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Update for November 14 – 20, 2011

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Disneyland kicks off holiday season with "it's a small world" lighting and passholder party | Disneyland Dining on Christmas Eve & Day | Candy cane time again | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Disneyland kicks off holiday season with "it's a small world" lighting and passholder party

The holiday season officially begins today at Disneyland, although as early as last weekend, park visitors could view the Christmas tree on Main Street, ride "it's a small world" Holiday, and watch the return of the Believe ... In Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular.


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Tonight, Disneyland kicks off the season with a lighting ceremony in front of "it's a small world" Holiday at 5:10pm. At the ceremony, Gunnery Sgt. Derrick Poteat, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s S-6 communication platoon, will “flip the switch” to light up "it's a small world" Holiday. The ceremony will be followed at 5:30pm by the first performance of A Christmas Fantasy Parade.

Disneyland closes Monday at 8:00 p.m., after which the park hosts the annual passholder party we wrote about in last Monday's Update. As with the last two passholder events, readers with extra tickets to the event, and those who wanted to attend but were not selected, are welcome to try and find a match on our MousePad discussions forum.

Disneyland Dining on Christmas Eve & Day

If you're looking for a special Christmas meal at the Disneyland Resort, your best bet is to look towards Disney California Adventure. While all of the Disneyland table service restaurants are open for the holidays, none have a special Christmas Eve menu, and only Carnation Cafe has a holiday offering for Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve

Ariel's Grotto adds a slow-roasted prime rib to their menu, served au jus with white cheddar mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The meal also includes family-style starters and dessert. $39.99 for adults.

Wine Country Trattoria adds an italian herb-crusted prime rib served au jus, with roasted garlic & parmesan mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans. The meal is $29.99 for adults, $20.99 for children. The meal can also be booked as the World of Color dining package for $39.99, and will include a house salad and family style dessert platter.

Cocina Cucamonga has a sliced pot roast with a peppercorn sauce, served with whipped potatoes, sauteed green beans and a cornbread muffin. $14.49 for adults, $6.99 for children.

Storytellers Cafe adds holiday selections to the dinner buffet. Choices include carved turkey breast with cranberry sauce, black pepper crusted New York steak with rosemary au jus, roasted butternut squash, salmon with blood orange vinaigrette, roasted herbed chicken breast with garlic jus, pan-seared pork chops, chicken tamales, assorted fruit pies and special holiday desserts. The buffet is $30.99 for adults, $13.99 for children.

Christmas Day

Ariel's Grotto adds a slow roasted prime rib to their menu, served au jus with white cheddar mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The meal also includes family-style starters and dessert. $39.99 for adults.

Carnation Cafe serves a holiday pasta dish of homemade beef and tomato sauce with rigatoni pasta, parmesan cheese and herbs.

Wine Country Trattoria adds an Italian herb-crusted prime rib served au jus, with roasted garlic & parmesan mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans. The meal is $29.99 for adults, $20.99 for children. The meal can also be booked as the World of Color dining package for $39.99, and will include a house salad and family style dessert platter.

Cocina Cucamonga has a sliced pot roast with a peppercorn sauce, served with whipped potatoes, sauteed green beans and a cornbread muffin. $14.49 for adults, $6.99 for children.

Storytellers Cafe adds holiday selections to the dinner buffet. Choices include carved turkey breast with cranberry sauce, black pepper crusted New York steak with rosemary au jus, roasted butternut squash, salmon with blood orange vinaigrette, roasted herbed chicken breast with garlic jus, pan-seared pork chops, chicken tamales, assorted fruit pies, and special holiday desserts. The buffet is $30.99 for adults, $13.99 for children.

Goofy's Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets on Christmas Day. $36.99 for adults, $16.99 for children. Holiday highlights include New York strip loin served au jus and a roasted boneless ham with honey mustard glaze for all three meals, with blackened salmon, roasted leg of lamb, turkey with cranberry sauce and roasted lemon chicken added for dinner.

PCH Grill offers a dinner buffet of marinated grilled chicken breast with a zinfandel coq au vin sauce; grilled filet of salmon with roasted fennel mushroom jus; three-cheese ravioli with basil pesto beurre blanc; oven roasted NY Strip; and roasted breast of turkey with spiced cranberry compote. Salad station, traditional sides and holiday desserts also offered. $36.99 for adults, $16.99 for children.

Steakhouse 55 offers a three-course meal for Christmas day. An appetizer of prosciutto wrapped dates and roasted beets with a dried cherry vinaigrette is followed by an entree of slow roasted prime rib, served au jus with green beans and bacon, garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, an apple tart with vanilla gelato. $50 for adults, $13 for children. The meal is also available as a room service option for the Disneyland Hotel for $55 for adults, $14 for children.

Napa Rose will serve a four-course Christmas dinner, but menu details are not yet available. $90.00 per adult.

Reservations are strongly suggested for table service restaurants. Call 714-781-3463.

