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Update for July 19 – July 25, 2010

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Disneyland's 55th | More Color for DCA | Maliboomer: what goes up, must come down | Local 11 takes to the streets again | MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat | Resort Construction Update | This and That...

Disneyland's 55th


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Disneyland marked its 55 birthday on Saturday with a low-key celebration highlighted by major merchandise releases, a park-wide "sing along," and a reunion of the All-American College Band. At the same time, MousePlanet kicked off the celebration of our own 10th anniversary with a presentation of Charles Phoenix's Retro Disneyland Slide Show, and capped the night with dinner and a viewing of the new World of Color show. If you couldn't be at Disneyland in person Saturday, we hope these images will bring a little of the celebration to you.


Charles Phoenix (center, in pink) helps celebrate MousePlanet's 10th anniversary with his Retro Disneyland Slide Show. (L-R) Joe Stevano, Jennifer Rich, Andrew Rich, Jeff Moxley, Adrienne Krock, Charles Phoenix, Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix (no relation to Charles Phoenix), Tony Phoenix (no relation), and Steven Ng. MousePlanet photo.

While Disneyland's birthday usually brings a spike in attendance from those wanting to commemorate the event in the park, the early birds lined up outside the park gates Saturday morning were probably more interested in the anniversary merchandise. The Disney Gallery hosted a product release and signing featuring artists Dave Avanzino, Jody Daily, Kevin Kidney and Noah, and customers waited in long lines outside the store for a chance to purchase ceramic replicas of classic Disneyland popcorn boxes and soda cups, anniversary shirts and limited edition Vinylmation figures. Long lines also formed at the park's hat shops, where Mickey Mouse ear hats with a special anniversary-dated embroidered design and slogan were available for one day only. A second anniversary design, this one with a "55 Years of Magic" logo, will be available through the end of July. (MousePlanet reader lola2009 posted photos of both hats on our MousePad discussion board). Dooney and Burke fans celebrated part of Disneyland's anniversary while in line at the Disney Vault 28 store in Downtown Disney, waiting to purchase the newest purses featuring vintage-inspired artwork by Ian Ray.


The Main Street Cinema features newly discovered footage of Disneyland's opening day. Photo by Adrienne Krock.

The day was not entirely filled with shopping opportunities. The Main Street Cinema opened Saturday morning with "newly discovered" footage of opening day at Disneyland replacing the usual black-and-white cartoons. At Noon, a "dedication" ceremony was staged in Town Square, with Walt Disney's opening day dedication speech played on Main Street, U.S.A. The ceremony included a speech by Robb Fischle, who was one of the children who, along with other members of his church group, famously ran across the drawbridge of Disneyland's castle during the park's opening festivities. Fischle recalled the moment saying, "So away we went, right past right Art Linkletter, and my group was steered onto Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, my first-ever Disneyland attraction. Behind the wheel of an out-of-control car, crashing across the countryside, bumping down railroad tracks and colliding with an oncoming freight train. That was every 7-year-old driver's dream." Fischle later got a job at Disneyland, and still works in the Resort security department.

The Disney All-American College Band celebrated their 40th anniversary on Saturday with a reunion of nearly 300 current and former performers from Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The group performed twice on Saturday. Watch the video below to see what happened when MousePlanet's Steven Ng got swept up in the action.

 Video by Steven Ng.

At 4:15 pm, guests were invited to return to Town Square to sing Happy Birthday to Disneyland. The sing-along was followed by a "flash mob" of Disney cast members and characters who filled the street in Town Square to perform a brief dance routine to an upbeat rendition of "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes." The Urban Dictionary defines a flash mob as a "group of people who appear from out of nowhere, to perform predetermined actions, designed to amuse and confuse surrounding people," but Disney somewhat muted the surprise element by roping off the street ahead of time. Following this performance, Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis remained on Main Street for about an hour, standing in the hot sun to greet guests, pose for photos and sign their anniversary park maps.

 Video by Steven Ng. 


Cast members rush off stage following the "flash mob" on Disneyland's birthday. Photo by Adrienne Krock.


Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis signs autographs on Disneyland's 55th anniversary. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Compared to Disneyland's last big anniversary celebration, the 50th Anniversary in 2005, some readers felt a little let down by the scale of Disneyland's 55th event. Others felt that the park did enough to mark the occasion (especially considering that the Resort completely ignores DCA's anniversary each year).

