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Update for March 12 – March 18, 2012

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Cars Land opening date confirmed | Remembering Robert Sherman | St. Patrick's Day celebration in Downtown Disney | Buena Vista Street construction update | 200 teams double down for MouseAdventure Card Games | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Cars Land opening date confirmed

Now that Disney has confirmed Cars Land, its new 12-acre addition to Disney California Adventure park, is opening on Friday, June 15, about the only question remaining is: when can I get in line? In finalizing the grand opening date, Disney also announced DCA (but not Disneyland, don't worry) is closing June 14 for a one-day media preview, similar to the event held just prior to the start of Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. No word on when or where Disney plans to allow guests wjp want to be the first into Cars Land to start lining up, but this event is sure to draw a bigger crowd than turned out for DCA's 2001 grand opening.


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June 15 is also the date Disneyland's Matterhorn is scheduled to reopen with the new three-passenger sleds, and just a few days before the summer blockout season begins for Southern California annual passholders. Ironically, the best days to come visit the new addition to DCA may be Saturdays (typically one of the busiest day of the week) between June 30 and August 18, when all but Premium annual passholders are blocked out.


A look down Route 66 on a sunny March day. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Still not confirmed are the dates of possible cast member or annual passholder previews. Last month, Disney announced an Annual Passholder showcase to be held March 27 to 29 in Disney California Adventure. Due to vague language in the original Facebook announcement, and despite a later clarification in a Disney Parks Blog post, it seems some passholders still expect this to be a three-day "soft opening" of Cars Land.

To be clear, the event is being held in Stage 17 in Disney California Adventure, and, according to Disney, offers a "special sneak peek of the amazing merchandise, food, entertainment, new costumes and guided tours" coming to both Disneyland and DCA this summer. Passholders will also have the first opportunity to purchase Cars Land merchandise before the land officially opens, but will not be able to ride any of the new Cars Land attractions during the showcase.


Ride vehicles are visible on the Luigi's Flying Tires air floor. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

It's also a bit too early to know how DCA park hours might change once Cars Land opens, or what kind of priority access vacationers staying at Disneyland Resort hotels may receive. For three months after the Little Mermaid attraction opened in DCA, hotel guests could enter Disney California Adventure 30 minutes early each morning to see the new ride, and also received access to the ride during normal park hours through a "specially created, limited time" Fastpass line.

We would not be surprised if Disney extends a similar offer to hotel guests once Cars Land opens, perhaps granting early access for those who want to ride Radiator Springs Racers, or issuing special Fastpass tickets for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree or Luigi's Flying Tires, rides that are not expected to offer Fastpass service. It's also plausible for Disney to extend the Magic Morning offering to Disney California Adventure, perhaps on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays when Disneyland does not offer Magic Morning.

The official announcement also included a portion of the newest video currently on display in the Blue Sky Cellar preview center, which offered a look behind the wall at both the Cars Land and Buena Vista Street construction sites.

Remembering Robert Sherman

The Disney community lost another legend last week with the passing of Robert Sherman, the older of the Sherman Brothers songwriting duo. His son Jeff first shared the news via Facebook, writing,"My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more."

The Sherman Brothers wrote the childhood soundtrack for a certain generation of Disney fans, beginning with the score for The Parent Trap in 1961. In 1964, Walt Disney asked the pair to create a theme for "it's a small world" for the World's Fair, a tune Disney now claims as one of the most-translated and most-performed songs on Earth.


A wreath is placed outside the tribute window to the Sherman Brothers following news of Robert Sherman's death. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The duo went on to compose dozens of songs for Disney films, theme park attractions and parades, including the score for Mary Poppins (featuring the infectious "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"); the theme "Miracles from Molecules" for Disneyland's Adventure Thru Inner Space; "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" for Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room; and "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for the Carousel of Progress.

While the Sherman Brothers were best known by Disney fans for their theme park and movie scores, the brothers had a wide-ranging career composing songs for radio, theater and television. Their work included the score for Snoopy Come Home; the top 10 hit "You're Sixteen" performed by Ringo Starr; the score for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; and the "Wonderworld" song for Beverly Hills Cop 3, a film in which Robert Sherman made a cameo appearance. Robert also had a little-known passion for painting; after moving to England in 2002, he began to exhibit some of his artwork.

