Disneyland Resort Update

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for May 11 – 17, 2015

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News and Views

Haunted Mansion: Hatbox Ghost in, original pet cemetery out | Frozen Fever melts away, but Olaf and friends to stick around | Diamond Anniversary photo ops and the Word of the Day? | Lenore Moreno sets new course record at 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Haunted Mansion: Hatbox Ghost in, original pet cemetery out

One of the original Happy Haunts has reappeared at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. The Hatbox Ghost debuted Saturday morning, with large crowds in attendance to see the return of a figure some considered to be an urban legend. Disney was clearly expecting strong interest in the new ghost, and opened Fastpass service for the weekend. Once the Fastpass tickets were gone, the wait time swelled to as much as 75 minutes.


Disneyland takes the unusual step of opening Fastpass for the Haunted Mansion during a non-holiday period to accommodate crowds who turn out for the return of the Hatbox Ghost. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

ThemeParkHD posted a good video of the elusive specter (see below). For those who want information without spoilers, the Hatbox Ghost is located after the bride, on the right as you transition from the attic to the graveyard scene. This is a new space created where there was previously no show scene. It's impossible to miss him. and you should be able to see the effect in the time your buggy is in front of his location.


YouTube video by ThemeParkHD.

MousePlanet columnist David Koenig writes that even as the Hatbox Ghost has reappeared at the mansion, another longtime feature might be disappearing:

The scuttlebutt among cast members is that Walt Disney Imagineering has been eyeing the attraction's original pet cemetery, which is located on the north backstage side of the building.

The cemetery is the final resting place of Stripey the skunk, Bully the bullfrog, Big Jake the dog, and Miss Kitty the cat.

Most guests, apart from those who are "backdoored" around the side of the building, don't even know it exists.

Team Disney Anaheim considers the area "dead space." So, WDI is considering demolishing the cemetery in order to make it a parking lot for guest ECVs.

The pet graveyard, admitted one cast member, "is not much, but it is something guests often ask about and request to see," adding that "it is part of the Mansion's history."

The area was originally built about 35 years ago. In 1993, a larger pet cemetery was added on-stage, in front of the Mansion.

Frozen Fever melts away, but Olaf and friends to stick around

Frozen fans can still get their fix in the "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" in the Crown Jewel Theatre. The show remains on the entertainment schedule after the official end of Frozen Fun, and Disney has made no announcement about an end of the show.

You can still meet Olaf in Hollywood Land after Frozen Fun officially ends. The meet-and-greet is scheduled from park opening until 5:00 p.m. daily through Saturday, June 13, the last date for which detailed entertainment schedules were available as of press time. Likewise, Anna & Elsa's Royal Welcome continues in the Animation Building. Fastpass is used for both meet-and-greet experiences, so be sure to grab one before you start your day.

Diamond Anniversary photo ops and the Word of the Day?

Last month, Disneyland announced the Diamond Days Sweepstakes, a promotion tied to the park's 60th anniversary celebration. The contest offers daily and weekly prizes, including: VIP tours; a replica Cinderella slipper topped with a diamond and topaz pendant; invitations to private events like a tailgate party in Cars Land; or even a 1-carat, custom-engraved diamond gemstone, along with an overnight stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite.


Another layer of fabric draping decorates the towers of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney provided no details about how to enter the contest, but we think we have an inkling. Disney is set to install "word of the day" signs at each of the theme park entrance locations:

  • One in Downtown Disney (where the Monorail provides entrance to Disneyland)
  • One at the Grand Californian Hotel (which has an entrance gate to Disney California Adventure)
  • One in the Esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure


New banners decorate light poles on Main Street, U.S.A. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

When the contest website was first published, it read that visitors "must be present on the Disneyland Resort premises" to enter or win the prizes. That language has since been removed, but we're guessing that Disney will use this "word of the day" as part of the entry process. You may be required to submit the word via email, text message, or tweet (Twitter message) to enter, and will be notified if you are randomly selected as the winner. Or maybe a new version of the Dream Squad will approach random visitors in the parks or hotels and award prizes if they can produce the word of the day on request. Either way, the "on the Disneyland Resort premises" requirement prevents people from entering the contest from their home in the other side of the country as soon as the word of the day is shared via social media.


Banners decorate the back of Sleeping Beauty Castle for the 60th Anniversary celebration. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disney says that all details and official rules will be announced on Friday, May 22, but also that "specific prizes to be awarded in the weekly sweepstakes will be announced online the preceding week," so we may know more by this Friday (May 15). One thing that hasn't changed is the eligibility requirements—the contest is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C., Mexico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are the age of majority as of date of entry.


