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Update for September 13 – 20, 2010

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The new DCA: wall-to-wall walls | World of Color schedule | Here comes HalloweenTime | More Resort construction | This and That...

Disney Construction Adventure: wall-to-wall walls

After a spin on the Golden Zephyr last week, a perky ride operator bid farewell to our group, saying, "Enjoy the rest of your day in Disney's Construction Adventure" (apparently nobody told her Disney had dropped the possessive " 's " from the park's name earlier this year). An out-of-state family, sharing a trip around Mickey's Fun Wheel with me Friday afternoon, asked when the rest of the park would open. It was their first visit to DCA, and they were under the impression the park was brand-new, and only partially open because of all the construction walls in the park. Welcome to ConstructionTime at the Disneyland Resort, where the walls are the show.


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Last week, Disney set up a truly impressive expanse of constructions walls in Disney California Adventure, most of them themed with artwork for whatever new offering will replace whatever is currently being dismantled. As you enter DCA, you're greeted by a construction wall, dotted with the smiling faces of Mickey and friends, around the soon-to-be-removed Sun Icon. Turn left, and a construction wall at the end of Hollywood Blvd. advertises the Red Car line, while a cast member instructs you that the only way to get to the Tower of Terror is through Flik's Fun Fair.


The Sun Icon at the entrance to DCA will be removed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Follow those directions, and you encounter another long stretch of construction walls around the former Bountiful Valley Farms area, this time themed to the coming Cars Land area. Admittedly, the theme of these walls is pretty clever—they resemble a book of perforated souvenir postcards stretched out along the route. The effect works even better when you approach from Flik's Fun Fair, where the oversized postcards match the scale of the other decor elements in that land and thereby reinforce the perception that you've shrunk to bug size. There's a postcard for each of the three rides announced for Cars Land and for Flo's V8 Cafe, but no mention of some of the other food and merchandise locations, like Ramone's House of Body Art.


The long stretch of construction walls around Cars Land are decorated to look like a pack of oversized postcards. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A postcard for Luigi's Flying Tires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


"Eat at Flo's and get gas." Pepto-Bismol, anyone? Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A postcard advertises Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A long construction wall around the former farm area is decorated with advertisements for the coming Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Take a stroll around Paradise Pier to see the new construction walls around the former Pizza Oom Mow Mow/Burger Invasion complex, as well as a ring of walls around the base of the still-standing-but not-long-for-this-park Maliboomer. Those walls proudly declare that "Paradise Pier is Goin' Green," from which one could reasonably conclude that the ultimate expression of Disney's famous "Environmentality" pledge would simply be to level the entire park and replace it with vegetation. Another nearby sign explains that a "lush new park" built "just for you!" is scheduled to open in Summer 2011.


Pizza Oom Mow Mow and Burger Invasion are behind a construction wall advertising the two new dining options coming in 2011. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Paradise Pier is "Goin' Green" and building a new park on the site of the Maliboomer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Maliboomer is slowly being dismantled. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

There's even wall-related news of another kind back in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. The tall wall in front of Stage 12, constructed to hide the former Hollywood and Dine food court from guest view after the venue was shuttered, was removed last week in preparation for the ElecTRONica nighttime dance party coming to DCA next month. Hollywood Blvd. is also lined with metal lighting trusses, the first visible signs of the ElecTRONica installation.


These lighting trusses are the first signs of the ElecTRONica installation in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The wall outside Stage 12 was removed last week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The existing light fixtures outside Stage 12 already lend a futuristic feel to the area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Workers paint the new cloud mural on the Hyperion Theater facade in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Workers use an airbrush to add detail to the cloud wall. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

World of Color schedule

The end of summer usually means a reduction in entertainment at the Resort, with most of the headline shows like Fantasmic and the fireworks dropping to a weekends-only performance schedule. Starting last Tuesday, the World of Color reduced its performance schedule from the summer peak of three shows a night to just one show per night on weeknights. I previously reported that Disney was almost certain to add a second World of Color show due to guest demand, just as they added a third nightly show for the first few weeks after World of Color debuted in June (before dropping the pretense and permanently adding the third show through the end of summer). Instead, once the Labor Day weekend was over, Disney chose to offer only a single nightly show, and managers are now gauging guest response.


The World of Color fountains at play during the Verizon/Coca-Cola private party. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

With only one week's data, managers are reportedly debating whether cutting the second show was the right decision, since the World of Color picnics are selling out almost every night and the dinner packages are still reportedly doing quite well. With only one show on offer and a large chunk of the viewing area set aside for the dining package guests last week, all of the available World of Color Fastpass tickets are claimed by about 11:00 am each weekday last week. It actually takes a bit more planning to get a World of Color Fastpass now than it did when the show debuted earlier this year.

