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Update for September 27 – October 3, 2010

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Let the Memories Begin

Mark Goldhaber reports:

Last week, Disney Parks & Resorts held a press conference in New York City that was promoted on the Disney Parks Blog as "unveiling some exciting plans for Disney Parks." Disney fan speculation ran rampant, from more details about Walt Disney World's Fantasyland Forest expansion to announcement of a whole new park. When the press conference revealed "Let the Memories Begin," the new promotional campaign for the parks this year, most of the Disney community responded with a collective "meh."


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Taken on its own, the campaign has created two different schools of thought, but Disney Parks definitely needs to do some further thought on setting expectations for their announcements. If they had stated that they were revealing an "exciting new promotional campaign" for the parks, there would have probably been a more positive response from fans. You can check out the announcement itself here:

So what is this new campaign all about? Well, depending on who you talk to, it's either a cool new way to provide magical experiences for guests, or a way for Disney Parks to have guests create their advertising campaign for them.

Let the Memories Begin is based upon the fact that—surprise!—people plan vacations in order to create memories and then they share memories with others. So Disney is encouraging guests to send their photos and videos in to possibly be used as part of the promotional campaign and in a new in-park show that will be projected on the facades of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park and "it's a small world" at Disneyland Park to the music of the new theme song "Let the Memories Begin."

Critics have stated that after asking guests to "figure out your own reason to come" with the "What Will You Celebrate?" campaign, Disney is now asking guests to "make your own ad campaign." They also note that using home movies and photos is a lot cheaper than hiring scriptwriters, cameramen, actors and the like.

On the other hand, there's no doubt that footage of actual families showing true surprise at finding out that "We're going to Disney World!" is a true heart warmer. Even fans unimpressed with the announcement itself were noting that the commercial brought happy tears to their eyes. It appears that this is going to be a true love-it-or-hate-it campaign. Check out the commercial here:

The new night-time show will be a quite interesting affair. Beginning in early January 2011, up to 500 guest photos and videos will be projected onto the landmark facades on select nights throughout the year. The images will be a combination of those submitted by guests to the "Let the Memories Begin" Web site (link), the Facebook pages for Walt Disney World (link) and Disneyland (link), the special Disney memories YouTube site (link) and the Disney Parks MySpace page (link), and those taken in-park by Disney's PhotoPass photographers.

How well will the promotion do at drawing more guests to the parks? Time will tell. Let us know what you think in the discussion threads on our Walt Disney World or Disneyland forums, or in the comments below in this column.

Imagineers at Play

This weekend, Walt Disney Imagineering conducted two "playtests" at the Disneyland Resort of possible new offerings. One test was of a prototype animatronic character, part of Disney's "Living Characters" program. The test was held inside Disneyland's Innoventions attraction Friday and Saturday, and involved a character billed as "The Amazing Destini." Destini, who looked quite a bit like Pepe the King Prawn from the Muppets, was housed in an oversize fortune teller's booth. After inserting a quarter into a slot on the front of the booth, the curtain opened and the character interacted with guests. A video of one such show is posted below.


Walt Disney Imagineering tested a new animatronic figure at Disneyland this weekend. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Destini's test audience gathers around to look at the photo souvenir printed by the fortune teller booth after the performance . Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The second test was of a new scavenger hunt-type activity in Disney California Adventure park. The game, known for this trial as "Eureka," was described as an interactive team challenge themed to the California Gold Rush. We don't know how (or even if) any of this technology might be developed for future use at the Disney theme parks, but it's always interesting to see what Imagineering is playing with.

Meet the Droids

Mark Goldhaber reports:

We now know that our pilot in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will be AC-38, or "Ace" for short. Ace was one of two new droids introduced by Imagineering Executive VP & Senior Creative Executive Tom Fitzgerald at the D23 Destination Disneyland event over the weekend, which was followed up with a post on the Disney Parks blog.


The AC-series Tour Droid reportedly is the polar opposite of Captain Rex from Star Tours 1.0. Image © Disney.

Fitzgerald also introduced a droid named "Aly San San," who will be voiced by Allison Janney. Modeled after the WA-7 Waitress Droid in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Aly San San will be seen in the "passenger terminal" portion of the attraction's queue.


Wheeled droid Aly San San will be the "spokesbot" for Star Tours. Image © Disney.

