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New discount ticket offers for Spring 2012 | Refurbishment season begins with Matterhorn makeover | Dining on Main Street, U.S.A. | Winter entertainment schedule | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

New discount ticket offers for Spring 2012

Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks any two days before June 8 for $99 using a new discounted ticket that went on sale last week.


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The SoCal Resident 2-Day 1-Park Per Day ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then a second visit to either park on another day on or before June 8, 2012.

You can use both days of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit one park one day and the other park on the second day, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $99 for ages 3 and up, the same price as the 2011 offer. You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $15, a savings of up to $59 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

For 2012, there is also a 3-Day 1-Park per Day option ($129) and a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket ($144) in the promotion.

You can either purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or online at Disneyland.com and print them at home. You can also purchase them at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores. There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until June to use the second (or third) admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by June 1, 2012. Tickets expires June 8, 2012, and are blocked out March 30 through April 15, and June 4 and 5.

While Disney states that proof of residency required for purchase and admission, MousePlanet readers who have purchased similar tickets from off-property retailers during past resident discount promotions consistently reported that they were not required to provide proof of residency at the time of purchase. However, be aware that Disneyland Resort Main Gate cast members can—and may—require proof of residency when you first use the tickets. Whether such residency checks occur is an oft-debated topic on our MousePad discussion boards, but it is your responsibility to know the official policy, regardless of what the park's actual practice may be.

Now for the official fine print:

• TICKET IS BLOCKED OUT March 30, 2012 – April 15, 2012 and June 4, 2012 – June 5, 2012.
• Tickets valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999 and proof of residency is required for admission.
• Each ticket is valid for two (2) 1-Day, 1-Park admissions to either Disneyland® park or Disney California Adventure® park, but not to both parks on the same day.
• First use must occur on or before June 8, 2012. Tickets expire June 9, 2012.
• Ticket is not valid before January 4, 2012.
• Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.
• May purchase up to five (5) tickets per person per day with valid ID.
• Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

If you are ineligible for the Southern California resident discount, the Disneyland Resort is again offering a Promotional Park Hopper Bonus Ticket for Spring 2012, though these tickets cost as much as $40 more than the 2011 promotion.

These discounted tickets are available with advance purchase through the Disneyland website. Tickets are valid January 4 to May 28, 2012. This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, so you must purchase online before you arrive. Disney is offering eTicket and Will Call service for this promotion, so you can purchase the tickets online the same day you plan to use them. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, May 28, 2012. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or on June 10, 2012, whichever occurs first. Tickets are blocked out March 30 to April 15, 2012.

These promotional tickets include one early admission day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday).

Length Adults
(Ages 10 and up)
Children
(Ages 3-9)
3-day $199.00 $183.00
4-day $219.00 $201.00
5-day $231.00 $211.00
6-day $236.00 $216.00

If you are considering purchasing or renewing a Southern California Annual Passport, you may want to evaluate your planned usage in the next few months to see if it may make sense to first purchase either the 3-Day SoCal ticket or the 6-Day Promotional ticket, and then use that ticket to upgrade to an Annual Passport later.

The Southern California pass is just a bit more than the 6-day Promotional park hopper, so if you purchase that ticket you can use all six admissions on otherwise blocked-out days (avoiding as much as $354 in blockout day ticket fees), and then just pay the $30 to upgrade the last day you use the ticket. Keep in mind that you are not entitled to the AP food and merchandise discounts until you convert to an Annual Passport, so check the calendar, do the math, and decide if this really works out for you.

Refurbishment season begins with Matterhorn makeover

The end of the holiday season at Disneyland always means the start of refurbishment season, with the most noticeable project being the six-month makeover of the Matterhorn Bobsleds. This time, Disney confirms that the new sleds we've seen under wraps on the track will be in use when the ride reopens, currently expected to be June 14, 2012. The seating configuration of the new sleds holds three people in each of two linked sleds, for a total capacity of 6 people per vehicle. The current configuration allows up to four people per linked sled, two each in two seats, for a total of 8 per vehicle.


A new sled that seats three people in each sled (six per vehicle) is soon replacing these Matterhorn bobsled vehicles . Photo by Tony Phoenix.

While it sounds that capacity of the new sleds will be lower, a Matterhorn cast member said that sleds often go out with just one person per seat due to passenger size or weight, so the new seating configuration may actually allow for a higher hourly capacity. We also wonder if Disney will add a single rider line to the ride when it reopens, to fill the extra seats that will result from the odd-numbered configuration.

