Disney announces SoCal resident deals, plus return of Food & Wine Fest
For the first time in nearly two years, there's no overarching theme decorating the Disneyland Resort, starting today and going for the next many months. No Holidays. No HalloweenTime. No Diamond Celebration. It's just... Disneyland again. But that doesn't mean the resort isn't going to offer some promotions to entice local fans to come out to the parks.
Disneyland is once again offering its Southern California Resident ticket offer, which this year is a three-day ticket for $149. That's for one park per day and includes a Magic Morning early admission at Disneyland. Adding the Park Hopper option for the three days costs another $40, for $189 total. The tickets are valid until May 25, with April 9-23 blocked out.
At the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disney is offering three and four-day Florida Resident Discovery Tickets for $139 and $159, respectively. Those also are one park per day and Animal Kingdom is blocked out from May 27 through June 9. (Hmmm... what could be happening then?) The Florida resident tickets must be used before June 9.
Back on the west coast, Disneyland has announced the return of the Food & Wine Festival to Disney California Adventure, which will run March 10 through April 16. The west coast version Epcot's annual food and wine event returned to the park last spring, with some many of the food stands returning for an encore during the Festival of the Holidays the past couple of months, as well.
DCA's Food and Wine Festival also will feature some upcharge events with TV chefs, to be announced later, in addition to the food marketplaces. Disney's promising more food booths this year, with "enhanced Festival-inspired menus" at California Adventure's regular restaurants, too. No word yet on specific menu items or prices, which often ran significantly higher at the Festival of the Holidays than what Disney charged for the same items at Epcot's Food and Wine festival.
Other attractions at the Disneyland Resort this spring will include the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland plus the Lunar New Year celebration at California Adventure, which will include a new, themed intro segment for World of Color.
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... "no overarching theme decorating the Disneyland Resort" ? Great this is my cue to get down there in the next few weeks.
I just hope they go with the smaller portions and prices. The real fun is trying a variety of tastes, not just having one or two and feeling full and broke.
How about smaller portions and larger prices? One out of two ain't bad, right? (Sigh)
Robert, I'm more inclined to think that you nailed it on portion and price.
I was really disappointed in those prices. One of the overpriced dishes was made wrong, it had no toppings/garnish. When I asked them why it's not the same as what was pictured on the menu, they said "oh that picture is from the Food & Wine". I gave my feedback to Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street. I really hope that more people take the time to log the feedback with guest services.
You can buy a full sized pulled pork sandwich for the same prices at Arby's, or a lot less at Costco. The ridiculous prices mean I didn't bother trying anything. Holiday foods means quantity. Lots of food. Not penny pinching like what you might see at a school cafeteria. So I don't mind bringing in my own gingerbread cookies to eat in the park. It's all the same.
The Southern California ticket is probably the best admission deal offered at Disneyland, and with the return of the Electrical Parade this year I've got a feeling it will be quite popular (I'm planning to get one). The DCA Food & Wine Festival, on the other hand, is not such a good deal. It's fine if you only want to sample a few interesting items, but it gets really expensive really fast. Hopefully it will be improved this year, but if not there is always the Knott's Boysenberry Festival nearby.
I think these resident tix aren't nearly as good as a Silver Pass unless you absolutely know you aren't going more than 4 times in the year.
That new So Cal ticket offer is so reasonably priced, I had to read it three times.
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