Disneyland Resort Update for November 23 - 29, 2020

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for November 23 – 29, 2020

 

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Orange County subject to new COVID-19 restrictions

Last week, California governor Gavin Newsom placed 40 California counties into more restrictive tiers of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, with all Southern California counties placed in the purple, or most-restrictive tier.


This infographic shows the modifications businesses must make now that Orange County has reentered the purple tier of COVID-19 restrictions. Image courtesy state of California.

This step back means that some Downtown Disney businesses are forced to modify their operations. While Orange County was in the red tier of the state's system, restaurants were permitted to open their dining rooms at 25% capacity, and retail stores could operate at 50% capacity. Now, indoor dining is once again prohibited in the county, and retail stores are limited to operating at 25% of capacity.

On Saturday, Newsom also issued a limited Stay-at-Home Order for all counties in the purple tier, enacting a curfew on non-essential work and gatherings between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The curfew is in effect through December 21, 2020, but shouldn't impact Downtown Disney operations, as the shopping district closes at 9:00 p.m.

Hotels in purple tier counties are permitted to operate with safety modifications, and Disney hasn't said whether this development will have any impact on the planned reopening of the Disney Vacation Club Villas at the Grand Californian Hotel on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

Downtown Disney featuring Buena Vista Street draws massive crowds

The expansion of Downtown Disney into a portion of Disney California Adventure's Buena Vista Street drew thousands of fans to the shopping district Thursday morning to get their first look inside an Anaheim theme park in nearly nine months. MousePlanet had an opportunity to preview Buena Vista Street on Wednesday to get an idea of the operational changes, and shared our tips in What to Expect as Buena Vista Street Reopens. We were back Thursday morning to experience the grand reopening to see how it all worked once actual guests entered the gates.

The first visitors arrived well before 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning. More than an hour before Downtown Disney even opened, the line to enter the resort from the Harbor Boulevard entrance had snaked through the bus arrival lot and looped onto the bus way along the side of California Adventure. While physical distancing of six feet between groups caused the crowd to look much larger than it might otherwise appear, there were still thousands of people waiting for the gates to open.


Visitors wait in line at the Harbor entrance to Downtown Disney on Thursday morning. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A new $10 parking fee is in effect for Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Visitors wait in line at the west entrance to Downtown Disney on Thursday morning. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Markers on the ground remind visitors to remain six feet apart from other groups. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The scene was repeated at the west entrance to Downtown Disney, where the Simba parking lot opened earlier than announced to accommodate the waiting crowds. At both entrances, cast members were on hand to remind visitors to maintain distance from one another, and physical distancing markers were in place throughout the queue. However, it seemed that there were far more people waiting at the Harbor entrance, likely due to some getting a ride to the resort instead of parking and paying the new $10 fee at the Simba lot.

That strategy didn't seem to pay off on Thursday; people who joined the Harbor entrance line more than an hour before the Simba parking lot even opened, were quite far back in the merged entrance line, and had to join the virtual queue. If there's a long line at Harbor, it's probably worth using the west entrance.


Hopeful shoppers wait outside Disney California Adventure on Thursday as Buena Vista Street reopens. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Once the security checkpoints opened, there was a rush as visitors made a beeline to get in line for Buena Vista Street. The land reached capacity in about 15 minutes, and new arrivals were directed to a queue set up in the main entrance esplanade. When even that holding area reached capacity, Disney activated an updated virtual queue system. Visitors scanned a QR code posted on signs around the esplanade to join the virtual queue, and then received an alert when it was their turn to enter Buena Vista Street.


Disney has rolled out a self-service virtual queue system to manage capacity on Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Visitors scan signs to join the virtual queue to enter Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Cast members were on hand to help visitors who could not use the QR code or had other problems with the system. One nice thing about this new system is that it shows how many groups are ahead of you, which at least gives you some indication of how long the wait could be. When we tested the system, it showed more than 600 parties ahead of us, and offered the option for us to cancel our registration if we didn't want to wait. Disney closed the virtual queue on Thursday when the number of groups waiting exceeded the number who could be accommodated in the area before it closed for the night.


The virtual queue system displays how many parties are in front of you. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The virtual queue system also allows visitors to jump out of line if the wait gets too long. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We were fortunate to have made it into the standby line for Buena Vista Street before the virtual queue system was deployed, and only waited about 30 minutes before entering the park. Once inside, we were struck by how uncrowded the area was. Disney was clearly limiting capacity to prevent any sort of long lines from forming inside the land, and there was plenty of space to maneuver. Cast members kept careful tabs on the capacity of each shop, and monitored the lines outside the stores to maintain physical distancing. Two of the quick-service restaurants—Award Wieners and Smokejumpers Grill—encourage customers to use the mobile order feature of the Disneyland mobile app, and there was barely a line at either location.


Cast members supervise the line outside Elias and Company on the reopening day of Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


A line of shoppers waits to get into Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Customers wait to buy popcorn on Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The most anticipated dining option in the expanded Downtown Disney is the Carthay Circle Lounge, which now boasts an expanded "alfresco dining" area that takes up much of the Disney Theater queue. At this time, the location doesn't accept reservations, and uses a virtual queue. The restaurant doesn't open until 11:30 a.m., but the virtual queue opens with the parks. Managers outside the restaurant accept registrations until the first seating is filled, and advise anyone who missed out to check back later when the second "wave" of seating opens. The second wave opens around the time the first seating begins at 11:30 a.m., with each subsequent wave opening every 60 to 90 minutes depending on table turn.


The Carthay Circle Lounge has reopened for alfresco dining. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Chef Andrew Sutton helps prepare the Carthay Circle Lounge to reopen on Buena Vista Street. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

At least on opening day, the virtual queue system seemed not especially efficient, as it encourages people to hang out on Buena Vista Street far longer than they might otherwise just to get a chance at joining the virtual queue. We wonder how long it will take Disney to make adjustments to the system, or just start accepting reservations.

