Quantcast
MousePlanet.com


Update for April 12 – April 17, 2011

Go directly to: News & Views | Join our Networks | Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures | Community Events | Resort Events | Discounts and Promotions | Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

News and Views

Pirates 4 to premiere at Disneyland May 7 | Disneyland Annual Passholders can win chance to preview Star Tours May 23 - June 1 | Disney Cruise Line announces regional itineraries | Final days to purchase discounted Southern California resident tickets | Resort construction update | Oh my, what an Adventure! | This and That... | Crowd forecast

Pirates 4 to premiere at Disneyland May 7


advertisement

It's official: Disneyland is hosting the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Saturday, May 7. In a posting on the Disney Parks Blog last week, Disneyland Resort Public Relations Director George Savvas confirmed what had become an open secret, announcing that tickets to the premier were available for $1,000 each, with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. By Friday the event website displayed a message that the premiere was almost at capacity, and the event is now sold out.

The announcement also confirmed that the premiere will be shown in 3-D, in an outdoor theater constructed on the Rivers of America. As previously noted here, the entertainment schedule for the weeks surrounding that premiere show that Disneyland's Fantasmic will not be presented April 25 through May 14. An enormous movie screen was constructed on Tom Sawyer Island for each of the past three premieres, forcing a similar hiatus for Fantasmic.

For those who want to watch the celebrity arrivals, which are said to include all of the film's stars, Savvas said that "a limited number of Disneyland park guests" may be able to watch along the "black" carpet down Main Street, U.S.A. Savvas cautioned that viewing capacity will be very limited.

Disneyland Annual Passholders can win chance to preview Star Tours May 23 - June 1

The Disneyland Resort is offering Annual Passholders the opportunity to win a chance to be among the first to ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue during a "sneak peek" Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, June 1. The updated version of the popular Star Tours attraction is scheduled to debut at Walt Disney World on May 20, and reopen at Disneyland on June 3.

To enter, passholders must log onto the Disneyland Resort annual passholder website and select the date(s) and time(s) they are available to attend a preview. Passholders may select multiple time periods to increase their chances of winning, but can only win one spot. Each passholder can register to bring up to 5 additional passholders as guests. Winners will be notified by e-mail on or around Monday, May 16.

The previews will be offered during the following dates and times:

  • Monday, May 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Since Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 are blockout dates for the three least-expensive annual passes (Southern California Select, Southern California, Deluxe), those passholders or their guests who win a preview on one of those two days will also receive a 1-Day Disneyland Park blockout day ticket at no charge so they can attend the preview.

If you aren't a passholder or do not win a spot at a preview, don't lose hope—we're still hearing that "soft opening" previews may be offered starting Friday, May 20, and that non-passholders may be allowed to ride during the passholder previews if the lines are short enough.

During last week's State of the Resort presentation at the Disneyland Resort, Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP & Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, shared a brief video of the pod race scene from the new attraction. Though the video was not shown in 3-D as it will be in the actual attraction, it was clear that the effects will play an important role in the film. During the clip we saw, the Starspeeder winds up in the middle of a pod race, racing through a desert landscape and around buttes, dodging flying engine debris and narrowly avoiding a collision with the viewing stand at the finish line. Fitzgerald said the new ride has 54 possible combinations, and features brand-new pilot and "spokesbot" characters. "We even created Skytroopers," Fitzgerald said, describing them as "Stormtroopers who can fly."

Disney Cruise Line announces regional itineraries

Last Monday, we received from a travel agent what was purported to be the Disney Cruise Line's 2012 schedule, two days before Disney was set to make the official announcement New York. Last Wednesday, Disney confirmed that in 2012, Disney Cruise Line will sail from three new ports: New York; Seattle, Washington; and Galveston, Texas. The change in itineraries is due to the arrival of the Disney Fantasy, which will make its maiden voyage on March 31, 2012.