The loss of the "cuddle" seats, (as some readers call them), has raised questions about new height limits for the ride when it reopens. Currently the Matterhorn has a height requirement of 35 inches, which means most children can usually ride it by age 3. The new seating configuration will be similar to Splash Mountain, which has a 40-inch requirement. This could result in children who could ride on the Matterhorn when it closed this weekend being unable to ride once it reopens in June. Though this has been widely discussed among Disney fans, and several parents have even posed the question on the Disney Parks Blog, Disney has yet to announce if or how the height requirement might change.

The full list of refurbishments and attractions closures as we know then are listed later in this park update. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only, and all information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781-7290 just before you visit.

Dining on Main Street, U.S.A.

The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe opened last week to the delight of Mary Poppins fans, and Disney foodies always on the hunt for a new specialty cupcake. MousePlanet contributor Britt Winslow shares his thoughts about the new restaurant in his review on MousePlanet today, so be sure to check out his article for full details about the new menu.


The new Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe opened at Disneyland last week. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

The new restaurant may be enough to distract you from the realization that almost every other food location on Main Street, U.S.A. is now closed for refurbishment. The Blue Ribbon Bakery is gone forever (however long that lasts in Disney years), to be converted back into an indoor seating area for the adjacent Carnation Cafe. Coffee and pastries are now offered at the new Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, as well as the cappuccino cart in the central plaza.

As part of the larger renovation of the west side shops complex, the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor is closed until an as-yet-undetermined date in the spring, along with the Candy Palace and Penny Arcade. During the refurbishment, the Main Street Cone Shop, across the street and next to the lockers, will operates with extended hours. Ice cream is also available at the Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland.


Stained glass windows featuring penguin waiters decorate the new Mary Poppins-themed restaurant. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

The Refreshment Corner (known as Coke Corner to regulars) is now closed through February 24, leaving Pluto's Dog House in Toontown and DCA's Award Wieners as possibly the only counter-service places to get a hot dog that isn't first dipped in batter and deep fried (you can also grab a hot dog from several outdoor vending places in both parks, but I tend to prefer to hold onto at least the pretense that my hot dog was assembled just for me, and not pre-packaged four hours ago).

Meal options are be just a little more limited later this month when Cafe Orleans closes January 24–26 for a scheduled refurbishment. We've also been told of a possible closure of Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port January 30 through February 10, but so far that refurbishment does not appear on the official Disneyland calendar. Disneyland has been refurbishing restaurants one at a time for more than a year, each reopening with a new kitchen and upgraded menu, so it makes sense if Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port were next in line.

Winter entertainment schedule

Several MousePlanet readers have pointed out oddities in the Disneyland Resort entertainment schedule, and asked if I knew what was going on.

First, Ian noted that ElecTRONica was not listed on the schedule in February. Last June Disney announced that the nighttime dance party would remain open through Spring 2012, but the show is currently not scheduled beyond January 28. The show went on a nearly one-month hiatus last September at the end of the summer season, and reopened with a new Laserman show, so this looks like another planned hiatus. However, reader Mark called Disneyland to check on the schedule, and said he was told that ElecTRONica would not return after January at all. We've asked Disney for an update on the show's schedule for spring, and will post any information we receive in a future Update.

Reader Adrian pointed out that World of Color is not scheduled for January 17-19 and 23-26. According to a cast member, this is due to the first scheduled maintenance of the show platform since World of Color debuted 18 months ago.

Finally, we've previously reported that Fantasmic is on hiatus at least January 23 through February 17 due to the Sailing Ship Columbia refurbishment, but may return even later in the spring. A cast member tells us that the entertainment department is taking advantage of the scheduled break to make some modifications to the 45-foot-tall mechanical dragon. No official word on when the show is returning, but the cast member said to expect it back by the first weekend in March.

This and That...

...To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, the Disneyland Resort hosts an event called "Bridging Into the Next Century; Celebrating the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary" the weekend of May 26-27. MousePlanet reader Hannah alerted us to the event, saying "expect to the park to be overrun!" Walt Disney World in Florida plans a similar four-day event the same weekend.


The former Greetings store is getting a new facade to become the Elias Co. Department Store. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

...La Brea Bakery has just begun a renovation project that includes an expanded quick service area, addition of a display kitchen, and some facility upgrades. The quick service side of the location is currently closed, though the table service restaurant remains open. The entire restaurant is expected to close in mid-March for three weeks so renovations can be completed, and then reopens the first week of April.