The good news is that once you're in the virtual queue for Carthay Circle Lounge, you can leave Buena Vista Street and visit the rest of Downtown Disney if you want. When you are called to return to the restaurant, you can skip whatever line may be outside Buena Vista Street and enter immediately.

Buena Vista Street is basically a tiny but well-themed mall in its current incarnation, featuring four shops and four restaurants. Without the famous Disney characters and entertainment, there's not much to compel a long stay. Still, we've heard from travel agents whose clients are coming to Anaheim just to visit Buena Vista Street, and it's clear from the opening weekend crowds that this offering has been incredibly popular. Disney has repeatedly sent out messages this weekend advising that Downtown Disney is very busy, and that entry to the shopping district and parking lot will be suspended at times to help limit crowds.


With the line to enter Buena Vista Street already several hours long, many shoppers opted to check out the World of Disney store while they waited. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Disney sent out several messages throughout the weekend reminding prospective visitors that parking and entry to Downtown Disney would be suspended due to limited capacity. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

If you'd like to see Downtown Disney featuring Buena Vista Street for yourself, our advice is to let the first crush settle down by waiting two weeks to visit. We've always considered the week after Thanksgiving to be the most wonderful week of the year to visit the Disneyland Resort, with the lowest crowds of the holiday season. We expect the same to hold true even during this pandemic year, so maybe take a weekday to call out sick from your home office and make your holiday pilgrimage to Downtown Disney.

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The double feature for this event is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and Spider-Man:Homecoming. Tickets are available via chocfoundation.eventbrite.com, and all proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets are $50 to $200 per car depending on package selected, and include admission for everyone in the vehicle!

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If you can't attend but would like to help, registration is still open for CHOC's first-ever Virtual Walk in the Park in early 2021 to raise funds for CHOC Children's Hospital. While things definitely look a little different this year, Team MousePlanet will return for our 13th consecutive walk to help this outstanding local charity.

Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $82,000 for CHOC since 2008. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends, and family members near and far to support Team MousePlanet for this event, either by joining the team, or by making a donation to one of our registered participants.

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Get Away Today launches Travel Savings Program

MousePlanet sponsor Get Away Today is excited to present an all-new Travel Savings Program designed to help people start planning and saving for a future Disneyland Resort vacation! For a $200 membership fee, members will receive over $300 worth of value and can start saving for a Disneyland Resort vacation immediately. It's easy, flexible, and most importantly, gives us all something to look forward to. You can find information about this program at this link.


Join the new Get Away Today travel savings programs to start planning your future visit to the Disneyland Resort.

CHOC Walk with Team MousePlanet

Registration is now open for CHOC's first-ever Virtual Walk in the Park in early 2021 to raise funds for CHOC Children's Hospital. While things definitely look a little different this year, Team MousePlanet will return for our 13th consecutive walk to help this outstanding local charity.


Goofy, CHOC CEO Kim Cripe, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D'Amaro, Disneyland Resort Ambassador Rafa Barron, and Pluto greet participants at the start of the 2019 CHOC Walk in the Park. MousePlanet file photo

Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our readers, Team MousePlanet has raised over $82,000 for CHOC since 2008. We invite MousePlanet readers, friends, and family members near and far to support Team MousePlanet for this event, either by joining the team, or by making a donation to one of our registered participants.

On a personal note, I became involved with the CHOC Walk over 20 years ago, long before I was a parent. In the years since, I have gone from being a volunteer to serving at various times as a team captain, a prize sponsor and a media partner.

Now I'm a CHOC parent. This time it's personal. You can read more about my CHOC journey on my event website.

Also keep watching for ways to support Team MousePlanet through eBay for Charity auctions. We will be listing items received from press events, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to CHOC.

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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 – Theme park closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • Gadget's Go Coaster – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure – closed for major refurbishment in 2020. Dates unknown.
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – under construction in ToonTown; scheduled to open in 2023.
Disney California Adventure – Theme park closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
  • Red Car Trolley – closed for refurbishment until 2020.
  • "a bug's land" – closed to make room for the Avengers Campus expansion, originally scheduled to open July 18, 2020.
Downtown Disney District & Disneyland Resort – Phased reopening began July 9
  • 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.

These Downtown Disney businesses closed when the Disneyland Resort suspended operations in March, 2020, and have not reopened.

  • Catal Restaurant – sign at the location says the restaurant will reopen soon.
  • Napolini Pizzeria
  • Splitsville – the restaurant website says the location is temporarily closed.
  • Tortilla Jo's Taqueria – sign at the location says the restaurant will reopen soon.
  • The VOID – permanently closed.

These Downtown Disney businesses closed in 2018 to make room for construction of a now-canceled fourth Disney hotel. 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, courtyard is used as seating for Downtown Disney restaurants.
  • 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, 2019. Will reopen in 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.

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
  • Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks reopening – TBD
  • Paradise Pier Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopening – TBD
  • 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.
  • Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite – postponed from Thursday, August 27. 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.
2021-2022
  • CHOC Walk in the Park – the next Walk will be a virtual event in early 2021. Registration is now open.
  • Dapper Day (unofficial event) – Spring Outing to Disneyland scheduled for Sunday, April 12. More information on the event website.
  • 2022 D23 Expo –  September 9-11, 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center

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

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

    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 Berry Princess

    Some pictures I saw during different times of the day and it looked a bit crowded in spots but most of that was where one would normally think it would end up...right near the entrance area and down BVS. Otherwise some of the other pictures I saw and it looked either empty or space enough to distance.

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