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Update for June 20 – 26, 2011

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Disney's Cart Adventure? | UP characters; Phineas and Ferb coming to DCA | A Downtwn Disney summer | Bye bye, Build an Ear | Resort construction update | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Disney's Cart Adventure?

The acronym game never gets old at Disney California Adventure park.


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As noted last week, Engine-Ears Toys closes on Monday, August 1 for renovation as part of the construction of DCA's new main entrance plaza. The store is expected to reopen in May 2012 as a new candy store called Trolley Treats. Greetings from California, the park's largest store, is scheduled to close at the beginning of August due to the main entrance makeover.

With two major stores closing, cast members tell us that park managers are looking to help offset the lost sales by installing as many as two dozen temporary merchandise carts throughout park. One cast member described it as a "parade" of carts along the walkway between A Bug's Land and Paradise Pier, with additional carts tucked "anywhere they'll fit." DCA managers previously used temporary carts to add food service capacity during the refurbishments of the Pacific Wharf restaurants, and it seems the merchandise team is hoping a similar plan will help salvage sales figures over the busy winter holiday season.


The former fortune cookie factory reopens this summer as a candy counter. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

There are also plans to reopen the barely used space next to Cucina Cucamonga that briefly housed a fortune cookie factory when DCA opened in 2001. The location will serve candy apples, fudge and other treats, as an alternative to the soon-to-close candy store at DCA's main entrance. If the location proves successful, it may remain open beyond the main entrance remodel as a dessert location.

UP characters to appear at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail; Phineas and Ferb coming to DCA

The Disney Parks Blog announced last week that Dug and Russell from the Disney•Pixar film, UP will be featured at DCA's Redwood Creek Challenge Trail starting Saturday, June 25. The pair is slated to appear in a "special ceremony" at the Ahwahnee Camp Circle (replacing the "Magic of Brother Bear" show), where participants can "graduate to Senior Wilderness Explorers." Visitors can also earn Wilderness Explorer badges by completing activities located throughout the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.


Dug and Russell will appear at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail starting June 25. Photo (c) Disney.

The blog posting also mentioned that Phineas and Ferb will appear at DCA starting July 9, with a new “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party," described as an "interactive dance party." The Disneyland website says the new entertainment offering will take place along the performance corridor, which, along with the show title, sounds as if the rolling stage from the High School Musical shows will be re purposed for this. The Disneyland Annual Passholder newsletter said that Phineas and Ferb would have a meet-and-greet at DCA starting this summer, but we don't know if this show includes a meet-and-greet element, or if Phineas and Ferb will also appear elsewhere in the park between shows. The new show does not replace the "Disney Channel Rocks!" show, which is still on the calendar for three performances a day.

A Downtown Disney summer

The Downtown Disney District invites you to try something new every Wednesday through Saturday this summer. On Wednesdays, break out your Zoot suit and turn out for Swing Nights at the Downtown Disney main stage, where you can dance under the stars to a live swing band. The music blasts from 6:00 to 10:00 through Wednesday, August 3.

On Thursdays, have dinner at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, and stay for the Dueling Pianos show. The duel starts at 9:00 p.m. and continues to midnight; reservations are recommended. Call (714) 776-5200 for reservations.

Friday nights at 8:30, bring your dancing shoes and join salsa nights at Tortilla Jo's. An instructor will be on hand at the beginning of the night to teach basic steps, and a live salsa band keeps the party going until 11:30pm. Call (714) 535-5000 for reservations.

The House of Blues introduces a new Reggae Brunch on Saturday mornings, from 9am to Noon, featuring live Reggae music. Call (714) 778-2583 for reservations.

Bye bye, Build an Ear

Three years ago Walt Disney World launched a Create Your Own Ear Hat program at the Magic Kingdom, and Disneyland added the offering a few months later to Toontown's Gag Factory, and later the Main Street Mad Hatter. The program let customers design their own Mickey Mouse ears by choosing from a selection of felt beanies and plastic snap-on ears, and then personalize their creation with iron-on patches and custom embroidery. While I liked the concept itself, I felt the execution fell short. Instead of the funky fabric hats and fur-trimmed, rhinestone-studded ears, I thought Disney should have offered a rainbow of solid-color felt hats and plastic ears that would let people create ears to match their school, team, or company colors. Still, Disneyland's sales of the pricey creations seemed strong, with young fashionistas routinely creating $30 and $40 hats.