More Color for DCA

Last week, Disney dropped its pretense of adding a third World of Color show due to popular demand each night, and finally officially announced its plan to present three performances of the new water spectacular each night through Labor Day at Disney California Adventure park (really through September 6, according to Disney's online calendar) (link). Although there is no information yet about whether Disney plan to expand its picnic offering to the third show, we suspect it's unlikely, since the picnics currently offered for the second show are sometimes not selling out until right before show time. Also unlikely is a third prix-fix dinner seating for the additional show. This mean all Fastpass distribution for the third show will still be via the Grizzly River Rapids Fastpass machines.

The Resort also announced that DCA is staying open until 11:00 each night through the end of the summer season, and that Toy Story Midway Mania and Mulholland Madness is remaining open during performances of World of Color. There was no mention made of King Triton's Carousel or the Silly Symphony Swings, but both attractions have been closing early then reopening for about 30 minutes between the first two performances of World of Color.


Some celebrate Disneyland's anniversary at Glow Fest in Disney California Adventure park. Photo by Andrew Rich

The Disneyland Web site currently lists no performances of World of Color after September 6, and we do not yet know if this is a seasonal hiatus, or if the show will be presented only on weekends this fall.

Club 33 members learned of a new World of Color perk this weekend, access to a VIP seating section (with actual bench seats) for the show. Members must make an advance reservation through the Club for their chosen date and performance, and seating is limited. The section is located at the far back of the viewing area, and so does not offer an unobstructed view.

Maliboomer: what goes up, must come down

Last week I mentioned that the map of Disney California Adventure posted to the newly revised Disneyland.com Web site was missing the illustration of the Maliboomer. A sharp-eyed reader pointed out that the S.S. Rustworthy was also absent from the map, and someone else shared that this new park map—sans Maliboomer—had actually first been distributed in the media kit at last month's World of Color press event. It's been an open secret that the Maliboomer would not be part of the new DCA, especially after the ride was notably omitted from the "fun map" posted in the Blue Sky Cellar last year and plastered on construction walls around Paradise Pier during the World of Color construction, but Disney has yet to make an official announcement about its plans to remove the ride.

Now the ride is back—at least on Disney's Web site. Sometime last week, a new version of the DCA map was posted to the site, this time with the Maliboomer back in place. As MousePlanet's Alex Stroup pointed out, the "new" map also shows the Golden Zephyr with two tops, the Silly Symphony Swings passing through California Screamin', a new second story for Pizza Oom Mow Mow and dueling tracks for Mulholland Madness—so clearly the image is still a work in progress. Meanwhile, Disney is still not commenting on its future plans for the Maliboomer, though Paradise Pier attractions cast members say they expect the ride to close forever on Tuesday, September 7, the same day the neighboring Pizza Oom Mow Mow closes for a major renovation project. Just for fun, here are the three versions of the DCA map.


Last week, the Maliboomer was missing in action. Image from Disneyland.com


This week, the Maliboomer is back in place, but the rest of Paradise Pier has had an extreme makeover. Image from Disneyland.com


The stylized "Fun Map" made it clear that the Maliboomer would not be part of the new DCA. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Local 11 takes to the streets again

The main road outside of Disneyland was closed for about 45 minutes Monday night, on the eve of the Major League Baseball All-Star Parade and Game, due to a protest by UNITE Here Local 11. This action, dubbed the "1,000-Mickey March" by event organizers, was the second demonstration the union—representing approximately 2,300 bellmen, dishwashers, room attendants, and cooks at the Disneyland Resort hotels—staged last week in its ongoing contract dispute with Disney. Union representative Leigh Shelton said in a written statement that 800 people participated in the rally, while a Disney spokesman put the number at about 450.

Following the protest, Disney issued a statement that read:

"It is unfortunate that Local 11 continues to focus its energy on protesting rather ensuring its members have the security of a contract. In the two and a half years that Local 11 members have been working without a contract, the company has negotiated nine collective bargaining agreements that include yearly pay raises and affordable health care with 27 local unions, representing more than 11,500 cast members, demonstrating our success in building relationships with union leaders and working with them for the betterment of our cast."

The press release issued by Local 11 included the statement, "Demonstrators will urge companies like Aramark, which staffs Angel Stadium and the Convention Center, to agree to fair contracts with affordable benefits and avoid a messy labor dispute like the one that has plagued Disney for more than two years." This gives some insight into the motivation for this renewed schedule of demonstrations against Disney, which started with a one-day "strike" by some hotel workers Sunday afternoon.

