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Disneyland Resort raises prices; introduces new ticket | ElecTRONica | Goofy's Sky School and other DCA news | David Koenig reports | 3rd annual Taste of Downtown Disney | Resort Construction Update | This and That...

Disneyland Resort raises prices; introduces new ticket


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Mark Goldhaber wrote about the Disneyland's annual price increase last week in his MousePlanet Blog.

The Disneyland Resort has announced its annual price hike, shifting the days slightly to announce on a Tuesday with an effective date of Thursday, instead of the Friday/Sunday dates used recently. The cost of a one-day, one-park ticket is now $76 for adults and $68 for children ages 3-9. The new prices were effective Thursday, August 5.

A new pass type, the two-day, single park pass, gets a price tag $10 less than the two-day Parkhopper pass. This pass is valid at one park each day; you can use both admissions at Disneyland, both a Disney's California Adventure, or spend one day at each park.

Annual passports jumped quite a bit for the second time this year, with the cost of the Premium Annual Passport climbing $20 to $459. Deluxe passes are up $30 to $329, or $428 with parking. Southern California Annual Passes are up $30 to $239, while SoCal Select Passes are up $15 to $184. Parking is a $99 add-on to all passes except for the Premium and Premier passes, where it is included. The Premier Pass (valid at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts) appears to be price-stable for now at $700.

By announcing ticket price increases at the beginning of August, Disney gains two benefits: It provides a nice last-minute boost to the fiscal fourth-quarter earnings (Disney's fiscal year ends at the end of September), and it puts the new prices out there in time for the publication cycle for guide books and for the start of booking for the following year's packages. With the new prices in effect, look for resort prices to be set this this weekend so that booking can be opened for all 2011 travel packages.

Schedule of Disneyland Ticket Prices
Ticket New Adult Price (Ages 10 and up) New Child Price (Ages 3-9)
One day, one park $76 ($4 increase) $68 ($6 increase)
One-day Parkhopper $101 ($4 increase) $91 ($4 increase)
Two-day, single park $151 (new pass type!) $136 (new pass type!)
Two-day Parkhopper $161 ($10 increase) $146 ($15 increase)
Three-day Parkhopper $206 ($2 increase) $185 ($11 increase)
Four-day Parkhopper $231 ($2 increase) $199 ($5 increase)
Five-day Parkhopper $251 ($2 increase) $219 ($5 increase)
Six-day Parkhopper $256 ($2 increase) $230 ($6 increase)


All four Disneyland-only Annual Passports increased in price by $15-$30:
• Southern California Select: $184 ($20 increase)
• Southern California: $239 ($30 increase)
• Deluxe: $329 ($30 increase)
• Premium: $459 ($15 increase)
• Premiere: $700 (No increase)
• Parking Add On: $99 ($20 increase)

In addition to the jump in admission prices Mark noted, the rate for parking has increased another dollar, to $15 for a car.

The new Annual Passport pricing changes the calculation for Deluxe Passholders looking to renew their passes. Not only is the Deluxe pass now $30 more expensive, but the parking add-on is now $20 higher. A Deluxe passport with the parking add-on is now $428, just $31 less than purchasing the Premium AP. Given the additional merchandise and food discounts offered to Premium Annual Passholders, frequent visitors may find that the higher-level pass is actually a better value. Another benefit of the Premium pass is having no blockout dates, where the Deluxe pass still comes with 50 blockout dates.

While at one time most smart passholders avoided the blockout days regardless of whether their pass was valid or not, the increasing number of Southern California and Southern California Select passholders in recent years has really changed the landscape of the park. Where it used to be that holidays and summer weekends (blocked out for all but the Premiere pass) saw the most crowds, the biggest crowds are now often seen on those days where the two lower passports are not blocked out—as anyone who visited on the last four days before the SoCal passes were blocked out for the summer can attest. If you're in the market for a new or renewal Deluxe pass in 2010-2011, you should run the numbers to see which pass is best for you.

Also interesting is the price increase difference between adult and child tickets. Both the absolute dollar increase and the percentage increase are higher for the child tickets; in some cases the child ticket increase is six times that of their parents.The adult price of a two-day parkhopper ticket went up $10, but the child ticket price went up $15. For the three-day hopper, adult tickets went up $2 but child tickets are up $11. Looking at percentages, that adult two-day parkhopper ticket is 6.7 percent higher now, but the child price is up 11.5 percent. For the three-day hopper, adult tickets went up by barely 1 percent, but child tickets are up 6.3 percent.

If you didn't purchase tickets before the price increase, you may still be able to find a travel agent or ticket reseller offering passes at the old prices. Check Get Away Travel, ARES Travel or your local AAA office to see if they've yet raised their advertised prices. You may also be able to take advantage of the special offers detailed in our Discounts and Promotions section below.

ElecTRONica

Disney is casting for a new Tron show in Disney California Adventure park. According to the Disney Auditions Web site (link),  the show is a "new nighttime celebration at the Disneyland Resort in support of the opening of the new Disney feature Tron: Legacy. Dancers will perform on stages outside in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and main entrance areas at Disney California Adventure park." Rehearsal starts in early September. A cast member tells us the show's working title is "ElecTRONica," a Tron-theme replacement for the Glow Fest dance party that closes at DCA on August 22.


