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Update for February 27 – March 4, 2012

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Leap Day means One More Disney Day | Remembering Ernie McLean | Disneyland unveils new charging lockers for small electronics | Save at Downtown Disney restaurants during Orange County Restaurant Week | Resort construction update | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Leap Day means One More Disney Day

Disney's kicks off the "One More Disney Day" Leap Day 24-hour party this Wednesday, February 29 at 6:00 a.m. As mentioned last week, the first 2,000 people to enter Disneyland when the park opens receive a limited edition Mickey Mouse ear hat decorated with the One More Disney Day logo. Disney is allowing those who want to wait overnight for the special souvenir to form a line beginning at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night. The Pumbaa parking lot will remain open overnight for early arrivals, and a ticket booth will be open before the park opens at 6:00 a.m. for those who need to purchase admission.


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In addition to the early bird offer, night owls—or people who are still awake 13 hours later—can enjoy a "Midnight Snack," sponsored by the Disney Parks Blog. The gathering promises "delicious treats and hot beverages, meet & greets with Disney characters, live music by Denny Moynahan and other surprises to be announced," but prepare to wait in a long line if you want to be a part of it. There is room for only about 200 people, and hopeful attendees may begin lining up at 10 p.m.

If you'd rather your midnight snack come without a two-hour wait, many of the Disneyland restaurants are whipping up special dishes and have extended operating hours for this event. The Disney Parks Blog posted the full list of eateries open between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., including rare opportunities to eat breakfast at Cafe Orleans or Redd Rocket Pizza Port.

If you missed last year's Annual Passholder parties, the Refreshment Corner is once again offering the mac ‘n cheese hot dog with bacon bits. The Stage Door Café is taking the "gourmet hot dog" concept one step further, with a chili cheese corn dog. Even the Blue Bayou is participating, with a special overnight menu.

Outside the gates, some Downtown Disney eateries open at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning to fuel the waiting crowds before Disneyland opens, and will open again early on Thursday morning.

While Disneyland remains open for 24 hours that day, the Disney website states, "Select attractions, entertainment and services will be available," indicating that not every ride and restaurant may be open the entire time. A representative for Disneyland we spoke to said, "Nearly all Disneyland park attractions will be available for guests during One More Disney Day. Select attractions will close periodically during the event for routine nightly maintenance. Guests can find attraction information in the Entertainment Times Guide that is provided as they enter the park that day."

One ride that definitely won't be open is the Disneyland Monorail, and that recently added refurbishment has one MousePlanet reader fuming. Kellee writes:

"The advantage of staying at a Disneyland hotel is transportation and convenience, being able to jump on the Monorail in a matter of minutes, not having to deal with the crowds at the part main entrance and entering the park in Tomorrowland rather than fighting the crowd down Main Street. The price of a Disneyland hotel is well worth it with these advantages. As I have already booked my room for the event (prior to the monorail being added to the refurbishment list) I am very unhappy about this and wanted to let others know this is happening. Closing the monorail during an event where guest will be walking for 24 hours is inconvenient and inconsiderate."

We expect to learn more about the entertainment scheduled for One More Disney Day sometime today. As has been the recent trend, expect an announcement on the Disney Parks Blog around 11 a.m. So far, the published entertainment schedule looks like a normal week day, with just one performance of Mickey's Soundsational Parade, no fireworks, and no Fantasmic (since the show is on hiatus until March 2).

Disney California Adventure is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with one performance of World of Color scheduled for 8:15 p.m. The Blue Sky Cellar is scheduled to reopen Wednesday with a new exhibit documenting "The Road to Cars Land," so be sure to take a break from Disneyland to go see the new displays.

If you plan to spend some or all of leap day 2012 at Disneyland, stop by Carnation Plaza (where the swing dancing is held on weekend nights) at noon and again at 8:00 p.m. for a quick meet-up with MousePlanet staff members and your fellow readers—you can even snag a MousePlanet button. If you don't already follow @MousePlanet on Twitter, be sure to add us so you get any last-minute updates and live reports on crowd levels.