With the Fantasy coming to Port Canaveral in 2012, Disney will continue to use the smaller Disney Magic to open new markets for the Disney Cruise Line. The Magic was the first Disney ship to sail to Los Angeles in 2005, and two years later sailed to Europe for a season of Mediterranean cruises. Rather than returning to Europe in 2012, the Disney Magic will instead will sail to Canada, the Bahamas, and the Western Caribbean from new home ports in New York and Galveston.

Just before the Disney Dream debuted earlier this year, the Disney Wonder, sister ship to the Magic, was sent to Los Angeles to offer cruises to Alaska and the Mexican Riviera. The Wonder will offer a second season of cruises to Alaska in 2012, but will operate out of Seattle instead of Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to sailings to the Mexican Riviera, the Wonder will test a new Pacific Coast itinerary, visiting San Diego and San Francisco. Disney will also offer a special one-time-only 15-night round-trip cruise to Hawaii on the Disney Wonder, departing out of Los Angeles.

These new itineraries can be viewed as one way Disney is responding to growing concerns about international travel, especially among passengers traveling with children.

The Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney have recently made several adjustments to their itineraries because of political unrest and safety concerns, replacing planned stops in Tunis with a visit to Palermo, Italy during the Mediterranean schedule, and canceling scheduled tours into Egypt.

DCL also altered Mexican Riviera itineraries earlier this year to bypass Mazatlan in favor of a second call in Cabo San Lucas. The new Pacific Coast itinerary is an option for West Coast families who really want to experience a Disney Cruise vacation, but are worried about safety in the Mexican Rivera ports.

The New York and Texas departures also give Disney access to millions of new "drive market" customers—individuals who are more likely to consider a Disney cruise if they don't first have to fly to Port Canaveral to meet the ship.

While New York and Galveston are celebrating the pending arrival of the Disney Magic, another port city is likely less enthused about Disney's announcement: Canadian national broadcaster CBC News estimates that Vancouver will lose about $40 million in potential business as a result of Disney's decision not to return in 2012, an announcement that was made just weeks before the cruise line is set to arrive at the Port of Vancouver to begin its inaugural Alaska season.

In an interview with CruiseCritic.com, Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said, "By no means are we discounting going back to Vancouver, but we're comparing the ports—foreign vs. domestic, new call in Victoria—to see what matters." Flying into Seattle is a much more convenient—and much less expensive—proposition for most U.S. passengers, and Disney may see more interest in its Alaska cruises once they remove that expensive additional barrier.

Disney will also dip its toes into the Hawaii cruise market in 2012, with a 15-night round-trip cruise from the port of Los Angeles. Rumors of a cruise to Hawaii picked up steam last year, when the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Disney had made tentative bookings for May and September 2012 in Honolulu Harbor. There had been further rumors that these stops would bookend a season of cruises in Asia. The Hawaii cruise sold out in just two days, though cabins may be released as passengers cancel their trips or fail to make their deposits. Many travel agents have waiting lists for these rooms as they appear, though Mary Kraemer, an agent with MousePlanet sponsor Mouse Ears Vacations, noted that she saw "prices jump dramatically within a very few minutes" as cabins were released back into inventory.

Disney is now accepting bookings for the newly announced 2012 cruises. Reservations may be booked through the Disney Cruise Line website, by calling the Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 (888-325-2500), or your travel agent. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com and Small World Vacations.

Final days to purchase discounted Southern California resident tickets

The $99 2-Day 1-Park per Day ticket offer for Southern California residents (ZIP Codes 90000–93599) and Northern Baja California residents (ZIP Codes 21000–22999) is coming to an end. The ticket offers two one-day admissions to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure before May 14, but must be purchased by April 15. There are no blockout dates for this ticket, and it can be used throughout the Spring Break season.

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 as long as May 14 to use the second admission.

You can purchase the ticket 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.

Resort construction update

Vertical construction continues on the Carthay Circle Theater in Disney California Adventure, and I got a peek behind the walls last week during a construction tour offered prior to the State of the Resort presentation by Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis. The tour included brief talks from Imagineers working on the new main entrance, Cars Land and Little Mermaid projects, including a look (sadly only via remote video camera) of the Cars Land construction site as seen from the Tower of Terror building.


