Disneyland Resort Update for February 22-28, 2016

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for February 22–28, 2016

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Your first look at The Star Wars Experience | Share Your Ears promotion and sweepstakes to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Your first look at The Star Wars Experience

The highlight of the "Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" special that aired on ABC Sunday night was for many fans an 80-second preview of what actor Harrison Ford introduced as "The Star Wars Experience."


The "Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" special included an 80-second preview of Star Wars Land. Artwork © ABC/Disney.

The spot provided a very, very brief look at 15 pieces of concept art from the new lands, soon to be under construction at California's Disneyland, and Disney's Hollywood Studios park at Walt Disney World in Florida. For those who missed the segment, here is the artwork shown during the special, and a transcript of the accompanying narration. Select any photo to open a larger version and see more detail.

"For almost 40 years, we've watched the Star Wars universe happen on screen. Now, we at Walt Disney Imagineering have joined forces with the imagination of Lucas Film to bring this galaxy to life at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.


Star Wars Land is not expected to be set in any location from exiting films. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


Imagineers look over a scale model of Star Wars Land. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


An ink sketch of Star Wars Land concept art. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


An artist creates a digital rendering of a Star Wars Land character. Artwork © ABC/Disney.

Imagine stepping about the Millennium Falcon, and actually piloting the fastest ship in the galaxy. Banking left, right; firing the laser cannons. You're in complete control. Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order, in a race against time.


One already-announced ride is based on the Millennium Falcon. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


Per the preview, the Millennium Falcon ride will put the rider in "complete control." Artwork © ABC/Disney.


The second ride will put the rider "in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order." Artwork © ABC/Disney.


To some viewers, this concept art from the second Star Wars Land attraction evoked the Transformers ride from Universal Studios. Artwork © ABC/Disney.

You've watched the saga, now enter these authentic locales with your every sense engaged. You're meeting droids and aliens. Entering an other-worldly street market; actually tasting the local delicacies. And going upscale at the planet's best dinner club. Or, for the truly adventurous, heading down to the local cantina.


Star Wars Land will let fans step through the screen and into the Saga. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


Stormtroopers are among the Star Wars characters seen throughout the concept art. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


This could be part of lthe announced Star Wars cantina, or a lounge for the new restaurant. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


Star Wars Land will include an "other-worldly street market." Artwork © ABC/Disney.


There was no context given for this image—it could be a ride queue, gift shop or restaurant for the new Star Wars Land. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


The new land will include a high-end restaurant. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


A Star Wars Cantina is certain to be extremely popular with fans. Artwork © ABC/Disney.

The stories are epic. The locations breathtaking. Soon, you can experience your own Star Wars adventure, like never before. It's all coming to Disney Parks, the place where Star Wars lives."


The "Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" special included concept art from Star Wars Land, but no details about what any of it represents. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


A Rebellion base is depicted in the concept art for Star Wars Land. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


It looks like the Empire will also have a base inside Star Wars Land. Artwork © ABC/Disney.


This rendering could be intended for one of the two rides, or used as a mural inside a Star Wars Land building. Artwork © ABC/Disney.

The preview leads us to expect at least two rides, a outdoor marketplace, a bar and a high-end restaurant—and opens the door to lots of conjecture. Speculation is fun, and is probably all we'll be able to do for quite a while, so let's make wild guesses based on concept art:

It seems the Millennium Falcon attraction will be a simulator, maybe something like Star Tours, but will somehow include interactive features that allow the rider to be in "complete control." It occurs to me that Mission: Space at Walt Disney World is a simulator with an element of rider interaction, so perhaps we'll see another iteration of that ride system.

The second ride, the one that puts riders "in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order," struck me as the type of ride most commonly associated with Universal Studios, in which a ride vehicle moves through show scenes projected on giant screens. A few of the folks I follow on Twitter noted similarities to the Transformer ride at Universal. Personally, this is not my favorite type of ride system, but it could be interesting to see how Disney makes it its own.

It is no surprise to anyone that Disney is including a cantina in the new Star Wars Land; the only question is how the company will spin the inevitable decision to break with a 60-year-old tradition to serve alcohol in the new venue. The inclusion of a high-end restaurant was more of a surprise to me, only in that the Star Wars universe is almost completely lacking in iconic food items. Blue ice cream is possibly the only obvious menu item for the Star Wars Land concessions, but there's little else in the canon that inspires a fine dining establishment.