It may be that DCA managers decide to experiment by adding a second show in coming weeks, if only to compare results (and sales) from a variety of scenarios, but that's not a great deal of help if you are planning a fall visit to the Resort. We suggest that you take a "better safe than sorry" approach, and plan your visit assuming that the park will adhere to its officially published schedule at Disneyland.com. If you know you want to see World of Color on a specific night, you should reserve a World of Color picnic or book a dining package, or plan to be at DCA at park opening to get a Fastpass. Otherwise, you can hope for a bonus show to be added, or catch the show from one of the "alternate viewing locations" (otherwise known as the back of Paradise Bay).

Verizon/Coca-Cola Party

As part of the Verizon/Coca Cola World of Color party last Friday night, winners got to spend some time in Paradise Pier after the show and ride a handful of rides that reopened for the party. The World of Color fountains were left on during the party, offering a very rare view from Mickey's Fun Wheel of the fountains in operation. These photos were not taken during the World of Color show itself, but still offer a neat view of the show platform in operation.


A view of the World of Color fountains from Mickey's Fun Wheel . Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A view of the World of Color fountains from Mickey's Fun Wheel . Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Here comes HalloweenTime

HalloweenTime starts this Friday, with the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Last week, Disney posted its new HalloweenTime commercial on YouTube, showing the Disney villains watching World of Color. The Disney Parks Blog released concept art of the gingerbread house planned to decorate the dining table in the Haunted Mansion ballroom this year, as well as a photo of the logo that will be used for new Ghost Galaxy merchandise this year.


Disney released concept art of the 2010 Haunted Mansion gingerbread house. Photo © Disney.


Disney plans to offer this new line of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy merchandise featuring this logo next week. Photo © Disney.

The Happiest Haunts Tour also returns Friday night, and groups of cast members were spotted being led through test tours last Friday and Saturday. We've been told the tour now includes five rides: Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Snow White's Scary Adventures. The tour gift is the same light-up necklace and key offered last year, and tour participants receive a Halloween Mickey crispy treat at the end of the tour.


Haunted Mansion Holiday reopens Friday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A group of test subjects take a preview of the Happiest Haunts tour. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Halloween decorations are on display along the tram route from the Mickey and Friends structure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney has kept mum about any Halloween plans for DCA, but with so much of the park surrounded by construction walls and the ElecTRONica promotion starting in October, it's likely that Halloween will be observed strictly on the Disneyland side of the esplanade.

More Resort construction

The Disneyland Hotel construction is pounding away, and the noise of heavy equipment can often be heard from as far away as the Downtown Disney parking lot. The bathrooms outside the Never Land pool area are now closed, but the new temporary bathroom trailer just outside the Dreams tower is now open as an alternative. The construction walls around the construction site are now decorated with attraction posters from Disneyland and concept art of the new pool area.


Construction continues on the Wonder Tower at the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The rooms at the end of the Wonder Tower are expected to retain their full balconies. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The bathrooms outside the Never Land pool area are closed, but new temporary bathrooms are available in a trailer nearby. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The hotel construction walls are decorated with Disneyland attraction posters and concept art for the new pool area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Inside Disneyland, the Main Street vehicles are temporarily closed while track repairs are being made. Village Haus is closed through December 19 for a major refurbishment, and this week's scheduled refurbishment of the French Market has been postponed to September 20–24. The Newsstand is now closed through September 30 for refurbishment. While this shop is closed, package check (for merchandise purchased at a Disney-owned store) is offered at the stroller rental location just outside Disneyland. That location has a small storage room, so cast members request that customers shopping inside the parks use the in-park drop off locations if possible.


The Main Street vehicles are closed through September 30 for track work. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Newsstand is closed for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Over at DCA, the construction continues in multiple sites. Parts of the Little Mermaid building are now sporting a shiny metal "skin," possibly the last step before the final exterior finish is applied. Paradise Pier seems a little dimmer at night now that the Maliboomer is not being lit much beyond the height indicators required by the Federal Aviation Administration.


The view of the Little Mermaid construction site from Mickey's Fun Wheel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A section of the Little Mermaid ride building has a new metallic skin. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


More metallic skin covers a section on the front of the building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


More exterior detail is visible on the west side of the building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Safety lights are still on the Maliboomer, but the tower's toppers are no longer lit. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A fun view of Paradise Pier from atop Mickey's Fun Wheel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The "Cadillac Range" wall that will separate Cars Land from Paradise Pier is still taking shape, but seems to be as high and as wide as it will become, and the exterior coating of the side of the wall facing into Cars Land appears to be nearly complete. Workers have moved around one edge and are now finishing the northern end of the wall, but the side of the wall facing Paradise Pier is still flat and featureless.


