Disneyland Resort Update

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for February 9 – 15, 2015

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News and Views

Disney says "Ciao" to Luigi's Flying Tires | Ready, Set, Register for the Disneyland Half Marathon | Celebrate Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure | Pandora shop opens in New Orleans Square | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Disney says "Ciao" to Luigi's Flying Tires

It would seem that a Cars Land attraction championed by none other than John Lasseter himself would be fairly safe from demolition, but last week, Disney officially confirmed that Luigi's Flying Tires is closing permanently next Monday, on February 16.


Disney plans to rotate Luigi's Flying Tires out for a new attraction, coming in 2016. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Concept art of the new ride provides few hints about the new ride system. Disney photo.

The Disney Parks Blog says the ride will be gutted and replaced with an as-yet-unknown new ride system. The new attraction is slated to open in early 2016.

Luigi's Flying Tires has been a "love it or hate it" experience since it opened in 2012, and the difference seems to be in how well individuals could control the ride vehicle. It took some finesse to get the tire floating in the right direction, and those who mastered the trick really enjoyed the ride. Those who didn't were understandably frustrated, and were reluctant to try again. In recent months, wait times for the ride rarely exceeded 20 minutes, even on the weekend after Disney announced that the ride would close.


John and Nancy Lasseter ride Luigi's Flying Tires during a preview before the opening of Cars Land in 2012. MousePlanet video.

Ready, Set, Register for the Disneyland Half Marathon

General registration opens tomorrow, February 10, for the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon, and interested runners should prepare to register the moment the website goes live, or risk missing out.

Last year, the Dumbo Double Dare, a back-to-back 10K and half-marathon challenge, sold out in under an hour, as did the standalone 10K event. The runDisney kids races were the next to sell out, in just over three hours, and the half-marathon sold out in nine hours. All events, including the 5K and the Pasta in the Park Party, sold out within 24 hours.

With statistics like this, it was no surprise that the limited spots allocated for Annual Passholder early registration sold out in mere minutes this year. Worse, Disney Vacation Club members were basically shut out of the early registration opportunity because the DVC website did not post the link until most events were already full.


Runners stop by the Team MousePlanet cheer station during the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon. MousePlanet file photo.

Disney Visa cardholders no longer receive access to early registration offer for runDisney events. While Disney Visa has previously issued discount codes for the events, don't wait to register—the events had sold out by the time Disney Visa posted the codes last year.

With all of the early registration spots already taken, Passholders and DVC members who missed out will need to sign up during general registration tomorrow. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific) Tuesday morning. If the runDisney website crashes, as it often does on registration days, you can go to Active.com directly and search for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

While the pricing list for all the events includes the various price increases based on when you register, we suspect that these events will sell out too quickly for the higher price tiers to kick in.

The 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend follows the same schedule as last year, with the health and fitness expo starting on Thursday, the 5K race on Friday, and the 10K run on Saturday, the day before the half-marathon.

After you register for your event, come add your name to the Team MousePlanet race roster to connect with other runners and share training tips.

Event Pricing

Dumbo Double Dare
September 5 and 6

Price: $330.00 (an increase of $10 from 2014)

Registration includes both Saturday's Disneyland 10K (6.2 miles) and Sunday's Disneyland Half Marathon (13.1 miles), with a bonus (third) Dumbo Double Dare medal.

Disneyland Half Marathon
September 6

Price: $199.00 on or before February 18 (an increase of $4 from 2014)

Registration for Sunday's 13.1-mile half-marathon event only.

Disneyland 10K
September 5

Price: $110.00 (an increase of $5 from 2014)

Registration for Saturday's 6.2-mile 10K event only.

Warning: You cannot get the bonus Dumbo medal if you register for the half marathon and 10K events separately.

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
September 4

Price: $75.00 (an increase of $5 from 2014)

Registration for Friday's 3.1-mile event only.

runDisney Kids Races
September 5

Price: $20.00 (no price change from 2014)

Registration for Saturday's Kids Races (in various age categories).

Pasta in the Park Party
6:00 to 7:30 p.m., September 5,
 

  • Adults (age 10 and up) with theme park ticket – $135.00
  • Adults (age 10 and up) without theme park ticket – $89.00
  • Children (ages 3 to 9) with theme park ticket – $115.00
  • Children (ages 3 to 9) without theme park ticket – $69.00

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure is commemorating Lunar New Year with a three-day celebration next weekend, February 19 through 22. Paradise Gardens is the headquarters for this traditional Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese New Year celebration, which marks the Year of the Sheep.


