Disneyland Resort Update

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for September 22 – 28, 2014

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Storming the castle | Fall season hotel discounts | Annual Passholder sing-along events return | Napa Rose reopens; Flo's revamps menu | This and that... | Question of the Week | Crowd Forecast

Storming the castle

David Koenig writes in his MousePlanet Blog:

This week, work was completed on refurbishment of the drawbridge to Sleeping Beauty Castle, all dictated by the Disney lawyers to prevent the possibility of some guest ever toppling into the moat.


Disney has made safety enhancements to the drawbridge leading to Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Originally, there were black metal chains along the sides to keep pedestrians on the bridge. Later, shields were added to close the gaps. They have now been replaced with thick wooden railings and posts, with black metal bars and chains for good measure. The additions make it virtually impossible for someone to fall though—and prevents the drawbridge from ever being raised again.


A new drawbridge and higher safety fences are installed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The new wooden railings have been "aged" to match the beams on the castle, but they are a stark contrast to the fresh lumber used for the new drawbridge. Perhaps Disney is relying on heavy foot traffic to naturally age the boards.


Disney rebuilds the Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge to add higher wooden railings. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Continuing is work on the stone bridge that leads up to the drawbridge. Monday night, workers jackhammered away the seating areas in the little alcoves that line the parapet of the bridge. Safety management was afraid of guests standing up on the stone benches and losing their balance.


Temporary work walls cover the alcoves along the bridge to Sleeping Beauty Castle, where workers are removing benches. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Next up, reported a construction worker on the project, "The parapet of the bridge itself will have railing extensions. Safety said they were about eight inches too low. To prevent guests from falling off, they must be raised. So it was either install railing extensions or build up the parapet."

I’ve heard of guests tumbling into lagoons, rivers and canals, but never of anyone falling off the bridge.


Workers report that railings will be added to the stone walls on either side of the bridge, to raise them to the height of the new wooden safety fences. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Safety-related changes have also cropped up around the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Scalloped metal edges have been added to the top of low metal railings that form the queue for the ride, likely designed to prevent people from climbing or sitting on the railings.


New rails around Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage have scalloped tops to deter sitting or standing on the fence. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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Fall season hotel discounts

There are two new hotel discount offers to share this week:

Save 20 percent on premium rooms at the Disneyland Resort October 26 through December 18

Visitors can save 20 percent on premium rooms at the Disneyland Resort with the Fall Getaway offer. Offer dates are select Sunday through Thursday nights, from October 26 through December 18, subject to blockout dates. Rooms must be booked by November 19.

The discount is valid on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites at the Paradise Pier, Disneyland or Grand Californian hotels.

Beginning today, you can save 20 percent on premium rooms at a Disneyland Resort hotel for stays on . To take advantage of this offer, book travel through November 19. Call your travel agent, or visit the Disney Travel website to book.

Fall back into savings offer at Anabella Hotel

The Anabella Hotel released two fall offers for those still trying to book their Halloween Time visit. Get:

  • 50 percent off a Sunday stay when you stay at least 2 nights.
  • The fourth night free when booking a premiere king & double, mission suite or concierge room.

Space is limited, offers cannot be combined, and cannot be used on an existing reservation. Blackout dates apply.

Visit their Specials and Deals page to see if your vacation dates qualify.

Annual Passholder sing-along events return

Disney California Adventure will host a series of Annual Passholder sing-along events in September and October, as announced on the Disneyland Passholders Facebook page. The screenings are held inside Stage 17 (next to the Muppet Theater in Hollywoodland) inside Disney California Adventure. The events and movies are:

  • Monday, September 29 – The Jungle Book
  • Tuesday, September 30 – The Jungle Book
  • Thursday, October 2 – The Lion King
  • Friday, October 3 – The Lion King

There are three show times each day:

  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Registration is already open via the event website. Hint: When you first see the event calendar, it will look like The Lion King is sold out. Change the month from September to October, and the two dates for The Lion King should appear.

The details and fine print are somewhat buried behind a password wall, so we've posted them all on our MousePad discussion forum so you can make your plans.

