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Update for April 9 – April 15, 2012

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By Bryan Pugh, contributing writer

News and Views

Buena Vista Street Entertainment | The Citizens of Buena Vista Street |Destination D |Resort Transportation | This and That... | Crowd Forecast

Buena Vista Street Entertainment

Disney has announced some of the entertainment debuting as part of the new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park this summer. Five and Dime, a musical act "with the hopes of making it big," has—according to the story as Disney explains it—just arrived in Los Angeles after traveling down Route 66 from Chicago. Performing in Carthay Circle, the hub of Buena Vista Street, Five and Dime features a female lead singer ("Dime") backed up by five musicians ("Five"). A casting call posted in January compared the vocal stylings of Five and Dime to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.


Five and Dime will entertain guests on Buena Vista Street this summer. Copyright Disney


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Radiator Springs, the town for which Cars Land is built around, calls a section of Route 66 home, giving Disney a great opportunity to tie the two new areas together using Five and Dime's storyline this summer.


Five and Dime will perform in front of the Carthay Circle Theatre on Buena Vista Street. Photo by Bryan Pugh

Also announced was the Red Car News Boys. This music and dance act arrives on Buena Vista Street via the Red Car Trolly. Fashioned after the 1992 Disney movie The Newsies, the Red Car News Boys are "dreaming of a better life in Los Angeles."


The Red Car News Boys will arrive riding on the Red Car Trolley. Copyright Disney

Both Five and Dime and the Red Car News Boys are expected to debut when Buena Vista Street opens on June 15, 2012.

The Citizens of Buena Vista Street

Disney is pulling out all the stops when it comes to creating an immersive environment for Buena Vista Street. The art of transporting guests to another time and place is something that Disney parks are well known for, and Disney California Adventure is no exception come this summer. Disney is working to re-create a replica of 1920s and '30s Los Angeles with the construction of Buena Vista Street, which will feature period specific buildings, landscaping, a street car system, and even people. This past week, Disney announced that Buena Vista Street will have its own population of citizens who will interact with guests.


Concept art portrays a police officer, a bicycle commuter and a shopper, who will presumably be wandering Buena Vista Street making memorable interactions with guests. Copyright Disney

Destination D

For the third year, D23, the official Disney fan club, is bringing Destination D back to the Disneyland Resort. The Disneyland Hotel is the site for Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features, which celebrates Disney's animation history and how it influenced the design of the Disney theme parks. Guests in attendance will hear from historians, authors and animators during the day, and in the evening, be entertained with special musical performances. Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix perform on Saturday, August 11, and the following evening, Disney Legend Alan Menken performs music from modern-day Disney films.

Tickets for this year's Destination D event are available to D23 members and their guests only, and go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at the D23 website. Standard tickets are $225 each, which a diamond level package, available for $1,000 per guest, includes admission to the two-day event, reserved VIP seating, meet-and-greets with select speakers, and a select tours of sections of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The diamond level package also includes round-trip transportation from the Disneyland Resort to the Studios, breakfast on the third day, and lunch on the Studio Lot. Visit the D23 website for more information.

Resort Transportation

The Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) system has expanded its service routes beyond the Disneyland Resort vicinity to include transportation to the area around Knott's Berry Farm, aproximately eight miles northwest of the Disneyland Resort. One of the new service routes includes transportation to Knott's Soak City, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, and Pirates Dinner Adventure. A second route provides transportation south into Santa Ana, and includes service to the Discovery Science Center. The cost is $4 per day to ride the large shuttle buses.

Also in transportation news, the California high speed rail project, initially planed to run to Anaheim and become part of the city's planned $200 million resort transportation hub, has been scaled back to terminate service in downtown Los Angeles. Disney has been a major proponent of the project reaching the Anaheim area.

This and That...

… Disney is partnering with Sony on a contest dubbed "Share the Magical Memories". Contestants are asked to submit a written entry about someone who has created a special memory for them. The memory can be about anything, and need not be about Disney specifically. Five grand prize winners, as well as the individual they wrote about, receive a Walt Disney World vacation in which they can bring three guests each. The winners also receive a Sony projector camcorder. Visit Disney's promotion site for more information.

