Disneyland Resort Update for October 31 - November 5, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for October 31 – November 5, 2017

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Disneyland Resort announces construction of new hotel & parking structure; Eastern Gateway project shelved | Pixar Fest debuts April 13, 2018 | Dapper Days are here again | Christmas Parade | runDisney's Disneyland hiatus extends into 2019 | This and that…

Disneyland Resort announces construction of new hotel & parking structure; Eastern Gateway project shelved

Disney last week announced two major projects for the west side of the Disneyland Resort: a four-diamond hotel, and an expansion of the existing Mickey and Friends structure. Additionally, the company confirmed that the previously announced Eastern Gateway project has been shelved for the time being. These plans represent a major shift in Disney's development of their Anaheim resort complex, and may reflect the changing relationship between the Walt Disney Company and the City of Anaheim.

A new Disneyland Resort hotel

A fourth hotel for the Disneyland Resort was first announced in 2016, when Disney filed plans to construct the 700-room resort along the northern edge of the current Downtown Disney parking lot. Disney said at the time that the property would break ground in 2018, and open in 2021.


Concept art of the fourth Disneyland Resort hotel. Photo © Disney.

The size and timeline for the new hotel hasn't changed, but the location most certainly has. Disney now plans to build the hotel at the western edge of Downtown Disney, on land currently occupied by the ESPN Zone, Rainforest Cafe, and the complex housing the AMC Theater, Earl of Sandwich restaurant, and the second Downtown Disney Starbucks. Construction begins in the summer of 2018 and the property is still slated to open in 2021. Operators of the affected businesses notified their employees of the pending closures shortly before Disney made its announcement last week. Disney says that there are retail and food service opportunities on the ground floor of the new hotel complex, and that it will negotiate possible relocation with each operating partner individually.

Concept art of the as-yet-unnamed hotel shows it will take up some of the existing Disneyland Hotel vehicle entrance and parking, as well as a smaller portion of the Downtown Disney lot. The new buildings have a very distinct architectural style, and look as if they'd fit seamlessly into Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park.


Concept art of the fourth Disneyland Resort hotel. Photo © Disney.

Disney says the hotel will feature direct access via Monorail to Disneyland, though there was no indication if this Downtown Disney station will be reserved only for guests of this new hotel, or will remain open for all Disneyland visitors to use. There was also no mention of a possible Disney Vacation Club element of this hotel, though new DVC properties are seemingly not announced until the carpet is laid and the paint drying in the new rooms.

More parking at Mickey and Friends, and beyond

The Mickey and Friends parking structure will gain a 6500-space sibling, constructed on what is currently the Pinocchio lot. The two parking structures will share the existing Mickey and Friends vehicle entrance, with new access lanes leading to the new structure and toll plaza. The new structure will have its own set of elevators and escalators, leading to a redesigned security checkpoint and tram loading area.


Concept art for the new expansion of the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photo © Disney.

Construction on the new addition is scheduled to begin in February 2018, though Disney has already filed plans to begin demolition of structures on the Pinocchio lot. Disney expects the new structure to open in 2019, in time for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to open at Disneyland.

The concept art for the new Disneyland Resort hotel shows what appears to be a new 6-story parking structure located behind the Paradise Pier hotel, on a portion of the existing Simba parking lot. Disney says the new structure will be used for hotel parking, but had no additional details to share. A bit further south, the rest of the existing Simba parking lot appears unchanged.


The Pinocchio parking lot is the intended site for a new expansion of the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The structure shown is significantly larger than the existing Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel parking structures combined. Based on the size of the lot it will occupy, the new parking structure could hold well over 3,000 cars, which happens to be roughly the capacity of the Katella cast member parking lot.

Eastern Gateway shelved

Disney also confirmed last week that the Eastern Gateway project, an ambitious plan to revamp the entry from the Harbor Boulevard hotels to the resort, has been shelved for the time being. Announced in 2016, the Eastern Gateway development would have created a new front door to the Disneyland Resort, with a 6,800-space parking structure and a new transportation hub for buses and shuttles. Visitors would pass through a new centralized security checkpoint and onto to a pedestrian bridge taking them right over Harbor Blvd. and onto Disney property.

To make room for the proposed development, Disney purchased and announced plans to demolish the Carousel Inn & Suites, leaving a clear path to Disney-owned land behind that hotel.

The plan drew complaints—and threats of legal action—from a coalition of owners of various hotels and restaurants along Harbor Boulevard, who feared Disney's new bridge would have a serious negative impact on their businesses. Though the concept of the bridge over Harbor was approved in 1992 Disneyland Resort Specific Plan that governs development in this section of Anaheim, the nitty-gritty details about pedestrian access to and from Harbor businesses still had to be hammered out.

With the pending opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019, and Disneyland's parking deficit becoming more urgent, it appears the company just decided to go back to Plan A, and build an expansion of the Mickey and Friends structure which had already been approved as part of the original plans.

Disney says it still intends to demolish the Carousel Inn & Suites in the next few weeks, and has no plans for the site at this time.

Pixar Fest debuts April 13, 2018

Whether you call it flying or "falling with style," Disneyland visitors will get to watch Buzz Lightyear do it over Sleeping Beauty Castle starting April 13, 2018 as Pixar Fest begins.

The "limited-time event," (Disney has not released an end date for the promotion), includes a new fireworks show called "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular." This show will make use of the projectors installed for the 60th anniversary "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show, painting images on Main Street, U.S.A., "it's a small world," and Tom Sawyer Island. The show also includes the aforementioned flyover by a certain Space Ranger, replacing Tinker Bell in this production.