Napa Rose reopens; Flo's revamps menu

Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand Californian Hotel reopened on Saturday after an extensive kitchen renovation. MousePlanet columnist Adrienne Krock enjoyed a birthday dinner during a soft-opening preview last week, and shares her thoughts and photos:

The most notable thing about the Napa Rose Renovation is: Nothing's really changed. The thing that many guests will notice the most is that they don’t notice a whole heck of a lot. Chef Sutton told the party sitting next to us at the Counter: "There's not a lot of visible change, it's all about the guts." Talking to various kitchen staff during our dinner we heard the same comments often repeated:

  • They all love the new kitchen equipment. All of the equipment works.
  • The new stoves and ovens are really powerful. The staff is getting used to all this new power.
  • The restaurant is open for a soft opening to adjust to learning how to cook on the equipment.


The Napa Rose kitchen staff enjoys all new stoves and ovens. A new work station on the back wall replaces the rotisserie oven removed during the recent renovation. Photo by Adrienne Krock


Chef Sutton mentioned to us that since the restaurant had been closed, the staff needed some time to get back their "muscle memory". They needed to get into the ebb and flow of running the restaurant kitchen again.

Here's a short summary of some of the kitchen renovations:

They removed cheese display in front of Counter seats 1-4, on the “cold” side of the kitchen. (This is the section of the kitchen where starters, salads and such are prepared.) The display had only been used for decorative purposes for quite some time.

The Cold Side of the kitchen has a new preparation table that one chef referred to as "The Bermuda Triangle."


Guests sitting at Chef Counter seats 1-4 now enjoy an unobstructed view of the “Cold” side of the kitchen, where staff prepares such menu items as starters and salads. Workers removed the cheese display during the recent renovation. The new “Bermuda Triangle” prep table sits in the upper center of the picture. Photo by Adrienne Krock


Here is an alternate view of the Napa Rose kitchen, from Chef’s Counter seats 1 to 4. The space feels much more open with the removal of the cheese display. Photo by Adrienne Krock

The freezer that formerly sat in front of Counter seats 5-8, near the pastry/dessert station, is gone and replaced with a warming counter. The kitchen can use that space to plate dishes.


The space directly in front of Chef’s Counter Seats 5 to 8 now houses a warming table where kitchen staff are able to plate dishes. Photo by Adrienne Krock

The pastry/dessert station has new equipment in front of the counter seats 9-12, including the new (and relocated) ice cream freezer.


The pastry team at Napa Rose enjoys new equipment including a new and relocated ice cream freezer for housing Napa Rose’s legendary ice creams and sorbets. Photo by Adrienne Krock

The rotisserie oven and the oven in the dessert area are now gone. In the space that once housed an in-wall oven, near the dessert area, now has a stove, oven and a salamander


The far left cove formerly housed a rotisserie oven, now features a work station. The dark, far right cove, once held a wall-unit oven, now features a work station with a stove, oven and salamander. Photo by Adrienne Krock


A close-up view of Napa Rose’s new salamander, stove and oven, located in the back wall of the restaurant kitchen. Photo by Adrienne Krock

Most guests will likely notice none of these differences. Guests who regularly dine at the Chef’s Counter and have had the opportunity to study the kitchen might notice some of the changes. But overall, the renovation looks and feels like the same old Napa Rose that many of us love.


The Napa Rose dining room looks no different than before the kitchen renovation. Photo by Adrienne Krock

 

Flo's V8 Cafe in Disney California Adventure made a big menu change in the last several weeks, removing the sliced rotisserie beef, pork and turkey platters, and replacing them with sandwiches and BBQ ribs. The eatery has also streamlined the menu by pairing each entree with a specific side dish, rather than asking customers to pick two side dishes when they order. You can see the full new menu on our MousePlanet guide page.


BBQ pork ribs join the menu at Flo's V8 Cafe. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The new menu streamlines the ordering process at the expense of customer choice, but the good news is that you can substitute side dishes at no extra charge. All of the side dishes have the same a la carte price, so you can easily swap out fruit salad for cole slaw if you like.


A roast beef and cheddar sandwich is on the new menu at Flo's V8 Cafe. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Save the Date: MouseAdventure Sugar Rush


MouseAdventure Sugar Rush is Sunday, October 26 at the Disneyland Resort.

