Disneyland Resort Update for October 16 - 22, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for October 16 – 22, 2017

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Tickets on sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire | The Dark Side wins – runDisney expected to announce hiatus for California race events | This and that…

Tickets on sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Tickets are now on sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, an hyper-reality experience under construction in Downtown Disney, and in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. The new attraction opens Friday, January 5, 2018 in California, with the Florida version set to open on December 16, 2017.

From the attraction website:

A galaxy far, far away needs your help. In teams of four, be transported with family and friends in a brand new hyper-reality experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID. Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion's survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team's orders.

The 30-minute experience costs $29.95, plus a payment processing fee of $2.85. Tickets are available online. No discounts are currently offered to annual passholders or Disney cast members.


Vault 28 and Fossil closed last month to make room for "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The experience has a minimum height requirement of 48 inches, and The Void recommends that participants be at least 10 years or older, "due to the weight of the gear and some intense content." Participants under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver.

At press time, tickets were available through March 6, 2018. The first three days have already sold out, and most weekend spots are filled for the dates already released. Disney has not said how long the experience will remain open on either coast.


Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire – The VOID and ILMxLAB – Hyper-Reality Experience.

The Dark Side wins – runDisney expected to announce hiatus for California race events

Last January, nearly 2,000 runners took advantage of an early-registration offer to sign up for the 2018 Star Wars – The Light Side Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled to take place January 11–14, 2018 at the Disneyland Resort. Those runners plunked down as much as $400 to reserve their spots in the popular 5K, 10K and half-marathon events. Now sources tell MousePlanet that those runners should expect a refund, as runDisney is preparing to announce a "temporary" hiatus for race events at the Disneyland Resort.

We expect Disney to cite the ongoing construction of Star Wars Land behind Disneyland, plus the start of work on the fourth Disneyland Hotel property and the Paradise Pier renovation, as reasons why the events can't be held as planned, though some suggest that is just a convenient excuse.

We have written here about changes made to runDisney's operations in Anaheim, first replacing volunteer race staff with paid temporary workers, and then cutting on-course entertainment during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend events. Whatever prompted those changes, the results have left many runDisney regulars feeling that the Pixie Dust is missing from recent events.

Cast members also suggest that strained relations between the Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim might be a factor in the decision to put West Coast events on hold. Disney requires the cooperation of Anaheim and neighboring Garden Grove to maintain street closures for the half marathon, and to request CalTrans to close freeway off-ramps along the course. The Los Angeles Times reported on recent changes to Anaheim's City Council, and suggested that the city is being less cooperative with Disney on several fronts. "Anaheim is making it very difficult for us, that's for sure," said one person familiar with West Coast race operations.

This development has been both expected and feared for some time, and is seen by many as almost inevitable given the race was scheduled to take place in just two months.


This message on the runDisney website, first posted on March 8, 2017, still appears on the site seven months later.

The first sign of trouble came early last March, when runDisney announced that general registration for the event had been "temporarily postponed," and that details would be available at a later date. Despite the lack of information about the Light Side race, many runners went ahead and signed up for Walt Disney World's companion Dark Side event when registration for that event opened in May. In prior years, runners who completed the half marathon distance at both events qualified for an additional Kessel Run Challenge medal, though there was mention of that added challenge in the 2018 listings.

Runners became more concerned in June, when runDisney deleted race dates and registration information about the 2018 Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend from the official website, and replaced it with a message saying, "Stay tuned for registration and event information for the 2018 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at runDisney.com" With that change, runners started questioning whether runDisney planned to pull out of Anaheim entirely.

Seven months later, runDisney has yet to provide any updates, or to address the concerns of those runners who already paid to participate in the Light Side event.

With the exception of articles about the Disneyland Half Marathon, almost all of the content published by runDisney has focused on Walt Disney World races and the second Disneyland Paris half marathon event. Each post to the official Facebook page sparks a comments thread filled with runners asking for more information about the future of Disneyland events, and the Light Side event in particular.

Cast members staffing the runDisney booth at the Disneyland Half Marathon race expo in September were repeatedly asked for updates, and would only refer runners to the runDisney website for future announcements. runDisney last week published the official event guide for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in Florida, and there were no Disneyland Resort events listed on the 2018 runDisney event calendar included in that guide.

Sources say that runDisney will offer runners who had already paid for the Light Side event a full refund of their event fees, or transfer of their paid registration to an open runDisney event, including next month's Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend. Both the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and Infinity Gauntlet Challenge events are still open, giving West Coast runners a chance to participate what might be the last runDisney event in Anaheim for some time.

A hiatus in runDisney events in Anaheim will also impact partners in the runDisney Charity Groups Program, which includes groups like Autism Speaks, City of Hope, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. Some of the partner charities plan their annual fundraising efforts around runDisney events in Anaheim, and are now scrambling to find other ways for their runner members to continue to raise funds for their cause.