As previously announced, the Pixar Play Parade will head to Disneyland for the promotion, with three new units added to the procession. The Paint the Night parade will return to the Disneyland Resort on April 13, this time stepping off in Disney California Adventure.

The Sunset Showcase Theater in DCA will play a rotating selection of Pixar Shorts during the event, though we wish Disney had instead brought to Anaheim "The Music of Pixar – Live" a concert show featured this summer in Walt Disney World.

Conspicuously missing from the Pixar Fest announcement was any mention of the Pixar Pier retheme of the Paradise Pier district, which was announced at the 2017 D23 Expo.

Dapper Days are here again

The Dapper Day Fall Outing to Disneyland takes place this Sunday, November 5. This popular event grows larger each year, so it's worth taking note if you plan to visit the park during this weekend. While the scheduled gatherings all take place on Sunday, the Dapper Days Expo runs Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m., and you're likely to encounter well-dressed visitors both days.

Tickets to the Dapper Day Expo are $10, and includes admission on both days and access to a series of workshops on Saturday. You can purchase at the door, or online before you go.

Several Dapper Days vendors will have exclusive items or will debut new products during this Expo. Pinup Girl Clothing has just launched a new collection designed for Dapper Days, and will feature the line at the Expo.

Besame Cosmetics will also debut their new Agent Carter makeup line at the Expo. The company first announced this collection during the 2017 D23 Expo, and said they expect the cases for these lipsticks, eyeshadows and more to become collectors items.

You can get more information about Dapper Days at the event website.

Christmas Parade update

We are often asked about the taping schedule for the West Coast portion of the Disney Parks Christmas Day specials. Disney and ABC usually record segments for the show in November and December, which are then edited into a holiday special to air on Christmas Day. As we reported last week, it appears the parade portion of the 2017 special will be taped at Disneyland, with the musical productions taped at Walt Disney World in early November.

Disneyland rarely releases the dates of the taping in advance, in an effort to minimize crowds who might turn up to watch the parade taping, or to see a favorite performer. However, permits filed last week by Disney seem to indicate that the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure portions of the Disney Parks holiday specials will be taped sometime between November 10 and 15.

Given that weekend is both the Veteran's Day holiday and the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, it's unlikely the taping will happen on Saturday or Sunday. We suspect the tapings may take place Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday. We have no information about which performers may appear, but there are filming locations planned for Main Street, in front of "it's a small world," and in Cars Land.

As always, we do not recommend that you plan a special trip just to see the taping.

runDisney's Disneyland hiatus extends into 2019

As we reported last week, runDisney announced that race weekends at the Disneyland Resort would be on hiatus beginning in 2018. The already-announced 2018 Star Wars – The Light Side Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon were cancelled, with refunds issued to runners who had already registered.

Now, in a social media posting made Monday, runDisney seems to have confirmed that the races won't return to the West Coast in 2019 either. The 2018–2019 schedule lists four race weekends in Walt Disney World, the third year of a Disneyland Paris event, and the return of the summertime virtual race series. There are no Disneyland events listed.


The 2018–2019 runDisney calendar includes no Disneyland Resort events. Photo © runDisney.

In recent years, runDisney's race season began with the Disneyland Half Marathon over Labor Day weekend, and concluded with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend over Mother's Day. With the publication of the 2018–2019 schedule, the first opportunity for a West Coast race could be the 2020 Disneyland Half Marathon.

The last race currently scheduled for the Disneyland Resort is next month's Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend. For those who want to get in one more race around Anaheim before the hiatus, registration is still open for the Super Heroes Half Marathon event, though runDisney has added a $12 "late registration" fee to the $185 event price, and warns that corral placement is based on availability, and shirt sizes are not guaranteed. If you're particular about your corral assignments, take note that proof of time is no longer considered. MousePlanet's Lorree Tachell reports that she just registered for the event, and was been assigned to the second-to-last corral.

Come cheer with Team MousePlanet

With just one Disneyland Resort event left on the calendar, Team MousePlanet is pulling out all the stops for our cheer station at the halfway point of the 2017 Super Heroes Half Marathon on Sunday, November 12. These cheer stations have become one of our largest community events, and we plan to go out in style. If you'd like to help us distribute cheer and carbohydrates to the runners, please visit our MousePlanet discussion forum to sign up.


Runners pass the Team MousePlanet cheer station during the Disneyland Half Marathon. MousePlanet file photo.

If you're running in the 2017 Super Heroes Half Marathon, be sure to request a free personalized cheer sign to be displayed at the Team MousePlanet station on race day.


Rows of personalized signs greet runners during the Disneyland Half Marathon. MousePlanet file photo.

This and that…

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...Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy will be closed Wednesday, November 1 to remove the holiday overlay.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 3 / 10
Thursday, November 2, 2017 2 / 10
Friday, November 3, 2017 4 / 10
Saturday, November 4, 2017 6 / 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.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed November 6–9 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed 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 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 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.
  • Candlelight Ceremony and Processional – Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, with two performances each night.

2018

  • Star Wars – The Light Side Half Marathon Weekend – Cancelled
  • 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 – Cancelled
  • 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.

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.
10/29 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

11/19 11/20 11/21 11/22 11/23 11/24 11/25

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

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-11p
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

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

11/26 11/27 11/28 11/29

11/30

12/1 12/2

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
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

    Looks like I picked a good time to walk away from the parks for a while. It doesn't look like the most welcoming environment around there for a while, and with nothing exciting in the parks until SWL (Pixar Pier maybe, but not totally for now), it seems like a break is welcome.

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