About 2,000 employees of Aramark, which runs food service concessions at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (formerly Anaheim Stadium), the Anaheim Convention Center, and the Honda Center, are either also working without a contract (as are the Disney workers represented by the same union), or have contracts that expire this month. I've previously written about the financial situation facing Local 11 if Disney succeeds in pulling its workers out of the union-administered health care plan, and the union most certainly cannot afford to lose another 2,000 people if Aramark follows suit. If Aramark is waiting for Disney to settle its contract with Local 11 before attempting  to negotiate its own three contracts, Local 11 is under even more pressure. Local 11 is already locked in a contentious dispute with Disney, so it's easier to make Disney the official target of these demonstrations, but to do so in a time and place (in front of the Anaheim Convention Center, during the MLB All- Star Fan Fest) where Aramark can't help but see what type of action the union could focus on them if they choose.

MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat

Foolish mortals, is MouseAdventure actually hosting another West Coast event this year? Or is it your imagination, hmmm? Join us this Halloween at Disneyland for our second Holiday event—MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat. Scare up a few friends and join us for a swinging wake as you try to solve chilling challenges throughout Disneyland park.

  • Date: Sunday, October 17
  • Time: TBA
  • Park: Disneyland
  • Divisions: Basic and Family
  • Cost: $70 per team of 2 to 4 people
  • Registration opens: Tuesday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat will be a similar format to last year's Reindeer Games event. Teams start in the Paradise Pier ballroom as usual, and have until late afternoon to solve our dastardly collection of quests. There is no post-event award ceremony; results are announced a few days after the event, with winning teams receiving a prize package of terrific treats shipped directly to the team captain.

Note: MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat begin after CHOC Walk has ended so that Team MousePlanet walkers can participate in both events. If you have yet to register for CHOC Walk, consider warming up for MouseAdventure with a casual 5K stroll through the Disneyland Resort, and help support a very worthy charity. This is also the same weekend as the MousePlanet Night at Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday, October 15.

For the latest information about upcoming MouseAdventure events, be sure to register for our MouseAdventure Newsletter (link), follow @MouseAdventure on Twitter, or become a fan at Facebook (link).

Resort Construction Update

While demolition work continues on the Disneyland Hotel's Wonder tower, a few MousePlanet readers have expressed continued hope that the beautiful waterfalls outside the tower can be saved. Reader Imaginears has been most vocal about the planned destruction of the waterfalls, and has launched an online effort to encourage like-minded folks to ask Disney to save the waterfalls. In his post in the Operation Save "Wonder" tower Waterfall! thread on our MousePad discussion boards, reader Tomorrowlander shared an image overlaying Disney's rendering of the hotel's new pool area onto a current map of the property, and says, "You can see how they originally planned to keep the waterfalls... as the new plans just barely touch on exactly where the koi ponds and waterfall are." Imaginears and Tomorrowlander hope that enough complaints from Disneyland regulars will prompt Disney to revise their plan, and perhaps incorporate the existing waterfalls into the new recreation complex.


Demolition continues on the Wonder tower of the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


Demolition continues on the Wonder tower of the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

To enhance your weekly dose of Little Mermaid construction photos, check out last week's Los Angeles Times article by Brady MacDonald, which features a scene-by-scene description of the new ride (link).


Construction continues on the Little Mermaid attraction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


Construction continues on the Little Mermaid attraction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


Construction continues on the Little Mermaid attraction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

There's not much to say about Cars Land—there's still a big dirt lot; the prototype Radiator Springs Racers ride vehicle is still making slow laps around a small track; the berm wall is still growing taller; and... that's about it. Those who are thoroughly sick of construction photos can rejoice in the fact that the berm wall will soon be complete, blocking the view of much of the construction site for a while.


Foundation work can be spotted inside Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


The steel wall was bad enough, but new tarps really block the view of Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


The building behind the wall is starting to take shape inside Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

This and That...

...MousePlanet reader brassplayer shared this sad news with us this weekend:

While July 17 is typically a day of celebration for Disneyland fans, I would like to report one sad event that occurred yesterday: The passing of Jane Ethridge Correa. While Jane's name might not be familiar to most, anyone who has visited Disneyland has probably heard her sing. Jane is the featured female soloist on the Fantasmic soundtrack. She also sings the lovely duet during the show's "Princess Medley". Additionally, Jane spent some time as a DL CM performing the role of Snow White.

Jane leaves behind a husband and four children. The next time you see Fantasmic, if you can spare a thought for this wonderful performer, I know her family would appreciate it. I'm so glad that her beautiful voice will continue to delight Disneyland visitors for years to come. Godspeed, my friend.

