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World of Color; Imagineer Kim Irvine win TEA awards | Disney goes Gowalla | Candy cane time at Disneyland | World of Color dining update| Disney Cruise Line to offer Wave Phone service | Disney unveils the Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel | Passholder shopping event update | This and That...

World of Color; Imagineer Kim Irvine win TEA awards


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The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced its annual Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement last week, recognizing Disney's World of Color show for Outstanding Achievement – Nighttime Spectacular; and honoring Imagineer Kim Irvine with The Buzz Price Award, the association's lifetime achievement award.


The World of Color was recognized for Outstanding Achievement – Nighttime Spectacular by the Themed Entertainment Association. Photo (c) Disney.

The World of Color was Disney's first significant step in the project to remake Disney California Adventure park, and according to the New York Times, cost an estimated $75 million (link). The show features a 19,000-square-foot water screen, a show platform larger than a football field, and over 1,200 fountains—some of which can produce 200-foot-high columns of water. Disney claims more than a million people have watched the show since it debuted in June 2010.


Imagineer Kim Irvine received the 2010 Buzz Price award for lifetime achievement from the Themed Entertainment Association. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Irvine is the Art Director for Disneyland, and is known for projects like the 50th Anniversary overlay of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the creation of the Disneyland Dream Suite, the addition of characters to "it's a small world," the update of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and the relocation and renovation of the Disney Gallery. Irvine has worked for Walt Disney Imagineering since 1970, and is the daughter of Leota Toombs, who portrays Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion. Irvine portrays Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion Holiday version of the attraction.

Disney goes Gowalla

If you've mastered the art of sharing your life in 140 characters or less via Twitter, and regularly update your status on Facebook, you may already have heard of Gowalla, a Web-based social networking service (link). Gowalla members use their cell phone to "check in" at locations like parks, restaurants and stores (known as spots), and can share their location with friends and family. Gowalla members have a virtual passport, and can receive virtual stamps when they check in, and can earn virtual (and sometimes real-world) prizes for certain activities.


Gowalla users can collect virtual Disney "stamps" when they visit Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Photo (c) Disney.

Disney Parks Social Media Director Thomas Smith announced last week the company has partnered with Gowalla (link), and unveiled some of the special Disney-designed passport stamps Gowalla users can collect when they check in at parks, rides and shows. Disney has also created a series of "trips," (the Gowalla terms for a series of spots), and is offering virtual "pins" to users when they complete a trip. The trips include a "Fun for Young Ones" collection of spots such as Playhouse Disney and the Duffy the Disney Bear meet-and-greet location, and a "Seasons Greetings" trip with stops at "it's a small world" and the Christmas Fantasy parade.

The choice to go with Gowalla instead of the better-established Foursquare application was met with some complaints by readers who posted comments to the Disney Parks blog, but others commented that the Disney tie-in was enough to make them switch to Gowalla.

Do you use an application like Gowalla now, and if so, what do you like about it? If you don't already use Gowalla, or if you're a Foursquare fan, does the Disney partnership make you want to sign up or switch? If you have no idea what a Gowalla is (which I'll admit, I didn't until a few months ago), how do you feel about Disney's forays into social and location networking? Tell us what you think in the comments below, or on our MousePad discussion forum (link).

[Editor's note: A word of caution. Location-based apps like Gowalla and Foursquare have the ability to let everyone know where you are—including the fact that you are away on a vacation to a Disney theme park and that your home is empty and ripe for burglary. Be mindful of your privacy settings should you decide to forward your Gowalla check-ins to Twitter or Facebook, and make sure your announcements are only broadcast to your trusted friends.]

Candy cane time at Disneyland

If your holiday tradition includes a trip to Disneyland for one of its famous fresh-made candy canes, here are the dates and details you'll need to start making plans. The first batch of fresh candy canes will be made at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. The full schedule is:

  • Friday, November 26
  • Tuesday, November 30
  • Thursday, December 9
  • Saturday, December 11
  • Monday, December 13
  • Friday, December 17
  • Tuesday, December 21

The candy canes cost $9.95 each, and are limited to two per person. Disneyland usually makes two—sometimes three—batches a day, but the number of candy canes in each batch can vary based in temperature and humidity. The typical batch yields fewer than 90 canes. Tickets will be distributed at the Candy Palace at park opening each day, and the first batch of candy canes are usually available to purchase about one hour after the official park opening time. The second and third batches are usually ready 90-minutes to two hours apart.


Disneyland's fresh-made candy canes were once a little-known secret among Disney fans, but have become increasingly popular after being featured on the Food Network and Disney's official blogs. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you are not staying in a hotel that offers "Magic Morning" access, I recommend that you avoid days where Magic Morning is offered (usually Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but check the Disneyland.com calendar for updates), or plan to wait for the second or third batch to be ready. My experience has been that the tickets for the first batch are usually distributed to hotel guests during Magic Morning before day guests get into the park at official park opening.

