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Update for January 30 – February 5, 2012

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Fairy wings propel Kellie Nickerson to first-place finish in Tinker Bell Half Marathon | Ready to run again? Disneyland half marathon already over 50% full | Disney Cruise Line 2013: goodbye Los Angeles, hello Miami and Europe | "Disney Look" guidelines relaxed; beards, casual Fridays in the offing | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Fairy wings propel Kellie Nickerson to first-place finish in Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Dressed in a themed outfit of Tinker Bell wings and a green skirt, Kellie Nickerson won the inaugural Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon with a time of 1:27:52 Sunday morning. The Albuquerque, New Mexico runner finished just moments ahead of second-place finisher Sharon Wilkinson (from Winnetka, California), who finished with a time of 1:28:18, and third-place finisher Stacy Schafer (from Carlsbad, California), who finished with a time of 1:28:54.


11,000 women and 920 men participated in the Tinker Bell half marathon this weekend at Disneyland. Photo (c) Disney.


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An estimated 12,000 mostly female runners took to the streets of Anaheim Sunday morning for the women-focused race (there were 920 male participants), the newest in the runDisney line-up. The weekend-long event also featured a Never Land 5K Friday night (the first nighttime 5K hosted by runDisney), and kids’ races on Saturday. Runners from 48 states and 10 countries joined celebrities Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement) and Sean Astin (Goonies, Lord of the Rings, and Rudy) on the course. Race organizers said that the largest group of runners came from San Diego, with Las Vegas a close second.


Kellie Nickerson wins the inaugural Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon with a time of 1:27:52. Photo (c) Disney.

Nearly 600 of the runners participated in one of the Walt Disney World marathon weekend events just three weeks ago, making them eligible for their "Coast to Coast" medal when they crossed the Tinker Bell finish line.


Thousands of medals await the finishers of the inaugural Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

One of these runners was Captain Ivan Castro, a soldier blinded in combat in Iraq in 2006. Castro completed the Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, racing in both the half- and full-marathon events. Captain Castro said his goal is to run every Disney event in 2012 to help raise awareness for Team Red, White & Blue, an organization that helps support wounded veterans.


Captain Ivan Castro (left) and a runner guide from Team RWB salute during the National Anthem. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Coast to Coast medals await the 600 runners eligible for the extra award. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The new course took runners through Disneyland before sending them north of the Resort area to Downtown Anaheim. MousePlanet columnist Adrienne Krock really liked the new route, saying "Old Town Anaheim is much prettier than Industrial Anaheim. So much less zig-zag and so much more 'meandering through the streets of Anaheim'." Other runners agreed, though some felt the stretch into the finish line was more subdued than usual.


The Tinker Bell Half Marathon route took runners to a different section of Anaheim than the normal Disneyland race. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Six high school bands, two college pep squads and a gathering of over 300 Red Hat Society members lined the race course to cheer on the runners, with thousands of volunteers staffing everything from the pre-race bag check to the post-race fuel stop.


Disneyland Resort Ambassadors René Torrico and Jolie Hales celebrate their finish at the inaugural Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney has not officially announced future plans for this race, but from what we hear, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon should return next year, moving to the Martin Luther King Day weekend of January 20, 2013.


Pluto, Goofy, and Daisy cheer runners as they cross the finish line of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The top three finishers of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon pose with Minnie Mouse at the award presentation. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

With the NAMM Show moving its convention to the weekend after Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (and potentially leaving Anaheim altogether after 2013), and the Disneyana Fan Club talking about moving its winter convention to February, two potential scheduling conflicts seem to be avoided. However, this schedule leaves just a one-week gap between the Walt Disney World marathon weekend (scheduled for January 12-13, 2013) and the Tinker Bell race, which may reduce the number of folks who run both races.

Ready to run again? Disneyland half marathon registration already over 50% full

It seems almost cruel to ask runners to register for another race before the blisters from the last event have healed, but there may not be time to wait if you want to participate in the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon. Registration opened last week, and the race is already over 50 percent full. The race sold out in just over two months last year, and seems to be on pace to sell out even faster this time around, despite a $15 price hike to $150 this year (assuming registration stays open that long, the fee climbs to $165 on February 29, and to $180 on April 18.)

