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Update for April 19 - 25, 2010

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Food & Wine Festival Report and Photo Extravaganza | AP discounts extended | DVC offers members one-time-use vacation points | DCA Construction Update | D23 magazine summer issue | MouseAdventure registration open | Save the Date: MousePlanet 10th Anniversary Party | This and That

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Food & Wine Festival Report and Photo Extravaganza

[MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix visited Disney's California Food & Wine Festival 2010 and sent these notes and photos. The photos of some of the Festival featured menu items were provided by Disney.]

The ongoing construction throughout Disney's California Adventure required organizers of the 2010 Food & Festival to move into some new venues for 2010, and repeat visitors will likely be impressed with the changes. The vast majority of the activity is on the East side of the park, extending into the Pacific Wharf area. Once you leave the Wharf area and head into Paradise Pier, there's nothing more than a new menu item at Pizza Oom Mow Mow.

When you walk into DCA you're immediately greeted with a giant Food & Wine Festival banner hanging from the faux Golden Gate Bridge. To your right is the Festival Welcome Center (housed in the former stroller rental shop and identified by a new sign), where you can pick up a copy of the event guide book, get more information about the various activities, and make reservations for any remaining Signature Events. As you walk under the bridge, you might encounter What’s Cookin’, a group of chef coat-clad drummers and dancers that perform throughout the day in the Sunshine Plaza.


The Festival Welcome Center is located in the entry plaza to Disney's California Adventure park. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Driscoll's Berry Crisp is one of the many offerings at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.


Food TV Network host and restaurant owner Guy Fieri attends the Food & Wine Festival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Guy Fieri and his son Hunter demonstrates techniques at the Chef Showcase. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Guy Fieri may have been saying either "money!" or "winner winner chicken dinner!" but we aren't sure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Inside the Sunshine Plaza is the Chef Showcase Stage, a large tent that houses the main cooking demonstrations. The Showcase Stage has a very nice, brand-new kitchen set, complete with cameras mounted over the work surface, and two flat screens on either side of the stage. This is so much better than the old angled-mirror-above-the-cooktop set up from earlier years of the festival. The Showcase Stage venue holds 120 to 150 people, depending on the event. If you plan to attend a presentation here, plan to wait in line until your chosen event starts. For very popular events (like this weekend's demonstrations by Guy Fieri), the venue managers may select to issue tickets to those waiting in line. These tickets are not a Fastpass; they are used to help avoid line-cutting and the saving of spots in line, but you're still expected to wait for your event to begin. The line for Guy Fieri's 3:30 p.m. presentation on Friday formed at park opening, and those in line were allowed to leave only to purchase food and to take restroom breaks.


The Chef Showcase Stage in  DCA's Sunshine Plaza has a new look from years past. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The all-new Chef Showcase stage is a big improvement over previous years. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Ghiradelli Chocolate Profiterole at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.

The big new venue for 2010 is the Festival Showcase. Located inside Stage 12 in the Hollywood Backlot, the building houses:

  • Taste of California Marketplace – The highlight of the building is the marketplace, where visitors can enjoy a number of food tastings. You can view many of the "tapas-sized" items from the marketplace are in today's park update
  • Star Lounge – a beer lounge, hosted by Stella Artois. Although this area looks like it was intended as a seating area for the adjacent Taste of California Marketplace, the Star Lounge is actually a 21-and-over bar, and children are not permitted inside.
  • The Wine Seller – offers full-bottle wine sales. Purchases made here are sent to DCA's front entrance for customers to claim once they leave the park.
  • Festival Artisans Gifts & Crafts – offers a variety of event-logo merchandise (a Festival logo tote bag, made from recycled banners from past events, sold out in under 4 hours), along with name-brand products from some of the featured chefs. The shop is surrounded by a changing gallery of work from local artists.
  • Seating area inside Stage 12 – is used for the wine, beer and spirit seminars, as well as the "Kitchen conversations" demonstrations. On Sundays this space will be used for the Sweet Sundays.

