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Update for July 18 – July 24, 2011

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A weekend of anniversaries | Disney California Adventure's new entrance unveiled | DCA construction to impact Monorail operation | 4th annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting CHOC Children's | Visit the MousePlanet Lounge at D23 Expo | Sizzling Summer Sale at the World of Disney | Enter The MouseAdventure Zone... | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

A weekend of anniversaries

56 years ago Disneyland opened to the public, and the Resort celebrated the milestone yesterday afternoon with a low key "celebratory moment." Thousands of park visitors gathered around Town Square as dozens of Disney characters, including several rarely seen in the parks, made a grand appearance on Main Street. Walt Disney's opening day dedication speech played on speakers throughout the park, and an announcer invited the Main Street audience to join the characters in singing "Happy Birthday" to Disneyland. The characters approached the crowd and each handed a Disneyland balloon to a delighted child, then returned backstage. MousePlanet reader Stephanie Masters Mattison posted on our Facebook wall, saying, "I got teary during the speech. I'm so glad we were there."


Disney characters enter Town Square for a "celebratory moment:" in honor of Disneyland's 56th anniversary. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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Sunday also marked the 11th anniversary of MousePlanet.com, and I once again want to take the opportunity to thank the people who make the site possible. MousePlanet would not exist without the hard work of a large group of people, from the columnists whose names you see every week, to the support crew who lurk behind the scenes. My sincere thanks go to our writers, photographers, editors, technical staff, moderators and community leaders for their dedication. Thanks also go to our site sponsors, who help keep the server bills paid so we can bring this wealth of Disney news and information to you.


Disney characters line Main Street to sing happy birthday to Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

I also wish to thank our readers and MousePad discussion forum members. I received a deeply touching note from a long-time reader yesterday, telling me how much the MousePlanet community had influenced them personally. I also had the opportunity at Saturday's Disneyana event to meet MousePlanet readers, who told me how much they appreciate all of the information available on the site, and on our MousePad discussion forum. MousePlanet exists for our readers, and I am grateful for your support. The next few years should prove very interesting for the Disney theme parks, and I look forward to sharing it with you.


Thousands of Disney fans gathered on Main Street to mark Disneyland's anniversary. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure's new entrance unveiled

The new entrance gates to Disney California Adventure park opened Friday, and the countdown has begun to the next phase of the big Buena Vista Street renovation. As soon as the park closed Thursday night, crews removed the turnstiles from the old entrance structure, as well as the construction walls from around the new complex. Guests who were still inside DCA watching World of Color Friday night exited the park after the show via gate 14, next to the Soarin' Over California attraction.


Disney California Adventure's new entrance gates opened Friday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new entrance structure, modeled after the Pan Pacific Auditorium entrance, is nearly identical to the entrance to Disney Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

By the next morning on Friday, the new main entrance was open the public. The new structure is a replica of the Pan Pacific Auditorium entrance, and nearly identical to the entrance to Disney Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida.


You only have a few more days to get a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge behind DCA's new entrance structure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A portion of the old entrance structure is still in place behind the new gates. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Some fans were surely disappointed to learn that the rumors of the new DCA turnstiles featuring Walt Disney World-style biometric readers were false, through the new entrance does feature wider gated between turnstiles to accommodate larger wheelchairs and strollers.


Construction walls still surround the temporary path that will lead guests from the new main entrance to the Condor Flats section of DCA. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Half of the old entrance structure is still in place, and visitors entering DCA still pass under the east side of the old structure to get into the park. The west side of the structure was behind construction walls on Friday, but by Sunday had been removed. Imagineers are working to create a temporary pathway behind Soarin' Over California. That walkway is expected to serve as the access into DCA by Labor Day, when the Buena Vista Street project kicks into high gear.


On Friday, the west side of the old main entrance structure was still in place. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


By Sunday, the structure had been removed to make way for a temporary detour behind the Soarin' building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Once that phase of the project begins, DCA will essentially become a very long cul-de-sac, and you'll need to walk through Condor Flats, the Golden State and A Bug's Land to reach the Hollywood Backlot District from the main entrance.


The temporary path will lead from the new DCA entrance to this walkway next to Soarin' Over California. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

DCA construction to impact Monorail operation

Starting today, as part of the main entrance makeover at Disney California Adventure, the Disneyland Monorail begins a reduced operating schedule. The closure is due to work on the section of the Monorail where it passes through the new DCA entrance. The current Golden Gate Bridge facade will be removed, and eventually replaced with a new facade to resemble the Glendale-Hyperion bridge.


Work begins this week to replace the Golden Gate Bridge with a new facade to resemble the Glendale-Hyperion bridge. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Now through July 29, the Disneyland Monorail will open at 10 a.m. every day, two hours after Disneyland park opens. This will be inconvenient for Disneyland Resort hotel guests who prefer to skip the walk to the parks and ride the Monorail into Disneyland.


Despite the new turnstile complex, the most dramatic change to DCA's main entrance will come once the Golden Gate Bridge is removed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Starting August 1 and continuing until further notice, the delayed opening will take place only Monday through Friday each week, and the Disneyland Monorail will operate on a normal schedule on weekends.