The Carthay Circle Theater is taking shape inside Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new icon inside Disney California Adventure will feature a restaurant and lounge. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


When complete, the Carthay Circle Theater building will mostly block the view of the Tower of Terror from Condor Flats. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The ventilated floor of Luigi's Flying Tires ride appears to be in place, and the frames of the Cozy Cones are visible. During the later presentation we learned a few more details about Cars Land. All of the character dialogue heard in the new attractions is voiced by the original voice actors from the Cars movie. The round structure visible in the construction site is Radiator Cap Butte, part of the Radiator Springs Racers attraction. We learned that the ride will take cars into the Lost Cap Cave and through the misty Twilight Caverns, modeled on the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. And we learned that the Cozy Cones will be used as an outdoor vending location, serving pop-cone, snow-cones, chili cone-carne... and churros. "Gotta give the people what they want," was the explanation for that final offering. Flo's V-8 Cafe will offer "comfort food," and Fillmore's will offer healthier options like juices, nuts, and fruit.


Work continues on the Cadillac Range surrounding Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The load area for The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure features an 86-foot, hand-painted mural, and a chandelier that should make the mural visible from outside the building at night, courtesy of the full-height windows just installed at the entrance of the building. Larry Nikolai, Senior Conceptual Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, said that the sculptures of Ariel's sisters that grace the front of the new Little Mermaid attraction were crafted in Salt Lake City, Utah by a company that also does work for Las Vegas hotels, and shared that he got to do a little sculpting on the figures himself during visits to check on the work. In addition to his work as an Imagineer on Disney theme park projects around the world, Disney collectors may recognize Nikolai as the sculptor of many of the Walt Disney Classics Collection figures.


Larry Nikolai, Senior Conceptual Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, helped create the facade of The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The attraction features many of the songs from The Little Mermaid movie, including "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea." On Monday, the Disney Parks Blog shared a video of the recording session for the attraction music. The video also provides the first look at the King Triton animatronic figure from the ride.

Oh my, what an Adventure!

Over 900 players turned out for MouseAdventure Luau this Sunday at the Disneyland Resort, and we want to thank everyone for joining us for another day of MouseAdventure fun. A full event recap will run later this week, but we want to take this opportunity to recognize the winning teams in each division.

  • 3rd place Basic (New): 298/560 points, team 137 "Perceptive Plaids"
  • 3rd place Basic (Returning): 404/560 points, team 32 "Disney Mountainears"
  • 3rd place Advanced: 561/780 points, team 31 "YM's Majesty"
  • 2nd place Basic (New): 323/560 points, team 31 "Tiki Tumblers"
  • 2nd place Basic (Returning): 409/560 points, team 121 "No Name Gang"
  • 2nd place Advanced: 594/780 points, team 21 "The Imagineers"
  • Best Family Team, Basic Division: 368/560 points, team 91 "Practically Perfect"
  • 1st place Basic (New): 367/560 points, team 18 "That's All Right With Me, But How Are You At Catching Mice?"
  • 1st place Basic (Returning): 417/560 points, team 7 "Team Skillz"
  • 1st place Advanced: 619/780 points, team 9 "Heffatooies"
  • Overall Advanced high score beating everyone else, 633/780 points, Masters team "Simba's Pride"


Over 900 players joined us for MouseAdventure Luau this weekend. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We also want to extend our thanks to those players who gave so generously to the American Red Cross as part of this year's MouseAdventure charity drive. It has become a MouseAdventure tradition to sponsor a donation drive at our Disneyland Resort events, and the ongoing earthquake-related crises Haiti, New Zealand, and Japan very much in our minds these days. MousePlanet partnered with the American Red Cross for this event, and collected donations for its earthquake and tsunami relief efforts from MouseAdventure players during the sign-in period of all three MouseAdventure Luau divisions. MousePlanet offered to match the first $1,000 donated by MouseAdventure players at the event, and we are pleased to report that the event raised $2,073 for the Red Cross.

