Disneyland Resort Update

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for March 30 – April 5, 2015

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News and Views

Counting to 60 | Fantasmic Dessert Party at Hungry Bear cancelled | Disney Cruise Line launches new placeholder booking policy | The Egg-stravaganza experience | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Counting to 60

As Disneyland counts down the weeks to its 60th anniversary celebration, the Resort Enhancement team is busy covering Sleeping Beauty Castle with sparking accents. The fabric pennants in front of the castle were replaced last week with silver and blue banners that match the bunting festooned across the towers and parapets. New toppers have appeared on several towers, including two large diamond prisms on the front.


Sleeping Beauty Castle is being decorated for Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Sparkling blue banners match the bunting on the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The first of what are sure to be many merchandise events for the 60th anniversary was announced last week, and has already sold out. The Diamond Celebration Merchandise Event was offered at $100 per person, and included the first opportunity to purchase commemorative merchandise from a 53-page catalog of items designed for the anniversary. Some items were one-of-a-kind editions created for the event, but the majority of products may be available at Disneyland Resort shops after the event.


A side view of Sleeping Beauty Castle shows off the new decorations added in the past week. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The front towers of Sleeping Beauty Castle are topped with new diamond structures. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

More details of the 60th anniversary celebration are expected on the week of April 14, during a media update at the Disneyland Resort.

Fantasmic Dessert Party at Hungry Bear cancelled

When the Hungry Bear Restaurant reopens in Critter Country next week, one major offering leaves the menu. Last week, Disneyland informed cast members that the Fantasmic Dessert Party will no longer be offered.

The $30 dessert package included a plated dessert assortment, live entertainment, and a separate reserved viewing area for Fantasmic on the dock of the former Keel Boat attraction.

The Fantasmic dining package at the Blue Bayou restaurant and the River Belle Terrace restaurant, as well as the Fantasmic On the Go meal at Aladdin's Oasis are all still available. You can read about these other offerings in the Fantasmic Fastpass article on MousePlanet.

Disney Cruise Line launches new placeholder booking policy

Mary Kraemer from Escapade Adventures just shared one of the most welcome policy changes I've seen come from Disney Cruise Line in a while. Effective immediately, passengers on Disney Cruise Line trips can take advantage of the then-current onboard rebooking offer without having to select a sailing date at the time of rebooking.

In the past, to take advantage of the onboard rebooking offers, passengers had to select an actual ship and sailing date right then and there. Many, many people just chose a random date as far in the future as allowed to book a "placeholder" cruise, then moved the reservation to their actual sail date once they decided when and where they really wanted to go.

This wrecked absolute havoc with Disney inventory, and artificially altered the pricing of some cruises for passengers who really wanted to sail. According to travel agents I've spoken with, the final few sailings of each booking window often looked almost completely full, because so many people had parked their placeholder on those dates to leave themselves the most flexibility. Disney's demand-based pricing would then bump fares on those "popular" cruises, resulting in higher fares for people who really wanted to book those sailings. As people moved their placeholders out of those sailings, previously "full" cruises suddenly had excess capacity, and no good way to fill it at the prevailing rate.

Now passengers can just make a deposit for a future cruise without choosing an actual date, which should dramatically reduce the amount of reservation changes and related inventory and pricing issues caused by the old process. A deposit of $200 per person is required to make a no-date placeholder.

Mary notes that there are no other changes to the current onboard offer policies, including the number of bookings allowed or the need to complete travel within 24 months from the date the reservation is booked. It's still not the "voucher" system used by other cruise lines, but it's a major step forward for Disney.

Passengers can still tell the Disney Cruise Line onboard sales manager that they would like the booking to go through their own travel agent, allowing that agent to coordinate that cruise. If you do not do so at the time you make the placeholder, Disney considers it to be an "in-house" or direct reservation, and your travel agent has no access to your reservation information and cannot help with cruise-related issues. You can move the reservation to your personal travel agent within 30 days by filing a request with Disney Cruise Line, but it can be a hassle do do so. Be sure to check with your travel agent for the information needed to make a future cruise reservation while on board, so you don't have to jump through additional hoops after your vacation.

The Egg-stravaganza experience

The 2015 Egg-stravaganza opened at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this weekend. A dozen oversized eggs decorated with images of Disney characters are hidden throughout each theme park, and egg hunters are challenged to find them all, using a special map sold at selected locations.


The Egg-stravaganza map provides clues to the location of the 12 decorated eggs hidden in each theme park. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The maps are $4.95 plus tax, and no discounts apply. Maps are sold in Disney California Adventure at the Disney Jr. kiosk, Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios, and Treasures in Paradise. Disneyland locations include Disneyana, Disney Showcase, Fairy Tale Treasures, Little Green Men Store Command, Pieces of Eight, Pioneer Mercantile, and Stromboli’s cart.


Thumper is one of 24 eggs hidden inside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Each map comes with 12 coordinating stickers to place in the corresponding spots on the map as the eggs are located. Once complete, participants return the map to a redemption location to claim their prize—one of a dozen different two-inch-tall "eggs," featuring all-new characters for the 2015 promotion. Redemption centers are located at Elias & Company at Disney California Adventure and Disney Showcase in Disneyland.


