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Update for September 12 – 18, 2011

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Disneyland remembers 9/11 | Get ready for HalloweenTime | Oktoberfest in Downtown Disney | Carthay Circle Theatre crowned, and other construction news | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Disneyland remembers 9/11

In the weeks immediately following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the nightly flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland took on a special significance with park visitors. The stores on Main Street surrounding Town Square temporarily closed during the ceremony, and crowds packed the sidewalks around the flagpole. This past Sunday, on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Disneyland hosted a special flag retreat to honor those lost in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Military bands are frequently featured at the flag retreat on major holidays, and on Sunday, the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton accompanied Disneyland's Dapper Dans for the musical portion of the ceremony.


Hundreds gathered in Disneyland's Town Square to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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The ceremony was slightly modified on this anniversary, with the announcer calling for a moment of silence before the flag was raised from half-staff and then lowered again. Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis attended the ceremony, along with dozens of cast members from all around the Resort. City Hall closed briefly, and cast members from Town Square shops gathered outside their stores to pay tribute.


The 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton performed at Disneyland on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

An Internet rumor that Sleeping Beauty Castle was closed Sunday for security reasons due to the anniversary was false; the real problem was a hive of bees that swarmed the castle walk-through. The bees could be spotted buzzing around one of the turrets Sunday afternoon, and cast members said they were waiting for a bee removal service before they could reopen the attraction.

Get ready for HalloweenTime

HalloweenTime begins Friday at the Disneyland Resort, and new signs of the season are installed every night after the park closes. The World of Disney and Showcase shops have their costume sections set and ready for would-be Pirates and Princesses to come make their selections. Halloween merchandise is also available throughout the Resort, with displays set up in the Pioneer Mercantile in Frontierland, the Star Trader in Tomorrowland, and Le Bat en Rouge in New Orleans Square.


Halloween merchandise on display in Frontierland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The first Mickey's Halloween Party for 2011 is Friday, September 30. Disney has announced a few changes for the event, with new trick-or-treat locations and a Phineas and Ferb meet-and-greet. With Pirates of the Caribbean closed for a lengthy refurbishment, Captain Jack Sparrow and pirates Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale and Pluto are taking over the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant for "Piratepalooza."


Haunted Mansion Holiday returns this Friday for the start of HalloweenTime. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade returns for 2011, with performances at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. during the party. The Halloween Screams fireworks are once again exclusive to this event, and are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party are available online or at Disneyland ticket booths. If you aren't interested in the party but still want to experience HalloweenTime, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy both open this Friday, September 16. There's also the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, with hundreds of jack 'o lanterns decorating the buildings of Main Street; the Dia de los Muertos display in Frontierland; and a pumpkin carving demonstration at Big Thunder Ranch.

Oktoberfest in Downtown Disney

The Patina Group kicks off its Oktoberfest celebration with an Oktoberfest beer dinner at Catal on Thursday, September 22. The four-course meal is $50 per person, and includes six beer pairings. The full menu is available on the restaurant website.

The Uva Bar offers an Oktoberfest menu September 22 through October 8. Highlights include a mixed grill of Oktoberfest sausages, frankfurter with sauerkraut, and apple strudel. A selection of beers, including Hofbrau Oktoberfest draft, Reissdorf Kolsch, Schneider-Weisse Meine Hopfenweisse, Franziskaner Hefe Weisse and Samuel Adams Octoberfest will be available.

Oktoberfest ends with a Downtown Disney Biergarten event on Saturday, October 8 from noon to 10pm. A flyer for the event promises live music, dancing and a food and beer menu provided by the Uva Bar.

Carthay Circle Theatre crowned, and other construction news

Last week, the new Carthay Circle Theater building in Disney California Adventure was crowned with a replica of the theater's iconic cupola. The piece was constructed offsite and installed by crane, and makes it seem that work on the still-under-construction building has taken a major leap forward.


A replica of the Carthay Circle Theater's iconic cupola was installed last week on the replica under construction at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The theater is clearly still far from finished, but the addition of the cupola makes the building feel more complete. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Carthay Circle Theater, viewed from the south. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney provided a video of the installation, offering a closer view than most people will ever have of the beautiful tile work.


Video © Disney.


You'll need a crane to get any closer to the cupola. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

While building continues on the south side of Buena Vista Street, demolition continues on the north end. A peek inside the former Engine-Ears Toys shop shows that it has been completely gutted, and it looks like workers aren't much behind in tearing out the interior of Greetings from California.


Engine-Ears Toys has been completely gutted. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The signs outside Greetings from California are being dismantled. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A view of the Buena Vista Street construction area from the Monorail. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This video shows the Buena Vista Street construction zone, as seen from the Disneyland Monorail. At the end you can see through the windows into the former Engine-Ears Toys space.


