Disneyland Resort Update for April 27 - May 3, 2020

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for April 27 – May 3, 2020

 

News and Views

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Open, Open, Open!

The Internet is absolutely crammed with speculation about what it will take to get the Disney theme parks—along with the rest of society—open again. Who better to weigh in on that subject than Bob Iger, executive chairman and chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co.?

Iger was recently named to a California task force that will help the state navigate the issues of economic recovery and job development in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 80-member Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery includes four former California governors, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and executives from a host of business, labor, healthcare, and educational organizations.

Shortly after being named to the panel, Iger gave an interview to Los Angeles-based KABC. In the brief interview, Iger outlined key goals for reopening businesses in California:

"Clearly, making people feel safe from getting the virus is the biggest obstacle and it's clearly complicated. It's not just about, as far as we know, social distancing. It's about taking a number of steps, implementing a number of procedures to make sure that people feel safe.

"Obviously hygiene will be one of them, increased hygiene, but it's likely that we're going to need some mass testing, at scale, and some form of contact tracing as well so that we can identify people who have been exposed or people who have had the virus and may be of harm to others."

While the remarks in the KABC interview were in regards to reopening California's economy at large, Iger gave an interview to Barron's earlier this month in which he suggested that Disney theme parks might incorporate screening measures that could include temperature checks when the theme parks reopen.

In Florida, Walt Disney World Resort President Josh D'Amaro was named to the Re-Open Florida Task Force Executive Committee. He joins Universal Orlando Resort CEO John Sprouls on the 22-member team.

The Orlando Weekly last week reported that Universal Studios had sent a survey to many of its annual passholders, seeking feedback about potential health and safety measures in a post-COVID world. Respondents were asked how they would feel about nearly two dozen potential measures, such as capping park attendance from 25% to 75% of normal; adding temperature checks at the entrance; or requiring all visitors to wear face masks. Other ideas included closing all indoor attractions; reducing capacity on rides and shows; and implementing virtual queues for all attractions. One of the more extreme measures in the survey would require all guests and employees to take and pass a rapid COVID test before they could enter the parks.

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Disney Vacation Club update

On April 24, the Disney Vacation Club notified members by email of additional temporary updates to its policies relating to certain points set to expire that were tied to reservations for stays between March 12 and the end of the closure period, and temporary changes to rules for borrowing points. The specific details are also posted on this page of the DVC website. DVC also posted a FAQ that requires DVC members sign in on this page of the DVC website. In summary, for reservations during the closure period that were canceled after February 29, 2020:

  • 2019 Use Year Points for April and June that are set to expire in 2020 that were used for reservations during the closure period will be extended for one year from their original expiration.
  • 2018 Use Year Points for April and June that were banked into 2019 and used for reservations during the closure period will be extended for six months from their current expiration period.
  • Members with later Use Years should follow normal banking guidelines to bank current Use Year Vacation Points. Should a reservation be canceled due to Resort closure after the close of the applicable banking window, an exception will be made to bank the allotted Points associated with the reservation.
  • "One Time-Use Points" remaining from a canceled reservation can be refunded upon request. Contact Member Services.
  • Members that purchased Travelex Insurance and made a claim due to a canceled reservation are still eligible for points extensions if they meet the other criteria.
  • DVC will not use the 6-month extension on previously banked developer Points in the interest of supporting Member availability.
  • Effective immediately, Members may only borrow up to 50% of their future Use Year Points per contract for new reservations (to the extent permitted by Home Resort Rules and Regulations). DVC says that "this will help manage inventory and accommodate more Members who want to schedule their vacations once the Resorts reopen." The policy applies to all DVC reservations and exchanges. Members who book a new reservation or multiple reservations that exceed the 50% maximum will have their reservations canceled automatically within 7 days.
  • Points already borrowed for future reservations outside the closure period will be honored, even if they exceed the new 50% threshold. The temporary policy also excludes borrowed Vacation Points that would be applied to matched wait-lists created prior to April 24 if the reservation requires more than the 50% threshold.
  • DVC will continue to monitor inventory and re-evaluate, and has the "goal" of returning its standard policy as soon as appropriate.
  • Disney and Concierge Collection Reservation Points from April and June 2019 Use Years that have expired or will expire during the closure period will be moved into the next Use Year as Reservation Points. Additional Use Year will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Members with canceled Disney Cruise Line voyages or Adventures by Disney trips due to the closure have been offered their choice of a full refund, the ability to rebook a new cruise/trip with additional credit or the option to "park" their cruise/trip for a later date.
  • Members with a June Use Year that deposited points into the RCI system after March 12 may reverse that transaction and withdraw their points. Members with previously booked RCI reservations that were canceled during the closures can continue to use the points within the RCI system until their expiration.