One thing that really stuck out to me from the concept art was the number of Star Wars aliens seen in the various settings, and it makes me wonder if atmosphere entertainment will be the real third attraction of the land. A truly immersive experience will rely on a large number of performers to set the scene. I don't expect to see a Star Wars stage show in this land; rather, I expect it to be a Star Wars stage show, and to be able to interact with the performers.

Disney did not give any additional insight as to when the new land would open, or when more details might be revealed.

As for the rest of the "Wonderful World of Disney" special, it was somewhat a bust as a celebration of Disneyland. There were two big performance pieces set on Main Street, including Sir Elton John's red piano rendition of "Circle of Life," and additional performances at Disney California Adventure. The rest of the show featured long segments that were taped at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, and promoted Disney's other projects in film, television, Broadway, and the international theme parks. As Disney company shows go, it was fine—but as a Disneyland special, it was lacking.

There were also some embarrassing gaffes in the broadcast, including audio problems during the performances by Sir Elton John. Based on complaints posted to social media, the much-hyped Disney Applause smartphone application wasn't able to handle the demand during broadcast time. Disney has since said that the content will be available via the app through February 28, so viewers who recorded the show on the DVR can use the app during replay this week to access the bonus content.


The Disney Applause app was not able to keep up with demand during the broadcast of Disneyland 60, and frustrated users were advised to rewatch the show and try again. Artwork © Disney.

Finally, I know I was not alone in my shock and disbelief when a commercial for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood played (at least in the Los Angeles market), not just during the broadcast but in the commercial break immediately before the Star Wars Land preview. I have no idea how Universal was able to place that ad, or how ABC failed to protect that spot, but I'm sure the folks at NBCUniversal will be reaping the benefits of that spot well into 2017. After all, since we'll all be waiting for Disney to build Star Wars Land, we might as well go see the new land that's ready to open at Universal Studios.

Share Your Ears promotion and sweepstakes to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Last week, Disney announced its Share your Ears promotion, promising to donate $5 (up to $1 million) for each photo shared to social media sites Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ShareYourEars. The promotion officially ends on March 14, but a quick search of Instagram alone yields over 122,000 posts with that hashtag, so it's almost certain that Disney fans have already made the 200,000 posts needed to yield the maximum donation (it's also likely that Disney made the $1 million donation before the promotion even began).

While Disney will continue to generate weeks of publicity as the promotion continues to spread through social media, the company announced a new component of the campaign Sunday night that will raise even more money for Make-A-Wish.

The Win a “Dazzled” Mickey Mouse Ear Hat from Disney promotion offers a chance to win a Swarovski crystal-studded Mickey Mouse ear hat valued at $25,000. This is, incidently, a duplicate of the Ear Hat offered during the Diamond Days sweepstakes.


A new contest offers the chance to win a pair of crystal-covered Mickey Mouse ears. Image © Disney.

There are two methods of entry. The first is to make a donation to Make-A-Wish via the contest website on Prizeo.com. The number of entries each donor receives is tied to the amount of money donated, and there are other prizes offered at specific donation levels:

  • $5 = 1 entry
  • $10 = 2 entries
  • $25 = 5 entries and a thank you e-card
  • $50 = 10 entries, plus a Share Your Ears campaign t-shirt and thank you e-card

If you donate over $50. you receive one additional entry for each $5 you add to your donation.

If you prefer not to donate, you can enter by mail using an entry form available on the contest website.

The contest ends April 4, 2016. Read the official rules on the contest website.

This and that...

...Cast previews have begun for the new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction, and it's almost certain the ride will open the first week of March.

...This week's AP (annual passholder) Days theme is "A World of Tomorrows," and the meet-and-greet character for this week is Baymax. The promotion ends February 28.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 5 / 10
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5 / 10
Thursday, February 25, 2016 6 / 10
Friday, February 26, 2016 9 / 10
Saturday, February 27, 2016 9 / 10

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all 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

  • Jungle Cruise – closed to remove the Jingle Cruise overlay, and for extensive refurbishment. Reopening date not official, but expected to be after April 3.
  • Autopia – closed for extensive refurbishment. Reopening date not official, but expected to be after April 3.
  • Disneyland Railroad – closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America. Expected to reopen spring 2017.
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes – closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America. Expected to reopen spring 2017.
  • Fantasmic! – on hiatus for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America. Expected to return summer 2017.
  • Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America. Expected to reopen spring 2017.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America. Expected to reopen spring 2017.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America. Expected to reopen spring 2017.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed February 29 – March 3 for refurbishment.
  • Starcade – closed indefinitely.

