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by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for November 24 – 30, 2014

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News and Views

Last call for the Mad T Party | Fantasmic Fastpass: First Test | Holidays at Disneyland and Downtown Disney | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Last call for the Mad T Party

This Sunday, November 30 is the final day to experience the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure, Disney announced last week. The nighttime dance party debuted in 2012 as a replacement for ElecTRONica, and featured two stages and several large set pieces.


The Mad T Party is set to close on November 30. Disney has not yet announced a replacement for the popular nighttime dance party. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney has not officially announced what is next for the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area, but Muppet*Vision 3D is currently closed through December 19 for what is rumored to be installation of a new Frozen-themed entertainment offering. An announcement is likely before the holiday media event on December 6.

Fantasmic Fastpass: First Test

Disneyland used last week's Annual Passholder Anniversary party as a test of the new Fantasmic Fastpass system, and we shared notes from my experience on our MousePad discussion forum the following morning. It is safe to assume everything will change before this rolls out to the public in 3 weeks, but here's what we saw:

There were three viewing areas last night, Red (which we were told was the "best" area), Gold (on the east / Frontierland side of center) and Blue (on the west / Haunted Mansion side of center).

I used Google Maps to create a rough map of the seating areas. As far as I could tell, the colors corresponded to which of the three water screens you could see, but had no bearing on how close to the water you were.

The good news is that the standard "sitting" areas were all still sitting during last night's show. I was a little worried when we got there and saw a LOT of people standing against the front rail, but as I walked around during the show I saw they were indeed sitting.


A rough map shows the viewing areas used during last week's test of the Fantasmic Fastpass system. Google Maps image, edited by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The note in the AP event flyer said 5000 tickets were available last night. To ensure there were people in all 3 sections, cast members told me that distribution was not first-come, first-served, but a random assignment of one of the three areas. We got red tickets. I heard that they did not run out of tickets before distribution ended, but I do not know that for sure. I'd love to hear from someone who knows for certain one way or the other.

The tickets said to return between 9:30 and 10:15 for the 10:30 show. Since the only performance of the parade was scheduled for 9:30, we decided to watch the parade from Main Street, and then head to Fantasmic.


The view from the back of the red section was centered on the Fantasmic stage, but was obstructed by trees. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The tickets did not have a return location printed on them. We were told by the cast member who gave us the tickets to line up by Pirates of the Caribbean. By the time we got to the show, there was no line, and cast members were giving completely different and conflicting instructions about where the red section ticket holders were supposed to enter the viewing area.

When we finally got into the correct viewing section, the only area open was the upper terrace in front of Cafe Orleans. We initially had a great view of a tree, but moved to one side of the area to get a better sight line on the center water screen.


The former Keel Boat dock is currently designated as a smoking area, but provides an excellent view of one of the three Fantasmic screens. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Once my group got situated in our assigned area, I left them to go see what was going on in the other areas. The cast member managing our section gave me a Fastpass ticket when I left the area so I could get back in. Someone who was just entering was upset that she had to surrender her ticket, because she wanted to save it as a souvenir. The cast member told her that they had to collect them, and could not give them back after the show, because managers would be counting the tickets so they'd know how many people had been in each area.

I walked down to the old keel boat dock, which was standby viewing last night, and there was absolutely NO crowd. There were about 20 people on the keel boat dock itself, which is now a smoking area. If you were willing to put up with chain-smoking neighbors, you could get a great view of the show from there. I admit, it annoys me that this is a smoking area during the show, and I hope that changes once Fantasmic Fastpass rolls out.


We found the best view of the show from a standby area between the blue Fastpass section and the Keel Boat dock. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

I kept walking towards the edge of the blue standing area, and got a perfect spot between the raft dock and the keel boat dock, right on the water. When people saw me standing there and realized the cast member wasn't telling me to move, about a dozen ducked under the rope marking the edge of the blue section and came to stand around me.

Before the show started, cast members said the bridge over Pirates was being held for overflow Fastpass (in case a section ran out of room before it ran out of tickets), *or* standby - they didn't know which yet, and weren't letting people stand there. I asked after the show, and it turned out they used it for standby viewing.

So, that's what we saw. Here's what we don't know:

  • How many viewing sections there will really be once this rolls out. As I detailed in the Fantasmic Fastpass Guide when this news first broke, there are at least 6 different ways to see the show now. Last night's 3 viewing areas will certainly be broken into smaller chunks to accommodate the various dinner packages.
  • How to guarantee a spot in the "sitting" area, other than by purchasing the Blue Bayou package.
  • The difference in viewing areas for River Belle vs. Aladdin's Oasis vs. Hungry Bear dining packages. Disney has said the Hungry Bear dessert package comes with a separate viewing area. I suspect it will be on or near the keel boat dock, in the area that was all standby last night.

Several members who attended the party shared their own experiences, and we invite you to add your own comments.

The new system officially begins December 12, but it's highly likely that Disneyland will conduct additional tests with the Fastpass seating before then. The last day for the current Fantasmic dessert package is December 8. More more information about the packages and prices available, read our Fantasmic Fastpass guide.

