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Update for October 10 – 16, 2011

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Disneyland Annual Passholder nights | HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort | Time to make your Thanksgiving dining reservations | Disneyland Resort photos | An appeal from Team MousePlanet | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Disneyland Annual Passholder nights

As we reported last week, Disneyland hosts the first of two special Annual Passholder nights this Wednesday, October 12. Passholders could RSVP for the event last week via the Disney Parks Blog, and on Friday Disneyland posted the guest list for the first event and notified the winners by email (MousePlanet reader quackinup reformatted the invitation list into an easier-to-read Google document, available via the event thread on our MousePad discussion forum). The guest list for the October 17 event will be posted sometime this week, so if you were not selected for Wednesday's party, you may be on the list for next week.


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Each event includes a special performance of the Soundsational Parade, with an opportunity to get a closer look at the parade floats. Open for the event will be rides, stores, and restaurants on Main Street, as well as in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, with meet-and-greet opportunities with some of the Disney characters.

The parties are scheduled from 8:00 p.m. until midnight, though passholders can arrive as early as noon to check in and receive their event wristbands. Each passholder selected for the party can bring up to three additional passholders as guests. If all winners attend and bring all three guests, the event could have more than 9800 attendees. The actual attendance will likely be much lower, as most winners probably won't use all four admissions. In fact, many of our readers reported that they have more admissions than they need for their family group, and have offered the extra spots to MousePlanet readers who were not selected.

If you have extra tickets and want to offer them to a MousePlanet reader, please post on our MousePad discussion board. Remember, you and your guests must all hold current and valid Disneyland Annual Passports, and the event instructions state that your entire party must check in together. If you offer tickets, you're responsible for working out the details (preferably offline) with anyone who responds to your request. It is a good idea to post how many spots you have open and what time you'd like to check in, so you can find someone who can complete your group and won't hold you up by arriving later than you plan to. Also, this was a free event, and so we expect that anyone offering a ticket is doing so with no expectation of payment of any kind.

If you are an Annual Passholder who was not selected and are interested in attending Wednesday's event, be sure to check the discussion thread—there are several offers already posted.

Now that the guest list for the October 12th AP event has been posted, we have organized a MousePlanet meet up for those attending. The party "starts" at 8pm (though you can enter as early as Noon), and the first scheduled event is the Soundsational Parade at 9:30pm. If you're interested in doing a quick meet up and snagging a MousePlanet button, stop by Carnation Plaza Gardens (where the swing dancing is held on weekend nights) between 7:45 and 8:00pm. That lets everyone get back to the party by 8, so you can get in all the rides you can handle.

If anything changes, we will post an update on MousePad, but that's the plan for now. If you don't already follow @MousePlanet on Twitter, be sure to add us so you get any late-breaking updates.

HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort

HalloweenTime is in full swing, and the Disneyland Resort hosted a media event last week to give local news outlets an opportunity to experience the festivities in person. We were there, interviewing Disney experts about Halloween decor and treats. In our first interview, David Caranci, Resort Enhancement manager for the Disneyland Resort, shares some tips and tricks for making great Halloween decor using pumpkins carved to look like Disney characters. The templates shown in the video are available at the Disney Parks Blog.

In our second interview, Chef Martha Sigala from Disneyland's French Market shows off some Halloween treats, and shows you how to make a classic Muffuletta sandwich.

Time to make your Thanksgiving dining reservations

Pam Brandon posted an overview of the Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving buffet on the Disney Parks Blog last week, but there are lots of other dining options for those planning to spend the holiday at the Disneyland Resort.

The Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel is site to the Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast from Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Disney pulls out all of the stops for this meal, and serves up a price tag to match—$71.99 plus tax and tip for ages 10 and up ($20.99 ages 3 to 9; children under 3 are free). Your meal includes four hours of free parking at the Disneyland Hotel. Discounts for annual passholders (10-15%, depending on pass type) and cast members apply.

If you're looking for a more casual or less-expensive meal, there are a dozen more choices for you among the Disney-owned restaurants. To make reservations for any of the table-service locations, call (714) 781-3463. We'll post the menus from the Downtown Disney restaurants in a future park update.

Disneyland – these locations offer their own take on a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, each with a unique side dish and dessert. Prices shown are for the special holiday meal; full menu also available.

  • Blue Bayou – $34 for adults, $12 for children. Holiday dessert, $6.
  • Café Orleans – skipping the turkey dinner in favor of a turkey crepe. $17.49 for adults, $8 for children. For dessert, try the gingerbread beignettes.
  • Carnation Café – $16 for adults, $6 for children. Holiday dessert, $6.
  • French Market – $15 for adults, $7 for children. Holiday dessert, $5.
  • Plaza Inn – serving dinner from noon to 11:00 p.m., a rare late-night meal option. $14.49 for adults, $7 for children. Holiday dessert, $5.

Disney California Adventure – these locations offer their own take on a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, each with a unique side dish and dessert. Prices shown are for the special holiday meal; full menu also available.

  • Ariel’s Grotto – $40 for adults, $23 for children. Holiday dessert, $6.
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill – $14.49 for adults, $7 for children.
  • Wine Country Trattoria – $28 for adults, no child price available. Holiday dessert, $7.

Disneyland Hotel

  • Steakhouse 55 – The three-course meal includes roasted butternut squash soup with crème fraîche, carved turkey entree with traditional sides and pumpkin creme brule. $46 for adults. Child's dinner $12.99.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen – This buffet restaurant offers two seatings, brunch from 7:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. or dinner from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Both are $37 for adults, $17 for children.

