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Two new parades to debut in California; Electrical Parade to remain in WDW for now | World of Color for Fall | Disney clarifies Halloween Party details | Disneyland Hotel courtyard construction | Ticket prices to go up | Resort Construction Update | This and That...

Two new parades to debut in California; Electrical Parade to remain in WDW for now


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First, the complaint: Walt Disney World is keeping the Electrical Parade. Oh, we knew it was going to happen—Florida isn't exactly known for returning the things they borrow from Disneyland in a timely manner (like Walt's Office, which was loaned to WDW for a "temporary exhibit" in 2001 and never returned)—but last week's announcement in the Disney Parks Blog that Disney's Electrical Parade would begin an open-ended run once Summer Nightastic ends on August 14 just served to confirm what we knew would happen when those floats were shipped cross-country earlier this year.

At least they haven't cut the floats in half and made a stage show out of them like they did for Disneyland's Lion King Parade. Yet.

While Florida fans (and most of our East Coast-based MousePlanet staff members) may be gloating about keeping Disneyland's signature parade a while longer, California fans are rejoicing over another piece of parade news. The Disney Parks bloggers announced last Friday hat Celebrate: A Street Parade is leaving Disneyland sometime in 2011 (link). True, that wasn't the actual headline, but by revealing concept art for the new Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, Disney confirmed that the much-maligned "not a parade" will be moving on.


Mickey’s Soundsational Parade will debut in 2011. Concept art (c) Disney.

According to Disney, the new parade is "an explosive music festival with thrilling rhythms and bold percussion that will bring to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films." The floats will feature live musicians, drummers and dancers, including characters like Mickey Mouse who will "play live and will encourage members of the crowd to join a giant jam session." The concept art shows what appears to be five floats and four drum-shaped stage units. The drawing is described as showing things that may appear in the final parade, so some elements may not be as shown here. Brady MacDonald at the Los Angeles Times offers his float-by-float interpretation of the concept art in this article (link).

Disney says the new offering will "stomp, clang and drum its way to Disneyland Park next year," but a Resort spokesperson was unable to give any official dates of when Mickey’s Soundsational Parade will begin—or when Celebrate: A Street Parade will leave. I guess Disneyland fans can also take comfort in knowing that Walt Disney World appears to be keeping their own version of Celebrate: A Street Party for now.

Over in Disney California Adventure park, a new show is in the works to replace High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here! Right Now! The Disney Parks Blog says the show has yet to be named, but a posting on the Disney Auditions Web site listed openings for two shows, Disney Channel Rocks!, described as "a contemporary rock concert-style show celebrating the great music of the Disney Channel," and Disney Dance Crew, described as "a hip, contemporary dance show in the mold of 'America’s Best Dance Crew' and 'So You Think You Can Dance'."

The new concert show is expected to debut at Disney California Adventure park and Florida's Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Friday, October 22. High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here! Right Now! will have its final performance at Disney California Adventure park on Sunday, October 17.

World of Color for Fall

The new park hours and entertainment schedule for Disney California Adventure shows that World of Color will continue nightly performances even after the summer crowds leave. Starting Tuesday, September 7, there will be a single performance at 8:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and two performances (9 and 10:15) Fridays through Sundays.

As has become the norm when discussing the World of Color, the flow of official information within Disney itself seems to be inconsistent. The 8:15 p.m. show was added to the online entertainment calendar at the Disneyland Web site on Tuesday, but the park hours calendar still showed the park closing at the usual 6:00 p.m. That was corrected the next day, but the Disney Dine Line could not say of the World of Color dining packages would be offered after September 6. By Friday, the Dine Line was accepting reservations for World of Color packages at the Wine Country Trattoria through September 23, but still could not book reservations at Ariel's Grotto for dates beyond September 6. A cast member said all details should be finalized this week. We've heard nothing official about the future of the World of Color picnic option, but there's absolutely not reason to think that Disney would discontinue this offering, especially once the show drops from three nightly performances to just one.

Due to overwhelming demand from our readers, we assembled MousePlanet's Guide to the World of Color, a comprehensive explanation of the variety of ticketing, dining and viewing options associated with this show. If you're planning a visit to see World of Color, this guide should help you save time, money and hassle.


