Disneyland Resort Update for November 20 - 26, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for November 20 – 26, 2017

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News and Views

Light speed to Batuu | Disneyland After Dark | The Gift of Disney package | River Belle reopens | Crazy shakes on tap at new Downtown Disney restaurant | Movie sneak peeks at DCA | This and that…

Light speed to Batuu

A new update to Star Tours – The Adventure Continues last week introduced fans to two new destinations in the Star Wars universe. The first is a planet called Crait, from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We don't learn much about the planet from the sequence, but the visuals are interesting.


A Star Tours Starspeeder is caught up in a battle on the planet of Crait. Photo © Disney.

The second location is Batuu, which we now know is the name of the "remote outpost on the galaxy's edge" under construction behind Disneyland. The attempt to tie the ride to the new land felt a bit heavy-handed, but also helps explain Star Tours as being set apart from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.


An outpost on Batuu is a new destination for Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. Photo © Disney.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi set to open in theaters in just a few weeks, Disney's marketing machine is working to fuel the anticipation. When the new Star Tours scenes debuted Friday at Disneyland, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill surprised one cabin full of riders with a special appearance.


Mark Hamill surprises fans on Star Tours at Disneyland. YouTube video.

Disneyland After Dark

Would you pay $100 or more to be among a few thousand people to enjoy three hours inside a Disney park after it closes to the general public? That was the question we posed back in 2015 when Walt Disney World introduced the Disney After Hours special event at the Magic Kingdom, and at first the answer seemed to be a resounding "NO."

Sales for that $149 party were so slow that Disney discounted tickets up to 50 percent for the final four events of the seven-night trial, and even distributed free event tickets to guests at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. So we were shocked when the Disney brought the event back for another round in 2015, and have been surprised each time a new block of event dates are announced. Clearly the event has found its target audience on the East Coast, with enough people willing to splurge for an all-you-can-enjoy night of rides, character greetings, popcorn, ice cream, and soft drinks.

Now it's Disneyland's turn to see if Southern California visitors will pony up for an exclusive, after-hours experience. The first Disneyland After Dark event is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, and has a theme of Throwback Nite:

"Step back in time to the '50s and '60s for a taste of the classic after-dark experience at Disneyland. Come dressed in your best to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth under a million twinkling lights, swinging to the tune of the bands and enjoying your favorite rides in the cool moonlight 'til the clock strikes 1 a.m.!"

This event sounds like a reboot of the annual passholder parties of the past, with themed photo locations, live music and even an exclusive showing of the "Fantasy in The Sky" fireworks. Disney has not said how much this event will cost, or what is included beyond free Photopass downloads. Pricing and ticket information will be released before tickets go on sale to Disneyland annual passholders on November 30, and to the general public on December 7.

Disney says each event in the series will have a different theme, though no additional details were provided. We'll share any updates as we get them. For now, let us know what you think about this new event series, and how much you'd be willing to pay to participate.

The Gift of Disney package

Disney's holiday marketing theme is all about giving a Disney Vacation to your family for the holidays, and this is the last week to book a special "Enchanting Escape" package. The 2-night, 3-day package includes accommodations at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, theme park tickets including MaxPass, Disneyland dining certificates, and arrival souvenirs for the party.

The package starts at $1724, plus tax, for a family of four staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel; other hotels and longer stays can be booked at a higher cost.

The package is valid for arrivals most Sunday through Thursday nights from January 7 through February 1, 2018, and must be booked by Sunday, November 27. You can call your favorite travel agent to book, or call Disney at (866) 903-7872.

River Belle reopens

Disneyland's River Belle Terrace restaurant reopened last week following an extensive refurbishment, intended in part to finalize the transformation away from a buffeteria-style to a table-service restaurant. The serving line has been removed entirely, with a new wall keeping the kitchen out of view from the expanded dining area.


Disneyland's River Belle Terrace restaurant has a new entrance and is open once more. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The restaurant has a new entrance, hostess stand, and waiting area on the Frontierland side, with the former Adventureland entrance now used only as an emergency exit. Indoors, the original seating area is as lovely as ever, full of light from the wrap-around windows, and decorated in a colorful motif. The new section is much less ornate, and the arrangement of the tables is a bit awkward. It's as if there wasn't enough room at the table in the formal living room, and so grandma set up an extra table in the living room.


