Disneyland Resort Update for July 21 - 26, 2015

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for July 21 – 26, 2015

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Disney Legends, 100,000 cupcakes and a $60,000 donation cap Disneyland's Diamond Celebration | Dates and details for Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party | New Disneyland Resort Hotel offer | 2015 Taste of Downtown Disney benefitting CHOC Childrens – August 13, 2015 | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Disney Legends, 100,000 cupcakes and a $60,000 donation cap Disneyland's Diamond Celebration

Disney Legend Richard Sherman was on hand last Friday as Disneyland marked the park's 60th anniversary. Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier hosted a short ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, which featured a performance by Sherman and singer Ashley Brown.


Disney Legend Richard Sherman and singer Ashley Brown, who plays Mary Poppins in the Broadway production, perform during Disneyland's 60th Anniversary celebration. YouTube video by Mark Eades, ocregister.com.

 

Some spectators noted they would have preferred Colglazier to individually introduce the Disney Legends present in the audience, including Dick Van Dyke and Marty Sklar, rather than just mentioning them as a group.

 


Mickey Mouse and his friends celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland park during a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle featuring Academy Award-winning composer, Richard Sherman and Broadway actress and singer Ashley Brown, in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday, July 17. Photo © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort.

Disney used the ceremony to announce its new Million Dollar Dazzle corporate philanthropy campaign. During the Diamond Anniversary Celebration, Disney will award $60,000 gifts to local nonprofit organizations that "exemplify Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' Better Together philosophy." The first such donation was awarded to the Girl Scouts of Orange County.


Disneyland Resort president Michael Colglazier, Richard Sherman, Ashley Brown and Mickey Mouse celebrated Disneyland's 60th anniversary during a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort.

Some of the earliest Disneyland employees were honored in a special cavalcade before the afternoon performance of Mickey's Soundsational Parade. The procession included:


Ron Dominguez (left in car) and Bob Penfield (right in car) are honored at Disneyland for being among the park's first employees in 1955. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Ron Dominguez, who lived on 10 acres of the land that would become Disneyland, and worked at the park on opening day. Dominguez would later become the executive vice president of Walt Disney Attractions, and a Disney Legend.
  • Bob Penfield, the last member of "Club 55" to retire from Disney. Penfield was a Disneyland project manager, and helped with the construction of Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.


Disney Legends Marty Sklar (facing camera) and Bob Gurr are honored at a parade on Disneyland's 60th anniversary. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador. Sklar was hired to create the The Disneyland News for Disneyland's grand opening.
  • Bob Gurr, Imagineer and Disney Legend who designed many of the ride vehicles for Disneyland, including the Disneyland Monorail.


Disney Legends Tom Nabbe (facing camera) and Bill Sullivan are honored as part of Disneyland's "Club 55" during the park's 60th Anniversary. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Tom Nabbe, who began his Disney career at age 12, selling newspapers on Main Street, U.S.A.. Nabbe retired from Disney in 2003 after working in Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World, and was named a Disney Legend in 2005.
  • Bill Sullivan, who turned a summer job as a ticket taker to a career with Disney that saw him named vice president of the Magic Kingdom. Sullivan was named a Disney Legend in 2005.


Jack Lindquist and Dick Nunis are among the original Disneyland employees honored during the park's 60th anniversary. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Jack Lindquist, marketing guru who oversaw projects at Disney theme parks around the world before being named Disneyland's president in 1990. Lindquist is a Disney Legend, and has a window on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Bill Nunis, who oversaw many of the training programs for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Nunis ended his Disney career in 1999 as chairman of Walt Disney Attractions.


Carnation Cafe chef Oscar Martinez (front passenger seat) is among the cast members who participated in a processional honoring original Disneyland cast members from 1955. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

  • Harold Christopher

While Disneyland did not reach capacity on the anniversary, the park was noticeable busy, with many visitors accepting Disney's invitation to dress up for the occasion. Copies of a special 60th anniversary issue of The Orange County Register were distributed to the early arrivals, along with "I Was There" buttons.