A test pattern is projected on the Walt Disney Concert Hall prior to last week's World of Color Road Show production. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Reader disneylandkitty alerted us to a new World of Color contest, presented by Coca-Cola and Ralphs (a Southern California brand of the Kroger grocery stores). The Color Palette Sweepstakes is open to Southern California residents only, and offers prizes ranging from a free downloadable World of Color computer wallpaper image to Southern California Select Annual Passports. You can also win one-day park hopper tickets or Ralphs Grocery Store gift certificates, and 400 winners will each receive four tickets to a private party and reserved viewing of World of Color on September 10, 2010. You can enter once a day through August 5, 2010 (link).

Disney also wrapped up the World of Color Road Show this weekend with an installation at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. The show was projected onto the exterior of the building Thursday and Friday night, and repeated online Saturday and Sunday. If you didn't catch it online, we have video from the production.

Disney clarifies Halloween Party details

I wrote in last week's Disneyland Resort Update about the confusing information Disney has published about this year's Halloween Party, with different pages of the official Disneyland site providing different—and in some cases contradictory—information about such basic issues about when the event tickets are valid and what type of entertainment will be offered.

MousePlanet asked Disney to clarify some of these issues and answer questions posed by readers. Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Betsy Sanchez responded to our request, and confirmed that the event information posted in last week's Update was correct. To recap:

Admission: Guests who have:

  • Purchased a Halloween Party ticket can enter Disneyland before the official start of the party:
    • On Tuesdays when the party starts at 6:00 p.m., valid party ticketholders can enter at 3:00 p.m.
    • On Fridays and Halloween when the party starts at 7:00 p.m., valid party ticketholders can enter at 4:00 p.m.
  • Not purchased a Halloween Party ticket will not be allowed to remain in the park after it officially closes to the public.

Costumes for the Party: Adults with valid event tickets may enter Disneyland in costume

  • On Tuesdays, at 3:00 p.m.
  • On Fridays and Halloween, at 4:00 p.m.

If you're spending the day at Disneyland and also hold a valid ticket to that night's event, you'll have to wait until 3:00 or 4:00 to don your costume.

Entertainment: Halloween Screams fireworks are "exclusive" to Mickey's Halloween Party, and Disney will only present the show on event nights. On Saturday and Sunday nights (except on Halloween night, when there is a Halloween Party event), Disneyland will present the Remember... Dreams Come True fireworks show.

It also appears that all of the conflicting information on the Disneyland Web site was removed or corrected. If you have any questions about the event, join the conversation already in progress on our MousePad discussion boards (link).

Disneyland Hotel courtyard construction

If you're mourning the upcoming demolition of the waterfalls in the Disneyland Hotel courtyard, you have two more weeks to visit them one last time before the water is turned off on Saturday, August 14. After reading our Farewell Photo Tour last Friday, MousePlanet reader Mitch Korsmoe shared these two beautiful night photos of the waterfall area.


The Disneyland Hotel waterfalls are lovely by night. Photo by Mitch Korsmoe.

The Lost Bar and Croc's Bits 'n' Bites closed their windows for the last time Sunday night, and workers will spend the next two weeks removing equipment from the restaurants, we as well as emptying the Game Arcade and removing the Jungle Cruise radio control boats. Construction walls will go up around the entire construction site the morning of August 16.


The Disneyland Hotel waterfalls are lovely by night. Photo by Mitch Korsmoe.

Though the hotel's fitness center will not be demolished during this refurbishment project, the construction will render the facility inaccessible at times. During these times, the fitness center equipment will be relocated to one of the hotel meeting rooms; the front desk will give you the most recent information as you check in.

The Orange County Register wrote about the closure of the waterfalls last Friday (link), and the efforts of some fans to ask Disney to reconsider the decision to replace the area with a grass lawn.

Ticket prices to go up

Disneyland regulars know that the annual ticket price increase was announced the first weekend of August for the past several years, but it seems the Resort broke with tradition and will announce the new pricing at the same time Walt Disney World releases their new rates this week. We've been told that the new rates will go into effect on Thursday, August 5, and that details will likely be released sometime on Tuesday.

A Walt Disney Travel Company cast member asked us (unofficially) to tell our readers that they won't have any specifics until the new rates are released on the Disney World and Disneyland Web sites. It seems their offices received quite a few calls about the pending price increase after it was mentioned in this column last Monday, but they have no additional information to share. We'll post the new rate structure as soon as we receive the information—check this article later this week for any updates.