We are pleased to announce the date for our Fall 2014 MouseAdventure event at the Disneyland Resort. The signature community event for MousePlanet readers, MouseAdventure is part-scavenger hunt, part-road rally and part-trivia challenge. This team-based competition that guarantees you will never look at the Disney theme parks in the same way again.

Mark your calendars and save the date for our fall event:

MouseAdventure Sugar Rush
Fall 2014 Disneyland Resort
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Registration for all divisions will open at 9am Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 30 online at www.mouseadventure.com. Registration will close on October 17, or whenever the division sells out. Space for each division is extremely limited. Players must be at least 6 years of age and one player on each team must be at least 18 years of age. More details are available on our MousePad discussion forum.

Start making your plans now to join us as we whip up a batch of sweet challenges. Are you ready for a RUSH?

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

The 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park, an annual fund raiser for Children's Hospital Orange County, is Sunday, October 12 at the Disneyland Resort.

Team MousePlanet is back for our seventh consecutive year at the walk, and we invite all MousePlanet readers, friends, and family to join us. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $42,000 for CHOC through various events since 2008, including the annual CHOC Walk.

For more information about the event, and the benefits of joining Team MousePlanet, visit our MousePad discussion forum. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

This and that...

...The potential return of Captain EO has been delayed once again, as Disney announced last week that the Magic Eye Theater is being used to present an extended preview of Big Hero 6 at Disneyland. The Big Hero 6 sneak peek opens Friday, September 26. The movie is scheduled to open November 6, so expect the sneak peek to stick around through October.

...The transformation of Studio Disney 365 into Anna and Elsa's Boutique has been rescheduled. The new Frozen-inspired boutique was to have opened on September 12. Instead, Studio Disney 365 closes today (September 22), to reopen Monday, October 6. In announcing the date change, Disney also confirmed the same age restrictions for Anna and Elsa's Boutique as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside Disneyland, serving only children ages 3 to 12. Studio Disney 365, on the other hand, was open to 3 and up.


Customers can purchase a crossbody tote bag decorated with Anna and Elsa from "Frozen" for $18.95 with a $40 purchase from participating Disneyland Resort stores. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Four dates for Mickey's Halloween Party—September 26; October 3, October 10, and October 31—are now sold out. Tickets are still available for September 30; October 6, 8, 17, 17, 20, 24, 27, and 29. Tickets are available via Disneyland.com. and at Disneyland ticket booths.

...Thanks to reader OlegC for pointing out this special offer for Disneyland annual passholders. APs have exclusive access to a Treat Station Main Street Opera House during Mickey's Halloween Party nights, where you "get to watch ongoing screenings of Halloween-themed Disney classics and enjoy a tasty treat." All you have to do is show your event wristband and annual pass. All members of your party must have an annual pass to enter the Opera House. You can read the fine print on the AP website.

...Last week, we wrote that Disney does not confirm when the West Coast segments of the annual holiday parade are filmed at Disneyland, but that a cast member source told us it will happen over Veterans Day weekend, November 7 to 9. We now have a second source who confirms this date. MousePlanet reader Jason P. wrote last week to say, "I can confirm it as my daughter is dancing in the parade." As always, filming is subject to change without notice, and we don't encourage readers to make a special trip just to see the filming.


Portions of "it's a small world" are under wraps as the attraction's facade receives a pre-holiday makeover. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Registration is still open for the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon, but the race is showing at 99 percent of capacity. Get more details about the races and register for the half marathon at the runDisney website.

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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, September 27. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix

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Question of the Week

Reader Monstro is looking for information about the Disney Youth Education Series programs offered at the Disneyland Resort:

Anyone have experience with the Disney Youth Education Series?

I'd love some feedback on the Energy and Waves Physics Lab 201, the Properties of Motion Physics Lab, and the Creating a Leadership Legacy program.

I'm looking to plan a trip about a year away that would help teach and reinforce concepts in my 8th grade Physical Science classes. We would be traveling from Idaho so it would be spendy. I want to know what kind of experience others have had with this program.

Did you take the new tour this weekend? Come share your review on our MousePad forum, and let other readers know if the new tour is worth the time and money.

Do you have questions about an upcoming Disneyland visit, or need help choosing a hotel, restaurant or activity? Post your questions on our Disneyland Resort Trip Planning forum to get advice from our readers and Community Leaders. Your question may even be featured here in an upcoming Update.

Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3 / 10
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2 / 10
Thursday, September 25, 2014 4 / 10
Friday, September 26, 2014 3 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 4 out of 10.
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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all of attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at (714) 781–7290, then select option 1 > option 1 > option 4.

Disneyland

  • Stage Door Cafe – closed through September 23 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through September 24 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin – closed through September 25 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Photo Supply – closed through September 23 for refurbishment.
  • Silhouette Studio – closed September 24–26 for refurbishment.
  • China Closet – closed September 24–26 for refurbishment.
  • Captain EO – closed through September 25 for refurbishment.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed through September 26 for refurbishment.
  • Horse-drawn Streetcars – closed through October 15 for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed through November 28 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed through September 27 for refurbishment.
  • Goofy's Sky School – closed December 1–8 for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort

  • Napa Rose – closed through October 3 for renovation.

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).

Fall

  • Halloween Time – through October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – September 26 (sold out), 30; October 3 (sold out), 6, 8, 10 (sold out), 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31 (sold out). Tickets are now on sale via Disneyland.com. and at Disneyland ticket booths.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 3–5. Details on the event website.
  • 2014 CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open via the event website. MousePlanet readers, friends and family are invited to register with Team MousePlanet and walk with our group.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 16–17. Expect unusually large attendance levels October 17–21 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.
  • MouseAdventure Sugar Rush – Sunday, October 26. Sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter for more details when they are available.
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 14–16. All events are sold out. Details at the runDisney website.

Winter

  • Holiday parade taping at Disneyland – November 7–9. Disney never officially confirms when the West Coast segments of the annual holiday parade are filmed at Disneyland, but cast members and the parent of a child performing in the annual production have verified that this year's taping takes place over Veteran's Day weekend. Filming is always subject to change with no notice, and we don't encourage readers to make a special trip just to see the filming.
  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 13 to January 6, 2015.
  • Candlelight Processional – December 6 and 7 (unconfirmed). Performances times and narrator(s) have not yet been announced.
  • Viva Navidad – Three Kings Day activities – January 26, 2015

2015

  • Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 15–18, 2015. This new event weekend includes 5K, 10K, and half-marathon, along with runDisney kids races, event expo and Wookie Welcome party. All running events sold out within hours of registration. Details at the runDisney website.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 7–10, 2015 (Mother's Day weekend). The weekend includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon, along with runDisney kids races, event expo and Pasta in the Park party. Space is still available in the half marathon; all other events are sold out. Details at the runDisney website.

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

Disneyland prices as of May 2014.

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices, check the most recent Disneyland Resort Update. 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.

Don't get scammed! Never buy tickets from an unofficial or secondary outlet, such as through eBay or Craigslist. Never rent or purchase tickets from people approaching you outside the gates stating they have remaining days or leftover tickets. This practice is against the terms of use for Disneyland admission, and may result in denial of entry. It is also common for criminals to shoplift inactivated Disney theme park tickets from supermarkets to resell them. There is no way to determine if these tickets are valid until you try to use them to enter the parks. Only purchase Disney theme park tickets directly from Disney, an authorized seller, or travel agency.

One Day, One Park Ticket – Regularly $96/$90

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $150/$144
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 $178/$165

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $217/$204

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.

Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $226/$215

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $265/$254

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.


2013–2014 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($129) – a discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2013–2014 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid through September 25, 2014. Under this program, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129 each.

For the purpose of this offer, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification will be required for purchase. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base or other at participating U.S. military sales outlets. The tickets are not available for sale at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. 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). Disney has also clarified that the "Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission," which means you can not purchase these tickets and give them to someone who will be visiting without you present.

"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.

For complete information regarding Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may visit the Disneyland Resort website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.


2014–2015 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($132) – a discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2013–2014 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid through October 3, 2014. Under this program, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each.

For the purpose of this offer, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification will be required for purchase. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base or other at participating U.S. military sales outlets. The tickets are not available for sale at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. 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). Disney has also clarified that the "Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission," which means you can not purchase these tickets and give them to someone who will be visiting without you present.

