Disneyland Resort Update for March 6-12, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for March 6-12, 2017

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New parade and fireworks viewing policy takes effect at Disneyland Resort | Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival begins Friday | Advance registration opens Thursday for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend | Construction Land | This and that…

New parade and fireworks viewing policy takes effect at Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort last week rolled out a new guest control policy designed to keep the sidewalks of Main Street clear during more of the day, but it seems that cast members yet to begin aggressively enforcing it.


New rules designed to help visitors have a better parade experience were announced to Disneyland cast members last week, but enforcement seems inconsistent. MousePlanet file photo.

Under the new policy—to have taken effect last week—visitors can no longer reserve space on Main Street to watch parades or fireworks before cast members install the ropes to designate the boundaries of the viewing areas. This change follows a similar policy change made for the Fantasmic show, before Disneyland implemented Fastpass for that show (and before the show's hiatus due to the Star Wars Land construction).

The new policy targets visitors who claim a space on the sidewalks of Main Street hours before the parade begins, sometimes using blankets or tarps to reserve space for large parties who do not wait with them. Disney now asks that visitors wait until the viewing areas are open to take a seat along the parade route, and not to save spots for other people.

A Disneyland spokesperson confirmed the policy change, and tells MousePlanet that the new rules are designed to allow park visitors to enjoy Main Street during the daytime, and reduce crowding on the street before parades. Visitors can still sit on the curb to enjoy a snack or take a short break, but if it becomes clear that they are waiting for a parade, they will be asked to come back with the viewing areas open. Depending on the day and location along the parade route, viewing areas become open anywhere from 35 to 90 minutes before the first parade of the evening.

Since Disneyland does not remove the ropes between parades when there are two performances in an evening, guests can claim a spot for the second parade as soon as the first parade has cleared the route. Even after the viewing areas open, visitors are asked not to use blankets, towels or bags to mark their space, nor save space for other people who are not present.

MousePlanet readers who visited Disneyland since the new policy was to have taken effect have reported wildly varying levels of enforcement. Chris Henry visited on March 2, and said via Facebook, "It was nice. We found a good spot in the hub about 60 minutes before. That would've been grabbed three hours before in the old days." Another reader visited on March 5 and said via email that there were lots of people camped out on Main Street long before the ropes were put in place, and cast members were making no effort to clear them out. That is consistent with a tweet by user Imaginat1on, who also visited March 5:

We aren't certain how the park will manage the viewing areas once Mickey's Soundsational Parade returns on March 25. The entertainment schedule shows that parade will run at 4:30 p.m., with the first Main Street Electrical Parade stepping off at 8:30 p.m. We suspect Disney will remove the viewing area set up after the Soundsational Parade ends (around 5:15 p.m.), and then reset the areas around 7:00 for the Electrical Parade.

The good news for most guests is that they may experience a much shorter wait for the nighttime parade and fireworks, but the downside is a potential crush on Main Street when the viewing areas open.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival begins Friday

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival begins this Friday, and the food booths and support structures are already in place throughout most of the park. Each booth is topped with a new sign with a unique graphic highlighting the theme of the booth.


Booths are in place for the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, which begins Friday, March 10. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Looking at the schedule for the event, it appears Disney is treating the Food & Wine Festival as another opportunity to bring "festival entretainment" to Disney California Adventure. The daily schedule includes Live Festival Music at Paradise Park, and sets by the Jammin' Chefs, (who we suspect are the Trash Can Trio/Green Army Men group in a new costume).

The 2017 event will also feature a daily Junior Chef offering in Paradise Park, near the Golden Zephyr. The Junior Chef program gives children ages 3 to 11 the opportunity to help "bake" a sweet treat, with help from Goofy and some Disney chefs. Long-time Disney fans may remember a similar program offered at Disneyland, and Disney tours the program around for community events.


Chefs from the Disneyland Resort led the Junior Chef program at Endless Summer events hosted by the Disneyland Resort at local Anaheim parks in 2016. MousePlanet file photo.

The free offering is scheduled three times per day, so check the event schedule for the day you want to visit. Every participant receives a packaged baked treat to enjoy after the activity.