Disney Vacation Club also acknowledged that the condominium associations that make up the DVC properties anticipate lower operating costs as a result of the closures. DVC notes that it cannot predict what unanticipated additional costs will be required to reopen properties when it is safe to do so. DVC proposes to issue a credit to members in mid-December when Annual Dues Statements for 2021 are distributed reflecting any operating surplus rather than rolling surpluses into reserves (which has been the usual policy following IRS and other guidelines mentioned at each year's Annual Meeting).

Members may, as always, make many reservation changes on the Disney Vacation Club. All DVC members can call Member Services at (800)800-9800, but be aware of the high call volume.

Disney Cruise Line correction

Passengers holding Disney Cruise Line reservations are justified in being concerned about their cruise being canceled or rescheduled, and MousePlanet unwittingly added to the uncertainty when we incorrectly reported that Disney had officially canceled the entire 2020 Alaska cruise season.

In fact, only a portion of the season has been officially canceled by the Disney Cruise Line, and the company is still accepting reservations for the nine remaining cruises of the 2020 Alaska season, currently scheduled to depart July 6 through September 7. We regret the error.

Though our reporting was inaccurate, there remains a very real chance that Disney will extend its cancellations well beyond the currently announced itineraries. When Disney first announced the change to the Alaska schedule back on April 6, the company cited a regulation put in effect on March 13 by the Canadian government that prohibits ships carrying more than 500 passengers from docking in any Canadian port until July 1, 2020 at the earliest.

Disney's Alaska cruises depart from Vancouver, BC, and the company said the cancellation of the May and June Alaska cruises was because "neither the Port of Vancouver nor an alternate home port is available."

However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on April 9 announced an extension of its own No Sail Order, originally issued on March 14, which prohibits ships carrying more than 250 people (inclusive of crew and passengers) from operating in, to, or from American waters for 100 days from April 9.

This order is in effect until July 18, 2020, unless it is rescinded or modified by the CDC, or until the U.S. government declares that COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health emergency. Even if Canada lifts its own restrictions on departures from Vancouver, Disney would not be able to sail to Alaska under the current CDC order.

As of April 26, the Disney Cruise Line has officially canceled the following departures:

  • All departures of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through Sunday, May 17, 2020.
  • All Disney Magic departures through Sunday, June 7, 2020.
  • All departures on the Disney Wonder through June 29.

If the CDC order is not rescinded early, then the Disney Cruise Line will need to cancel departures on all four ships through July 18, 2020.

Given the constantly changing nature of the situation, we strongly urge readers who are interested in booking a Disney Cruise for 2020 or 2021 to book through an authorized travel agent, like MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today, who can help them reschedule their trip in the event their cruise is canceled.

There are a lot of great reasons to use a travel agent when booking a cruise, and now more than ever vacation planners will benefit from the extra services an agent can provide.

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Due to the ongoing closure of the Disneyland Resort, refurbishment has been postponed or rescheduled. Information presented below was current as of March 14, 2020, but will certainly change when the parks reopen. 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 or use the MyDisneyExperience smartphone application on your iOS or Android device.

