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Update for February 28 – March 6, 2011

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Save the date(s): Disneyland announces schedule for new parade and rides | Two new Disneyland Hotel restaurants previewed | Easter and Mother's Day Buffet information for the Disneyland Resort | Deaf Awareness Day at Disneyland - Saturday, March 5 | Disneyland workers file lawsuit over privacy concerns | Don't miss the Luau: registration continues for Spring 2011 MouseAdventure | This and That...

Save the date(s): Disneyland announces schedule for new parade, rides

Last Friday, the Disneyland Resort announced the opening date for both the updated Star Tours ride and the new The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction at the Disneyland Resort in California as Friday, June 3. The Resort also announced that Disneyland's new Mickey's Soundsational Parade debuts on Friday, May 27. The three new introductions are likely the centerpiece of the Disneyland Resort's Summer 2011 marketing campaign.


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Star Tours – The California version of Star Tours has been closed since last July to update the attraction with a new 3-D ride film based on the Star Wars universe. The Walt Disney World version of the ride closed in August for refurbishment, and the new ride film debuts first at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida on May 20 as part of that resort's Star Wars Weekends.


The scrim covering scaffolding around Disneyland's Star Tours building is printed with images of the Starspeeder 1000 that will be used in the upcoming ride film. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Last year the official Disney Parks Blog announced that the new Star Tours attraction will take place between the two sets of Star Wars Trilogies (link), and Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP & Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering has confirmed that the new ride will have multiple destinations. [Go to the Disney Parks Blog for a list of past entries about the attraction (link).]

Disney plans to reassign the Fastpass machines used for the Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters ride to Star Tours when it reopens. The machines will remain in their current location outside the Buzz Lightyear ride building, across the walkway from Star Tours

The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure – The new Little Mermaid attraction is under construction in Disney California Adventure park, on the site formerly occupied by the Golden Dreams film attraction featuring Whoopie Goldberg. The new ride opens June 3 at the park, then becomes duplicated over in Florida at Walt Disney World next year as part of the Magic Kingdom park's Fantasyland expansion.

The new Little Mermaid ride is part of a larger renovation of DCA's Paradise Pier area. Last week workers installed the crowning element atop the new show building, a bronze sculpture of King Triton which was previously displayed in the Triton's Garden area in Disneyland. The statue was removed when Pixie Hollow was constructed at Disneyland. Little Mermaid attraction concept art on display in the Blue Sky Cellar shows several possible finials for the building, including a statue of Ariel and a sculpture of a clamshell and pearl, but it seems Triton was a perfect fit.


The King Triton statue from Disneyland has a new home atop the Little Mermaid ride building in DCA. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


Workers installed the crowning figure of the new Little Mermaid ride last week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure is scheduled to open Friday, June 3. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Work continues on the new Little Mermaid attraction building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Mickey's Soundsational Parade – Disney describes the new Mickey's Soundsational Parade as "an explosive music festival with thrilling rhythms and bold percussion that will bring to life some of the most beloved melodies from Disney films." The floats will feature live musicians, drummers and dancers, including characters like Mickey Mouse who will "play live and will encourage members of the crowd to join a giant jam session."


Mickey’s Soundsational Parade will debut at Disneyland May 27. Concept art (c) Disney.

The concept art shows what appears to be five floats and four drum-shaped stage units. The drawing is described as showing things that may appear in the final parade, so some elements may not be as shown here. Disneyland has not offered a daily parade since the end of the holiday season.

This phase of the DCA expansion project also includes a new theme overlay to convert the former Mulholland Madness "mad mouse" coaster into Goofy's Sky School, construction of an all-new outdoor dining area, and the re-theme and refurbishment of two restaurants, Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. The rest of Paradise Pier, including Corn Dog Castle and Seaside Souvenirs, is scheduled to reopen May 25, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

Expect crowds to be exceptionally heavy with all of the new openings and re openings on the schedule, on top of an already popular holiday weekend, starting May 25th and all the way through the grand opening events on June 3.

Two new Disneyland Hotel restaurants previewed

The Disney Parks Blog posted a small teaser (link) last week about the new restaurant and bar under construction at the Disneyland Hotel. Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s replace the Lost Bar, Croc's Bits 'n' Bites, Hook's Pointe and the Wine Cellar, all of which closed last year as part of the hotel's central courtyard makeover.