Advance registration opens Thursday for 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend events

Early registration opens at 9 a.m. Pacific time this Thursday, March 9 for 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend events. The race weekend is scheduled for January 11–14, 2018 at the Disneyland Resort. Early registration is open to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, and also to members of the Disney Vacation Club. General registration opens next Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific)

Registration for the 2018 races opens a full three months earlier than for the 2017 event, and it's unknown what effect the earlier commitment opportunity will have on the registration pace. It's been over a month since registration opened for the 2017 Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend, and all divisions are open, with the exception of the runDisney Kids Races. Participants note the difficulty in committing to a race nine months in advance, and also complain about being required to pay the registration fees so far in advance.

Still, the Star Wars event has proven to be one of the most popular at the Disneyland Resort, and some people—especially those hoping to retain their legacy status—will want to register as early as possible to confirm their spot.

New this year is a Light Side Lounge, a "VIP experience." Disney says, "This experience will provide guests with a personalized race check-in process, as well as access to exclusive shopping, dining and entertainment offerings." Details and pricing are not yet available on the runDisney website.

Pricing for all race events remain unchanged from 2016, and there is no Pasta in the Park party again in 2017.

Here are tips provided by runDisney to help runners prepare to register quickly:

  1. Create an active.com profile prior to registration opening.
  2. Be ready to register at noon ET (9 a.m. Pacific time). Follow rundisney.com and the runDisney social media channels for the registration link.
  3. Once you're in the queue, you have 15 minutes to complete the registration process. After 15 minutes, your spot is no longer guaranteed.
  4. If you receive an "on hold" message, this means the queue is currently full. Continue to check back.
  5. Have everyone in your party register only themselves for a faster registration process.
  6. Look to travel providers and charity groups for additional registration opportunities.

If you are a Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort annual passholder, our advice is to use the links from those pages to register for the event. While Disney Vacation Club members also have access to early registration, the DVC website is notorious for not posting the links until the registration is almost full. Here are the starting pages for each membership; the live registration links are posted the morning registration opens:

Proof of time for the half marathon event can be provided when you register, but must be provided by October 10, 2017 to avoid being placed in the last corral for the half marathon start.

After you register for your event(s), come add your name to the Team MousePlanet race roster to connect with other runners and share training tips.

Event Pricing

Star Wars Rebel Challenge
January 13 & 14

Price: $330

Registration includes both Saturday's Star Wars 10K (6.2 miles) and Sunday's Star Wars Half Marathon (13.1 miles), with a bonus (third) Rebel Challenge medal.

Star Wars Half Marathon
Sunday, January 14

Price: $185

Registration for Sunday's 13.1-mile half-marathon event only.

Star Wars 10K
Saturday, January 13

Price: $120

Registration for Saturday's 6.2-mile 10K event only.

Warning: You do not get the bonus Rebel Challenge medal if you register for the half marathon and 10K events separately.

Star Wars 5K
Friday, January 12

Price: $80

Registration for Friday's 3.1-mile event only.

runDisney Kids Races
Saturday, January 13

Price: $20

Registration for Saturday's Kids Races (in various age categories).

Construction Land


An overview of the Star Wars Land construction site, as viewed from the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photos by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


An overview of the Star Wars Land construction site, as viewed from the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photos by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


An overview of the Star Wars Land construction site, as viewed from the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photos by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


An overview of the Star Wars Land construction site, as viewed from the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photos by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

This and that…

...Mickey's Fun Wheel has reopened following refurbishment.

...The World of Color will resume performances on Tuesday, March 7 following refurbishment.

...Pioneer Mercantile is scheduled to reopen this Thursday, March 9, following refurbishment and expansion of the adjacent Adventureland bathrooms. It's unclear if the bathrooms will also reopen at the same time.

...Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 11 following refurbishment.

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Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 4 / 10
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4 / 10
Thursday, March 9, 2017 3 / 10
Friday, March 10, 2017 3 / 10
Saturday, March 11, 2017 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

  • Pioneer Mercantile – closed through March 9 due to refurbishment and expansion of Adventureland bathrooms.
  • Adventureland restroom complex – closed for refurbishment and expansion. Reopening date not yet published, but possible early March.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed through March 15 for refurbishment.
  • Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie – closed through March 11 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date not yet published, but expected to be late April.

The following attractions are all closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America, and are expected to reopen in spring 2017 or later:

  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
  • Fantasmic!
  • Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Mark Twain Riverboat

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.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – closed for transformation into a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.
  • Grizzly River Run – closed through March 21 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color – closed through March 7 for refurbishment.
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage! closes for update on April 9.

