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Update for March 16 - 22, 2009

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News and Views

Resort restaurants win 15 awards | Disney seeks to cut waste | D23 is here | Disney's Construction Adventure | This and That

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Resort restaurants win 15 awards at So. Cal. restaurant writers banquet

Disney sent along this press release, quite proudly noting 15 awards won by various Resort eateries at the recent Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards Banquet at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda (including a "Sous Chef of the Year" award shared by Napa Rose sous chefs). Some highlights:

  • Special Award Category – Sous Chef of the Year: Alex Flores/Francisco Origel (Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel)
  • Golden Bacchus Wine Award
  • Golden Sceptre (Five Star):
    • Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel)
    • Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)
  • Gold (Four Star)

Disney Company seeks to reduce waste

According to this Associated Press story (link), the Walt Disney Company may be taking a lesson from its own Waste Allocation Load-Lifter (Earth-class). Disney said last week it will attempt to cut in half the amount of greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and other pollutants) emitted from the consumption of fuel at its theme parks, cruise ships and corporate offices by 2012 (the one-half mark is established against 2006 emission levels). The company's long-term goal is to produce no waste at all; and, through further reduction and offset programs, net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

D23 is here. Now what is it?

After months of speculation, Disney made D23 official at the annual shareholders meeting last Tuesday in Oakland, California. D23 is essentially a revamped, expanded (and significantly pricier) version of the Disney Club, and offers member-exclusive merchandise as well as somewhat discounted access to events and merchandise available to the general public. Financial commentary Web site Motley Fool had a critical take on D23 (link) and MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix gives a complete rundown of the program, pricing, benefits and everything else in her MousePlanet blog. Some highlights:

Members-only benefits

  • One-year subscription to D23 magazine – non-members can purchase individual issues)
  • Membership card and certificate designed by Disney artist Dave Pacheco – for an additional $89.99, Disney will sell you a commemorative frame in which to display your certificate.
  • Surprise collectible gift – this may be the thing that makes the club worth joining for some Disney fans, but it remains to be seen what the gift really is.
  • Exclusive special events and merchandise – great for Disney collectors, but may not appeal to fans who don't need another $800 porcelain sculpture.
  • Subscription to bi-weekly D23 FanFare e-newsletter – members can opt out of this newsletter, but will need to remember to visit the official Web site to stay up to date with coming events.

D23 offerings that anyone can enjoy

  • Access to Disney.com/D23 – described as "Breaking news, insider info, and exclusive feature stories from every part of Disney, as well as rare classic articles and other treasures from the Walt Disney Archives". The site also includes regular items like vintage daily comics, D Society and This Day in Disney. None of the content on this Web site is off-limits to non-members.
  • D23 magazine – anyone can purchase the current issue through DisneyShopping.com, or your local book and magazine retailer.
  • Access to the D23 Expo – members receive discounted admission, but anyone can attend.

D23 Expo – the official description:

"It's the ultimate Disney fan experience, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California (across the street from Disneyland), September 10-13, 2009. This four-day can't-miss event will feature incredible speakers, celebrity appearances, breathtaking exhibitions, sneak peeks, film screenings, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and so much more! There will be something for children of all ages, fans, the whole family, and friends."

Disney's Construction Adventure

That never gets old, does it? Here's this week's batch of Disney's California Adventure construction photos, all taken by MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix. Click any photo to launch a pop-up viewer.


Construction continues in Paradise Bay for DCA's new water spectacular. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Construction materials laid out on the dry bottom of Paradise Bay. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Quite a lot of heavy equipment has been moved into Paradise Bay. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The table-like structures might be pyro launchers, lighting bases or some other element of the new show.


Walls and tarps block curious viewers.


Paradise Bay is surrounded by colorful construction walls. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


In some areas, the walls almost form a maze. MouseAdventurers, take note.


The Lucky Fortune Cookery will soon reopen under a different name and with different cuisine.


Venturing out onto Disneyland Drive, here is a view of the Grand Californian Villas.


A closer look at the new DVC property at the Grand Californian. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That

...MousePad member MKY4ME reported seeing Professor Stephen Hawking (link) at Disneyland on Friday. Hawking and his party rode King Arthur Carrousel and were escorted through Fantasyland by Disney cast members.

...Disneyland's renowned fireworks spectacular "Remember, Dreams Come True" returned from hiatus last week but was missing almost a minute in the Frontierland tribute section. MousePad members are actively discussing the changes.

