Disneyland Resort Update for April 16-25, 2018

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for April 16–25, 2018

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The Pixar Fest edition

Disney's much-hyped Pixar Fest debuted last week, kicking off a resort-wide promotion that will provide a foundation for a whole summer's worth of marketing efforts. This weekend's festivities included the return of two park-hopping parades, the Pixar Play Parade (now in Disneyland), and the Paint the Night Parade (now in Disney California Adventure). Completely new for Pixar Fest is the "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular."


Pixar Fest signs are mounted above the entrances to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

In many respects, Pixar Fest is the largest resort-wide promotion since its 60th anniversary. Unlike the Summer of Heroes, which focused on Disney California Adventure, or Disneyland's Fantasmic Summer campaign, Pixar Fest promotes both parks, and involves everything from park decorations and entertainment to foods and merchandise. There is even a Pixar Fest presence in Downtown Disney, where plastic garland-covered topiary characters are now planted throughout the district.


Abstract topiaries of Pixar characters decorate Downtown Disney. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

When The Incredibles 2 opens on June 15, Pixar Fest will get another mention, as a new float based on The Incredibles joins the Paint the Night parade. A week later, Disney California Adventure will be in the spotlight once again as Pixar Pier opens, featuring the Incredicoaster makeover of the California Screamin' coaster.

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The Incredibles" characters hold up a Pixar Fest sign above the entrance to Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you followed our Pixar Fest coverage on social media this weekend, you've seen many of the entertainment, food, and merchandise offerings. We've added a handful of new videos to our YouTube channel, and share opinions and highlights of the event below. I must take a moment to thank Todd Pickering for his invaluable assistance in covering the Pixar Fest weekend, and providing his own entertaining commentary on our Instagram and Periscope videos. If this Update leaves you hungry for even more Pixar Fest news, head over to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for even more photos.

Entertainment

Pixar Play Parade

In announcing its summer schedule of reruns, a television network proclaimed, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In some ways, it feels Disney is trying the same tactic with the decade-old Pixar Play Parade— "if you haven't seen it on Main Street, it's new to you!"

The parade has not received a major update since 2013 and its addition of Monsters University elements. The Pixar Fest edition of the parade has three new small parade units, with a new Luxo Jr. float leading the parade. Joy, Sadness, and Bing-Bong ride on a new unit from Inside Out, and Carl Fredricksen, Russell, and Kevin appear in a new Up unit.

Pixar Play Parade debuts on Main Street, U.S.A. MousePlanet Periscope video.

As welcome as new additions are, these new floats do not match the size, scale, or look of the original Pixar Play Parade units, and most notably, lack the kinetic elements that make the parade so inviting. The walkabout figure of Russell riding Kevin is truly worth seeing, but the tiny Paradise Falls unit is completely out of proportion.


Carl Fredericksen stands atop the new Paradise Falls float from "Up." Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


MousePlanet's Todd Pickering talks with David Miller, Director of Entertainment Services for the Disneyland Resort, about the Pixar Play Parade. MousePlanet YouTube video.

Paint the Night

The fan-favorite Paint the Night parade is back, this time at Disney California Adventure where some felt it belonged from the beginning. The move to DCA meant scrapping the Frozen float, which was too tall to pass underneath the Red Car Trolley wires above Buena Vista Street. The King Triton float was also modified to fit under the new height requirement.

On June 15, the parade will step off with a new unit inspired by The Incredibles 2.


The King Triton float had to be shortened to fit under the Red Car Trolley wires. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Mack drives down Buena Vista Street in the debut of the Paint the Night parade in DCA. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Paint the Night parade is now at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Full performance of the Paint the Night parade at Disney California Adventure. MousePlanet YouTube video.

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular

If you have not seen a Disneyland fireworks show in the past decade, then "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" will thrill you with its use of lasers, projection mapping, fire effects, flying characters, and dimensional elements in addition to traditional fireworks shells.