...Disneyland Hotel cast members were notified last week that Hook's Point, the Lost Bar and Crocs Bits 'n' Bites will close on August 1 to prepare for the start of the planned refurbishment of the hotel's central pool and dining complex.

...If you missed David Koenig's column last week, be sure to see what he has to say about the possibility that walkaround Marvel superheroes characters may make their first Disney theme park appearances at Disneyland this Halloween. David also reports on a possible future for Disneyland's Candlelight Processional.

...Disneyland is hosting several merchandise events next weekend, including the Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow book signing by Ridley Pearson, and the "Sizzling Summer Sale" for passholders and Disney Vacation Club members at the World of Disney store, both on Saturday, July 24. Additional details are in the July issue of the merchandise newsletter at our MousePad discussion board.

...If you'll be at the Disneyland Resort this week, don't forget that Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is closed July 19 to 23 for refurbishment.

...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

Disney's California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

Construction-related closures:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is closed through August 15 to allow construction of a more permanent route between the two lands.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mowclosed September 7, 2010 - May 24, 2011 for conversion to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.

Downtown Disney

  • None at this time.

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.


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).

Summer

  • Summer Nightastic! at the Disneyland Resort – Daily, June 11 to Aug. 29. The summer promotion includes Fantasmic and the "Magical" fireworks show in Disneyland, plus the new World of Color show. DCA has extended park hours to 11:00 p.m. and added a third World of Color show on most nights since the show opened.
  • Vinylmation Signings at D Street – July 25; August 7 (trunk show), 14 & 21; September 11 (link).
  • Sizzling Summer Sale at the World of Disney Store – July 24, 2010, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (link).
  • Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow book signing by Ridley Pearson – Saturday, July 24, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (link).
  • 3rd annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefitting CHOC Children's – August 12, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. (link).

Fall

  • 5th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 3–5. Registration is now closed.
  • 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).
  • Vinylmation Signing at D Street – September 11 (link).
  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 17-October 31
  • Destination D – September 24 & 25 at the Disneyland Resort (link). Open only to D23 members, tickets will be available this summer.
  • 13th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – October 1–3. 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. (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.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 31. Advance-purchase tickets are on sale now for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders via the AP section of Disneyland.com; Disney Visa Card holders and Disney Vacation Club members can also purchase tickets by phone by calling 714-781-4000. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 16 via Disneyland.com.
  • MousePlanet Night at Mickey's Halloween Party (unofficial event) – Friday, October 15. Come meet your fellow MousePlanet readers and start your trick-or-treating off right with some MousePlanet goodies. Be sure to stop by our MousePad discussion board to let us know if you plan to attend so we can have enough treats for everyone!
  • 2010 CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park Sunday, October 17. Mark your calendars and come join Team MousePlanet as we help raise funds for Children's Hospital Orange County in its annual charity walk through the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open. If you'd like more information, visit the Team MousePlanet discussion to chat with other participants

2011

  • West Coast 2-night "Cruise to Nowhere" on the Disney WonderJanuary 21-23. Nearly 60 MousePlanet readers and staff members have booked this weekend getaway, the first West Coast Disney Cruise for 2011. For more information about this cruise, visit our MousePad discussion boards or contact your favorite travel agent. If you've already booked, please add your name to the roll call!
  • Spring 2011 MouseAdventure – no details yet. Visit MouseAdventure.com to sign up for our newsletter.
  • D23 Expo – August 19-21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center (link). Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 go on sale August 19, 2010.

Come out and play with MousePlanet!

Would you like to meet your fellow readers and MousePlanet staff? Come join us for one of our community events!


3rd annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefitting CHOC Children's – August 12, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. (link). A night of food, wine and spirits from most of the Downtown Disney restaurants with live entertainment, free valet parking and the opportunity to help out an outstanding local charity. Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds benefit CHOC Children's. If you'll be attending, please let us know on our MousePad discussion board (link).


Are You Game? Join us in Walt Disney World on Saturday, October 9 for our second edition of MouseAdventure: World Explorers. The event will be held in Disney's Animal Kingdom park. Registration is now open. For more information, visit our MouseAdventure page, or join the conversation on MousePad.


Trick or Treat! MousePlanet is hosting an unofficial "MousePlanet Night at Mickey's Halloween Party" on Friday, October 15. This casual meet is hosted by MousePlanet staff and MousePad Community Leaders. Join the discussion and get more information on MousePad. If you're planning to attend, be sure to let us know so we can have enough treats for everyone!


