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Update for March 19 – March 25, 2012

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News and Views

Heroes Work Here | ElecTRONica to power down April 15 | Disney Vacation Club adding capacity in California | Resort refurbishment and construction update | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

[Author's Note: While I am away on some business and personal travel, returning columnist Britt Winslow and new contributing guest author Bryan Pugh from the DisneylandLive blog are taking the helm for our park updates. Thanks to both of them for helping to make sure you don't miss an update.]

Heroes Work Here


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The Walt Disney Company plans to "provide at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years," part of a new campaign called Heroes Work Here unveiled last week at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

In addition to recruiting veterans through participation in veteran-oriented career fairs and a dedicated website for military candidates, the company-wide initiative will also send Disney VoluntEARS to work with organizations that support veterans and their families, and support a public awareness campaign to benefit the Joining Forces initiative. The first spot was shown during the meeting, and features veterans currently employed by the Walt Disney Company, including cast members from the Disneyland Resort.


Disney's official video, uploaded to YouTube, describes the new Heroes Work Here initiative.

ElecTRONica to power down April 15

Disney confirmed last week that ElecTRONica ends its 18-month run on Sunday, April 15. ElecTRONica debuted at Disney California Adventure in September 2010 to promote the then-upcoming release of Tron: Legacy, but the nighttime dance party was extended several times as it proved to be popular with park visitors. In January, Disney announced that a new Mad T Party would replace ElecTRONica this summer.

To help ElecTRONica end on a high note, Disney is hosting a Tron City Dance Crew Challenge. Two dance crews will compete each week, with the four winners advancing to the final dance-off on April 15. The first contest begins tonight, with the TM Juniors facing off against the Instant Noodles to claim a spot in the final competition and a chance to take home the DISC-OBALL trophy.


It's the end of the line for ElecTRONica when the Mad T Party moves into DCA this summer. Photo (c) Disney.

Now that ElecTRONica is winding down, expect additional information about the Mad T Party to be released in the coming weeks. When Disney posted the audition notice for the Mad T Party band they indicated the show was tentatively scheduled to begin in late May; some cast members expect the new dance party to debut on or before Memorial Day weekend.

Disney Vacation Club adding capacity in California

The most recent issue of Disney Files, a magazine for members of the Disney Vacation Club, DVC announced that members will soon once again be allowed to use vacation club points to book normal hotel rooms at the Grand Californian hotel.

When DVC villas open at a hotel—creating a mixed-use facility with both standard hotel and DVC accommodations—members are typically no longer permitted to use their points to book regular hotel rooms at the same property. However, due to the relatively small number of DVC villas available at the Grand Californian, and the demand by DVC members for rooms at the Disneyland Resort, DVC is making a rare exception to the rule.

Disney only says that the change is happening sometime this spring. A member services representative said their department will get only a 30-minute warning before the points chart is released and reservations open, but said the announcement could happen any day.

DVC members can currently use their vacation points to book rooms at the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier hotel, neither of which have DVC villas.

Thanks to MousePlanet community leader Toocherie for the tip.

Resort refurbishment and construction update

MousePlanet reader Jeff M. sent us an updated official list of Disneyland Resort refurbishments that had not yet made it to the Disneyland.com website. There are a few items of interest, including a 7-week refurbishment for Goofy's Sky School, refurbishments of both Ariel's Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar, and a hint about the potential opening date for the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Disney California Adventure. Disney has previously said the new eatery would open in "late spring," but it looks like Saturday, June 2 could be the grand opening. Skip down to see the full refurbishment schedule.


Cast members line up in Cars Land to take a test ride on Luigi's Flying Tires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


An inflatable ball is seen on the ride floor during a test of Luigi's Flying Tires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

With less than three months until the official opening of Cars Land, Disney this weekend conducted a test of Luigi's Flying Tires using cast members to help put the ride through its paces. (The wet weekend weather probably made this duty less exciting for the cast members scheduled on Saturday.) While little of the ride is visible from Mickey's Fun Wheel, the only decent place from which to even see that far into Cars Land, we noticed what looked like a giant blue beach ball on the ride floor during one test cycle. Archive video of Disneyland's Flying Saucers attraction shows riders batting small beach balls around during the ride; is it possible that Luigi's will have oversize versions for riders to interact with during their ride?


Cast members participate in a test of Luigi's Flying Tires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Cast members participate in a test of Luigi's Flying Tires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Buena Vista street has suddenly transformed from a row of steel-framed structures to an avenue of recognizable buildings, many with exterior decor, light fixtures and even signs. Additional power poles for the Red Car Line were added last week, suddenly changing the scale of the area. The new poles seem to dwarf the surrounding buildings, but it will be impossible to judge exactly how prominent they will seem until the construction walls are down and the area open to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.