Remembering Ernie McLean

Last week brought sad news that New Orleans Square performer Ernest "Ernie" McLean passed away at the age of 87.

To many Disneyland visitors, the gentleman playing electric guitar in the back corner of New Orleans Square was just part of the show. Some might spare a passing glance as they hurried to their next ride, others stopped for a moment to enjoy the music or chat with the performer.


Jazz guitarist and long-time Disneyland performer Ernie McLean has died at the age of 87. Photo (c) Disney.

Few knew that the man holding the guitar had shared the stage with the likes of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, and has a credit on what many consider to be the first rock and roll song, the 1949 Fats Domino hit “The Fat Man." Nor did they realize that he was the last person personally hired by Walt Disney, chosen to substitute for the banjo player in the newly formed Royal Street Bachelors trio.

“Ernie was the last of his breed here at Disneyland. He was a blues and rock legend," said Stan Freese, Disneyland Resort talent booking director. "He was a kind, classy gentleman who never spoke badly about anyone or anything. He loved his job, and we all loved him. His presence will be sorely missed.”

The Six String Bliss podcast conducted an interview with McLean at Disneyland in 2009. Several videos have been posted to YouTube over the years, giving Disney fans and guitar enthusiasts another opportunity to enjoy the music many never knew they'd missed.


Jazz guitarist Ernie McLean performs in New Orleans Square. YouTube video by disney8wiz.


Jazz guitarist Ernie McLean performs in New Orleans Square. YouTube video by sixstringbliss.

Disneyland unveils new charging lockers for small electronics

As MousePlanet reported a few weeks ago, Disneyland is testing a new service offering charging lockers for small electronics. Recently converted are 18 of the lockers located just off Main Street, and we got a chance to check them out this weekend.


18 Disneyland lockers have been converted to charging lockers for small electronics. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The lockers are the size of the standard "small" locker. To rent a locker, choose your locker of choice with a charging cord (if you have a compatible device) or a 120-volt outlet (if you brought your own charger), and pay the initial $2 fee. The kiosk prompts you to set your own combination for the locker, which you then use to open the assigned locker.


Charging lockers rent for $2 per hour, and offer two power supply options. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The "AC Outlet" locker is equipped with two 120v outlets, a pleasant surprise and really handy if you need to charge two devices at once. The outlets are spaced far enough apart that we were able to plug a ZAGGsparq into the lower outlet with enough room to plug a standard 120 cord into the upper outlet.


The AC outlet locker has two 120 outlets. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The "Adaptors" locker contains one Apple charging cord for iPhones, iPads and iPods, and one micro USB charging cord that fits most Android and Blackberry devices. Again, this allows you to charge two devices at once if you happen to need one of each type of cord. The cords are secured in such a way that they can't be removed from the locker.


The adaptor locker has two cables to accommodate iPhones as well as most Android or Blackberry devices. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The fee is $2 per hour, with the first hour paid in advance. If you return after the initial hour is up, you must return to the kiosk to pay for the additional time before you can reopen the locker.

Expect these lockers to be very, very popular during this week's 24-hour leap day party.

Save at Downtown Disney restaurants during Orange County Restaurant Week

Orange County Restaurant Week runs now through March 3, and three Downtown Disney restaurants are participating in the annual promotion. Each restaurant offers a prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menu, starting at $20 per person. Be sure to mention Orange County Restaurant Week when you make your reservation.

Catal offers a three-course dinner, with two choices each for appetizer, entree and dessert. $40 per person, call (714) 774-4442 for reservations.

House of Blues offers a three-course dinner featuring items from their new Crossroads menu. Dinner is $30 per person, and includes several choices each for appetizer, entree and dessert. Call (714) 520-2334 for reservations.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen has a three-course lunch menu for $20, and a three-course dinner menu for $30. Call (714) 776-5200 for reservations.