It's also important to note that the schedule posted here is subject to change at any time—the 2009 release schedule changed at least three times. Follow the discussion in our Disneyland Trip Planning forum for the latest updates as we learn about them.

World of Color dining update

The Wine Country Trattoria is now accepting reservations for a World of Color package, which includes a fixed-price lunch and reserved viewing for the World of Color (link). The meal is $29.99 for adults ($18.99 for children ages 3 to 9) and includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The packages are offered for shows beginning November 26, but are not offered every day; call 714-781-3463 to check availability and make your reservation.

Beware that the announcement states the World of Color lunch package comes with "reserved viewing," not "preferred reserved viewing." A call to the Disneyland Dine Line confirmed that purchasing the lunch package only gives you tickets to the same viewing area reserved for people who purchase the picnic lunch package, and not to the "preferred" viewing area set aside for people who purchase the more expensive dinner package. On nights when two World of Color shows are performed, guests who book lunch between 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. receive tickets for the first show, while guests who dine between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. receive tickets to the second show.

Disney is also raising the price of the World of Color Picnic meals by $1 to $15.99 each, for shows on and after December 10, 2010 (link). The discounted price offered to Disneyland Resort annual passholders increases to $13.99.

Disney Cruise Line to offer Wave Phone service

Disney will offer guests the use of "Portable Wave Phones" on board the ships of the Disney Cruise Line starting in December (Thursday, December 16 on the Disney Wonder; Saturday, December 18 on the Disney Magic.) The portable phones can send and receive phone calls and text messages from other Wave phones when used on board the ship or on Castaway Cay. The phones do not work off the ship, and do not appear to work with other carriers; you can use the device to call other Wave Phones on Disney's network, but not to call home.

Each stateroom will come equipped with two of the phones; concierge staterooms come with four phones. There is currently no charge to use the service, but you can rent additional units for $3.50 per unit per day if you need more than come with your room. There is a $250 charge per unit if they are lost, stolen, or damaged, so that's something to consider before handing them to your pool-bound kids.

Disney is planning to use these phones to replace the pager system currently used by the Youth Activities department, which means that one parent/guardian must carry the unit at all times. If you don't have kids in Youth Programming and you don't want to use the phones, you can turn them in and Disney will turn off the service for your stateroom for the cruise.

As with most things there are going to be people who are thrilled with this new service, and those who will grumble that it will take some of the magic away from the cruise environment. Having just experienced a situation where we couldn't find one member of our party during our recent cruise, I know that we would have been grateful to have had access to one of these phones.

That said, part of the appeal of cruising for me is that I'm not "connected" 100% of the time like I tend to be at home. I once locked my husband's BlackBerry device in the room safe because he wouldn't stop checking his work e-mail during a trip, and this is just one more intrusion of technology into our vacation. I also dread the inevitable interruptions during shows or in the restaurants by someone who "forgot" to turn their phone to silent, or who has decided to have a long conversation during dinner. I do hope Disney implements a strict 'no phones" rule for the dining rooms, and reminds people to set them to silent before the stage shows.

Disney unveils the Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

The Disney Parks Blog posted photos of the newest Signature Suite at the Disneyland Hotel, the Fairy Tale Suite. For those who ever hoped to spend the night in the Dream Suite inside Disneyland, here's your chance to stay in a room almost as lavishly decorated.


The new Fairy Tale Suite is a smaller version of Disneyland's Dream Suite. Photo (c) Disney.

The suite is located in the Dreams tower, and features a marble entry, canopy bed, and an elegant bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. The room costs $650 to $945 per night, depending on season, and can be booked by calling (714) 956-6425.


The new Fairy Tale Suite bathroom features a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. Photo (c) Disney.

Passholder shopping event update

We have some updated information for those planning to brave the crowds for the "Early shopping opportunity" offered to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, D23 members, Disney Vacation Club owners, and Club 33 members on Saturday, December 4 at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Anaheim. The information we published last week was incorrect; passholders, D23 Members, Disney Vacation Club Members and Club 33 Members may bring family and friends to shop with them so long as one person in the party presents a qualifying identification (annual pass or D23, DVC, or Club 33 membership card.)

The World of Disney store will open at 6:30 a.m. for the sale, and Disney asks that shoppers not arrive before 5:45 a.m. Customers will be directed to form a line behind the Rainforest Cafe, and will be escorted to the World of Disney store for the start of the sale. Disney requests that customers park in the Downtown Disney parking lot, and notes that parking fees apply after 10 a.m.