A view of the Buena Vista Street construction area from the Monorail. Video by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

Cars Land continues to grow more impressive every day, and it seems that work on the Cadillac Range surrounding the area has reached a milestone. The scaffolding around the range is being removed row by row, and workers can be spotted filling in the holes left by the support beams. The back side of the wall remains unfinished, but runners during the Disneyland half-marathon were routed behind DCA at the end of the course, and passed what appeared to be samples of a possible sculpted covering for the wall. One sample was painted blue, the other tan, but both looked like coral-covered rocks. Imagineers have said that work on the side facing Paradise Pier won't begin until the Cars Land side is nearly complete, so we may see some progress on that side soon.


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


Workers fill in the holes left behind as each row of scaffolding is removed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A new facade is under construction for the only building that remained of the old Bountiful Valley Farm area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The view down the main street of Cars Land, looking at City Hall. Light poles line the left side of the street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...


The bottom right photo of this grouping was replaced this weekend as part of a test of a new interactive scavenger hunt at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Walt Disney Imagineering was testing an interactive game in Disney California Adventure this weekend. Selected annual passholders were invited to participate in the test, which cast members say involved the use of handheld devices or cell phones. The game had a detective theme, and fedora-clad participants were seen scouting around the Tower of Terror Saturday searching for clues. A television was added to the window of the Tower of Terror gift shop last week for the test, and a photograph inside the store was replaced. A reader also reported seeing something in a window near the Little Mermaid attraction.


This television in the window of the Tower of Terror gift shop held a clue for the scavenger hunt participants. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Cast members seemed to know little about the game, saying only that they were told to tell guests that it was part of an "innovation process" at the Resort, and to refer anyone who asked to the Blue Sky Cellar. Cast members at the Blue Sky Cellar over the weekend said they knew nothing about it.


We aren't sure what this foil-hat-clad group was doing in front of the Tower of Terror, but they seemed very concerned about the small toy UFO on the ground. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

That wasn't the only paranormal activity at the Resort in the past few days. On Monday, a group of oddly dressed people were spotted outside the Tower of Terror. One was dressed as a space alien and carried toy blasters, others were carrying toy space ships and planets, and still others were wearing foil hats. A Disney cast member who seemed to be escorting the group would say only that it was for a special event, but we've been told that at least one of the participants in this photo is an entertainment cast member. If anyone knows what this was all about, we're dying to find out. The Truth is Out There...

...TravelZoo is offering a discount for the Mandara Spa at Disney California Adventure. The $99 package includes a 50-minute massage, a 25-minute body polish, and a hair and scalp treatment. The package, which regularly sells for $230, also provides access to the sauna and steam rooms before or after your treatment. You can add a facial to the package for an extra $40. Vouchers are valid Sept. 16, 2011, through March 16, 2012, and do not include tax or gratuity. The offer expires Friday, so book quickly.

...If you or someone you know ran the 2011 Disneyland half-marathon or kids events, photos and video from the events are now posted on the official race photo website. You'll need the bib number or name of the runner to find their photos.

...Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie in New Orleans Square has two gift-with-purchase offers this month. From September 15 to 17, customers receive a Very Irresistible Givenchy L'Intense deluxe sample with purchase of $65 or more of Givenchy products. From September 22- to 4, customers receive a Guerlain train case with a purchase of $120 or more of Guerlain merchandise.

...This is the week that Disneyland normally announces their fall ticket promotion. If there is an offer for 2011, expect news right around the start of HalloweenTime.

...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."

Low crowds continue as the fall lull prior to the festivities of the upcoming holiday seasons spike crowds a bit. 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 12, 2011 2 / 10
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2 / 10
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2 / 10
Thursday, September 15, 2011 2 / 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 7 over the weekend.
  • Disneyland park's lowest days will be Tuesday and 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.
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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 Pavilion – 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 Spring 2012.
  • Candy Palace – closes January 2012 for renovation. Expected to reopen in Spring 2012.


A new collection of Disneyland souvenirs is based on attraction poster images. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

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 until Summer, 2012 for renovation.
  • Baker's Field Bakery - closed until Summer, 2012 for conversion to Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
    Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream - closed until Summer, 2012 for conversion to Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe.
  • Greetings from California – closed until Summer, 2012 for renovation.


Navigating the Disneyland Hotel grounds is a bit easier now that the walkway behind the Fantasy tower has reopened. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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).

Fall

  • HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort – September 16 to October 31
  • ElecTRONica – The show will be dark most of this month, returning on Friday, September 30. The normal schedule is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Spring 2012, though ElecTRONica may be offered nightly the week of Thanksgiving, and the period between Christmas and New Year.
  • 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 announced.
  • 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

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800-523-6116
www.getawaytoday.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:

9/11 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: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p
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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