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Update for September 20 – 26, 2010

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This is HalloweenTime | Duffy takes DCA | World of ElecTRONica | Resort construction update | This and That...

This is HalloweenTime

HalloweenTime began this weekend at the Disneyland Resort, a week earlier than the 2009 promotion. At Disneyland, HalloweenTime brings the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. The popular Halloween Screams fireworks show will be presented this year only during the extra-ticket Mickey's Halloween Party events every Tuesday and Friday in October. Instead, Disneyland will present the Remember... Dreams Come True fireworks show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in September, and on Saturday and Sunday nights in October. Disneyland is decorated for Halloween, most noticeably on and around Main Street, but most areas of the park feature at least one holiday display. The Resort's food and beverage team has also pulled together a large list of holiday treats.


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Haunted Mansion Holiday


Jack's bag of tricks included a new home for Madame Leota. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

After Jack Skellington decorates the Haunted Mansion each year, fans of the ride always check to see how large the man-eating wreath has grown, and to see the newest gingerbread house in the ballroom. This year there was a surprise between those two scenes, as Madame Leota left her usual place in the crystal ball on the séance room table and now floats in a large glass drop ornament above the table. Smaller red and green ornaments appear to float behind her. There are some additional enhancements in the ride, mostly new lighting effects and improved audio in the stretching room, as well as new projections on the moon in the loading room display.


HalloweenTime is in full swing at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

The Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay is back for a second year, and the gift kiosk at the attraction exit offers shirts with the Halloween logo. There are no noticeable changes to the attraction itself, though that didn't discourage fans from snapping up Fastpass tickets and filling the standby lines.

HalloweenTime treats

We have a list (courtesy of a friendly cast member) of all of the holiday treats that will be offered at the Disneyland Resort this HalloweenTime, with the locations where each item can be found. The list mentions the Gift with Purchase opportunity that will start September 26 at French Market, Café Orleans, though neither location had any additional information this weekend. Missing from this list is the Mickey Ghost popcorn bucket offered at most popcorn carts inside Disneyland. The bucket sells for $9.50 (including tax) and comes filled with popcorn. The little ghosts were flying out of the popcorn carts this weekend, and were reportedly selling faster than workers backstage could assemble them.

Fall Cupcake - available at: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Baker’s Field Bakery, Pacific Wharf Café, Disneyland Hotel Coffee House, and Whitewater Snacks


Cafe Orleans features a holiday dessert of Gingerbread Beignets with Eggnog Anglaise. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Gingerbread Beignets with Eggnog Anglaise - available at: Café Orléans

Caramel Apple Cider - available at: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Carnation Café, Mint Julep Bar, Royal Street Veranda, Baker’s Field Bakery, Disneyland Hotel Coffee House

Halloween Mickey Mouse inspired Bat Cookie - available at: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Stage Door Café, The Golden Horseshoe, Baker’s Field Bakery, Pacific Wharf Café, Surfside Lounge, Disneyland Hotel Coffee House, Whitewater Snacks


The Demitasse Dessert Cup is available in several locations with different fillings. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Demitasse Dessert Cup (Mini Caramel Apple Muffin with Pumpkin Mousse) - available at: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Plaza Inn, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, Baker’s Field Bakery

Demitasse Dessert Cup (Hazelnut Tiramisu topped with Pumpkin Mousse) - available at: Carnation Café, Big Thunder Ranch, Blue Bayou, Café Orleans, Golden Vine Winery Trattoria, Storyteller’s Café

Pumpkin Muffin - available at: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Main Street Cappo Cart, Baker’s Field Bakery, Pacific Wharf Café, Golden State Cappo Cart, Disneyland Hotel Coffee House, Surfside Lounge, and Whitewater Snacks

Pumpkin Pie - available at: Plaza Inn


A ghost Mickey popcorn bucket is available at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Pumpkin Spice Latte - available at: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Carnation Café, Mint Julep Bar, Royal Street Veranda, Baker’s Field Bakery, Disneyland Hotel Coffee House

Coffin Dessert / Mexican Halloween Cookies celebrating Dia de los Muertos - available at: Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

Haunted Mansion Holiday Jack’s Chocolate Mud Coffin - available at: French Market

Haunted Mansion Holiday Gift with Purchase - Halloween Town Pewter Figurines (available with each single purchase of $35 or more, after tax, and any applicable discount, while supplies last) - available at: French Market, Café Orleans (beginning Sept. 26)

The Happiest Haunts tour also returned this weekend, and contributing writer Annemarie Moody will share her review of this year's tour later this week.


Big Thunder Ranch features pumpkin carvers creating classic Disney characters from several varieties of colorful squash. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

As expected, HalloweenTime is strictly a Disneyland event this year, and there is virtually no Halloween presence in Disney California Adventure park, though the Happiest Haunts tour does include a ride on the Tower of Terror attraction.

