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Update for August 31 - September 6, 2009

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News and Views

Fantasmic: the reluctant dragon returns - or not | New Costco offer for SoCal residents: 2 Parks, 4 Days, $159.99 | Now APs can save $400 on a 4-Day/4-Night Disneyland Resort vacation package | Sukkot at Disneyland | This and That

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Fantasmic: the reluctant dragon returns—or not

[Updated: 3:05 am – this morning's media preview has been canceled. We'll post more information when we have it.]

[Updated: 8:40 am – Disney has provided two photos of the dragon from a recent dress rehearsal.]

Despite being featured prominently in the massive marketing campaign surrounding Disneyland's Summer Nightastic! promotion, a series of mechanical problems prevented the new dragon from debuting during this summer season. The dragon was expected to premiere last week, but another series of delays pushed the return by a week.


A preview of the new Fantasmic dragon. Photo © Disney.

A before-hours event scheduled for Monday morning was designed to give local media a preview of the dragon before its public return later this week, but the event was canceled at the last minute. We're waiting for more information, and will update this story as we have more details.


A preview of the new Fantasmic dragon. Photo © Disney.

New Costco offer for SoCal residents: 2 Parks, 4 Days, $159.99

Costco has a new offer for Southern California residents of a 4-day park hopper ticket for $159.99 (link). [Four-day park hoppers are currently $229 for adults or $199 ages 3-9, though discounts are available for advance purchase.] Unlike some recent offers, this ticket has no "fuse"—you can use the first admission today, and have almost a full year to use the remaining admission days before the ticket expires on August 23, 2010. The ticket is blocked out the week between Christmas and New Years (inclusive of both holidays), and for the week of March 26 to April 4, which gives you an idea of what Disneyland expects to be the peak Spring Break period. The ticket is not blocked out on any other holidays—including Labor Day, Thanksgiving or even the 4th of July—and can be upgraded to any Annual Passport except the SoCal Select pass.

The Costco Web site states in three different places (including a bold, bright red headline) that visitors "Must reside within ZIP codes 90000-93599" and that "Proof of residency required upon redemption." The ticket you purchase at Costco is a valid admission ticket, and you can take it directly to a main entrance gate to use it. We've been told that, to prevent the unauthorized "transfer" of tickets between visitors (that is, you use the first two days of the ticket and give it to a friend to use the second two days), visitors will be required to write their name on the ticket when it is first used for admission, and to show ID with that same name upon subsequent admissions. Obviously, minor children will be exempt from the ID requirement, but will also be required to write their name on the ticket when it is first used. Adults should plan to have ID with them to use the ticket.

A final word of caution for planning purposes: Disneyland has previously offered special multi-day tickets without a "fuse," and the result was that the parks were quite busy in the days before the end of the promotion, as people hurried in to redeem their unused days before expiration. Depending on how popular this ticket is, and many people wind up holding tickets with unused days next summer, you may expect the week before the August 23rd, 2010 expiration date to be crowded.

Now APs can save $400 on a 4-Day/4-Night Disneyland Resort vacation package

In our August 17 Park Update, we wrote about a new discount offering savings of up to $400 on a 4-day, 4-night package. The offer starts at $87 per person, per day, and includes accommodations at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and a four-day park hopper ticket. Both the Walt Disney Travel Company and Costco now have a version of this offer available for annual passholders that removes the park hopper ticket from the package. Even better, since only one member of your party needs to be an AP to book the hotel-only package, if the rest of your travel party are also Southern California residents, you can combine the hotel offer with the Coscto 4-day park hopper ticket and save even more. Just remember, these two offers have different dates; the hotel offer is valid for arrivals through December 20, 2009, but is not valid November 25–27, 2009, so you want to plan carefully.

 

Sukkot at Disneyland

To celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, PureTiyulim.com is hosting a Sukkah on the Dream Lawn of the Disneyland Hotel. According to its Web site, "The construction of our Sukkah follows the strict 'kosher' requirements and is built specifically for our event this year. The roof will be covered with branches in the traditional way and the inside walls of our Sukkah will be designed and decorated by local yeshiva schools participating in the design competition. Following the traditional order for construction, the walls of our Sukkah will be erected first. After the walls have been placed, the sechach will be laid out on top."


