Disneyland Resort Update - Season of the Force

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for November 16–25, 2015 – Season of the Force edition

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Season of the Force debuts at Disneyland | Star Wars Launch Bay | Hyperspace Mountain | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Star Wars: Path of the Jedi | Season of the Force foods | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Season of the Force debuts at Disneyland

Last week was a big news week at the Disneyland Resort, with the official start of the holiday season on Friday. That alone is enough to fill a normal update, but the real news is what happens today, when the Season of the Force promotion begins at Disneyland. Given that there's nothing much new for the winter holidays this year, I'm devoting this entire update to the massive Star Wars marketing push that has taken over Tomorrowland.

But be warned—there are spoilers ahead. If you don't want to know anything about Star Wars – The Force Awakens before you see it in the theater, you should probably skip this update, too. Before you go, heed this warning: If you wish to remain spoiler-free until December 18:

  • Don't enter Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Don't see the Path of the Jedi feature in the Tomorrowland Theater
  • Don't ride Star Tours.

Hyperspace Mountain is spoiler-free, and a complete blast—you can enjoy that worry-free, and see the rest of the additions in a month.

If you don't care about spoilers, keep reading to see what's in store for you during your next visit to Disneyland. We'll cover some of these in greater detail in upcoming articles, so consider this an extended preview.

All photos by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Star Wars Launch Bay

The lower level of the former Innoventions building—now officially known as the Tomorrowland Expo Center—is now the Star Wars Launch Bay. From the moment you step inside, you enter a spoiler-filled space packed with artwork, props and merchandise from across the Star Wars saga, including from the upcoming movie Star Wars – The Force Awakens. The Launch Bay is divided into six sections, with some smaller areas around the outer ring of the building.


The entrance to the Star Wars Launch Bay is carpeted in a familiar design.

Entrance and Gallery

The largest portion of the Launch Bay is devoted to case after case of props and replicas from the Star Wars Saga, including previews of people, places and things from Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Again, if you're trying to avoid spoilers, you have no business in this exhibit.


Rey's speeder is on display inside the Star Wars Launch Bay.


New vehicles on display in the Star Wars Launch Bay.


Familiar costumes are mixed with new props in the gallery of Rebel artifacts.


Characters from the upcoming movie are previewed in the Star Wars Launch Bay.


The Star Wars Launch Bay offers a preview of characters from the newest movie.


Visitors can watch a short video featuring interviews with people involved with the newest Star Wars film, including director J. J. Abrams.

The Light Side (Chewbacca meet-and-greet)

Enter a rebel hideout, and come face-to-face with the best co-pilot in the galaxy. To occupy you while you wait in what could be a very long line, the queue is filled with props from the Light Side, including lightsabers and helmets.

The Dark Side (Darth Vader meet-and-greet)

Like the Light Side, the queue for the Darth Vader meet-and-greet is filled with Sith props. Lord Vader isn't much one for conversation, but he does have some prepared remarks for your encounter on the deck of a Star Destroyer. Disney PhotoPass photographers are on hand to document your meeting.


Darth Vader waits for visitors in the Disney Visa cardholder-exclusive meet-and-greet inside the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Cantina

This is a large, empty room with a few sets around the perimeter. It contains no obvious attraction, and serves no visible purpose, but Disney says that random characters may make an appearance here from time to time.

While Star Wars Land is under contruction on the other side of the park, it's not a reach to imagine that the Cantina may be used as a test bed for things being developed for the new land. This is an area to keep an eye on.


The Cantina offers lots of open space and interesting photo backdrops.


A faux bar is one of the possible photo locations inside the Cantina.


Sabacc House Rules are painted on one wall of the Cantina.

Game Center

Disney Infinity 3.0 consoles line the walls of this space, each with a different set of character avatars. There are also tablet devices mounted to one table, where players can try their skill at Star Wars Angry Birds.


Disney Infinity fans can try out new game content created for the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Launch Bay Shop

Disney's newest shop is seemingly targeted at the high-end Star Wars collector, with a $4,000 custom Darth Vader suit just one of the many wallet-draining products on display. One wall is filled with pricey scale replicas from Sideshow Collectibles; another displays framed photos and print art signed by Star Wars cast members.


You can own a custom Darth Vader suit for just $4000.

