Disneyland Resort Update for July 24-30, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for July 24–30, 2017

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MaxPass debuts at Disneyland | Build-a-Bear, Ridemakerz out as Downtown Disney clears way for new dining | VIP experiences on sale for 10th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney District | Tickets available for Breakfast with Santa at Catal | DuckAdventure registration | This and that…

MaxPass debuts at Disneyland

MaxPass is here, and it can change the way you tour Disneyland and Disney California Adventure—for a price.

MaxPass is a new upcharge service that bundles the existing PhotoPass product with a new digital Fastpass tool in the Disneyland smartphone application.

MaxPass includes unlimited downloads of PhotoPass photos taken on each day that the entitlement is valid. It also allows visitors to collect and redeem Fastpass tickets remotely using the app, instead of collecting paper Fastpass tickets from a physical kiosk in the parks.


With MaxPass, you can see the posted standby waits for Fastpass attractions, and pick a return time for the ride of your choice. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.



Visitors can add Disney's MaxPass to their theme park tickets for $10 per person, per day. Users can choose to purchase the MaxPass for their entire length of stay, or for one or more days. Annual passholders can add MaxPass by the day, or to their existing pass for $75, valid through the end of the current pass expiration. Signature Plus and Premier passholders, who already receive free PhotoPass photos, now also receive Disney MaxPass at no additional charge.

When the $75 upgrade was announced, Signature passholders, who also receive free PhotoPass downloads, demanded to know why they did not also receive MaxPass for free. Now we know: Disney removed the PhotoPass perk for new Signature annual passes purchased on or after July 19. Existing Signature passholders will continue to receive the PhotoPass benefits for the duration of their current pass, and will keep the benefit if they renew their pass on time. However, they do not receive MaxPass for free, and must pay the $75 fee to add the service to their AP.

For new or recently renewed passholders, MaxPass adds $6.25 to the monthly cost of a 12-month pass. Passholders due to renew in the next few months might be better served to wait until they renew their pass to add MaxPass, and thus get the most use out of their $75 fee.

The standard Fastpass system will still be available at no charge to visitors who do not purchase the MaxPass product. Fastpass tickets for World of Color or Fantasmic are not available via MaxPass, and must be collected in person as always.

I had the opportunity to test MaxPass out a day before it rolled out to the public last week, and rode four Fastpass attractions in just two hours using the system, with time to spare for a Starbucks run. Here are some notes from my test, and some tips to help you use the system.

Decide if you're in it for the photos or the Fastpass tickets – MaxPass comes with two different benefits, and how (or if) you purchase the product for your party depends on what you want to get out of it.

If you're buying MaxPass to get the PhotoPass downloads, then you only need to buy it for one member of your party. Just make sure that's the account you use whenever you see a PhotoPass photographer, and be sure to link all of your photos to that account. As we previously wrote, the $10 per ticket, per day price point for day guests is intriguing, if only because that is $29 less than the cost of the Disney PhotoPass+ One Day product currently offered. Setting aside for the moment any discussion of the Fastpass element, it's cheaper to add MaxPass onto one member of the party just to receive the PhotoPass benefit.

If you're buying MaxPass to use the digital Fastpass system, then you'll need MaxPass for every member of your party. That $10 per person can add up, so consider only using the service on really busy days to save money.

You have to show up to use it – Unlike the Fastpass+ system at Walt Disney World, the MaxPass system does not allow users to select Fastpass tickets months, weeks, or even days in advance. This is still a same-day program, and you have to activate the entitlement on the day you visit the park.

One major rule of MaxPass is that you cannot make Fastpass selections from home before even heading to the parks. You have to be inside a theme park to collect a digital Fastpass to use the same day, although MaxPass users need not physically go to their selected attraction to claim a Fastpass ticket. A MaxPass user can walk onto Main Street, U.S.A. and claim a Fastpass for Splash Mountain if they want, without ever stepping foot in Critter Country.

Take advantage of virtual park-hopping – The MaxPass app also allows you to claim a Fastpass for a ride in the other theme park, so that if you're in Disneyland, you could claim a Fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers without first entering Disney California Adventure park. During our test, we booked a Fastpass for the Matterhorn in Disneyland while waiting in line to ride Soarin' Around the World in Disney California Adventure.

There does not appear to be a geofence (a virtual geographical boundary) built into the app, and the service appears to work even after you leave the Disneyland Resort, as long as you activated your admission before leaving the park. Users have reported being able to make Fastpass reservations from their off-property hotel rooms during a break from the parks, and even from home after leaving for the day.