A Sukkah will be constructed on the grounds of the Disneyland Hotel as part of a Sukkot celebration. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The group will also present a concert by Jewish entertainer Lipa in the Festival Arena on October 6, 2009. Visit the event Web site for details and tickets (link).

MouseAdventure's Summer Warm Up

Congratulations to MousePlanet reader SavageGirl for being the first to post the correct answer to our Week 8 quest. If you'd like to check your own answers, download the Quest 8 answer key (link).

Quest #9 is a little something we like to call... the Evil Paragraph (link). (Since the Quest 8 answer was in several parts, the name of the hotel where Pluto stayed during his trip is the password you'll need to open Quest #9) Remember, you can solve this quest at home using information found online at MousePlanet.com. Once you think you've solved the puzzle, visit our MousePad discussion boards and post your answer (link). The first person to post the correct answer to our MousePad discussion boards will win their very own copy of the MouseAdventure: Personal Edition packet, filled with quests from the Disneyland Resort. Good luck!
 



The Inaugural MouseAdventure event at Walt Disney World will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2009!

The day will begin with a private breakfast at the Odyssey Center prior to park opening, followed by a six-hour fun-filled race around Epcot park for a fresh look at things in the park that you never noticed before! The first part of the game will be in the classic MouseAdventure format, sending you on quests throughout Future World. After completion of that portion, teams will engage in an Enchanted Race around World Showcase to the finish line!

For more information or to register, go to the MouseAdventure page (link)! Don't forget to sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter to stay up on the latest MouseAdventure news (link).

DCA Construction Update

A photo tour of the latest developments in the construction zone in Disney's California Adventure park.

Golden Dreams/Little Mermaid


It doesn't look like much has been done, but you can see the outline of a foundation around the edges of the lot. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Orange Stinger/Silly Symphony Swings


The remains of the Orange Stinger are gone, and construction on the new Silly Symphony Swings has begun. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix..

Timon Parking Lot/Cars Land


The buildings on the east edge of the former Timon lot are taking shape. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

World of Color


More concrete walls are visible in the terraced viewing area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The first fountain has been poured. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


More decorative details are visible around the viewing area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Metal railing sections are staged for installation around the boardwalk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Underneath the boardwalk, a group of tanks await installation... but for what? Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The bunkers that will conceal the light and projection towers have been fitted with their covers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


One of the smaller bunkers near California Screamin' is nearly complete. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A peek into a bunker shows the equipment hasn't yet been installed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


There is a lot of work still to be done before Paradise Bay can be refilled. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A look across the Bay shows the activity on the show platform. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A new welding project under the bridge seems to be for a new set of supports or braces for the massive cable runs. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That

...Demonstrators representing carpenters union Local 803 is staging an "informational picket" outside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, protesting what they say is the nonunion status of some of the tradespeople involved with the construction of the hotel. Asked about the protest, Disneyland Resort spokewoman Suzi Brown said, "We have a solid track record of using union labor on construction projects. Whenever possible we employ union labor, and the vast majority of the construction for our addition to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and our current expansion of Disney’s California Adventure were awarded to union contractors."


Demonstrators protest outside the Grand Californian Hotel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

When pressed for details, one of the representatives told MousePlanet that the union's complaint is really with one of the subcontractors working on the hotel, not with Disney itself, but could not explain why the giant "SHAME" sign prominently displayed at the hotel's entrance named Disney instead of that contractor. Nobody was available at the Local 803 office to comment, and two messages left for union leadership have not been returned.

...The final performance of the "Magical" fireworks show is scheduled for Sunday, September 20. There will be no fireworks presented September 21–24, and the first public performance of "Halloween Screams," the new Halloween-themed fireworks show at Disneyland, will be on Friday, September 25 at 9:25 p.m. The show runs through November 1 and the end of the HalloweenTime promotion, and then be replaced on November 20 by the Holiday show. Disneyland has not yet said if there will be any fireworks offered November 2nd through 19th.