Disneyland Resort

  • House of Blues Anaheim – closed. The 23,000-square-foot restaurant and concert venue has been demolished. A new Splitsville Lanes is scheduled to open on the site in late 2017.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Grand Californian Hotel Pools – closed through spring 2017. All three of the pools at the hotel will be closed for refurbishment, including the Redwood Pool and water slide, the Fountain Pool, and the Mariposa Pool. The cabanas will also close during this time. During the refurbishment, which is expected to last at least through March, people staying at the Grand Californian Hotel can use the pool facilities at the Disneyland Hotel or 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).

2017

  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival – March 10 through April 16. Tickets for the premium events are now on sale.
  • Mini Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – March 18. More information on the event website.
  • Dapper Day Spring Outing to Disneyland (unofficial event) – Sunday, April 23. 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.
  • 2017 Grad Nites – May 5, 6, 10, 17, 19, 20, 24, 30, and 31; June 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, and 17.
  • 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – May 11–14. This event happens over Mother's Day weekend. Registration is still open for some events via the runDisney website.
  • D23 Expo – July 14–16. Tickets are now on sale through the official D23 website.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – August 31 through September 3. This event adds to the Labor Day weekend crowds. Registration is still open for some events via the runDisney website.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 6–8. More information on the event website.
  • Dapper Day Fall Outing to Disneyland (unofficial event) – Sunday, November 5. 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.
  • Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend – November 9–12. This event adds to the Veteran's Day weekend crowds. Registration is still open for some events via the runDisney website.

2018

  • Star Wars – The Light Side Half Marathon Weekend – January 11–14, 2018. Early registration opens March 7, 2017. General registration opens March 14, 2017 via the runDisney website. Proof of Time must be provided by October 10, 2017.

School Holidays

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

2017

  • Cesar Chavez Day – Friday, March 31. Many locals schools are closed.
  • Spring Break – April 2–29. The four-week period during which most local schools will observe a one-week spring holiday. Based on the blockout dates of the Southern California discount tickets, Disney expects the largest crowds April 9–23.
  • Utah Education Association convention (UEA, a.k.a. "Utah Escapes to Anaheim") – October 19–20. Expect large attendance levels October 19–22 as Utah students and families take advantage of a 4-day weekend created by their school's participation in a state education convention. Not all Utah schools or teachers close for or attend UEA, but the impact on the Resort is usually noticeable enough to mention.
  • Nevada Day – October 28. Nevada schools will be closed on Friday, October 28 to observe Nevada Day, creating a three-day weekend.

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).

Legoland California

  • Star Wars Days – dates not yet confirmed.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland model display – opens March.
  • Surfers' Cove at LEGOLAND Water Park – opens summer.
  • Red, White and Boom – July 4.
  • Brick-or-Treat – Saturdays in October.
  • Holidays at Legoland – November 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018
  • Kids' New Year's Eve – December 31.

Sea World San Diego

  • Magic Weekends – March 4–26.

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
$97
$157
$97
$157
One Day – Regular
$110
$165
$104
$159
One Day – Peak
$124
$174
$118
$168

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 $199/$187
  • Two Day Park Hopper – Regularly $244/$232

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 $270/$258
  • Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $315/$303

The 3-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then a second visit to either park on another day on or before May 25, 2017.

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.

You can also upgrade this ticket to a 3-Day Park Hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $40, a savings of up to $106 compared to the box office price of a three-day park-hopper ticket.

If purchased in advance of arrival, the three-day tickets include one Magic Morning admission. This benefit does not come with tickets purchased at the theme park ticket booths, so make sure to order online and print at home before you arrive. If purchasing at a participating third party ticket outlet, double-check that their 3-day tickets come with this feature.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until May to use the second (or third) admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by May 22, 2017. Tickets expire May 25, 2017, and are blocked out April 9–23, 2017.

Read full details of this offer in the January 17 Disneyland Resort Update. You can either purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or online at Disneyland.com and print them at home. You can also purchase them at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores.

Military

2017 Military Salute Offer

Disney released details of its 2017 Military Salute offer for Disneyland and Walt Disney World last October, and the tickets are valid January 1 through April 8 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.

At the time we first shared details of the offer, we did not know about (or Disney had not announced) a special PhotoPass promotion also available to military personnel.