The tasting-sized items available at the Taste of California Marketplace, and Annual Passholder discounts apply to non-alcohol purchases in the Marketplace. Available items include:

  • Karl Strauss Pale Ale & Canadian White Cheddar Soup with Smoked Bacon – Served in a famous mini Boudin Bakery sourdough boule ($4.25)
  • Marketplace Slider – Slow braised beef with spicy mayo on a sweet brioche roll ($4.50).
  • Mucho Gusto Quesadilla – Chicken & pepper jack cheese quesadilla with arugula and pico de gallo ($4.25).
  • Beer Battered Halibut – Crispy Karl Strauss Woodie Gold beer battered halibut with traditional malt vinegar ($5.00).
  • Santa Rosa Pear Salad – Garden salad of mixed greens, sliced pears, toasted almonds and buttermilk blue cheese tossed with champagne vinaigrette ($3.75).
  • Island Ahi – Broth poached medium rare ahi tuna with crunchy Asian cabbage slaw and spicy wasabi aioli ($5.00).
  • Artisanal Cheeses – A selection of artisan cheese with sundried raisins and sliced baguette drizzled with Apulia extra virgin olive oil ($5.00).
  • Festival Flight – A selection of artisan cheddars with sundried raisins and sliced baguette drizzled with Apulia extra virgin olive oil ($5.00).
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Profiterole – A cream puff filled with vanilla pastry-cream topped with chocolate ganache ($3.75).
  • Driscoll's Berry Crisp – Warm assorted-berry crisp splashed with a lemon sauce($3.75).

The seating area for the Festival Marketplace is located just outside Stage 12, at a series of bistro tables set up in the courtyard, but there aren't enough tables during peak dining periods. Unfortunately, the venue is not set up to package food "to go," so carrying your selection to the nearby Award Weiners seating area isn't terribly practical. This is probably the largest flaw with what is otherwise a quite nice set-up, and fortunately is something that should be fairly easy to fix if the event organizers can scrape up some additional tables and chairs.

A big surprise for this Festival was the introduction of two Coca-Cola Freestyle machines in the Taste of California Marketplace. When you purchase a soft drink, you receive an empty cup and are directed to the nearby machine, which dispenses over 100 different Coca-Cola product and flavor combinations. Purists can simply fill up with regular Coke, while the more adventurous can create a custom concoction—perhaps a Sprite Zero with raspberry flavor? Alas, the machines are only available during the Food & Wine Festival—Disney says there are no plans to bring the machines to the Resort at this time.


Not one, but two Coke Freestyle machines grace the Food & Wine Festival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Festival Showcase is a big part of DCA's Stage 12. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Festival Flight at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival includes an assortment of cheeses. Photo © Disney.

Outside Stage 12 are two additional Festival venues. The Jr. Chef program is located between Stage 12 and the Monster's, Inc. attraction. This is similar to the Nestle Jr. Chef program previously offered at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, only in a "healthy" new twist, the young cooks use Disney's Magic Oven to "bake" oatmeal raisin cookies instead of chocolate-chip cookies. The Belgian Brewer’s Collection kiosk is also located outside Stage 12, offering a variety of beers on tap.

In addition to the Festival Marketplace items, almost all of the Quick Service Restaurants in DCA have a Festival-inspired menu item. Items and prices are as follows:

  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Pasta Di Antipasto – Angel hair pasta with buffalo mozzarella, julienne salami, pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green olive and red onions. Served chilled and tossed in Apulia extra virgin olive oil vinaigrette ($9.29).
  • Award Weiners: Mangia Meatballs – Marinara-simmered meatballs with sauteed peppers and onions and shredded mozzarella in a hoagie roll ($7.99).
  • Taste Pilot's Grill: Southwest Pulled Pork Sandwich – Slow-cooked pulled pork in Chipotle BBQ sauce with caramelized apples and onions in a toasted cornmeal bun ($9.59).
  • Farmer's Market: Festival Chicken Wrap – Crispy chicken strips tossed in a spicy buffalo wing sauce, wrapped in a spinach tortilla with diced celery and crumbled blue cheese ($8.19).
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe: Wine Country Chicken Salad – A salad of diced chicken breast, roasted corn, carrots, artichokes, red bell peppers and celery, tossed in a creamy cumin mayonnaise. (Replaces Chinese chicken salad during Food & Wine Festival)
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery: Thai Rice Spring Roll – Chewy rice noodles with julienne carrots, green onions, Thai basil and red bell peppers, all rolled up in a rice paper wrapper and served with a ginger sauce ($3.99).
  • Karl Strauss Catering Company: Festiv-Ale – A Belgian strong ale with a medium body, deep golden color, citrus-like flavors and a dry, peppery finish ($6.75).
  • Cucina Cucamonga:
    • Anaheim Chile Relleno – Battered local Anaheim chilies stuffed with dos quesos and served with traditional ranchero sauce and crema fresca ($9.99).
    • Dulce de Leche Cheesecake – Creamy dulce de leche drizzled on a graham crusted cheesecake ($4.99).