...Captain Tom Forberg and Donald Duck were on hand last week for the keel-laying ceremony of the new Disney Dream, the thirrd ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The Disney Dream is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and is expected to set sail in 2011. The Disney Fantasy will follow one year later. Disney Cruise Line president Karl Holz will announce the line's new itineraries and destinations during a presentation next Friday, September 11, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

...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 currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update (link) for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland


The sliding patio doors have been removed from one column of rooms at the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


On the opposite side of the building, several rooms show a variety of potential window designs. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney's California Adventure

Construction-related closures: 

  • 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. The building that once house this film-based attraction has been demolished, and 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.
  • 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.
  • Corn Dog Castle – closed because of construction in the area. An employee publication lists May 26, 2011 as the return date. During the renovation, corn dogs are available at Bountiful Valley Farmer's Market.
  • Souvenir 66 – closed because of construction in the area. An employee publication lists May 26, 2011 as the return date.
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery – The long-shuttered restaurant is relocating to the smaller space recently vacated by Cocina Cucamonga, and will open in its new location on Friday, September 4.
  • Orange Stinger – closed through April 28, 2010 for refurbishment and renovation into the Silly Symphonies Swings.


The Villas are nearly ready to "welcome home" the first DVC members to the first California property. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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, and you're invited!

MousePlanet @ D23 Expo – September 10-13, 2009. It's official: MousePlanet will be part of the Fan Forum at the upcoming D23 EXPO. The MousePlanet LOUNGE is the place to come mix and mingle with MousePlanet readers and staff, and where you can meet other members of our MousePad discussion board. Kick up your feet and relax in our comfortable LOUNGE, and be sure to pick up a special MousePlanet button designed just for the EXPO. We have a few other surprises in store, so keep checking for details.

MousePlanet is hosting TWO unofficial "MousePlanet Nights at Trick-or-Treat Party" this year. These meets are scheduled for Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 30th, and will be hosted by MousePlanet staff and MousePad Community Leaders. Join the discussion and get more information on our MousePad discussion board (link). If you're planning to attend, be sure to let us know so we can have enough treats for everyone!

Come CHOCWalk with MousePlanet –Sunday, October 18. Join MousePlanet staff and readers for the 2009 CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park. CHOC has really upgraded its Web site this year, and it's even easier for you to support team MousePlanet. You can:
  • Walk with Team MousePlanet – register to walk with us at the October 18th event, and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals (click here). Team MousePlanet Walkers will receive a MousePlanet baseball cap at the Walk.
  • Raise money with Team MousePlanet – register as a "Sleeping Bear," (someone who is raising money, but can't attend the Walk in person), and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals (click here).
  • Sponsor a specific Team MousePlanet walker – sponsor a Team MousePlanet walker, and help them earn prizes (click here).
  • Sponsor Team MousePlanet – a new option this year! (click here).
Visit our MousePad discussion boards to meet other members of Team MousePlanet and discuss the Walk (link).

Park Events

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

Fall

  • 4th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 4–6, 2009. Registration is now full (link).
  • Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Merchandise Event – Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (link). All four event packages are now sold out.
  • D23 Expo – September 10 – 13, 2009 in Anaheim, California (link).
  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 25 - November 1, 2009 (link).
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 1–2, 2009. (Link). Expect unusually large attendance levels as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention. Some Utah schools will close October 16th, possibly generating a second wave of visitors.
  • Sukkot at the Disneyland Resort – early October 2009 (link). To celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, PureTiyulim.com will host a Sukkah on the Dream Lawn of the Disneyland Hotel, and a concert by Jewish entertainer Lipa will be held in the Festival Arena October 6, 2009. Visit the event Web site for details and tickets.
  • 2009 Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party – October 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 & 31. A separate ticket costume party at Disney's California Adventure. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can purchased tickets now through the Passholder Web site (link). Remaining tickets will be available to the general public starting August 1st.
  • MousePlanet nights at Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party – Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 30. Come meet some of the MousePlanet staff, MousePad Community Leaders and your fellow readers at one of two Trick-or-Treat parties. Purchase tickets in advance through the Disneyland Web site, and be sure to let us know which night you're planning to attend by posting on our MousePad discussion board so we can have enough treats for everyone (link).
  • 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 18, 2009. Team MousePlanet will once again participate in this event, and you are invited to register to walk with us (click here to register). Visit our MousePad discussion boards to meet other members of Team MousePlanet and discuss the Walk (link).

Winter

  • Holiday Parade Filming – Saturday, November 7. [Subject to change] The annual taping of the Disneyland portions of the Walt Disney World Christmas special usually involves short, live performances by various musical guests and a shortened performance of the holiday parade at or near park opening.
  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 20, 2009 to January 3, 2010

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.

