Disneyland Resort Update for May 20 - 26, 2019

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for May 20 – 26, 2019

 

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Sleeping Beauty Castle debuts bold new color design

What does Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle have in common with one of San Francisco's famous Victorian-style Painted Ladies? Very little, except that the exterior paint on each can be extremely polarizing within their respective fan bases. Disneyland this weekend took the wraps off of Sleeping Beauty Castle following a months-long renovation, revealing in full a bold new color design and decorative accents. Not surprisingly, the new hues have garnered both praise and complaint from online onlookers.


The new color design for Sleeping Beauty Castle was revealed this weekend. Photo © Disney.

Imagineer Kim Irvine was the art director and colorist for this project, her sixth time working on the repainting of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Irvine says she took her inspiration for this interpretation from a number of sources, including Herb Ryman's original concept art for the castle, the cobalt blue tones seen in illustrator Eyvind Earle's renderings of Sleeping Beauty Castle, and even the castle used in the Walt Disney Pictures logo.

Irvine also relied on the advice of her former mentor, Disney creative director John Hench. Irvine worked with Hench on her first three castle refurbishment projects, and after his death in 2004, led the 50th and 60th anniversary renovations before the current project. Irvine shares that Hench was never satisfied with the earliest gray and tan tones of Sleeping Beauty Castle, and always encouraged her to push the fantasy of the castle. She recalls Hench saying that visitor come to Disneyland expecting to see something different than they would find on their city streets. The challenge, she says, is to push the colors without making it look like toy land.


A file photo of Sleeping Beauty Castle from October 2016 with the Diamond Celebration decor installed.

A day before Disney removed the scrim and scaffolding that surrounded Sleeping Beauty Castle, I was part of a small group of media invited to walk up onto the roof and get a very up-close and personal look at the renovation work. It was a rare opportunity to see Disneyland from a perspective few outsiders get.

Jim Slagle, director of facility asset management for the resort, joined Irvine in leading the tour among the towers, and shared how part of the project involved replacing the castle's original 1955 roof and turret caps. He pointed out the wood cedar shake shingles, explaining that each was cut by hand in Disneyland's show shops to fit. The turret caps were measured and digitally modeled to ensure that the replacements would be an exact fit.


The stones of the Sleeping Beauty Castle wall are start out larger at the base of the tower and get smaller at the top. Photo by Todd Pickering.

From ground level it can be hard to see all of the little details that go into painting and texturing Sleeping Beauty Castle, but Irvine says that without those touches, the castle would feel very flat. Most areas have at least three layers of paint, which can include base coats, glazes, hand-applied spatters, airbrushed shadows, and shimmering highlights. The surfaces are then covered with a clear coat to help slow fading due to UV exposure.

Up on the roof, it's also easier to clearly see some of the forced perspective techniques that make the 70-foot-tall Sleeping Beauty Castle seem larger than it is. Shingles get smaller as they progress up the roof line, and the upper windows are much smaller than they seem from the ground. The stones that form the castle walls also shrink in size the higher they go, creating the illusion of height.


Deeper, darker colors at the bottom fade to cooler, lighter colors at the top, giving the illusion of height to Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photo by Todd Pickering.

Irvine says John Hench often spoke about atmospheric perspective, where things in distance are lighter and bluer due to the effect of atmosphere on the color spectrum. She relied on this technique in the color design for the castle, using warmer, darker colors at the bottom, and cooler, lighter colors at the top to help the castle feel larger.

The diamond and zig-zag patterns on some of the roofs are original, and have just been updated during each refurbishment with a different color scheme. Irvine says the "pixie dust" added to the center roof section is the only pattern added during this project. The golden accents are striking against the cobalt blue roof. Irvine noted that all of the spires were freshly covered in gold leaf, and that the flags and pennants were new. She also took the opportunity to dispel a common myth about the castle's brass-plated chapel spire, which urban legend says was left unfinished as a reminder of Walt Disney's quote that Disneyland would never be complete. In fact, the chapel spire is a reproduction of the now-destroyed spire from Notre Dame de Paris.


One of the more controversial changes to Sleeping Beauty Castle is the addition of painted "pixie dust" on the central roof. Photo by Todd Pickering.

Because Sleeping Beauty Castle has many roles at Disneyland, including pyrotechnic launch platform and projection screen, Irvine says she works closely with the entertainment team to ensure that materials and coatings are flame-resistant, and that the paint finishes and colors don't interfere with projection shows like Mickey's Mix Magic.


A view of Sleeping Beauty Castle from the Fantasyland courtyard. Photo by Todd Pickering.

