Disneyland Resort Update for December 31, 2018 to January 6, 2019

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for December 31, 2018 to January 6, 2019

 

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New Year's week, and your last chance to see..

The new year is upon us, and we hope you are reading this Monday Update from anywhere other than inside Disneyland park. New Year's Eve crowds are epic on this final night of the year, and Disneyland often reaches capacity around noon. If you are planning to ring in the new year on Main Street, we hope you've already parked your car, made it through security and are reading this from a cozy viewing spot inside Disneyland, with no plans to move from that location before the fireworks.

Disneyland will present the New Year's Eve "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks twice Monday night, at 9:00 p.m. and midnight. There will also be DJs and musical groups around both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to help set the party atmosphere.

With World of Color still closed for refurbishment, Disney California Adventure has lost its big entertainment hook for the night. DCA will likely be far less crowded than Disneyland as the night wears on, offering an option for those who just can't handle the Disneyland crush.

While New Year's Day used to be a very quiet day in the parks, that has not been the case for at least a decade. Expect the crowds this week to be only slightly diminished from the prior two weeks. This is also the final full week of the popular Festival of Holidays offering, and the last hurrah before the spring refurbishment season begins.

This week brings your last chance to see most of the following:

Seasonal attractions:

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – Sunday, January 6 final operating day of the season 
  • "it's a small world" Holiday – Monday, January 21 final operating day of the season 

Seasonal entertainment

  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade – Sunday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m. final performance of the season 
  • "Believe...In Holiday Magic" Fireworks Spectacular – Sunday, January 6 at 9:30 p.m. final performance of the season 
  • Festival of Holidays – Tuesday, January 8 final operating day of the season 
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party – Saturday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m. final performance of the season

Three Kings' Day at DCA

Disney California Adventure wraps up the ¡Viva Navidad! promotion with a Three Kings' Day celebration in Paradise Gardens January 3–8. This is a low-key addition to the existing ¡Viva Navidad! setup, but look for children's craft areas, a display of Three Wise Men figurines, and of course a cart where you can purchase a slice of Rosca de Reyes (Kings bread). Eat carefully—there might be a hidden surprise inside the bread, which is said to bring good fortune to the person who finds it.

Welcome to the Tropical Hideaway

When the holiday blackout ends and annual passholders return in droves to visit Disneyland next week, the new Tropical Hideaway is sure to be high on the must-see list. The new eatery officially opened in Adventureland just before Christmas. The Tropical Hideaway is located between the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, in the former Aladdin's Oasis space. Visitors can enter the restaurant from a pair of bridges from Adventureland, or via a new ramp leading from the exit from the Enchanted Tiki Room.


The Tropical Hideaway is now open in Adventureland. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Tiki torches and a water feature welcome you to the Tropical Hideaway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Tropical Hideaway offers a small menu of snacks and desserts. From left to right: pineapple-raspberry swirl Dole Whip, steamed bao, Loaded Dole Whip sundae, and pineapple lumpia. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

For many, the main draw of the Tropical Hideaway will be the counter serving up a variety of Dole Whip creations. In addition to the classic pineapple Dole Whip, the location serves the orange and raspberry flavors. You can get the flavors swirled together, or order a Loaded Dole Whip sundae, which is topped with fresh fruit and crystallized hibiscus flowers. When the restaurant first opened, the sundae was known as an Ambush, and cast members rang a gong anytime a customer ordered one. Within days, the dish was renamed, with no explanation.


The Dole Whip, I Presume sign is a nod to an earlier Adventureland eatery. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The Loaded Dole Whip sundae features swirls of pineapple and orange Dole Whip, topped with fresh fruit and unique garnishes. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A cast member rings a gong before serving a Dole Whip sundae at the Tropical Hideaway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

During a media preview of the location, Tropical Hideaway chefs said they plan to add additional sundae creations to the menu, and may periodically rotate Dole Whip flavors. (Dole makes the popular soft serve in strawberry, mango and lime flavors, along with the lemon flavor currently served in Disney California Adventure).


The chilled ramen noodle salad is served in a shaker cup, so you can toss the dressing with the noodles. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Fried lumpia are filled with sweet cream cheese and pineapple, and served with a pineapple dipping sauce. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The small snack menu features freshly steamed bao (buns filled with beef, chicken or vegetables), pineapple lumpia, and a chilled ramen noodle salad. You can purchase an assortment of packaged chips, sliced fresh fruit, and cold beverages from display cases.


Disney offers bao with a choice of three fillings, including a vegetarian option. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Warm bao are served fresh from an on-stage steamer. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The seating area is small and decorated with relics both from the former Aladdin's Oasis, but also with new props that tie into the multi-park mythology that is Disney's Society of Adventurers and Explorers (Disney S.E.A.).