4th annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting CHOC Children's

Children's Hospital Orange County is hosting its fourth annual Taste of Downtown Disney event on Thursday, August 11. Join CHOC for a night of food, wine, and spirits from most of the Downtown Disney restaurants, with live entertainment, free valet parking, and the opportunity to help out an outstanding local charity. Tickets are $75 per person, and all proceeds benefit CHOC Children's.

Celebrate an evening of Wine, Food and Friends at the 4th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney.

Join us as we taste and savor the flavors of fine cuisine, wine and spirits while enjoying the unique ambience and flair of the Downtown Disney® District. Top off the evening by indulging in decadent desserts and coffee. Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the evening for your listening pleasure.

Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, tray passed appetizers, olive tasting and select wine/spirits/beer pairings at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, ESPN® Zone, House of Blues®, La Brea Bakery® Café, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen® and Tortilla Jo's.

Festivities will begin at 6:00 PM and complementary valet parking is provided at the Downtown Disney® Valet Circle.

Guests will be greeted at the CHOC Welcome Tent outside the ESPN® Zone, from there they will be escorted to welcome reception.

General Admission is $75.00 with proceeds benefiting CHOC Children's.

Special Package Offers:

Package #1 (Only 8 Packages Available)
Fireworks viewing at Disneyland Hotel Concierge with a bottle of wine $125.00 per person - Includes one ticket to the Taste of Downtown Disney, Includes refreshments in the Concierge Lounge at the Disneyland Hotel (11th floor)

Package #2 (Only 10 Packages Available)
World of Color VIP viewing with park escort $200.00 per person

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.choc.org/tasteofdowntown/

Event guests are divided into different rotations for this event, so we are working with CHOC to group MousePlanet staff and readers in the same rotation. If you are planning to attend and would like to be grouped in our rotation, please send an email to CHOCNight@MousePlanet.com after you register, and provide the names of everyone in your party. Guests who purchase package #1 or #2 will likely be assigned to their own rotation, and will probably not be able to join the MousePlanet group.

Visit the MousePlanet Lounge at D23 Expo

MousePlanet will once again be part of the Fan Forum at the upcoming D23 EXPO, August 19 to 21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The MousePlanet LOUNGE is the place to come mix and mingle with MousePlanet readers and staff, and meet your fellow MousePad members and Community Leaders.

Kick up your feet and relax in our comfortable LOUNGE, check your e-mail, browse MousePad, and even print your boarding passes for the flight home. While you're there, be sure to pick up a special MousePlanet button designed just for the EXPO, and register each day to win a prize from one of our MousePlanet Sponsors.

Mouse Tales author and MousePlanet columnist David Koenig will be at the MousePlanet LOUNGE on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 to meet readers and sign copies of his books (books will be available to purchase at the event, or you can bring your own copies). Copies of Vault of Walt by MousePlanet columnist and Disney historian Jim Korkis will also be available for purchase.

We will once again offer our popular Camera Check service, where you can safely leave your electronics before you head into any presentations where cameras and phones may be prohibited.

MouseAdventure players, be sure to stop by the booth each day for a new challenge. Bring your "A" game, and you can win cool MouseAdventure prizes!

To help our readers who are attending the Expo, we've set up a special Twitter account just for the show. Follow @MPatD23Expo on Twitter for live updates, announcements and contests throughout D23 weekend.

Sizzling Summer Sale at the World of Disney

Disneyland has asked that we pass along a parking and queue advisory for the upcoming Sizzling Summer Sale at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney. The sale is Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The early shopping opportunity is open to Disneyland Resort Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, D23 Members, and Club 33 Members. Valid annual pass or DVC, D23 or Club 33 identification card is required, along with a government-issued photo ID.

The sale features discounts of up to 50 percent off select merchandise items, along with special "doorbusters," surprise markdowns, and more. A specific list of sale merchandise is usually not made available prior to the event, but Disney has occasionally given MousePlanet a few hints. We'll pass those along on our MousePad discussion forum if we receive them before the sale starts.

Bargain hunters have been known to line up very early for this event, and so to prevent a repeat of issues at past sales, Disney asks that shoppers park in the Downtown Disney parking lot, and that they do not arrive prior to 5:45 a.m. A line will be formed behind the Rainforest Cafe near the Downtown Disney District valet booth, and shoppers will be escorted to the World of Disney store just before the store opens for the sale.

Shoppers arriving from the Harbor Boulevard entrance will need to walk through Downtown Disney to the Rainforest Cafe to join the line there; there will not be a separate queue in front of the store. Downtown Disney parking fees will apply after 10:00 am, but that should be plenty of time to shop and re park your car if you're planning to stay at Disneyland for the day.

Enter The MouseAdventure Zone...

Our Fall 2011 Disneyland Resort MouseAdventure event will be held in the twilight of summer, September 24 and 25. Advanced teams will really need to be in the zone as they compete on Saturday afternoon/evening and all day Sunday, while Basic teams will experience a bit less terror with just one full day on Sunday. The towering nature of DCA construction means that unfortunately we will not be able to offer a Day at the Park or 101 division for this event.