Our next MouseAdventure event at the Disneyland Resort will be September 24 and 25, 2011. Our next Walt Disney World event is November 12. Visit MouseAdventure.com to sign up for our newsletter to receive additional details as they are available.

This and That...

...Unable to capitalize on an internationally recognized pun by reopening Star Tours on May 4 ("May the fourth be with you"), Disneyland has extended the planned refurbishment of the Star Traders store by a few days to take advantage of the calendar date. When the Star Trader reopens on what many call Star Wars Day, Disney fans can see the X-Wing Fighter returned to display in the store, (the model was relocated to the Starcade as part of the New Tomorrowland project in 1998), along with a small selection of new Star Tours merchandise. According to a post on the Disney Parks Blog, the majority of the new ride merchandise, along with exclusive designs created for Disneyland annual passholders, will be released later in May.

...The April 2011 Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Product Releases, Programs & Promotions Newsletter is available to read on our MousePad discussion forum. This Disney-produced document contains information about product releases and special promotions offered at the Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. If you don't want to download the whole thing, here are the highlights from the Disneyland Resort:

  • Muppets Vinylmation Series 2 Product Release & Signing – April 15 at the Disneyland Resort. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at D Street in the Downtown Disney District.
  • Tickets are on sale for the Sci-Fi Academy Pin Trading Event – June 24. Tickets are $70 per person, and include an event t-shirt and pin. Details are on the Disney pin trading website.
  • Disney Legend Jack Lindquist, the first president of Disneyland, will be on hand to sign his memoir In Service to the Mouse on May 1. He will be appearing for a special book signing at The Disney Gallery, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Annual passholders will be able to purchase special merchandise commemorating the new Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Goofy’s Sky School rides at Disney California Adventure, as well as the debut of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland.
  • Receive a Woven Throw for $15.95 with any purchase of $25 or more and/or a Deluxe Pin Trading Starter Set for only $15.95 with any purchase of $40 or more at participating Disneyland or Disney California Adventure merchandise locations.
  • Receive a Beach Towel for $12.95 with any purchase of $25 or more and/or a Watch for only $15.95 with any purchase of $40 or more at a participating Downtown Disney merchandise location.

...Blink, a denim "pop up" store operated by fashion retailer Wet Seal, opened in Downtown Disney Anaheim last Friday. The store features in an expanded selection of denim apparel compared to a mall-based Wet Seal store, along with t-shirts and accessories in juniors sizes 00-15.


Wet Seal has opened a Blink denim store in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...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 website currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Disneyland Resort Update for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.

Disneyland Resort crowd forecast

Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, to help you better plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, TouringPlans.com has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

Another busy spring week at the Disneyland Resort; expect things to only get worse as we approach the Easter holiday. We had researchers submitting wait times in the parks every day of the week, and were aided by our fabulous Disneyland Lines App users. Last year, here's what our statistical team measured for the upcoming week (note that last year this was the week after Easter Weekend, one of the busiest times of year):

Date Overall Disneyland DCA
Monday, Apr. 11, 2010 9 / 10 9.1 / 10 8.9 / 10
Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2010 9 / 10 7.5 / 10 8.9 / 10
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2010 9 / 10 7.6 / 10 8.9 / 10
Thursday, Apr. 14, 2010 8 / 10 7.2 / 10 8.8 / 10
Friday, Apr. 15, 2010 9 / 10 8.1 / 10 9.5 / 10
Saturday, Apr. 16, 2010 10 / 10 9.0 / 10 9.6 / 10
Sunday, Apr. 17, 2010 10 / 10 9.1 / 10 9.5 / 10

Crowds increase from last week as we approach the busy Easter Week. Expect crowds of Crowd Level 9 or higher most of the week:

  • Both weekend days will be incredibly busy, with full Annual Pass blockouts on Saturday and crowds measuring a full 10 out of 10 on the Crowd Calendar both Saturday and Sunday.
  • The best day, relatively speaking, to visit Disneyland and DCA will be Thursday.
  • Most of the week, DCA will be busier than Disneyland, with the exception of Monday.
See Disneyland crowd predictions for the next 365 days.
Get wait time predictions on your mobile phone.
Do more. Wait less.