This delay gives you an extra few days to purchase tickets for any upcoming trips at the lower rates. Most regular Park Hopper tickets purchased via Disneyland.com are valid now through January 3, 2011, but be sure to double check for yourself before you buy. This is also a good time to purchase a new Annual Passport or AP gift voucher at the lower rates, or to renew your existing AP if your pass expires in the next 30 days. Again, visit the Disneyland Web site for specific details and exclusions before you purchase.

Resort Construction Update

Star Tours closed last week for refurbishment and addition of elements for Star Tours 2.0. The ride is expected to "relaunch" in May 2011 (we're hearing May 20), and a cast member who looked inside the attraction queue on Thursday said that the C-3P0 and R2-D2 figures had already been removed, along with the oversize Starspeeder model. Over in Fantasyland, it's very hard to tell if any work has been done to the Alice in Wonderland attraction following the safety-related closure David Koenig wrote about last week, because the entire site is surrounded by construction scaffolding and a double layer of mesh tarps.


No tours to Endor today. Star Tours is closed until May for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Any work being performed on the Alice in Wonderland ride is concealed by a double layer of tarps. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

In DCA, construction walls have gone up around Burger Invasion, and work to dismantle the former restaurant's exterior should begin shortly. The berm wall around Cars Land just keeps growing, and tarps covering the west side now effectively block the view of the Radiator Springs Racers construction site from the Fun Wheel. Some exterior walls of the front of the Little Mermaid building have been insulated, which means the facing material can't be far behind. If you glance over the construction wall, you can see that the wall which will house the entrance mural has been installed.


Burger Invasion is behind walls, and the buildings facade should be removed soon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Sometimes there's not much more to say than "here's the wall this week; my isn't it getting bigger?" Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A welder works on a new piece of the Little Mermaid attraction exterior. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The insulation means we should see the exterior surface of this section installed fairly soon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...The Tower of Terror Fastpass machines reopened in Disney California Adventure last Friday, as did the attraction's front entrance gate. The area was closed due to construction of the connector between Bug's Land and Tower of Terror, but the machines reopened ahead of schedule.

...Ted Bradpiece from Two Bears Travel alerted us that Disney released a block of staterooms for the previously sold out  2-night West Coast "Cruise to Nowhere" on board the Disney Wonder, January 21-23, 2011. Nearly 70 MousePlanet readers, community leaders and staff members are booked on this sailing—come join us! 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.

...MousePlanet reader JerrodDRagon posted a backstage photo of the new costumes for California Screamin' cast members (link). The costumes are similar but more brightly colored than the version worn by Toy Story Midway mania operators; reader OlegC described the look as "Seaside Victorian."

...Disneyland's Newsstand is the latest merchandise location to offer bottled beverages for sale. The location offers Coca-Cola soft drinks and Monster energy drinks at $3 to $4 each. The good news is that, unlike most Outdoor Vending locations, Annual Passholder and Cast Member discounts apply if your total is $10 or more.

...Registration is now open for MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat, to be held on Sunday, October 17 (link). Scare up a few friends and join us for a swinging wake as you try to solve chilling challenges throughout Disneyland park. 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).

...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

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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.
  • 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 August 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 – August 7 (trunk show), 14 & 21; September 11 (link).
  • 3rd annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting 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 to October 31
  • Destination D – September 24 & 25 at the Disneyland Resort. Open only to D23 members, tickets are now available (link).
  • 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.
  • MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat Sunday, October 17. Registration opens Tuesday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. PDT (link).

Winter

  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 12, 2010 to January 3, 2011.

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!
  • Sixth annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival April 29–June 12. No additional details are available at this time.
  • 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.

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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 benefiting 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 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 (i.e., 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 California Adventure. This offer is valid only at the Main Gate rental location between Disneyland and Disney 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 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:

8/01 8/02 8/03 8/04

8/05

8/06 8/07
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DCA: 10a-11p

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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MM / TT
8/08 8/09 8/10 8/11

8/12

8/13 8/14
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DL: 8a-12a

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8/15 8/16 8/17 8/18

8/19

8/20 8/21
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25

8/26

8/27 8/28
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DCA: 10a-11p



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DCA: 10a-11p

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

9/2

9/3 9/4
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DCA: 10a-11p



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9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8

9/9

9/10 9/11
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DCA: 10a-10p

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9/12 9/13 9/14 9/15

9/16

9/17 9/18
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

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DCA: 10a-8p



TT

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DCA: 10a-8p



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9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22

9/23

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DCA: 10a-10p

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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.