Workers frame a structure just inside the DCA main entrance. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

...Compass Books & Café in Downtown Disney Anaheim is closing March 31. An announcement to Disney cast members said that the "owners have decided to close the location and focus attention on their San Francisco-based businesses." No replacement has been announced. In case Disney is looking for ideas about prospective tenants, some of the MousePlanet staff think the space's size and location make it a perfect spot for a West Coast version of the Earl of Sandwich chain.


Even more of the Carthay Circle Theater building is visible as more scaffolding comes down. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

...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.


The view down the main street of Cars Land, looking at City Hall. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

...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.


Ride vehicles for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree can be spotted over the work wall around the construction site. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

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 fall further this week at Disneyland with the exception of the weekend. 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
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2 / 10
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 2 / 10
Thursday, January 12, 2012 1 / 10
Friday, January 13, 2012 6 / 10

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

  • Partial block outs all weekend.
  • Tuesday through Thursday Disneyland will be a 1.1.
  • The MLK Day Holiday should make this weekend slightly busier than normal for a January weekend.

Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: not all of these have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit.

Disneyland

  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen in Spring.
  • Candy Palace – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen in Spring.
  • Penny Arcade – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen in Spring.
  • Refreshment Corner – closed through February 24 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Ribbon Bakery – closed. The space to be converted back to an indoor seating area for the Carnation Cafe.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed through January 23 for removal of the holiday overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm – closed through January 18 for removal of the holiday decor.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through June 14 for refurbishment.
  • it’s a small world – closed January 23 through February 2 for removal of the holiday overlay.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed January 23 through February 17 for refurbishment.
  • Fantasmic! – on hiatus at least January 23 through February 17 due to the Sailing Ship Columbia refurbishment, but may return even later in the spring.
  • Davy Crockett Canoes – closed January 24 for dock refurbishment.
  • Cafe Orleans – closed January 24–26 for refurbishment.
  • Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port – closed January 30 through February 10 for refurbishment. (Not confirmed)

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Golden Zephyr – closed through January 13 for refurbishment.
  • Paradise Pier "performance corridor" – An area outside The Little Mermaid attraction is now closed for repaving of a portion of the parade route through Paradise Pier. This project continues through March 1.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed January 30 through March 9 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed January 11 through 28 for refurbishment. This closure is not listed on the Disneyland website, but still appears on cast member publications. The area was still open on January 9, and we've been told the refurbishment has been moved to start the 11th.

Construction-related closures:

  • Engine-Ears Toys – closed until summer 2012 for conversion into new Buena Vista Street "West Block" stores.
  • 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 conversion into new Buena Vista Street "East Block" stores..

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).

2012

  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through January 28. According to Disney the show will continue through "Spring, 2012," but is currently not scheduled in February.
  • 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.
  • Spring 2012 Dapper Day at Disneyland – Sunday, February 5. Create a "colorful, fun and sophisticated" ensemble, and gather for the Mark Twain Mixer, Dapper Derby or After Dapper Drinks at this unofficial event.
  • MouseAdventure Spring 2012 – We will host two MouseAdventure events next spring, a competitive event on Sunday, March 11 and a non-competitive "Day at the Park" event on Sunday, March 25. Additional details, including registration dates, price, format, and divisions will be sent out in January.
  • 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.
  • Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting at Disneyland Resort – May 26 and 27.
  • Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animation – August 11-12. This D23 event returns to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. Additional details and registration information at www.Disney.com/D23.

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

SoCal Resident 2-Day 1-Park per Day ticket ($99)
SoCal Resident 2-Day Park Hopper ticket ($114)

The SoCal Resident 2-Day 1-Park per Day ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then a second visit to either park on another day on or before June 8, 2012.

You can use both days of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit one park one day and the other park on the second day, but you can not use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $99 for ages 3 and up. You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $15, a savings of up to $59 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

You can either purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or online at Disneyland.com and print them at home. You can also purchase them at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores. There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until June to use the second admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by June 1, 2012. Tickets expires June 8, 2012, and are blocked out March 30-April 15, and June 4 and 5, 2012.