Work on the Cadillac Range has extended around the north end of the wall between Paradise Pier and Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Radiator Springs Racers is still partially visible over the wall. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...If you are a Disneyland annual passholder and either a Facebook or Twitter user, keep an eye on the official Disneyland Facebook page or the @Disneyland Twitter account today. On Sunday, Disney posted to both with, "We'll be announcing a special opportunity for annual passholders on Monday. Stay tuned." If you don't use Twitter or Facebook, you can keep an eye on our MousePad discussion boards, where several readers have already begun speculating what the announcement might be (link).

...Both sessions of the "Duffy the Disney Bear" Annual Passholder event scheduled for Sunday, September 19 sold out shortly after Disney opened registration last week. For those who missed out, Disney now has a waiting list. Send an e-mail to merchandiseguestservices@disney.go.com and let them know if you prefer the 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. session.

...Star Wars fans should mark their calendars for September 24. That's when Build-a-Bear in Downtown Disney is releasing a new collection of Star Wars costumes for their plush animals, along with an exclusive Star Wars bear with a logo footpad. On Saturday, September 25, members of the 501st Legion will be on hand at the store from around 11:00 a.m. to pose for photos with customers.

...October 21 is currently scheduled to be the final performance date for Drawn to the Magic. The show is being replaced by Disney Dance Crew, which was described on the Disney Auditions site as "a hip, contemporary dance show in the mold of America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance." High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here! Right Now! has its final performance at Disney California Adventure park on Sunday, October 17. It will be replaced by the new Disney Channel Rocks! concert-style show on Friday, October 22.


Drawn to the Magic will close on October 21. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

...You may have noticed that some cast members working in the Resort parking lots have begun wearing reflective vests. We've been told that this is not in response to any single incident, but is part of a resort-wide focus on safety. Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis has reportedly been hosting forums where cast members can express concerns and make suggestions, and the vests came out of one such meeting.

...Visitors planning trips to the Disneyland Resort should make a point to check the Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures section each week for the most recent updates. The Disneyland Resort Web site currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update (link) for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.


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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Star Tours – closed for refurbishment and addition of elements for Star Tours 2.0. Expected to open in May 20, 2011.
  • Haunted Mansionclosed through September 16 to install the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Village Haus Restaurantclosed through December 19 for refurbishment.
  • Minnie's House closed through September 23 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Vehicles [Horseless Carriage, Omnibus, Fire Engine] – closed through September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Newsstand – closed through September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountainclosed through September 16 to install the Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • French Marketclosed September 20–24 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin closed September 20 to December 16 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventureclosed September 22 & 23
  • Mark Twain Riverboatclosed September 27–30 for deck oiling.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Poohclosed September 27–30.
  • Donald's Boatclosed October 12-21 for refurbishment.
  • it's a small world – closed October 25 to November 11 to install the holiday overlay.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia closed November 1-3 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed November 2-3 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Bayou restaurant – closed November 2-3 due to Pirates of the Caribbean refurbishment.
  • Jungle Cruise closed November 15-17 for refurbishment.
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closed November 29- December 2 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Toy Story Midway Mania!closed through October 11 for refurbishment.
  • Catch-a-Flaveclosed through September 23 for refurbishment.
  • it's Tough to be a Bug! – closed October 25–29 for refurbishment.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D closed September 15 & 16, and again September 20–24, reportedly to install and test a new film for the upcoming ElecTRONica promotion. Muppet*Vision 3D will be presented in the theater during the day, and an eight-minute 3D trailer for TRON: Legacy will be shown at night.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed November 1–18 for refurbishment.

Construction-related closures:

  • Golden Dreams – closed. To be replaced with the new Little Mermaid ride.
  • Burger Invasion – closed through May 24, 2011 for conversion into Paradise Garden Grill.
  • Corn Dog Castle – closed due to construction in the area. An employee publication lists March 30, 2011 as its return date.
  • 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.
  • Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular closed through October 7 due to construction of the Red Car Line through the Hollywood Pictures Backlot.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mowclosed through May 24, 2011 for conversion to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
  • Mulholland Madness – closed October 11, 2010 to April 20, 2011 for conversion to Goofy's Sky School.