Disney released concept art of Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s, the new restaurant and bar under construction at the Disneyland Hotel. Concept art (c) Disney.

Tangaroa Terrace is a "fast-casual" restaurant, which Disney says will include "island-inspired" food and beverages. I've previously been told that the restaurant will operate for breakfast and lunch somewhat like the Grand Californian Hotel's Whitewater Snacks (where you order at a counter and a server brings your food to your table), but will offer standard table service at dinner. Disney hasn't confirmed this, and it's possible the plan has changed in the past several months. While not exactly convenient, the new restaurant will be close enough to the Paradise Pier Hotel to provide a much-needed, quick-service alternative for guests staying at that hotel.

But what has MousePlanet readers talking is Trader Sam's, an Enchanted Tiki Room-inspired lounge that the Blog says, "will include interactive experiences with a bit of Disney magic you won’t want to miss." The frustratingly vague description conjures up everything from an Enchanted Tiki Bar to a West Coast edition of the beloved Adventurer's Club in Walt Disney World. Disney will say only that these new offerings will open later this year.

Easter and Mother's Day Buffet information for the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort usually holds fairly impressive brunch buffets for both Easter and Mother's Day in the Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel, with lavish food displays and tons of character photo opportunities.

The Easter brunch was canceled in 2010, however, and Disney has confirmed that there will not be one again this year. Instead, Storyteller's Cafe at the Grand Californian Hotel is offering a breakfast buffet with an "enhanced menu" on Easter. The brunch buffet, however, will return to the Disneyland Hotel for Mother's Day, giving Disney fans an opportunity to treat mom.

Storyteller's Cafe Easter Breakfast Buffet – Sunday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menu highlights include: Black pepper and herb-crusted New York strip loin; leg of lamb with mint jelly; corned beef hash with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce; roasted salmon with ruby grapefruit vinaigrette; olive-oil poached asparagus; made-to-order omelets

  • Prices are $29.99 for adults, and $13.99 for children 9 and under (normal discounts apply)
  • Reservations are now available through the Disney Dine Line (714-781-3463)

Storyteller's Cafe Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet – Sunday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Storyteller's will repeat the offering for Mother's Day, and the Disneyland Hotel will also offer their big brunch buffet. Menu highlights are not yet announced.

  • Prices are $29.99 for adults, and $13.99 for children 9 and under (normal discounts apply)
  • Reservations are available starting March 8 through the Disney Dine Line (714-781-3463)

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom– Sunday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menu highlights are not yet announced.

  • Prices are $71.99 for adults, and $20.99 for children 9 and under. Discount information not yet announced
  • Reservations are available starting March 8 through the Disney Dine Line (714-781-3463)

Deaf Awareness Day at Disneyland on Saturday, March 5

The 22nd Annual Deaf Awareness Day is on Saturday, March 5 at Disneyland. The event held in conjunction with Orange County Deaf Equal Access Foundation (OC-DEAF), provides volunteer sign language interpreters at select narrated shows and attractions, as well as at City Hall, the Main Street Info Board, First Aid, stroller rental kiosk, and select food service locations.

The Disneyland Resort already provides professional interpreting services at several rides and shows two days each week, including that Saturday.

OC-DEAF usually has an information table outside Disneyland during their event days, and you can get a schedule of interpreted shows from City Hall or the Info Board.

Disneyland workers file lawsuit over privacy concerns

Two Disneyland Resort employees held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce they have filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company to stop Disney from encoding the worker's Social Security numbers in a barcode printed on their cast member identification cards, and will seek to have their case certified as a class action. Jorge Iniestra and Josh Stern claim this practice violates a California privacy law, and exposes the cast members to the risk of identity theft.

In a statement issued late Monday night by Unite HERE Local 11, the union embroiled in a multi-year contract dispute with the Disneyland Resort, the workers state that the barcode on their company-issued identification cards contains "private information including their Social Security number." They claim that the barcodes "are easily retrievable with any smartphone barcode scanner app."