The Launch Bay is also the newest place to buy custom D-Tech in Demand cases, with 90 Star Wars designs that are exclusive to this location. You can find the Star Wars pieces from the Alex and Ani jewlery line here, and a new Star Wars Dooney and Burke collection debuts in December.

While many of these items are Disney exclusives, it's worth comparing prices before you buy. For example, you can order the same life-size Darth Vader bust offered for $2,000 at the Launch Bay for just $1,200 if you buy it directly from the manufacturer's website.


An array of current and upcoming Star Wars merchandise offered in the Launch Bay gift shop.


Dozens of Star Wars designs are available as part of the D-Tech on Demand program.


The Launch Bay gift shop stocks high-end collectibles and decor for Star Wars fans.


Original artwork and gallery prints are offered at the Star Wars Launch Bay.


While the selection is impressive, many of the items can be purchased for much less elsewhere.


Season of the Force merchandise preview. MousePlanet video.

Hyperspace Mountain

Given that this is the only Season of the Force attraction to soft-open before today's official launch, it's possible that some of the online reaction was overstated. No, scratch that—Hyperspace Mountain is every bit as amazing as you may already have heard. Get a Fastpass, or be prepared to wait 90 minutes or more to experience this ride.

The premise is that you have joined a squadron of X-Wing fighters in battle. Effects projected inside the Space Mountain dome, combined with a soundtrack performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, transform this into a completely new ride.


Season of the Force – Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland Full Ride POV. MousePlanet video.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

A new scene is added to Star Tours, featuring characters and a scene from Star Wars – The Force Awakens. For the first few months, each ride on Star Tours will include the new scene, after which it will become part of the random rotation.


Star Tours: The Adventures Continue preview with Imagineer Kathy Rogers. MousePlanet video.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

This short featurette is a primer for those new to the Star Wars Saga, and provides some background and context for the rest of the attractions. Dedicated Star Wars fans can safely skip this, unless you want to see even more previews from Star Wars – The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi is presented in the former Magic Eye Theater. Now that Epcot has officially announced that their version of Captain EO will close, we wonder how long until Disneyland follows suit and confirms the show won't return from a "hiatus" that began in the summer of 2014.

Season of the Force foods

Disneyland's foods department went all-out for the Season of the Force promotion, with a compete menu overhaul at the Tomorrowland Terrace—renamed the Galactic Grill—and more than a dozen new souvenir items.


Light Side and Dark Side specialty beverages from the Galactic Grill come with souvenir glow cubes.


The BB-8 souvenir sipper is likely to be the highlight of the promotion, and is so popular that sales are limited to five per person.


The Pastry Menace—an eclair filled with spicy chocolate creme—is one of the themed desserts offered for the promotion.


A Tie Fighter popcorn bucket joins the existing Darth Vader bucket.


The Chewbacca stein is offered at beverage locations, and also filled with fresh fruit.


Redd Rockett's Pizza Port and the Galactic Grill will each offer two of these four souvenir glasses created exclusively for Disneyland.

This and that...

...Spider-Man is slated to make his Disneyland debut today when the Superhero HQ opens on the upper level of the Tomorrowland Expo Center.

...Now that the Star Wars Launch Bay is open, Disney Visa cardholders have a second exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity. Cardholders can meet Darth Vader from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at a private location inside the Launch Bay.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9 / 10
Thursday, November 19, 2015 9 / 10
Friday, November 20, 2015 9 / 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, visit Disneyland.com—this information is no longer available from the automated phone service.

Disneyland

  • Starcade – closed for renovation; reopening date TBD.
  • Jedi Training Academy – closed through November 19 due to Tomorrowland Terrace stage refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Blue Sky Cellar – closed; reopening date now TBD. Permits have been filed to expand the location for use by the Disney Vacation Club.
  • Luigi's Flying Tires – closed. Ride to be removed and replaced; reopening date unknown.
  • A Bug's Land TheaterIt's Tough to be a Bug on hiatus during The Good Dinosaur sneak peek.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed indefinitely due to the Frozen Fun overlay.
  • Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular – closes January 10, 2016. Replaced in Summer 2016 by a new Frozen musical.

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

  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – through September 5, 2016
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – November 13 through January 6.
  • Season of the Force – begins November 16. No end date yet announced.
  • Candlelight Processional – December 5–6. Performances are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. each night. Narrator(s) have not yet been announced. If the (reliably sourced) rumors are true, actress Geena Davis will narrate on Saturday, December 5, and Once Upon a Time actress Lana Parrilla will narrate the show on Sunday, December 6.