The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon is on Sunday September 2, with the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids' Races on Saturday, September 1. Registration for all events, as well as the ChEAR Squad spectator packages and the Pasta in the Park dinner event is now open on the Run Disney website.

If you're ready for the challenge, come join Team MousePlanet on our MousePad discussion forum, and connect with other runners and walkers as we train for the event. If running isn't your thing but you'd like to come out and support the athletes, we're planning to organize a group of MousePlanet readers to volunteer at either at the pre-race Expo or along the course of one of the races - visit our MousePad forum for more information.

Disney Cruise Line 2013: goodbye Los Angeles, hello Miami and Europe

Last Tuesday, Disney Cruise Line released its much-anticipated 2013 itineraries for the Magic and Wonder, confirming that the Wonder is leaving Los Angeles at the end of 2012, while the Magic returns to Europe.

As expected, the Wonder is set to log quite a few miles through the Panama Canal in the next two years as Disney relocates the ship from Los Angeles to Miami for five months, before returning the ship to Vancouver for the 2013 Alaska cruise season.

After the Wonder arrives in Miami on December 23, the ship sails one seven-night Christmas Cruise and one six-night New Year's Eve cruise before settling into a series of four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

The three Miami-based itineraries take passengers to a variety of ports, including Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Interestingly, one of the five-night options skips Castaway Cay entirely, stopping instead in Grand Cayman.

When the Wonder returns to Alaska in May, the ship will base once more in Vancouver. Disney's first season of Alaska cruises sailed from Vancouver in 2011, but for the 2012 season the line will sail from Seattle.

What we don't yet know is what the Wonder will do after the 2013 Alaska season winds up in September. Will Disney send the ship back to Miami for the fall and winter, or give Los Angeles another try? Though Disney has offered a variety of itineraries out of Los Angeles, even adding a Pacific Coast cruise with stops in San Diego and San Francisco to the traditional Mexican Rivera schedule in the hopes of attracting families who don't feel safe visiting ports in Mexico, the demand was clearly so low that Disney felt compelled to cancel the last four Los Angeles departures in 2012 and send the Wonder to the (hopefully) friendlier shores of Miami until the opening of the Alaska cruise season.

Yet, apart from a single two-day "trip to nowhere" last January, DCL has not offered shorter cruises out of Los Angeles. 3- and 4-night cruises are a perfect introduction to cruising, without the weeklong commitment Disney's current LA itineraries require, and are often (but surprisingly not always) less expensive than a 7-day trip.

Several MousePlanet readers are disappointed by Disney's decision, and have been discussing the departure on our MousePad forums. Some believe shorter Los Angeles-based cruises would help Disney build demand for longer cruises on the west coast, and wonder why the line is willing to offer four- and five-night cruises from Miami but not from Los Angeles. Others argue that there is nothing Disney can do to build demand for trips to Mexico at this time, and that Disney has no choice but to move the ship to a more profitable region. They also point out that shorter cruises would also be limited to visiting San Diego, San Francisco or Catalina—or just cruise the Pacific ocean for a couple of days—and would still require at least a "service call" in Ensenada to comply with the Jones Act.

Of course, there's still almost a year before the Wonder heads to Florida, and plenty of opportunity to book a Disney cruise from Los Angeles this year. If you're concerned about travel to Mexico, check out the Pacific Coast cruises offered once the Wonder returns from Alaska in September. This seven-night itinerary includes an overnight stop in San Francisco, a day in San Diego, and a stop in Ensenada. Prices start at just under $1700 for two people, and your favorite travel agent (or one of our MousePlanet sponsors, if you don't happen to have an agent on speed-dial) will be happy to help you book.

"Disney Look" guidelines relaxed; beards, casual Fridays in the offing

Mark Goldhaber wrote last week in the Walt Disney World Resort Update about a change that also applies to cast members working at the Disneyland Resort in California:

One of the things that Disney Parks and Resorts has been known for is its strict dress code, called "The Disney Look." The code lists guidelines for everything from hair to jewelry to makeup to eyewear. From the opening of Disneyland until changes in the year 2000, men were not allowed to wear moustaches, despite the fame of the company founder's own facial hair. The guidelines have been relaxed again, with a memo going out to cast members noting that—effective February 3—beards and goatees will be allowed.

