The Happiest Place on Earth just got more expensive as Disneyland made considerable increases in their admission prices over the weekend. The biggest price hike is a $150 jump for Premium Annual Passholders, a pricing change that will help deter some Passholders from renewing this summer as Disney re-launches a newly renovated and expanded Disney California Adventure park. The new additions at California Adventure will be joined with numerous other new and overhauled attractions, shops and restaurants at Disneyland and in the Downtown Disney area. With a record-breaking summer on the horizon for Disney, the higher prices will be a small price to pay for tourists arriving to see California Adventure's new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street areas as well as the newly overhauled Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland.

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Touring Plans crowd forecast
  • <a href="#DD9">Happiest Place, Higher Prices</a>
    Disneyland raises admission prices before the launch of its big summer season
  • <a href="#DD2">Magic Kingdom Makeovers</a>
    Carnation Cafe expansion, Matterhorn refurbishment
  • <a href="#DD3">Brave</a>
    Merida, Disney-Pixar's newest Princess, arrives at Disneyland
  • <a href="#DD5">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
    • <a href="#DD5-1">Buena Vista Street</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-2">Hollywood Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-3">Pacific Wharf</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-4">Paradise Pier</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-5">Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD7">Downtown Changes</a>
    Downtown Disney remodels and changes
  • <a href="#DD8">This and That</a>
    Stuff that is happening.
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments
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</td></tr></tbody></table></center>Our friends at Touring Plans their crowd forecast to help you plan you visit.


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Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&amp;utm_medium=website&a mp;utm_source=dateline&amp;utm_content=r1&amp;prop erty_id=2">Crowd Calendar.</a>

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3/10
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  • Full block outs on Saturday.
  • More Grad Nites this week.
  • Disney California Adventure is a 3.1 on the Crowd Calendar on Monday.
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3/10
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3/10
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8/10
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Sunday marked the start of new price hikes that affected all levels of Disneyland Resort theme park admission. The new price increases ranged from an $8 increase on a one-day, one-park ticket, all the way to a $150 increase for Premium Annual Passports. The announcement was made on the Disney Parks Blog late Friday afternoon as the workweek ended and Disney tried their hardest to spin the big price hikes by citing the various new offerings opening this summer in both theme parks:



<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Disneyland Resort Ticket Price Update[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>

Here's a look at some of the new price increases:
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Disneyland Resort Theme Park Admission Prices
Effective May 20, 2012
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Adult / Child
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Previous Price
Adult / Child
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Increase
Adult / Child
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One Park
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$87 / $81
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$80 / $74
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Up $6 / $7
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Park Hopper
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$125 / $119
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$105 / $99
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Up $20 / $10
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Two-Day
One Park Per Day
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$170 / $158
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$158 / $146
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Up $12 / $12
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Two-Day,
Park Hopper
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$200 / $188
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$173 / $161
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Up $27 / $27
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Three-Day,
One Park Per Day
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$220 / $205
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$209 / $193
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Up $11 / $12
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Three-Day
Park Hopper
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$250 / $235
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$224 / $208
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Up $26 / $27
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">So. Cal Select
Annual Passport
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$269
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$199
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $70
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">So. Cal
Annual Passport
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$329
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$269
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $60
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Deluxe
Annual Passport
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$469
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$379
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $90
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Premium
Annual Passport
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$649
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$499
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $150
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Premier
Annual Passport
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$849
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$749
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $100
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Annual Passport
Blockout Ticket
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$70
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$59
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $11
</td></tr><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f7f6f0" valign="top">Annual Passport
Parking Pass
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$129
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
$99
</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top">
Up $30
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<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>[ LINK ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>






Meanwhile, demolition progresses at the Carnation Plaza Gardens as work gets underway at the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet.







The Matterhorn's major refurbishment project continues to near its completion, officially reopening June 15.


Disney recently released a time-lapse video of the Matterhorn's recently completed repainting project.
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Nearby, the seagulls are temporarily missing from the Submarine Lagoon.



The Frontierland Shootin' Exposition continues its refurbishment...



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BRAVE
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The new meet-and-greet for Princess Merida from Pixar's upcoming "Brave"


The new interactive meet-and-greet is set up along the Small World Mall area.


Archery lessons for kids are available




Three bear cubs from the movies interact with Merida throughout the meet-and-greet.






Activities for everyone.














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CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
A look at the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion efforts at Disney California Adventure
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Last week, Disney announced special preview events for D23 and Club 33 members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders. You must belong to one of the three groups to participate in the preview events and they cost between $50, $75 and $500, depending on whether or not you want to enjoy a viewing of World of Color or dinner at the Carthay Circle Theater along with your four-hour tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land.
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Preview the Newly Expanded and Re-imagined Disney California Adventure ParkCars Land and Buena Vista Street Preview
Ticket Cost: $50
Preview Times:
Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Preview Followed by a Private World of Color Show
Ticket Cost: $75
Preview Time:
Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant, Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Preview Followed by World of Color Show
Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant includes a 3-course meal, featuring modern cuisine that pays tribute to the bold and diverse flavors of Southern California, and a special wine presentation. The restaurant is located in the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre, a re-creation of the famous Hollywood movie palace where Walt Disney first premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs almost 75 years ago.
Ticket Cost: $500 per person (includes tax and gratuity)
Dinner Reservation Times:
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
Includes:
  • Entry into Cars Land and Buena Vista Street for preview from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Preferred boarding on Radiator Springs Racers
  • Private World of Color Show
  • Valet Parking is complimentary at Downtown Disney District. (Full validation will be provided.)
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The gorgeous new marquee has been installed at the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe & Bakery. FF&P Cafe will also be home to Disney's first in-park Starbucks Coffee location, a highly anticipated offering for park guests.