Mushu and Mulan greet guests during the 2013 Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure park. MousePlanet photo.

Several times a day, Mulan and Mushu will lead Mulan's Chinese New Year Procession along the parade route in front of Paradise Gardens, accompanied by umbrella dancers. Mulan and Mushu will be on hand for a meet-and-greet after each procession. You can also meet Mickey and Minnie at the photo location inside the Paradise Gardens gazebo.

The Paradise Gardens stage will feature community performing groups, and special food and merchandise will be available for sale.

Pandora shop opens in New Orleans Square

La Mascarade d'Orleans, the French-inspired shop in New Orleans, returned this weekend as a Pandora concept store. The official grand opening will not take place until March, but this weekend's soft opening came at a perfect time for buyers seeking Valentine's Day gifts.


La Mascarade d'Orleans at Disneyland is now a Pandora concept store. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The shop is located in the back of New Orleans Square, directly across from the new entrance to Club 33. Bright white cabinets and brilliant lighting fixtures help keep the small shop from feeling claustrophbic, but it takes a bit of cooperation with other shoppers to see into every case. The centerpiece of the store is the harlequin bust behind the register, which is enhanced with special light and sound effects.


The tiny New Orleans shop features a selection of Pandora jewelry, including exclusive Disney designs. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The shop features Pandora's line of rings, necklaces and earrings, along with their signature charm bracelet collection. The inventory centers on the Disney collection of charms, including a few Disney Parks-exclusive designs available only at this location, or at the Pandora pop-up location in Walt Disney World.A Pandora salesperson said the store is not yet fully stocked, and more items will arrive in the coming weeks.

The store operates with a combination of Pandora and Disney employees—the salespeople clad in black come from Pandora, while Disney cast members staff the register. Annual passholders recieve a 10 or 20 percent (depending on level) discount through this Thursday, February 12 only. After that, no AP discounts will apply.


The Sorcerer Mickey hat and 2015 rondelle charms are available only at the Disney theme parks. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

...While Sleeping Beauty Castle is under wraps in preparation for the 60th anniversary, Disney has covered the scaffolding surrounding the structure with a scrim printed with the Herb Ryman iconic concept art of the castle, one of the very first designs created for Disneyland. Of course, Ryman only sketched the front of the castle, so the back of Disneyland's castle is currently covered with a photo scrim during the refurbishment.


The front of Sleeping Beauty Castle is covered with a scrim printed with Herb Ryman's original concept art for the castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Visitors walking into Disneyland are greeted by an unusual view of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The different levels of the scrim line up perfectly when viewed from the Minnie Mouse sculpture in Town Plaza. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The back of Sleeping Beauty Castle is covered with a photo scrim showing the modern castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Innoventions Dream Home has closed for good in Tomorrowland, and the fictitious Elias family appears to have mostly moved out. The entire lower level of the Innoventions building is currently closed, and the portions of the Dream Home visible from the upper level have been stripped of most furnishings. The visible remaining items are marked with large inventory tags, and some construction walls are in place.


The Innoventions Dream Home is now closed in Tomorrowland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Furnishings that have not yet been removed from the Dream Home are marked with inventory tags. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...As work continues to transform Condor Flats into the Grizzly Peak Airfield in Disney California Adventure, some guests at the Grand Californian Hotel may have an unwelcome surprise when they check into their room. MousePlanet reader Sharon booked a room at the Grand Californian Hotel this weekend using Disney Vacation Club points, and opted for a "Premium View," which require 20% more points to book than a "Standard View" room. A Premium View room is supposed to have a view of Downtown Disney, the pool area or a theme park. As advertised, Sharon's room had a view into Disney California Adventure, overlooking the Condor Flats construction zone.


MousePlanet reader Sharon paid for a theme park room at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, and got a room overlooking the Condor Flats construction zone. Photo by Sharon Schneider.

She tells us that since her family was only staying one night it wasn't a big deal, but she might have asked to be moved if they were staying longer. We think Disney should downgrade the rooms that overlook the construction zone until the work is complete, and charge them as Standard View rooms. Grand Californian hotel rooms are already the priciest available to DVC members – more expensive even than Aulani in Hawaii, or the new Polynesian Villas in Walt Disney World – and members should get full value for their points.


Taste Pilot's Grill is closed through March 13 for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Demolition continues on the sign and rockwork at the entrance to Condor Flats. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Vinylmation collectors can no longer trade their unwanted figures with Disneyland cast members. The Resort put an end to official Vinylmation trading on February 6. Customers can still purchase and trade with other guests, but not with cast members. Walt Disney World also ended their Vinylmation trading program this weekend.

