8/4/08 - Monday in the Parks - News, Photos and Tips
by, 08-04-2008 at 04:27 AM
Hope all is going well. Disneyland survived an Earthquake last Tuesday, and decided to raise its prices. Lets get to it.
Disneyland decides to raise most Ticket prices $3 to $11
Disney Marketing decided to wait until 5 PM on Friday to announce the price increases at Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Sonya Smith over at the Orange County Register reported all the new prices, and got some comments from Disneyland.
A few things did not go up, Parking is still $12 per car (more for larger vehicles), Annual Passholder Blockout Passes are still $40 and the Southern California CityPass remained the same, due to the contract CityPass has with Disney. The CityPass is expected to go up in price in early January, 2009.
Ways to beat the Price Increase
The best offer right now is still the special $99 3 day ParkHopper available at most Major Southern California Grocery Stores.
First use must be by August 30th, 2008, but if it fits your schedule, it is half the price of a 3 day ParkHopper at the Main Ticket Windows, and even has a longer shelf life, as you have 45 days after first use to use the other 2 days.
Also, the Advance Purchase 3 to 5 Day ParkHoppers at Disneyland.com remain the same price, so you can save $30 to $50 per ticket just buy paying in advance. And if you opt for the "eTicket" Print at Home option, You can also bypass the Ticket Booths and go straight to the Turnstiles.
The East side Tickets Booths were busy on Sunday Morning, even with the new prices
Also, many Travel Agents and Good Neighbor Hotels still have the old ticket stock on sale, so checking with them can get you the old prices on many tickets. This is also true for the tickets sold by many Credit Unions, Colleges, etc.
As for Annual Passholders, if you are eligible for renewal, hang onto your printed order form that was sent to you by Disneyland. Disney will honor the old prices so long as you renew by mail and mail in the form by the date printed on the form. (The online renewal system will automatically charge you the new, higher prices).
So shop around, and try and avoid buying your tickets at the Main Ticket Booths to save some money.
Mickey's Trick-or-Treat after hour event at Disney's California Adventure now on sale to the General Public.
This week, Disney opened up orders for the general public for the event. It is held on selected dates in October (but never on Saturday, to allow one evening of operation for regular Park Guests). Details can be found at the following link...
Anaheim City Council approves funding for Tourism Etiquette Classes
The Los Angeles Times reports on the approval of $90,000 from the Hotel Tax revenue to teach city employees including Police Officers, and Anaheim Resort District employees how to be nicer to Tourists.
Earthquake hits the Disneyland Resort last Tuesday
A moderate earthquake hit the Southern California area Tuesday just before Noon.
The Downtown Disney Monorail Station is closed Tuesday afternoon due to the Earthquake
Disneyland Resort Safety Policy has all rides shut down, evacuated and then checked for damage before reopening. This had most attractions closed for at least 1 or 2 hours, while a few took longer. No major damage was reported at the Disneyland Resort and the entire Anaheim Resort District.
The Disneyland Wait Board at 5:10 PM on Tuesday
Knott's Berry Farm host group of Santas
Brady MacDonald over at the Los Angeles Times reports that The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas visited the park. Check out the link for a real good photo of some of the Santas riding Pony Express.
U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team gets send-off at Downtown Disney
The Anaheim Mayor and City Councilpersons receive Volleyball jerseys
Sam Vincent named new Head Coach of the NBA Developmental League's Anaheim Arsenal
ESPN Zone hosted a Press Conference for the Anaheim Arsenal to introduce the new coach of the Anaheim Arsenal.
ESPN Zone has become a partner with the Anaheim Arsenal, which plays its games right across the street at the Anaheim Convention Center. One of the major points that the Team President Cliff Dochterman made on Tuesday was the fact they want the team to be more family friendly, with earlier starting times this season.
Strange fact of the Week
I was reading Jim Radcliffe's "Honk" column in the Orange County Register on Friday and came across this interesting fact. over 217.8 million guests have ridden in Autopia cars since opening in 1955.
Selected Photos from Darkbeer.Smugmug.com
Summer is not the best time for DCA to have almost all its water play areas closed
Mr. Lutz, what is your opinion of DCA?
That should do it for this week, have a great week.