Disneyland Resort Update for May 9-15, 2016

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for May 9–15, 2016

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Jungle Cruise reopens | Grad Nite season begins this week | Through the Frozen 3D Looking Glass | Constructionland | Beyond the Berm | This and that... | Crowd Forecast

Jungle Cruise reopens

The dock is new but the jokes haven't changed. Disneyland's Jungle Cruise reopened last week following a lengthy refurbishment that included a brand-new loading dock for the classic attraction. Cast members tell us the new docks make the loading and unloading process faster and easier for passengers and crew alike. The new design provides more support to boats in the loading area, minimizing the up-and-down motion of the boat during loading and unloading. Skippers no longer need to tie up the boats when in the loading area.


Cast members go for a ride on the Jungle Cruise during previews before the ride opened to the general public. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Jungle Cruise dock was replaced during the recent refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The new docks incorporate rollers to allow the boats to pass smoothly through the loading area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Gone too is the safety netting that was added to the boats in 2012; part of an effort to help prevent riders from having their fingers, hands, or arms pinched between the boat and the dock during the load/unload process. Passengers are still repeatedly warned to keep their limbs inside the boat at all times. The ride's capacity has also slightly increased, as passengers are once again allowed to sit in the doorways. That practice also ended in 2012 as part of the safety upgrade, which also saw installation of dock-side bumpers to help stabilize the boats.


The safety netting added in 2012 was been removed from the Jungle Cruise boats during this refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Beyond the operational upgrades, some animatronic figures were repaired during the refurbishment, but there are no major changes to the ride.

Grad Nite season begins this week

The 2016 Grad Nite season begins this week at the Disneyland Resort, and continues through June 19, 2016.

If you're planning a visit during this period, be sure to consult the schedule of Grad Nite dates so you can plan appropriately. For 2016, Grad Nite is held on May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 31; June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17.

For 2016, the event includes park-hopper access to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks during regular operating hours, and a private party in Disney California Adventure from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. after that park closes to "day guests."

Schools can choose to arrive whenever they wish during their Grad Nite event. Some arrive right at park opening to maximize their time, while others arrive later due to travel time or other activities. Based on reports since the event switched to this format in 2014, the parks grow increasingly crowded as the day goes on and more students arrive. Grad Nites are often a good excuse to leave the theme parks early to take in a movie and a nice dinner in Downtown Disney.

Beware: Formal Grad Nites are not the only times that the Disneyland Resort is crowded with student groups. The last weeks of school are popular times for class trips, something that Disney actively encourages through special pricing and activities for school groups. Those visits won't appear on any calendar, but are a fact of Disney life during this season.

With so many schools on year-round calendars now, you should consider the period between March and mid-June as one big, hazy spring-break-into-graduation season. So while the Grad Nite calendar can give you an idea of when the most high school seniors will be on property, there is no way to know when a school district from central California is sending its 9th graders for their own promotion celebration.

Through the Frozen 3D Looking Glass

The Sunset Showcase Theater opened last week with a preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass, the latest Alice in Wonderland film. Regular readers will recall that the Sunset Showcase is the new name for the old Muppet*Vision 3D theater, which until last month had been the home of the Frozen sing-along show.


The former Muppet*Vision 3D theater is now home to a sneak preview of "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Photo by Alex Stroup.


The banners from the Frozen overlay are still in place outside the Sunset Showcase Theater. Photo by Alex Stroup.

Much of the Frozen overlay is still in use in the theater, including the large banners in the exterior seating area which conceal the Muppet props. Inside the building you'll see the same floral wallpaper and stained-glass lighting fixtures, and the patterned rug. A pair of the Wonder Mirror photo booths displayed at the D23 Expo are set up in the lobby.

To bring an bit of Wonderland to the theater exterior, props from the recently ended Mad T Party have been repainted and reused. There's the giant tea pot at the entrance, and oversized playing cards at the exit.

"Alice 


Through the Looking Glass" photo booths are set up in the lobby of the Sunset Showcase Theater. Photo by Alex Stroup.


Jumbo playing cards from the Mad T Party are reused for the "Alice Through the Looking Glass" preview. Photo by Alex Stroup.

