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Update for September 6 – 11, 2011

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Refurbishment season begins again | ElecTRONica hiatus | Record set at Disneyland half marathon | Walk this way... | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Refurbishment season begins again

Labor Day typically marks the start of the fall refurbishment season at the Disneyland Resort, but the list of scheduled ride closures has some readers asking if this year isn't worse than usual. As of this Friday, closing for refurbishment are the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and California Screamin'. Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain both reopen by September 15 for the start of the HalloweenTime promotion, but Screamin' remains closed through October 14, and Pirates is down until Thanksgiving.


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The closure of Pirates seems to be especially upsetting to some fans, and we've heard from many readers who have cancelled or rescheduled their vacation plans to avoid the worst of the closures.


Has construction fatigue left visitors feeling like this year's fall refurbishment schedule is worse than normal? Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Are the closures actually worse than in past years? Compared to 2010, the answer is: not really. Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain also closed last year at this time to allow installation of the Halloween overlays. Star Tours was closed pending the 3-D upgrade, Mickey and Minnie's houses were being renovated and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin was closed for nearly two months.

Last year in Disney California Adventure park, The Little Mermaid and Goofy's Sky School had not yet opened, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular was on a construction-related hiatus, and Toy Story Midway Mania! was closed until mid-October. There are actually more rides open this year, and that doesn't even take into consideration last year's restaurant closures (Village Haus, French Market, and most of the Paradise Pier eateries).

Going back to 2009, Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln was being updated, Casey Jr. Circus Trains and the Storybook Land Canal Boats were closed for lengthy refurbishments, Pirates and Space were getting fitted for their Halloween costumes, and Gadget's Go Coaster, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Indiana Jones Adventure all had short closures. In DCA, still no Little Mermaid, the Orange Stinger was being peeled, and World of Color was still being built.

The annual holiday overlays are a common thread here, and some readers asked if Disneyland really needs to install all three overlays (Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and "it's a small world" Holiday) every year. MousePlanet reader fairestoneofall wrote, "It didn't occur to me the effect it could have on a guest until a trip with my sister in April. We rode (Haunted Mansion) on our first day and she mentioned that it was the first time she had seen HM without the overlay in almost 10 years! She usually makes a holiday trip with us during Oct/Nov/Dec once a year."


A new route between Condor Flats and the Hollywood Pictures Backlot leads visitors past the Carthay Circle Theater construction site. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Reader carolinakid suggested, "I wish they would do them say, every other year or perhaps take turns, this Christmas ("it's a small world), next Christmas (Haunted Mansion) and so on." missm agreed, saying that she usually visits in December, and has only seen the normal Haunted Mansion once in the past six years. "I do not like the Mansion overlay ... it wouldn't bother me at all if they only did the overlay every other year on that ride."

There may also be more than a little construction fatigue at play here. Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis thanked fans at the D23 Expo for their patience during the expansion project, which began nearly three years ago with the start of the Paradise Pier makeover. Today, just walking around the Disneyland Hotel or entering Disney California Adventure requires navigating a very real maze of work walls and construction sites. With at least 9 months to go until the last of the DCA walls come down and Cars Land opens, it's no wonder repeat visitors are a bit weary of it all.

How has the fall refurbishment schedule impacted your Disneyland plans this year? What do you think about the idea of alternating the annual holiday overlays? Join the conversation on our MousePad discussion forum.

ElecTRONica hiatus

In June, Disney announced that the after-hours ElecTronica event had been extended until spring 2012, but provided no schedule details. Last week, the Resort confirmed via Twitter that the show will be dark most of this month, returning on Friday, September 30. Disney says ElecTRONica is "redigitizing," while the Orange County Register quotes Disney spokeswoman Michele Himmelberg as saying the show "is getting a slight refresh."

Record set at Disneyland half marathon

The 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend was held this past Labor Day weekend, and if the weather conditions weren't optimal for setting speed records, the event did set a record for the number of participants registered. 15,000 people signed up for the 2011 event, 1000 more than in 2010. Some participants felt that the extra runners made several already-tight portions of the course (especially noticeable while in the theme parks) a bit more difficult to navigate.


15,000 participants registered for the 2011 Disneyland half marathon. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

Completing the entire course were 12,785 participants representing 49 states and 23 countries. First across the tape was Humberto Rojas of Fountain Valley (a town south of Anaheim), who finished the course in 1:08:14. Even after adding almost three minutes to her time from last year, Rachel Booth successfully defended her 2010 title as first woman finisher with a time of 1:18:01. For Booth (of Mandeville, Louisiana), the Disneyland race was a training run for the Olympic trials in January.


Mickey and Minnie greet cheer on runners at the start of the Disneyland half marathon. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

Brea's Kevin Brody won the men's Master (age 40 and over) division with a time of 1:13:03. San Diego's Tracy Wright won the women's Masters division with a time of 1:27:17. Marc Aten, of Moorpark, CA, won the men’s wheelchair division in 1:02:21. There was only one participant in the women's wheelchair division.