Disney California Adventure

  • Luigi's Flying Tires – closed for conversion to Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Reopening date unknown.
  • Soarin' Over California – The ride will be closed Monday – Thursday each week through February 25 for programming of the new Soarin' film. The ride will be open with the current film Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. Disney has not yet said when the new film will permanently replace the current movie.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! – closed. The theater currently hosts a sneak peek of the upcoming movie Zootopia.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed indefinitely due to the Frozen Fun overlay.
  • Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular – closed. Replaced in summer 2016 by a new Frozen musical.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed at least through March 13 for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort

  • Disneyland Hotel – E-Ticket pool, D-Ticket pool, and some cabanas closed through spring for refurbishment. The Monorail pool and slide remain open during the refurbishment. During the refurbishment, hotel guests can use the pools at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel or the Paradise Pier Hotel.

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).

2016

  • Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – through September 5
  • MouseAdventure – Sunday, April 10. Sign up for the MouseAdventure Newsletter for more information as it is released.
  • 2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 5–8. The 5K, 10K, and Pixie Dust Challenge events are sold out, but the half-marathon event is still available. Details on the runDisney website. Volunteer Registration now open.
  • Dapper Days at the Parks (unofficial event) – Sunday, May 1, 2016. More information at the event website. This popular event grows larger each year, so it's worth making note of the date if you plan to visit the park during this weekend.
  • 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.
  • Season of the Force – no end date announced.
  • 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – September 1–4. Registration is still open for the Dumbo Double Dare and Disneyland Half Marathon races. Volunteer Registration opens May 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. Details on the runDisney website.
  • Dapper Day Fall Soiree (unofficial event) – Sunday, November 6. More information at the event website. This popular event grows larger each year, so it's worth making note of the date if you plan to visit the park during this weekend.
  • 2016 Avengers Half Marathon Weekend – November 10–13. Registration opens April 15, 2016. Volunteer Registration opens July 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (PDT).

2017

  • 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – January 12–15, 2017. Registration opens June 14, 2016.
  • "Use It or Lose It" weekend – January 28–29, 2017. Our designation for the final weekend of January, which marks the deadline for cast members, community groups and Club 33 members to use their remaining complementary admission tickets from the 2016 allocation.
  • 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).

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
Feb 27 (Sa)

WonderGround Gallery

Feb 28 (Su)

WonderGround Gallery

March 2–27

Egg-stravaganza 2016

Egg-stravaganza returns for the fourth time March 2 through 27. New for 2016, the egg hunt has expanded to Downtown Disney, in addition to hunts inside both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. A dozen oversized eggs decorated with images of Disney characters will be placed around each of the three hunt locations. Egg hunters first purchase a special map and stickers to help locate these eggs, and then place the stickers in the corresponding spots on the map.

The maps are $5.95 plus tax (a $1 increase from 2015), and no discounts apply. Maps are sold at the following locations:

  • Disneyland – Disneyana, Disney Showcase, "it's a small world" Toy Shop, Little Green Men Store Command, Piece of Eight, Pioneer Mercantile, Stromboli's Cart.
  • Disney California Adventure Elias & Co., Humphrey’s Service & Supplies, Off the Page, Oswald's, Sarge's Surplus Hut, Treasures in Paradise.
  • Downtown Disney Anna & Elsa's Boutique, D Street, Disney Pin Traders, WonderGround Gallery, World of Disney.
  • Disneyland Resort Hotels Acorns Gifts & Goods (Grand Californian Hotel), Mickey in Paradise (Paradise Pier Hotel), Fantasia Shop (Disneyland Hotel)

Once complete, participants return the map to a redemption location to claim their prize—one of six different two-inch-tall "eggs" featuring all-new character designs for the 2016 promotion. Redemption centers are located at Elias & Company at Disney California Adventure, Disney Showcase in Disneyland, and World of Disney in Downtown Disney.

If you are only in it for the eggs, you don't need to complete the egg hunt to claim your prize—just buy your map at a redemption center and receive your egg. The eggs are awarded randomly, but you may be able to trade with other collectors to complete a set if that is your goal.

March 5 (Sa)

WonderGround Gallery

March 6 (Su)

WonderGround Gallery

March 12
(Sa)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Drake Brodahl. 5–9 p.m.

March 13
(Su)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Drake Brodahl. 5–9 p.m.

March 18
(Fri)

World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Linda Rick Noon–10 p.m.

March 19
(Sa)

Disneyana – Artist Showcase with Dave Avanzino. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Drake Brodahl. 5–9 p.m.