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 Ticket - Regularly $72/$62

    One Day Park Hopper - Regularly $97/$87

    Southern California 1-Day Park Hopper

    Two Day Park Hopper - Regularly $151/$131

    AOCVCB 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($141/$121) – The discount (from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau) is $10 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 $204/$174

    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).

    Disney's Armed Forces Salute 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket (Free/$94) – [Extended through September 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 extended through September 30, 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 $229/$199

    Costco 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($159.95) – A special offer for Costco members who are also residents of Southern California (link). Unlike some recent offers, this ticket has no "fuse" - you can use the first admission today, and have almost a full year to use the remaining admission days before the ticket expires on August 23, 2010. The ticket is blocked out the week between Christmas and New Years (inclusive of both holidays), and for the week of March 26 - April 4, which gives you an idea of what Disneyland expects to be the peak Spring Break period. The ticket is not blocked out on any other holidays - including Labor Day, Thanksgiving or even the 4th of July - and can be upgraded to any Annual Passport except the SoCal Select pass.

    The Costco Web site states in three different places - including a bold, bright red headline - that visitors "Must reside within ZIP codes 90000-93599" and that "Proof of residency required upon redemption." The ticket you purchase at Costco is a valid admission ticket, and you can take it directly to a main entrance gate to use it. We've been told that, to prevent the unauthorized "transfer" of tickets between visitors (ie, you use the first two days of the ticket and give it to a friend to use the second two days), visitors will be required to write their name on the ticket when it is first used for admission, and to show ID with that same name upon subsequent admissions. Obviously minor children will be exempt from the ID requirement, but will also be required to write their name on the ticket when it is first used. Adults should plan to have ID with them to use the ticket.

    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).

    Five Day Park Hopper - Regularly $249/$219

    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).

    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).

    Six Day Park Hopper - Regularly $254/$224

    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 6-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket for the Price of 4 Days ($194/$164) – Disneyland's new Summer promotion offers two extra days of park admission when you purchase a 3-Day or longer Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket. These tickets must be purchased before your trip, either through the Disneyland Web site or as part of your vacation package. You can NOT purchase this promotional ticket from the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, so plan ahead! The Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus tickets expire 13 days after first day of use or 10/13/09, whichever occurs first, and each day of use constitutes one full day of use.

    Deluxe Annual Passport -
    Regularly $289

     

    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 Sea World 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

Stay 3, Get 2 Free – Disneyland's new Summer promotion offers 5 nights at a Disneyland Resort or Good Neighbor Hotel and 5 days of theme park admission for the price of three. The promotion is valid for arrivals through September 26, 2009, though the discounts are not available at the Good Neighbor Hotels until May 1. All travel must be booked by August 11, 2009 to receive this offer.

Save $400 on a 4-Day/4-Night Disneyland Resort vacation package. The offer is valid for arrivals August 23 through December 20, 2009, and starts at $87 per person, per day with accommodations at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and a four-day park hopper ticket. The offer is not valid November 25–27, 2009. Annual passholders can book the same package—without the ticket requirement—through Costco travel or directly through the Walt Disney Travel Company, though the Costco version of the offer also includes the perks listed below.

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 collectible pin and lanyard, and a Costco luggage tag per person, plus a $20 Disneyland Resort gift card per package.

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.

Contact a MousePlanet sponsor travel agency for assistance in booking your next trip 

Get Away Today
800-523-6116
www.getawaytoday.com

Mouse Ears Vacations
800-886-8601
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Small World Vacations
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Other Discounts

Character Dining Vouchers – Discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Travel (link).

Disney Visa Discounted Stroller Rental – If you have a Disney Visa card you can rent up to two strollers at a discount of 50% 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 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
8/30 8/31 9/1 9/2 9/3 9/4 9/5
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT
DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT

DL: 9:30a-12a

DCA: 10a-8p

SL/SC/DX

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

DCA: 10:30a-8p

SL/SC/DX

MM
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p



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-8p



TT

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-8p

SL/SC

MM / TT
9/13 9/14 9/15 9/16 9/17 9/18 9/19
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-8p

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-8p



TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-8p

SL/SC

MM / TT
9/20 9/21 9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-8p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-6p

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-8p



TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

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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