The Sherman Brothers have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; were named Disney Legends in 1990; and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2010 the duo was honored with a tribute window on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland. Robert Sherman was unable to attend the ceremony in person, but recorded a message to be broadcast at the event, saying, "It is such a thrill to be honored in this way, a window on Main Street, Disneyland. It's an enduring legacy and an acknowledgement of the work my brother Richard and I have contributed, and it is a testament to the notion that with a with a little bit of inspiration and a lot of perspiration, dreams can become manifest."

The Sherman Brothers' tribute window is in a doorway on the 20th Century Music Shop building on Main Street. The day after Robert's death, a memorial wreath was placed next to the doorway. "Today, on behalf of everyone at Disney, we mourn the loss of an extraordinary talent, Robert Sherman," said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger in a statement. "One of the world’s greatest songwriters and a true Disney legend, his legacy will endure forever through the magic of his music. From Mary Poppins and It’s a Small World to Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book, Robert, along with his brother Richard, wrote many of Disney’s most memorable and beloved songs, which continue to enchant millions of people around the world to this day."

Our condolences to the Sherman family on their loss, and our thanks to the Sherman Brothers for their contributions to the world of Disney theme parks.

St. Patrick's Day celebration in Downtown Disney

Following on the heels of Disneyland's Mardi Gras celebration, Downtown Disney is hosting a St. Patrick's Day promotion featuring several restaurants and vendors.

If you want to avoid the pinch of a leprechaun, many of the kiosks in Downtown Disney will happily sell you an emerald-tone accessory. You can also find some St. Patrick's Day merchandise at the World of Disney store, and a Lucky Plaid Teddy at the Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Catal is serving up an Irish-inspired menu at the Uva Bar, featuring potato leek soup, Dubliner grilled cheese sandwich, black and tan battered fish and chips, and milk chocolate Guinness cake. The bar will also offer a selection of Irish whiskeys and beers.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen is serving up corned beef and cabbage and green beer in the main dining room, plus corned beef and cabbage slaw po' boy sandwiches at the Jazz Kitchen Express.

The House of Blues will also offer St. Patrick's Day food and drink specials, along with live performances by Irish bands from 10:00 p.m. until close on March 15 and 16.

Buena Vista Street construction update

There are less than 100 days until the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, and the buildings just inside the DCA entrance are nearing completion, at least on the outside. While some are still covered in scaffolding, the tarps have come down from other buildings, and workers are now installing exterior details like windows and electrical fittings. Three marquees were installed on the Carthay Circle Theater. The walls briefly came down from around the Monorail beam last week, giving a look at the start of the new bridge facade.


Some Buena Vista Street buildings are nearing completion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Some Buena Vista Street buildings are nearing completion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Monorail span through Buena Vista Street was visible last week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


New signs are installed on the Carthay Circle Theater building. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

200 teams double down for MouseAdventure Card Games

Over 700 players turned out this Sunday for MouseAdventure Card Games, our first event for 2012. A new game format sent teams all around the Disneyland Resort to complete 52 different tasks, puzzles, and quests, not counting the trivia and Eye Spy challenges. We plan to publish a full recap of the event after a non-competitive edition of the event on March 25, but we want to congratulate the winners of this weekend's game.

Advanced Division

  1. Team #1 – The New Orleans Squares
  2. Team #18 – The Upside Down Cakes
  3. Team #10 – The Imagineers


The New Orleans Squares take first place for the second time. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Basic Division - Returning Teams

  1. Team #11 – Naboombu All Stars
  2. Team #44 – The No Name Gang
  3. Team #32 – Perceptive Plaids


The Vinyl Chasers are all smiles at the start of MouseAdventure Card Games. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Basic Division - New Teams

  1. Team #46
  2. Team #151 – Team Awesome
  3. Team #124 – Vinyl Chasers

Best Family Team

  • Team #22 – Skippers in De Nile

If MouseAdventure Card Games sold out before you could register, there's still time to sign up for our non-competitive "Day at the Park" event, to be held Sunday, March 25. Day at the Park teams will get to work on many of the same quests as the Basic division event, though some elements may be modified or omitted. Teams will receive most or all of the tasks and puzzles at the start of the event, instead of throughout the day. The Day at the Park event is ideal for teams new to MouseAdventure or who just want to play the game without the added pressure of time and competition.

This and That...