To be sure, the colors on the castle look completely different depending on the sunlight, and it looks like the official Disney photo was taken on a somewhat overcast morning. In person, the bricks of the castle appear to be shades of mauve and violet with golden undertones. The squirrel downspouts, added during a previous refurbishment, and some molding pieces stand out against the new colors. The entry archway was redone in gold, as was the Disney family crest above the castle gates. Overall, this version of Sleeping Beauty Castle has more depth, dimension and contrast than prior designs.

This refurbishment was not limited to the castle walls. Jim Slagle says his team took advantage of the long closure to update Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, which is scheduled to reopen May 28. He said they punched the color of the show sets and improved the audio and the lighting throughout the attraction.


From ground level, it's hard to spot all of the special techniques used to add dimension to Sleeping Beauty Castle, but the effects add character to the structure. Photo by Todd Pickering.

At ground level, workers are landscaping the castle grounds with pink roses that Irvine says perfectly complement the colors of the castle. Rosemary plants will fill the banks to the water. And later this year, workers will install a tree as tribute to Herb Ryman, replacing an earlier planting that unfortunately did not thrive.

However, the refurbishment did not extend into Fantasyland, where the walls of the castle conceal the show buildings for Fantasyland attractions like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan's Flight. There the walls are still shades of beige and gray, and blend into the surrounding facades.


The section of castle wall above the Alice in Wonderland attraction was not touched during this refurbishment. Photo by Todd Pickering.

Asked why Imagineering decided to refurbish Sleeping Beauty Castle even as a brand-new 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge neared completion, Slagle said the goal is to showcase the entire park. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the future of the park, but Sleeping Beauty Castle is the park's heritage. Another member of the team piped up to add, "the castle doesn't play second fiddle to any other structure in the park."

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Reservations for May 31 - June 23

If you didn't score reservations to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge during the opening weeks but can't wait until June 24 to visit Batuu, MousePlanet partner Get Away Today has a block of rooms at Disneyland Resort Hotels that include an automatic reservation to Galaxy's Edge.

Here are the current hotels and available dates. Book online or call 1-855-GET-AWAY (1-855-438-2929).

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Celebrating the Haunted Mansion's 50th anniversary


Disneyland will commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Haunted Mansion with a pair of merchandise events in August. Photo © Disney.

Disneyland plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction with a pair of merchandise special events in August, but the details of the events mysteriously vanished from the Disney website this weekend. Here's what we can share until the pages materialize again.

The events are scheduled for August 7–8 and August 8–9, 2019. Each party begins with event sign-in on day 1, and a midnight-to-4:00 a.m. party on day 2.

As this is a merchandise special event, it's no surprise that the event catalog includes over 200 collectible items created for the event. The extensive selection includes the usual assortment of shirts and pins with the event logo, but also a new Dooney and Bourke handbag design and more than a dozen new figurines.

Popular Disney collaborators Dave Avanzino, Jerrod Maruyama, Miss Mindy, the Harveys, and more will have new pieces for this event.

Well-heeled collectors may be interested in original Haunted Mansion artwork by pop culture artist SHAG, offered at $25,000, or a one-of-a-kind guitar decorated with Haunted Mansion images and listed at $33,000.

Most of the limited edition items will be offered to event guests using Disney's Random Selection Process, in which guests select the items they'd like to purchase and Disney's system distributes the available quantity among the interested customers.

Day 1 of each event begins with sign-in and merchandise pickup at the Disneyland Hotel between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., where guests can also browse any remaining merchandise in an event store and take photos with themed backdrops. At 11:30 p.m., event guests can line up outside the Disneyland gates to await entry to the park at 12:01.

The day 2 party runs until 4:00 a.m., and includes many attractions in New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Critter Country. Select shops and eateries will have special event offerings, and there will be live entertainment throughout the park.

Event guests are encouraged to come in costume (subject to Disney guidelines) and pose for photos in front of themed backdrops.

Per the Disney website, tickets for the $299 event were to have gone on sale Thursday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. Each event guest must plan to purchase their own ticket, as there is a limit of one ticket per person. We'll share any updates as we get them via our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Come CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Registration is now officially open for the 2019 CHOC Walk in the Park, to be held Sunday, August 11 at the Disneyland Resort.

Team MousePlanet will return for our 12th consecutive walk to support Children's Hospital Orange County. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $75,000 for CHOC since 2008. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends, and family members to join our team for the event.

When you register for the event, you can opt to donate directly or fund-raise the registration fee.

  • Early Registration – walkers can opt to pay nothing at the time of registration, but must donate or fund-raise a minimum of $85 by Monday, July 29 to participate.
  • Late Registration – walkers pay a fee of $95 at the time of registration to secure their place at the walk.

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 registration and meet your fundraising goal, Team MousePlanet will handle check-in for you. No need to drive to check in 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.