Blue and white bunting festoons Main Street, U.S.A. for the 60th Anniversary celebration. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Along with the three word of the day signs, Disney is also set to install a handful of 60th Anniversary photo spots around the resort. So far, we know of these locations for photo spots:

  • California Screamin'
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Grizzly River Run

Lenore Moreno sets new course record at 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

With a finish time of 1:15:55, Southern Californian Lenore Moreno (from West Covina) not only won yesterday's 13.1-mile Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland, but she also shattered the course record (of 1:24:11) by over 8 minutes. [This comes out to a pace of roughly 5:47 per mile.]

"Just being inside Disneyland, I think that's what gave me that push and helped me to forget about how long this half marathon was and just to enjoy the moment," Moreno said. "I couldn't have done it anywhere else. Passing under that castle was just magical."

Topping the field of 13,000 runners was second-place finisher Ann Mazur of Charlottesville, Virginia, who finished in 1:24:10. Right at her heels was Anne-Marie Nuno of Irvine, California, who came in third at 1:24:21.


Hannah, Lonna, and Melissa from Team Muscle Makers stop by the Team MousePlanet cheer station during the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Although individual male runners are not eligible for prizes in the women-focused event, Michael Long (34) of London, England, was the fastest male finisher, crossing in 1:21:27.

Kellie Nickerson (29) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the 6.2-mile Tinker Bell 10K, finishing in 39:37. Nickerson took first place in the inaugural half-marathon event in 2012. Staci Foster (26) also of Albuquerque, took second place in 41:55. Edith Martinez (47) of Brea, California, took third place with a time of 42:34.

For the men, Kris Przeor (36) of Chandler, Arizona was first in the Tinker Bell 10K with a time of 38:01. Bryant Larson (14)  finished in second place with a time of 38:08. Third place went to Brandon Shuck (16) of Mountain View, California.

Race results are available on the runDisney website, so you can check your official time.

The 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend also featured the Inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge, which combined the 10K and Half Marathon events. Disney has released the results of that challenge, but there was not a separate prize in that category. An estimated 32,000 runners competed in the weekend events, which also included a (3.1-mile) Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races.


Team MousePlanet volunteers pass out licorice to runners during the 2015. Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Special thanks to Jen and Jenny who helped staff our Team MousePlanet Cheer Station at mile 8.5. The station provided over 60 pounds of Red Vine licorice, and loads of support and inspiration to the more than 13,000 runners and walkers in the half-marathon.

This and that...

...LIVE with Kelly and Michael is filming at Disneyland May 17–19. The duo is taping five shows, scheduled to air May 18–20. Tickets for the shows are available from the Kelly and Michael website. Sunday's two shows are sold out, but two shows tape on Monday (7:30 and 10:00 a.m.), and one on Tuesday (7:30 a.m.)

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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, May 12, 2015 5 / 10
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5 / 10
Thursday, May 14, 2015 4 / 10
Friday, May 15, 2015 7 / 10
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 / 10
Sunday, May 17, 2015 8 / 10
 

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  • Saturday is the last day to catch the Frozen Fun events at DCA.

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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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  • Captain EO – closed; reopening date unknown.
  • Innoventions – closed; reopening date unknown.
  • Starcade – closed for renovation; reopening date now TBD.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed through May 22 for refurbishment.
  • Peter Pan's Flight –closed through July 1 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Fly 'n' Buy – closed for refurbishment. Reopens on May 15 as Humphrey's Service & Supplies
  • Soarin' Over California – closed through May 14 for refurbishment.
  • Blue Sky Cellar –reopening date now TBD.
  • 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

  • Frozen Fun – closes on May 15.
  • Grad Nite events – This party for high school seniors graduating in 2015 will be held on these dates: May 13, 15, 16, 18, 26, 27, 29, 30; June 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19. The 2015 event includes admission to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disney California Adventure park from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Bats Day weekend (unofficial event) – May 29-31. Details at the event website.
  • 2015 Paint Your Way To Miracles and Magic – Saturday, June 27. Registration now open at the event website.
  • 2015 Taste of Downtown Disney District – Thursday, August 13 from 5:30 - 10:00. Tickets information to be announced at the event website.
  • D23 Expo – August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets available on the event website.
  • 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.
  • 2015 CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 11 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration is now open via the event website. MousePlanet readers, friends and family are invited to register with Team MousePlanet and walk with our group.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 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. Most events are sold out, but space remains in the half marathon race. 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.

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.

Merchandise Events

Date Event
Sat., May 16

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Hero Handmade Goods, 1–4 p.m.

Sun., May 17

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Hero Handmade Goods, 1–4 p.m.

