Disneyland Resort Update for September 18 - 24, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for September 18 – 24, 2017

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News and Views

Halloween Time begins | Oogie Boogie's Buena Vista Street takeover | Cars Land Haul-o-Ween | Mickey's Halloween Party sold out for 2017 | Downtown Disney news | This and that…

Halloween Time begins

Halloween Time kicked off last Friday the 15th, with the return of attractions like the Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy at Disneyland, plus the launch of an all-new Halloween celebration at Disney California Adventure.


New Halloween Time banners decorate the esplanade between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

As expected, opening night drew huge crowds to the Resort, with the Mickey and Friends parking structure reaching capacity in the evening. Sunday saw even larger crowds, with both the Mickey and Friends structure and the Toy Story parking lot closing at times during the day.

With all of the new additions at Disney California Adventure, Halloween Time is now a multi-day experience for fans who want to see everything in both parks by day and by night. During a presentation to invited members of the media Friday night, Disney managers referred to the festivities at DCA as "Year One," and implied there will be even more to see in the coming days, weeks, and years. Disney may never celebrate Halloween on the same level as Knott's Scary Farm or Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, but the additions to DCA indicates that the company is looking for a niche somewhere between the pumpkin spice sweetness of Disneyland's Halloween offerings and the blood-soaked spectacle of the horror events.

Oogie Boogie's Buena Vista Street takeover

Purple and grey are the colors of Halloween on Buena Vista Street, a theme that begins with the banners hanging outside the park gates. Inside, a new Headless Horseman statue outside Elias and Co. draws long lines of visitors wanting a photo. The statue is impressive in the daytime, but special effects make it truly spectacular at night.


The Headless Horseman statue in Disney California Adventure looks spooky enough by day, but seems to come to life at night. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Oogie Boogie greets visitors from the entrance to Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

As in Cars Land, there is a nightly "lighting moment" on Buena Vista Street, and the area music changes to a more contemporary Halloween theme. The Buena Vista Street and Cars Land lighting moments happen at the same time, so you'll need to visit twice to see them both.


Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theater are lit for Halloween Time. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Bats fly from the belfry of the Carthay Circle Theatre. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Purple banners and black bats decorate Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Each of the Disney characters show off brand-new Halloween costumes this year. Cast members say each character designed their own costume, using whatever bits of fabric and such they could find. Some of the costumes are a hit, like Daisy's bewitching dress, but even the character hosts have a hard time explaining the inspiration behind Minnie's mashup "mystic" costume.


Daisy Duck is pretty in purple in her Halloween costume. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Miss Minnie is said to be dressed as a mystic. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Mickey and Donald show off their Halloween costumes. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Guardians After Dark

Disney Imagineers say they didn't begin planning the Halloween overlay for the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction until spring. Still, it seems that quite a lot of thought went into the overlay, and it does feel like a completely new experience after dark. Whether you enjoy that experience may depend on how much you enjoy being surrounded by alarm klaxons, strobing red beacons, spotlights, and scrambled video displays.


The exterior of the Collector's Fortress displays several new lighting effects in the Monsters After Dark version. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

In Disney's explanation of the backstory, the Guardians of the Galaxy have broken free of The Collector’s Fortress, but baby Groot wandered off during the escape and was left behind. Rocket has returned to rescue him, and once again turns to the humans touring the Tivan Collection for help. Of course, the Fortress is still reeling from the aftermath of the Guardians' escape, and there are monsters on the loose throughout the building.


Red lighting and static-filled video displays help convey the message that something has gone terribly wrong. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The exterior of the ride building gives your first clue that something has gone terribly wrong, with a red warning beacon lit atop the tower. The cast members have donned their "first responder" safety vests, which appear to be liberally splashed with blood and streaked with soot.


Despite the seeming emergency, the Collector's Fortress is still open for tours. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Inside the fortress, red emergency lights flood the gallery, and one of the display cases is draped, so as to conceal the fact that the creature formerly contained within has escaped. The video monitors periodically cut out to footage from security cameras, showing monsters roaming the building.