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Disneyland
  • Snow White's Scary Adventure – closed for major refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Haunted Mansion – closed to remove the holiday overlay and for major refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • King Arthur Carrousel – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date unknown, but after May 10.
  • Gadget's Go Coaster – scheduled to close April 20 for refurbishment. Reopening date unknown, but after May 10.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closes for major refurbishment in 2020. Dates unknown.
Disney California Adventure
  • Red Car Trolley – closed for refurbishment until 2020.
  • "a bug's land" – closed to make room for the Avengers Campus expansion, scheduled to open July 18, 2020.
Downtown Disney District & Disneyland Resort
  • Downtown Disney / Simba parking lot – entrance is now off of Disneyland Drive, between West Katella Avenue and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. The former Magic Way lot is closed to the public, currently in use as cast member parking.

All of these Downtown Disney businesses closed in 2018 to make room for construction of a planned fourth Disney hotel. With Disney canceling its hotel project, we're waiting to see what Disney does with the vacant buildings.

  • Rainforest Cafe – Asian Street Eats food kiosk now open in detached structure outside the former restaurant.
  • AMC Theaters – building remains closed.
  • ESPN Zone – building is being used as a temporary space for the Disney Performing Arts program.

Disney Grand Californian Hotel

  • Mandara Spa – closed as of July 10. Will reopen in spring 2020 as the Tenaya Stone Spa.

Disneyland Hotel

  • New DVC Tower – concept plans filed with city of Anaheim. No timeline released.
  • Guest room refurbishment –  now through Fall 2020. Disney says work with the highest noise potential will occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All shopping, dining and pools will remain open.

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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2020
  • Dapper Day Spring Outing (unofficial event) – Sunday, June 20. More information on the event website.
  • Disneyland After Dark: Villains Nite – Postponed from Thursday, April 30. Visitors who had already purchased a ticket to the sold-out event will automatically receive a ticket for the rescheduled event once a date is selected. However, anyone who purchased a ticket and prefers a refund can call 714-781-4636 to request one.
  • Grad Nites – Canceled for 2020
  • Disney Channel Fan Fest – May 9, 2020
  • Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite – Thursday, August 27. The event is sold out.
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – Sunday, September 13 2020. Registration will open this spring.
  • Gay Days at Disneyland (unofficial event) – October 2–4. More information on the event website.
2021
  • Coming Soon!

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 – Tier 1 $104 $159 $98 $153
One Day – Tier 2 $114 $169 $108 $163
One Day – Tier 3 $124 $179 $117 $172
One Day – Tier 4 $139 $194 $132 $187
One Day – Tier 5 $154 $209 $146 $201

MaxPass Add-On: $20 per day, per ticket

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 $235/$220
  • Two-Day Park Hopper – regularly $290/$275
  • MaxPass Add-On $20 per day, per ticket
  • 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 $310/$290
  • Three-Day Park Hopper – regularly $365/$345
  • MaxPass Add-On $20 per day, per ticket
  • Advance purchase Three-Day tickets – check for current discounts and promotions from Get Away Today

SoCal Resident Ticket Offer

The Southern California Resident Ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure up to three times between January 7 and May 21, 2020.

You can use every day of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit different parks on different days, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $199 for ages 3 and up, a $20 increase over the 2019 offer.

For an additional $55, you can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, and which is a savings of up to $101 compared to the box office price of a three-day park-hopper ticket.

Although you can purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths on the day of your visit, you will save time and receive one Magic Morning admission when you purchase in advance from MousePlanet partner Get Away Today. You can also purchase by calling (714) 781-4636, or by going online at Disneyland.com.

The Magic Morning offer does not apply to tickets purchased on-site. If purchasing from another third party ticket outlet, double-check that their three-day tickets come with this feature.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission the day you buy it and wait until May to use the remaining admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by May 18, 2020. Tickets expire on May 21, 2020, and unlike past years, do not have a spring blockout period. However, we estimate the peak Spring Break crowds will arrive April 5–12, 2020. so plan your visits accordingly.

Disney states that proof of residency is required for purchase and admission, and each resident can purchase up to five tickets per day.

Special Ticket Offer for Kids Everywhere

If you do not live in the qualifying ZIP codes for the Southern California Resident Ticket described above, Disney has another offer valid for travel on the same dates – but this one is only for children ages 3-9. This ticket also comes with a 13-day fuse, so plan your visits accordingly.