The new Tron movie was prominently featured at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Photo by Frank Anzalone.

Tron: Legacy opens December 17, and there has been much speculation that ElecTRONica might also include installations of the Flynn's Arcade set that Walt Disney Pictures displayed at San Diego's Comic-Con in 2009 and 2010. Kotaku.com has a nice photo gallery of the Flynn's Arcade set up from the 2009 Comic-Con in San Diego (link), and Gamespot.com has a video from the 2010 installation (link).


At Comic-Con, Disney put on display a full-sized model of the new Tron: Legacy light cycle. Only two light cycles exist, and have been made for the upcoming science fiction movie. The cycles were very detailed, and was a big hit with attendees. Photo by Frank Anzalone.

Goofy's Sky School and other DCA news

October 11 is your last opportunity to take a ride on DCA's Mulholland Madness before the ride closes for transformation into Goofy's Sky School. The refurbishment is mostly cosmetic, with new billboards and flat sets being installed onto the existing ride. The ride vehicles will receive additional details to make them resemble "whimsical aeroplanes," and the whole thing is set to reopen April 21, 2011. Disney says the attraction's new theme is inspired by the 1940 cartoon short, “Goofy’s Glider,” and released a video to promote the new ride.

The Blue Sky Cellar contains concept art from the new ride, showing the scene progression and a rendering of the new ride vehicles.


According to the notes on this drawing, the new image will be applied to an existing billboard. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The ride vehicles will be restyled to resemble "whimsical aeroplanes." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Riders will take several lessons from Goofy, including how to take off, and how to fly. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Final lessons: how to nose dive, and how to land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney also announced the September 7 closure of  the Bountiful Valley Farms area. The farm area itself will be bulldozed to make room for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, while the area between the farm and the Pacific Wharf area will become the new entrance into Cars Land.


The Bountiful Valley Farm will be demolished to make way for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Bountiful Valley Farm will be demolished to make way for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Bountiful Valley Farm will be demolished to make way for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Concept art published by Disney indicates that the Farmers Expo building will remain intact during the construction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Looking at concept art provided by Disney, it looks like the existing "barn" building will remain in place, but the current Farmers Market and Sam Andreas Shakes buildings will be demolished. It appears that the existing parade gate will be replaced with a Quonset hut-like structure, with the new entrance into Cars Land passing to the left.


A Disney rendering of the new entrance to Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new entrance to Cars Land will be to the left of the existing parade gate. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Finally, Disney has finally confirmed the closure of the Maliboomer, announcing last week that the ride's last day of operation is September 6. I originally reported in July that the ride had mysteriously vanished from a Disney-published map of Disney's California Adventure, and then just as mysteriously reappeared on the map a few days later. Now Disney has ended the speculation, confirming the September 7 closure date cast members have been sharing for weeks.

David Koenig reports

The same week that Fantasyland's new candy shop finally received a more enticing sign, David Koenig reports in his MousePlanet Blog that the location is due for another refurbishment.

Erstwhile toymaker Geppetto is getting out of the confectionary business. About 10 weeks ago, the former Disneyland toy store next door to Pinocchio’s Daring Journey stocked its shelves with prepackaged sweets and re-opened as Geppetto’s Candy Shoppe.

But this fall, the candy will be cleared out to help promote the November 24 release of the animated "Tangled."

Cast members are hearing conflicting stories on exactly how the location will be used. Some have heard that the shop will become a Meet & Greet location for the face characters Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

“The second story,” a cast member shared, “is that the candy shop will be converted to selling 'Tangled' merchandise, and the empty, little-used extended Pinocchio queue will be converted to the Meet & Greet. We’ll have to wait and see which one pans out.”

Personally, I’d wager on the option that involves selling stuff.

Timing is about October 15—the day Rapunzel and Flynn Rider begin appearing at the Fantasyland Fairytale Garden at Orlando's Magic Kingdom.

David also reports that PUSH the trash can has returned to Disneyland

With the smash success of the World of Color water show, Disney California Adventure is allowing Orlando’s Magic Kingdom to keep the Electrical Parade indefinitely. And now DCA has decided it no longer has room for another entertainment offering it borrowed from Disneyland—PUSH, the talking trash can.

This past weekend, the radio-controlled robot returned to Disneyland. PUSH had been exiled to DCA about two years ago.

“You can now find him in Tomorrowland, near the entrance of Star Tours and Star Trader,” shared a cast member. The move was “partly due to all the construction work (at DCA), and the lack of atmosphere entertainment in Tomorrowland. He and his operator should be around until the end of the year.”

3rd annual Taste of Downtown Disney

Join MousePlanet staff and readers for the 3rd annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting CHOC Children's this Thursday, 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. The event is almost sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. If you'll be attending, please let us know on our MousePad discussion board (link). Update: CHOC has ended online sales for tickets to this event. Contact the CHOC Foundation office at 714.532.8690 for information and assistance. 