Through December 19, 2017, active and retired U.S. military personnel who are eligible for the Military Salute offer can also purchase the Disney PhotoPass Collection for $49, a discount of 50% over the usual $99 price. The Disney PhotoPass Collection includes digital downloads of all available PhotoPass photos linked to your account, a voucher for a dining print package and a Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc with 350 high-resolution professional photos from around Disneyland Resort.

We've recapped the 2017 Military Salute offer below, and you can find all of the detailed terms and conditions on our MousePad discussion forum.

Discount Type Description
Ticket discounts

Through December 16, 2017, 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:

  • Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $156 each [an increase of $13 from the 2016 offer]
  • Disney Military Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $181 each [a new option for 2017]

Disneyland tickets may be used through December 19, 2017, except that the tickets may not be used April 9–23, 2017.

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 nontransferable and must be used by December 19, 2017.

Hotel discounts

The new offer is valid most nights from January 1 through December 19, 2017. Like the ticket offer, hotel discounts are not valid April 9–23, 2017

Disney does not publish the actual discounted rates, and instead asks eligible U.S. military personnel to call (714) 520-7088 to check pricing, availability and to make reservations. In past years, the offer was generally 30 to 40 percent off, based on room category.

Unlike the Walt Disney World version, the Disneyland offer allows the eligible service member to book up to two rooms, and allows spouses (with valid and proper ID) to qualify in the absence of the service member.

PhotoPass
discount

Through December 19, 2017, active and retired U.S. military personnel who are eligible for the Military Salute offer can also purchase the Disney PhotoPass Collection for $49, a discount of 50% over the usual $99 price.

The Disney PhotoPass Collection includes digital downloads of all available PhotoPass photos linked to your account, a voucher for a dining print package and a Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc with 350 high-resolution professional photos from around Disneyland Resort.

Four Day Tickets

  • Four Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $290/$275
  • Four Day Park Hopper – Regularly $335/$320

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 $305/$290
  • Five Day Park Hopper – Regularly $350/$335

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

Annual Pass Monthly Payment Program

California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

  • Premier Annual Passport ($1,439 new or renewal) – 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 new/$989 renewal) – includes discounts, parking, and digital PhotoPass downloads. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Pass ($849 new/$799 renewal) – includes discounts, parking, and digital PhotoPass downloads. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Disney Deluxe Pass ($619 new/$579 renewal) – includes some discounts. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($469 new/$449 renewal) – includes some discounts. Many blockout dates, including Saturdays, December holidays and other peak days.
  • Southern California Select Annual Passport ($339 new/$329 renewal) – includes some discounts. This pass has the most blockout dates, including all weekends, December holidays and other peak days.
  • Parking Add On ($219) – 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

Southern California CityPASS ($346/$314) – 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, 2017. 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 $42/$34. 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 second day at LEGOLAND for $25. Purchase this upgrade at LEGOLAND on the day you use your CityPASS.
  • Add LEGOLAND Water Park for $30 for ages 3+ ($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 the current Southern California CityPASS, a credit of $295 for ages 10+ ($283 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 subject to change without notice.


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


Customers can add a Snowman Mickey tote or Disneyland castle throw blanket to their qualifying purchase for $20. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


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 has once again extended the additional 20 percent merchandise discount offered to Disney Signature Plus, Disney Signature, Disney Premier and Premium annual passholders, this time through December 31, 2017. 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 six 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 image download 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 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Darth Vader is once again the character featured 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.


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 "2017 Disney Military Promotional 3–Day Park Hopper Ticket" above.

Southern California residents

The 3-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on one day, and then a second visit to either park on another day on or before May 25, 2017.

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.

You can also upgrade this ticket to a 3-Day Park Hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $40, a savings of up to $106 compared to the box office price of a three-day park-hopper ticket.

If purchased in advance of arrival, the three-day tickets include one Magic Morning admission. This benefit does not come with tickets purchased at the theme park ticket booths, so make sure to order online and print at home before you arrive. If purchasing at a participating third party ticket outlet, double-check that their 3-day tickets come with this feature.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission today and wait until May to use the second (or third) admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by May 22, 2017. Tickets expire May 25, 2017, and are blocked out April 9–23, 2017.

Read full details of this offer in the January 17 Disneyland Resort Update. You can either purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths, or online at Disneyland.com and print them at home. You can also purchase them at participating Disney Stores and authorized third party ticket outlets, including many local grocery stores.