Disneyland's new multi-media fireworks show uses projections on Main Street buildings to good effect. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

However, if you've been fortunate enough to have seen any of the Disneyland fireworks of the past 10 years—"Magical...," "Believe...," "Remember...," or "Imagine...," then this "multimedia fireworks spectacular" will seem formulaic and familiar. While "Together Forever" is a perfectly entertaining 12 minutes, there's very little here that Disneyland fans haven't seen before. Of course, Disney has set the bar so high, creating a show that will truly stun the most cynical of Disney fans might be impossible.


Figures from "Coco" appear atop Main Street buildings during the Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular at Disneyland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The show has one great new element during the Coco scene, but you'll need to be on Main Street to fully appreciate it. Parents should be warned that the show's obligatory "peril" sequence is based around the incinerator scene from Toy Story 3, which may be too intense for young children, especially if you're on Main Street and surrounded by the projected images.


The infamous incinerator scene from "Toy Story 3" creates a pivotal moment in Disneyland's new fireworks show. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

One bonus for regular visitors: The show's creative team worked to create additional viewing areas for the show, and incorporated new effects into the Rivers of America viewing location. With Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Rivers of America, and "it's a small world" all offering a different viewing experience, you can try a new location each time you visit.


Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular debuted as part of Pixar Fest. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Watch the full show from Main Street, U.S.A. MousePlanet YouTube video.

 


MousePlanet's Todd Pickering chats with Creative Director Susana Tubert and Show Director John Addis about Disneyland's new Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. MousePlanet YouTube video.

Atmosphere entertainment

Along with the three big productions, many of the smaller performing groups around Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have one or two new songs in their rotation for Pixar Fest, and there is a brand-new performing group in DCA. Todd Pickering spent this past Sunday checking out all of the new acts, and will share his thoughts in an upcoming article.

Pixar Shorts Film Festival


The Sunset Showcase Theater hosts the Pixar Shorts Film Festival during Pixar Fest. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Piper, For the Birds, and Lava are the three selections currently showcased at the Pixar Shorts Film Festival in Disney California Adventure. The festival is held in the Sunset Showcase Theater, formerly known as the Muppet Theater in the Hollywood Backlot area. Shows start every 20 minutes, and all three shorts are shown each time. While Disney says the films will rotate, cast members said they do not know when the line-up might change.

Foods and the Alien Pizza Planet

A half-dozen Pixar properties provide inspiration for the Disneyland Resort chefs and pastry teams to create new dishes resort-wide, and there is so much on offer it would take a week to try it all. Watch the video below for a culinary tour of Pixar Fest, and check our Twitter and Instagram pages for even more photos.

Along with new food, there are a dozen or more new food collectibles, including mugs, tumblers, sippers, popcorn buckets, straws and light-up clips.


Sully is a new collectible popcorn bucket, and Mike is a sipper cup. The two pieces have interlocking bases so they can stand together for display. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A sampling of the Pixar Fest treats, including cake pops, candy apples, bakery items, specialty churros and collectible cups. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Get a taste of Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort. MousePlanet YouTube video.

Redd Rockett's Pizza Port transformed overnight into Alien Pizza Planet for Pixar Fest. The signature item is a cheeseburger pizza, which a few people described as tasting like "In-and-Out on a crust." The fan-favorite chicken fusilli pasta is still on the menu, and is joined by a new pesto carbonara dish. Another new mushroom, pepperoni and bell pepper pizza is based on the Pizza Planet logo. Two new desserts are based on the Little Green Aliens, include a macaron with a blackberry and Meyer lemon filling.

For some reason, the renovation of this restaurant really irks me. This project feels like it was rushed into production, and did not have the budget—or champions—needed to do it right. Workers were still adding decor elements to the restaurant in the days after Pixar Fest began, and it still feels incomplete. I have a mind to go check the nearby Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin to see if any Little Green Alien figures were "borrowed" to add some character to the restaurant.

Disney's earlier restaurant overlay, the Red Rose Tavern in Fantasyland, was a big success, but they weren't trying to create or recreate a place that Disney fans have already seen. With Pizza Planet, we've not only seen it, but we know that the design of the movie restaurant was inspired by this actual building in Disneyland. The question isn't really "why" did Disney decide to do this overlay, the question is why did it take more than 20 years, and then why was it done so haphazardly?