Team MousePlanet is also helping to raise funds for Children's Hospital Orange County by participating in CHOCWalk, the hospital's annual charity walk through the Disneyland Resort. The event is Sunday, October 17, and registration is now open. We currently have 32 people registered for the team, and we welcome all MousePlanet readers to join us. 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).

Resort Construction Update

The pending start of the Disneyland Hotel courtyard renovation project has some readers concerned about their upcoming visits. The construction walls will go up around new construction site, which incorporates the entire complex between the existing Neverland pool area and the Wonder tower, the morning of August 16. The Cove Pool will close at this time, as will the fitness center. The laundry facility has already closed. The existing Neverland pool area will not close until the new pool area is open; there will always be a pool open at the Disneyland Hotel with the possible exception of a brief one- or two-day period when they have to move the walls before opening the new pool.


The Disneyland Hotel dining complex is slated for renovation starting next week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


The Jungle Cruise radio-control boats have been removed, and most of the set dismantled. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Construction continues on the Wonder Tower, and the new windows have been installed on many of the remodeled rooms. For those readers who are concerned about the impact construction will have on their stay at the Disneyland Hotel, my best advice is to request a room in the Dreams or Magic towers, and, unless you really want a view of the construction site (in which case, please send photos!), don't pay extra for a "pool view" room.


New windows are already in place on much of the Wonder Tower. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

As I mentioned last week, the construction walls around the entrance of Tower of Terror were removed, and a new section of the trolley track is now visible.


The Tower of Terror main entrance and Fastpass machines are open again. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A new section of the Red Car tracks is visible. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A welder is working on the Little Mermaid attraction building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...Due to the construction of the Disneyland Hotel courtyard, the guest laundry at the Disneyland Hotel will be closed starting Friday night (August 6). The location will reopen the night of October 1st. Guests staying at the Disneyland Hotel will be allowed to use the laundry facility at the Paradise Pier Hotel during the renovation.

...While DCA officially opens at 10, the park's main entrance gates open 30 minutes early most days, and Soarin' Over California is usually open for early arrivals to enjoy before the rest of the park opens. Now Grizzly River Run will also open at 9:30 a.m. daily through Monday, September 6. This is really good news for hot days, especially considering that this ride's Fastpass machines are being used for World of Color ticket distribution.

...D23 is hosting a members-only "Friends and Family" Trading Day at Mickey's of Glendale, Walt Disney Imagineering's exclusive employee store on Saturday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Marty Sklar will be on hand to sign the new book Walt Disney Imagineering — A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. , and there will be exclusive D23 merchandise available for sale at the event. Information is available on the D23 Web site (link).

...Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen has launched a new N’awlins Brunch Fest complete with Bloody Mary Bar. The Disney Parks Blog says the brunch menu is offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays (link).

...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:

  • Toy Story Midway Mania!closed August 30 to October 10 for refurbishment.
  • Catch-a-Flaveclosed September 7–16 for refurbishment.
  • it's Tough to be a Bug!closed October 25-29 for refurbishment.

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 30, 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 30, 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 22 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.
  • Bountiful Valley Farmscloses permanently September 7, 2010 for construction of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
  • Maliboomercloses permanently September 7, 2010. The ride will be removed as part of the overall DCA renovation project.
  • Mulholland Madness – closed October 11, 2010 - April 20, 2011 for conversion to Goofy's Sky School.

Downtown Disney & Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Disneyland Hotel Guest Laundry – closed through September 30 due to construction. Hotel guests can use the laundry facility at Disney's Paradise Pier hotel during the refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Hotel Fitness Center – closed August 14 due to construction. 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.
  • Lost Bar, Croc's Bits 'n' Bites, Hook's Pointe and the Wine Cellar – closed. These four locations will be replaced by a new bar and fast casual restaurant during the Disneyland Hotel courtyard renovation project set to begin August 14. During construction, the only remaining bar at the Disneyland Hotel is the Lounge at Steakhouse 55, which has extended its operating hours, and will be closing at 1:30 a.m. nightly.

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 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 to 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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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 $76/$68

    One Day Park Hopper - Regularly $101/$91

    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, One Park Ticket - Regularly $151/$136

    Two Day Park Hopper - Regularly $161/$146

    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 $206/$185

    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 $231/$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 $251/$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 $256/$230

    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
    : $459
    Deluxe Annual Passport: $329
    Southern California Annual Passport: $239
    SoCal Select Annual Passport: $184
    Parking Add On: $99

    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

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www.mouseearvacations.com

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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:

8/08 8/09 8/10 8/11

8/12

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

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
8/15 8/16 8/17 8/18

8/19

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

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

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TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25

8/26

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

DCA: 10a-11p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p



TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC

MM / TT
8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1

9/2

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

DCA: 10a-11p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-11p



MM

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT


DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-11p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p



TT


DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8

9/9

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

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC/DX

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-11p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
9/12 9/13 9/14 9/15

9/16

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

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22

9/23

9/24 9/25
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
9/26 9/27 9/28 9/29

9/30

10/1 10/2
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

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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.