Perhaps the most exciting news on the renewed attraction was actually revealed later during the D23 event by Disneyland President George Kalogridis, who passed along the information that there will be 54 possible experiences on the new attraction. It's uncertain what all of the variables might be, but if there are only the two destinations that we currently know of (Coruscant and Tatooine), there could be 27 permutations each, which would easily break down into three "variation points" with three possibilities each. We'll have to wait to find out more.

Three ways to win Disneyland Halloween event tickets

Three Southern California radio stations are offering listeners the opportunity to win tickets to visit the Disneyland Resort during HalloweenTime. Check each station's Web site for full contest rules and disclosures, as residency and other restrictions may apply.

KOST 103.5 - KOST is offering a "family four pack" of tickets to visit Disneyland and attend Mickey's Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 (link).

KRTH 101 - K-EARTH is offering a "family four pack" of tickets to visit Disneyland and attend an exclusive "Villains Victory Party" on Thursday, October 28, 2010 (link).

KFMB 100.7 - "Jack FM" is also offering four one-day park hopper tickets and admission to a Villains Victory Party on an unspecified date in October (link). Members of the station's Friends of Jack club can use membership points to enter the drawing.

This and That...

...The audio-animatronic Indiana Jones figure guests see during the last scene of the Disneyland attraction was replaced last week, though the change is not terribly noticeable unless you're looking closely. Some who saw the new Indy said the face seems fuller, and that the figure's range of motion is wider and more fluid and expressive.

...Over 500 teams braved temperatures topping 100 degrees Sunday to participate in the first-ever D23 Scavenger Hunt. (For those wondering, the National Weather Service claims Sunday as the hottest day of the year for the Orange County costal region (link) ). Our congratulations go to everyone who survived the punishing weather, and especially to MouseAdventure staff members Joe, David and Amanda for their 3rd place finish. Before joining the event staff, the trio previously won first place honors at four MouseAdventure games, and their great score in this event just demonstrates why we call them a "Masters" team. D23 announced during this weekend's Destination D event that they will host the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament as part of the 2011 D23 Expo (link). The club also announced they will hold a scavenger hunt in Walt Disney World sometime in Spring 2011, as part of a just-announced Destination D weekend in Florida.

...Disneyland hosted a "Cars under the Stars" event last Saturday night in Downtown Disney, turning the parking lot's valet loop into an impromptu outdoor theater and screening Disney's Cars on a giant inflatable screen. Disneyland Resort annual passholders could pick up a ticket to the event from either RIDEMAKERZ or Build-A-Bear Workshop, and could bring up to three guests. Disney offered complimentary parking in Downtown Disney for the evening, and participants were invited to stay after the screening to watch Disneyland's fireworks from the screening area. We've been told this offering was conducted as a test, and that Disney is looking for novel ways to attract local families to the Downtown Disney area. No word on what the management of the AMC theater in Downtown Disney thought of the idea. The event also provided RIDEMAKERZ with an ideal opportunity to announce a new line of toy cars based on the Disney Cars. A MousePlanet reader who posts on Twitter as dougwilliamsjr told us that the Downtown Disney retailer will begin selling radio controlled Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Sally cars starting October 8.

...The Disneyland Resort has confirmed that, as previously reported in this column (link), a 3-D trailer for the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie will be presented in the Muppet*Vision theater at night during the ElecTRONica promotion. Disneyland Resort spokesperson John McClintock told the Orange County Register (link) that the Tron: Legacy Exclusive 3-D Sneak Peek was created specifically for Disney California Adventure, and will be similar to the version shown at San Diego Comic-Con International convention this summer.

...The 13th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort event will be held this coming weekend, October 1–3. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday and at DCA on Sunday. See the event Web site for a schedule of activities and group meet-ups (link).

...For at least the second time this month, members of Unite Here Local 11, a union embroiled in a long-standing dispute with the Disneyland Resort, distributed balloons printed with the group's "Disney is Unfaithful" slogan to visitors walking through Downtown Disney last week. The Disneyland Resort responded by posting cast members with bouquets of Mickey Mouse balloons nearby, and offering to exchange the union balloons for the Disney balloons.

...Last week Team MousePlanet welcomed the 66th member to our CHOCWalk team. At press time, Team MousePlanet has raised $4,636.85 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.
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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.
  • Newsstand – closed through September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin closed September 20 to December 16 for refurbishment.
  • 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.
  • it's Tough to be a Bug! – closed October 25–29 for refurbishment.
  • 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
  • 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

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:

9/26 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-12a

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

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
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-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT



DL: 8a-11p

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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