We are pleased to introduce two new elements to MouseAdventure for this event:

  • Basic Division ($105 per team) – teams can choose to play competitively or non-competitively. Teams choosing the noncompetitive option have extra time to complete their quests before turning in their answer sheets; scores will be published the following week on MousePlanet.com. Disneyland park admission is required, and is not included in the event registration price.
  • Advanced Division ($155 per team) – teams must bring a smartphone on Saturday that has a web browser, e-mail capability, and audio output (either external speaker or headphone jack). These devices are not required or allowed to be used during the event on Sunday. Park-hopper admission for both Disneyland and DCA is required, and is not included in the event registration price.

Registration opens tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. PDT, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Registration fees are for teams of two to four players and include all event materials, but do not include park admission or Resort parking.

A Family category will be recognized and awarded if at least 10 teams in the Basic division include children under 13.

All individual players who participate in a Disneyland MouseAdventure event in 2011 (either the Spring or Fall events) and the upcoming Fall 2011 Walt Disney World MouseAdventure event will be recognized with a special button.

Get your team together and prepare to enter The MouseAdventure Zone...

This and That...

...Participating stores in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are offering a Mickey Mouse watch for $15.95 with any merchandise purchase of $25 or more, or a Disneyland backpack for $16.95 with any merchandise purchase of $40 or more. The World of Disney store and participating Disneyland Resort hotel shops also have a purchase-with-purchase offer, a new version of the Disneyland duffel bag that was offered last year.


Participating theme park shops have a new purchase with purchase offer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has finally made their monthly merchandise newsletter available as an online PDF, and the July edition is now available. While this edition is fairly Walt Disney World-centric, there are a few Disneyland offers to note.

...Disneyland and Disney California Adventure now offer guide maps in Korean, Portuguese and Italian, bringing the total to eight foreign-language guide maps available at the California resort.


The Phineas & Ferb Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party rolls through Paradise Pier. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Disneyland has an early 6:00 p.m. closure scheduled for Thursday, September 8, the week of Labor Day. Disney California Adventure will close at 8:00 p.m. that night.

...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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It's going to be a busy week at Disneyland Resort. The two lowest levels of Annual Passholders will be blocked out everyday, meaning that these numbers are greatest impacted by vacationers descending upon Disneyland. TouringPlans.com can help you avoid falling into the typical tourist pitfalls with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. 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 resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

Date Overall
Monday, July 18, 2011 9 / 10
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 9 / 10
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9 / 10
Thursday, July 21, 2011 9 / 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Disneyland park's least busy day will be Tuesday, when it's an 8.4 on the Crowd Calendar.
  • Expect 10 level crowds over the weekend.
  • There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Space Mountain – opens late on Mondays and Wednesdays, and close early on Sundays and Tuesdays July 11-26 due to scheduled maintenance:
    Late openings (10 a.m.): July 18, 20, 25, 27
    Early closing (10 p.m.): July 19, 24, 26
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed July 11 to September 1 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed August 29 to September 15 for installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed September 6 & 7 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed September 7 to November 23 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Bayou – closed September 7 to November 23 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain – closed September 9–15 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Mark Twain – closed September 26–28 for deck oiling.

 

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • California Screamin' – closed September 6 to October 14 for refurbishment.

Construction-related closures:

  • Engine-Ears Toys closed August 1, 2011 to May 30, 2012 for renovation.

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

Summer

  • Mickey's Soundsational Summer – now through September 5.
  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through Spring 2012.
  • Sizzling Summer Sale at the World of Disney Store – July 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. A special shopping opportunity for Disneyland Resort annual passholders.
  • 4th annual Taste of Downtown Disney benefiting CHOC Children's –Thursday, August 11. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit event website.
  • D23 Expo – August 19-21 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.

Fall

  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 16 to October 31
  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through Spring 2012.
  • 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.
  • 13th annual Gays Days at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – September 30 to October 2. Event attendance will be higher at Disneyland on Saturday, DCA on Sunday (link).
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – September 30; October 3, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and 31. Advance-purchase tickets are on sale now for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders via the AP section of Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781–4000. Tickets are to the general public starting July 1 via Disneyland.com.
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday October 16. Registration is now open via the event website.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 20 & 21. (Link). Expect unusually large attendance levels October 20–23 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.
  • Fall 2011 MouseAdventure at Walt Disney World – Saturday, November 12. Registration is now open, visit MouseAdventure.com for more information and to sign up for our newsletter.

Winter

  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 14, 2011 to January 8, 2012.
  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through Spring 2012.

2012

  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through Spring 2012.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 27–29. Registration for the half marathon and family races is now open at the Run Disney website.
  • Grad Nite events – this party for high school seniors graduating in 2012 will be held May 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and June 1, 7, 8, 14. The 2012 event includes admisison to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disneyland after the park closes to the public for the night.

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 $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 website. 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 website, 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 website. 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 website, 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 website. 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 to $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 website, 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 to $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 website. 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 website, 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 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.

    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 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 August 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 to September 11, 2011.

    Book online at the Disneyland website, 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. 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
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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.

    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 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:

    7/17 7/18 7/19 7/20

    7/21

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    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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