The Tropical Hideaway can seat around 100 diners. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Lamps saved from Aladdin's Oasis are still on display in the Tropical Hideaway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A row of paddles along the wall behind the cash registers bear plaques referencing fictional characters from Disney theme parks around the globe. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Dr. Albert Falls is memorialized on one paddle in the Tropical Hideaway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

While relaxing in the Tropical Hideaway, guests can also enjoy the antics of Rosita, a new animatronic member of the Adventureland cast.


A mystery raised inside the Enchanted Tiki Room has been resolved with the appearance of Rosita at the Tropical Hideaway. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Rosita perches at the edge of the Jungle Cruise, waiting for her boat to arrive. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Rosita sings, speaks, and squawks at intervals, and even asks after Jose periodically. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Tropical Hideaway brings much-needed dining and seating to Adventureland, with a menu that should help cut crowding at the nearby Dole Whip stand outside the Tiki Room. One downside is the potential for the small seating area to become congested with people who are not dining. Hopefully attentive cast members can help keep tables available for diners who want to enjoy the tasty new menu offerings.

This and That…

...Disneyland has for several years in a row renewed a 20 percent merchandise discount, originally offered to Disney Signature Plus, Disney Signature, Disney Premier and Premium annual passholders as a limited time promotion. The most recent extension of this offer expired December 31, 2018. The Annual Passholder discount page has not been updated to indicate whether the discount is extended again through 2019, but we've heard nothing to indicate the discount will end at this time. We expect the website will be updated soon. That said, we would not be at all surprised if Disney were to exclude some or all Star Wars Galaxy's Edge merchandise from any discount offerings once that new land opens later this year.

...Disney has filed a building permit for a new restaurant. Based on the address used in the permit, we suspect this is a new restaurant for the planned Super Heroes land.

...The Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts Nite scheduled for Thursday, February 7 is finally sold out, but tickets are still available for the Disneyland After Dark: 90s Nite on Thursday, March 6. Tickets are available through the event website.

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. All 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 DisneyWorld.com or use the MyDisneyExperience smartphone application on your iOS or Android device.

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Disneyland
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – closes January 7–17 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Astro Orbitor – closes January 7 for refurbishment. No reopening date announced, but after February 8.
  • Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant – closes January 14–17 for refurbishment.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough –  closes January 17 for refurbishment. No reopening date announced, but after February 8.
  • "it's a small world" –  closes January 22 - 31 to remove the holiday overlay.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia –  closes January 22 for refurbishment. No reopening date announced, but after February 8.
  • Splash Mountain –  closes February 4 for refurbishment. No reopening date announced, but after February 8.
Disney California Adventure
  • World of Color – closed for refurbishment. The show was scheduled to return on June 22, but Disney has announced an "extended refurbishment" for the show. No reopening date announced.
  • Grizzly River Run – closes January 7 for refurbishment. No reopening date announced, but after February 8.
  • Golden Zephyr –  closed January 27 to February 2 for refurbishment.
  • King Triton's Carousel – becomes Jessie's Critter Carousel, opening in 2019.

The following attractions closed on September 4 to make room for Super Heroes land:

  • "It's Tough to be a Bug"
  • Flik's Flyers
  • Francis' Ladybug Boogie
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
  • Princess Dot Puddle Park
  • Tuck and Roll's Drive ‘Em Buggies
Downtown Disney District & Disneyland Resort
  • Whitewater Snacks (Disney's Grand California Hotel) – closed for refurbishment through January 10.
  • Tangaroa Terrace (Disneyland Hotel) – closed for refurbishment through January 26.

All of these Downtown Disney businesses closed to make room for construction of a planned fourth hotel. Now that the hotel project in canceled, we're waiting to see what Disney does with the vacant buildings.

  • AMC Theaters
  • ESPN Zone
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Alamo Rent-a-Car – rental office now inside Paradise Pier Hotel

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.

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End 2018 - 2019
  • Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort – through January 6
  • Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure – through January 8
  • Mickey’s Mix Magic – debuts January 18
  • Valentine's Month celebration – January 22 through February 18
  • Moonlight Magic at Disneyland – Thursday, January 31. This exclusive event for DVC members is sold out.
  • Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts Nite – Thursday, February 7. This event is sold out.
  • Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure – January 25 to February 17.
  • Mickey's Soundsational Parade – returns January 25
  • Anaheim Ducks Day at Disney California Adventure – Monday, February 11
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – March 2. More information on the event website.
  • Disneyland After Dark: 90s Nite – Thursday, March 6. Tickets available through the event website.
  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival – March 1 to April 23
  • Dapper Day Fall Outing to Disneyland (unofficial event) – Sunday, April 14. More information at the event website.
  • Bats Day in the Fun Park (unofficial event) – May 5. More information on the event website.
  • Grad Nite – May 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31; June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 14
  • D23 Expo – August 23–25. Tickets on sale now via the event website.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 4–6. More information on the event website.
2020
  • Coming Soon! When we know, you'll know!