The Child Ticket Offer is also valid for travel January 7 through May 21, 2020. The price is $199 for ages 3-9, and each ticket includes one Magic Morning entry when purchased in advance from Get Away Today, calling (714) 781-4636, or online at Disneyland.com.

Duration One Park Per Day Park Hopper
3-day $199 $254

Tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2020. You must use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry, which provides some flexibility to visit as many as three weekends in a row.

Four Day Tickets
  • Four-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – regularly $340/$320
  • Four-Day Park Hopper – regularly $395/$375
  • MaxPass Add-On $20 per day, per ticket
  • 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 $360/$340
  • Five-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $415/$395
  • MaxPass Add-On $20 per day, per ticket
  • Advance purchase Five-Day tickets – check for current discounts and promotions from Get Away Today.
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
Type Price Description
Premier Annual Passport $2,199 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 $1,449 Includes discounts, parking, digital PhotoPass downloads and MaxPass. No blockout dates.
Disney Signature Pass $1,199 Includes discounts and parking. Digital PhotoPass downloads are included only for renewing passholders who had the benefit on their original pass; not for new purchases. Some blockout dates, including December holidays and other peak days.
Disney Deluxe Pass $829 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.
Disney Flex Passport $649 Includes some discounts. 15 blockout dates per year. The rest of the year is divided into "Good to Go" days (enter park with no advance reservation) and "Reservation" days (require an advance reservation to visit parks). Does not include parking.
Southern California Annual Passport $649 Includes some discounts. Many blockout dates, including Saturdays, December holidays, 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 $419 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.
MaxPass Add-On $125 Add-on to Signature, Deluxe, Flex, SoCal, and SoCal Select passes.

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

SoCal Resident Ticket Offer

The Southern California Resident Ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure up to three times between January 7 and May 21, 2020.

You can use every day of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit different parks on different days, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $199 for ages 3 and up, a $20 increase over the 2019 offer.

For an additional $55, you can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, and which is a savings of up to $101 compared to the box office price of a three-day park-hopper ticket.

Although you can purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths on the day of your visit, you will save time and receive one Magic Morning admission when you purchase in advance from MousePlanet partner Get Away Today. You can also purchase by calling (714) 781-4636, or by going online at Disneyland.com.

The Magic Morning offer does not apply to tickets purchased on-site. If purchasing from another third party ticket outlet, double-check that their three-day tickets come with this feature.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission the day you buy it and wait until May to use the remaining admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by May 18, 2020. Tickets expire on May 21, 2020, and unlike past years, do not have a spring blockout period. However, we estimate the peak Spring Break crowds will arrive April 5–12, 2020. so plan your visits accordingly.

Disney states that proof of residency is required for purchase and admission, and each resident can purchase up to five tickets per day.

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

2020 Ticket discounts

From November 5, 2019 through December 18, 2020, 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 $184 each (an increase of $6 from the 2019 offer)
  • Disney Military Promotional 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $204 each (an increase of $6 from the 2019 offer)

Disneyland tickets may be used January 1 through December 18, 2020, excluding the spring break blockout of April 5–12, 2020.

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, 2020.

2020 Hotel discounts

Military discounts are valid for stays most nights from January 1 through December 19, 2020. You can book now through December 19, 2020, and travel must be completed by December 20, 2020.

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 18, 2020. 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

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. Canceled for 2020
  • OBB – Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure

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 Ticket Tier calendar is published on the Disneyland website for the next eight to 11 months.

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  1. By carolinakid

    Re: the Universal Parks survey, I, as a guest, would much prefer to take a rapid Covid test in order to enter, rather than find half the park shutdown or all the indoor attractions closed. But thatís just me...

  2. By Dave1313

    Quote Originally Posted by carolinakid View Post
    Re: the Universal Parks survey, I, as a guest, would much prefer to take a rapid Covid test in order to enter, rather than find half the park shutdown or all the indoor attractions closed. But that’s just me...

    Not just you. I find myself thinking similarly. Especially with how uncomfortable any sort of masks would be in the FL climate.