Free anniversary souvenirs included a special edition of the Disneyland guide map, an "I Was There" button, and a copy of a special edition of The Orange County Register. Photo by Adrienne Krock.


Disney fan Nicole ordered fabric printed with the Disneyland anniversary logo for a dress to wear on the anniversary day. Photo by Adrienne Krock.

Disney set up special photo opportunities throughout the park for the anniversary, recreating scenes from Disneyland days of old. Disneyland also prepared over 100,000 cupcakes to serve to visitors in both theme parks and at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels as part of the celebration.


A Disneyland stagecoach was one of the special photo opportunities set up on July 17 for Disneyland's 60th anniversary. Photo by Katie Metzger.


One photo backdrop let visitors pose in a scene from vintage Fantasyland. Photo by Katie Metzger.


The Tomorrowland photo backdrop presented a scene from Disneyland's vision of 1986. Photo by Katie Metzger.

Dates and details for Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party

Disneyland is expanding Mickey's Halloween Party to 17 nights this year, and celebrating Halloween Time September 11 through November 1, according to last week's much-anticipated announcement.

Halloween Time – Friday, September 11 through Sunday, November 1

Halloween Time will feature nightly performances of the Paint the Night Parade and the Disneyland Forever fireworks show, which is great news for those who are planning fall trips to Disneyland. The bad news is that there will be 17 Mickey's Halloween Party nights during that period, which means Disneyland closes early to the public for the special event. World of Color – Celebrate will also be presented nightly through Halloween Time, so visitors who aren't attending the Halloween Party on a given night have something new to see in Disney California Adventure.

Disney has also mentioned the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and confirmed that the Hatbox Ghost will remain in the Haunted Mansion during the overlay. There was no specific confirmation whether the Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Carnival is returning this year, and it is not mentioned on Disneyland's Halloween Time website.

Mickey's Halloween Party

This after-hours event takes place on 17 nights this year, and requires a separate event ticket to attend. The special event includes trick-or-treat stations, themed entertainment, a performance of the event-exclusive Halloween Screams fireworks, and a performance of the new Paint the Night parade. Mickey's Halloween Cavalcade will not be presented this year.

Prices jumped quite a bit this year, with Halloween night tickets now $84, up from $77 in 2014, and the least-expensive advance purchase ticket available with an annual passholder discount now $63, up from $56 last year. The addition of three more event dates coupled with the $7 across-the-board price hike is no surprise given that all of the 2014 events sold out by the first week of October.

In a discussion on our MousePad forums, I wrote that I suspect Disney has realized that some locals are taking advantage of the three-hour "early" admission offered on party nights, and are using the party as their semi-annual trip to Disneyland. Someone planning to visit on Halloween day this year has the choice between buying a one-day ticket valid from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (11 hours) for $99, or a Halloween Party ticket, valid from 4 p.m. to midnight (8 hours) for $84. Going the party route offers a slightly higher cost per hour, but a lower absolute price, smaller crowds, and access to exclusive Halloween entertainment.

The math is much more favorable on weeknights, when the choice is a $99 ticket valid for 10 hours, or a $77 event ticket valid for 8. If I were not a passholder and wanted to take my children for a special day at Disneyland, the Halloween event would an attractive option.

I also believe some vacation planners are buying a shorter multi-day pass for their Halloween Time visits, and adding a Halloween party ticket for the extra day. If I were planning a four-day trip to Disneyland, and wanted to go to the Halloween party, I might buy a three-day ticket and the Halloween party ticket. That's a $25 savings per ticket, which adds up for a family. I might use that extra money to book a character breakfast, and spend the morning in Downtown Disney or at the pool before going in for the party.

Advance purchase tickets for the Halloween Party go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22 for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders, and Disney Vacation Club members. Passholders can purchase tickets online by logging into their account on the Disneyland website. DVC members and Disney Visa cardholders can purchase by calling (714) 781-4400, or in person at a Disneyland Resort ticket booth.