Basically, it's an overlay on top of an overlay. It's not very attractive, and it just highlights how much the entire backlot area needs a cohesive theme and design. (Keep in mind that the meet-and-greet locations for Spider-Man, Captain America, and the stars of Zootopia are within 50 feet of one another.) With the focus on Star Wars Land at Disneyland, the backlot is probably on the back burner.

Constructionland

Without construction industry experience, my update about the state of the Star Wars Land project is, "yep, they're still pushing dirt around." Workers using heavy equipment are building and carving the earth around the site, and the recently-deforested view provides an interesting perspective on the park. In the photo below, the dirt-covered roof belongs to the long-abandoned Skyway station.


Workers are busily moving, grading and smoothing dirt in the Star Wars Land construction site. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The demolition of backstage support and shop buildings continues, clearing the way for the Star Wars Land expansion. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Star Wars Land is under construction behind Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Beyond the Berm

Reader Julia shares that Ninjago World has opened at Legoland California. The new area includes Ninjago the Ride, plus a collection of hands-on attractions, and a restaurant.

This and that...


Disneyland employees monitor a test of a new Fastpass system at Space Mountain. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Disney conducted another Fastpass test at Space Mountain last week, with new podiums set up at the Fastpass return entrance.

...The official Disneyland Resort refurbishment calendar currently shows a two-day closure of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and a four-day closure of Tomorrowland's Galactic Grill starting on May 23. We've been told this is most likely an error, and not an indication that Season of the Force is ending anytime soon.

...The Blue Bayou and Pirates of the Caribbean closed Monday for refurbishment. The restaurant reopens Saturday, and the ride is slated to reopen on Monday.

...The Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge also closed Monday, and are both expected to reopen Friday.

...House of Blues Anaheim is scheduled to close on May 31, 2016. The venue is moving across the street into the Anaheim GardenWalk complex, and is scheduled to open there this summer.


Chapel Hats is now open in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Chapel Hats has opened in Downtown Disney, taking the space formerly occupied by Little Miss Matched. Chapel Hats also has a location at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs.

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Crowd Forecast

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3 / 10
Thursday, May 12, 2016 2 / 10
Friday, May 13, 2016 3 / 10
Saturday, May 14, 2016 7 / 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

  • Blue Bayou – closed for refurbishment May 9–13
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed for refurbishment May 9–15
  • Disneyland Monorail – closed through May 19 for refurbishment.
  • Tarzan's Treehouse – closes May 16 for refurbishment. Reopening date not official, but after June 5.
  • 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.

Disney California Adventure

  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed indefinitely. The theater has been renamed the Sunset Showcase Theater, and will likely be used for movie previews until a permanent replacement is found.
  • Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular – closed. Frozen Live at the Hyperion opens May 27.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed through May 17 for refurbishment.
  • Silly Symphony Swings – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date not official, but expected to be June 10.
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge - Closed May 9–12 for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort

  • Starbucks #2 – A second Starbucks location in Downtown Disney is now under construction, and expected to open summer 2016.
  • House of Blues Anaheim – closes May 31, 2016. Disney has not said what they will do with the 23,000-square-foot restaurant and concert venue.

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
  • 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.
  • Gay Days Anaheim (unofficial event) – September 30 – October 2. More information at the event website.
  • 2016 CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, October 30 at the Disneyland Resort. Registration will open in May. MousePlanet readers, friends, and family are invited to register with Team MousePlanet and walk with our group. More information on the event 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 Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 10–13. Formerly called the Avengers Half Marathon. Registration is open for all events except the Captain Strange 10K and the runDisney Kids Races. Register via the runDisney website. 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.
  • D23 Expo – July 14–16, 2017. Tickets go on sale July 14, 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.

Non-Disney Resort Events

Notable events at parks and attractions around Southern California. If you know of an event that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

Knott's Berry Farm

  • Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town 75th Anniversary – Through September 5

Legoland California

Sea World San Diego

  • Summer Nights at Sea World – May 28 to September 5.
  • Seven Seas Food Festival at Sea World San Diego – May 7 to June 12.
  • Sea World's Summer Vibes – June 17 to August 15.
  • Halloween Spooktacular at Sea World – September 24–25; October 1–2; 89; 1516; 2223; 2930.
  • Wintery Wonderland at Sea World – November 18, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Halloween Horror Nights – dates to be announced

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

  • 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
May 13

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Gregg Visintainer. 6–10 p.m.