Duffy takes DCA

Disney's new buzz word is Duffy, and the plush bear is about to make his grand reappearance in the United States. Duffy is Disney's answer to Build-a-Bear, but merchandise managers would very much like you to please forget that you've actually seen him before. The Disney Bear (as he was called then) was first offered at the domestic Disney theme parks in 2002, and a walk-around Disney Bear character appeared at meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World's Once Upon a Toy store in 2004. The Disney Bear was a furry flop in the states, but has achieved rock star status at the Tokyo Disney Resort, where collectors routinely wait in hours-long lines to purchase new versions of the bear (known there as "Duffy") and his costumes. Disney's apparently decided to give Duffy another try, and will launch a massive merchandise campaign around the critter starting October 14th. Disney parks annual passholders got a preview of Duffy-mania during exclusive presentations at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resorts this weekend.


A variety of Duffy merchandise, including a 17" bear in costume, a key chain, a wristlet, and a costume. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Some of Duffy's costumes are said to represent the countries he's visited on his travels with Mickey - or the countries of Epcot's World Showcase. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Duffy will be sold in several sizes and formats. The 17" bear runs about $25, and can be dressed in a selection of costumes that run about $15 apiece. At the Disneyland Resort presentation it was said that some of Duffy's costumes would represent the countries he visited with Mickey on his journeys, but we've heard that the Florida presentations described the costumes as matching the countries of Epcot's World Showcase, as did a poster on display at the California presentation. Some collectors have noted that the U.S. costumes do not have Duffy's "birthmark" on the seat of the pants, a design element seen on the Duffy costumes sold in Japan.


Cast members were not sure if costumes would be sold for the 24" Duffy. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Duffy will also be sold as a 24" bear (cast members were not certain if there would be costumes available for that size), and as smaller wristlet bears (with a zipper in the back so it can act as a small purse) and key chain bears, the type commonly clipped to purses and backpacks. A 12" pre-dressed bear will be offered for holidays and special occasions. New Duffy-shaped Vinylmation figures will be added later this year, creating instant synergy with another hot Disney collectible line.


No need to visit Build-a-Bear to dress Duffy, a variety of costumes will be offered for sale. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A series of pre-dressed 12" bears will be sold for holidays and special occasions. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

At the Disneyland Resort, Duffy merchandise will be offered at Treasures in Paradise in DCA, adjacent to the new Duffy meet-and-greet location. When you meet Duffy you'll receive a sticker that reads something like "I just hugged Duffy the Disney bear," a nice bit of in-park marketing. Even non-collectors will have a hard time avoiding the Duffy Invasion. Duffy photo spots will be built around the Disneyland Resort, giving Duffy owners the opportunity to photograph their bear in a unique setting. Duffy popcorn buckets, dessert dishes, kids menus and crispy rice treats will be offered throughout the Resort, as will Duffy balloons. Later this year, Duffy will launch his own Facebook page and Twitter account.


You'll have several options to dine with Duffy, including popcorn buckets, dessert dishes and kids menus. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

At the conclusion of Sunday's presentations, Disneyland Resort annual passholders were offered the opportunity to purchase a Duffy bear and his now-trademark sailor costume nearly a month before the official product release. About half of the passholders in the room joined the line to buy their very own Disney bear, so clearly Disney's Duffy hype has been effective among one group of guests. Now we wait to see if the third coming of Duffy is just a flash in the pan, or the furry face of the future.

World of ElecTRONica

Last week we heard about a new "encore" for World of Color that will begin October 8th when ElecTRONica starts, and the same night YouTube user dlranswers uploaded a video clip they said was filmed from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel on September 10. The short video shows the TRON logo projected onto the World of Color screens.

The start of the ElecTRONica promotion is nearly three weeks away, but the infrastructure for the nightly dance party is clearly visible from the moment you enter DCA. A large stage and screen have already been installed in the Sun Plaza, and metal lighting trusses span Hollywood Blvd. The Sorcerer Mickey fountain in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot has been temporarily replaced with a stage for the show.


A stage for the upcoming ElecTRONica promotion is already in place in the Sun Plaza. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Lighting trusses and equipment are installed across Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The catering truck in front of Stage 12 will be relocated for ElecTRONica. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Sorcerer Mickey fountain is temporarily replaced by a stage for ElecTRONica. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Resort construction update

The Maliboomer is partially surrounded by scaffolding, and a crane has been brought in to assist with the removal of the now-closed attraction. Paradise Pier will soon have a new skyline to the south when the Maliboomer is finally removed. The Pacific Wharf is also getting a new horizon, courtesy of the Cadillac Range that will partially surround Cars Land.