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.


Current Discounts and Promotions

Disneyland prices as of June 1, 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

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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.
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.
  • Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket – $210 for ages 3 and up*
  • Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer 3-Day Park Hopper ticket – $260 for ages 3 and up*

*The Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer is valid for travel January 7 - May 23, 2019, excluding the spring break blockout of April 14 - 22, 2019. The price is the same for all ages 3 and older, and each ticket includes one Magic Morning entry. Tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2019. You must use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry.

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.
  • Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer 4-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket – $229 for ages 3 and up*
  • Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer 4-Day Park Hopper ticket – $279 for ages 3 and up*

*The Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer is valid for travel January 7 - May 23, 2019, excluding the spring break blockout of April 14 - 22, 2019. The price is the same for all ages 3 and older, and each ticket includes one Magic Morning entry. Tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2019. You must use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry.

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.
  • Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer 5-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket – $239 for ages 3 and up*
  • Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer 5-Day Park Hopper ticket – $289 for ages 3 and up*

*The Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer is valid for travel January 7 - May 23, 2019, excluding the spring break blockout of April 14 - 22, 2019. The price is the same for all ages 3 and older, and each ticket includes one Magic Morning entry. Tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2019. You must use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry.

Six Day (or more) 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
  • 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. Park-specific blockout dates apply to all passes purchased, renewed or activated after June 2, 2018.
  • Southern California Annual Passport ($549) – includes some discounts. Many blockout dates, including Saturdays, December holidays and other peak days. Park-specific blockout dates apply to all passes purchased, renewed or activated after June 2, 2018.
  • 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. Park-specific blockout dates apply to all passes purchased, renewed or activated after June 2, 2018.
  • Parking Add On ($219) – add-on to Deluxe, SoCal, and SoCal Select passes. Renewal only; not currently available for new purchase

Annual Pass Monthly Payment Program

California residents can take advantage of the monthly payment plan when purchasing any but the Premier Annual Passport.

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!

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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.


The current purchase-with-purchase offer is a holiday tote for $25 with any $40 merchandise purchase.

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.


Character Dining Vouchers – discounted character dining vouchers are available for purchase on line, 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 Rewards VISA Credit Card Holders

See the Disney Visa website for terms and conditions for all of these promotions.

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 and Alamo Rent a Car.


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.

Southern California Residents

No current offers

If you know of an offer that we've missed, please drop us an email with the details.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Coming soon.

If you know of an offer that you think most Members do not know about, please drop us an email with the details.

Service Members

Disneyland Resort Military Discounts

Ticket discounts

Through December 16, 2018, 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 $168 each (an increase of $12 from the 2017 offer)
  • Disney Military Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $188 each (an increase of $7 from the 2017 offer)

Disneyland tickets may be used through December 19, 2018. There are no remaining blockout dates for 2018.

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 non-transferable and must be used by December 19, 2018.

Hotel discounts

This offer is valid most nights from January 1 through December 19, 2018. There are no further blockout dates in 2018.

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 30-40% 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 their spouse (with valid and proper ID) to qualify in the absence of the service member.

Photopass Discount

Eligible service members can purchase the Photopass Collection for $49 plus tax through December 19, 2018. The package includes digital downloads of all PhotoPass photos in the user's account when they redeem the voucher; a voucher for a dining print package, and a Disneyland photo disc with 350 stock photos from around the Disneyland Resort.


Terms and Conditions:

Here are some other details you should know about regarding the offers:

  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • Eligible Service Members are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Disney 3-Day or 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort expire and may not be used after December 19, 2018. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.
  • The Photopass Collection can be purchased only in person at Kingswell Camera Shop in Disney California Adventure, or at Main Street Photo Supply in Disneyland.
Hotel & Travel Packages

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 on line. through the Disneyland website, or call your favorite travel agent to inquire about these packages.

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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. 2019 dates: May 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31; June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 14
  • MHP – Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland.
12/30 12/31 1/1/2019 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-2a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-1a
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX/SG

Events:
Holiday Time

1/6 1/7 1/8 1/9 1/10 1/11 1/12

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Holiday Time;
Three Kings Day

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Holiday Time;
Three Kings Day

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-11p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Holiday Time;
Three Kings Day

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
None

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

1/13 1/14 1/15 1/16 1/17 1/18 1/19

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

1/20 1/21 1/22 1/23 1/24 1/25 1/26

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Lunar New Year

1/27 1/28 1/29 1/30 1/31 2/1 2/2

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-9p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-8p
None

DCA: 10a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 10a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 10a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Lunar New Year

2/3 2/4 2/5 2/6 2/7 2/8 2/9

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-11p
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 9a-8p
None

DCA: 9a-8p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 19a-8p
EMH/MM

DCA: 9a-8p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 9a-12a
None

DCA: 9a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
Lunar New Year

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
Lunar New Year

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.

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