Beards, goatees, and moustaches must all be grown on vacation, and may not be in the growing-out phase while working in the parks. The facial hair "must create an overall neat, polished and professional look and must be fully grown in, neatly groomed, and well-maintained at no longer than a quarter of an inch in length," according to an internal memo to cast members.

The policy change also allows workers in backstage areas without visitor contact to have "casual Fridays."



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Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 31 online at MouseAdventure.com

A brand new game in a brand new format, we are proud to present our Spring 2012 event: MouseAdventure Card Games! This March, Alex Stroup returns to MouseAdventure with a few new (card) tricks up his sleeve. Whether you've played every game since 2000 or are forming a team for your very first Adventure, there's a division that will suit you just right!

Sunday, March 11  Basic Division: Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney

MouseAdventure Card Games will deal you a series of quests and challenges to be solved throughout Disneyland and Downtown Disney. The Basic division is a competitive event, with prizes going to the best new, returning and family teams.

Registration for the Basic Division is $120 per team, and includes admission to the post-event Award Ceremony. Each player will need admission to Disneyland on Sunday, March 11. MouseAdventure registration does not include theme park admission.

Sunday, March 11 – Advanced Division: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks

If you crave even more MouseAdventure, register for the Advanced division and try your hand at all of the Basic Division quests, many at a more difficult level, plus a few challenges inside Disney California Adventure Park. Prizes are awarded to the best new and returning teams.

Registration for the Advanced Division is $140 per team, and includes admission to the post-event Award Ceremony. Each player will need admission to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on Sunday, March 11. MouseAdventure registration does not include theme park admission.

Sunday, March 25  Day at the Park Division: Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney

Two weeks later, we will run the game again for brand-new teams who just want to get an idea of what this MouseAdventure thing is all about, and for returning teams that wish to play without the stress of competition. Day at the Park teams will solve most of the same quests as the Basic division event, though some elements may be modified or omitted.

Teams play only for bragging rights, and there is no post-event Award Ceremony: results will be posted on the Web site about a week after the event. The MouseAdventure Day at the Park event features an extended sign-in period with a pre-game new player orientation session. Teams can also participate in a team T-shirt competition before the main event begins.

Registration for the Day at the Park Division is $75 per team. Each player will need admission to Disneyland Park on Sunday, March 25. MouseAdventure registration does not include theme park admission.

Registration for all divisions opens at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, January 31 online at MouseAdventure.com

Registration close on February 24, or whenever the division sells out. Space for each division in the March 11 event is extremely limited. Players must be at least 6 years of age and one player on each team must be at least 18 years of age.

More information about MouseAdventure can be found at MouseAdventure.com. Be sure to sign up for our MouseAdventure Newsletter for the most recent updates. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for your chance to win MouseAdventure prizes.

This and That...

...Disneyland's Cafe Orleans closed for three days last week for refurbishment, and reopened with the front door on the opposite side of the building. A sign outside the former entrance facing Pirates of the Caribbean directs guests around the building to the new entrance, which now faces the Haunted Mansion. A Cafe cast member said the new arrangement is great for customers, but is "wretched" for employees.

The move greatly reduces congestion in the crowded Royal Street side of the building, where, between the crowds waiting for their table at Cafe Orleans and the line of wheelchair-users waiting to board Pirates of the Caribbean, it was often difficult to walk. There is much more room for customers to wait around the other entrance, and fewer surrounding stores and restaurants adding to the congestion.

However, the new entrance simply uses the existing single exterior door of the dining room, rather than a new, wider door, and cast members say more work needs to be done to make the space functional. Hosts complain that there is no place for them to stand, and servers complain that all the extra people block access to the server station on that side of the room.

Hopefully the location managers can find a solution that works for everyone, because this is one of those things that, now that we've seen it, makes so much sense we wonder why it wasn't done a decade ago. A friend also noted that the fruit cart on Main Street was turned sideways—likely to accommodate longer lines for the Cone Shop while the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor is closed for refurbishment—and how much additional space that change seems to have made to the traffic flow in that area.