Holidays at Disneyland and Downtown Disney

Here's a look at new and notable holiday offerings at Disneyland and Downtown Disney. We'll look at Disney California Adventure next week.


Sleeping Beauty Castle is decorated for the holidays. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Something's baking at the Grand Californian Hotel

500 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of sugar, and over 60 gallons of frosting and icing went into making the "grand" gingerbread house now on display in the lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. The team responsible for the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house created the 7.5 foot tall, 12 foot wide model, crafted in the same Arts and Crafts style as the hotel. An information card near the display says the wooden infrastructure took over 1200 hours to build, and the edible portions of the house took over 1400 to bake or prepare.


A model of the Grand Californian Hotel is created in gingerbread in the hotel's lobby. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A team of 25 worked to create the gingerbread house, which includes sugar replicas of the hotel's stained glass entry doors. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Jingle Cruise is back

When the Jungle Cruise holiday overlay debuted at Disneyland in 2013, I wrote that the decorations were much more subtle than I expected, but noted, "ironically, some have complained that Disney didn't go far enough in creating this overlay, though it's hard to see how much more designers could have pushed the theme without putting Santa hats on the sleeping zebra, or hanging stockings from the "mother in law's" trunk."


The Jingle Cruise has returned for 2014, with a stronger story and even more decorations. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Those who wanted more Jingle in their Cruise are certain to adore the 2014 edition. Signs at the entrance of the attraction explain that the skippers' "holiday shipment" has gone missing, and ask passengers to keep their eyes out for the missing cargo. You won't be on the cruise for more than a moment before you spot the first of the missing cargo. The crates appear to have burst on impact, dripping huge swags of metallic garland from the trees on both sides of the boat. The further you get into the ride, the more over-the-top the decorations become. And while you won't see a Santa hat on the sleeping zebra, that's only because the unlucky fellow has been replaced by a plastic reindeer from a gaudy Santa's Sleigh lawn set.

Likewise, the skipper's spiel was revised to fully embrace the campy wonder of the overlay, and most seem to be making the most of the opportunity to work with the new material. Make this an early stop in your day, to avoid the 45+ minute lines which form by midday.

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

The holidays have returned to Big Thunder Ranch, in the form of the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. As in past years, this is a good place for families to take a break from the park and let kids run around a bit. Mickey and friends are on hand for informal meet-and-greet opportunities, but the star of the show is Santa. PhotoPass photographers are available to take portraits of the meeting, and will also use your personal camera if you wish.


Chip and Dale sport new gingerbread-inspired costumes this year. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Santa meets visitors to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A long line of visitors wait to meet Santa Claus at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Several times a day, the Frontierland players present The Plight Before Christmas, a holiday melodrama that includes audience sing along moments. Other activities in the area include Reindeer Games (free, carnival-style games); cookie decorating; and a craft area where visitors can decorate paper ornaments, or create holiday cards to send to troops overseas. Jingle Jangle Jamboree is open daily from 10:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.


Frontierland performers present "The Plight Before Christmas," a holiday melodrama. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Ornaments decorated by visitors to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree decorate trees around Big Thunder Ranch. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Visitors can purchase cookie decorating kits at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Downtown Disney Winter Village

Olaf and the Frozen Ice Rink are back for 2014, along with an expanded Winter Village in the space between ESPN Zone and the Earl of Sandwich. The booths in the Village open around Noon for your shopping convenience, with ice skating from 3:00 to 10:30 or 11:00p.m. each night.


A 30-foot tree inside Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink is the centerpiece of the Downtown Disney Winter Village. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The 90-minute skating sessions are $17 for adults, $15 for children 9 and under. Members of the military, with proper ID, skate for $10. There are four sessions each night. On Friday and Saturday nights, the 3:00 p.m. session lasts 2 hours.


Kids and adults can skate at Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

…The first candy canes of the 2014 season will be sold at Disneyland this Friday, November 28. Disneyland opens at 8 a.m., and wristbands will be distributed at park opening.

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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, November 25, 2014 9 / 10
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8 / 10
Thursday, November 27, 2014 6 / 10
Friday, November 28, 2014 7 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 7 out of 10.
  • Thursday is the best day to visit Disneyland.
  • FASTPASS tickets for the Frozen meet and greet usually "sell out" within the first hour of Disneyland's regular park hours.

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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

2014

  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed through November 25 for refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – closed December 1–19 for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Trains– closed December 1–19 for refurbishment.
  • Innoventions – closed December 3

2015

  • Captain EO – closes for refurbishment January 5, 2015.

Disney California Adventure

2014

  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed through December 19.
  • Character Close-Up – closed through December 19.
  • The Bakery Tour – closed for refurbishment through January 26, 2015.
  • Goofy Sky School – closed December 1–8 for refurbishment.
  • California Screamin' – closed December 9–11 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed through October 2, 2015.

2015

  • Pacific Wharf Cafe – closes for refurbishment January 5, 2015.

Disneyland Resort

  • None scheduled

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).