While Disney states that proof of residency required for purchase and admission, MousePlanet readers who have purchased similar tickets from off-property retailers during past resident discount promotions consistently reported that they were not required to provide proof of residency at the time of purchase. However, be aware that Disneyland Resort Main Gate cast members can—and may—require proof of residency when you first use the tickets. Whether the residency checks occur is an oft-debated topic on our MousePad discussion boards, but it is your responsibility to know the official policy, regardless of what the park's actual practice may be.

Now for the official fine print:

• TICKET IS BLOCKED OUT March 30, 2012 - April 15, 2012 and June 4, 2012 - June 5, 2012.
• Tickets valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999 and proof of residency is required for admission.
• Each ticket is valid for two (2) 1-Day, 1-Park admissions to either Disneyland® park or Disney California Adventure® park, but not to both parks on the same day.
• First use must occur on or before June 8, 2012. Tickets expire June 9, 2012.
• Ticket is not valid before January 4, 2012.
• Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.
• May purchase up to five (5) tickets per person per day with valid ID.
• Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $209/$193

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $224/$208

SoCal Resident 3-Day 1-Park per Day ticket ($129)
SoCal Resident 3-Day Park Hopper ticket ($144)

The SoCal Resident 3-Day 1-Park per Day ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on three separate days by June 8, 2012.

You can use both days of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit one park one day and the other park on the next day, but you can not use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $129 for ages 3 and up. You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $15, a savings of up to $80 compared to the box office price of a three-day park-hopper ticket.

You can either purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or online at Disneyland.com and print them at home. You can also purchase them at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores. There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until June to use the remaining admissions. You must, however, purchase the ticket by June 1, 2012. Tickets expires June 8, 2012, and are blocked out March 30-April 15, and June 4 and 5, 2012.

While Disney states that proof of residency required for purchase and admission, MousePlanet readers who have purchased similar tickets from off-property retailers during past resident discount promotions consistently reported that they were not required to provide proof of residency at the time of purchase. However, be aware that Disneyland Resort Main Gate cast members can—and may—require proof of residency when you first use the tickets. Whether the residency checks occur is an oft-debated topic on our MousePad discussion boards, but it is your responsibility to know the official policy, regardless of what the park's actual practice may be.

Now for the official fine print:

• TICKET IS BLOCKED OUT March 30, 2012 - April 15, 2012 and June 4, 2012 - June 5, 2012.
• Tickets valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999 and proof of residency is required for admission.
• Each ticket is valid for two (3) 1-Day, 1-Park admissions to either Disneyland® park or Disney California Adventure® park, but not to both parks on the same day.
• First use must occur on or before June 8, 2012. Tickets expire June 9, 2012.
• Ticket is not valid before January 4, 2012.
• Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.
• May purchase up to five (5) tickets per person per day with valid ID.
• Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($199/$183) A discounted price offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 to May 28, 2012. This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, so you must purchase online before you arrive. Disney is offering eTicket and Will Call service for this promotion, so you can purchase the tickets online the same day you plan to use them. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, May 28, 2012. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or on June 10, 2012, whichever occurs first. Tickets are blocked out March 30, 2012 to April 15, 2012.

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.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $234/$216

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $249/$231

Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket ($219/$201) – A discounted price offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 to May 28, 2012. This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, so you must purchase online before you arrive. Disney is offering eTicket and Will Call service for this promotion, so you can purchase the tickets online the same day you plan to use them. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, May 28, 2012. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or on June 10, 2012, whichever occurs first. Tickets are blocked out March 30, 2012 to April 15, 2012.

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).

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

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 offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 to May 28, 2012. This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, so you must purchase online before you arrive. Disney is offering eTicket and Will Call service for this promotion, so you can purchase the tickets online the same day you plan to use them. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, May 28, 2012. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or on June 10, 2012, whichever occurs first. Tickets are blocked out March 30, 2012 to April 15, 2012.

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).

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

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 offered with advance purchase through the Disneyland Web site (link). This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, you must purchase online before you arrive. Tickets are valid January 4 to May 28, 2012. This discount is not available at the theme park ticket booths, so you must purchase online before you arrive. Disney is offering eTicket and Will Call service for this promotion, so you can purchase the tickets online the same day you plan to use them. Tickets must be purchased by, and first day of use must occur on or before, May 28, 2012. Tickets expire 13 days after the first day of use or on June 10, 2012, whichever occurs first. Tickets are blocked out March 30, 2012 to April 15, 2012.

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).

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

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]

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

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.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if other discounts are available through them.

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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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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