Dates and prices are as follows:

  • ADV – Advance purchase discount for general public
  • AP – Discounted price for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders
  • GATE – Day of event price
          9/25 9/26
         

7p.m. to midnight

ADV: $69
AP: $69
GATE: $77

 
9/27 9/28 9/29 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/3

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

7p.m. to midnight

ADV: $77
AP: $77
GATE: $77

 
10/4 10/5 10/6 10/7 10/8 10/9 10/10

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

7p.m. to midnight

ADV: $77
AP: $77
GATE: $77

 
10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

7p.m. to midnight

ADV: $77
AP: $77
GATE: $77

 
10/18 10/19 10/20 10/21 10/22 10/23 10/24

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

   

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $77
AP: $77
GATE: $77

7p.m. to midnight

ADV: $77
AP: $77
GATE: $77

 
10/25 10/26 10/27 10/28 10/29 10/30 10/31

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $69
AP: $63
GATE: $77

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $77
AP: $77
GATE: $77

 

6p.m. to 11p.m.

ADV: $84
AP: $84
GATE: $84

 

7p.m. to midnight

ADV: $84
AP: $84
GATE: $84

With no Annual Passholder or discounts offered for any of the Friday events this year, it's hard to guess which nights may sell out first. The October 9 event (CHOC Walk weekend), and the October 16 event (UEA school break) will probably sell out earliest. Halloween is a Saturday night this year, and will be very popular despite the premium.

We strongly recommend that you buy your event tickets as soon as you pick a date and avoid any disappointment. Disney does not post warnings when event dates are reaching capacity, and every year readers get caught off guard when their chosen date sells out before they can get tickets.

New Disneyland Resort hotel offer

Disneyland has released a new hotel offer, with discounts of up to 20 percent on weekday stays August 16 through September 24. Now that dates for Halloween Time and Mickey's Halloween Party are confirmed, the available rooms will likely book quickly. You must book by September 3, and travel must be completed by September 25, 2015.

Discounts are valid for select rooms most Sunday through Thursday nights from August 16, 2015 to September 24, 2015.

  • Save 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel.
  • Save 15 percent on standard rooms at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel.
  • Save 10 percent on standard and premium rooms at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.

Important Details

  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types.
  • Not valid on previously booked rooms.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Subject to availability, as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Excludes applicable fees and taxes.
  • Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room.
  • Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
  • Separate theme park admission required to enjoy the parks.

Call your travel agent, or call (714) 520-6425 to book through Disney.

2015 Taste of Downtown Disney benefitting CHOC Childrens – August 13, 2015

CHOC has released details of the 2015 Taste of Downtown Disney. The event is Thursday, August 13—the night before the 2015 D23 Expo starts. If you're in town for the Expo, this would be a great way to begin your weekend. Here's my recap from a few years ago. My husband and I have been to every event since then, and have always had a great time.

Join us on Thursday, August 13, 2015 as we taste and savor the flavors of fine cuisine, wine and spirits while enjoying the unique ambiance and flair of the Downtown Disney® District. Top off the evening by indulging in decadent desserts and coffee from La Brea Bakery® Café, Starbucks, Kettle Kingdom and Jamba Juice. Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the evening for your listening pleasure.

Enjoy a reception, tray passed appetizers and select wines, spirits and beer pairings at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, ESPN® Zone, House of Blues®, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen®, WonderGround Gallery, Tortilla Jo's and Earl of Sandwich. The evening ends with savory treats from La Brea Bakery® Café, Starbucks, Kettle Kingdom and smoothies from Jamba Juice.

This year we are excited to offer an exclusive VIP experience from Tortilla Jo's, the Tequila Lounge. The Tortilla Jo's Tequila Lounge is a unique VIP experience for guests who would like to step away and enjoy a sampling of fine chilled tequilas overlooking the Downtown Disney® District. Tickets for the lounge are limited, reserve yours today!