    (I know, technically this is the Disneyland update thread so WDW humidity is slightly out of bounds, but it's a similar discussion otherwise, IMO)

    Touching or rubbing one's face due to a mask with all that humidity would seem inevitable. A mask causes me challenges with fogging my glasses even in PA in April, I can't imagine FL would not be 100% worse. I know I'm gonna sweat (in FL). And even normally, just brushing my hand across my forehead to keep it and any streaking sunscreen out of my eyes gets close enough to the eyes that that could possibly be considered risky, much less needing to touch the mask itself.

    I think I'm OK with accepting the risk that if I have a temperature for any reason I could be denied access during a trip, that's obviously on me if I have it (even if I don't know it), and I would of course not fight it since the purpose is safety for everyone. Then again, I don't take my temperature daily, so I guess I would start tracking myself before a trip to see that I don't necessarily run a little hot and not ever know it.

    I think this puts me in the test camp, assuming that there is actually a time when tests can be manufactured in such a large quantity to support such a thing. Right now we obviously don't have the capacity to do tests on a level that would be needed to do all employees and all guests for a "regular" sort of day at any of these places (we possibly don't even have enough for critical needs right now, though it's seemingly getting better). So I think that probably is many months or more on the horizon if that's part of the answer.

    The part about capacity reduction I can get on board with, BUT ONLY if any park doing that will publish it's statistics each day once they start (obviously in normal times, they are very reluctant to do so). I am not OK with just "hoping" if I make the effort to come in from out of town that I might be admitted. Obviously it's understood that any day is a bit random, but if any park limits to 25%, I want to see how many people that actually is and what time of the day they reach it (assuming they do reach it, which is I suppose could be debatable if a lot of people end up staying away). If I have those numbers to look at for a month (and capacity limits were not routinely hit early in the day), I'd be comfortable taking a chance that things would not change radically in a short period of time. However, if the demand from local pass holders will be such that closures due to capacity become the norm, then I'm not going to attempt a trip just to sit in a hotel room and wonder what to do in the humidity.

    In reality, I guess I hope they lay out the measures they will plan to take before making pass holders choose whether they want the expiration extension for however long the parks are closed or a partial refund for whatever the balance of your year was when the parks closed. Depending which precautions get implemented would probably affect my choice as an out of town (WDW) pass holder.

  3. By Berry Princess

    I think the temp thing is out the window honestly. If anything we have seen time and time again its not going to prove someone is sick with the virus. Look at what is happening in nursing homes. There are a couple in my city that were taking all these precautions, which included taking employees temps and it didn't do any good. I am not keen on having to do tests to go any place either. What is the % of it being wrong compared to right as well in a rapid test? If it was done the same way as now with it going in the nose as far as it does...who is going to be ok with having to do that each visit some place and more so have their kids do it? The local news was showing the one city that opened up a drive thru testing for all and they showed a little girl getting it done. It wasn't pleasant at all.

    As for masks, well as Dave mentioned the weather for some of the places these theme parks are in, its not something that would be pleasant to wear a mask in hot weather. Anaheim in the summer can get into the 100s. I don't think I can last with a mask on in non warm weather as it is if I was to have to wear one for a long period of time. Really everyone will take it off to eat and drink as well. With any kind of warm weather people need to drink more often when out in that. So imagine how annoying it would be to do that and at some point it becomes pointless. You are touching your drink, touching a ride/railing/etc that someone else might have touched, and so on that you have contaminated your mask then. The mask is more so at this point to keep people from touching areas of their face and for those that may be coughing/sneezing to contain it so it doesn't spread elsewhere. I can see more sanitizer stations used in the parks. Maybe even some wipes stations as well. Which I have always carried around these things in my purse as it is myself.

    When it comes to capacity, how will all theme parks, malls and such handle these things? If they even go to just half of what is normal, what do they do if more than that show up each day? I'm on the fence about how people will be once things do open up more. There are many that I know won't rush to any of those places and take trips right away and then there are those that will go back to how they have always been. You will have those that will change how some of their behaviors are when out because of this and others that still won't care and be selfish. I will won't guess at all as to win things will open or how all these places will end up doings things. Even those in charge I think would just be guessing at what to do right now with how things still seem to change at times.

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