Resort construction update

This week's construction tour begins at the Disneyland Hotel to check out the chandelier and themed seating recently installed in the lobby. The tea cup chairs are just the right size for curling up with a good book, and I could wish they'd installed them somewhere more tranquil than right across from the registration desk. Kids have their own waiting area, with small "thrones" arrayed around a television.

Head into Disney California Adventure past the closed Grizzly River Run ride, and note that Rushin' River Outfitters is getting a facelift at the same time.


Rushin' River Outfitters gets a facelift during the Grizzly River Run refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Grizzly River Run is closed for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Taking advantage of the Grizzly River Run closure to do some maintenance in the retention pool and surrounding buildings, the bridge connecting the Pacific Wharf to Paradise Pier is closed through Monday, March 5. For the next 10 days, the east entrance (between the Boudin Bakery and the former Mission Tortilla Factory) is the only path into Pacific Wharf.


The bridge into the Pacific Wharf area is closed for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Grizzly River Run refurbishment gives workers an opportunity to touch up paint around the Pacific Wharf. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that the Paradise Pier "performance corridor" repaving project outside the Little Mermaid attraction wrapped up bit earlier than originally scheduled, and the walkway is once again fully open. The retheming project continues at the Paradise Pier shops, with the former Man Hat 'n' Beach shop getting a new name and a new sign more in keeping with the rest of the remodeled boardwalk.

 


The former Man Hat 'n' Beach shop is now known as the Boardwalk Bazaar. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

With the Blue Sky Cellar (and thus the patio which offers the great view straight up Route 66) closed, we take a long-overdue spin around Mickey's Fun Wheel to get an aerial update on the Cars Land construction. The side of the Cadillac Range that faces Paradise Pier looks nearly complete, at least as viewed from ground level—but from the air you can see that the base of the wall remains unfinished.


An overview of Cars Land, as seen from Paradise Pier and Mickey's Fun Wheel. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


From ground level, the side of the Cadillac Range facing Paradise Pier looks to be complete. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


From the air, you can see that the faux cliff face ends below the fence line. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


From the air, you can see that the faux cliff face ends below the fence line. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

From the air, you can also see some exposed metal framing of the rockwork and a clear view of the back of the wall facing Katella Blvd., which is yet to be covered. That side will not be finished to look like rock as the park-facing sides are; instead, the yellow wall you can see in some photos is being extended across the entire back of the structure. Some MousePlanet readers have complained about the still-visible framework seen in construction photos, while others say they will wait to experience the new land in person before deciding if it feels "incomplete."


The yellow wall will eventually screen the back side of the Cadillac Range facing Katella. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Some readers are asking if these unfinished sections of the Cadillac Range are intentional, or still a work in progress. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


From a distance, the Cozy Cones look ready to open. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Lights and pennants are strung across the Luigi's Flying Tires attraction floor. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Although the Blue Sky Cellar closure restricts the view, the frame for the marquee outside Cars Land looks complete, though no graphics have been applied yet.

At the front of the park, work continues on the new Buena Vista Street shops and restaurants. We expect an official announcement soon from Disney about the restaurant that will open inside the Carthay Circle Theater building, but we've learned that chefs Gloria Tae and Francisco Origel have been tapped to head up the staff. Tae was the chef at DCA's Vineyard Room restaurant until that location closed, and has since been working under executive chef Andrew Sutton at the Napa Rose restaurant where Origel is a sous chef. Though Sutton is in charge of menu development for the new restaurant, it looks like he'll remain at Napa Rose.


Detail work and landscaping continues on and around the Carthay Circle Theater. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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

Finally, it seems time is running out for the giant elephants standing watch at the entrance to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. The  pachyderms, modeled on those featured in the 1916 silent film Intolerance, may soon be removed from their perch, though the support pylons will probably remain. We don't know what Disney plans to go with the sculptures; perhaps the Hollywood and Highland shopping complex would like another pair to go with the set they have.


The Intolerance elephants may soon be part of DCA's golden past. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

..The Disney Mobile Magic application is now available for iPhone users through iTunes. This official app provides wait times, entertainment schedules and park maps, but was previously available only to Verizon customers who had Android phones. Now iPhone and non-Verizon users can download the app, though Verizon users have access to exclusive "premium" features like photos, videos and games.