Permanently closed:

  • Maliboomerclosed permanently. The ride is being removed as part of the overall DCA renovation project.
  • Bountiful Valley Farmer's Market – closed permanently for construction of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
  • Farmer's Market Fruit Cart – closed permanently for construction of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
  • Sam Andreas Shakes – closed permanently for construction of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
  • P.T. Flea Market – closed permanently for construction of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. The building will be relocated to Paradise Pier and used as part of the new restaurant complex.
  • S.S. Rustworthy – closed permanently for construction of the new shared seating area for Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (formerly Pizza Oom Mow Mow) and Paradise Garden Grill (formerly Burger Invasion.)
  • Reboundo Beach (carnival game) – closed permanently for construction of the new shared seating area for Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (formerly Pizza Oom Mow Mow) and Paradise Garden Grill (formerly Burger Invasion.)

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 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 in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

Fall

  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 17 to October 31
  • "Duffy the Disney Bear" Annual Passholder event – Sunday, September 19. Advance registration was required, and the event is now sold out.
  • 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.
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  • MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat Sunday, October 17 (link). The event is sold out and registration is now closed.

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 80 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. Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 are now on sale (link).
  • Sixth annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 2–4. Registration for the 2011 event is scheduled to open Jan. 3, 2011.

We also recommend checking the convention calendar at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau Web site (link). When looking at that site, remember to note both the number of people AND the number of rooms resulting from each convention. A gathering of 25,000 people booking few room nights (indicating most will be driving in to the area for their meeting) can impact traffic around the Resort much more than a crowd of 25,000 staying in area hotels. Of course, that second group is going to make finding a hotel room more difficult (and possibly more expensive), so it's best to book your own room as early as possible if you see that a big convention is in town during your trip.

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). Note, we are no longer listing offers from the Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, as their convenience fee negates any savings.

    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 per Day Ticket – Regularly $151/$136

    Two Day Park Hopper - Regularly $161/$146

    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.

    Three Day Park Hopper Regularly $206/$185

    Advance Purchase 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($186/$165) – 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 (a $15/day value).

    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 ($201/$178) – 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 $15/day value). These tickets are now valid through January 3, 2011.

    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 through September 30, 2010. The tickets are NOT available at the Resort ticket booths, you must pre-purchase from the Disneyland Web site (link).

    Advance Purchase 5-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($211/$186) – 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 $15-per-day value).

    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 through September 30, 2010. The tickets are not available at the Resort ticket booths; you must pre-purchase from the Disneyland Web site (link).

    .Advance Purchase 6-Day Park Hopper Bonus tickets ($216/$190) – 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 $15/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 or a cardboard placard that you must trade for ticket books prior to leaving Costco!

Hotel/Travel Packages

Fall discount offers – Disneyland has extended two discount offers for the three Disneyland Resort Hotels, with extra room-only discounts for travelers who book their trips before the end of September.

If you need a room and theme park tickets, Disneyland is offering a discount of up to $300 on a four-day, four-night vacation package, which includes 4-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper bonus tickets and four nights at a Disneyland Resort hotel. This package also includes admission to one Magic Morning at Disneyland (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday), admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness at Disneyland (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday), one Walt Disney Travel Company pin and lanyard per person, preferred seating to select shows in Disney's California Adventure Park (where available; note that Aladdin will be on hiatus for much of the fall), and a Disney Character Call from Mickey, Minnie, or Goofy (offered to guests who book online).The offer is valid for arrivals from October 1 through December 16. Packages can be booked through December 1, and travel must be completed by December 20.

If you don’t need theme park tickets, you can save as much as 40 percent on a room-only reservation with a minimum two-night stay for both standard and concierge-level room rates:

Book By September 30, and save:

  • 30 percent off at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
  • 35 percent off at The Disneyland Hotel
  • 40 percent off at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Book October 1 and December 1, and save:

  • 20 percent off at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
  • 25 percent off at The Disneyland Hotel
  • 30 percent off at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Room-only packages include admission to one Magic Morning at Disneyland (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

Book online at the Disneyland.com Web site (link), call Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-6425, or contact your favorite travel agent and ask them to look for the "Fall Package Offer."

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%. 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
  • MHP - Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

MousePlanet Special Events:

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

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT
MHP


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
10/3 10/4 10/5 10/6

10/7

10/8 10/9
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

MHP

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT
MHP


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13

10/14

10/15 10/16
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-12p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

MHP

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT
MHP


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20

10/21

10/22 10/23
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
MA
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

MHP

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT
MHP


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
10/24 10/25 10/26 10/27

10/28

10/29 10/30
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
MA
DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

MHP

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT
MHP


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT

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

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

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

 



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