If you prefer to have your shirt and wristband before the walk (some people like to personalize them), there is an option to have those items shipped to you.

The deadline to join Team MousePlanet and meet the $85 fundraising requirement in order for us to handle check-in for walkers is Monday, August 5. We still welcome those who register after this date, but they must handle their own check-in.

In addition to helping support an outstanding local charity, one of the benefits of participating in the CHOC Walk is the opportunity to purchase specially priced Disneyland tickets to use in the weeks after the walk. CHOC has not yet announced the dates or details this promotion for 2018; we will share details as soon as we know them.

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

This and That…

...Grad Nites are scheduled this week for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22.

...The Limited-Time Southern California Resident ticket offer ends this week. The ticket must be purchased by May 20 and used by May 23.

...The new Disney Flex Passport will go on sale this Tuesday, May 21. This MousePlanet article has full details about the newest annual passport type.

...An extended preview of Toy Story 4 will be screened at the Tomorrowland Theater starting Friday, May 24. This is the same day Alien Pizza Planet is scheduled to reopen from its recent refurbishment.


Toy Story 4 official trailer via YouTube.

...The ride vehicles are being installed on the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, which is scheduled to open this summer on Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure.


Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind is scheduled to open in summer 2019 at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Todd Pickering.

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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
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train – closed through May 23 for refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats – closed through May 23 for refurbishment.
  • Alien Pizza Planet – closed through May 23 for refurbishment.
  • Fairy Tale Treasures (shop) – closed through May 23 for refurbishment.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (shop) – closed through May 23 for refurbishment.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough – closed through May 27 for refurbishment.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Enchanted Chamber – closed through May 27 for refurbishment.
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln –  closed May 28 to remove the movie overlay.
  • The Disney Gallery – closed May 28 to remove the movie overlay.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge –  phase 1 opens May 31. The Rise of the Resistance attraction will open as part of Phase 2; date not yet announced.
Disney California Adventure
  • Silly Symphony Swings – closed through May 23 for refurbishment.
  • Red Car Trolley – closed until 2020 for refurbishment.

The following attractions closed on September 4, 2018 to make room for Super Heroes land:

  • "It's Tough to be a Bug"
  • Flik's Flyersrelocated to Pixar Pier and renamed Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. Scheduled to open summer 2019
  • Francis' Ladybug Boogie
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
  • Princess Dot Puddle Park
  • Tuck and Roll's Drive ‘Em Buggies
Downtown Disney District & Disneyland Resort

All of these Downtown Disney businesses closed in 2018 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.

  • Sugarboo & Co – scheduled to open later this year in the space most recently used as a Disney Vacation Club sales office
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • AMC Theaters
  • 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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2019
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge grand opening – May 31
  • Grad Nite – May 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31; June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 14
  • Tale of the Lion King show – debuts June 7 at Disney California Adventure.
  • Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary events –  August 7-8 and 8-9, 2019. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 23.
  • 2019 CHOC Walk – Sunday, August 11. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $75,000 for CHOC Children's since 2008. We invite all MousePlanet readers, friends, and family to join us at the 2019 walk—registration is open now!
  • D23 Expo – August 23–25. One-day tickets on sale now via the event website. 3-day passes are sold out.
  • Taste of Downtown Disney – Thursday, September 5. More information to come.
  • Halloween Time – September 6 through October 31.
  • Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure – select nights September 17 to October 31. Tickets on sale via the event website.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 4–6. More information on the event website.
  • Dapper Day Fall Outing (unofficial event) – November 3. 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 January 6, 2019.

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 $104 $154 $98 $148
One Day – Regular $129 $172 $122 $172
One Day – Peak $149 $199 $141 $191

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 $225/$210
  • Two-Day Park Hopper – regularly $280/$265
  • 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 $300/$280
  • Three-Day Park Hopper – regularly $355/$335
  • 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*
  • Limited-Time Southern California Resident 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket – $179 for ages 3 and up+
  • Limited-Time Southern California Resident 3-Day Park Hopper ticket – $234 for ages 3 and up+

Limited-Time offers are valid for travel through 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:

  • * Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer – you must purchase tickets by May 18, 2019, and use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry.
  • + The Limited-Time Southern California Resident – you must purchase tickets by May 20, 2019. There is no fuse on this ticket.
Four Day Tickets
  • Four-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – regularly $325/$309
  • Four-Day Park Hopper – regularly $380/$330
  • 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 through 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. You must purchase tickets by May 18, 2019, and use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry.