Disneyland Resort spokesperson Suzi Brown said in a prepared statement, "We disagree with the legal premise of the lawsuit. Protecting cast members’ personal information is a responsibility we take very seriously. The fact that Local 11 leadership is trying to sensationalize this situation, like many others over the past three years, underscores that they seem to have no genuine interest in resolving their labor dispute."

A union spokesperson declined to detail for MousePlanet exactly what information is encoded in this barcode, or how it is formatted. Cast member sources, some of whom were surprised to learn about this issue, have confirmed that the barcode on their ID card contains their unencrypted Social Security number along with a short series of numbers they do not recognize. The workers say the additional numbers do not appear to be their date of birth or other personally identifying data.

The union says the lawsuit could involve 20,000 Disneyland Resort employees, and that Disney employees elsewhere in California may also be covered by the action. Local 11 says that workers at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida also have the same information on their ID cards, but that those workers are not part of this lawsuit.

Last February, Iniestra was one of seven Disneyland Resort hotel workers who participated in a week-long fast organized by Local 11 (link).

Don't miss the Luau: registration continues for Spring 2011 MouseAdventure

Aloha teams! Grab your grass skirts and get ready to hula, as MouseAdventure presents our Spring 2011 event: MouseAdventure Luau! Registration for both Basic and Advanced divisions have already reached capacity, but registration is still open for our 101 Division, designed especially for first-time MouseAdventure teams.

101 Division – Disney California Adventure Park

For brand-new teams who just want to get an idea of what this MouseAdventure thing is all about without the stress of competition, our MouseAdventure 101 event is for you. Try your hand at a series of classic MouseAdventure puzzles from past events in Disney California Adventure in a relaxed, non-competitive setting.

Register now at MouseAdventure.com. Visit the site for more information,  and sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter.

This and That...

...Portions of Downtown Disney and Disneyland Drive were closed for over an hour last Tuesday when a suspicious device was found in the west side of Downtown Disney, near ESPN Zone. The Disneyland Resort confirmed the closure via a posting to their official Twitter account. The Orange County Register reported that the Anaheim Police Department responded, and determined the item to be a geocache container (link). According to Geocaching.com, geocaching is "a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices." Participants hide and locate containers, called geocaches, outdoors, then share your experiences online. While the site lists seven "virtual" geocache locations inside the Disneyland Resort (where you to go to a specified location and answer a location-based question to claim the "find," but do not have a physical item to find), there are several physical geocache containers located in the area surrounding the Disneyland Resort. The Register article quotes Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn as saying "We would like to inform those who geocache not to leave items out in open places where it could cause suspicion."

...Disney Cruise Line has raised the corkage fee from $18 to $20 per bottle for guests who bring their own alcohol into the dining rooms. This change is effective immediately on all three ships.

...The Disney Parks Blog announced last week that Fastpass service will be added to the new Mickey Mouse meet-and-greet location in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park (link). According to the article, visitors will get a Fastpass with a one-hour return window during which they can come back to meet Mickey, pose for photos and/or get an autograph. For now this feature has only been announced at Walt Disney World, where Mickey Mouse is getting a brand-new meet-and-greet area to replace his former Toontown Fair residence that closed last week as part of that park's Fantasyland expansion, and there is no indication that Disneyland will follow suit anytime soon.

...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.
  • Star Trader – closed through April 30 for refurbishment. The store has been relocated to the Starcade during construction.
  • Horse Drawn Streetcars – closed through March 4 due to Main Street paving project.
  • Main Street Vehicles – closed through March 4 due to Main Street paving project.
  • Splash Mountain – closed through May 26 for refurbishment.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – closed through March 8 for refurbishment.
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes – closed through March 8 for refurbishment.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed through March 8 for refurbishment.
  • Pooh's Corner – closed through March 8 for refurbishment.
  • Briar Patch – closed through March 8 for refurbishment.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed March 7–9 for refurbishment.
  • Goofy's Playhouse – closed through March 7–10 to replace the flooring.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Playhouse Disney closed through March 24
  • "it's tough to be a bug" closed February 28 to March 3

Construction-related closures:

  • Burger Invasion – closed through May 24 for conversion into Paradise Garden Grill.
  • Corn Dog Castle – closed due to construction in the area. An employee publication lists May 25 as its return date.
  • Souvenir 66 – closed due to construction in the area. An employee publication lists May 25 as its return date, and "Seaside Souvenirs" as the new name of the store.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mowclosed through May 24 for conversion to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
  • Mulholland Madness – closed through May 24 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).