On Facebook, members of the runDisneyRun group have turned their focus to raising funds for Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) via the LA Hyperspace Marathon and Ultra virtual race. Despite their disappointment about the expected announcement, it appears some Disney fans will just keep running until runDisney returns to Anaheim.

LA Hyperspace Marathon and Ultra virtual race

With the RunDisney Light Side Half Marathon slipping from our grasp, RD Runners are looking for something to fulfill their competitive and athletic goals. 

The runDisneyRun running group on Facebook is proud to announce the LA Hyperspace Marathon and Ultra virtual race, benefiting Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and powered by Racery. This race will put you virtually on a custom marathon course in Los Angeles, passing by landmarks such as the USC School of Cinematic Arts where director George Lucas went to school, the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, and past various stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the stars of actors Harrison FordBilly Dee Williams, and Alec Guinness can be seen. 

A virtual race means you can run or walk with others from your own location, on your own roads, or even on a treadmill at the gym. Just report you mileage daily during the race and watch your progress along with others on the race course.

The race takes place between November 15 and December 15, starting after Super Heroes weekend, and ending with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This is a perfect way to continue your fitness goals through the Thanksgiving holiday, before the WDW Marathon weekend (and Dopey Challenge for some of you), and benefit a good cause at the same time.

What if you finish 26.2 miles before December 15? Become an Ultramarathoner! You'll be moved to the Ultramarathon leader board and get to compete with others who have finished 26.2 as well. Challenge yourself to see how many marathons you can finish in a month!

This race benefits Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). With hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, CA, as well as community clinics and mobile health vans, CHOC helps ensure children in Orange County have access to health care.

This virtual race package includes a printable bib, finisher placard, and a huge bottle opener/medal. Don't need the bottle opener/medal? Take the Cyber race package at a reduced price. 

Registration fees will increase leading up to the race. Sign up for early-bird pricing!

This and that…

...The Utah Education Association (UEA) convention takes place this week, October 19–20. This is often referred to as "Utah Escapes to Anaheim," week, and readers should expect large attendance levels October 19–22 as Utah students and families take advantage of a four-day weekend created by their school's participation in the 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. Our partners at TouringPlans.com project Saturday, October 19 to be a 9 out of 10 on their attendance scale.


The Disney Dress Shop opened Friday in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The former Chapel Hats store reopened Friday morning as The Disney Dress Shoppe, offering a collection of dresses and accessories previously sold at the now-closed Vault 28 store in Downtown Disney. The collection is also available for sale inside Disneyland in New Orleans Square.


Work continues on Splitsville in Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...It looks like Santa will return to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for 2017. Disney has filed for a permit to install a temporary Santa stage in the area.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5 / 10
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4 / 10
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6 / 10
Friday, October 20, 2017 6 / 10
Saturday, October 21, 2017 9 / 10

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, visit Disneyland.com—this information is no longer available from the automated phone service.

Disneyland

  • River Belle Terrace – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date not published, but expected to be November 21.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed through October 19 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed November 6–9 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed October 23 to November 9 to install the holiday overlay. Reopens Friday, November 10.
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – closed November 1 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – closed January 8, 2018 to remove the holiday overlay. Reopening date not published.

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.
  • "it's tough to be a bug" theater – closed October 23 to November 2 for refurbishment to host a preview of "Coco"

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 –announced to be closing September 18 to make room for additional dining offerings. Now scheduled to remain open through the holiday season, but with reduced operating hours. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Chapel Hats – now closed. The space was converted to a temporary retail home for Vault 28's The Disney Dress Shop line through the holiday season.
  • Vault 28 – now closed to make room for new Star Wars virtual reality offering.
  • Fossil – now closed to make room for new Star Wars virtual reality offering.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

  • Pinocchio's Workshop (group childcare) – closed. The space will be converted to the hotel fitness center.

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: Through October 31.
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland – October 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31. All event nights are now sold out.
  • 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 pre-purchase 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.
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

10/22 10/23 10/24 10/25 10/26 10/27 10/28

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: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-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

10/29 10/30 10/31 11/1 11/2 11/3 11/4

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-6p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: MHP

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

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

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: None

11/12 11/13 11/14 11/15 11/16 11/17 11/18

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-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:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

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.

 

Comments

  1. By amyuilani

    What could it be besides construction? It couldn't be for lack of turnout since the races sell out every time. It could be the way the last Tinkerbell race was managed, but I didn't hear the same criticisms echoed at the Disneyland half marathon. It sucks for Disneyland runners, but it makes sense that the construction will create such chaos in the area that trying to run a race around it makes for a safety and logistics nightmare.

    If and when it does come back, I hope Disney puts on an amazing first race, since that will sell out right away.

  2. By RunningFool

    I've been holding out a little glimmer of hope that runDisney would still pull thru with the West Coast races but coming from AVP kind of puts the seal on it.

    Fingers crossed they do come back and are just as wonderful as they have been these past 12 years.

  3. By Niwel

    I bought DH a ticket to the Star Wars Experience as an anniversary present -- wonder how it works if you are a party of one (I'm not doing it with him).

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