If this is truly just an overlay and will be gone by fall, then I'll put my soap box away and enjoy the new pasta dish. But if this "temporary overlay" hangs around much past Labor Day, I'm going to expect a working claw machine and a permanent sign. And maybe some themed Pizza Planet boxes for those pricey family-size pizzas.


Alien Pizza Planet is now open in Tomorrowland. Photo by Todd Pickering.


Little Green Alien decals decorate the windows of Alien Pizza Planet. Photo by Todd Pickering.


The sentry robot from Toy Story stands guard near the door of Alien Pizza Planet. Photo by Todd Pickering.


The fan-favorite chicken fusilli pasta is still on the menu, and is joined by a new pesto carbonara dish. Another new mushroom, pepperoni, and bell pepper pizza is based on the Pizza Planet logo. Photo by Todd Pickering.


Toy Story Aliens hang inside Alien Pizza Planet. Photo by Todd Pickering.


New travel posters line the walls of Alien Pizza Planet. Photo by Todd Pickering.


The Little Green Alien macaron is available at the rethemed Alien Pizza Planet. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Shopping

The Disneyland Resort rolled out new merchandise bags with the Pixar Fest logo, and there are dozens of new items to fill those bags with. Watch the Facebook Live video below for a sampling of the Pixar Fest merchandise, and see our Twitter and Instagram pages for even more photos.


New ear hats are the highlight of the "Wall-E" collection. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The "Up" collection includes shirts for men, women and children, and a new Wilderness Explorers hat. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


More than a dozen Pixar characters are represented on this new Dooney and Bourke design. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Video: Pixar Fest merchandise roundup from Disney California Adventure. MousePlanet Facebook Live video.

Paradise Pier preview


The scale model of Pixar Pier offers visitors a unique perspective of the refurbished area. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Blue Sky Cellar in Disney California Adventure reopened last week with a preview of Pixar Pier. Inside is a model of the former Paradise Pier, showing the overlay of Pixar elements onto the existing buildings.

Also inside is a collection of concept art for the new shops and food stands, including the first look at "Jack Jack's Cookie Num Nums," a new vending cart near The Incredicoaster.


Jack Jack's Cookie Num Nums is a new vending cart in Pixar Pier. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The large model of Paradise Pier now shows the Pixar Pier overlay. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Blue Sky Cellar has concept art of the new Lamp Light Lounge, which replaces Ariel's Grotto. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

A surprising addition to the exhibit is a working "controller" model of a roller coaster, with a faux ride operator panel on the side. Visitors can push buttons to dispatch coaster cars and resolve errors.


A roller coaster model inside the Blue Sky Cellar invites visitors to be a ride operator. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The roller coaster model is has lighting effects to recreate day and night conditions. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Outside the Blue Sky Cellar, work continues to complete the Pixar Pier retheme. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Pixar Pals and AP Corner


Paradise Gardens is home to the Pixar Pals during Pixar Fest. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Paradise Gardens area has been rethemed to the Pixar Pals during Pixar Fest, with the gazebo serving as a meet-and-greet area for a rotating pair of Pixar characters. As with past festival events, the area has a craft activity for younger children, and houses the AP Corner.


The Pixar ball forms the photo backdrop at the AP Corner. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Passholders receive two decals when they visit the AP Corner. The designs change every two weeks. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Bid on a Pixar Fest media gift

Items MousePlanet receives at Disney press events are sold at auction to benefit a number of local charities, including Team Muscle Makers for UCMD, an organization founded by MousePlanet readers Melissa Martin Mayorgas and Lonna Eshelman.

The team raises awareness for Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy with only a few hundred documented cases worldwide. The team raises money through endurance events, including as an official runDisney charity partner. Funds raised go to the Muscle Disease Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego

Bid on this Disney Pixar Fest media gift, and benefit Team Muscle Makers for UCMD. MousePlanet photo.