2016

  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – through September 5, 2016
  • 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 14–17. All running events are sold out, but ChEAR Squad packages are still available. Details on the runDisney website.
  • 2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 5–8. The 5K and 10K events are sold out, but the half-marathon and Pixie Dust Challenge are still available. Details on the runDisney website.
  • Dapper Days at the Parks (unofficial event) – Sunday, May 1, 2016. More information at the event website.
  • Grad Nite events – This party for high school seniors graduating in 2016 will be held on these dates: May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 31; June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17. The 2016 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.
  • 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 1–4. Registration opens February 2, 2016.
  • 2016 Avengers Half Marathon Weekend – November 10–13. Registration opens April 15, 2016.

2017

  • 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 12–15, 2017. Registration opens June 14, 2016.
  • 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 11–14, 2017. Registration opens September 20, 2016.

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.

School Holidays

Notable school holidays that may impact park attendance. If you know of any other holidays that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

2015

  • Thanksgiving Break – November 23–27. Many local schools close for the entire week of Thanksgiving.
  • Winter Break – December 21, 2015 – January 8, 2016. Most local schools are closed.

2016

  • Spring Break(s) – March 14 – April 8. Most local schools are closed one week during this period. Expect the majority of school closures—and crowds—the weeks immediately before and after Easter Sunday, March 27.
  • Local School Holiday – Monday, March 28. Most local schools not already on Spring Break will be closed for Cesar Chavez Day.
  • Nevada Day (observed) – Friday, October 28. A school holiday for our neighbors to the northeast creates a 3-day weekend and usually adds to the Halloween weekend crowds. Some Nevada schools take the entire week off as a Fall Break.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 20–21. Expect holiday-level crowds October 19–24 as Utah students and families take advantage of a Fall Break scheduled around an annual state education convention. Not all Utah schools close for UEA, but the impact on the resort is significant enough to mention.
  • Thanksgiving Break – November 21–25. Many local schools close for the entire week of Thanksgiving.
  • Winter Break – December 19, 2016 – January 6, 2017. Most schools close only two of these three weeks, but some districts close all three weeks due to the Saturday Christmas.

Merchandise Events

Date Event
Nov 21 (Sa)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama, 7–9 p.m.

Nov 28 (Sa)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Joey Chou, 6–10 p.m.

Nov 29 (Su)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Steam Crow, 2–5 p.m.


Current Discounts & Promotions

Disneyland prices as of October 4, 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.

Ticket Prices and Promotions

One Day Tickets
  • 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 Tickets
  • 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 Tickets

  • Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $235/$224
  • Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $275/$264
  • Adults at Kids' Prices Three Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket – $264

A discounted ticket available through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel. Offer valid for travel through November 2015.

Bonus Tickets include one Magic Morning early entry which allows access to select areas of Disneyland Park one hour before the park opens to the general public. (subject to change without notice) Ticket expires 13 days after first use. See Get Away Travel website for offer details and restrictions.


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.

Military

2016 Disney Military Promotional 3 – Day Park Hopper Ticket ($143)

Through December 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase the Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $143 each [an increase of $11 from the 2014-2015 offer].

Disneyland tickets may be used January 3, 2016, through December 19, 2016, except that the tickets may not be used March 20 through April 1, 2016.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by December 19, 2016.

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 Tickets

  • Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $260/$245
  • Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $300/$285
  • Adults at Kids' Prices Four Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket – $285

A discounted ticket available through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel. Offer valid for travel through November 2015.

Bonus Tickets include one Magic Morning early entry which allows access to select areas of Disneyland Park one hour before the park opens to the general public. (subject to change without notice) Ticket expires 13 days after first use. See Get Away Travel website for offer details and restrictions.


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 Tickets

  • Five Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $275/$259
  • Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $315/$299
  • Adults at Kids' Prices Five Day Park Hopper Bonus Ticket – $299

A discounted ticket available through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel. Offer valid for travel through November 2015.

Bonus Tickets include one Magic Morning early entry which allows access to select areas of Disneyland Park one hour before the park opens to the general public. (subject to change without notice) Ticket expires 13 days after first use. See Get Away Travel website for offer details and restrictions.

Five Days for the price of Four Park Hopper Bonus Ticket – $300/$285

A discounted ticket available through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel. The first day of use must occur on or before December 31, 2015.