The Elias and Company sign is installed on the new Buena Vista street store. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The modern Monorail is a striking contrast to the 1920s-era theme of Buena Vista street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A view of Buena Vista street from the Monorail. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Roofing tiles are being installed on the Carthay Circle Theater. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Exterior detail is installed on east block stores along Buena Vista street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

While Grizzly River Run was closed for refurbishment, workers repainted the surrounding shops and buildings in a vibrant new paint scheme, similar to the renovation taking place in the Condor Flats area.


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


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


The structure that conceals the first lift was repainted during the Grizzly River Run refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and That...

...A new contest from Honda and Disney started last week, offering as the grand (and only) prize a 2012 Honda CR-V and a three-day trip to the Disneyland Resort. There's a big display outside bag check and heading towards Downtown Disney, as well as another display inside Innoventions in Tomorrowland. There are four ways to enter this contest, three of which require you to visit the Disneyland Resort in person, and two of which require theme park admission. Full details available on our MousePad discussion forum.

...In preparation for their March 30 closing, Compass Books in Downtown Disney is holding a store-wide clearance sale, with discounts of 30 to 50 percent. As previously reported, the bookstore and cafe, one of the last original Downtown Disney tenants, is closing to make room for a new Earl of Sandwich location. Compass will continue to operate their 11 Northern California stores.


A sculpture of Sleeping Beauty's Prince Phillip is under wraps outside the LEGO store in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Downtown Disney Sephora just completed a minor refurbishment, but employees at the location tell us the makeover isn't quite finished. Sometime in the next few weeks, the store is adding an in-store "nail bar," offering no-appointment-necessary manicures for busy vacationers. Based on prices charged by the nail bar opened inside the South Coast Plaza Sephora store earlier this year, expect to pay from $15 for a quick manicure to $50 or more for a full set with nail art. No word on whether they plan to offer any Disney designs.


The Matterhorn is closed until June 14 for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, go to the MousePlanet main page and enter your email address in the top right box labeled "Join the MousePlanet Newsletter." Click Join, then fill out the fields in the registration page, including your first and last name. The Newsletter is free, but you must complete this registration to receive it, even if you may have signed up for one with us in the past.

...Visitors planning trips to the Disneyland Resort should make a point to check the Current Refurbishment/Attraction Closures section each week for the most recent updates. 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.

Crowd Forecast

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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 20, 2012 9 / 10
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9 / 10
Thursday, March 22, 2012 9 / 10
Friday, March 23, 2012 10 / 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 Monday, when it's an 8.3 on the Crowd Calendar.
  • Disneyland's lightest day is Tuesday, when it's an 8.8 on the Crowd Calendar.

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Community Events

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Team MousePlanet will be back for our fifth year at the CHOC Walk in the Park, benefiting Children's Hospital Orange County. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $27,000 for CHOC since 2008. The 2012 race is Sunday, October 14 at the Disneyland Resort. Team registration begins May 15—keep watching for more details, or visit our MousePad discussion forum for additonal information.

Volunteer with Team MousePlanet at the Disneyland Half Marathon

Team MousePlanet is looking to form a group to volunteer during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, August 30 to September 2, 2012. Non-runners are welcome. Visit our MousePad discussion forum for additonal information.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

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

Disneyland

  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen 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
  • Frontierland Shooting Exposition – closed April 30 – May 25 for refurbishment.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room – closed May 7 – May 10 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal refurbishments:

  • Goofy's Sky School – closed April 9 to June 1 for refurbishment.
  • Cove Bar – closed April 9 – May 30 for refurbishment.
  • Ariel’s Grotto – closed April 30 – May 3 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.
  • Mission Tortilla Factory – closed for conversion to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. Expected to open June 2.

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 April 15. Disney has confirmed the nighttime event will end on April 15, to be replaced later this spring with the Mad T Party.
  • MouseAdventure Spring 2012 – If you missed last 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.
  • AIDS Walk Orange County – Sunday May 6. The event takes place before park hours in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Magic Morning normally scheduled for Sunday at Disneyland will likely be rescheduled to Monday, May 7, and Disneyland will likely open at 9 a.m. to accomodate the event. More information about the walk 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 15. The event takes place before park hours in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Magic Morning normally scheduled for Sunday at Disneyland will likely be rescheduled to Monday, October 15, and Disneyland will likely open at 9 a.m. to accomodate the event. More information about the walk will be available on the CHOC Walk website closer to the start of registration; information about how to join the MousePlanet CHOC Walk team will be available on our MousePad discussion forum.

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:

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

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

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

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4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28

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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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