Watch your return times – Regardless of how they obtain their Fastpass, tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, but MaxPass users seem to have a shorter wait time to collect their next Fastpass in some circumstances. Users cannot generally obtain another classic Fastpass until two hours after they obtain the first Fastpass, or at the start of the return window of the first Fastpass, whichever comes first. During my test, the longest wait between MaxPass version Fastpass reservations was 90 minutes. Several MousePlanet readers have reported the same when using the system, so this seems to be an advantage for MaxPass users.

Keep your media handy – When it comes time to ride, MaxPass users scan a barcode at a new portal installed at the Fastpass return gate. You can either use the barcode on your admission media, or scan a barcode displayed from the app screen on your mobile device. Fastpass ticket holders continue to scan the barcode on their ticket to access the return queue.

MaxPass can drain the battery on your mobile device, so I recommend scanning your park admission when you return to ride, just to save battery life.

Another nice benefit of MaxPass is that any paper Fastpass tickets you happen to collect will show up in the app.


MaxPass users can scan a barcode on their mobile device or their annual passport when it's time to ride. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Check back for dropped Fastpasses – The app lets you cancel a previously collected Fastpass if you change your mind, freeing you up to collect another Fastpass more quickly. These cancelled return times are made available to other MaxPass users, a definite advantage over using the paper Fastpass system. During testing, Fastpass return times for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! were after 6:00 p.m., but when one user cancelled a pair of Fastpass tickets with a 2:00 p.m. return time, another user was able to snap them right up. You can't do this using the paper Fastpass system.

Break the party up – One member of a party can manage Fastpass tickets for the entire party using the mobile app, as long as each member of a party purchases the MaxPass entitlement. You can link multiple people together by creating a Fastpass Party in the mobile app, but they don't all need to ride together. You can create different Fastpass parties for each ride, and even book different rides for different people.


Users can create a Fastpass party for each attraction, and manage multiple users from one device. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.



The list of Fastpass attractions at each park is as follows, although some are only offered seasonally:

Disneyland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion [Holiday]
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
  • [Hyper] Space Mountain [Ghost Galaxy]
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours The Adventures Continue


Disney California Adventure

  • California Screamin'
  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Build-a-Bear, Ridemakerz out as Downtown Disney clears way for new dining

Employees at the Ridemakerz store in Downtown Disney were notified Saturday morning that the Anaheim location is closing on Monday, September 18. The store is a miniature car customizing shop where customers build 1:18 scale cars, optionally with remote-control gear. The Southern California location opened in 2010, with a pop-up location opening the same year in Downtown Disney Orlando. The Florida location has since closed, and the company has only two other locations in the US.

The workers were told that Disney did not renew the store's lease, and that at least two other Downtown Disney merchants would also be closing. On Sunday, we confirmed that those merchants were Build-a-Bear Workshop, along with neighbor Chapel Hats.

Build-a-Bear is one of the few remaining original Downtown Disney tenants, and its line-up of "furry friends" includes dozens of Disney-licensed plush characters and costumes. Chapel Hats is one of the newest Downtown Disney retailers, having opened just last year in the former Little Miss Matched space. Both locations are slated to close in September, but the exact dates were not available.

The Orange County Register reports eports that the store closings are to make room for new dining options in Downtown Disney, though no additional details were given.

Rumors have swirled about the Build-a-Bear location since before the store even opened. The earliest rumors claimed the two-story space had originally been intended as a restaurant location, but was leased to Build-a-Bear when the restaurant group backed out. The design of the space, with an unused second-floor balcony that mirrors Catal Restaurant across the way, makes that theory seem plausible.

When Department 56 closed in 2008, some watchers claimed the space would be converted to restaurant use. Instead, the large D56 space was subdivided into multiple storefronts, including Ridemakerz and Chapel Hats.

However, don't look for a single eatery to take over the entire building. MousePlanet confirmed that other stores in the same Downtown Disney block—Sanuk footwear and Wetzel's Pretzels—will remain open. Sanuk is located in the middle of that building, so it seems the footwear retailers might have new neighbors on both sides.

VIP experiences on sale for 10th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney District

The 10th annual Taste of Downtown Disney District, a fundraiser for CHOC Children’s Hospital, is Thursday, August 10, at the Disneyland Resort. Tickets for four VIP experiences went on sale this past Friday, July 20, and as of this writing, two have sold out. The two remaining VIP packages are:

  • Ghirardelli CHOCO-late Experience ($225 per person) – Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop and Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria are partnering to bring you this chocolate lovers dream! Sample decadent desserts featuring rich Ghirardelli chocolate paired with beverages. Each guest will also receive a bountiful gift basket containing iconic Ghirardelli SQUARES chocolate and free sundae vouchers valid at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. This sweet experience begins with Taste of Downtown Disney District attendance, and caps off with the tasting occurring from 8:00–9:00 p.m. at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria.
  • AMC Disney Film Magic ($200 per person) – This very special VIP experience hosted by director/producer Dave Bossert will showcase a vast variety of rare animated clips and share stories and insight behind each project. An Evening of Disney Rarities promises to take audiences on a fun and unique journey through rarely seen animated and film treasures. Guests will relax in the comfort of AMC’s theater, enjoy a sample from AMC’s new Feature Fare menu and take home an autographed copy of David Bossert’s new book, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons.  This cinematic experience begins with Taste of Downtown Disney District attendance and mixes in the viewing from 7:00–8:30 p.m. at AMC Theaters.