...Nearly 1,000 pieces of Disney and Disneyland memorabilia will be sold at auction the weekend of February 28 and March 1, and the collection is now on display in Sherman Oaks. Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks is hosting the auction for the annoymous collector, and owner Mike Van Eaton told the Orange County Register that the collection may sell for over a million dollars. Disney Legend Bob Gurr helped authenticate the collection, and the Register posted a video of Gurr describing some of the items going on auction.


Disney Legend Bob Gurr describes some of the 1,000 pieces of Disney memorabilia to be sold at auction at the end of the month. Orange County Register video.

The exhibit is open until February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no charge to preview the collection, and printed souvenir catalogues are available for $30 to $95. The auction catalogue will also be posted online starting today, and online bidding also starts today. Visit the Van Eaton Galleries website for more information.

...The Starbucks locations inside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure received the Disney Parks-branded reuseable cold cups last week. The tumblers are $20.


Starbucks fans can collect a new Disney Parks cold beverage tumbler from the Disney theme park locations. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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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.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4 / 10
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 3 / 10
Thursday, February 12, 2015 3 / 10
Friday, February 13, 2015 7 / 10

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  • Saturday resort crowd level is a 8 out of 10.
  • Wednesday is the best day to visit Disneyland
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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.

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Peter Pan's Flight is closed for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Cafe Orleans – closed through January 28 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed through February 5 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Disneyland Railroad – closed for refurbishment; expected to reopen February 13.
  • Peter Pan's Flight – closed for renovation; reopening date unknown, but not before March 21.
  • Fortuosity Shop – closed February 23 through March 12 for refurbishment.
  • Starcade – closed through March 1 for refurbishment.
  • Snow White's Wishing Well and Grotto – closed through March 2 for refurbishment.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough – closed through March 2 for refurbishment.
  • The Enchanted Chamber [Sleeping Beauty Castle virtual walkthrough] – closed through March 2 for refurbishment.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – closed through April 3 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed through April 3 for refurbishment.
  • Pooh Corner and all Critter Country stores – closed through April 3 for refurbishment.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed through April 3 for refurbishment.
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes – closed through April 3 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through May 16 for refurbishment.
  • Captain EO – closed; reopening date unknown, but not before March 21.


Disneyland's Starcade is closed through March 1 for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

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"It's Tough to be a Bug" is closed through March 26 while Disney uses the theater to show a sneak peek at the upcoming Cinderella movie. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Ariel's Grotto – closed through February 27 for refurbishment.
  • Luigi's Flying Tires – closes February 16. Ride will be removed and replaced. Reopening date unknown.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed through March 2 for refurbishment.
  • Fly 'n' Buy – closed through March 13 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color – dark through March 13 for refurbishment.
  • Taste Pilots' Grill – closed through March 13 for refurbishment.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed through March 20 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug – dark through March 26 due to the Cinderella sneak preview.
  • Soarin' Over California – closed through May 14 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed through October 2.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed indefinitely due to the Frozen Fun overlay.

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).

2015

  • Olaf's Snow Fest – closes on April 30
  • Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – March 1. Details at the Dapper Day website.
  • 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 7–10 (Mother's Day weekend). All events are sold out. Details at the runDisney website.
  • Frozen Fun – closes on May 15
  • 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 3–6. Registration opens February 10. Details at the runDisney website.
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree (unofficial event) – September 18. Details at the Dapper Day website.
  • 2015 Avengers Half Marathon Weekend – November 12–15. Registration opens April 7. Details on the runDisney website.

2016

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

Merchandise Events

Date Event

Fri., Feb. 13

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Liana Hee, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 14

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Nidhi Chanani, Liana Hee, Jerrod Maruyama and Miss Mindy, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Off the PageArtist Showcase with Guy Vasilovich, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Liana Hee, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 15

Off the PageArtist Showcase with Guy Vasilovich, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 20

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Liana Hee, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 21

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Liana Hee, 6–10 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 27

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Liana Hee, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 28

DisneyanaBook Signing with Bobby Burgess, 9–11 a.m.

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Nidhi Chanani, 1–4 p.m.

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Liana Hee, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 1

Wonderground GalleryArtist Showcase with Nidhi Chanani, 1–4 p.m.


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.

Spring 2015 SoCal Resident Discount Ticket

The 2-Day So Cal Resident 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 May 21. 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 cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $139 for ages 3 and up, a $10 jump from the 2014 offer.

You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper for an additional $39, which allows entry to both parks on both days, a savings of up to $39 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until May 21 to use the second admission. The ticket is blocked out March 20 through April 4, and expires May 21.
 