“The Magic, The Memories and You!” projection show will receive a romantic update this week. Photo (c) Disney.

...Disney's creative entertainment department announced two upcoming changes to the “The Magic, The Memories and You!” projection show on "it's a small world." Starting Wednesday, and new Valentine's Day segment will be added to the nightly show, with the attraction facade "covered in red roses for one sequence and turned into a beautiful, star-filled sky for another." The show also includes what sounds like an incredible sequence featuring the lantern scene from Tangled. The new show sequences will be shown through mid-April, and a summer version is in the works.


Look for this "photo realistic" image of Radiator Springs Racers to appear in upcoming promotional materials about Cars Land. Photo (c) Disney.

...The Disney Parks Blog released a "photo realistic" image of the new Radiator Springs Racers attraction last week, giving readers a first look at an image that will be used in upcoming marketing about the opening of Cars Land. Though several readers have alerted us that Wikipedia now lists an opening date for Cars Land, please remember that Wikipedia can be edited by pretty much anyone, and in fact the opening date given in that entry has been changed at least twice in the past week. Until Disney officially announces a date, don't make any non-refundable travel plans.


A Stormtrooper patrolling Tomorrowland stops to pose for a photo with an amused visitor. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-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.

...Visitors planning trips to the Disneyland Resort should make a point to check the Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures section each week for the most recent updates. The Disneyland Resort Web site currently only publishes refurbishment information about six weeks in advance. Be sure to check the most recent Park Update for the latest changes, as MousePlanet does not edit past Park Updates to reflect changes.

Crowd Forecast

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Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, to help you better plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, TouringPlans.com has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

Crowd levels are low again this week at Disneyland. 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 31, 2012 3 / 10
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 3 / 10
Thursday, February 2, 2012 3 / 10
Friday, February 3, 2012 8 / 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 this weekend.
  • Expect Super Bowl Sunday to be moderately busy, but light compared to Saturday.
  • Saturday in Disneyland is a 8.2.

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


The Matterhorn is closed until June for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • 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, and is expected to reopen July 14.
  • 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 20 for refurbishment.
  • Fantasmic! – on hiatus until March 2.
  • Davy Crockett Canoes – closed January 24 for dock refurbishment.
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - closed February 1 for a one-day refurbishment.
  • Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port – closed January 30 through February 10 for refurbishment. (Not confirmed)
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed March 6 & 7 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • 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 through February 1 for refurbishment.


Portions of Cars Land are now lit at night. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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..


La Brea Bakery is closed for a major refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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 February 25. According to Disney the show will continue through "Spring, 2012," but does not yet appear on the entertainment schedule in March.
  • 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.
  • "One More Disney Day" – Wednesday, February 29. To commemorate leap day, Disneyland will be open 24 continuous hours, from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29 until 6 a.m. on Thursday, March 1. After the 24-hour party ends, the park will close for four hours, then reopen at 10 a.m. on March 1. Disney has not detailed which rides, shows, shops or restaurants will be open overnight.
  • 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. Registration opens Tuesday, January 31. Visit MouseAdventure.com for more information.
  • 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 and 12. This D23 event returns to the Disneyland Resort in 2012. Additional details and registration information at www.Disney.com/D23.
  • 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 31-September 2. Event registration now open at runDisney.com

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:

1/29 1/30 1/31 2/1 2/2 2/3 2/4

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 11a-9p

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DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p




MM / TT

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
2/5 2/6 2/7 2/8 2/9 2/10 2/11

DL: 8a-11p

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

DL: 10a-6p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

 

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p
 

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

MM / TT
2/12 2/13 2/14 2/15 2/16 2/17 2/18

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

DL: 9a-9p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

 

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p
 

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
2/19 2/20 2/21 2/22 2/23 2/24 2/25

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

 

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

DL: 9a-10p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p
 

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

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MM / TT
2/26 2/27 2/28 2/29 3/1 3/2 3/3

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

 

DL: 6a-6a*

DCA: 10a-8p

 

TT

*"One More Disney Day"
24 hour event

DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p
 

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

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MM / TT
3/4 3/5 3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9 3/10

DL: 8a-12a

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: 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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