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Spring 2011 hotel and ticket discounts announced | Walking the marketing tightrope | Debut of Disney Channel Rocks | Holiday treats at Disneyland | This and That...

Spring 2011 hotel and ticket discounts announced


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The Disneyland Resort released a series of discounts and offers for Spring 2011 last week, including advance-purchase ticket offers, a 35-percent hotel discount and a fourth night free offer. We definitely recommend comparing prices on these offers before you buy, as it may be less-expensive to book the hotel and ticket separately.

Promotional Park Hopper Bonus Tickets

These discounted tickets are available with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). Tickets are valid January 4 to April 14, 2011. This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, so you must purchase online before you arrive. Disney is offering eTicket and Will Call service for this promotion, so you can purchase the tickets online the same day you plan to use them. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14, 2011. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 2011, whichever occurs first. These promotional tickets include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

Length Adults
(Ages 10 and up)
Children
(Ages 3-9)
3-day $169.00 $152.00
4-day $182.00 $163.00
5-day $192.00 $172.00
6-day $196.00 $176.00

Room-only hotel discounts

The Resort is offering discounts of up to 35 percent on select Disneyland Resort Hotel stays for arrivals January 2, 2011 through April 13, 2011. Travel must be booked by February 19, 2011, and a two-night minimum stay is required. Offer is not valid January 14 & 15, or February 18 & 19. Discount applies only to standard and concierge level rooms. There is a limit of two rooms per reservation, and a maximum of five people per room.

4th night free

Book a three-night, four-day package at a Disneyland Resort Hotel and get a fourth night free. Package includes four nights at a Disneyland Resort Hotel and four-day park hopper bonus tickets for a family of four. This offer is valid for arrivals from January 4 through April 11, 2011; travel must be completed by April 15, 2011. This package also includes one collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag per person; one $20 ESPN Zone game card per package, admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, preferred seating at select shows in DCA, and a "character call" from a Disney character.

Thanks to Mouse Ear Vacations travel agent Mary Kraemer (link) for sharing the discount details.

Walking the marketing tightrope

How do you build excitement for the new land and new rides currently under construction at Disney California Adventure park without creating false expectations? Get people to come see World of Color at night, but not stay in the park all day? Delicately sidestep what should be a 10th anniversary celebration for the Disneyland Resort's second gate? Encourage people to visit Disneyland during the post-holiday "off season," while subtly discouraging them from visiting the park right across the walkway? Those are the challenges facing the marketing wizards at the Disneyland Resort this spring, as Disney California Adventure enters what may be the most disruptive phase of construction: the renovation of the main entrance.

We got a hint of Disney's strategy a few weeks ago, when Disney revealed that the previously announced 2011 Food & Wine Festival had been cancelled, citing "significant logistical challenges" in scheduling the event around the multiple in-park construction sites. Now we're hearing that Disney will probably not offer a "2Fer" deal in 2011, the popular discount offered to Southern California and Northern Baja California residents each spring. The 2Fer ticket, which essentially offers a "free" day at DCA when you purchase a Disneyland ticket, has been very effective in boosting attendance at the second park, but that's exactly what that park doesn't need this spring.

It's almost certain the park's 10th anniversary will pass with less attention than Disney paid last year's 10th anniversary of pin trading. DCA's 2011 marketing slogan should be "Disney California Adventure: Come back and celebrate next year!"

Debut of Disney Channel Rocks

The new Disney Channel Rocks show debuted at Disney California Adventure park this weekend, several weeks after the East Coast version of the show premiered in Walt Disney World. The show is a replacement for the High School Musical 3 show that just closed in DCA, and offers a mash-up of songs from Disney's stable of teen singers, including Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Disney Channel Rocks is presented on the new stage in Paradise Pier Park instead of the rolling stage used for the High School Musical productions, and takes advantage of the location by incorporating the World of Color fountains into the opening and closing routines.


Disney Channel Rocks incorporates the World of Color fountains into the show's opening and closing numbers. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Dancers perform in several locations in the new Disney Channel Rocks show. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

MousePlanet reader "DisneyFanGuy" says that DCA's other new show, Disney Dance Crew which debuted last month, has been reworked a bit, he says, "possibly due to the show's negative feedback." Here are the changes he noted from the original version:

  • Most of the dialogue seems to have been retooled. The dancers no longer use the hip-hop lingo like "princess."
  • The dancers no longer make fun of Mickey's classic outfit.
  • Mickey's back is to the audience when he changes outfits.
  • They changed the "Yo Ho" lyrics. The song lyric is back to the classic "hearties" and no longer "gangsters."

He says, "These changes may seem small, but they do improve the show."

Holiday treats at Disneyland

After the adorable Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket sold out during Disneyland's HalloweenTime promotion, collectors have been keeping an eye out for the Snowman Mickey bucket that is supposed to be released for the winter holidays. Cast members have offered a variety of potential release dates, but there's still no sign of the buckets and Disney won't officially comment. The most recent date we've heard is December 8.