Rocket has come back to the fortress to save Groot, but he needs your help. Again. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Rocket is again in the library, and seeks your help to distract the monsters so he can rescue Groot. The on-ride portion of the experience features a new video sequence with one of the monsters, and a new song by Guardians of the Galaxy composer Tyler Bates.

As implied by the title, the Monsters After Dark version of the ride operates only at night. You can ride Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! during the day, and return after dark for the next chapter in the story.

Cars Land Haul-o-Ween

Haul-o-Ween is a family-friendly celebration in the town of Radiator Springs, with enough detail and references to keep adults engaged. The Halloween makeover is enchanting by day, but demands a return visit after dark to see the twilight transformation. There are four new cars on display in Cars Land, one at the entrance to the land, and three more along Route 66.

The nightly lighting moment has a new Halloween theme, and you'll hear new area music throughout Cars Land and on the two attractions with holiday overlays—Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Tony Shalhoub (Luigi) and Larry the Cable Guy (Mater) both provided new vocal recordings for the Halloween versions of their respective rides.


"Scary" the scare-car greets visitors at the entrance to Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Oil drums come alive after dark at Fillmore's Taste-In. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A patch of "pumpkins" is planted next to Sarge's Surplus Hut. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


By night, the Cozy Cones become creepy cones, and you're grateful there's no vacancy. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Luigi's Casa Della Tires is transformed for Halloween, and there are new songs on the ride. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Radiator Springs City Hall appears to come alive at night. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A sugar skull car parked outside Ramone's House of Body Art is a nod to Dia de los Muertos. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Cadillac Range carries the purple-and-green lighting theme into Cars Land. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


This modified Mr. Toad ride vehicle is a photo spot in front of Flo's V8 Cafe. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


One of Mater's baby tractors is dressed as a mummy for Halloween. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A display of movie posters for Halloween films that might play in the never-built Cars Land drive-in theater. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A new Horn-o-Plenty is on display outside Luigi's Casa Della Tires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Mickey's Halloween Party sold out for 2017

We've been warning in this space for the past month that tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland were selling very quickly this year, and we expected the entire event to sell out before the end of September. Last Friday the Disneyland website posted that the event has sold out for 2017. If you waited too long and are now scrambling to obtain tickets for your preferred event night, there may still be hope, but you need to act quickly.

Before you turn to Craigslist, StubHub, or eBay (all of which bring with them the very high risk of being defrauded), here are official ways you may still be able to buy legitimate party tickets directly from Disney:

  • Call Disneyland and ask if tickets are available by phone – a limited number of tickets may be available by phone for events that are sold out online. Call (714) 781-4636 to purchase by phone. Expect to wait on hold for at least 10 minutes.
  • Visit Disneyland and purchase tickets in person – a limited number of tickets may be available at the Disneyland ticket booths for events that are sold out online. However, if you tried to purchase tickets by phone and the night you wanted was sold out, they will not be available at the ticket booths.
  • Disneyland Resort Hotels – if you are a guest staying at one of the three Disney-owned hotels (Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, or Grand Californian Hotel), check with your hotel desk the morning of the event to see if they have tickets available for purchase. MousePlanet reader Angela tells us that a small number of tickets are reserved for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests, and are released for sale at 5:30 a.m. the morning of each party. Officially these tickets are intended only for concierge-level guests, but we've heard conflicting stories about that, and it seems some guests in standard rooms have been allowed to buy the tickets as well. If you're already staying on property, it does not hurt to ask. Angela warns that these tickets sell out very quickly, so don't wait until the party starts to try to make your purchase.
  • Friends or family – if friends/family already have tickets, they may be able to purchase additional tickets the day of the party. Again, a small number of tickets are reserved for same-day sales to help accommodate ticket holders who may have miscounted how many they need, or who had friends/family unexpectedly join them. As with the tickets reserved for hotel guests, these are very limited, and go on sale as soon as the ticket booths open in the morning. If at all possible, get there first thing in the morning to increase your chance of getting tickets. You must have the other event tickets with you—the cast member needs to see them, and cannot just trust your word that "so-and-so already has tickets."