This cart at the Food & Wine Festival features olive oil tastings and for purchase. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Downtown Disney vendor Basin has a cart at the Food & Wine Festival selling bath products. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Marketplace Slider is one of the many offerings at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.

As reported in last week's Update, DCA's performance corridor has been temporarily rerouted during the Festival, and the corridor between the Sunshine Plaza and Pacific Wharf house the popular Wine and Beer Walks. A $10 tasting fee gets you four pours from a selection of 12 wines/beers at each location.

A series of merchandise carts are located inside the Pacific Wharf area, outside the Mission Tortilla Factory. Most of these are operated by Downtown Disney store and cart vendors. A tasting bar of oils and vinegars is located in the area, right next to a cart where you can purchase the items.


The Belgian Brewer's Collection kiosk, sponsored by Stella Artois. Anyone getting thirsty? Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Island Ahi is a dish available at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.


Karl Strauss Pale Ale & Canadian White Cheddar Soup with Smoked Bacon is available at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.

The Signature Events of the 2010 Festival have been very well received, and were 90 percent sold out as of opening day according to Gary Maggetti, General Manager, Food and Beverage for the Resort, the best sell-through rate the Festival has ever started with. Maggetti said that many events, like the Napa Wine Cooking School, are completely sold out, and that most remaining events are very near their capacities. He told us that there were only 40 spots left for the TASTE event, and that most of the Sweet Sundays have just a handful of spots open.


Artisanal Cheeses are available at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.


Santa Rosa Pear Salad is available at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.


Mucho Gusto Quesadilla is available at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.


Beer Battered Halibut i savailable at Disney's California Food & Wine Festival. Photo © Disney.

Annual Passholder discounts extended plus Food & Wine discounts

We just received this from the Resort. It's interesting to note that the extra 10% AP discount has been extended yet again.

Annual Passholders Can Enjoy Special Savings and Offers – All Year Long!

Throughout the year, you can look forward to special early-shopping opportunities, sneak peeks at new merchandise lines, shopping locations and experiences; special discounts and savings; as well as opportunities to be among the first to purchase Annual Passholder themed merchandise celebrating new entertainment and special events.

April 2010: Food & Wine

This month, be sure to take advantage of our special Annual Passholder Food & Wine merchandise offers including a special commemorative pin featuring the California Vineyards poster art as well as a glass coaster set ($29 - set of 4). The coaster set comes complete with a base and each coaster features the Disney's California Food & Wine Festival 2010 logo. Please note: The Annual Passholder pin and coaster set will not be available to purchase via Disneyland Merchandise Guest Services.

The Disney's California Food & Wine Festival 2010 begins April 16 and runs through May 31. For more information on this year's Food & Wine Festival visit www.Disneyland.com/FoodandWine.

To view our 2010 Food and Wine Festival merchandise and for a complete list of Autograph Sessions, click here.

Another great reason to be an AP, now you can save money when shopping at the Disneyland® Resort! Now through September 30, 2010, we're offering special AP discounts at select Resort merchandise locations. So Cal, So Cal Select and Deluxe Annual Passholders enjoy 10% off their purchases, while Premium Annual Passholders will receive 20% off (usually 10%).*

Keep watching Disneyland.com/AP and ArtofDisneyParks.com for the latest information on Annual Passholder offers and more.