General admission tickets are $85. Tickets for the Tortilla Jo's Tequila Lounge are $200 per person.

Visit www.chocwalk.org or CLICK HERE for more information.

This and that...

...A "Looking for Mickey" quest debuted on July 16, as a limited-time addition to the 60th Anniversary celebration. This event is similar to the Easter Egg-stravaganza offered in the spring. Customers purchase a quest guide at either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, and also receive a pin trading lanyard. The Disneyland version has 20 questions, and is $19.95 plus tax. The DCA version is $12.95, and is $12.95 plus tax. No discounts apply, and there is a limit of two quest guides per person, per park.


Complete the Looking for Mickey quest in Disneyland to receive this 60th anniversary pin lanyard and medallion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Once you complete the quest to find the 20 or 10 hidden Mickeys, return to the redemption center in that park to receive your gift, a lanyard medallion with the anniversary logo. Disneyland's medallion is metal, while the medallion at Disney California Adventure is rubber. The quest guides are available while supplies last, and are expected to sell out this week. Once you have purchased a quest guide, you have until July 31 to redeem your medallion.

...Disney's PCH Grill debuted a new dinner buffet last week, the latest in a series of menu and operational changes for the often-overlooked diner at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. The new offering replaces the a la carte menu, and features dishes like create-your-own seafood stew; fried chicken; Baja-style fish tacos; a carving station. The children's buffet station offers macaroni and cheese, sliders and mini hot dogs. The wood-fired pizza oven is still in use, offering both savory and dessert pizzas, and there is a separate dessert station. The price is $27.99 for adults, and $13.99 ages 3 to 9. The dinner buffet is open 5:30-9 p.m. nightly

...The ESPN Zone has also debuted a new dinner buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. The Kick Off Buffet is $24.99 for adults, $12.49 for children, and available through September 5, 2015. The ESPN Zone website says the buffet offers "Apple Walnut Salad, Build Your Own Burger/Tacos/Nachos Bars, Assorted Wings with dipping sauces, Blackened Whitefish, Assorted Desserts, and more!" Call 714-300-3776 for information.

...The Made with Magic collection expanded last week with the addition of two new Souvenir Sipper cups. The cup sold at select Disneyland locations is molded in the shape of Chernabog, featured in Fantasmic. The Disney California Adventure version is themed to World of Color. Both cups have light-up elements that interact with nighttime shows, including Fantasmic and World of Color, and also the Paint the Night parade, Disneyland Forever fireworks and the Mad T Party.

The cups are $25 each, the base price Disney has established for all Made with Magic merchandise like ear hats, gloves and wands. For an extra $3, you get your choice of fountain drink, frozen lemonade or frozen carbonated beverage.


The Chernabog Souvenir Sipper is available from several Disneyland park locations. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new Souvenir Sipper cups light up and change color during nighttime shows like Fantasmic and World of Color. Photo © Disney.

...Disney has added Audio Description services for the Paint the Night parade, the first time the Resort has used these services in a street parade. Visitors with visual impairments can obtain a handheld device from Guest Relations to use during their visit. The Audio Description service provides a verbal description of the parade floats and accompanying units and performers.

Audio Description is also offered for World of Color – Celebrate and Fantasmic, as well as on 20 attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Handheld Captioning, which uses the same device to display the text of shoes and ride narration, is offered for Fantasmic and World of Color – Celebrate, as well as at 19 attractions. Additional services for visitors with hearing impairments include video or reflective captioning at several attractions, assistive listening systems (audio amplification) at 11 shows and attractions, and sign language interpretation at select live shows.

...Starbucks has released a new collection of mugs and tumblers for Disneyland's 60th Anniversary. The new collection is available at both the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure locations.

...Volunteer registration for the 2015 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend opens today, July 21, at 9:00 a.m. PDT via the runDisney website. The event is November 12 to 15, 2015, and volunteers are needed for shifts Thursday through Sunday. Volunteers who work their scheduled shift(s) and meet Disney's Code of Conduct can receive a one-day Disneyland Resort park hopper ticket. Visit the runDisney website for more information and to sign up.