Fri., May 22

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Gregg Visintainer, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., May 23

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Gregg Visintainer, 6–10 p.m.

Fri., May 29

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Gregg Visintainer, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., May 30

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Gregg Visintainer, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., May 31

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Hero Handmade Goods, 1–4 p.m.

Fri., May 29

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Gregg Visintainer, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., May 30

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Hero Handmade Goods, 1–4 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence, Featuring Gregg Visintainer, 6–10 p.m.

Sun., May 31

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Hero Handmade Goods, 1–4 p.m.


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 Backpack for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.
  • Disneyland Pin Trading Starter Set 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. 2015 dates: May 13, 15, 16, 18, 26, 27, 29, 30; June 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19.
  • MA – MouseAdventure (www.mouseadventure.com)
  • MHP – Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland
5/10 5/11 5/12 5/13 5/14 5/15 5/16

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 9a-7:30p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-7:30p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN

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: GN

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN

5/17 5/18 5/19 5/20 5/21 5/22 5/23

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: GN

DL: 8a-7:30p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-6p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 6a-6a
None

DCA: 6a-6p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

5/24 5/25 5/26 5/27 5/28 5/29 5/30

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

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: GN

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN

5/31 6/1 6/2 6/3 6/4 6/5 6/6

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: GN

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: GN

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN

6/7 6/8 6/9 6/10 6/11 6/12 6/13

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: GN

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN

6/14 6/15 6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: GN

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: GN

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN

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 Disneylandfanguy

    "MousePlanet columnist David Koenig writes that even as the Hatbox Ghost has reappeared at the mansion, another longtime feature might be disappearing"

    This news is a shame yes, but is it not important to have space for guests with EVCs? I swear, no matter what the park does, they just can't win in the eyes of the Internet watchdogs. This is rather inconsequential news in the grand scheme of things. This is something that most guests have never seen, or even know exists.

    Do people ever stop to think about all of the major changes that the park has gone through before their lifetimes?

  2. By danyoung

    I appreciated the video of the Hatbox Ghost, but I had to crack up at the cell phones in the next 2 doombuggies that were also recording. I'm guessing that for at least that one day the HG was the most photographed and videoed figure on the planet!

  3. By Drince88

    Is the regular queue usually so short it doesn't go past the pet cemetery? Because yesterday the FP return and standby lines went past it. Sunday at about 4:00pm, FP was good for 4:50 and standby line was 50 minutes long.

  4. By danyoung

    I think the cemetery they're talking about is different from the one that's out front and part of the regular queue.

  5. By candles71

    Quote Originally Posted by Drince88 View Post
    Is the regular queue usually so short it doesn't go past the pet cemetery? Because yesterday the FP return and standby lines went past it. Sunday at about 4:00pm, FP was good for 4:50 and standby line was 50 minutes long.

    Yes. Usually when we go, the only line is from the gate straight to the steps and in the door. NBC is usually the only time we ever queue into the rest of the line. We had a small line a few weeks ago, but it was a weekend, we only used one switchback before going to the porch.
    The one in the article would be around the exit somewhere.

  6. By Jimbo996

    When the backstage area for the pet cemetery is converted into an on-stage area for guest ECVs, will this mean the disabled will be "backdoored" into the Haunted Mansion from this point on? I'm all for efficiency. I just don't see the point of preserving a backstage pet cemetery. It is a park oddity. How about a compromise? Pave over the pet cemetery and just park the ECVs on top of the dead pets. Or create a wall mausoleum for each dead pet so the guests park at the dead pet spaces.

  7. By AnotherJenny

    The Avengers half actually hasn't sold out yet. It's at 72% and had the second price increase last week.

  8. By sjhanksaz

    No more TouringPlans crowd forecast in the update?

  9. By stan4d_steph

    Quote Originally Posted by sjhanksaz View Post
    No more TouringPlans crowd forecast in the update?

    We received it after the article was published. It will be added in soon.

  10. By cstephens

    Quote Originally Posted by Drince88 View Post
    Is the regular queue usually so short it doesn't go past the pet cemetery? Because yesterday the FP return and standby lines went past it. Sunday at about 4:00pm, FP was good for 4:50 and standby line was 50 minutes long.

    The regular line does usually go past the "pet cemetery" out front, but that's not what's being referred to in the article. There is an actual pet cemetery to the right of the Haunted Mansion. You used to go past it if you were with someone using a wheelchair because there's a door back there that lets you into the waiting room. Since the ramps have been installed, you don't have to go back there anymore. If you know about the pet cemetery, you can ask to see it, and if a cast member is available and willing, they would take you back there.

    ETA: I found AVP's article about the real pet cemetery.

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