Hundreds of fans came to Anaheim Stadium to watch runners from the Disneyland half marathon. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

Comedian and TV game show host Drew Carey completed the race in 1:50:46, setting a personal record despite running with a separated clavicle from a training accident. This was his second half-marathon, and he called it a "really good event." "It's nice and flat, only a couple of little hills. The stadium was great, running through the park was great."

Congratulations to all of the Team MousePlanet participants who completed the 2011 event. If you walked or ran this year, come share your stories on our MousePad discussion forum. If you want to see how a friend or family member did in the race, the results are now posted on the RunDisney website.

Registration for the 2012 Disneyland half marathon is expected to open in January.

Walk this way...

The Buena Vista street construction zone means a new temporary entrance for DCA visitors, and new locations for several guest services. The walkway is surprisingly wide once you get beyond the immediate entrance area, and cast members are on hand to direct guests to stay to the left of the walkway. This gets a little tricky, as most people tend to stay to the right as they walk.


The temporary DCA entrance path sends visitors behind Soarin' Over California. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

The temporary guest relations trailer is located next to Soarin' Over California, though the information kiosk is located next to Fly 'n' Buy in Condor Flats. The smoking area in Condor Flats is now closed, and the smoking area behind the Grizzly River Run attraction entrance is now the closest one to the park entrance. The GRR smoking area will be closed on nights when there are two World of Color shows, when that area is used as a holding queue for the second show.


DCA Guest Relations is located in a temporary trailer next to Soarin' Over California. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


The information kiosk is now located in Condor Flats. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

PhotoPass has been relocated to a small cart outside of Fly 'n' Buy, and a new metal shed has been placed next to the store to serve as a temporary stock room. Some cast members have complained about the "ugly metal box," but it actually fits into the theme of the area quite well. As previously reported here, a fleet of merchandise carts have been deployed throughout DCA to help boost merchandise sales since the park's two main entrance stores are now closed for renovation.


PhotoPass has a new location in Condor Flats. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix


Managers hope that a fleet of merchandise carts help offset lost sales from the two stores currently being remodeled. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

The path next to Soarin' Over California seems to be the biggest pinch point of the new entrance path, To relieve crowding at night, cast members open the exit gate leading to Downtown Disney, and the electronic sign changes to direct visitors to the correct exit. While the Downtown Disney exit may look like the fastest way out of the park, remember that it will leave you outside the bag check zone. If you plan to head to Disneyland or you need to get to the Toy Story parking lot shuttles, the ART stop or other hotel shuttles, you'll need to pass through bag check again. Instead, follow the arrows to the right, and exit into the Esplanade.


At night, the gate to Downtown Disney is opened, to relieve crowding in the narrow entrance/exit path. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

This and That...

...A reminder, Disneyland closes at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 due to a private party. The park will open at 9 a.m. Thursday; visitors with Magic Morning access can enter at 8 a.m. Disney California Adventure is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, so it looks like a good night to catch dinner and a movie in Downtown Disney after the theme parks close. Be sure to make reservations—with both parks closed by 8, your walk-up options may be limited.


New Braille maps of Disneyland have been installed near City Hall, and next to the information booth at the central hub. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

...Disneyland regulars who visit Walt Disney World for the first time often notice the large Braille guide maps located at the Florida theme parks, and wonder why Disneyland doesn't have them. Last week, two Braille maps were installed at Disneyland, one between the Tour Guide Gardens and City Hall on Main Street, and the other next to the information booth at the central hub. The maps feature Braille markings and large print text, and highlight companion restrooms and service animal relief areas.

...The Disney Cruise Line has made another change to the 2012 Mexican Riviera cruises on the Disney Wonder. For cruises departing January 8 to April 22, 2012, the scheduled port stop in Mazatlan has been replaced with an additional call in Cabo San Lucas. Disney says the decision is based in part on "the changing environment in Mazatlan and the surrounding area."

...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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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."

The really light crowd levels drop even further this week after we pass the Labor Day holiday. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the crowds 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, September 5, 2011 4 / 10
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1 / 10
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 1 / 10
Thursday, September 8, 2011 1 / 10

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

  • Partial blockouts this weekend.
  • Resort-wide crowd levels rise to 5 on Saturday, but still should be fairly manageable.
  • Disneyland park's lowest days will be Tuesday through Thursday, when it's an 1.1.

Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
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Community Events

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Team MousePlanet is back for our fourth year at the CHOC Walk in the Park, benefiting Children's Hospital Orange County. In 2010, 74 members of Team MousePlanet jointly raised $11,626.40—we'd love to beat that record for 2011. The 2011 race is Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Disneyland Resort. There is no fee to sign up; you just need to raise $50 by the event day. Here's how you can participate:

  • Walk with Team MousePlanet – register to walk with us at the October 16 event, and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals. Team MousePlanet Walkers who raise at least $50 (the minimum entry fee for the walk) by October 12 receive a very special Team MousePlanet ear hat as a thank-you gift for participating, and are eligible for additional prizes from Walk sponsors.
  • Raise money with Team MousePlanet – register as a "Sleeping Bear," (someone who is raising money, but cannot attend the Walk in person), and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals.
  • Sponsor a specific Team MousePlanet walker – sponsor a Team MousePlanet walker, and help them earn prizes.
For more information, to register or to donate, visit our CHOC Walk website. To talk with other Team MousePlanet walkers, visit our MousePad discussion forum.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Disneyland

  • Disneyland Monorail – opening at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. This shortened schedule is due to the Buena Vista Street construction in DCA. The monorail operates on a normal schedule on weekends.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed August 29 to September 15 for installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
  • 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.
  • "it's a small world" – closed October 24 to November 10 for installation of the holiday overlay.
  • Plaza Pavillion – closed through January 2012 for conversion to Jolly Holiday Bakery Café.
  • Blue Ribbon Bakery – closes January 2012. The space to be converted back to an indoor seating area for the Carnation Cafe.
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor – closes January 2012 for renovation. Expected to reopen in Spring2012.
  • Candy Palace – closes January 2012 for renovation. Expected to reopen in Spring 2012.

 

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • California Screamin' – closed September 6 to October 14 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Challenge Creek Trail – closed October 3–28 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! – closed October 24 to November 11 for refurbishment.

Construction-related closures:

  • Engine-Ears Toys – closed through May 30, 2012 for renovation.
  • Baker's Field Bakery - closed through May 30, 2012 for conversion to Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
    Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream - closed through May 30, 2012 for conversion to Fiddler, Fife, and Practical Cafe.
  • Greetings from California – closed through May 30, 2012 for renovation.

 

  • 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).

Fall

  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 16 to October 31
  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights 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. The event is now sold out; visit MouseAdventure.com to sign up for our newsletter for information about future events.
  • 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.
  • MousePlanet Night at Mickey's Halloween Party (unofficial event) – Friday, October 14. Come meet your fellow MousePlanet readers and start your trick-or-treating off right with some MousePlanet goodies. Be sure to stop by our MousePad discussion board for specific time and location, and to add yourself to the roll call list.
  • 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.
  • Candlelight Processional – December 3 & 4. Performances times, narrator and availability (if any) of dining packages have not yet been annouced.
  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through Spring 2012; the event may be offered nightly during the Thanksgiving week, and the period between Christmas and New Years.

2012

  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through Spring 2012.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 27–29. Registration for the half marathon is now sold out; registration for the family races is still 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 admission 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

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 ($95) – 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 Sept 30, 2012. The ticket has the following blockout dates: December 24, 2011 to January 2, 2012; February 17 to 19, 2012; April 2 to 14, 2012; July 4, 2012.

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 ($239.99) – A special offer for Costco members who are also residents of Southern California. Note: this ticket is no longer listed on the Costco website, but you may find it at Southern California Costco stores.

"fuse" - you can use the first admission today, and have until October 19, 2011 to use the remaining admission days before the ticket expires. This ticket comes with a $50 Disney gift card, and has an "upgrade value" of $192 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

    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
    www.getawaytoday.com

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    www.mouseearvacations.com

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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:

    9/4 9/5 9/6 9/7 9/8 9/9 9/10
    DL: 9a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC/DX

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p



    TT
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p


    TT

    DL: 9a-6p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p



    TT
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT
    9/11 9/12 9/13 9/14 9/15 9/16 9/17
    DL: 9a-11p

    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-6p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p



    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT
    9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22 9/23 9/24
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    TT
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p


    TT

    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p



    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT
    9/25 9/26 9/27 9/28 9/29 9 /30 10/1
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    TT
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p


    TT

    DL: 10a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM

    DL: 8a-7p

    DCA: 10a-10p



    TT

    MHP

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT
    10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5 10/6 10/7 10/8
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM

    DL: 8a-6p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    TT

    MHP

    DL: 8a-6p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM
    DL: 9a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p


    TT

    DL: 9a-12a

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM

    DL: 8a-7p

    DCA: 10a-11p



    TT

    MHP

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT
    10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p



    TT

    DL: 8a-6p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM

    MHP

    DL: 8a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p


    TT

    DL: 8a-11a

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM

    DL: 8a-7p

    DCA: 10a-11p



    TT

    MHP

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT
    10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20 10/21 10/22
    DL: 9a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 9a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    TT

    DL: 8a-6p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    MM

    MHP

    DL: 9a-8p

    DCA: 10a-8p


    TT

    DL: 9a-8p

    DCA: 10a-7p



    MM

    DL: 8a-7p

    DCA: 10a-11p



    TT

    MHP

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p

    SL/SC

    MM / TT

    Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

    Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions.

    Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

     



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