Disneyland Resort Update for April 4 - 10, 2022

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Disneyland Resort Update for April 4 – 10, 2022

 

News and Views

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Character hugs and autographs return to Disneyland this month

Get ready to hug Mickey Mouse again. Disney announced last week that character meet-and-greets will return to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the Disney Cruise Line as soon as April 18, 2022.

This means you can once again pose right with a character, instead of taking a socially distanced selfie. You can get back to collecting autographs from your favorite characters, who can now come to your table at character dining locations.


Visitors can look forward to warm hugs from friends like Olaf starting April 18. MousePlanet file photo.

Disney said the change won't happen overnight, so you definitely want to check with dining locations before your visit to confirm their current operation. For now, the Disneyland website simply states "More information on character appearances will be available soon" for each of the character dining locations.

Hyperspace Mountain opens April 29

The Hyperspace Mountain overlay of Disneyland's Space Mountain coaster returns this April 29, just in time for the first of three Star Wars-themed Disneyland After Dark events on May 3.


Hyperspace Mountain will return to Disneyland on April 28. MousePlanet file photo.

Hyperspace Mountain debuted at Disneyland in 2015 as part of the Season of the Force promotion and has been revived a few times since then, most recently closing in January 2020. The premise is that you have joined a squadron of X-Wing fighters in battle. Effects projected inside the Space Mountain dome, combined with a soundtrack performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, transform this into a completely new ride.


Season of the Force – Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland Full Ride POV. MousePlanet video.

Space Mountain will close for one day on April 28 to install the screens needed for the overlay. Disney hasn't announced an end date for this promotion, but it should certainly be around at least through the final Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite on May 28.

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Attraction, restaurants, and stores that are closed for refurbishment are noted below. All other closures should be presumed to be due to COVID protocols, and are subject to change at any time without notice as the state of California issues new guidance.

All information was current as of this article's publication date. MousePlanet does not edit past Updates; for the most up-to-date refurbishment calendar, check the most recent Disneyland Resort Update, visit Disneyland.com or use the Disneyland smartphone application on your iOS or Android device.

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Disneyland 

Closed attractions:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant– closes April 21, 2022 due to Pirates refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Tarzan's Treehouse – closed for unscheduled refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Space Mountain –  closed April 28 to install the Hyperspace Mountain overlay.
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – under construction in ToonTown; scheduled to open in 2023.
  • Mickey's Toontown – closed for extensive refurbishment. Scheduled to reopen in 2023.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay

Closed shopping:

  • Magical Transformations at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Fairy Tale Treasures
  • Royal Reception
  • Silhouette Studio

Entertainment:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade – returns April 22, 2022
  • Disneyland Forever Fireworks – returns April 22, 2022
  • Fantasmic – returns May 28, 2022
Disney California Adventure 

Closed attractions:

  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters – closed April 11–14 for refurbishment.
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree – closed May 9–12 for refurbishment.
  • Golden Zephyr – closes May 9 for refurbishment. Reopening date unknown.
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

Entertainment:

  • World of Color – returns April 22, 2022
Downtown Disney District

Permanently closed:

  • Rainforest Cafe – now home to the Star Wars Trading Post.
  • ESPN Zone – building is being used as a pop-up shop.

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel – now open at limited capacity

  • PCH Grill – permanently closed. No timeline released for a possible replacement.

Disneyland Hotel – now open at limited capacity

  • New DVC tower – now under construction. No timeline released.
  • Guest room refurbishment – was ongoing at the time of the Resort closure. Fantasy tower appears to be complete, but Frontier and Adventure towers may still be under renovation. No updated timeline available.
  • Steakhouse 55 – permanently closed. No timeline released for a possible replacement.

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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2022

2022

  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival – March 4 to April 26, 2022
  • Main Street Electrical Parade, Disneyland Forever Fireworks and World of Color return – April 22, 2022
  • Disney Junior Fun Fest – Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite – May 3, 4, 27 at Disneyland. All dates are sold out.
  • Grad Nites: May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 31; June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 17
  • Fantasmic returns – May 28, 2022
  • 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 October 25, 2021.

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 $164 $98 $153
One Day – Tier 2 $119 $179 $113 $173
One Day – Tier 3 $134 $194 $127 $197
One Day – Tier 4 $149 $209 $141 $201
One Day – Tier 5 $159 $219 $150 $210
One Day – Tier 6 $164 $224 $155 $215

Disney Genie+ 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 $255/$240
  • Two-Day Park Hopper – regularly $319/$300
  • Disney Genie+ 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 $330/$310
  • Three-Day Park Hopper – regularly $390/$370
  • Disney Genie+ 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 admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure up to three weekdays between January 3 and May 26, 2022.

You can use every day of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit different parks on different days, but you can't use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $199 for ages 3 and up, which is the same price as the 2020 offer. Of course, this new ticket is valid only Mondays through Fridays, and weekends are not included.

For an additional $60, you can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day. You can also add Disney Genie+ service for an additional $60 for the three days when purchased in advance. Tickets are available through the Disneyland website, or through MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today.