...Last Wednesday, the Walt Disney World begin enforcing the return time on Fastpass tickets issued for its four theme parks. Park visitors were alerted to the change with new signs placed near and on Fastpass distribution machines and new wording on the Fastpass tickets. Ever since MousePlanet's Mark Goldhaber wrote about the pending policy "clarification" as it pertained to the Walt Disney World Resort, we've been waiting to see if Disneyland would follow suit.

Though Disney-owned ABC-TV in Los Angeles reported on Thursday that Disneyland had also tightened its Fastpass policy, cast members tell us nothing has changed. Unlike Walt Disney World, there was no change to the language on Disneyland Fastpass tickets, no new signs at the rides, and no problem when a reader used an expired Fastpass to board Space Mountain on Saturday. Disneyland may be waiting to see how the policy change plays in Florida, or may be waiting until Cars Land opens to tighten enforcement.

...Downtown Disney hosts a SIGNin' in the Street event this weekend, 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.

...A MouseAdventure crew member witnessed a very unusual event on Sunday: a woman giving birth near the shuttle bus area outside Disneyland. The Orange County Register picked up on the story from our @MousePlanet Twitter account, and reports that Disneyland security, first aid employees, and the Anaheim fire department all responded. After giving birth, the Register reports the unnamed mother and baby were transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. According to our MouseAdventure crew member, it was a baby girl.

...D23 announced last week that the 2013 D23 Expo is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center August 9-11, 2013. Tickets for the three-day convention go on sale August 9, 2012.

...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.

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.

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Crowd Forecast

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The next few weeks should be busy at Disneyland, as most school districts have their Spring Breaks. 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, March 13, 2012 9 / 10
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9 / 10
Thursday, March 15, 2012 9 / 10
Friday, March 16, 2012 9 / 10

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

  • Full block outs this Saturday.
  • Disney California Adventure's lightest day is Thursday, when it's an 8.3 on the Crowd Calendar.
  • Disneyland's lightest day is Sunday, when it's an 8.3 on the Crowd Calendar.

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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.


The Matterhorn is closed through June 15 for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland

  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen April 26.
  • Candy Palace – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen April 26.
  • Penny Arcade – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen April 26.
  • Carnation Cafe – closed for refurbishment. Expected to reopen June 2.
  • 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.
  • Disneyland Monorail – opens at 10:00 a.m. March 10-24


The Lego building in Downtown Disney has a new paint job. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Goofy's Sky School – closes April 9 for refurbishment.

Construction-related closures:

  • Engine-Ears Toys – closed until June 15 for conversion into new Buena Vista Street "West Block" stores.
  • Baker's Field Bakery - closed until June 15 for conversion to Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
    Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream - closed until June 15 for conversion to Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe.
  • Greetings from California –closed until June 15 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

Spring / Summer

  • ElecTRONica – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through March 30. According to Disney the show continues through "Spring 2012," but does not currently appear on the entertainment schedule after March 30.
  • MouseAdventure Spring 2012 – If you missed this weekend's exciting MouseAdventure: Card Games event, we will host a non-competitive "Day at the Park" version on Sunday, March 25. 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.
  • Annual Passholder Preview – March 27-29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This three-day showcase new food, merchandise and attractions coming to both Disneyland and DCA this summer, but is not a "soft-opening" of the soon-to-open Cars Land. More information is available in the February 13 Disneyland Resort Update.
  • Cars Land grand opening – Friday, June 15.
  • 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.

Fall

  • 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.
  • D23 Expo – August 9-11. Tickets for the three-day convention go on sale August 9, 2012.

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.

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.

Southern California CityPass
$279/$239

Southern California CityPass ($279/$239) – 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, 2012. 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 if you're willing to pay the 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.

Landry's Select Club–Members of the Landry's Select Club get priority seating at the Rainforest Cafe when available (which makes a huge difference on busy days), and a 10% discount on retail purchases. This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club as of March 31, 2012. If you are already a Safari Club member, you can migrate your membership to the new Landry's Select Club at no charge, and start to earn points in the new program. All Safari Club points and benefits expire on March 31, so if you have any gift certificates left to redeem, you have just a few weeks to do so. The new Select Club eliminated the entree discount and free appetizer offer that was included with the Safari Club, replacing them with a points-based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. If you are not yet a member of either the Safari Club or the Landry's Select Club, you can pre-purchase your membership before your trip. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 reward.

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:

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

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

DL: 8a-12a

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

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

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4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14

DL: 8a-12a

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4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21

DL: 8a-12a

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Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions.

Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

 



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