This week we are offering the gift set from the Pixar Fest media event at Disneyland. The set includes a Pixar Tote Bag, Wall-E & Eve Ear Hat, Wall-E & Eve Socks, Little Green Alien Claw Machine Light-Up Tumbler, and a Pixar Lanyard. 100 percent of the final selling price of this auction lot will go directly to Team Muscle Makers via the eBay for Charity program. Click here to view the listing and place your bid.

We invite you to bookmark the team's eBay for Charity page to be notified when new items are added.

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Registration is now officially open for the 2018 CHOC Walk in the Park, to be held Sunday, August 26 at the Disneyland Resort.

Team MousePlanet will return for our 11th consecutive walk to support Children's Hospital Orange County. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $70,000 for CHOC since 2008. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends, and family members to join our team for the event.

Why Join Team MousePlanet?

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

CONVENIENCE! If you register during Early Bird registration and meet your fundraising goal, Team MousePlanet will handle check-in for you. No need to drive to Orange the week before the walk to collect your wristband and T-shirt. You need only meet us in Downtown Disney the morning of the walk to collect your goodies, then head right into Disneyland to start the walk.

Are you ready to CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet? It's easy to sign up—just visit our team page.

This and that…

...Disneyland will soon begin work on a project to convert the upper level of the former Starcade into an air-conditioned queue for Space Mountain. There is no word if the entrance to the attraction will relocate, or if this is simply an extension of the existing second-level outdoor queue.

...The Matterhorn Bobsleds are closed this April 16–19 for refurbishment.

...The Dapper Day Spring Outing to Disneyland is scheduled for this Sunday, April 22. 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. More information at the event website.

…The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, just enter your e-mail in the box below.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4 / 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

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds – closed April 16–19 for refurbishment.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – closed through April 26 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closes for refurbishment April 23. No reopening date is available at this time, but at least through May 27.
  • Space Mountain – closed for one day, May 3, to install the Hyperspace Mountain overlay. The ride will reopen that evening for the Disneyland After Dark private event, and then open to the public on May the 4th.

Disney California Adventure

  • World of Color – closes for refurbishment on April 13. No reopening date is available at this time, but at least through May 27.
  • Cove Bar – location reopened for Spring Break, and will close again at the end of May as part of the Pixar Pier retheme.

The following attractions closed January 8 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. Pixar Pier reopens June 23, and most of the locations will have new names when they return:

  • Games of the Boardwalk
  • California Screamin' – will become the Incredicoaster
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel
  • Boardwalk Bazaar
  • Sideshow Shirts
  • Treasures in Paradise
  • Point Magu Tattoo
  • Don Tomas Turkey Legs – will become the Poultry Palace
  • Hot Dog Hut – will become Angry Dogs
  • Ariel's Grotto – will become the Lamplight Lounge
  • Cove Bar – will become the Lamplight Lounge
  • Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company – will become Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
  • King Triton's Carousel – will become Jessie’s Critter Carousel, opening in 2019

The following attractions will close by the end of summer to make room for Super Heroes land.

  • "It's Tough to be a Bug" – closed permanently as of March 19, 2018
  • Flik’s Flyers
  • Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
  • Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
  • Princess Dot Puddle Park
  • Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

Disneyland Resort

  • Build-a-Bear – store now closed to make room for additional dining offerings in Downtown Disney.
  • Ridemakerz – store now closed to make room for additional dining offerings in Downtown Disney.
  • ESPN Zone – scheduled to close by June 30, as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney.
  • Rainforest Cafe – scheduled to close by June 30, as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney.
  • AMC Theaters – scheduled to close by June 30, as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney.
  • Earl of Sandwich – scheduled to close by June 30, as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney.
  • Starbucks (West Side) – scheduled to close by June 30, as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney.
  • Alamo Rent-a-Car – scheduled to close by June 30, as Disney begins construction of a fourth hotel on the west side of Downtown Disney.

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).