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

The Disneyland website does not list the blockout dates for the Costco-exclusive Disney California Adventure Park Fun Pass. The blockout dates are as follows:

  • 2017 – January 1, 2; February 18, 19; March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 9, 14, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 26, 27, 28; June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1-4, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19; September 2,l 3; November 10, 11, 23, 24, 25.

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:

3/5 3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9 3/10 3/11

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 10a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17 3/18

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24 3/25

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

3/26 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30 3/31 4/1

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

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

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events:
Food & Wine Festival

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.

The Seasons calendar is published on the Disneyland website for the next 8-11 months.

Comments

  1. By RunningFool

    Just a quick note that early registration for Star Wars opens this THURSDAY March 9th @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific. runDisney made the change a few races ago from Tuesday to Thursday.

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  2. By DisneyGator

    Just a suggestion: you might be well served to NOT put in the Touring Plans crowd calendar forecast. Last week, they had Wed-Friday as a 2,3, and 4 respectively. Nothing could've been further from the truth. I've been to DL when it was a 2 - in fact, it was two years ago the same week. This year, Wed and Thurs were more like 5 or 6, and Friday had to be close to 8 or 9. I've never ever seen the crowds I saw, even on a summer day, as I did on Friday. It was madness.

  3. By amyuilani

    I don't know how they can reasonably expect to have a seat-saving policy given the crowd-to-CM ratio on the average day. You can ask them to vacate the area, but once you head down the route, new families come in. You could conceivably be spending hours trying to get people to move before ropes are up. It's like herding cats. Perhaps either the ropes go up earlier, or they refine the policy to require blankets be folded by a certain point before step-off. Either way, this doesn't seem like the kind of policy that can be reasonably enforced given the crowds.

  4. By rjrugby11

    I could not agree with you more DisneyGator- The annual pass holder event was not discussed on the updates and we would have absolutely moved our dates of travel had we known. Your description of the crowds is accurate and we actually bailed our final night (Friday) at 7 (and skipped fireworks) with the crowds. We've been going for years at this time of year and this was by far the busiest we have seen it.

  5. By candles71

    Rjrugby, that is actually the norm any more. There isn't really an off season at all any more. There are busy, busier and crazy crowds. The problem with the crowd predictors is the years used for the averages include the old data as well. The crowds have steadily increased since Carsland opened and the 60th just increased them more.
    The AP days probably had less of an impact than the Electric Parade being back on limited run did.

  6. By AVP

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGator View Post
    Just a suggestion: you might be well served to NOT put in the Touring Plans crowd calendar forecast. Last week, they had Wed-Friday as a 2,3, and 4 respectively. Nothing could've been further from the truth. I've been to DL when it was a 2 - in fact, it was two years ago the same week. This year, Wed and Thurs were more like 5 or 6, and Friday had to be close to 8 or 9. I've never ever seen the crowds I saw, even on a summer day, as I did on Friday. It was madness.
    I've passed your feedback along to TouringPlans. We don't have any input into their predictions, or how they are determined.
    Quote Originally Posted by rjrugby11 View Post
    The annual pass holder event was not discussed on the updates and we would have absolutely moved our dates of travel had we known.
    The AP Days event was only announced three weeks before it began, and was absolutely discussed in the Updates once we knew about it:

    Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder Days return February 10

    Annual Passholder promotion draws large crowds to Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by candles71 View Post
    Rjrugby, that is actually the norm any more. There isn't really an off season at all any more. There are busy, busier and crazy crowds. The problem with the crowd predictors is the years used for the averages include the old data as well. The crowds have steadily increased since Carsland opened and the 60th just increased them more.
    The AP days probably had less of an impact than the Electric Parade being back on limited run did.

    AP Days definitely caused a spike in Friday attendance in my opinion, as did the opening of the Red Rose Taverne. But yes, it's been widely noted that attendance and crowding is just through the roof right now, and that the "off season" just doesn't exist. Something I had not known until a reader alerted me was that some school districts are now observing a President's Week break, which may have also contributed to crowding.

    AVP

  7. By candles71

    Yes, that week has been spiking for a few years. Our school did the week twice but hasn't for a couple of years. I hadn't correlated in my brain that was the week they were discussing. I believe schools up and down the state are using that week though.

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