Bonus Tickets include one Magic Morning early entry which allows access to select areas of Disneyland Park one hour before the park opens to the general public. (subject to change without notice) Ticket expires 13 days after first use. See Get Away Travel website for offer details and restrictions.


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 ($1,439) – valid at both Disneyland Resort and Florida's Walt Disney World Resort; includes parking and digital PhotoPass downloads. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Plus Pass ($1,049) – includes discounts, parking, and digital PhotoPass downloads. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Pass ($849) – includes discounts, parking, and digital PhotoPass downloads. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Disney Deluxe Pass ($599) – includes discounts, parking, and some discounts. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($439) – renewal only, unavailable for new purchase
  • Southern California Select Annual Passport ($329) – includes some discounts. Some blockout dates.
  • Parking Add On ($199) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal and SoCal Select passes. Renewal only, not currently available for new purchase

Check with your employer, school or credit union to see if any other discounts are available through them.

Southern California CityPASS

 

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 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.

2015 Southern California CityPASS through Get Away Today ($324/$281) – Save $10 per ticket when you purchase your City Pass through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel, 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.

Disneyland Resort & Universal Studios Combo Pass
  • 2-day Disneyland Resort + 2-Day Universal Studios Combo Pass – $300/$281
  • 2-day Disneyland Resort + 2-Day Universal Studios Combo Pass – $342/$335

A special combo ticket available exclusively through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Travel. The bundle includes either a 2-day or 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket, plus a 2nd Day Free Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket.

Additional 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 Insulated Tote for $19.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Disneyland Throw Blanket for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 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.

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.

Disney Visa cardholders

Character Meet-and-Greet at Disney California Adventure– 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.

Star Wars Imperial Meet-and-Greet at Disneyland – cardholders have access to a private character meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Darth Vader in the Star Tours Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. Offered daily from 4pm to 8pm.


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.

U.S. military

See "2015–2016 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket" above.

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.
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.

 

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
  • SG – Signature Annual Pass
  • SP – Signature Plus 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:

11/15 11/16 11/17 11/18 11/19 11/20 11/21

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

11/22 11/23 11/24 11/25 11/26 11/27 11/28

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

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SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

11/29 11/30 12/1 12/2 12/3 12/4 12/5

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

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

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

12/13 12/14 12/15 12/16 12/17 12/18 12/19

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

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 AnotherJenny

    My comment on the open space in the Cantina is that it looks like a lovely spot for a future product launch.

    I can report on Super Hero HQ. When you walk in, going counter clockwise you see Treasure's of Asgard/Thor's meet and greet. Then an X-Box display where you can play Disney Infinity. There's kind of a dead space and then a few more scattered consoles. Again, a nice spot for a future product display. Then there's a large area for D-Tech on demand ordering. There's a large globe with video and a few tablets to order. People were posting for pictures with the images on the globe, no one was playing with the consoles. There's also a display case with sample cases. I didn't see a printer, you may have to pick them up downstairs. It seemed like more space was dedicated to D-Tech than downstairs, but it wasn't very full of stuff. Then there's large retail area, about equal to what's downstairs. And then there's the exit to the V.A.U.L.T., which is the Spider-Man meet and greet. The line for this started in the retail area, then had taped switchbacks by the exit door and wrapped back around into the V.A.U.L.T. area. I waited 74 minutes. They let you into the greet area to watch the group ahead of you, which was nice because you get to see the backdrop and remove backpacks, get your camera ready for CMs, etc. Then on the exit there's a small display with the Ant Man costume and Falcon's wings. The final thing in the circle is Iron Man tech, which has the suits and a few TV screens where you can become Iron Man. This is immediately to the right when you enter and it's basically between the entrance and the exit.

    I've attached pictures below of Spider-Man and his backdrop. Other than walking around briefly that's the only thing I did in there.

    Attachment 8726Attachment 8727Attachment 8728

  2. By candles71

    Over the weekend there was a photopass photographer to take photos in the Cantina.. Today, Boba Fett made an appearance, with photog, in the Cantina.. I noticed him, but the line was closed already, with no information on whether he would be coming back out for sure, and if so even an approximate time.
    Midweek character lines are reportedly (speaking with the CMs manning the lines) about 20 to 25 minutes. We ended up going through Chewbacca's line twice as our party had no arrived the first time. They showed 60 minutes on Sunday morning, not long after Launch Bay opened.

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