And then, it was gone. Earlier this month, Build an Ear vanished from Disneyland. Asked what happened, merchandise cast members could only shrug their shoulders and say "blame Florida." It seems that Walt Disney World experienced both high "shrink" (theft, mostly of the easy-to-pocket iron-on decals) and high damage (usually from inexperienced cast members using the heat-seal machine) during assembly. Florida's managers decided to pull the plug on the program, and in this new world of "One Disney," that means Disneyland's creation stations had to go, too. A Disneyland cast member said this is one more indication of how little control Disneyland's merchandise team has over its own stores now that most buying is centralized in the Orlando offices, and expressed frustration that Disneyland would lose a popular product line just because Walt Disney World couldn't make it work.

Resort construction update

Father's Day was just another day on the construction site at Disney California Adventure for the workers who are putting in extra hours to make sure that Paradise Garden Grill, Paradise Pizza and Pasta and Goofy's Sky School are ready for their Friday, July 1 opening day. Costumed Disney cast members were spotted riding Goofy's Sky School on Sunday during employee previews; we noted last week that an attraction cast member said the ride might "soft open" to the public later this week.

Workers were also on site around the Carthay Circle Theater, where the related construction has necessitated a detour through Condor Flats or Hollywood Pictures Backlot for those wishing to go to Paradise Pier and the new Little Mermaid ride. Though the busy summer season has just begun, expect even more work walls and detours in July and August as more of the DCA's main entrance closes to make way for the new Buena Vista Street entrance.


A peek behind the construction walls inside the entrance of Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Construction around the Carthay Circle Theater has created detours through DCA. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Cast members ride Goofy's Sky School during employee previews Sunday. The ride opens to the public July 1. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Cast members ride Goofy's Sky School during employee previews Sunday. The ride opens to the public July 1. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Crews were hard at work on Father's Day to get the new Paradise Pier restaurants ready for a July 1 opening. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Crews were hard at work on Father's Day to get the new Paradise Pier restaurants ready for a July 1 opening. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Rocketeer at a panel discussion and screening at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre on Tuesday, June 21. This special event includes a screening of an all-new print of the movie; a panel discussion with the film's director, star and notable crew members; a commemorative event program; admission to the nearby Hollywood Museum to see a display of props and costumes from the movie; opportunity to purchase Rocketeer anniversary merchandise. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.; with the post-screening exhibit at the Hollywood Museum from 9:45 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. D23 members and their guests  also receive a commemorative Rocketeer gift. Purchase tickets by calling (818) 845-3110 or by visiting ElCapitanTickets.com.


The top of the DCA's new entrance gate structure was unveiled last week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Workers removed the tarps from the top of the new DCA entrance gates last weekend, giving visitors the first look at the almost-finished structure.

...If you're looking to avoid the recent Disneyland ticket price increase, MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Travel has park hopper tickets at the pre-increase prices. A 6-day park hopper is $211 from Get Away Travel, a savings of $60 compared to the box office price, and less expensive than even the $236 "promotional" advance purchase price Disneyland is currently offering for the same ticket.

...MousePlanet reader Pirate Girl says that the Disneyland Gallery will soon offer the same Character Sketch program offered at Disney California Adventure. The program gives guests the opportunity to have a character sketch created for them by a Disney sketch artist, who can personalize the image with names or dates to celebrate special occasions. Disney tested the offering earlier this year, locating the artist in a small work room that was added when the Bank of Main Street was converted into the Gallery.


A Disneyland Guide Stand sports a new layout. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...One of Disneyland's two Guide Stands reopened last week after remodel, and the new look reflects a possible trend for Disneyland's outdoor souvenir stands. Rather than a counter that wraps all the way around the space, this Guide Stand now has a semi-open design, allowing floor-to-ceiling merchandise displays, and giving customers direct access to the merchandise on the back wall. We've been told the Newstand at Disneyland's entrance was scheduled for a similar remodel last year, but managers decided to try the new layout on a smaller location first.

...The 2011 Disney Legends will be honored at a special ceremony during the upcoming D23 Expo, and Disney last week released a list of the honorees. The large group includes Muppet creator Jim Henson, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" host Regis Philbin and "Zorro" star Guy Williams; Disney partners and executives including Disneyland Hotel builders Jack and Bonita Wrather, Ray Watson (former Chairman of Walt Disney Productions) and Bo Boyd (Disney Consumer Products Chairman); and five actresses who voiced Disney princesses, including Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine), Lea Salonga (Mulan and singing voice of Jasmine), and Anika Noni Rose (Tiana). “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron will emcee the ceremony, which is scheduled for Friday, August 19, at the D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to the Legends Ceremony is included with D23 Expo admission.


Disneyland's Moonliner is under wraps during refurbishment. 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 Web site currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.