Tickets are on sale via the event website.

General admission tickets for the event have not yet gone on sale, and we are waiting for additional details from CHOC. We will share those as soon as they are available.

Tickets available for Breakfast with Santa at Catal

If you're ready to start thinking about Christmas in July, we have the dates for the 2017 Breakfast with Santa events at Catal restaurant in Downtown Disney. The restaurant has expanded the offering to 14 seatings for the 2017 season, with 8 a.m. or Noon sessions on December 9, 10, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23.

The event includes family-style breakfast at Catal restaurant in Downtown Disney, live entertainment, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus, and a Build-a-Bear Workshop teddy bear for each child.

Tickets are $75 per adult (a $15 jump from 2016), and $30 per child ages 3 to 10. Children 2 and under are free, but must be counted in the party size. Pre-sale registration is now open—book online via the Patina Group website. If you book before July 31, you will receive a $30 Patina Group gift card that can be used at any of its Downtown Disney locations, including Catal, Uva Bar, Naples, and Tortilla Jo's.

Note: All sales are final. If you are unsure about which date you want to attend, you can still take advantage of the offer by calling (714) 333-9924 and making a placeholder reservation.

Join Team MousePlanet for the 2017 CHOC Walk in the Park

Registration is now officially open for the 2017 CHOC Walk in the Park, to be held Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Disneyland Resort.

Thanks to the efforts and generosity of MousePlanet.com readers, staff and contributors, Team MousePlanet has raised over $62,000 for CHOC Children's since 2008. We invite all MousePlanet readers, friends, and family to join us at the 2017 walk, as we celebrate a decade of giving.

The minimum fundraising commitment for all walkers (ages 3 and up) is $85. When you register for the event, you can opt to register as a Fundraising Bear or a Busy Bear:

  • Fundraising Bears pay nothing at the time of registration, but must raise a minimum of $85 before the event to participate.
  • Busy Bears pay a fee of $95 at the time of registration to secure their place at the walk. CHOC will mail the event T-shirt and wristband before the walk.

Why Join Team MousePlanet?

COMMUNITY! Walking with Team MousePlanet is a great way to spend a morning with MousePlanet staff and readers, all while raising money for a great cause. Stay after the walk and enjoy Disneyland with your fellow Disney fans.

CONVENIENCE! If you register as a Fundraising Bear, Team MousePlanet will handle check-in for you. No need to drive to Orange the week before the walk to collect your wristband and T-shirt. You need only meet us in Downtown Disney the morning of the walk to collect your goodies, then head right into Disneyland to start the walk.
If you prefer to have your shirt and wristband before the walk (some people like to personalize them), register as a Busy Bear and those items will be shipped to you.

The deadline to join Team MousePlanet and meet the $85 fundraising requirement in order for us to handle check-in for walkers is Friday, August 18. We still welcome those who register after this date, but they must handle their own check-in.

CHOC-tastic discount ticket promotion

In addition to helping support an outstanding local charity, one of the benefits of participating in the CHOC Walk is the opportunity to purchase discounted Disneyland tickets during the CHOC-tastic promotion. Walkers who meet the $85 fund raising minimum can purchase a 1-Day 1-Park Disneyland Resort ticket for $57 (regularly $91 to $124), or a Disneyland Resort 1-Day Park Hopper ticket for $86 (regularly $151 to $174).

The tickets can only be purchased by registered walkers in person at the Disneyland Resort on the day of the walk. You must present your CHOC Walk in the Park wristband to a Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth to purchase the discounted tickets. Each walker with a valid wristband can purchase up to five tickets, which represents a savings of up to $440.

The tickets are valid starting Sunday, August 27, 2017, and must be used by September 23, 2017. The tickets are not valid September 1 to 4; September 15, or September 20 to 22.

Are you ready to CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet? It's easy to sign up - just visit the CHOC Walk website. You can opt to join Team MousePlanet during the registration process.

If you have any questions about the event, join the discussion on our MousePad forum.

DuckAdventure registration opens August 1


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Donald has had enough of Mickey getting all the attention, and he's decided to take over. MouseAdventure Fall 2017 at Disneyland will hereafter be known as DuckAdventure! Third Gate Games presents MouseAdventure DuckAdventure at the park that started it all, Disneyland, on Sunday, September 17.