The Goofy egg is hidden on a window ledge in Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you are only in it for the eggs, you need not complete the egg hunt to claim your prize—just buy your map at a redemption center and receive one egg. To complete set of the six egg designs, just purchase six maps, and the cast members will give you a bag containing one of each egg.


An egg decorated as Lightning McQueen sits alongside the Radiator Springs Racers track. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Cast members help egg hunters redeem their completed maps. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that...

...Our partners at TouringPlans.com say to expect the largest spring break crowds this week.

...Innoventions is scheduled to close today (Tuesday, March 31), but the Meet ASIMO experience quietly closed ahead of schedule last week. There is still no official word what Disney plans to do with the space.

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Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10 / 10
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10 / 10
Thursday, April 2, 2015 10 / 10
Friday, April 3, 2015 10 / 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

  • Starcade – closed; reopening date unknown. Originally scheduled to reopen March 1.
  • Captain EO – closed; reopening date unknown.
  • Peter Pan's Flight – closed for renovation; reopening date unknown, but not before May 2.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant – closed through April 3 for refurbishment.
  • Innoventions – closes March 31. Meet ASIMO is already closed.
  • Magic Eye Theater – scheduled to reopen Friday, April 10, possibly for a new movie preview.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed April 20 through May 1 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through May 16 for refurbishment.


The desert landscaping at the entrance to Condor Flats is being reworked to blend with the new Grizzly Peak theme. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney California Adventure

  • Fly 'n' Buy – closed through at least April 19 for refurbishment. Was to have reopened March 13.
  • Soarin' Over California – closed through May 14 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed through October 2.
  • Luigi's Flying Tires – closed. Ride to be removed and replaced. Reopening date unknown.
  • 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
  • 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. All events are sold out. Details at the runDisney website.
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree (unofficial event) – September 18. Details at the Dapper Day website.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland – October 2–4. (Unofficial event) More information on the event website.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 15-16. Expect unusually large attendance levels October 16–20 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.
  • 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.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 20–21.

Merchandise Events

Date Event
Fri., April 3

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., April 4

WonderGround GalleryArtist Showcase with Urban Octopus, 2–5 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., April 5

WonderGround GalleryArtist Showcase with Urban Octopus, 2–5 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Fri., April 10

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., April 11

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., April 12

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Fri., April 17

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., April 18

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

WonderGround GalleryArtist Showcase with J. Scott Campbell, 7–9 p.m.

Sun., April 19

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Fri., April 24

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., April 25

WonderGround GalleryArtist Showcase with Urban Octopus, 2–5 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., April 26

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Matt Spangler, 6–10 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 February 2015.

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 $99/$93

One Day Park Hopper – Regularly $155/$149

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 $185/$172

Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $225/$212

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 $235/$224

Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $275/$264

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 $260/$245

Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $300/$285

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 $275/$259

Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $315/$299

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 ($1,099) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking.
  • Premium Annual Passport ($779) – includes parking.
  • Deluxe Annual Passport ($549)
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($389) – renewal only, not currently available for new purchase
  • Southern California Select Annual Passport ($299)
  • Parking Add On ($169) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes; blocked out July 4 and December 31. Renewal only, not currently available for new purchase
  • 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 Adventure park 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
3/29 3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4

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: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
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

4/5 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18

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: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

4/19 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25

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: 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-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

4/26 4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30 5/1 5/2

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
1
AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
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: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-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

  1. By candles71

    OK, can someone explain the difference between Olaf's Snow Fun and Frozen Fun? They have separate closing dates, wondering which aspects are closing when. Thanks.

  2. By MidwayManiac

    I think Olaf's snow fun is that little area wedged between Monsters Inc and the Muppet Theater. I haven't been in there so take this with a grain of salt. From what I understand there are 2 goings on at Olaf's. 1. A snow/ play area thing with a bunny slope type slide or some such and there is a queue for this. 2. A Olaf meet and greet with waits typically 60 minutes to 90 minutes, the one saving grace is they give you a pager not unlike the type at a restaurant so you can hang around and do whatever instead of stand in line.

    'Frozen Fun' is the overarching title given all the events (Anna Elsa meet greet, sing along, dance party, Olaf's, AA Frozen drawings which hopefully end soon) and there's even Frozen Fun signage at the entrance to Frozen land.

  3. By Saratoga75

    Refurbishment schedule additions.

    Disneyland
    Haunted Mansion - May 4 through May 8
    Space Mountain - May 6

  4. By lifeisgood

    From the refurb section:
    "Magic Eye Theater – scheduled to reopen Friday, April 10, possibly for a new movie preview."

    The Disney Parks Blog posted last week about a Tomorrowland movie sneak peek.

    From the blog post:
    "For a limited time, a sneak peek of “Tomorrowland” will be presented with special in-theater effects at the Imagination Pavilion theater at Epcot and the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland park....
    The Disney Parks-exclusive “Tomorrowland” sneak peek begins in mid-April at Epcot and Disneyland park."

    I'm assuming the "Tomorrowland Theater" they mention is the Magic Eye Theater. (Unless they're putting in a new theater in Innoventions...that will open in less than 2 weeks...with a loop. )

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