...MousePad member bisenhart reported that a server at the Blue Bayou restaurant advised him that the split-plate charge, currently $5, would be increasing to $12 starting this week. MousePlanet has not been able to confirm this as of yet.

...Visitors planning trips to the Disneyland Resort should make a point to check the Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures section each week for the most recent updates. The Disneyland Resort Web site is currently only publishing refurbishment information about 6 weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

Disney's California Adventure

  • Sun Wheel – closed through April 23, 2009 for refurbishment and to install the new Mickey face.
  • The Vineyard Room – closed. No announcement has been made about a potential replacement for this restaurant, but an employee publication lists October 4, 2009 as the return date.
  • Golden Dreams – closed. This attraction will eventually be replaced with the new Little Mermaid ride.
  • Burger Invasion – closed. No announcement has been made about a potential replacement for this former McDonald's location, but an employee publication lists May 12, 2011 as the return date.
  • Games of the Boardwalk – closed to install a new facade and new Disney-themed games. No reopening date has been announced, but an employee publication lists April 23, 2009 as the return date.
  • King Triton's Carousel – closes March 9 – May 21, 2009 for refurbishment.
  • Paradise Pier Lagoon – currently drained while workers complete several construction projects in the area. The Lagoon is scheduled to be refilled after Labor Day 2009.
  • Golden State Amphitheater – area closed for construction of new viewing area for Disney’s World of Color water show. The area is scheduled to reopen December 18, 2009.
  • The Lucky Fortune Cookery – This restaurant area, largely unused for the past several years except during special events, is closed through June 13, 2009 for renovation into a new counter-service restaurant.

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: MouseAdventure Day at the Park
Sunday, May 10, 2009

Registration for the second of our Spring, 2009 MouseAdventure events is now open (link), and there's plenty of room for new teams to come play MousePlanet's signature community event. The Day at the Park event is designed for new MouseAdventure teams as well as returning teams who play “just for fun.” This is a noncompetitive event—teams play only for bragging rights. If you've ever wondered what a MouseAdventure event is all about, this is the perfect opportunity to find out!

Day at the Park – teams solve slightly modified versions of the Basic event quests, presented in the Classic MouseAdventure format where you can solve the quests at your own pace. This division will include quests inside Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. The MouseAdventure Day at the Park event features an extended sign-in period with more time for pre-game socializing. Teams can also participate in T-shirt and mascot competitions before the main event begins.

Players must be at least 6 years of age and one player on each team must be at least 18 years of age. Registration is $50 per team. As this is a noncompetitive event, there will be no post-game mixer or award ceremony, and no prizes will be awarded. MouseAdventure registration does not include theme park admission. Registration closes on April 8, 2009 at 5:00PM (PDT), or when the event sells out.

Don't miss an important announcement—register for the MouseAdventure Newsletter to receive updates about future events, including our Fall 2009 event in Walt Disney World (link).


Park Events

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

Spring

  • SHAG "Spirited" Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Cocktail Reception – (link). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific time) for this event, scheduled Saturday, for August 8, 2009.
  • March Disneyland Resort Pin Trading Night – Mar. 22, 2009 – 7 to 10 p.m. at Pacific Ballroom, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (link).
  • Mini Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – Saturday, April 4 (link).
  • Spring Break – April 4-18, 2009. The Disneyland Resort is expecting the largest Spring Break crowds during this two-week period, though schools observe Spring Break and off-track periods throughout March and April.
  • Disney's California Food and Wine Festival – Daily, April 24 to June 7, 2009. A listing of many of the signature and complimentary events is now available on the event Web site (link). Online registration is now open for these Signature Events.
  • MouseAdventure – Sunday, April 26 (competitive event) and Sunday, May 10 (noncompetitive event) at the Disneyland Resort (link). The April 26 MouseAdventure event is filled to capacity, however there are still some space available for the May 10 MouseAdventure: Day at the Park. Be sure to register for the MouseAdventure Newsletter to receive future announcements (link).
  • 2009 Grad Nite events – Thursdays, May 14, May 21, May 28 and June 4; Wednesday, June 10; Thursdays, June 11 and June 18.