Registration will open on August 1 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time at mouseadventure.com, so set a reminder and make sure you are registered in the Third Gate Games forums. Join Donald and all his duck pals as they paddle the Rivers of America and beyond. Life is like a hurricane... Are you game?

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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

The following attractions are all closed for Star Wars Land-related construction around the Rivers of America:

  • Disneyland Railroad – reopens July 29
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes – reopens July 29
  • Sailing Ship Columbia – reopens July 29
  • Mark Twain Riverboat – reopens July 29

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.

Disneyland Resort

  • Splitsville Lanes – under construction in Downtown Disney. Expected to open late 2017.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Pinocchio's Workshop – closed. No reopening date available.

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

  • Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure – through September 10
  • Main Street Electrical Parade return engagement – nightly, through August 20.
  • 10th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, August 10. Ticket information has not been released, so keep an eye on the event website for further details.
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, August 27. Registration is now open.
  • 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.
  • MouseAdventure at Disneyland Resort (unofficial event) – Sunday, September 17. More information on the event website.
  • Halloween Time – September 15 through October 31
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – September 20, 22, 25, 27, 29; October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31. Tickets on sale now for Disneyland annual passholders. General admission tickets go on sale Monday, July 24.
  • 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 – Originally scheduled for January 11–14, 2018. Registration dates and details pending.
  • Dapper Day Spring Outing to Disneyland (unofficial event) – Sunday, April 22. 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.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – Originally scheduled for May 10-13, 2018, but runDisney has since removed the date from the 2018 event listing. Registration dates and details pending.

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

  • 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 are 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).

Knott's Berry Farm

Legoland California

  • Brick-or-Treat – Saturdays in October.
  • Holidays at Legoland – November 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018
  • Kids' New Year's Eve – December 31.

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.

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.

Three Day Tickets

  • Three Day, One Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $270/$258
  • Three Day Park Hopper – Regularly $315/$303

No discounts currently available to the general public.

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.

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.

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 2:00 to 6:00 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:

7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26 7/27 7/28 7/29

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

7/30 7/31 8/1 8/2 8/3 8/4 8/5

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

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

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

8/13 8/14 8/15 8/16 8/17 8/18 8/19

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

8/20 8/21 8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25 8/26

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Final MSEP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 10a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1 9/2

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: CHOC Walk

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:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

Visit our Annual Passholders Blockout Dates page to see more dates. You can see future calendar schedules at Disneyland. As always, specifics are subject to change without notice (or occasionally, without us noticing) so when information conflicts between what is presented here and that presented by Disney, it is best to assume Disney's information is correct.

Visit the Park Hours section of our Disneyland Park guide for additional details about Magic Morning and Toontown Morning Madness, including available attractions. Entertainment schedule: Go directly to the Disneyland Resort schedule for this week at Disneyland.com here.

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

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Comments

  1. By letshavefun

    Not sure how they are going to give a build a bear to a child at the Santa breakfast when the store will be closed in Sept. Unless it's already been stuffed.

  2. By Dave1313

    Quote Originally Posted by letshavefun View Post
    Not sure how they are going to give a build a bear to a child at the Santa breakfast when the store will be closed in Sept. Unless it's already been stuffed.

    Preface: Don't take the following as me suggesting I have insight into DTD specific details, because I definitely don't.

    That said, I noticed recently at my local mall that they had a small Build a Bear kiosk/cart set up at the front of the AMC 24 screen movie theater. I have no idea how long it has been there, but I've observed it twice (probably both within the last month) when seeing a film. It is obviously more limited in scope than a full store location, and it may just be temporary for trying to make some sales of Bears that match some of the summer blockbuster movies.

    I wonder if they might offer BaB a similar opportunity at the AMC in DTD?

    In this particular mall there is not a separate BaB store(there is one in another mall about 5-6 miles away, though), so it's not like they have a big "base" store that this cart is run from, it stands alone with respect to this mall.

    Just a thought.

  3. By AVP

    Quote Originally Posted by letshavefun View Post
    Not sure how they are going to give a build a bear to a child at the Santa breakfast when the store will be closed in Sept. Unless it's already been stuffed.

    I had wondered the same. The bear was pre-stuffed last year, so I imagine they're just going to buy them in advance.

    AVP

  4. By Berry Princess

    What a bummer about Build A Bear. Its seriously one of the only reasons we have ventured into DTD. More food is not always a good thing IMO. Guess we will be having to make a few stops before Sept if we can.

    Using the Starcade space for private events now. SMH Anything to make some extra cash for Disney I guess instead of opening it up to use as space for the paying guests.

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