Tickets are blocked out November 27, 2014 through November 29, 2014; December 24, 2014 through December 31, 2014; and March 30, 2015 through April 4, 2015 . Unlike past years, this ticket is not blocked out on the 4th of July. 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.

For complete information regarding Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may visit the Disneyland Resort website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $250/$235

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $289/$274

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.

Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $266/$250

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $305/$289

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.

Six Day or longer tickets No longer offered by Disneyland – some travel providers may offer tickets for 6 days or longer as part of a package to international customers; residents of Canada, Australia, or the U.K. should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available.
Disneyland Resort Annual Passports

California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

  • Premier Annual Passport ($1,029) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking.
  • Premium Annual Passport ($699) – includes parking.
  • Deluxe Annual Passport ($519)
  • –currently unavailable
  • SoCal Select Annual Passport ($289)
  • Parking Add On ($159) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes; blocked out July 4 and December 31.
  • Blockout Day Ticket – no longer available.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

2014 Southern California CityPASS $328/$284

2014 Southern California CityPASS PLUS $362/$309

2014 Southern California CityPASS ($328/$284) – includes a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. The CityPASS expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2014. Purchase CityPASS through the Disneyland website or on-site at the ticket booths of Disneyland Resort or the other theme parks included in the pass. You can also purchase directly from the CityPASS website, though a shipping charge may apply depending on how quickly you need the ticket.


2014 Southern California CityPASS ($362/$309) – is the same as the CityPASS—a 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket (including one early-entry day), a one-day admission to Sea World San Diego and a one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood—with the addition of one-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park. The CityPASS expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 2014. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website

Prices listed above are valid until December 31, 2014.

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Other Discounts

Did we miss an offer? If you know of an authorized discount on Disneyland Resort tickets, standing offers for Annual Passholders from non-Disney vendors, or other promotions which might interest our readers, please drop us a note!

Discounts for everyone

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. These are offered at Disney-operated stores only, and selection may vary by location.

Recently, Disney has begun allowing customers to purchase more than one of the offers in a qualifying transaction, so if you spend $40 or more you can buy both items currently available if you wish. If you're a passholder, the minimum purchase is calculated after your discount, and your discount does not apply to the promotional item. Current offers:

  • Disneyland Mickey Mouse Backpack for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.
  • Disneyland Mickey Mouse Watch for $19.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Frozen Lithograph for $14.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.

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 percent discount on retail purchases. This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club, and now runs on a point-based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 reward. We recommend that you prepurchase your membership before your visit so you can take advantage of the priority seating benefit.


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 percent 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).


Character Dining Vouchers – discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through Get Away Travel.

Discounts for Annual Passholders

Disneyland Resort merchandise – Disneyland extended the 20 percent merchandise discount offered to Premium annual passholders through December 31, 2014.


30% off rooms at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii –Disneyland Resort annual passholders can take 30% off select rooms at Aulani, now through December 19. You can choose between a standard hotel room, which offers traditional hotel amenities, or Disney Vacation Club villas with kitchens and in-room laundry.

Standard rooms start around $300 per night after discount, with upgrades to better views and larger villas available. A 2-bedroom villa with an ocean view can run more than $1000 per night, but includes a full kitchen and sleeps up to 9 people.

The offer is valid most nights August 25 through November 25, and November 30 through December 19. Contact your travel agent, visit the Disneyland annual passholder website, or call (714) 520-7001.

Discounts for Disney Visa Cardholders

Character Meet-and-Greet – cardholders have access to a private character meet-and-greet photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, and receive one free 5"x7" photograph per visit.


Disneyland Resort merchandise – Cardholders also receive 10 percent off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney-operated retail stores.


Disneyland Resort dining – 10 percent off at selected Disneyland Resort restaurants, (Big Thunder Ranch, River Belle Terrace, French Market, Cocina Cucamonga, Steakhouse 55, PCH Grill and Storyteller's Café).


Disneyland Resort Guided Tours – 20 percent 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 for all of these promotions.

Hotel and travel package offers

Costco Travel Packages – many different travel packages including visits to Disneyland and Disneyland hotels are available through Costco.


Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – package includes accommodations in 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.

Discounts for US Military

2013–2014 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($129) – a discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2013–2014 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid through September 25, 2014. Under this program, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129 each.