Candy cane time again

If your holiday tradition includes a trip to Disneyland for one of its famous fresh-made candy canes, here are the dates and details you'll need to start making plans for 2011. The first batch of fresh candy canes will be made at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. on November 30. The candy cane schedule usually begins the day after Thanksgiving, but with an early holiday this year the park seems to be waiting a week, but adding an extra day in December. The full schedule is:

  • Wednesday, November 30
  • Friday, December 2
  • Tuesday, December 6
  • Friday, December 9
  • Monday, December 12
  • Friday, December 16
  • Wednesday, December 21

Last year the candy canes cost $9.95 each, and were limited to two per person. We expect pricing and limits to be similar this year. Disneyland usually makes two—sometimes three—batches a day, but the number of candy canes in each batch can vary based in temperature and humidity. The typical batch yields fewer than 90 canes. If Disneyland follows the normal operating pattern, tickets will be distributed at the Candy Palace at park opening each day, with the first batch of candy canes usually available to purchase about one hour after the official park opening time. The second and third batches are usually ready 90-minutes to two hours apart.


Disneyland's fresh-made candy canes were once a little-known secret among Disney fans, but have become increasingly popular after being featured on the Food Network and Disney's official blogs. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you are not staying in a hotel that offers "Magic Morning" access, I recommend that you avoid days where Magic Morning is offered (usually Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but check the Disneyland.com calendar for updates), or plan to wait for the second or third batch to be ready. My experience has been that the tickets for the first batch are usually distributed to hotel guests during Magic Morning before day guests get into the park at official park opening.

It's also important to note that the schedule posted here is subject to change at any time. Follow the discussion in our Disneyland Trip Planning forum for the latest updates as we learn about them.

This and That...

...The House of Blues and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County are recruiting volunteers to help serve Thanksgiving meals to 650 homeless Anaheim school district students and their family members at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney, as part of the restaurant's House of Giving program. Volunteers will serve food provided by the Second Harvest food bank and prepared by the House of Blues, including approximately 70 whole turkeys. In addition to the event venue and kitchen staff, the House of Blues will provide live entertainment for the meals. There are two volunteer shifts, 8am - 11:30am, and 11am - 3pm. The dress code is casual, and no special skills are required. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. For more information and to volunteer, visit the OneOC website. The House of Blues is also open to the public on Thanksgiving day, serving a special holiday menu in the main dining room.

...Director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau were treated to a tour of the Cars Land construction site in Disney California Adventure last Friday. Disney was quick to explain that there are no plans to bring Avatar to the Disneyland Resort, but said that Cameron and Landau made the trip "for inspiration and to better understand the immersive nature of the new 12-acre Cars Land." The pair were hosted by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, Disneyland Resort president George A. Kalogridis and a team from Walt Disney Imagineering.


L-to-R: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs; Lightstorm Entertainment’s Jon Landau, director James Cameron, and Imagineer Scott Trowbridge. Photo (C) Disney.

...The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter 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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Christmas at Disneyland is right around the corner, but crowds are light right now. 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, November 14, 2011 2 / 10
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2  / 10
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2 / 10
Thursday, November 17, 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 AP blockouts this weekend.
  • Disney California Adventure's low day will be Monday, when it's a 2.1.
  • Disneyland park's lowest day will be Monday and Thursday, when it's a 1.8.

Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
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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 through November 23 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Bayou – closed through November 23 for refurbishment.
  • Plaza Pavilion – closed through January 2012 for conversion to Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
  • 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

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • None currently scheduled

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).

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

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.

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Other Discounts

Purchase with Purchase offers – Disneyland Resort shops frequently offer a reduced-price souvenir (often a tote bag, watch, or blanket) with a qualifying minimum purchase. The current offers are:

Disneyland shops:

  • Mickey tote bag for $13.95 with a minimum purchase of $25
  • Fleece throw blanket for $17.95 with a $40 purchase.

Disney California Adventure shops:

  • Mickey tote bag for $13.95 with a minimum purchase of $25
  • Mickey Mouse watch for $17.95 with a $40 purchase.

Downtown Disney / Disneyland Resort Hotel shops:

  • Sports duffel bag for $16.95 with a minimum purchase of $25
  • Fleece throw blanket for $17.95 with a $40 purchase.

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

Disney Visa – Cardholders have access to a private Character Meet 'N' Greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free 5x7 photograph per visit. Cardholders also receive 10% off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney-operated retail stores, 10% off at selected Disneyland Resort restaurants, (Big Thunder Ranch, River Belle Terrace, French Market, Cocina Cucamonga, Steakhouse 55, PCH Grill and Storyteller's Café), and 20% off the "Welcome to Disneyland," "A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps," and "Discover the Magic" guided tours. See the Disney Visa website for terms and conditions.

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:

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MM / TT
11/27 11/28 11/29 11/30 12/1 12/2 12/3
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

 

DL: 9a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p


TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

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

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

 

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p


TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p



TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

MM / TT
12/11 12/12 12/13 12/14 12/15 12/16 12/17
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p



TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

 

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p


TT

DL: 9a-11p

DCA: 10a-8p



MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

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

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p


SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p


SL/SC

MM

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p


SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p


SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
12/25 12/26 12/27 12/28 12/29 12/30 12/31
DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM
           

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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