*At the Disneyland® Resort, offer is valid only at select Disneyland® Resort store locations. Not valid on previous purchases. Discount is not valid on purchases of DVD, VHS, software media, Walt Disney Classics Collections, original artwork, selected collectibles, food or beverage, Disney Dollars, Gift Cards, Ticket Media, Park Admission, Arcades, Newspapers/Periodicals, Tobacco, Postage stamps, digital and video cameras, disposable cameras, shipping or taxes. Discount does not apply at the following locations: Midway games, Fairytale Arts, Jewel of Orleans, Silhouette Studio, Portrait Artists, Parasol Cart, Heraldry Shop, Crystal Shops (Crystal Arts & Crystal d'Orleans), Face Painting, or at any Downtown Disney® District location other than World of Disney® Store. May not be combined with any other discount, offer or promotion. Not valid on previous purchases.

Will you spend more at the Resort since they've extended the AP discount? Talk about it on MousePad.

Disney Vacation Club to offer members one-time-use vacation points

We received the following from Disney Vacation Club:

Beginning April 15, Disney Vacation Club is offering a new alternative to members borrowing vacation points from a future use year. Instead, members can obtain one-time-use vacation points for a fee of $15 per vacation point.

Disney Vacation Club members can obtain a maximum of 24 one-time-use vacation points once per use year, per membership. These one-time-use vacation points can be used to book stays at Disney Vacation Club Resorts, as well as vacations through the Disney Collection, Adventurer Collection and World Passport Collection.

Members interested in learning more about one-time-use vacation points can contact Disney Vacation Club Member Services or visit www.dvcmember.com.

Are you a DVC member? Does this new program help with your vacation planning? Discuss it on MousePad.

DCA Construction Update

Your weekly glimpse into DCA's ongoing makeover.


Vertical construction for "Voyage of the Little Mermaid" is well underway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Much recent progress has been made here. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The "World of Color" viewing area is now open, except for the boardwalk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A look at the "World of Color" stage in raised position. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A beautiful new metal trellis in the "World of Color" viewing area will likely block any view of the show. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Progress continues on Cars Land construction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Progress on the Silly Symphony Swing. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A great aerial view of the Silly Symphony Swing. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Your weekly "Moment of Geek" on the "World of Color" show platform. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

D23 magazine summer issue

Disney Twenty-Three magazine's summer issue premieres today, and includes exclusive sneak previews of Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. To celebrate these releases, the summer issue will feature three different covers:


The "Jessie" cover for Disney Twenty-Three magazine's summer 2010 issue. Publicity image (c) Disney.


The "Woody" cover for Disney Twenty-Three magazine's summer 2010 issue. Publicity image (c) Disney.


The "Buzz" cover for Disney Twenty-Three magazine's summer 2010 issue. Publicity image (c) Disney.

MouseAdventure registration open

Registration is now open for all three divisions of our MouseAdventure Anniversary event For more information about MouseAdventure and to register, visit MouseAdventure.com. Be sure to register for the MouseAdventure Newsletter and follow our @MouseAdventure Twitter account for updates and news about future events.

Save the Date: MousePlanet 10th Anniversary party

MousePlanet.com celebrates our 10th anniversary on Saturday, July 17 with a special event shortly after park opening. Details to follow, but mark your calendars—we can't think of a more perfect way to celebrate our milestone along with Disneyland's 55th anniversary!

This and That

...The Disney Cruise Line announced a two-night weekend getaway cruise on the Disney Wonder, departing Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2011 and returning at 9:30 a.m. the following Sunday morning. This cruise fills the 2-night gap between the arrival of the Disney Wonder from Port Canaveral (via the Panama Canal) and the first of the 2011 Mexican Riviera cruises. It's a real "cruise to nowhere," as the ship won't be making any port stops - Saturday is a "day at sea." With inside cabins starting around $440, several MousePad readers and MousePlanet staffers have already booked. We'd love to see you on this weekend getaway too!

...HalloweenTime will return to the Disneyland Resort, including Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, the new (as of last year) fireworks and Mickey's Trick or Treat Party in DCA. Information from Disneyland.com's special events page.

...Jamba Juice in the Downtown Disney District will be closed for approximately four weeks beginning Monday, April 12 for remodeling.

...Ridemakerz is closed for construction of their permanent space in Downtown Disney, former location has been stripped to studs and support beams.


