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Update for September 19 – 25, 2011

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HalloweenTime 2011 | First look: Behind the walls in Cars Land | Happiest Haunts Tour and the Ultimate Experience package | New Disneyland Resort Hotel discount offer | Halloween treats at Disneyland | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

HalloweenTime 2011

HalloweenTime started last week at the Disneyland Resort, though the majority of the decorations are in Disneyland this year due to the renovation project at the Disney California Adventure park across the street. The highlights of HalloweenTime is the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and the Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay, as well as a renewed focus on the Tower of Terror ride in DCA—but there's still plenty for the shorter-than-40-inches set to enjoy.


Haunted Mansion Holiday has returned for HalloweenTime. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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The Main Street Pumpkin Festival really begins at the Disneyland gates, with giant character pumpkins perched atop the turnstiles. The floral Mickey has been replanted, and now sports a black eye mask. Over 300 individually decorated pumpkins line Main Street, U.S.A.—look closely to find some unexpected characters decorating a jack-o’-lantern. Look for Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto in their Halloween costumes greeting visitors in Town Square.


Pumpkin characters on display above the Disneyland main gates. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Disneyland is decorated for HalloweenTime. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Pumpkin Mickey is in place on Main Street, U.S.A. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Search all 300 pumpkins, and you may find some unexpected faces. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup includes meet-and-greet opportunities with Sheriff Woody and Jessie, an arts-and-crafts station where children can create masks and coloring sheets, and an exhibition of pumpkin carving by Disney artists. Inside the cabin are PhotoPass photographers to take your photo in scenes with friendly pumpkin people. This area of the park is easy to overlook, but well worth the time—watching the pumpkin carvers at work is a definite must-do.


Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup offers family-friendly HalloweenTime activities. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Pumpkin-carving demonstrations are a highlight of the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Pumpkins are turned into Pixar characters at the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup offers several photo opportunities. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup offers several photo opportunities. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Disney Villains have a fixed HalloweenTime meet-and-greet location near "it's a small world." This is your opportunity to get a photo with characters like Captain Hook, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, Queen of Hearts, and others.


The Evil Queen is one of the characters in the Villains meet-and-greet. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Queen of Hearts is one of the characters in the Villains meet-and-greet. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Zocalo Park is once again the site of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) display, with skeleton figures and floral displays. Complimentary face painting is also offered.


The Dia de los Muertos display has returned to Zocalo Park. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Traditional skeleton figures are part of the Dia de los Muertos display. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

First look: Behind the walls in Cars Land

The Disney Parks Blog announced last week that the Blue Sky Cellar in Disney California Adventure will be closed this week for a quick update. On Friday, September 23, Walt Disney Imagineering will reopen the preview center with new information about Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, including videos, models, renderings and behind-the-wall photos of the Cars Land construction site. The update is also expected to include models recently on display at the D23 Expo, including one of the Walt and Mickey statue that will be installed on Buena Vista Street.

MousePlanet readers get an early look at five of these construction photos below. They show several angles on Radiator Springs Racers, a closer look at the Cozy Cones, and a new perspective on Flo’s V8 Café. Click on any photo for a much bigger image:


Radiator Springs Racers in the foreground with Flo’s V8 Café and Sally’s Cozy Cones in the distance. Photo (c) Disney.


Radiator Springs Racers. Photo (c) Disney.


Banked turn on Radiator Springs Racers. Photo (c) Disney.


Flo’s V8 Café. Photo (c) Disney.


Sally’s Cozy Cones. Photo (c) Disney.

The Blog also posted a time-lapse video of the Carthay Circle Theatre construction site. This video will be featured in the Blue Sky Cellar when it reopens.

 

It's been a while since we've looked at Cars Land from above, so we took a spin on Mickey's Fun Wheel to get an alternate view of the construction site.


A view of the Cadillac Range from Mickey's Fun Wheel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A view of Cars Land from Mickey's Fun Wheel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A view of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree from Mickey's Fun Wheel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A closer look at the walkways around the Cadillac Range. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Happiest Haunts Tour and the Ultimate Experience package

The "Ghost Relations" tour guides are back again to lead you on the Happiest Haunts tour of the Disneyland Resort. The tour visits spooks sites in Disney California Adventure and Disneyland, and includes selected rides. Contributing writer Annemarie Moody took the tour in 2010, and shared her experience in her MousePlanet review.