Join our networks

Facebook

MousePlanet

MouseAdventure
The MouseStation Podcast
THIS IS AN EMPTY BOX! Please do not pay attention to any printing you may see in this box. We only wrote this to let you know that this is an empty box. With nothing in it. Except this message.

Twitter


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Star Tours – closed for refurbishment and addition of elements for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The new ride is scheduled to reopen on June 3, but soft openings are expected to begin as early as May 20.
  • Star Trader – closed for refurbishment. The store has been relocated to the Starcade during construction, and is scheduled to reopen on May 4.
  • Splash Mountain – closed through May 26 for refurbishment.
  • Stage Door Cafe – closed May 2 to 26 for refurbishment.
  • The Golden Horseshoe – closed May 9 to 26 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed May 17 and 18 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

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.


The first Monorail figure has been installed on the Disneyland Hotel's new water slide. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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.

2011

  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Labor Day weekend.
  • Spring 2011 MouseAdventure at the Disneyland Resort – Sunday, April 10. Registration is now closed. Visit MouseAdventure.com for more information about future events, and to sign up for the MouseAdventure newsletter.
  • AIDS Walk Orange County – May 1. Registration information available on the event website.
  • Grad Night events – The after-hours parties for graduating high school seniors will be held Thursday, May 12; Thursday, May 19; Thursday, May 26; Thursday, June 2; Wednesday, June 8; Thursday, June 9 and Thursday, June 16. Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure close earlier on these nights to prepare for the after-hours graduation parties.
  • D23 Expo – August 19–21 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 are now on sale at the event website.
  • Sixth annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 2–4. Registration for the 2011 event is sold out, but you can join the wait list at the Run Disney website.
  • Fall 2011 MouseAdventure at the Disneyland Resort – Saturday, September 24 (Advanced division) and Sunday, September 25 (Advanced, Basic and 101 divisions) at the Disneyland Resort. 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 website. 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. 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 Resort website. 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 Resort website 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 website, 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 Resort website. 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 Resort website 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 website, 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 Resort website. 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 Resort website 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 website, 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 Resort website. 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 Resort website 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 website, 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 Resort website 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 website though this has a minimum $7.50 shipping charge (no shipping charge from the Disney website if purchased more than 10 days in advance).

    You can also purchase the Southern California City Pass online from Costco.com at a cost of $259.99/$209.99, 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!

    [Editor's note: The 2011 Southern California CityPass is not currently available from Costco.com as of March 2011. The link above searches Costco.com for the CityPass. If and when Costco.com begins carrying the CityPass again, the link will show a result for it.]

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 Resort website, 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.

Contact a MousePlanet sponsor travel agency for assistance in booking your next trip

Mouse Ears Vacations
www.mouseearvacations.com

Small World Vacations
www.smallworldvacations.com

Other Discounts

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

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 website for details.

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 at ESPNZone.com 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.

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:

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-11p

DCA: 10a-10p



TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p



MM
DL: 9a-11p

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
4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20

4/21

4/22 4/23
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

MM
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p


SL/SC

TT
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27

4/28

4/29 4/30
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT
DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/1 5/2 5/3 5/4

5/5

5/6 5/7
DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM

DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 7a-5p

DCA: 10a-11p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/8 5/9 5/10 5/11

5/12

5/13 5/14
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM
DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8:30p

Grad Nite

MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/15 5/16 5/17 5/18

5/19

5/20 5/21
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8:30p

Grad Nite

MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
5/22 5/23 5/24 5/25

5/26

5/27 5/28
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL

MM
DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-9p



MM
DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT
DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8:30p

Grad Nite

MM

DL: 9a-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: This week's entertainment schedule on the Disneyland Resort website.

 



Comments

Discuss this article on MousePad. (Direct link to the article's thread)


(Send an email to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix)

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix (@MousePlanetAVP) is an original MousePlanet staffer and manages to find time for all of this while running two retail stores, MouseShoppe and CharmingShoppe.