Crowd Forecast

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Last week saw slightly higher crowd levels than anticipated, a possible harbinger of the busy summer to come at Disneyland Resort. Because of this, now more than ever it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted crowd numbers generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. Because choosing the least crowded days to visit, but not having a good plan of attack for avoiding crowd concentrations is like ordering Diet Coke with three Big Macs, we highly recommend that you follow a Touring Plan.

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Date Overall Disneyland DCA
Monday, June 20, 2011 5 / 10 4.8 / 10 5.1 / 10
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5 / 10 4.9 / 10 5.3 / 10
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6 / 10 5.1 / 10 4.7 / 10
Thursday, June 23, 2011 4 / 10 4.2 / 10 4.2 / 10

Expect the possibility of continued heavier than normal crowds, for this time of year, in both parks due to the new summer offerings:

  • Thursday should have relatively low crowds.
  • Crowds next weekend will be high; these high crowds will not let up anytime soon.
  • There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed June 20 to 24, and July 11 to September 1 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed August 29 to September 15 for installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

Construction-related closures:

  • Burger Invasion – closed through June 2011 for conversion into Paradise Garden Grill.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mowclosed through June 2011 for conversion to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
  • Mulholland Madness – closed through June, 2011 for conversion to Goofy's Sky School.
  • Engine-Ears Toys closed August 1, 2011 through May 30, 2012 for renovation.


Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel's Fantasy tower. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Downtown Disney & Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Disneyland Hotel Neverland Pool – closed due to construction. The hotel's new pool area and new Monorail water slide are now open for hotel guests.
  • 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.

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 spring 2012.
  • Grad Nite events – The final after-hours party for graduating high school seniors in 2011 will be held Thursday, June 16. Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure close early to prepare for the after-hours graduation party.
  • Paint the Way to Miracles and Magic – June 18, 2011 Downtown Disney District. To buy tickets click here.
  • D23 Expo – August 19-21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 are now on sale 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.
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday October 16, 2011. Registration is now open via the event website.
  • Fall 2011 MouseAdventure at Walt Disney World – Saturday, November 12, 2011. Registration is now open, visit MouseAdventure.com for more information and 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 $80/$74

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $105/$99

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 $158/$146

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $173/$161

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, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $209/$193

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $224/$208

3-Day So Cal Resident Ticket ($139) and 3-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper ($154) – The 2011 3-Day So Cal resident discount ticket is $139, $31 more expensive than the 2010 version, and offers Southern California residents three one-day admissions to either Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. 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 $15 per person, you can upgrade to a 3-day Park Hopper ticket that allows admission to both parks each day. The ticket is valid June 3 through September 5, 2011, but is blocked out July 2-4 and August 21-22. The ticket has a 45-day "fuse," which means you must use all three admissions within 45 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days.

Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($199/$183) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). Ticket must be purchased between June 12 and October 1, 2011, and is not available for purchase at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Ticket is valid beginning June 19, and first use must be on or before October 1, 2011. The ticket has a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all three admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday). This ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Advance Purchase 3-day, One Park Per Day Bonus Ticket ($199/$183) or 3-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($214/$198) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. First use must be on or before December 31, 2012. These tickets have a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all three admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

If purchased from the Disneyland Web site (link), this ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Ticket may also be 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 participating travel agents. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. If purchased from AAA, the tickets come with free parking at the Mickey & Friends parking garage (a $15/day value).

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 US military, including active members of the National Guard or Reservists and active or retired members of the US 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.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $234/$216

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $249/$231

Costco 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket plus $50 Disney gift card ($199) – A special offer for Costco members who are also residents of Southern California, this ticket is available online and in select Costco stores. Unlike most other park hopper tickets, this ticket has no "fuse" - you can use the first admission today, and have until August 31, 2011 to use the remaining admission days before the ticket expires. The ticket is blocked out July 1-4, 2011 and August 21-22, 2011.

This ticket comes with a $50 Disney gift card, and has an "upgrade value" of $151 if you want to update the 4-day ticket to a higher value ticket or annual pass.

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 ($219/$201) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). Ticket must be purchased between June 12 and October 1, 2011, and is not available for purchase at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Ticket is valid beginning June 19, and first use must be on or before October 1, 2011. The ticket has a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all four admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday). This ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Advance Purchase 4-day, One Park Per Day Bonus Ticket ($219/$201) or 4-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($234/$216) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. First use must be on or before December 31, 2012. These tickets have a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all four admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

If purchased from the Disneyland Web site (link), this ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Ticket may also be 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 participating travel agents. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. If purchased from AAA, the tickets come with free parking at the Mickey & Friends parking garage (a $15/day value).