World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Linda Rick Noon–10 p.m.

March 20
(Su)

Disneyana – Artist Showcase with Dave Avanzino. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Drake Brodahl. 5–9 p.m.

World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Linda Rick Noon–10 p.m.

March 21
(Mon)
World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Precious Moments representatives Noon–10 p.m.
March 22
(Tue)
World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Precious Moments representatives Noon–10 p.m.
March 23
(Wed)
World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Precious Moments representatives Noon–10 p.m.
March 24
(Thur)
World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Precious Moments representatives Noon–10 p.m.
March 25
(Fri)
World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Linda Rick Noon–10 p.m.
March 26
(Sat)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Drake Brodahl. 5–9 p.m.

World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Linda Rick Noon–10 p.m.

March 27
(Sun)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Drake Brodahl. 5–9 p.m.

World of Disney – Artist Showcase with Linda Rick Noon–10 p.m.

April 2
(Sat)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Ann Shen. 2–5 p.m.

April 3
(Sun)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Ann Shen. 2–5 p.m.

April 8
(Fri)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito 6–10 p.m.

April 9
(Sat)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito 6–10 p.m.

April 15
(Fri)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito 6–10 p.m.

April 16
(Sat)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito 6–10 p.m.

April 22
(Fri)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito 6–10 p.m.

April 23
(Sat)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Ann Shen. 2–5 p.m.

April 24
(Sun)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Ann Shen. 2–5 p.m.

April 29
(Fri)

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase with Jeff Granito 6–10 p.m.

April 30
(Sat)

WonderGround Gallery

May 1
(Sun)

WonderGround Gallery


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

2-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day Ticket ($149) – 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 26, 2016.

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 $149 for ages 3 and up, a $20 jump from the 2014 offer. You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $40, a savings of up to $36 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

2-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper Ticket ($189) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure on two separate days on or before June 6, 2014.

Get full details, terms and conditions of the 2016 So Cal Resident offer


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

3-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day Ticket ($179) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then two more visits to either park on or before May 26, 2016.

You can use each day of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit one park one day and the other park on the next day, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. When purchased in advance, this ticket comes with one Magic Morning entry; tickets sold at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths do not include this benefit.

3-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper Ticket ($219) – offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure on three separate days on or before May 26, 2016.

When purchased in advance, this ticket comes with one Magic Morning entry; tickets sold at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths do not include this benefit.

Get full details, terms and conditions of the 2016 So Cal Resident offer


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 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

 

2016 Southern California CityPASS ($329/$294) – 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, 2016. 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 $38/$30. This upgraded pass is only available for purchase directly from the CityPASS website.

You can also upgrade your CityPASS to add more days at participating locations:

  • Add a 2nd day at LEGOLAND for $20. Purchase this upgrade at LEGOLAND on the day you use your CityPASS.
  • Add LEGOLAND Water Park for $30 for ages 3+ and $5 for ages 2 and under. Purchase this upgrade at LEGOLAND on the day you use your CityPASS.
  • Upgrade your Disneyland ticket to another ticket or annual passport of equal or greater value. For 2016 Southern California CityPASS, a credit of $275 for ages 10+ and $264 for ages 3-9 will be applied toward another ticket of equal or greater value. Purchase the upgrade at Disneyland before the end of your third visit.

Prices listed above are valid until December 31, 2016


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
  • 3-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 Cooler 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, 2016. All other passholders receive a 10 percent merchandise discount. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.

Guided Tours – 15 percent 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 percent 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 in the Star Tours Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. Offered daily from 4pm to 8pm. As of 1/23/16, Kylo Ren replaced Darth Vader at this location.


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

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:

2/21 2/22 2/23 2/24 2/25 2/26 2/27

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

2/28 2/29 3/1 3/2 3/3 3/4 3/5

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9 3/10 3/11 3/12

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17 3/18 3/19

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Egg-stravaganza

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:
Food & Wine Fest.

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Food & Wine Fest.

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 Jimbo996

    I don't get why you're shocked to have seen a Universal ad for the Wizarding World. Disney's cable channels (formerly ABC Family) proudly shows the entire Harry Potter series. They are practically financing Harry Potter. Getting an ad brings that money back so Universal is paying ABC to air Disney's infomercial. Everyone wins.

    I'm disappointed that so little of the Star Wars Land represents anything that was in the movies. If not for the Storm Troopers and the Millennium Falcon, I would be hard pressed to go for nothing in it reminds me of Star Wars. The cantina could be anywhere, just not the iconic one in Episode 4.