2018

  • Pixar Fest – April 13 - September 3. 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.
  • MouseAdventure (unofficial event) – Sunday, April 29, 2018. Registration is now open via the event website.
  • Disneyland After Dark – Thursday, May 3. This event is sold out.
  • 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.
  • CHOC Walk – Sunday, August 26. Registration is now open. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends, and family members to join our team for the event.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 5–7. More information on the event website.
  • Moonlight Magic after-hours event for Disney Vacation Club members – Thursday, November 15. Reservations open October 4.

2019

  • D23 Expo – August 23-25, 2019. Tickets go on sale August 23, 2018 via the event website.

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).


Current Discounts & Promotions

Disneyland prices as of February 11, 2018.

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 like MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today.

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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
$147
$91
$141
One Day – Regular
$117
$167
$110
$160
One Day – Peak
$135
$185
$127
$177

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.

Two Day Tickets
  • Two-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $210/$187
  • Two-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $260/$248
  • Advance purchase Two-Day tickets – check for current discounts and promotions from Get Away Today.
  • 2-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day ticket – $159 for ages 3 and up *
  • 2-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper ticket – $204 for ages 3 and up *

* So Cal Resident tickets expire May 24, 2018, and are blocked out March 23 through April 8, 2018. Click here for additional terms and conditions.

Three Day Tickets

  • Three-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $280/$264
  • Three-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $330/$314
  • Advance purchase Three-Day tickets – check for current discounts and promotions from Get Away Today.
  • 3-Day So Cal Resident 1-Park Per Day ticket – $199 for ages 3 and up*
  • 3-Day So Cal Resident Park Hopper ticket – $244 for ages 3 and up*

* So Cal Resident tickets expire May 24, 2018, and are blocked out March 23 through April 8, 2018. Click here for additional terms and conditions.

Four Day Tickets

  • Four-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $305/$287
  • Four-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $355/$337
  • Advance purchase Four-Day tickets – check for current discounts and promotions from Get Away Today.

Five Day Tickets

  • Five-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $320/$301
  • Five-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $370/$351
  • Advance purchase Five-Day tickets – check for current discounts and promotions from Get Away Today.
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 ($1,579) – 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 ($1,149) – includes discounts, parking, digital PhotoPass downloads and MaxPass. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Pass ($999) – includes discounts and parking. Digital PhotoPass downloads are included only for renewing passholders who had the benefit on their original pass; new purchases do not include this benefit. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Disney Deluxe Pass ($729) – includes some discounts. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($549) – includes some discounts. Many blockout dates, including Saturdays, December holidays and other peak days.
  • Southern California Select Annual Passport ($369) – 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 ($353/$324) – 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, 2018. 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 $44/$36. 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 $330 for ages 10+ ($314 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.

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.

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. 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, 2018. 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.

Southern California residents

Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks multiple days before May 24, 2018 for as little as $159 with the 2018 So Cal Resident ticket.

The 2-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 24.

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 $159 for ages 3 and up, a discount of 20% compared to box office prices and a $10 increase from the 2017 promotion.

You can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, for an additional $45, a savings of up to $40 compared to the box office price of a two-day park-hopper ticket.

If you want an extra day to visit the parks, there is also a 3-Day 1-Park per Day option ($199) and a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket ($244) in the promotion.

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 by calling (714) 781-4636.

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 21, 2018. Tickets expire May 24, 2018, and are blocked out March 23 through April 8, 2018.

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

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:

  • F&W – 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.
4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Pixar Fest

4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-11p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Pixar Fest

4/29 4/30 5/1 5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-11p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

5/6 5/7 5/8 5/9 5/10 5/11 5/12

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

5/13 5/14 5/15 5/16 5/17 5/18 5/19

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 10a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-10p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

5/20 5/21 5/22 5/23 5/24 5/25 5/26

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: GN; Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events: Pixar Fest

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Events: Pixar Fest

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 eight to 11 months.

 

Comments

  1. By JeffG

    I was a bit puzzled by this statement in the update:

    With Pizza Planet, we've not only seen it, but we know that the design of the movie restaurant was inspired by this actual building in Disneyland.

    Was the Pizza Planet restaurant in the movie inspired by Mission to Mars? I don't think I'd ever heard that before and that never seemed obvious to me from the movie.

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