CHOCWalk with MousePlanet – Sunday, October 17. Mark your calendars and come join Team MousePlanet as we help raise funds for Children's Hospital Orange County in their annual charity walk through the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open. If you'd like more information, visit the Team MousePlanet discussion to chat with other participants. There are several ways you can help!

  • Walk with Team MousePlanet– register to walk with us at the October 17th 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).

MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat Join us on Sunday, October 17 for our second edition of MouseAdventure: Holiday at Disneyland park. Registration opens Tuesday, September 27 at 9am (PDT). For the latest information about upcoming MouseAdventure events, be sure to register for our MouseAdventure Newsletter (link), follow @MouseAdventure on Twitter, or become a fan at Facebook (link).


Come Sail Away! Join nearly 70 MousePlanet readers, community leaders and staff members on a 2-night West coast "Cruise to Nowhere" on board the Disney Wonder, January 21-23, 2011. For more information about this cruise, visit our MousePad discussion boards or contact your favorite travel agent. If you've already booked, please add your name to the roll call!


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

    No discounts currently available to the general public. Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any discounts are available through them.

    Two Day Park Hopper - Regularly $151/$131

    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

    3-Day Summer Fun Pass ($108) and 3-Day Summer Fun PLUS Pass ($129) – The 2010 3-Day Summer Fun Pass is $108, $9 more expensive than the 2009 version, and offers Southern California residents (ZIP Codes 90000–93599) and Northern Baja California residents (ZIP Codes 21000–22999) three one-day admissions to either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure within a 45 day period. The ticket is the same price for adults and children. Unlike the 2009 offer, this base ticket is NOT a park hopper, and allows admission to only one park per day. For an additional $21 per person, you can upgrade the Summer Fun Pass to a Summer Fun PLUS Pass, a 3-day Park Hopper ticket that allows admission to both parks each day.

    Both tickets have a 45-day "fuse," (instead of the usual 13- or 30-day limit), giving you more time to plan your return visits, but have more block out dates than last year: July 2-4 and August 22-23. The first use of the pass must be between June 11 and August 29, 2010. The Summer Pass can be purchased at www.disneyland.com, the Disneyland Resort box office, Disney Stores, Disneyland Resort Hotels, and a variety of southern California supermarkets and retail chains, including Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros., Food 4 Less, Gelson’s and Deardens.

    Disney states that "resident ID is required," but MousePlanet readers who purchased these tickets from off-property retailers last year consistently reported that they were not required to provide proof of residency at the time of purchase. However, be aware that Disneyland Resort Main Gate cast members can—and may—require proof of residency when you first use the tickets. Whether this will happen to you is an oft-debated topic on our MousePad discussion boards, but we feel it would be irresponsible for us to not at least make our readers aware of the "official" policy, regardless of what the park's actual practice may be.

    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

    Costco 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($199) A special offer for Costco members who are also residents of Southern California, this ticket is currently not sold online but must be purchased in Costco stores. Unlike most other park hopper tickets, this ticket has no "fuse" - you can use the first admission today, and have until May 31, 2011 to use the remaining admission days before the ticket expires. The ticket is blocked out August 22-23 and the entire period between Dec 15, 2010 - Jan 1, 2011, and has an "upgrade value" of $151.

    The ticket states 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 ($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

    5-Day Park Hopper® Bonus Ticket for the Price of 3 Days ($184/$154) Disneyland's Summer Park Hopper Bonus ticket offer includes two days free and one Magic Morning admission. These tickets are valid for use from May 1, 2010 thru September 30, 2010. The tickets are NOT available at the Resort ticket booths, you must pre-purchase from the Disneyland Web site.

    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

    6-Day Park Hopper® Bonus Ticket for the Price of 3 Days ( $199/$169) Disneyland's Summer Park Hopper Bonus ticket offer includes two days free and one Magic Morning admission. These tickets are valid for use from May 1, 2010 thru September 30, 2010. The tickets are NOT available at the Resort ticket booths, you must pre-purchase from the Disneyland Web site.

    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 for new purchases. Southern California residents can take advantage of the monthly-payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

    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 on-site 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 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 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

Mouse Ears Vacations
www.mouseearvacations.com

Small World Vacations
www.smallworldvacations.com

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

MousePlanet Special Events:

7/18 7/19 7/20 7/21

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8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1

9/2

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Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

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

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



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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix (@MousePlanetAVP) is an original MousePlanet staffer and manages to find time for all of this while running two retail stores, MouseShoppe and CharmingShoppe.