A new crane has moved into Paradise Pier to assist with the removal of the Maliboomer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Another section of the Cadillac Range is visible beyond the gates into the Cars Land construction site. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Rock detailing is visible on the Cadillac Range behind the Pacific Wharf. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Demolition has begun on those buildings of the Disneyland Hotel courtyard that stood on the future site of the expanded pool area. MousePlanet reader Melissa Mayorgas sent in photos taken from her 5th floor room in the Dreams/Adventure Tower, and says "The construction destruction of the Wonder Tower waterfalls made my eyes fill with tears. I'm so glad we were able to say a proper goodbye last month."


The top edge of Horseshoe Falls is still visible. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Lost Bar complex has been mostly demolished. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Nothing but rubble remains of Croc's Bits 'n' Bites. Photo by Melissa Mayorgas


The Lost Bar complex has been mostly demolished. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


It looks like the former Cove Pool (back center) has already been filled in, though the Dancing Waters fountain (left) appears to still be untouched. Photo by Melissa Mayorgas


A peek into the shell of the former Hook's Pointe restaurant. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The roof of the former Hook's Pointe building, as seen from the Dreams/Adventure tower of the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Melissa Mayorgas

This and That...

...Disneyland Resort has extended the extra merchandise discounts for Annual Passholders once again, this time through January 10, 2011. This offer gives a 10% merchandise discount to So Cal, So Cal Select and Deluxe Annual Passholders, and increases the Premium and Premiere Annual Passholder discount to 20%. Discounts apply only at participating Disney-owned stores, and some merchandise is excluded. The full offer details can be found on Disney's Web site (link).

...The Orange County Register reported last week that the Anaheim city council voted last week to increase the city's hotel tax from 15% (already the highest in Orange County) to 17% effective November 1, 2010. The added funds will be used to promote convention business and fund Resort-area transportation projects.

...The World of Disney store in Downtown Disney has styles of Dooney & Bourke bags in the "Mickey Faces" pattern on sale for 30% off.


Disney will present Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade twice nightly at Mickey's Halloween Party. Photo (c) Disney

...Disneyland released concept art and a bit more information about Mickey's Halloween Party last week via the Disney Parks Blog. A new "cavalcade" called "Mickey’s Costume Party" will be performed twice each night, before and after the Halloween Screams fireworks. The blog describes two floats - a "Haunted Castle Float decorated by Mickey with bats, ghosts, spider webs, pumpkins and skulls," and a Costume Shop Float that "celebrates the fun of dressing up for Halloween." Tickets for the event are still available at Disneyland.com/halloween.

...If you'd like to dine at Remy, the adults-only restaurant on board the Disney Dream when it joins the Disney Cruise Line next year, budget $75 per person (plus alcohol). Pricing for the exclusive restaurant was finalized and communicated to Disney cast members last week. The Wine Room has been incorporated into the main Remy's dining room, bringing the total capacity to 96 seats. The Chef's Table, which seats up to another 16 people, can be booked for private dining. The restaurant has a more formal dress code than Palo, as expected. Men are required to wear a sports, suit or tuxedo jacket with dress pants and dress shoes, but a tie is optional. Women are expected to wear a cocktail or other nice dress dress or a dressy pant or skirt with a nice blouse.


Unite Here tried to send a message into Disneyland by distributing "Disney is Unfaithful" balloons to park goers, but at least one recipient was able to alter the text to their liking. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Members of Unite Here Local 11, a union embroiled in a long-standing dispute with the Disneyland Resort, staged a small demonstration Saturday and distributed balloons printed with the group's "Disney is Unfaithful" slogan to visitors walking through Downtown Disney.

...Last week Team MousePlanet welcomed the 50th member to our CHOCWalk team. At press time, Team MousePlanet has raised $3,466.85 for Children's Hospital Orange County. We're hoping to raise $10,000 for this great local organization, and there are several ways you can help!

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

If you'd like more information, visit the Team MousePlanet discussion to chat with other participants. If you're participating in MouseAdventure Holiday: Trick or Treat on October 17th, rest assured that there is plenty of time to complete the CHOC Walk and make it to the Paradise Pier Hotel for MouseAdventure sign in. Several of the MouseAdventure crew members are also walking with CHOC Walk, and you know the game won't start without them!

...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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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 17 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).

Come Sail Away! Join nearly 80 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 are to the general public 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 (link). The event is sold out and registration is now closed.

Winter

  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 12, 2010 to January 2, 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

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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%. 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:

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

9/23

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

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
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DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

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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-11p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT
MHP


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

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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

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

10/28

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

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
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
10/31 11/1 11/2 11/3

11/4

11/5 11/6
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
MHP
DL: 8a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 8a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-12p

DCA: 10a-10p



TT



DL: 8a-11a

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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