Ridemakerz in Downtown Disney is closed for construction of their permanent location. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...D23 members are invited to a ceremony honoring the late Roy E. Disney on May 7, when the landmark Disney Feature Animation building will be renamed the Roy E. Disney building. The ceremony will be followed by a special tribute at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, which will include screenings of two classic movies in whose production Roy was closely involved: the 1957 "true-life fantasy" Perri and Fantasia/2000, along with the Oscar®-nominated short Lorenzo. Tickets are $50 plus processing and will be available online, exclusively to D23 members, at disney.com/d23 on Friday, April 23.

...Guests and local schoolchildren will help Disneyland Resort in releasing thousands of ladybugs for the benefit of the environment on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. Ladybugs seek out pests in the landscape and reduce the use of pesticides. The release will take place, appropriately, in "a bugs land" at DCA, and a variety of other "Earthy" activities will take place at the Resort throughout the day. Readers who, like your humble editor, are disinclined to be anywhere near thousands of bugs (beneficial or not) should probably plan to avoid the area.

...The Disneyland Resort recently released its 2009 Community Report, which provides a snapshot of its corporate responsibility efforts. The report outlines outreach efforts and contributions of the Resort and its cast members, including cash, in-kind donations and volunteer time that totaled more than $12 million. The full report is available at disneyland.com/publicaffairs.

...Refilling the Rivers of America, which last week's rains led some to speculate had already begun, is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 30.


The Rivers of America: still drained. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...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

  • Rivers of America – closed through May 6 for major refurbishment. This also closes all attractions requiring use of the river: Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, Mark Twain Riverboat (closed until May 14), as well as the Fantasmic! nighttime show (closed until May 27).
  • Little Red Wagon (Corn Dog Wagon) – closed through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace – closed through July 2 for refurbishment. The Jedi Training Academy show is still offered while the restaurant is closed.
  • Disneyland Baby Care Center – closed through April 22 for refurbishment. The center will relocate to a temporary location next to City Hall on Main Street during the refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through April 23 for additional work following a recent refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Monorail – closed April 19 & 20 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Showcase – closed April 27 & 28 for refurbishment.
  • Minnie's House – closed April 21 & 22 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Showcase Annex – closed May 5 & 6 for refurbishment.
  • Newsstand – closed April 26 through May 20 for refurbishment. Package check service may not be offered on Main Street during this refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed April 26 through May 13 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed May 8 through 10 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed May 17 through 27 for refurbishment. 


Construction continues in the Rivers of America, with the boat tracks and Fantasmic infrastructure clearly visible. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Here's something you don't see every day: trucks in the Rivers of America. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney's California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Princess Dot Puddle Park – closed through April 23 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed through May 20 for refurbishment.

Construction-related closures:

  • The Vineyard Room – closed. No announcement has been made about a potential replacement for this restaurant, though work to expand the venue is reportedly part of the refurbishment that has the Wine Country Trattoria closed through June 9.
  • 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 24, 2011 as the return date.
  • Paradise Pier Lagoon – work continues on the World of Color installation.
  • Paradise Park – area closed for construction of new viewing area for Disney's World of Color water show. The construction walls around the park have been removed, but the area is still closed to park guests.
  • Corn Dog Castle – closed due to construction in the area. An employee publication lists March 24, 2011 as its return date. During the renovation, corn dogs are available at Bountiful Valley Farmer's Market.
  • Souvenir 66 – closed due to construction in the area. An employee publication lists March 24, 2011 as its return date, and "Seaside Souvenirs" as the new name of the store.
  • Orange Stinger – closed through May 28 for refurbishment and renovation into the Silly Symphonies Swings.
  • Golden Vine Trattoria – closed through June 9.
  • Tower of Terror Fastpass – not offered through August 15 due to construction of the connector between Bug's Land and Tower of Terror.
  • Bug's Land / Tower of Terror connector – the temporary connector path will be closed through August 15 to allow construction of a more permanent route between the two lands.


Newly revealed Red Car tracks in DCA's Hollywood Studios. 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.


MousePlanet 10th Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 17, 2010

MousePlanet.com will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, July 17th with a special event shortly after park opening.
Details to follow, so mark your calendars - we can't think of a more perfect way to celebrate our milestone along with Disneyland's 55th anniversary!