Five Day Tickets
  • Five-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – Regularly $340/$320
  • Five-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $395/$375
  • 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 through 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. You must purchase tickets by May 18, 2019, and 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 ($1,949) – 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 ($1,399) – includes discounts, parking, digital PhotoPass downloads and MaxPass. No blockout dates.
  • Disney Signature Pass ($1,149) – 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 ($799) – 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 ($599) – 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. Renewal only; not currently available for new purchase
  • Southern California Select Annual Passport ($399) – 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 ($249) – 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.

 

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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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.


Character dining vouchers – Disneyland is no longer offering tickets or vouchers to be pre-purchased for Character Dining. You may still make reservations 60 days in advance with payment due at the restaurant.

Annual Passholders

Disneyland Resort merchandise – Disneyland has once again extended the additional 20% merchandise discount offered to Disney Signature Plus, Disney Signature, Disney Premier, and Premium annual passholders, this time through December 31, 2019. All other passholders receive a 10% merchandise discount. Visit the Annual Passholder discount page for specific details and exclusions.


Guided tours – 15% 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 – 10–15% 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% off qualifying merchandise purchases of $50 or more from Disney-operated retail stores.


Disneyland Resort dining – 10% off at selected Disneyland Resort restaurants, (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% 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% off the "Welcome to Disneyland," "A Walk in Walt's Footsteps," "Discover the Magic," and "Cultivating the Magic" guided tours.

Southern California Residents
  • Limited-Time Southern California Resident 3-Day, 1-Park Per Day ticket – $179 for ages 3 and up+
  • Limited-Time Southern California Resident 3-Day Park Hopper ticket – $234 for ages 3 and up+

+The Limited-Time Southern California Resident is valid for travel through 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 when purchased in advance of the visit. You must purchase tickets by May 20, 2019. There is no fuse on this ticket.

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

Disney Vacation Club Members

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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 18, 2019, 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 $178 each (an increase of $10 from the 2018 offer)
  • Disney Military Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $198 each (an increase of $10 from the 2018 offer)

Disneyland tickets may be used through December 18, 2019, excluding the spring break blockout of April 14–22, 2019.

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 18, 2019.

Hotel discounts

Military discounts are valid for stays most nights from January 1 through December 19, 2019. Travel must be completed by December 20, 2019.

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% 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 21, 2019. 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, 2019. 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.
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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

Flex Pass blockouts:

  • Good to Go – may enter park without prior reservation
  • Reservation only – must make advance reservation to enter park
  • Blocked out – may not use pass to enter park

Early Admission – full description available on the Disneyland website:

  • MM – Magic Mornings for 3-plus day ticket holders and promotional "bonus" tickets.
  • 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
  • OBB – Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure
5/19 5/20 5/21 5/22 5/23 5/24 5/25

Ticket Season:
Regular

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-9p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

Events:
Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-9p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

Events:
Grad Nite

Ticket Season:
Value

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
None

DCA: 8a-10p
EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

Events:
None

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL: 8a-12a
EMH/MM

DCA: 8a-10p
None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

5/26 5/27 5/28 5/29 5/30 5/31 6/1

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Regular

Ticket Season:
Regular

Ticket Season:
Regular

Ticket Season:
Regular

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC
DCA: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
None
DCA: 8a-9p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
None
DCA: 8a-9p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

DCA: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
None

DCA: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL
DCA: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
Star Wars:
Galaxy's Edge
Grand Opening;
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
None
6/2 6/3 6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7 6/8

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL Hours: 8a-6p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
None

Flex Pass:
Good to Go

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
6/9 6/10 6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-9p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
Grad Nite
Resort Events:
None
6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
Resort Events:
None
6/23 6/24 6/25 6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

Ticket Season:
Peak

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DL Hours: 8a-12a
Early Entry: EMH/MM

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC/DX

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: EMH

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

DCA Hours: 8a-10p
Early Entry: None

AP Blockouts:
SL/SC

Flex Pass:
Reservation only

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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  1. By Gdgourou

    Dear Adrienne, Just one remark, the chapel spire is the reproduction of the Sainte-Chapelle and not Notre-Dame... Noth are very close but not the same size.

  2. By olegc

    I saw a report of the HM 50th event on another site as well. That site reported that the link to register for the event was up - then taken down immediately. You though have all of the details as did the other site. The original date for registration was listed as May 23rd. Do you know or can you anticipate if that will still be the first date to register? I'm wondering if we will get a surprise drop day before or something like that to mitigate a huge wave of folks logging in.

  3. By Klutch

    I think the castle looks *AMAZING*! I grew up very near Disneyland and I've seen the castle appearance change over the decades. It's been a few years since I have visited Disneyland, but based on the pictures, the castle has never looked better. The view from the Fantasyland Courtyard is especially good. It's supposed to be a fantasy castle and the current look perfectly captures that concept.

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