Summer

  • Summer Pin Festival Kick-Off Event – Saturday, June 20, 2009 (link). Ticket Sales begin February 18 (link).
  • Summer Pin Festival – Daily, June 19 to August 9, 2009 (link).
  • NFFC 25th Anniversary Disneyana Convention – July 14-18, 2009.
  • MousePlanet.com "birthday" party at the Celebration BBQ at Big Thunder Ranch – Saturday, July 18, 2009. Stay posted for additional information as it becomes available.
  • NFFC All Disneyana Show and Sale – Sunday July 19, 2009
  • Pinbassador Inspirations Pin Release & Signing – Saturday, August 8, 2009 (link).
  • SHAG "Spirited" Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Cocktail Reception – Saturday, August 8, 2009 (link). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific time).
  • SHAG Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Product Release & Signing – Sunday, August 9, 2009 (link).

Fall

  • 4th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 4-6, 2009. Registration is now open (link).
  • Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Merchandise Event – Wednesday, September 9, 2009. (link). All four event packages are now sold out.
  • UEA / "Utah Escapes to Anaheim" – October 1-2, 2009. (link). Expect unusually large attendance levels as Utah students and families take advantage of an education convention.
  • 12th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – October 2-4, 2009. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday, DCA on Sunday (link).
  • CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 19, 2009. Registration will open in the summer (link). Team MousePlanet will once again participate in this event, and additional details will be announced as they are available.

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 $69/$59

    One Day Park Hopper Regularly $94/$84

    Southern California 1-Day Park Hopper – Disney is not currently offering a discounted Southern California 1-Day Park Hopper at the Web site. 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 $143/$123

    2009 "Southern California 2Fer Ticket" ($69 / $59) – Visitors who live in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico can now purchase the 2009 "Southern California 2Fer Ticket." This special ticket offers admission to either Disneyland or Disney's California on one day and then to the other park on a second day for the price of a one-day, one-park ticket ($69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3 to 9).

    The 2009 promotion also features a return of the "Southern California 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket" for $94 for adults / $84 for ages 3-10. This is $25 more than the 2Fer ticket and allows you to visit both Disneyland and DCA on the same day. The offers includes much the same fine print as previous promotions:

    • 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.
    • The 2Fer ticket is 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. The 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket may be used at both parks on the same day.
    • Tickets expire 30 days from first visit. First visit must occur between January 6, 2009 and June 3, 2009. [Note: This is a full two months longer than the 2008 promotion, and does not exclude the Spring Break period as such offers usually do.]
    • 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. [Except for the "What Will You Celebrate?" birthday admission offer as explained below.]
    • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
    • You can purchase these tickets starting January 6, 2009 at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, as well as Disneyland Resort Hotels and Disneyland.com. Vons stores, The Disney Stores and the Disney Desks at places like South Coast Plaza and The Grove may also carry the tickets, but we have not been able to confirm this yet. [Note: in past years, it has taken quite some time for non-Disney outlets to receive the tickets, so don't be surprised if your local Vons store or mall Disney Desk doesn't have them yet.]

    The 2009 offer is slightly complicated by the "What Will You Celebrate?" promotion, and special options are available to eligible residents with birthdays between January 6 and June 3.

    • If you live within the residency area and your birthday is on or between January 6 and June 3, you will receive a "2Fer Birthday Ticket" instead of a one-day, one-park ticket. The 2Fer terms and conditions apply to this ticket.
    • You must use the first day of your 2Fer on your birthday.
    • You can upgrade the 2Fer Birthday Ticket to the Southern California 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket by paying $25.
    • The 2Fer ticket is considered valid admission media for the purposes of the "What Will You Celebrate?" offer, so people who already have a 2Fer can receive one of the three Alternate Gifts.

    AOCVCB 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($141/$121) – 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 $199/$169

    Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($179/$149) – 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 ($179/$149) – 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 3-Day Bonus Ticket ($174/$144) – 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 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    Advance Purchase 2009 Everyone Plays for the Kids' Price! 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($149) – This promotion is valid January 6 through April 30, 2009, and includes one one Magic Morning admission. Currently available for purchase through the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau Web site (link).