Resort Events

Check here to see if a large convention, competition or park event might fall during your next trip to the Disneyland Resort. If you know of any events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

Spring/Summer

  • Disney's California Food and Wine Festival – Daily through May 31. A limited schedule of the signature and complimentary events is now available on the event Web site (link).
  • Earth Day – April 22. Join the Disneyland Resort in releasing thousands of ladybugs at 9:00 a.m. in "a bugs land" in DCA, and for a variety of other "Earthy" events throughout the day.
  • Bats Day in the Fun Park (unofficial event) – April 30 through May 1. Billed as a "dark alternative subculture gathering" (but more commonly known as Goth Day), this weekend event includes several on- and off-property gatherings (link).
  • Grad Night events Thursdays May 20, 27, June 3, and 10, Wednesday June 16, Thursdays June 17 and 24. Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure close earlier on these nights to prepare for the after-hours graduation parties.
  • MouseAdventure 10th Anniversary Events – Advanced Division May 22 & 23; Basic Division May 23; Day at the Park (non competitive) June 6. Registration is now open for the Advanced and Basic divisions (link). Registration for the Day at the Park division opens Tuesday, March 30 (link).
  • Summer Nightastic! at the Disneyland Resort – Daily, June 11 through Aug. 29. The summer promotion includes Fantasmic and the "Magical" fireworks show in Disneyland, plus the opening (still to be announced) of the World of Color show.
  • 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday, July 13. Angel Stadium plays host to the 2010 All-star Game. The Anaheim Convention Center also hosts the Major League Baseball All-star FanFest July 9-13. Both events should bring added crowds to the Disneyland Resort during what might already be a busy week as Disneyland marks its 55th Anniversary.
  • Disneyland 55th Anniversary July 17. No events have been announced to commemorate the anniversary.
  • MousePlanet's 10th Anniversary Party – A special anniversary event is planned for the morning of July 17, 2010. Details to follow.
  • NFFC–Disneyana Fan Club 2010 Disneyana Convention – July 13–17 (link).
  • NFFC–Disneyana Fan Club All Disneyana Show and Sale – Sunday, July 18 (link).

Fall

  • Destination D – September 24 & 25 at the Disneyland Resort (link). Open only to D23 members, tickets will be available this summer.
  • 5th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 3–5. Registration is now open (link).
  • 4th Annual Not Back to School Days Rally and Conference (unofficial event) – September 8–11. Event includes education and social opportunities for home educators (link).
  • 13th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – October 1–3, 2010. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday, DCA on Sunday (link).
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 14–15, 2009. (Link). Expect unusually large attendance levels October 14-17 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.

2011

  • D23 Expo – August 19-21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center (link). Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 will go on sale August 19, 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 "2Fer" ($72/$62) – The Spring 2010 2Fer ticket offers residents of Southern California (ZIP Codes 90000–93599) and Northern Baja California (ZIP Codes 21000–22999) admission to either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure on one day, and then a second visit to the other park on another day within 30 days of the first visit. Ticket ticket is $72.00 for adults (ages 10 and older) and $62.00 for children (ages 3-9) The first use must occur by April 12, 2010.The 2fer ticket can be purchased online at Disneyland.com/2fer, and printed from home for immediate use. You can also purchase the ticket at participating Disney Stores; Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros, Gelson’s or Food 4 Less grocery stores; Toys R Us; Dearden’s; Korea Daily; the Disney Desk at the Irvine Spectrum and other participating locations.

    Two Day Park Hopper - Regularly $151/$131

    Southern California Two Day Park Hopper ($97/$87) – Offered to residents of Southern California (ZIP Codes 90000–93599) and Northern Baja California (ZIP Codes 21000–22999) Ticket must be purchased by, and first use must occur by, April 12, 2010.

    AOCVCB 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($149/$129) – 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). These tickets are now valid through January 3, 2011.

    Three Day Park Hopper - Regularly $204/$174

    Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($149) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). The promotional Park Hopper ticket is valid January 5, 2010 thru April 29, 2010, and must be purchased in advance of your trip - you can't get this discount at the ticket booths. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($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)

    AOCVCB 3-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 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday) (link). These tickets are now valid through January 3, 2011.