If you are planning to enter the resort from the Harbor Boulevard entrance, you will need to cross the esplanade and walk through Downtown Disney to join the line at the Rainforest Cafe, as customers will not be permitted to wait outside the World of Disney store before 6:30.

This and That...

...The Associated Press reported last week that Disneyland will no longer house the pardoned presidential turkey, ending a short-lived tradition which began in 2005 when the park was celebrating its 50th anniversary (link). The AP reports that the pardoned turkey and alternate will instead be sent to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia to live out their remaining years. Three of the pardoned presidential turkeys, Pecan from 2008 and Courage and Carolina from 2009, are still in residence at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch.

...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. Currently expected to open May 20, 2011.
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin – closed through December 16 for refurbishment.
  • Village Haus Restaurant – closed through December 22 for refurbishment.
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride – closed November 29 to December 2, and again December 6–10 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed January 3–13, 2011 for removal of the holiday overlay.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed January 10–13, 2011 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed January 18–27, 2011 for removal of the holiday overlay.
  • Horse Drawn Streetcars – closed January 18 to February 15, 2011 due to Main Street paving project.
  • Main Street Vehicles – closed January 18 to March 4, 2011 due to Main Street paving project.
  • Splash Mountain – closed January 18 to May 26, 2011 for refurbishment.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed January 31 to February 2, 2011 for refurbishment.
  • 20th Century Music Company – closed January 18 to February 1, 2011 for refurbishment.
  • Village Haus Restaurant – closed January 4–11, 2011 for refurbishment.
  • Bengal Barbecue – closed January 6–14, 2011 for refurbishment.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed January 18 to March 8, 2011 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trailclosed November 29 to December 16 for refurbishment.
  • Muppet Vision 3D – closed December 9
  • Grizzly River Run closed January 3–20, 2011
  • Animation Building closed January 24–27, 2011
  • Playhouse Disney closed January 24 to March 24, 2011

Construction-related closures:

  • 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.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mowclosed through May 24, 2011 for conversion to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
  • Mulholland Madness – closed through April 20, 2011 for conversion to Goofy's Sky School.

Downtown Disney & Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Disneyland Hotel Guest Laundry – closed 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 has been relocated to one of the hotel meeting rooms; ask the front desk for 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 ongoing Disneyland Hotel courtyard renovation project. 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).

Winter

  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 12, 2010 to January 2, 2011.
  • Annual Passholder early shopping day Saturday, December 4 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney (link).
  • Robert Olszewski Snow White's Scary Adventures Product Release & Signing December 4, 2010 (link).
  • Candlelight Processional – December 4 & 5. Performances are 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. each night, and actor Tom Skerrit will narrate. Disney has confirmed that they will not offer dining packages this year.
  • Cast member holiday parties – December 13 & 14. Disneyland closes early for the annual cast member parties.

2011

  • West Coast 2-night "Cruise to Nowhere" on the Disney WonderJanuary 21–23. Over 100 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!
  • 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.
  • Fall 2011 MouseAdventure – no details yet. Visit MouseAdventure.com to sign up for our newsletter.

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

    Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket ($99) – A discounted price offered to active or retired U.S. military personnel or their spouses. Based on past offers, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the U.S. military, including active members of the National Guard or Reservists and active or retired members of the U.S. Coast Guard. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base, or at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Valid military ID is required. The price is the same for adults and children, and total of six tickets may be purchased per military member, regardless of who purchases the tickets (the member or their spouse). Tickets must be purchased by September 28, 2011 and used by 10/1/2011. The ticket has the following blockout dates: 12/24/10-1/1/11; 2/18/11-2/21/11; 4/17/11-4/23/11; and 7/1/11-7/4/11.

    As far as we can tell, there is no "fuse" on this ticket, so you may have more than the standard 13 days from first use to use the remaining two admissions, but we highly recommend you contact your base MWR/ITT office for more details before making travel plans. Please note that this ticket is not a "bonus" ticket, and so does not include an early admission day.

    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

    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

    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 before 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.

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Other Discounts

Character Dining Vouchers – Discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through 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:

11/21 11/22 11/23 11/24

11/25

11/26 11/27
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
11/28 11/29 11/30 12/1

12/2

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

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8

12/9

12/10 12/11
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

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

12/16

12/17 12/18
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
12/19 12/20 12/21 12/22

12/23

12/24 12/25
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
12/26 12/27 12/28 12/29

12/30

12/31 1/1/11
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-2a

DCA: 10a-1a

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT


DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5

1/6

1/7 1/8
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM
DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT


DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
1/9 1/10 1/11 1/12

1/13

1/14 1/15
DL: 9a-11p

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-11p

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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