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.

Spring 2015 SoCal Resident Discount Ticket

The 3-Day So Cal Resident 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 two additional visits to either park on or before May 21. You can use all three 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 cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $169 for ages 3 and up.

You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day. The three-day park hopper ticket is $208.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and have until May 21 to use the second and third admission. The ticket is blocked out March 20 through April 4, and expires May 21.

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 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.

2015 Southern California CityPASS $334/$291

 

2015 Southern California CityPASS ($334/$291) – 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 June 2, 2015. 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.

When you purchase the CityPASS, you have the option of adding a one-day admission to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park for an extra $36/$28; and/or a one-day admission to LEGOLAND California for $59/$55. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website

Prices listed above are valid until June 2, 2015

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, 2015. All other passholders receive a 10% merchandise discount. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.

Guided Tours – 15% off the regular price of 6 guided tours – Walt in Walt's Footsteps; Cultivating the Magic; Discover the Magic; Happiest Haunts; Welcome to Disneyland; and Holiday Time at Disneyland. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.

Dining – 10-15% off at a variety of Disneyland Resort locations, including Disney-owned and independent restaurants. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.


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 through February 12
  • Save up to 20 percent on Disneyland Resort Hotels stays February 13 through March 26

You must book by February 12 and complete your travel by March 26. 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 U.S. military

See "2014–2015 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket ($132)" above.

Discounts for Southern California residents

Spring 2015 ticket discount for Southern California residents

Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks multiple days before May 21 for as little as $139 using a new discounted ticket that went on sale last week. There are four different tickets available, offering two or three days of admission, with or without park-hopping privileges.

The 2-Day So Cal Resident 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 May 21.

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 cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $139 for ages 3 and up, a $10 jump from the 2014 offer. You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper for an additional $39, which allows entry to both parks on both days, a savings of up to $39 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

For 2015, there is also a 3-Day 1-Park per Day option ($169) and a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket ($208) in the promotion. If you can use all three admissions and don't care about park hopping, the 3-day, 1-park per day ticket is the best deal, and represents a savings of up to $57 per person.

  • 2-day, 1-park per day – $139
  • 2-day Park Hopper – $178
  • 3-day, 1-park per day – $169
  • 3-day Park Hopper – $208

You can purchase tickets either online at Disneyland.com and print them at home, or at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. You can also purchase them at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores.

If purchased in advance of arrival, the three-day tickets include one Magic Morning admission. This benefit does not come with tickets purchased at the theme park ticket booths, so make sure to order online and print at home before you arrive. If you purchase at a participating third party ticket outlet, double-check that their 3-day tickets come with this feature.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until May 21 to use the second (or third) admission.

All four versions of this discounted ticket are blocked out March 20 through April 4, and expire May 21.

While Disney states that proof of residency is 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 such 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:

  • Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission.
  • Tickets expire May 21, 2015.
  • 2-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket is valid for admission for two (2) days to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park, but not to both parks on the same day.
  • 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket with Magic Morning is valid for admission for three (3) days to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park, but not to both parks on the same day.
  • 2-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket is valid for admission for two (2) days to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventurepark on the same day.
  • 3-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket with Magic Morning is valid for admission for three (3) days to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park on the same day.
  • Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.
  • Last day of use is May 21, 2015.
  • Blockout days of March 20, 2015 through April 4, 2015 apply.
  • May purchase up to 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 ticket discounts or promotions.
  • Tickets not valid before January 7, 2015.
  • Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.
Magic Morning Early Admission:
  • Magic Morning admission allows admission into selected attractions at Disneyland Park before the park opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
  • Each Guest must have valid, eligible theme park admission.
  • Disneyland Resort Hotel guest Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guess admission into select attractions at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure Park on Sunday, Monday Wednesday and Friday before the applicable park opens to the general public.
  • Upon hotel check-in, guests will receive a schedule or be informed of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card.
  • To enhance the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour experience, it is strongly recommended that Guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening.
  • Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour admissions are based on availability and capacity.
  • Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores and restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice.
  • Subject to restrictions and cancellation.

 

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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
  • EA – 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
2/8 2/9 2/10 2/11 2/12 2/13 2/14

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
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: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

2/15 2/16 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/20 2/21

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 9a-11p
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-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

2/22 2/23 2/24 2/25 2/26 2/27 2/28

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: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

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

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: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
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:
SL/SC

Events: None

3/8 3/9 3/10 3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

3/15 3/16 3/17 3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
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-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

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

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