    Four Day Park Hopper - Regularly $229/$199

    Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($161) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). The promotional Park Hopper ticket is valid January 5, 2010 thru April 29, 2010, and must be purchased in advance of your trip - you can't get this discount at the ticket booths. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    Advance Purchase 4-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($199/$169) – 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). These tickets are now valid through January 3, 2011.

    AOCVCB 4-Day Bonus Ticket ($194/$164) – 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

    Promotional 5-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($169) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). The promotional Park Hopper ticket is valid January 5, 2010 thru April 29, 2010, and must be purchased in advance of your trip - you can't get this discount at the ticket booths. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    Advance Purchase 5-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).

    AOCVCB 5-Day Bonus Ticket ($204/$174) – 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). These tickets are now valid through January 3, 2011.

    Six Day Park Hopper - Regularly $254/$224

    Promotional 6-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($173) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). The promotional Park Hopper ticket is valid January 5, 2010 thru April 29, 2010, and must be purchased in advance of your trip - you can't get this discount at the ticket booths. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    Advance Purchase 6-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($214/$184) – 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 (a $14/day value).

    Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

    No discounts currently available.

    Premier Annual Passport: $700 [Valid at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort]
    Premium Annual Passport
    : $439
    Deluxe Annual Passport: $299
    Southern California Annual Passport: $219
    SoCal Select Annual Passport: $169

    2010 Southern California CityPass
    $269/$229

    2010 Southern California CityPass ($269/$229)– This pass includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park, as well as one-day admission to Sea World San Diego and Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityPass expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by January 3, 2011. 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 $239.99/$204.99 (link), which includes free UPS shipping. A 5% surcharge for non-members, and shipping fees to members in Alaska and Hawaii may also apply to your purchase. 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

Disneyland Resort Two More Days & Nights Free offer –This latest deal offers a five-night, five-day Disneyland Resort vacation package for the price of a three-night, three-day package, giving you two "free" hotel nights and two additional days of theme park admission. The offer is valid for arrivals May 1 and Sept. 26, 2010, and you must book by September 1, 2010 to receive this discount. You can choose to stay either at a Disneyland Resort Hotel or at one of the Good Neighbor Hotels. To book, call your favorite travel agent, book online at www.disneyland.com, or call the Walt Disney Travel Company at 800-854-3104.

Disneyland Resort Summer hotel discounts–If you are a Disneyland Resort annual passholder or already have valid admission for your next visit, you can take advantage of a second promotion that offers discounts at the three Disneyland Resort hotels with a minimum 2-night stay. The discounts are 40% at the Grand Californian Hotel, 35% at the Disneyland Hotel and 30% at the Paradise Pier Hotel. The offer is valid for arrivals May 1 and Sept. 26, 2010, and you must book by September 1, 2010 to receive this discount. To book, call your favorite travel agent, book online at www.disneyland.com, or call the Walt Disney Travel Company at 800-854-3104.

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 accommodations 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

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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 location between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

Rainforest Cafe Safari Club – Members of the Rainforest Cafe get priority seating when available (which makes a huge difference on busy days), and a 10% discount on entrees for up to four people. 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).


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
4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21

4/22

4/23 4/24
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 9a-7p



TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 9a-7p



MM

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 9a-7p



TT
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 9a-7p



MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28

4/29

4/30 5/1
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 9a-7p



TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 9a-7p



MM

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 9a-7p



TT
DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 9a-7p



MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5

5/6

5/7 5/8
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/9 5/10 5/11 5/12

5/13

5/14 5/15
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/16 5/17 5/18 5/19

5/20

5/21 5/22
DL: 8a-12a

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: 9a-9p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/23 5/24 5/25 5/26

5/27

5/28 5/29
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-6p



TT
DL: 8a-9p

DCA: 10a-6p



MM
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 9a-9p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

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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Andrew Rich (@MPAndrew) has been with MousePlanet since the very beginning, mostly lurking working behind the scenes to keep everything running. He is also the emcee for MouseAdventure. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Jennifer and three cats, runs Project Insomnia, and visits Disneyland several times a year. Andrew is currently training for the Disneyland Half Marathon and Walt Disney World Wine & Dine Half Marathon - that's right, Coast-to-Coast in the space of twelve weeks.