… Testing has begun for Radiator Springs Racers, the new major attraction set to open this June 15 in Cars Land. Ride vehicles were observed racing side-by-side around the large outdoor portion of the attraction this past week.


Radiator Springs Racers, the signature attraction for Cars Land, has begun daily testing. Photo by Bryan Pugh

… Noted American painter Thomas Kinkade, died this past week at his home at the age of 54. While Kinkade was known for his depictions of Americana, he is probably most famous among MousePlanet readers for he paintings that captured Disney moments as well. Kinkade's Disney Dreams Collection illustrated characters such as Pinnochio and Bambi, and in 2005 Kinkade created a painting of the 50th anniversary version of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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

Crowd Forecast

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

With Easter and Spring Break finally ending early this week, things begin to settle down at Disneyland for the next couple of months. 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, April 10, 2012 10 / 10
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10 / 10
Thursday, April 12, 2012 6 / 10
Friday, April 13, 2012 7 / 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.
  • Thursday will be the lightest day for crowds this week in both parks.
  • Disneyland's is a 4.9 on the Crowd Calendar on Sunday.

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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 additional 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 additional 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 closed for renovation. Expected to reopen April 25.
  • Candy Palace – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen April 25.
  • Penny Arcade – closed for renovation. Expected to reopen April 25.
  • Carnation Cafe – closed for renovation. 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.
  • Festival Arena – closed for refurbishment. Expected to reopen May 2.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through June 14 for refurbishment.
  • Frontierland Shooting Exposition – closed April 30 – May 25 for refurbishment.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room – closed May 7 – May 10 for refurbishment.
  • Second floor of Starcade – closed until 2014.
  • New Orleans Square Train Station – will undergo roof repair April 16 – May 4, however, the station will remain open.
  • Plaza Gardens – will close April 30 until winter 2013 for the construction of Fantasy Faire.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed May 1 – 2 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Goofy's Sky School – closed April 9 to June 1 for refurbishment.
  • Cove Bar – closed March 26 – June 1 for refurbishment.
  • Ariel's Grotto – closed April 30 – May 3 for refurbishment.
  • Monster, Inc.: Mike and Sully to the Rescue! – The attraction facade is being refurbished through April 13 but the attraction will remain open.
  • Hyperion Theater – The exterior stairs will be repainted April 16 – May 11.

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 1.
  • Disney's California Adventure Park – closed June 14 to prepare for the grand opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.

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, and be replaced on June 15th with the Mad T Party.
  • 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 accommodate 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.
  • 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 accommodate 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 Web site (link). 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 the first use must occur by January 3, 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 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 three DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!); 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.

    Contact a MousePlanet sponsor travel agency for assistance in booking your next trip

    Get Away Today
    800–523–6116
    www.getawaytoday.com

    Mouse Ears Vacations
    www.mouseearvacations.com

    Small World Vacations
    www.smallworldvacations.com

    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 week 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 point–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:

    4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18

    4/19

    4/20 4/21
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p




    TT
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p




    MM
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p




    TT
    DL: 9a-11p

    DCA: 10a-10p



    MM

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC/DX

    MM / TT
    4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25

    4/26

    4/27 4/28
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    MM
    DL: 9a-9p

    DCA: 10a-8p




    TT
    DL: 9a-9p

    DCA: 10a-8p




    MM
    DL: 9a-9p

    DCA: 10a-8p



    TT

     

    DL: 9a-9p

    DCA: 10a-8p




    MM
    DL: 9a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC/DX

    MM / TT
    3/25 3/26 3/27 3/28

    3/29

    3/30 3/31
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p

    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p



    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p

     

    MM

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p



    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-9p


    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL

    TT

     
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    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

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    TT
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    MM

     
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC/DX

    TT

     
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC/DX

    MM / TT
    4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11

    4/12

    4/13 4/14
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p

    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12p

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    TT
    DL: 8a-12p

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    TT

     

    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    MM
    DL: 8a-12a

    DCA: 10a-10p


    SL/SC

    TT
    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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