    The Millennium Falcon is more likely using the same tech from the Wizarding World's Forbidden Journey. You sit on a moving platform like an robotic arm and in front of a dome. You can maneuver the scenes like a video game.

    For the second ride, you didn't mention the Ratatouille that already uses the technology of trackless vehicles in front of 3D screens. The trackless vehicles is an improvement over the Transformers ride.

  2. By olegc

    I too was underwhelmed by the show - it seemed like the "Disneyland Forever" fireworks (which I actually like) : only a smattering of ties to actual Disneyland and more promotion of "entertainment".

    As far as SW Land, er Experience, is concerned. I love concept art like the next guy but it all depends on execution. Carsland was a real benchmark, and New Fantasyland at WDW got really close to concept drawings - but futuristic concepts always tend to be less than the drawing when actually put out in public. Its just hard to make things look right and to make creatures be able to interact and yet still look right. Twitter was so abuzz with over-the-top love of "we'll see this at SW in Disneyland" like they've never heard of concept art and its real place in ride design before.

    Frankly I think the High End restaurant, and lounge, will also include a private area for either Club 33 members or even more high rollers. I can't expect Disney to not take advantage of the promotion of having such a unique opportunity. Exclusivity is king, you know.

    And finally - please, stop with the Experience labal. It started a few years ago when Rasulo was running Parks and Resorts. Everything was "an experience" and the guests would be able to take advantage of "experiences". Do you know that AP Days is called an experience in the literature they're handing out. Really? not even an event, an experience. I think its an attempt to position it at a much higher value point than anything before - and no matter what they produce they'll meet their expectation because "its an experience". not a ride, land, or entertainment, but an experience.

  3. By magicalmoments

    I'm wondering why the crowd levels are predicted as a 9/10 for this weekend. What's going on in Anaheim?

  4. By skimbob

    I am glad I got to hear Elton John in person that night even though at the time I did not realize it was actually him present. I saw the red piano before he started but they shuffled us through the area so we could not see who was performing. They kept shooting off the different fireworks every five minutes or so which is something you don't usually get to see so that at least somewhat made up for the fact that we were crammed into TL and could only visit that side of the park. I assume that if you went left they would have allowed you into Al and Frontierland but all of FL was closed to guests due to filming and fireworks near the castle. We rode IASW once and then left. As we headed out on Main Street was when we could hear Elton singing the Circle of Life.

  5. By olegc

    Quote Originally Posted by magicalmoments View Post
    I'm wondering why the crowd levels are predicted as a 9/10 for this weekend. What's going on in Anaheim?

    Anaheim Convention Center lists Religious Education Conference. From their website - RECongress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an "institute" for religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths.

    so that could be huge.

  6. By cbarry

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo996 View Post
    I don't get why you're shocked to have seen a Universal ad for the Wizarding World. Disney's cable channels (formerly ABC Family) proudly shows the entire Harry Potter series. They are practically financing Harry Potter. Getting an ad brings that money back so Universal is paying ABC to air Disney's infomercial. Everyone wins.

    We didn't have that ad here in New York, but going back to my days in TV, commercials were put into slots by an individual at a computer, and not a very highly paid one at that. Unless it's the Super Bowl or something major high profile, it could have just been a random placement for the Harry Potter spot.

  7. By indyjones

    I'm also not a big fan of the Transformers ride (3D Screens with a vehicle moving through). That being said, Spiderman (at Islands of Adventure) uses the screens and the physical sets MUCH MUCH better than Transformers and is very effective. If Disney uses that sort of tech and takes the necessary care with the physical sets it could be awesome. Not looking forward to yet another simulator ride in the Falcon, even if you can control it, but will take a wait and see approach.
    As for the one artwork which you indicate is a "Rebellion base", my first thought upon seeing it was that it was the start of the queue for the "battle" attraction and the tented area was the Fast Pass (which I WISH they would NOT do here, but of course you know they will)

  8. By candles71

    My family and I love the Transformers ride, so I can't wait to see Disney put their spin on the ride platform.
    I look at the amazingness that is Carsland, and I have no doubts about SWL, just anticipation.

  9. By towels

    It's entirely possible that the locations shown could appear in future movies. With still no ideas of when these lands will open, especially in relation to future movie releases it seems like one of those Disney synergy opportunities. "The rebels need someplace to gather...what if the planet had an atrium that looked something like this potential park venue?"

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