The tour is $68 per person for all ages, a $4 increase from 2010. Deluxe, Premium and Premiere Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney VISA and AAA cardholders save 20%. Cast members save 35% on select dates only. You can make reservations for Disney's Happiest Haunts 30 days in advance by calling the Guided Tour office at (714) 781-4400, or in person at Disneyland. Foreign language or sign language interpretation is available with advance notice

While the Disneyland website says the tour is offered daily between September 16 and October 31, you'll need to book an Ultimate Experience package if you plan to tour on a night when Mickey's Halloween Party is scheduled. The Ultimate Experience is $108 per person ($9 more than 2010), and includes the Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour and admission to Mickey’s Halloween Party after the tour. No discounts are available, so annual passholders might want to run the numbers and check a calendar before booking the package. The Happiest Haunts Tour is $54.40 after AP discount, and the least-expensive Halloween Party tickets are $44, for a total of $98.40. If you planned to tour on September 30, October 3, October 11 or October 18, the Ultimate Experience will cost you an extra $10. The rest of the nights, the higher cost of the Halloween Party ticket ($59 or $64, depending on date) offsets the tour discount, and the Ultimate Experience package is less expensive.

Unfortunately, Disney will not allow you to purchase your tour and party tickets separately on Halloween Party nights, so if you were planning to visit on one of the for AP discount nights, you'll either have to pay the extra $10 for the package, or plan your tour and party on separate nights.

New Disneyland Resort Hotel discount offer

Mary Kraemer with MousePlanet sponsor travel agency MouseEar Vacations shared news of a new room-only discount offer at the Disneyland Resort hotels. This room-only deal offers a 30% discount at the Paradise Pier Hotel, or a 25% discount at the Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

Booking & Travel Windows:

  • Book this offer Sept. 13 - Oct. 15, 2011, for a broader selection of travel dates, with arrivals most nights Oct. 2 -Dec. 24, 2011.
  • Book this offer Oct. 16 - Dec. 10, 2011, for arrivals most nights Nov. 1 - Dec. 24, 2011.
  • This offer is not available for travel Nov. 23-25, 2011, and travel on this offer must be completed by Dec. 25, 2011.
  • Add tickets or upgrade your room-only reservation to a package so you can enjoy the Theme Parks, and experience popular seasonal events like Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort (Sept. 16 - Oct. 31, 2011) or Holidays at the Disneyland Resort (Nov. 14, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012).

Fine print:

30% savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. Offer valid for arrivals most nights from October 2, 2011 through December 24th, 2011 when booked between September 13, 2011 and October 15, 2011, and for arrivals most nights from November 1, 2011 to December 24, 2011 when booked between October 16, 2011 to December 10, 2011. Travel must be completed by December 25, 2011. Other restrictions apply. Applies only to standard and concierge level rooms and not valid with previously booked rooms. Other room rates and hotel rates will vary. Excludes taxes and fees. Blockout dates of 11/23/11 through 11/25/11. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is restricted. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to change without notice.

Halloween treats at Disneyland

HalloweenTime brings new treats and food souvenirs to the Disneyland Resort, with new snacks and baked goods throughout the parks. All fountain locations and popcorn carts in both parks have cups and popcorn boxes with the generic Disney Parks Halloween logo. Selected locations also offer a travel mug and popcorn bucket with the logo.


New Orleans Square locations offer a Nightmare Before Christmas travel mug. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket is back this year, and the park is imposing a limit of four buckets per person to try to ensure the popular souvenirs last longer than they did in 2010. Nightmare Before Christmas fans can purchase this year's new hot commodity, a coffin-shaped Jack Skellington popcorn bucket. The bucket is $12, and is sold only at the popcorn cart in front of the Haunted Mansion.


The hot new popcorn bucket in the new Jack Skellington coffin. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The French Market hasn't offered a full Haunted Mansion Holiday menu in several years, but they do offer a muffaletta and potato chip combo, boxed in the same coffin container sold at the popcorn carts, for $14.99. The restaurant also offers a flourless chocolate coffin cake, and sells a Haunted Mansion Holiday version of the travel mug.


The French Market is decorated for HalloweenTime. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The French Market sells a sandwich combo in the Jack Skellington coffin box. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Several quick-service restaurants and Resort bakery locations have the new Donald Duck demitasse dessert cup. The souvenir cup is filled with a mini caramel-apple muffin and topped with pumpkin mousse, chocolate shavings and candy corn. Table service restaurants have the pumpkin Mickey Mouse demitasse from last year, filled with hazelnut tiramisu and topped with pumpkin mousse, chocolate shavings and chocolate twists. The dessert is $6.99, and the demitasse cup is yours to keep. Look for these at the Blue Ribbon Bakery, Carnation Café, Plaza Inn, Rancho del Zocalo, Blue Bayou, Café Orleans and Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland; Pacific Wharf Cafe and Wine Country Trattoria in Disney California Adventure; and at Storyteller’s Café at the Grand Californian Hotel.