...Downtown Disney hosts a SIGNin' in the Street event the weekend of March 17 and 18, 2012. Described as a "celebration of creativity in the Deaf community," the two-day event features live performances, movie and television screenings, panel discussions, workshops, meet-and-greet opportunities and special merchandise offers. Attending for three Q-and-A sessions during the weekend is cast of the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, which features hearing-impaired actors Marlee Matlin, Katie Leclerc and Sean Berdy. The full schedule of events is available on the SIGNin' in the Street website.

...Disneyland's Refreshment Corner was scheduled to reopen last Friday, but work continued over the weekend. The restaurant is now expected to reopen today.

...Keeping with a change previously implemented at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort now refers to the main gate ticket takers as "Park Greeters."

...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. This week's additions include two-week closures of the Disneyland Monorail and the Mark Twain. 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.

MousePlanet is looking for writers!

MousePlanet is looking for some new feature writers to expand our coverage of the Disneyland Resort. We're looking for new topics or perspectives that we may not be addressing right now, and are especially seeking a columnist to write this weekly Update when the regular writer is on vacation.

If you have a topic or perspective that you think would be a worthy addition to our site, let us know. We're looking for talented writers with strong journalistic skills, who live near and frequently visit the Disneyland Resort.

If you think that you've got what it takes to join our staff, send e-mail to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix with your idea for a topic or perspective that you'd like to cover and a little information about yourself. If we like your concept, we may ask you to prepare a sample article or two and submit it for consideration.

Are we looking for you?

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."

"One More Disney Day" should make Leap Day crowd numbers and wait times relatively high. 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, February 28, 2012 3 / 10
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9 / 10
Thursday, March 1, 2012 3 / 10
Friday, March 2, 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 this weekend.
  • The crowd level for "One More Disney Day" has proven difficult to predict, but we're anticipating a very busy day during at Disneyland; expect lighter crowds overnight.
  • Disneyland is only a 1.8 on Thursday!

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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed January 23 through February 20 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain - closed February 20 through March 5 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Monorail - closed February 27 through March 9 for refurbishment. From March 10-24 the Monorail will open at 10am.
  • Fantasmic! – on hiatus until March 2.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed March 6 & 7 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Grizzly River Run – closed January 30 through March 9 for refurbishment.

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 March 10. According to Disney the show continues through "Spring 2012," but does not currently appear on the entertainment schedule after March 10.
  • "One More Disney Day" – Wednesday, February 29. To commemorate leap day, Disneyland opens 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. March 11 event is now sold out, but registration is still open for the March 25 event. Visit MouseAdventure.com for more information.
  • SIGNin' in the Street – March 17 and 18, 2012. Described as a "celebration of creativity in the Deaf community," the two-day event will feature live performances, movie and television screenings, panel discussions, workshops, meet-and-greet opportunities and special merchandise offers. The full schedule is available on the event website.
  • Grad Nite events – this party for high school seniors graduating in 2012 will be held May 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and June 1, 7, 8, 14. The 2012 event includes admission to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disneyland after the park closes to the public for the night.
  • 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 is now sold out.
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday October 14. Registration will open on May 14.

2013

  • 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – January 18-20. No additional details are available.

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:

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

 

 

*"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

SL/SC

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

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

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DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

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DL: 10a-8p

DCA: 10a-8p

 

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DL: 10a-8p

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MM

DL: 9a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p
 

TT

 

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC

MM / TT
3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

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MA

DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

SL

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

 

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

 

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DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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MM

DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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MM / TT
3/25 3/26 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30 3/31

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

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MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-9p

 

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DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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DL: 8a-12a

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SL/SC/DX

MM / TT
4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 4/7

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

MM

DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC

TT

DL: 8a-12a

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DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

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DL: 8a-12a

DCA: 10a-10p

SL/SC/DX

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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