2011

  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Labor Day weekend.
  • Spring 2011 MouseAdventure at the Disneyland Resort – Sunday, April 10. The Basic and Advanced divisions are now full, but registration is still open for the 101 Division, created especially for first-time team. Visit MouseAdventure.com for more information and to sign up for the MouseAdventure newsletter.
  • AIDS Walk Orange County – May 1.(link)
  • D23 Expo – August 19–21 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 now open (link).
  • Fall 2011 MouseAdventure at the Disneyland Resort – no details yet. Visit MouseAdventure.com to sign up for our newsletter.
  • Fall 2011 MouseAdventure at Walt Disney World – Saturday, November 12. 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

    Resident 2-Day 1-Park per Day ticket ($99) – The Resident 2-Day 1-Park per Day ticket offers Southern California residents (ZIP Codes 90000–93599) and Northern Baja California residents (ZIP Codes 21000–22999) two one-day admissions to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure before May 14. The ticket is the same price for adults and children. This base ticket is NOT a park hopper, and allows admission to only one park per day. For an additional $10 per person, you can upgrade the ticket to a Park Hopper ticket that allows admission to both parks each day, a savings of up to $52 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

    There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until May to use the second admission, but the ticket must be purchased by April 15 and the ticket expires May 14. There are no blockout dates for this ticket. The ticket can be purchased online at Disneyland.com, and printed from home for immediate use, and is also available at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. You can also purchase the ticket at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores.

    Keep in mind that Disney states "proof of residency required for purchase and admission," but MousePlanet readers who purchased these tickets from off-property retailers last year consistently reported that they were not required to provide proof of residency at the time of purchase. However, be aware that Disneyland Resort Main Gate cast members can—and may—require proof of residency when you first use the tickets. Whether this will happen to you is an oft-debated topic on our MousePad discussion boards, but we feel it would be irresponsible for us to not at least make our readers aware of the "official" policy, regardless of what the park's actual practice may be.

    *Now for the fine print:

    Tickets valid for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999. Proof of residency required for purchase and admission. The Resident 2-Day 1-Park per Day Ticket entitles Guests to admittance to either Disneyland® Park or Disney California Adventure™ Park each day for two days. This ticket is not valid for visits to both theme parks on the same day. The first visit must occur on or before May 14. Tickets may only be purchased between January 2 and April 14.

    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 and used by October 1. The ticket has the following 2011 blockout dates: February 18–21; April 17–23; and July 1–4.

    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 to April 14. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 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 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, 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. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 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.

    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. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 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. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, April 14. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or April 27, 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

    2011 Southern California CityPass
    $269/$229

    2011 Southern California CityPass ($276/$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. 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 $259.99/$209.99 (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

Spring discount offers – In addition to the Promotional Park Hopper bonus tickets listed above, the Disneyland Resort released two hotel discounts for Spring 2011. We definitely recommend comparing prices on these offers before you buy, as it may be less-expensive to book the hotel and ticket separately.

Room-only hotel discounts

The Resort is offering discounts of up to 35 percent on select Disneyland Resort Hotel stays for arrivals January 2 through April 13. Travel must be booked by February 19, 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; travel must be completed by April 15. 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.

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 "Spring 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:

2/27 2/28 3/1 3/2

3/3

3/4 3/5
DL: 8a-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-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT


DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9

3/10

3/11 3/12
DL: 8a-11p

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
3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16

3/17

3/18 3/19
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p



TT

DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p



MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

TT


DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23

3/24

3/25 3/26
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30

3/31

4/1 4/2
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



MM
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

TT


DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

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

4/7

4/8 4/9
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-10p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13

4/14

4/15 4/16
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM / MA
DL: 9a-11a

DCA: 10a-10p



TT

DL: 9a-11a

DCA: 10a-10p



MM
DL: 9a-11a

DCA: 10a-10p

TT


DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

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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