party of 2008. Annual Passholders can purchase discount tickets through the Disneyland Web site.
  • 11th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – Friday, Oct 3 - Sunday, October 5. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday, DCA on Sunday (link).
  • 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.'
  • CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 19 (link)

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.
  • Bats Day in the Fun Park (unofficial event) – November 8 & 9. Join 5,000 goths for the annual celebration. (Link)
  • MouseAdventure – Sunday, November 16 at the Disneyland Resort. Additional information, including format, price, park and registration dates will be made available later this summer. (Link)

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

AOCVCB 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($130/$110) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $2 off the box-office price for both adults and children. You can now print these tickets at home, though a $1 per-ticket convenience fee applies. If the $1 per ticket net savings isn't enough of an incentive to pre-purchase your tickets, think of all the time you'll save by not having to stand in line at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths (link).

Three Day Park Hopper Regularly $189/$159

Summer Fun Pass ($99) – The Disneyland Resort's latest discount is the "Summer Fun Pass," a 3-day park hopper available to Southern California residents for $99 per person ages 3 and older. This represents a savings of up to $70 per ticket over the advance-purchase price of a 3-day Park Hopper. The ticket is valid 45 days after the first use, and first use must take place between June 16 - August 30, 2008. The ticket is not valid on July 4, 2008. The ticket is available for purchase at some authorized offsite Disneyland Resort ticket outlets, including Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, Stater Bros., and Gelson's, Disney Stores and military base MWR offices.The ticket is not available at the Disneyland Resort, so be sure to purchase your tickets before you arrive.

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) available through the Disneyland Web site (link). You can print these tickets at home, though the tickets from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau Web site (see below) are slightly less expensive.

2008 Southern California CityPass ($247/$199) – 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 $217/$174 (link), 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 ($164/$134) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $5 off the advance purchase price for both adults and children. You can now print these tickets at home, though a $1 per-ticket convenience fee applies. If the $4 per ticket net savings isn't enough of an incentive to pre-purchase your tickets, think of all the time you'll save by not having to stand in line at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. 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) available through the Disneyland Web site (link). You can print these tickets at home, though the tickets from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau Web site (see below) are slightly less expensive.

AOCVCB 4-Day Bonus Ticket ($179/$149) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $5 off the advance purchase price for both adults and children. You can now print these tickets at home, though a $1 per-ticket convenience fee applies. If the $4 per ticket net savings isn't enough of an incentive to pre-purchase your tickets, think of all the time you'll save by not having to stand in line at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. 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) available through the Disneyland Web site (link). You can print these tickets at home, though the tickets from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau Web site (see below) are slightly less expensive.

AOCVCB 5-Day Bonus Ticket ($189/$159) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $5 off the advance purchase price for both adults and children. You can now print these tickets at home, though a $1 per-ticket convenience fee applies. If the $4 per ticket net savings isn't enough of an incentive to pre-purchase your tickets, think of all the time you'll save by not having to stand in line at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Tickets include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

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.

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.

Downtown Disney Patina Restuarant Discounts – Three Downtown Disney restaurants operated by the Patina Group are currently offering lunch and/or dinner specials. Check at the restaurant for menu and price details.

Downtown Disney merchant discounts – Visit the Disney Ani-Mate Web site (link) and complete a short quiz to gain access to an interactive map where you can download and print coupons to a series of Downtown Disney shops and restaurants. The current batch of coupons all expire August 1, 2008, and significant restrictions may apply. Disneyland Resort annual passholders may receive the same or better discount, so be sure to check before you shop.


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
  • Grad Nite
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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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