For the purpose of this offer, Disney defines "Eligible Service Members" as active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification will be required for purchase. This discount is available at MWR/ITT offices at your military base or other at participating U.S. military sales outlets. The tickets are not available for sale at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. 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). Disney has also clarified that the "Military member (or spouse) must accompany the persons using these tickets for Theme Park admission," which means you can not purchase these tickets and give them to someone who will be visiting without you present.

"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.

For complete information regarding Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may visit the Disneyland Resort website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

Discounts for California residents None at this time

 

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Park Schedule/Blockout Dates

  • DL – Disneyland
  • DCA – Disney California Adventure

Annual Pass blockouts:

  • SL – Southern California Select Annual Pass
  • SC – Southern California Annual Pass
  • DX – Deluxe Annual Pass
Early Admission – full description available on the Disneyland website):
  • MM – Magic Mornings for 3-plus day ticket holders, promotional "bonus" tickets, and Southern California CityPASS
  • EMH – Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
  • EMH – Early Admission for Annual Passholders (not currently offered)
Disneyland Resort Special Events:
  • GN – Grad Nite.
  • MA – MouseAdventure (www.mouseadventure.com)
  • MHP – Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. September 26, 30; October 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31.
9/21 9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 8a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-6p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events:
Private Event at DCA
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
9/28 9/29 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP at Disneyland

DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
10/5 10/6 10/7 10/8 10/9 10/10 10/11
DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland
DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None
10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18
DL: 10a-12a
None

DCA: 10a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None
DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None

DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP at Disneyland

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: None
DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-12a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None


Events: MHP at Disneyland
DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC


Events: None

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.

 

Comments

  1. By carolinakid

    Sitting on the benches in the drawbridge alcoves was one of my favorite spots to reflect, especially at night with Sleeping Beauty Castle so magically lit. Now that's gone forever. I always chuckle when I read articles like this and wonder how we all survived life before there were "safety guidelines". I realize because we have become a sue happy culture where the folks prefer to blame others rather than take personal responsibility for their behavior (like say, standing on a bench and falling into the moat) Disney has no choice but to do what they have to do.

    I will certainly hold memories of the old drawbridge in my heart.

  2. By spectromen

    Well said, carolinakid. It's all so very disheartening.

    Those scalloped tops on the Nemo queue rails have been there for a few years, unless the author is pointing out that they've added even MORE of them?

  3. By candles71

    They had the drawbridge blocked off for a day or two during our trip. The day they re-opened it, one of my kids noticed the wood over the benches while walking towards the hub on the bridge. As we got to the end and the benches just as you exit the bridge, someone had their toddler standing ON TOP of the boards covering the benches. So, they seem more hazardous at this point. Stupid people cause the rest of us to suffer the loss of such great spots.

  4. By Disneylandfanguy

    Quote Originally Posted by spectromen View Post
    Those scalloped tops on the Nemo queue rails have been there for a few years, unless the author is pointing out that they've added even MORE of them?

    Nope. The author was mistaken. Those tops have indeed been on the Nemo railings for a few years now. It's not new at all.

  5. By cstephens

    Quote Originally Posted by carolinakid View Post
    I always chuckle when I read articles like this and wonder how we all survived life before there were "safety guidelines". I realize because we have become a sue happy culture where the folks prefer to blame others rather than take personal responsibility for their behavior (like say, standing on a bench and falling into the moat) Disney has no choice but to do what they have to do.

    Yeah, I don't know if more people are getting hurt but I think it's the mentality that it must be someone else's fault if something happens. Heck, I've heard people go into City Hall to complain that it's too hot or that it's raining and it's ruining their day because some things have gotten cancelled. Amazing.

  6. By candles71

    Quote Originally Posted by cstephens View Post
    Yeah, I don't know if more people are getting hurt but I think it's the mentality that it must be someone else's fault if something happens. Heck, I've heard people go into City Hall to complain that it's too hot or that it's raining and it's ruining their day because some things have gotten cancelled. Amazing.

    We got to near someone complain to the RSR CM because there was a 60 minute wait and their app said the wait was only 30 minutes. Whistler commended the CM because his answer was just a calm "there are no official apps."

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