Santa Mickey demitasse cup is available at Plaza Inn and other dining locations. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

There is some good news on the sweet treat front; the Santa Mickey demitasse cups are now available at the Plaza Inn and other participating locations, including Blue Ribbon Bakery, Bakersfield Bakery, Rancho del Zocalo, Carnation, Blue Bayou, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, and Storytellers Cafe. Dessert offerings vary by restaurant location; the one sold at the Plaza Inn comes filled with chocolate peppermint pudding and costs $6.99.


Boudin Bakery offers shaped bread loaves for the holidays. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Boudin Bakery now offers three holiday-shaped bread loaves at a cart outside the Pacific Wharf Cafe. The loaves, available in candy cane, Christmas tree, and snowman shapes, cost $7.60 each.


A brief clip of the Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle lighting moment at Disneyland. Video by Steven Ng.

This and That...

...This Saturday is the "Early shopping opportunity" offered to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, D23 members, Disney Vacation Club owners, and Club 33 members at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Anaheim (link). The World of Disney store 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. 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.)


Work is already underway to prepare for next weekend's Candlelight event. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Disneyland Resort is currently offering 25 percent off all board games purchased at a Disney-owned retail shop.

...Disney is also offering free domestic ground shipping with a purchase of $250 at most Disney-owned shops. Check each store for details and delivery estimates.


The new Tangled makeover package at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is offered through December 31. Photo (c) Disney.

...The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is offering a Tangled princess transformation based on Disney's newest animated film. The package is $49.95, plus tax, and includes the wig shown above. This makeover is only offered through December 31, 2010. Call 714-781-7985 to make a reservation.

...The Walt Disney Travel Company has posted an outage notification on its Web site, advising customers that the Disney Reservation Center will close for a system upgrade at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, November 30. During this outage, no online or phone bookings can be made or adjusted. The system is expected to reopen sometime the morning of Wednesday, December 1.


A hot dog cart provides extra dining options at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Disney California Adventure park is apparently coping with the dining capacity shortage caused by the recent demolition of the Bountiful Valley Farmers Market and Pizza Oom Mow Mow by placing temporary vending carts in strategic places around the park. This hot dog cart was located next to Cocina Cucamonga this weekend, offering a kid-friendly alternative for people who didn't care for Mexican or Asian food, or who didn't want to brave the lines at the Pacific Wharf Cafe.


The construction walls were removed from the Hollywood Pictures Backlot after this section of Red Car track was completed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...It is once again possible to reach the Hyperion Theater and Tower of Terror from the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, as the construction walls surrounding the Red Car Line track were finally removed.

...We don't usually cover Knott's Berry Farm events here on MousePlanet, but I wanted to mention the 2010 CHOC Fest happening Saturday, December 4 at the Knott's Park Pavilion. This fundraiser benefits Children's Hospital of Orange County, one of MousePlanet's favorite Orange County charities. A host of local food trucks, including Dan Dan BBQ, Ahn Joo, LouksToGo, Del’s Soft Frozen Lemonade, Vesuvio Italian, Chunk-n-Chip Cookies, Kabob Express, Chomp Chomp, and Calbi, will be on hand serving their unique creations. Admission is $8, (children 10 and under are free), and includes unlimited fountain drinks. $5 of each ticket goes directly to CHOC. Park admission is not required to attend the event.

Saturday, December 4 is also the start of the annual Toys for Tots drive at Knott’s. You can receive free admission to Knott's when you purchase a $15 gift at a participating store in Knott's Marketplace and then donate it to the representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at the park main entrance.

 

...MousePlanet staffer Steven Ng shared this video of the dragon from Disneyland's Fantasmic. The dragon returned to the show earlier this month after suffering a mechanical breakdown this summer.

...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 through 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


The Kellogg's truck has been relocated from the Bountiful Valley Farm area to a location in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trailclosed through 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


More exterior detail work is visible on the Little Mermaid building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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 – Through January 2, 2011.
  • Fresh candy cane dates at Disneyland – Tuesday, November 30; Thursday, December 9; Saturday, December 11; Monday, December 13; Friday, December 17; and Tuesday, December 21. Dates are subject to change without notice.
  • 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.

    Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($169/$152) – A discounted price offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 - April 14, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14, 2011. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 2011, whichever occurs first. "Promotional Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    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.

    Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($182/$163) – A discounted price offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 - April 14, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14, 2011. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 2011, whichever occurs first. "Promotional Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    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

    Promotional 5-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($192/$172) – A discounted price offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 - April 14, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14, 2011. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 2011, whichever occurs first. "Promotional Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    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

    Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($196/$176) – A discounted price offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 - April 14, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14, 2011. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 2011, whichever occurs first. "Promotional Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

    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 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:

11/28 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
1/16 1/17 1/18 1/19

1/20

1/21 1/22
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p



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: 9a-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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