The indoor dining area was refreshed with new paint and lighting fixtures. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The transition from the original dining room to the expanded section is somewhat abrupt. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Booths line the newly constructed wall that separates the kitchen from the dining room. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The outdoor seating area was also expanded, with a new railing separating the River Belle Terrace dining area from the adjacent Stage Door Cafe patio area. There are also two new service areas outdoors, keeping the bus station and computer terminals out of sight of diners.


A new metal rail separates the outdoor seating area from the nearby Stage Door Cafe patio. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Many fans hoped that this remodel would mean the return of breakfast service at River Belle Terrace, but at least for now, the restaurant is open only for lunch and dinner. The menu remains the same all day, and features Southern barbecue and sides. The location also offers a Fantasmic! dining package, with a reserved viewing area for the nighttime show.

If you happen to be looking for a Thanksgiving lunch option, a handful of reservations are still available at River Belle Terrace as of press time. Call 714-781-DINE to book, or reserve online via the Disneyland website.

Crazy shakes on tap at new Downtown Disney restaurant

New York chain Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is coming to California in 2018, opening its first West Coast location in Downtown Disney. Disney announced the new tenant last week, saying, "Black Tap is creating a customized concept for its Downtown Disney District location, which will feature indoor and outdoor seating."


Black Tap is coming to California in 2018, bringing a menu of burgers, fries and Crazy Shakes. Photo © Disney.

The restaurant serves an upscale diner menu of burgers, fries and shakes with a twist—the burgers are also available as salads, the chicken wings are tossed in Korean BBQ sauce, and the milkshakes come topped and decorated with such over-the-top garnishes like Pop Tarts, cotton candy, pretzel rods, and even a slice of birthday cake.

The Disney Parks Blog post indicated the restaurant will be located across from Catal Restaurant, which puts it in the building current occupied by Build-a-Bear and Ridemakerz. Both retailers, along with the now-closed Chapel Hats, were previously announced to be closing in late September to make room for unspecified dining offerings, but had their leases extended through the holiday season. Disney says construction will begin soon. It's unclear how much of the two-story building will be converted for the restaurant, and whether any additional tenants will come in to share the space.

Movie sneak peeks at DCA

Disney California Adventure has several movie previews running and planned for coming months, giving film buffs a sneak peek at Disney's upcoming theatrical lineup.


A preview of "Coco" is still running in the "It’s Tough to Be a Bug!" theater. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Having already claimed the title of highest-grossing film in Mexico, Coco opens in U.S. theaters this Wednesday. The sneak peek of the latest "Bug" film is still running in “It’s Tough to Be a Bug!” theater. A few props from the "The World of Coco" exhibit, originally presented as part of the Plaza de la Familia event for Dia de Los Muertos, have been moved to just inside the entrance to "a bug's land."

It seems unusual for an animated short to get its own preview, but that's exactly what visitors will see before each showing of "Frozen Live at the Hyperion" at Disney California Adventure. Disney is now showing a five-minute preview of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a short which plays before Coco.

A sign outside the Sunset Showcase (formerly Muppet) Theater indicates that the venue will host a preview of A Wrinkle In Time in February, in advance of the film's March 9 release date. In March, the theater will host a preview of The Incredibles 2, which is scheduled for a June 15 release.

This and that…


Main Street, U.S.A. is once again spanned by green garlands for the holidays. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...After a three-year absence, green garlands once again hang across Main Street, U.S.A. for the holidays. The garlands could not be hung in recent years because some floats from the Paint the Night and Main Street Electrical parades were too tall. With neither parade scheduled this season, Disney was able to hang the garlands once again.


The garlands were installed after taping of the holiday specials wrapped up. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Downtown Disney's parking rate structure has changed once again, but this time to the benefit of customers. As we reported in August, Disney eliminated all truly free parking for Downtown Disney, but allowed customers to receive two or four hours of complimentary parking with validation from eligible stores, restaurants, and the AMC movie theater. Even with the validation, we noted that the four-hour limit made it a tight squeeze for a dinner-and-a-movie night out in Downtown Disney. It seems we weren't the only ones with that issue, and Disney has increased the parking window.