...MousePlanet reader MadasaHatter won the daily prize in Disneyland's Diamond Days sweepstakes, and enjoyed a VIP tour of the Disneyland Resort with their family. You can read their trip report on our MousePad discussion boards.

...MousePlanet is offering two unique items for sale via eBay's Giving Works program, with all proceeds going to Team Muscle Makers for Ulrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

In 1996, Disneyland announced the Main Street Electrical Parade would "glow away forever," and launched a months-long "Farewell Season" that set attendance records at Disneyland park. To drive home the point that the parade was never coming back to Disneyland, the company even sold commemorative light bulbs said to be taken from the parade floats. "Forever" lasted less than five years, and in 2001, the renamed Disney's Electrical Parade debuted at the newly-opened Disney's California Park.

Before Disney brought the parade to DCA, the company was rumored to be considering ways to bring the beloved production back to Disneyland and Main Street, U.S.A. A MousePlanet reader came across some interesting proof of Disney's dual plans—a pair of fiber optic baseball caps embroidered with two different versions of the Electrical Parade logo. One hat has the Main Street Electrical Parade logo on the front, and the Disneyland logo on the back. The second hat has the Disney's Electrical Parade logo on the front, with the Disneyland Resort logo below. Both are marked "sample," and feature working fiber optic effects.

The auctions end Friday, July 24 at 7:00 and 7:05 p.m. (Pacific). Click the links below for more information, or to bid.


Bid on a sample of merchandise created for the canceled return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disneyland in 2001. MousePlanet photo.

Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade Fiber Optic Baseball Cap Vendor Sample


Bid on a sample of merchandise featuring the new Disney's Electrical Parade logo. MousePlanet photo.

Disney's Electrical Parade DL Resort Fiber Optic Baseball Cap Vendor Sample

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8 / 10
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7 / 10
Thursday, July 23, 2015 7 / 10
Friday, July 24, 2015 7 / 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

  • Captain EO – closed; reopening date unknown.
  • Innoventions – closed; reopening date unknown.
  • Starcade – closed for renovation; reopening date now TBD.

Disney California Adventure

  • 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.
  • "it's tough to be a bug" – closed due to the Ant Man preview. Reopening date unknown.

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

  • All-American College Band Reunion – Saturday, August 1. Performance at 3:45 p.m., stepping off from Town Square.
  • 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.
  • Halloween Time – September 11 through November 1.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party – September 25, 28 and 30; October 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31. Advance purchase tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 22 for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders, and Disney Vacation Club members. Passholders can purchase tickets online by logging into their account on the Disneyland website. DVC members and Disney Visa cardholders can purchase by calling (714) 781-4400, or in person at a Disneyland Resort ticket booth.
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree (Unofficial event) – September 18. Details at the Dapper Day website.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (Unofficial event) – October 2–4. 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. Most events are sold out, but space remains in the half marathon race. Details on the runDisney website.
  • 2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 5–8. Registration opens August 11, 2015.
  • 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
Fri., July 24

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence Jeff Granito. 6–10 p.m.

Sat., July 25

China Closet – Disney Traditions signing with Jim Shore. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

World of Disney – Disney Traditions signing with Jim Shore. 3 – 5 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery:

  • Artist Showcase with SHAG, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Artist in Residence Jeff Granito. 6–10 p.m.
Fri., July 31

WonderGround Gallery – Artist in Residence Jeff Granito. 6–10 p.m.

Sat., August 1

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Sun., August 2

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Fri., August 7

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.