Last week, Disney shared some new details on Buena Vista Street with the OC Register
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>





Buena Vista Bugle






New palm trees at the entrance of the park






Disney also gave a sneak peek at some new Red Car Trolley merchandise that will hit store shelves when Buena Vista Street opens June 15.
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Get on Board with the Red Car Trolley Collection at Disney California Adventure Park[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>






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A look at the Mad T Party set-up:




Misters hidden in the arches




































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Tarps have come down at the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain location.




New blue awnings.




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One of the Paradise Pier billboards has been replaced with a new design advertising the Paradise Garden dining area.


Looks great!


This summer, a new "Brave"-themed segment will be added to World of Color.
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>

Cove Bar is still closed for refurbishment.



<center><a name="DD5-5"></a><table style="border: medium none;" border="0" width="100%" style="border: 1 solid black"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#e1e1e1" width="100%"></td></tr></tbody></table></center>The biggest draw this summer will most certainly be the new 12-acre Cars Land. Disney is worried about Annual Passholders creating significant impact on the Resort as they flock to California Adventure to see the new land. The expected demand has lead Disney to set up an Annual Passholder Early Entry program that will allow Passholders to register for an early entry time slot on select dates from June 18 through September 13, 2012. Details on the Annual Passholder Early Entry program can be found here.


Telephone wires are up along Route 66.


Disney recently revealed some new details about Cars Land to the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Disney unveils new facts about Cars Land[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>

The single streetlight of Radiator Springs has been strung up


















A new Cars Land-themed outdoor vending cart





Over at Disneyland, the Disneyland Monorails have received a bit of a makeover as part of the Cars Land marketing machine.


<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Three New Faces Come to the Disneyland Resort: Manny, Mandy and Mona Monorails[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>




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THIS AND THAT
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And finally, Bat's Day invaded Disneyland over the weekend.


Noah, Founder of Bat's Day




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Friday: 8 am - 11 pm
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Monday-Thursday:
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Expected Crowd Levels presented by TouringPlans.com
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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for major refurbishment including the addition of new ride vehicles through June 14.
  • Carnation Cafe, Blue Ribbon Bakery: Food service locations are closed for major remodel.
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Disney California Adventure
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  • Mad T Party: New nighttime dance party will begin June 15.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and Soda Fountain: New Ghirardelli chocolate shop and soda fountain will open in the space formerly occupied by the Mission Tortilla Factory. New dining location opens late-spring 2012.
  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
  • Cars Land: New 12-acre land opens summer 2012.
  • Disney California Adventure: Entire park will be closed to the public to apply finishing touches and for a media event on June 14, 2012.
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Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
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  • La Brea Bakery & Cafe: Quick-service cafe portion closed. Reopens spring 2012 with significant modifications.
  • Island Charters: Downtown Disney retail location closed permanently. It will reopen as WonderGround Gallery on June 9, 2012.
  • Compass Books and Cafe: Book store and cafe closed permanently March 31. Earl of Sandwich dining location to open in space late-spring 2012.
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The highly-anticipated "Poster Art of Disney Parks" will hit store shelves at Disney's theme parks later this month. You can also pre-order the book at a 35% discount on Amazon, which will ship the book on September 4.</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%">
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Tokyo Disney Resort is now offering same-sex marriage ceremonies at their wedding facilities throughout their theme parks and hotels.</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Tokyo Disney Resort to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies
URAYASU, Chiba -- Same-sex couples will be allowed to hold wedding ceremonies at several Tokyo Disney Resort hotels and facilities, including in front of the enormously popular Cinderella Castle inside Tokyo Disney Land.

The move was pushed forward after same-sex activist and lesbian Koyuki Higashi, 27, recently contacted the resort, asking whether same-sex couples will also be able to take part in the park's new plan that promotes weddings in front of the famous castle, starting this September.

Resort officials, however, told Higashi that although same-sex couples will not be exempt from the plan, one of the partners would have to wear a groom outfit, because "other visitors will also be watching."

Higashi posted a summary of the exchange on Twitter, triggering an immediate backlash, including opinions stating that the fantasyland's response was "disappointing."

A week later, Higashi was once again contacted by resort officials, telling her that after confirming the circumstances with the Walt Disney Company in the United States, they have reached a decision that same-sex couples could hold wedding ceremonies at the park wearing the same outfits.

The second exchange was once again put on display on Twitter, this time triggering a wave of positive responses, including some that wrote, "applause for a new step forward."

"Even though same-sex marriages are not legally permitted, we reached the decision that wedding ceremonies can take place," said an official with the resort's public relations department, adding that female couples will be free to have their ceremonies wearing wedding dresses, while male partners can both wear tuxedoes.

"Japan still lacks favorable projects when it comes to sexual minorities, but the fact that Disney took this stance publicly means a lot," Higashi said.

Higashi's girlfriend, Hiroko, 34, echoed the activist in her thoughts, saying, "I guess that they anticipated claims, but chose to go with the decision nevertheless, which makes me very happy."

The two visited Tokyo Disney Resort on May 5 to deliver a thank you message to Mickey Mouse. "We are a couple. We came to express our gratitude," the pair said to Mickey, who apparently made a banzai pose in response.
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