Customers now receive three hours of complimentary parking (up from two) in the lot when they spend at least $20 in one transaction at any Downtown Disney shop, kiosk, or quick-service restaurant. Visitors can also receive up to five hours complimentary parking (up from four) with validation from the AMC Theaters, or one of the table-service restaurants in Downtown Disney.

As before, only one validation is accepted per ticket, and the stores and restaurants at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels do not offer validation for the Downtown Disney lot.

...A reader noted that Disneyland was offering a Single Rider line for Space Mountain this weekend. We're not sure how long this has been in use, but it seems to be fairly new, and the ride is not on Disney's official list of rides offering single rider. If you want to see if Single Rider is open during your next visit, look for a sign near the normal exit of the attraction. The sign will direct you where to go to join the line.


Disneyland shops sold shirts and ear hats to commemorate the birthday of Mickey Mouse. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The Disney company celebrated the birthday of Mickey Mouse, (and totally ignored the origin of Minnie Mouse and Pete), on Saturday with a special character cavalcade, birthday-themed treats in the candy shops, and a small offering of birthday merchandise.

...Each year when Disneyland unveils the new Haunted Mansion gingerbread house, someone invariably asks, "where can I buy one?" For the first time, the answer is "right down on Main Street!" The Disneyana Shop is selling handmade, fully edible replicas of the 2017 house featuring Oogie Boogie. The confection has a two-month shelf life, and costs $285. Quantities are limited.


You can take home a miniature replica of the 2017 Haunted Mansion gingerbread house for just $285. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Each gingerbread house is hand-made, and fully edible. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Disneyland has still to release the full entertainment scheduled for New Year's Eve, but the calendar posted on Disneyland.com shows the park will present the "New Year's Eve 'Fantasy In The Sky' Fireworks Spectacular" at 9:00 and 11:55 p.m. on December 31.


Two new purchase-with-purchase items are available at participating Disneyland Resort shops for the holiday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Two new purchase-with-purchase items are available at participating Disneyland Resort shops. A peppermint tote bag is $19.95 with a purchase of $25 or more. A holiday fleece throw blanket is $19.95 with a purchase of $40 or more. Disney usually allows 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.

...It's worth a reminder that Fastpass is available for "it's a small world" Holiday, even though the ride doesn't offer the service the rest of the year. The seasonal distribution machines are located across from the Matterhorn Bobsleds, or you can reserve via the MaxPass service.

...Reader Obie Hall was the winner of the Pluto premium popcorn bucket offered in last week's Update. Congratulations!


Obie Hall won this Pluto Premium Popcorn Bucket in last week's Update contest.

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Crowd Forecast

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Date Overall
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9 / 10
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8 / 10
Thursday, November 23, 2017 7 / 10
Friday, November 24, 2017 9 / 10
Saturday, November 25, 2017 7 / 10

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Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

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

Disneyland

  • Sailing Ship Columbia – closed November 27–30 for refurbishment.

2018

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – closes 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 through December 20 for refurbishment.

2018

  • California Screamin’ – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Ariel’s Grotto – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Cove Bar – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time, though the location will temporarily reopen during Spring Break.
  • Games of the Boardwalk – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Sideshow Shirts – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time.

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.
  • 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

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – through January 7, 2018.
  • Candlelight Ceremony and Processional – Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, with two performances each night.
  • Candy Cane release dates:
    • Disneyland Candy Palace – November 24, 29; December 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 24
    • Disney California Adventure Trolley Treats – November 25, 28; December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 25

2018

  • Pixar Fest begins – April 13, 2018. Debut of the new "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" fireworks show, as well as the first performances of the Paint the Night parade in Disney California Adventure, and Pixar Play Parade in Disneyland.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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 Holiday Tote for $19.95 with a purchase of $25 or more.
  • Disneyland Holiday Fleece Blanket 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.
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: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

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: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

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: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

12/3 12/4 12/5 12/6

12/7

12/8 12/9

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

12/10 12/11 12/12 12/13

12/14

12/15 12/16

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

12/17 12/18 12/19 12/20

12/21

12/22 12/23

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

12/24 12/25 12/26 12/27

12/28

12/29 12/30

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Candy Canes
at Candy Palace

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: Candy Canes
at Trolley Treats

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events: None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

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 tea4two

    Another board quoted the OC Register on the price of the After Dark Event: $95 per person. There was no mention of an AP discount. Hoping for a discount, but not counting on one.