The new Donald Duck souvenir demitasse dessert cup is filled with a mini caramel-apple muffin and topped with pumpkin mousse, chocolate shavings and candy corn. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Bakery locations also have a fall cupcake, pumpkin muffin, and a Mickey bat cookie.

Cafe Orleans is also offering gingerbread beignet with eggnog creme anglaise, and Rancho del Zocalo is serving a tres leches cupcake for the Dia de los Muertos promotion.

Halloween merchandise is available throughout the Resort, and the 2011 logo is a bit darker than in past years. The merchandise features the “Runaway Brain” Mickey Mouse from the 1995 animated short, accompanied by Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Tinker Bell.


The 2011 Halloween merchandise has a new look. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A mix of old and new Halloween merchandise is available throughout Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...Do you live in the Los Angeles area, and are seeking a way to satisfy your Dole Whip craving without braving the freeways? Whipp'ed LA is reinventing itself as the House of Dole Whip, and in addition to the standard pineapple flavor sold at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the West Hollywood location is offering several flavors of the frozen treat, including mango, strawberry, raspberry, and chocolate. You can even get Dole floats. The tiny shop is currently being remodeled, but remains open during construction. Some maintain that Dole Whip just doesn't taste the same if you don't buy it near the Tiki Room, but the owner maintains this is the exact same product served at the Disney theme parks and at the Dole plantation in Hawaii.

...Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen hosts a very popular Gingerbread Holiday workshop at its Downtown Disney restaurant every year, and 2011 sees an expansion in the offering, with a Haunted Gingerbread House workshop. Each class begins with the participants decorating their own chef hat, then a Ralph Brennan’s chef demonstrates how to assemble the gingerbread houses. Once the construction is done, particpants move onto the decorating phase. Both construction and decorating materials are provided, and the whole class lasts about 2 hours, and participants take their creations home.

The sessions are October 22, 23 or 30 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Each gingerbread kit costs $48.00 plus tax and comes with gingerbread house and candy, chef’s hat, two reserved seats and soft drinks for the participants. Additional guests are $12.00. You can make your addvanced reservations and payment by calling Bruno at (714) 776-5200 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Christmas event sells out very quickly every year, so reserve your tickets soon.

...Disney never officially confirms the dates that the West Coast segments of the annual holiday parade will be filmed at Disneyland, but DanceTheMagic.com, a Web site that offers travel packages to dance groups hoping to participate in the filming, lists the dates as November 4–6 (link). Keep in mind that the filming is subject to change with no notice, and we don't encourage readers to make a special trip just to see the filming. There is no indication yet as to which, if any, celebrities will be on hand for the filming. You can get more information about any schedule changes as we learn about them on our MousePad discussion forums (link). Thanks to reader tinksmygirl for the update!

...The oddly dressed group of performers we wrote about last week were spotted by another MousePlanet reader a few days after we originally saw them, this time in front of the Hyperion Theater in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot. The group was dressed in the same outfits, complete with foil hats, alien costumes and space toys. Disney would say only that it is a "private special event which involves an immersive interactive experience."


They're baa-aack... and we're still not sure what they're up to. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...This is the week that Disneyland normally announces its 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."

Crowd levels at Disneyland Resort spike this week with Halloween season in full swing. With some exceptions, expect heavier holiday crowds in the coming months. 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. With holiday crowds looming, 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 19, 2011 3 / 10
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3 / 10
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3 / 10
Thursday, September 22, 2011 4 / 10

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

  • Partial AP blockouts this weekend.
  • Expect heavy crowds over the weekend as Guests come to experience the Halloween overlays.
  • Disneyland park's lowest days will be Tuesday , when it's an 1.4.

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.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed September 7 to November 23 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Bayou – closed September 7 to November 23 for refurbishment.
  • 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.

Disney California Adventure


Duffy the Disney Bear has a Halloween photo backdrop in DCA. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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.


California Screamin' is closed for refurbishment, and the loop has been removed. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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.

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.

Unlike most other park hopper tickets, this ticket has no "fuse" - you can use the first admission today, and have until October 19, 2011 to use the remaining admission days before the ticket expires. The ticket is blocked out August 21-22, 2011.

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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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:

9/18 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
10/23 10/24 10/25 10/26 10/27 10/28 10/29
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM
DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

MHP

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p


TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-11p



MM

DL: 8a-7p

DCA: 10a-11p



TT

MHP

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

MM / TT
10/30 10/31 11/1 11/2 11/3 11/4 11/5
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 8a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

MHP

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

 

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p


TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

 

DL: 8a-11p

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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