Sat., August 8 WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.
Sun., August 9  
Fri., July 14 WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.
Sat., July 15 WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.
Sun., August 16  
Fri., August 21 WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.
Sat., August 22 WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.
Sun., August 23  
Fri., August 28 WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jackie Huang, 6–10 p.m.
Sat., August 29

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Sun., August 30

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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

CHOC-tober one-day, one-park ticket – $50
CHOC-tober one-day parkhopper ticket – $78

A discounted price available to participants in the 2015 CHOC Walk, an annual fund raiser for Children's Hospital Orange County. The 2015 event is Sunday, October 11. Each walker who raises at least $65 can purchase up to five discounted tickets following the event. The tickets are valid starting October 11, 2015. CHOC has not yet announced the end date of the CHOC-tober promotion, but we will share details as soon as we know them.

For this 25th Anniversary event, CHOC has raised the minimum fund-raising commitment. There is no charge to register for the walk, but walkers (ages 3 and up) must commit to raise $65 before the event. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends and family members to join our team for the event.

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.

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.

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.

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 ($329/$286) – 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 LEGOLAND California. The CityPASS expires 14 days after first use at any location, and the first use must occur by December 31, 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 $48/$38. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website

Prices listed above are valid until December 31, 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). This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club, and 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 birthday 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 to 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, Wine Country Trattoria (lunch), Paradise Garden Grill, The Lounge at Steakhouse 55 (breakfast), Steakhouse 55 (breakfast), PCH Grill (breakfast and dinner), and Storyteller's Café (lunch).


Downtown Disney District dining and merchandise – 10 percent off at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen (maximum discount of $40, excludes alcohol), Wetzel's Pretzels, Ridemakerz, Alamo Rent a Car, and ESPN Zone. 15 percent off littlemissmatched purchases.


Disneyland Resort Guided Tours – 15 percent off the "Welcome to Disneyland," "A Walk in Walt's Footsteps," "Discover the Magic," and "Cultivating the Magic" guided tours.


See the Disney Visa website for terms and conditions for all of these promotions.

Hotel and travel package offers

 

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


Disney's Resort Magic and Good Neighbor Magic Packages – package includes accommodations in one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels; Souvenir Park Hopper ticket with voucher for admission to Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness, plus one Magic Morning (early entry) for three-day or longer Park Hoppers; preferred seating at three DCA attractions (Disney's Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, It's Tough to be a Bug!); preferred showing of Turtle Talk With Crush (priority viewing at the first Turtle Talk With Crush show of the day, on any one day—one voucher per guest); Disney Dream coin keepsake (one per package), luggage tag and lanyard with pin; a Downtown Disney Fun Card; and a "Character Call" from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy or Crush. Contact Disney Travel or your favorite travel agent.

Discounts for U.S. military

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

Discounts for Southern California residents 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.

 

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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
7/19 7/20 7/21 7/22 7/23 7/24 7/25

DL: 8a-12a
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-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

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

7/26 7/27 7/28 7/29 7/30 7/31 8/1

DL: 8a-12a
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-10p
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AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
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DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
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AP Blockouts:
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Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
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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

8/2 8/3 8/4 8/5 8/6 8/7 8/8

DL: 8a-12a
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-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
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Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
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DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
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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/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 Mattheresa

    Hi. It says that Halloween Time is through November 1. So, does that mean Christmastime happens November 2? Have they released dates for the holiday overlay in the park? Any idea if they will keep the 60th parades/fireworks/shows during holiday? Or, will they switch everything over to holiday parades/fireworks/shows? We were planning a trip for early November and want to see the holiday overlay, as well as the 60th and was wondering what anyone has heard. Thanks.

  2. By candles71

    The official start to Christmas time is usually the Friday after Veteran's day (11/11).
    Ghost Galaxy only takes a day or 2 to remove. (It only takes 4 days to install) It's a Small World will be down for overlay.
    They have alreasy said Paint the Night will continue throughout. Whether they run the Christmas parade during the day is still speculation.
    I don't remember what I've read here about fireworks.

  3. By stan4d_steph

    Well that's a bummer. My nephews' first trip to the Disneyland Resort and there is a Halloween party that Monday. Guess they will have to skip Fantasmic and try to do the parade and fireworks on Sunday.

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