My Guide to Discounted Disneyland Tickets
This is just my personal guide for getting affordable discounted tickets to Disneyland, and I will be updating this as I find more deals.
Normally, the ticket is anywhere from $70-80 on line to one theme park at Disney (there are four theme parks). Looking for discounts for one-day visits is a bit difficult, unless you have a coupon or maybe a discount from the back of a can of soda. I thought AAA (American Automobile Association) members get discounts at the gate, but we did not get any and we were told discounts for AAA members were only given on-line.
Buying multiple days' worth can save you as much as 50%, but then most of us just go for a day and not a whole week.
If you booked a hotel near Disney, chances are they might offer discounted tickets - so call ahead. If not, Costco members sometimes do offer discounted prices. But remeber that discounts in Costco and AAA offices are usually several-day-packages (3 days of staying at least).
If it's your birthday and you registered on-line, you can be free (as of 2009)- check if any changes for succeeding years.
Good on-line resources:
Go to Disneyland of course....
Go to Disneyland of course. Well, there's a new park there.. it's called California Adventure, I haven't been there yet because I've heard a lot of negative reviews about it. So can't say much about it. That's a view of California Adventure from Disneyland's parking lot
Indiana Jones - Temple of the Forbidden Eye
One of the highlights of Adventureland is the ride Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye . The Indiana Jones ride first opened on March 3, 1995, and it is by far the best ride in Adventureland. (or at least it ties Pirates of the Caribbean) The ride does a great job of making you feel like you have been transported right into the movie, or at least a variation of one of the movies.
As people on the ride, you play the part of tourists in India in 1936. You have come to visit the mystical Temple of the Forbidden Eye . The rush to see it comes from the reports of previous visitors who have visited the temple and been bestowed with one of three amazing gifts: youth, wealth, or knowledge of the future. You are transported through the temple in a modified jeep. But you receive warning after warning not to look into the eyes of “Mara” the deity whose temple this is. As the whole “forbidden eye” part lets you know, if you do, bad things happen.
The ride consists of you entering the temple, someone foolishly looks into Mara’s eyes, and then she sends on the “Path of Doom” . You spend the next several minutes whizzing through the temple in your jeep, avoiding things like mummies, rats, fire, booby traps, and one really huge snake. The action is great, and there are a few animatronic Indiana Jones here and there to keep up the feeling of being in the movie. The line is almost a half mile long, though you usually breeze through most of it. But along the way, you see some pretty cool stuff. Outside the temple, there is a Mercedes-Benz troop truck parked with a small mining cart next to it. The rumor is both are actual props from the movies, the truck from Raiders of the Lost Ark and the cart from Temple of Doom.
Inside it gets even better . The portion of the temple you walk through for the line is set up like an archeological dig, with warnings about booby traps, and a couple of interactive items along the way. A movie display gives a pseudo news story about the temple’s discovery.
Along the way, there are a number of messages carved into the walls. They are in "Marabic" . Back when the ride first opened, the gave you decoder cards to read them. They don’t anymore, but I have included a picture of the card in case you want to take one along to try your hand at reading the messages. Most of the letters look pretty similar to the English equivalent, (except I looks like an eye – who woulda figured?) so it is easy to do without the card. Enjoy!
Adults must be 21 years or older with photo identification to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in California. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08% or greater. Liquor may not be served, purchased or consumed in public establishments from 2 - 6 a.m.
I don't give a monkeys
Despite being where Mickey and Goofy and co hang about, Anaheim is also the home of the Angels, the Baseball team who won the 2002 World Series beating my fiancees team the SF Giants in an all-California finale. Oh, it looked good for the Giants, who were my new team, having only recently gotten into bb. But then the Angels pulled out this monkey thing, the Rally Monkey, and incredibly they turned it around and won! Never mind Barry Bonds. That was it, all over.
Damn that Monkey!