Downtown Disney news

If stuffed bears and remote-control cars are on your holiday shopping list, two Downtown Disney shops will remain open to serve you through January.

We reported in July that Disney had declined to renew the leases for neighboring stores Build-a-Bear Workshop, Chapel Hats and Ridemakerz, and that all three locations were expected to close by the end of this month. Disney confirmed the closures at the time, saying the three spaces would be used to offer additional dining options in Downtown Disney.

Then last week, employees at Build-a-Bear learned that their store will remain open "at least through the holiday season." A Disney spokesperson told MousePlanet they were happy to confirm that both Build-a-Bear and Ridemakerz will remain open through the holiday season. We have learned that Ridemakerz will have reduced operating hours for the rest of the year, closing on Sundays and Mondays, and opening from 10am to 5pm the remaining 5 days.


Downtown Disney is decorated for fall with piles of pumpkins in every planter. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Chapel Hats will close this month as previously announced, but instead of a restaurant, Disney will open a retail boutique in the space. The as-yet-unnamed store will carry The Dress Shop collection of Disney dresses and accessories. A capsule collection from this line is currently sold in Downtown Disney at Vault 28, which itself is slated to close this month to make room for the new Star Wars virtual-reality experience.

This and that…

...Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage closes today for a brief refurbishment, and will reopen on September 22.

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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

  • River Belle Terrace – closed September 5 for refurbishment. Reopening date not published, but expected to be November 16.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed September 18–21 for refurbishment
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – closed September 25 & 26 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Cinema – closed September 25–28 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed October 2 for refurbishment. Reopening date not published, but after October 16.

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.
  • Goofy's Sky School – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date not published, but expected to be December 19.
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! – closed September 5–21 for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort

  • Splitsville Lanes – under construction in Downtown Disney. Expected to open late 2017.
  • Build-a-Bear – announced to be closing in late September to make room for additional dining offerings. Now scheduled to remain open through the holiday season.
  • Ridemakerz – closing September 18 to make room for additional dining offerings.
  • Chapel Hats – closing in late September to make room for additional dining offerings.
  • Vault 28 – closing in late September to make room for new Star Wars virtual reality offering.
  • Fossil – closing in late September to make room for new Star Wars virtual reality offering.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Pinocchio's Workshop (group childcare) – 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

  • 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. All event nights are now sold out.
  • 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.
  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

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.
  • 2018 Grad Nites: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 29 and 30; June 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9.

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 Beach Blanket for $14.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Disneyland Backpack for $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more.

Landry's Select Club – members of the Landry's Select Club get priority seating at the Rainforest Cafe when available (which makes a huge difference on busy days). This club replaces the former Rainforest Cafe Safari Club, and runs on a point-based system that gives you a $25 gift certificate after you spend $250. Membership now costs $25, but comes with a $25 birthday reward. We recommend that you prepurchase your membership before your visit so you can take advantage of the priority seating benefit.


ESPNZone MVP Club – membership in the MVP Club does not offer any discounts on food. However, once a member you can make an online reservation for your party up to three days in advance and will get a 25 percent increase in points purchased when playing games in the Sports Arena (and 40 bonus points at activation). You must register online and your membership card will then be mailed to you within two weeks. The card must then be activated at any ESPNZone by the person who signed up for the card and ID will be required (link).


Character Dining Vouchers – discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase online, in advance of your trip, through Get Away Travel.

Annual Passholders

Disneyland Resort merchandise –…Disneyland 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:

  • FW – Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
  • GN – Grad Nite. May 4, 5, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 29 and 30; June 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9.
  • MHP – Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. 2018 dates: September 20, 22, 25, 27, 29; October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31.
9/17 9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21 9/22 9/23

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-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: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-7a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27 9/28 9/29 9/30

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-6p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5 10/6 10/7

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-6p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-6p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 10a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

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

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 10/20 10/21

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-7p
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

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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