    Disney's Armed Forces Salute 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket (Free/$94) – Through June 12, 2009, each active or retired member of the U.S. military can receive one complimentary three-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" Park Hopper ticket valid for admission to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. During the offer period, active or retired US military personnel also may make a one-time purchase of an adult or child three-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion" Park Hopper ticket for up to five family members (including spouse) or friends for the price of an adult 1-Day Park Hopper ticket. Disneyland Resort hotels are also offering special room rates for active or retired military personnel. For example, at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, active or retired members of the military and their families may find hotel rooms starting at $119 per night during value season, with great savings during other times of the offer period. This offer is available through June 12, 2009, and the number of rooms available at these special rates is limited. For information regarding "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" at the Disneyland Resort, or to make reservations, military personnel may call 714/956-6424. Full details of the offer, including eligibility guidelines and other restrictions, are posted on our MousePad discussion board (link).

    Four Day Park Hopper Regularly $224/$194

    Advance Purchase 4-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 (Sunday, 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 ($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 4-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 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    Advance Purchase 2009 Everyone Plays for the Kids' Price! 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($154) – This promotion is valid January 6 through April 30, 2009, and includes one one Magic Morning admission. Currently available for purchase through the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau Web site (link).

    Costco Disneyland Resort Play 4 Days Exchange Certificate – Available through the Costco Web site (link), this $139 ticket (for ages 3 through adult) is good for four one-day admissions to Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. The tickets are non-transferable—the same person must use all four admissions. The ticket expires once the four admissions are used, or on July 31, 2009, whichever comes first. This is not a park-hopper pass, although you could probably use one admission per day at each park, in effect using the four admissions as a two-day park-hopper. The tickets are available only to Costco members who are residents of Southern California. Tickets must be purchased at Costco, with a limit of eight tickets per member per day. It is important to note that the item you purchase at Costco is an "Exchange Certificate," not a valid park passport. Members must exchange the certificate at the Disneyland Resort Ticket booth to receive the Play 4 Days ticket. Proof of California residency in zip codes 90000 through 93599 is required to exchange the certificate for a valid ticket.

    Five Day Park Hopper Regularly $244/$214

    Advance Purchase 5-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($204/$174) – 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 (Sunday, 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 ($204/$174) – 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 ($199/$169) – 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 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    Advance Purchase 2009 Everyone Plays for the Kids' Price! 5-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($164) – This promotion is valid January 6 through April 30, 2009, and includes one one Magic Morning admission. Currently available for purchase through the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau Web site (link).

    Six Day Park Hopper Regularly $249/$219

    Advance Purchase 6-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($209/$179) – 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 (Sunday, 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 ($209/$179) – 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 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link).

    Deluxe Annual Passport
    Regulary $269

    Costco $50 bonus gift card offer – Costco members can receive a $50 Disneyland gift card when they purchase a Deluxe Disneyland Resort annual passport for $269 at a participating Costco location. The offer should be available at all Southern California Costco stores that currently sell Disneyland admission, but the vouchers may not have arrived in all locations yet. [A list of the 37 Costco locations within 50 miles of the Disneyland Resort is available on our MousePad discussion board (link), and we have noted which locations are confirmed to have these tickets available. If you are a Costco member and live near one of the stores that is not confirmed, please check the next time you're there and then let us know so we can update the list.]

    There are no residency restrictions on this ticket, and it can be upgraded to a Deluxe with parking or Premium passport. Better still, the $50 gift card can be applied towards the cost of the upgrades, which nearly pays for the $59 parking option or drops the net cost of a Premium Annual Passport to just $339.

    2009 Southern California CityPass
    $259/$219

    2009 Southern California CityPass ($259/$219) – 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 $227/$192 (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 Costco, you will initially purchase a large plastic container that you must trade for ticket books prior to leaving Costco!

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.

Alaska Airlines "Kids Fly Free to the Disneyland Resort" promotion – Valid for travel between January 7 and June 17, 2009 when you also book your hotel through the airline. Significant restrictions apply to the promotion, including blockout dates. This offer can be a good deal for some families, but make sure that you compare the total quoted package price against the same elements if purchased a la carte. You may be able to take advantage of other published airfare specials and hotel discounts to create a less expensive vacation package. Unfortunately the Alaska Airlines Web site can be sluggish, making comparison shopping time consuming, but you should definitely do your homework before you buy.

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.


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 Resort Special Events:

  • MM - Magic Morning at Disneyland
  • TT - Toontown Morning Madness at Disneyland
  • Grad Nite
  • MTT - Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at DCA
3/15 3/16 3/17 3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-7p



TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-7p



MM

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-7p



TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-7p


MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
3/22 3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26 3/27 3/28
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-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-9p



TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
3/29 3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4
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-9p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
4/5 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

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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