Grand Californian Hotel

  • Napa Rose – is already fully booked, but is still accepting names for their wait list.
  • Storytellers Cafe – is offering both a plated turkey dinner ($23 for adults, $12 for children), or a holiday buffet ($30.99 for adults, $14 for children).

Paradise Pier Hotel

  • PCH Grill – Traditional Thanksgiving buffet is $32 for adults, $16 for children.

Disneyland Resort photos

Last week's park update included a few random pictures from around the resort, and we asked you how many and what kind of photos you'd like us to publish here. We've received a number of replies in the article comments, and even more by email. It seems that most readers either like the construction photos—or at least are willing to skim past them when they've seen enough—but you really want more non-construction photos. At your request, here are a couple of fun photos from Disneyland.


Visitors work hard to paddle their canoe around Tom Sawyer Island. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A decorated surrey is parked outside Big Thunder Ranch BBQ in Frontierland, but an even prettier one is tucked away next to the petting ranch. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your opinion, and special thanks to reader Kathie for identifying the unusual Bug's Land plant as being the "family jewels" variety of milkweed tree. Mystery solved!

An appeal from Team MousePlanet

The 21st Annual CHOC Walk in the Park takes place next Sunday, on October 16 at the Disneyland Resort. This 5K (3.1-mile) fun walk through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is an annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital Orange County.

Team MousePlanet is proud to return for our 4th year, and the 37 members of our 2011 CHOC Walk team have raised a combined $3,220 so far this year.


Sponsor banners in Downtown Disney Anaheim promote the upcoming CHOC Walk. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We're hoping to raise much more for this great local organization, and there are several ways you can help:

  • Walk with Team MousePlanet – register to walk with us at the October 16 event, and earn prizes as you meet your fundraising goals (click here). Team MousePlanet Walkers who raise at least $50 (the minimum entry fee for the walk) by October 14 receive a very special MousePlanet hat as a thank you for their participation, 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 (click here).
  • Sponsor Team MousePlanet – you can sponsor a Team MousePlanet walker, and help them earn prizes (click here), or make a general donation to our team.

If you'd like more information, visit the Team MousePlanet discussion to chat with other participants. Be sure to read MousePlanet's interview with Nolan Torres, the 2011 CHOC Walk Ambassador, for more information about CHOC and the many reasons we walk.

This and That...

...A brief closure of Toy Story Midway Mania November 15 to 17 we reported last week has been cancelled.

...Earlier this year, the Disney Gallery tested an art-on-demand program, placing a sketch artist inside a small room in the Gallery. While the room offered plenty of space for the artist, it wasn't the most visible spot to attract customers. Merchandise managers have relocated the sketch artist to the middle of the Disneyana shop on Main Street for a trial run; if the test is successful, a more permanent location may be established in the shop.


The sketch artist has been relocated from the Disney Gallery into the Disneyana shop on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The walls have come down in the Main Street Emporium, and the store is once again fully open after a lengthy refurbishment. All of the cash register locations have been moved to the outer walls of the store, with the exception of a massive double-sided structure in the center of the store. Each side has a permanent queue—formed with low, merchandise-filled "impulse" displays—and shares a central counter with packaging supplies. The animated displays above the registers were retained during the remodel, but some of the store's classic signage were removed.


The Disneyland Emporium has fully reopened after a lengthy renovation project. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The permanent queues for each cash register take up a lot of room, but display loads of small add-on items. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Disneyland Monorail is not listed on the official refurbishment schedule this week, but was closed Sunday. It appears that construction walls have been added on either side of the beam as the Monorail crosses over the Buena Vista Street construction site in Disney California Adventure. The walls may indicate that the final pieces of the Golden Gate bridge structure are about to be removed from this section of the Monorail beam. We do not know when the Monorail will reopen.


Last week, the Monorail offered a great view of the Buena Vista Street construction. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new construction walls will likely block any view of the site from the Monorail beam. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...MousePlanet readers frequently ask us if we have a newsletter. We are proud to announce that the answer is now, "Yes, we do." The new MousePlanet Newsletter arrives via email every Thursday, and contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question.

To subscribe to our free newsletter, go to the MousePlanet main page and enter your email address in the top right box labeled "Join the MousePlanet Newsletter." Click Join, then fill out the fields in the registration page, including your first and last name. The Newsletter is free, but you must complete this registration to receive it, even if you may have signed up for one with us in the past.

...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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With the initial surge of crowds to see the newly installed Halloween decorations and attractions subsiding, expect lighter crowds this week. 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.

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Monday, October 10, 2011 7 / 10
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2 / 10
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2 / 10
Thursday, October 13, 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 heavier crowds on Monday due to the Columbus Day holiday.
  • Disneyland park's lowest days will be Tuesday , when it's an 1.1.

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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


New awnings decorate the Disney Gallery. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • 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.
  • "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


New trees at the entrance of Cars Land have blocked much of the view of the Cadillac Range. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Seasonal refurbishments:

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

Disneyland Resort hotels:


Work continues seven days a week on the Disneyland Hotel's E Ticket pool area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • 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 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.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – October 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and 31. Advance-purchase tickets are on sale now via Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781–4000.
  • 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 parade taping at Disneyland – December 4–6 (unconfirmed). 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.
  • 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

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.

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

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

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

Mouse Ears Vacations
www.mouseearvacations.com

Small World Vacations
www.smallworldvacations.com

Other Discounts

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

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:

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-8p



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-11p

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
11/6 11/7 11/8 11/9 11/10 11/11 11/12
DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

 

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p


TT

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
11/13 11/14 11/15 11/16 11/17 11/18 11/19
DL: 8a-11p

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: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

 

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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