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $251/$231

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $266/$246

Promotional 5-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($231/$211) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). Ticket must be purchased between June 12 and October 1, 2011, and is not available for purchase at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Ticket is valid beginning June 19, and first use must be on or before October 1, 2011. The ticket has a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all five admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday). This ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Advance Purchase 5-day, One Park Per Day Bonus Ticket ($231/$211) or 5-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($246/$226) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. First use must be on or before December 31, 2012. These tickets have a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all five admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

If purchased from the Disneyland Web site (link), this ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Ticket may also be 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 participating travel agents. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. If purchased from AAA, the tickets come with free parking at the Mickey & Friends parking garage (a $15/day value).

Six Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $256/$239

Six Day Park Hopper – Regularly $271/$251

Promotional 6-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($236/$216) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). Ticket must be purchased between June 12 and October 1, 2011, and is not available for purchase at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Ticket is valid beginning June 19, and first use must be on or before October 1, 2011. The ticket has a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all three admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday). This ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Advance Purchase 6-day, One Park Per Day Bonus Ticket ($236/$216) or 6-day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($251/$231) – A discounted price for advance purchase through the Internet or select dealers. First use must be on or before December 31, 2012. These tickets have a 13-day "fuse," which means you must use all six admissions within 13 days of the first use, or forfeit the unused days. "Bonus Tickets" include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

If purchased from the Disneyland Web site (link), this ticket can be purchased and printed at home the same day you plan to use it (eTicket service). You can also ask to pick up the ticket at Will Call ($5 fee) or have it mailed to your home ( $5-$25 delivery fee, depending on service.)

Ticket may also be 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 participating travel agents. It is best to call and confirm before visiting a location, however. 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: $749 [Valid at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking]
Premium Annual Passport: $499 [Includes parking]
Deluxe Annual Passport: $379
Southern California Annual Passport: $269
SoCal Select Annual Passport: $199
Parking Add On: $99 [Add on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes. Has same blockout days as corresponding pass]
Blockout Day Ticket: $59 [Grants one-day park-hopper admission to an annual passholder on a blockout day]

2011 Southern California CityPass
$276/$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 is valid through December 31, 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.

    Hotel/Travel Packages

    Summer discount offers – The Disneyland Resort released a new hotel discount for Summer 2011.

    Room-only hotel discounts

    The Resort is offering discounts of up to 25 percent on select Disneyland Resort Hotel stays for arrivals June 19 through August 13, 2011. Travel must be booked by July 23, 2011, and a two-night minimum stay is required. 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. Travel must be completed by Aug. 14, 2011.

    The offer also includes 2 Fastpass tickets per person, per stay, and the fine-print reveals that Disney will be operating a "specially created, limited time Disney's Fastpass return line for The Little Mermaid – Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction" that will be available June 3 through September 11, 2011.

    Book online at the Disneyland.com Web site (link), call Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-6425, or contact your favorite travel agent.

    Costco Travel Packages – Many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco.com (link). When purchasing a Costco Disneyland travel package, extras that will be included are: Mickey's Toontown Madness admission (currently available Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays), a character breakfast collectible pin and lanyard, and a Costco luggage tag per person, plus a $20 Disneyland Resort gift card per package.

    Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – Package includes accommodations one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels; Souvenir Park Hopper ticket with voucher for admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, plus one Magic Morning (early entry) for three-day or longer Park Hoppers; preferred seating at four DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!, Golden Dreams); Preferred Showing of Turtle Talk with Crush (Priority Viewing at the first Turtle Talk with Crush show of the day, on any one day - one voucher per Guest); Disney Dream coin keepsake (one per package), luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy or Crush. Contact Disney Travel or your favorite travel agent.

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

    Get Away Today
    800-523-6116
    www.getawaytoday.com

    Mouse Ears Vacations
    www.mouseearvacations.com

    Small World Vacations
    www.smallworldvacations.com

    Other Discounts

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

    6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22

    6/23

    6/24 6/25
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    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 / TT
    6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29

    6/30

    7/1 7/2
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    TT

     

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC/DX

    MM / TT
    7/3 7/4 7/5 7/6

    7/7

    7/8 7/9
    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

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC/DX

    MM / TT
    7/10 7/11 7/12 7/13

    7/14

    7/15 7/16
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC/DX

    MM / TT
    7/17 7/18 7/19 7/20

    7/21

    7/22 7/23
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

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    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 / TT
    7/24 7/25 7/26 7/27

    7/28

    7/29 7/30
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    MM / TT
    7/31 8/1 8/2 8/3

    8/4

    8/5 8/6
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

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    DL: 8a-12a

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    DL: 8a-12a

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    DL: 8a-12a

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    8/7 8/8 8/9 8/10

    8/11

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

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    TT
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    DL: 8a-12a

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

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    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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