  2. By Berry Princess

    I think the local news (ABC) said it was $95 as well. Even if its that price there isn't a word on the amount of people that will be allowed in (which I know some were freaking on elsewhere) and its a weeknight. For me I'm not willing to pay for these things but obviously many will and do.

    Now as for Space Mtn and a single rider....my question (and concern) is if one is going to be seated in an empty spot next to another guest or what? I wouldn't be comfortable doing single rider on a dark ride like that and so close to someone I don't know. I wouldn't be comfortable with my kids doing it either. IMO there are some rides not meant at all for single ride and that is one of them. Now I am curious as to how many are in that line as 2 compared to a party of 3 or more? How many times do you hear CMs ask for a party of 2 on these rides? I know its probably to many though to do a line for party of 2 though.

  3. By carolinakid

    I have no problem doing Space Mountain as a single rider, so I hope they keep it as an option.

  4. By currence

    I thought that one of the reasons why they stopped Toy Story Mania as a single rider was that the vehicles go through the ride in pairings of 2 with very little ability to see what is happening in the cars near you. I would not have been comfortable with my kids being with a sketchy looking stranger for the entire ride on Toy Story but I've let my son do single rider on CA Screamin' since he was 7. I'm not sure how I feel about Space Mountain, it's definitely less creepy than Toy Story Mania but I like single rider better when the ride vehicles are designed for 3+ in a row.

  5. By Berry Princess

    Quote Originally Posted by currence View Post
    I thought that one of the reasons why they stopped Toy Story Mania as a single rider was that the vehicles go through the ride in pairings of 2 with very little ability to see what is happening in the cars near you. I would not have been comfortable with my kids being with a sketchy looking stranger for the entire ride on Toy Story but I've let my son do single rider on CA Screamin' since he was 7. I'm not sure how I feel about Space Mountain, it's definitely less creepy than Toy Story Mania but I like single rider better when the ride vehicles are designed for 3+ in a row.

    You also share the seat completely with a person on Toy Story so its not exactly a good one from the get go for a single rider line. Space is just to much for me with it being in the dark and very close in space. What if you aren't ok with a single rider put next to you on the ride? I think I am a little more overly concerned with this because some creep years ago did decide to hope in next to my oldest on Thunder Mtn. I had luckily been able to alert a CM to the issue and get him out of the set to come back with us. Which I was made aware of how the guy told him in the short time he could hold his hand if he got scared. My son was creeped out over it as well. I was going to say something to a CM about the situation when we got off but before I could he was out of there so fast. So needless to say being a woman and a mom, its just not ideal. I agree the rides with 3 or more seats in a row are more ideal for single rider. Most rides are not designed for this type of system.

  6. By cstephens

    Re: After Dark events, the Star Wars Twitter feed quoted a post about that from Disneyland and made a comment about visiting a galaxy far, far away. I'm wondering if that means that, for one of the events, they'd be able to do retro Tomorrowland and temporarily put back in the old version of Star Tours (and maybe even the old Dick Dale music version of Space Mountain?). I'd totally pay for an event night like that.

  7. By candles71

    On one of the school trips, I went SR on Toy Story and noticed the CM very specifically put me, the "mom", with the single kid, over the guy in front of me in line. I also got grabbed and put with a kid on Everest last year.
    Hopefully, the Space Mountain CMs will be a bit choosy when there is a lone kid involved.

  8. By JackB

    Does anyone know if the FastPass for it's a small world is connected to the FP network or not?

  9. By currence

    Quote Originally Posted by JackB View Post
    Does anyone know if the FastPass for it's a small world is connected to the FP network or not?

    Now that they have the MaxPass and have connected both parks, I expect that everything but shows are connected.

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