There's no "fuse" on this ticket, which means that you can use the first admission on January 3 and wait until May 26 to use the remaining admission. However, remember that you must make a theme park reservation for each day that you want to use the ticket. Disney also warns that ticket sales may be paused or ended at any time, so it's probably best to purchase early so you're ready to make reservations as soon as they open for your desired travel dates.

Tickets expire on May 26, 2022, and unlike past years, do not have a spring blockout period. However, we estimate the peak Spring Break crowds will arrive April 11–22, 2022. 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.

Now for the official fine print:

Southern California Resident Ticket

  • Valid for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000–93599; proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission.
  • Tickets are not valid before January 3, 2022, expire May 26, 2022, and are limited in availability.
  • Tickets are not valid on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • To enter a theme park, Guests (ages 3 and older) need a valid ticket and a theme park reservation for the same day and same park they want to visit.
  • Theme park reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance and are limited and subject to availability and restrictions.
  • Guests may update their theme park reservation dates until May 26, 2022 by canceling their existing reservations and booking new reservation dates; new reservation dates are subject to availability.
  • Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.
  • Eligible residents may purchase up to 5 tickets per day with valid ID.
  • Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced.
  • Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions, and is subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice.
  • Sales may be paused from time to time or terminated at any time.
Four Day Tickets
  • Four-Day, One-Park per Day Ticket – regularly $360/$340
  • Four-Day Park Hopper – regularly $420/$400
  • Disney Genie+ 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 $380/$360
  • Five-Day Park Hopper – Regularly $440/$420
  • Disney Genie+ 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 for domestic customers. Some travel providers may offer tickets for 6 days or longer as part of a package to international customers; residents of Canada, Australia/New Zealand, or the U.K. should check with local travel agencies to see what options may be available.

Disneyland Magic Keys
Dream Key [Not currently available to purchase] – $1,399, or $102 per month after down payment.

Details

  • No blockout dates
  • Can hold 6 reservations at a time
  • Can make reservations 90 days in advance
  • 20% merchandise discount
  • 15% food & beverage discount
  • Parking included
Believe Key [Not currently available to purchase] – $949, or $65 per month after down payment.

Details

  • ~ 48 blockout dates per year
  • Can hold 6 reservations at a time
  • Can make reservations 90 days in advance
  • 10% merchandise discount
  • 10% food & beverage discount
  • 50% parking discount
Enchant Key –  Price: $649, or $40 per month after down payment.

Details

  • ~ 150 blockout dates
  • Can hold 4 reservations at a time
  • Can make reservations 90 days in advance
  • 10% merchandise discount
  • 10% food & beverage discount
Imagine Key – Exclusive to Southern California Residents – $399, or $19 per month after down payment.

Details

  • ~ 235 blockout dates
  • Can hold 2 reservations at a time
  • Can make reservations 90 days in advance
  • 10% merchandise discount
  • 10% food & beverage discount

A monthly payment plan is available to California residents, after a $179 down payment.

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.

Magic Key Holders

Magic Key Holders receive discounts on food and merchandise at participating locations, based on Magic Key type. Visit the Magic Key Discounts website for current details.

Disney Rewards VISA Credit Card Holders

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

Disney Magic Shot at Disney California Adventure – cardholders have access to a private photo opportunity at Disney California Adventure, where a Disney character will be digitally added to your photo. The location is open daily from 10:30am – 1:30pm., and is adjacent to the Monsters, Inc. attraction in Hollywood Land. Members receive one free image download per visit.

Star Wars Magic Shot at Disneyland – cardholders have access to a private photo opportunity outside of the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland, across from Autopia. This is open daily from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Members receive one free image download per visit, and Star Wars character will be digitally added to your photo.


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, , 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

See above.

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

Disney Vacation Club Members

None currently available

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

Service Members

Disneyland Resort Military Discounts

Disneyland has not yet announced details of a 2021 Military Salute program.

If you purchased a ticket under the 2020 program, the expiration date will be extended through December 16, 2021. Tickets may be used on non-consecutive days.

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
  • DCA – Downtown Disney

Early Admission – full description available on the Disneyland website:

  • MM – (Not currently offered) Magic Mornings for 3-plus day ticket holders and promotional "bonus" tickets.
  • EMH – (Not currently offered) Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests.

Disneyland Resort Special Events:

  • LNY – Lunar New Year
  • F&W – Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
  • GN – Grad Nite.
  • OBB – Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure

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

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

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 5

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 6

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 5

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 6

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–10p
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 5

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W;
Electrical Parade, Disneyland Forever,
and World of Color
return

 

Ticket Tier 6

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30

Ticket Tier 3

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–9p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: F&W

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–10p
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None
 

Ticket Tier 5

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

5/1 5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5 5/6 5/7

Ticket Tier 3

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 1

Hours:
DL: 8a–8p
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: 
Disneyland After Dark

Ticket Tier 1

Hours:
DL: 8a–8p
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: 
Disneyland After Dark

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None
 

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

5/8 5/9 5/10 5/11 5/12 5/13 5/14

Ticket Tier 3

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 1

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 1

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 2

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–1a

Special events: None

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–9p

Special events: None
 

Ticket Tier 4

Hours:
DL: 8a–midnight
DCA: 8a–10p
DD: 8a–9p

Special events: None

 

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