May 14

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Gregg Visintainer. 6–10 p.m.

May 20

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Gregg Visintainer. 6–10 p.m.

May 21

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: Gregg Visintainer. 6–10 p.m.

May 21

WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: SHAG and HARVEYS. 3–5 p.m. *

*Product will be available for sale starting at 8:00 a.m., and vouchers will be distributed for the afternoon signing event at the time of purchase. Limit of 5 items per transaction.

May 28

WonderGround Gallery

May 29

WonderGround Gallery

June 4

WonderGround Gallery

June 5

WonderGround Gallery

June 11

WonderGround Gallery

June 12

WonderGround Gallery

June 18

WonderGround Gallery

June 19

WonderGround Gallery

June 25

WonderGround Gallery

June 26

WonderGround Gallery


Current Discounts & Promotions

Disneyland prices as of February 28, 2016.

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
Ticket & Season
Adult one-park
Adult Park Hopper
Child one-park
Child Park Hopper
One Day – Value
$95
$155
$89
$149
One Day – Regular
$105
$160
$99
$154
One Day – Peak
$119
$169
$113
$163

Check the Disneyland website to see what type of ticket you need for the day you plan to visit. Seasonal pricing applies only to one-day tickets.

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 $195/$183
  • Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $235/$223

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 $255/$243
  • Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $295/$283

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 $280/$265
  • Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $320/$305
  • 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 $295/$280
  • Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $335/$320
  • 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 – These package includes accommodations in one of the three resort hotels or at one of 40 Good Neighbor hotels, along with theme park admission. The packages also come with a variety of extra inclusions and bonuses, usually a souvenir pin and lanyard, and discount coupons for various Downtown Disney merchants.

Contact Disney Travel at (714) 520-5050, book online through the Disneyland website, or call your favorite travel agent to inquire about these packages.

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:

5/8 5/9 5/10 5/11 5/12 5/13 5/14

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Grad Nite

5/15 5/16 5/17 5/18 5/19 5/20 5/21

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Grad Nite

5/22 5/23 5/24 5/25 5/26 5/27 5/28

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

5/29 5/30 5/31 6/1 6/2 6/3 6/4

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Grad Nite

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

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/16 6/17 6/18

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
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 DwarfPlanet

    I hope the House of Blues knows what it is doing. We were there at the end of April and beginning of May weekend. The Anaheim Garden Walk was pretty deserted, almost bare of people. The only place that had a number of people was Bubba Gumps all the rest had plenty of room. While Downtown Disney you could barely squeeze through the crowds and all the restaurants had lines out their doors.

  2. By microse

    The SHAG event is the 21st on the Disney site not the 27th as your Newsletter implies.
    Disney:
    Meet SHAG and the Harvey’s from May 21, 2016 from 3 – 5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney®District at the Disneyland® Resort.

    Mouseplanet:
    May 27

    WonderGround Gallery – Artist Showcase: SHAG and HARVEYS. 3–5 p.m. *

    *Product will be available for sale starting at 8:00 a.m., and vouchers will be distributed for the afternoon signing event at the time of purchase. Limit of 5 items per transaction.

  3. By candles71

    Quote Originally Posted by DwarfPlanet View Post
    I hope the House of Blues knows what it is doing. We were there at the end of April and beginning of May weekend. The Anaheim Garden Walk was pretty deserted, almost bare of people. The only place that had a number of people was Bubba Gumps all the rest had plenty of room. While Downtown Disney you could barely squeeze through the crowds and all the restaurants had lines out their doors.

    They are moving because they need a larger concert venue. Because of this, I think people will follow. If I remember right the movie theater is at the Disney Way end of the Garden Walk, that might help pull people from the front end where Bubba Gumps is.

  4. By AVP

    Quote Originally Posted by microse View Post
    The SHAG event is the 21st on the Disney site not the 27th as your Newsletter implies.

    Thank you, that was a serious typo and will be corrected.

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