Winter

  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – November 13 to January 6, 2015.
  • Candlelight Processional – December 6 and 7. Performance times and narrator(s) have not yet been announced.

2015

  • Viva Navidad – Three Kings Day activities – January 2–6, 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.
  • 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 7–10, 2015 (Mother's Day weekend). All events are sold out. Details at the runDisney website.
  • 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 3–6. Registration opens February 10, 2015. Details at the runDisney website.
  • 2015 Avengers Half Marathon Weekend – November 12–15. Registration opens April 7, 2015

2016

  • 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 14–17. Registration opens June 16, 2015.
  • 2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 5–8. Registration opens August 11, 2015.

Merchandise Event Calendar

Date Event
Fri, Nov. 28
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Sat, Nov. 29
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
  • Wonderground Gallery – Jackie Huang, 2–5 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 30
  • Wonderground Gallery – Jackie Huang, 2–5 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 1
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Tues, Dec. 2
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Fri, Dec.5
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
  • World of DisneyLinda Rick, noon – 10 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 6
Sun, Dec.7
Mon, Dec.8
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Tues, Dec. 9
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Fri, Dec.12
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Sat, Dec. 13
  • DisneyanaDave Avanzino, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Disney Vault 28Dooney & Bourke Release, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Store opens at 8 a.m.for advance purchases.
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Sun, Dec. 14
Mon, Dec. 15
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Tues, Dec. 16
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Fri, Dec.19
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
  • World of DisneyLinda Rick, noon – 10 p.m
Sat, Dec. 20
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
  • World of DisneyLinda Rick, noon – 10 p.m
  • Wonderground GalleryTemecula Olive Oil Tasting, 2–5 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 20
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
  • World of DisneyLinda Rick, noon – 10 p.m
  • Wonderground GalleryTemecula Olive Oil Tasting, 2–5 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 22
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Tues, Dec. 23
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Wed, Dec.24
  • Trolley Treats – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening
Thurs, Dec.25
  • Candy Palace – Candy Cane Day; wristband distribution at park opening

 


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.

2014–2015 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($132)

A discounted price offered to Eligible Service Members or their spouses.

The 2014–2015 U.S. Armed Forces discount is valid through October 3, 2015. 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 27–29, 2014; December 24–31, 2014; and March 30 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)
  • Southern California Annual Passport – currently unavailable
  • Southern California 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 Blanket for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.
  • Disneyland Mickey Mouse Tote Bag for $19.95 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 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

If you plan to visit Disneyland before the 60th anniversary celebration begins, check out two new discount offers for the Disneyland Resort Hotels.

  • Save up to 25 percent on Disneyland Resort Hotels stays January 4 through February 12, 2015
  • Save up to 20 percent on Disneyland Resort Hotels stays February 13 through March 26, 2015

You must book by February 12, 2015, and complete your travel by March 26, 2015. Contact your travel agent or Disney Travel Company for details and to make a reservation.

Thanks to Sue at Small World Vacations for the information.


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.
11/23 11/24 11/25 11/26 11/27 11/28 11/29

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
None
Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

11/30 12/1 12/2 12/3 12/4 12/5 12/6

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

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: 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-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Candlelight
Processional

12/7 12/8 12/9 12/10 12/11 12/12 12/13

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Candlelight
Processional

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None
Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None
Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

12/14 12/15 12/16 12/17 12/18 12/19 12/20

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None
Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None
Events: None

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX



Events: None

 

12/21 12/22 12/23 12/24 12/25 12/26 12/27

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

12/28 12/29 12/30 12/31 1/1/2015 1/2/2015 1/3/2015

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-2a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-1a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

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 spectromen

    For some reason that "back" Red section does not look like any type of "preferred" viewing I'd expect. If that's the space for, say, the Blue Bayou or River Belle patrons, I'd be pissed.
    Trying the Aladdin's Oasis first.

  2. By Marceline

    Regarding this note under Resort Events - Winter:
    Candlelight Processional – December 6 and 7. Performance times and narrator(s) have not yet been announced.
    Came across this on prnewswire.com.
    A Holiday Tradition - Disneyland(R) 'Candlelight' Procession Returns to Main Street, U.S.A., December 6 and 7; Louis Gossett Jr. to Narrate.
    Is this official ? It shows Disneyland Resort as the source.

  3. By AVP

    If this is the press release you're referring to, it is official, but it's from 2003. Louis Gossett Jr. was supposed to narrate both nights, but became ill on Sunday. Marie Osmond happened to be at Disneyland that weekend for a release of one of her dolls, and agreed to narrate in his place on Sunday.

    AVP

  4. By Marceline

    Thank you, I stand corrected. I looked for a date, - must have missed it (by a mile).

  5. By AVP

    Quote Originally Posted by Marceline View Post
    Thank you, I stand corrected. I looked for a date, - must have missed it (by a mile).

    There actually wasn't a date on that, which was strange. I could totally see why it looks like it could be for this year. What gave it away was the mention of dining packages at Yamabuki, which has been closed since 2009. ;o)

    AVP

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