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Disneyland Cast Members Strike: Dates to Know

Published July 10, 2024. Disneyland Resort Cast Members are currently under contract negotiations with a strike authorization vote scheduled for next week.

Cast Members have been negotiating key elements in their contracts such as wage increases and safety improvements. The potential strike could affect up to 14,000 Cast Members during peak summer attendance. 

Disneyland gatesIf you’re traveling to Disneyland Resort this summer, here are dates to know:

  • April 2024 Contract negotiations begin
  • May 2024 Union representatives filed unfair labor practice charges 
  • June 16, 2024 Disneyland Park Cast Members contract expired
  • July 20, 2024 Union voting results for strike authorization expected
  • July 22, 2024 Upcoming meeting for contract negotiations
  • September 30, 2024 California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney Cast Members contract expires

The negotiations are taking place between between Disneyland Resort and Master Services Council. Master Services Council represents Cast Members in the following departments and roles:

  • Attractions
  • Candy Makers
  • Costuming
  • Custodial
  • Main Entrance
  • Parking, Resort Transportation
  • Store Operations
  • Team Centers
  • Anaheim Distribution Center

The last major strike to affect Disneyland Resort was in 1984 in which  nearly 2,000 Cast Members participated. OC Weekly reported, “When time came to walk off the job on Sept. 25, 1984, each union set up its own picket line at strategic points surrounding the park.”

The strike lasted 22 days and concluded on October 16, 1984 while rides and operations were temporarily run by other departments. 

D23 Sweepstakes Kicks Off  with 20+ Worldwide Prizes

Published July 8, 2024. Disney has just announced “D23: The Ultimate Disney Sweepstakes – FANtastic Prizes”, kicking off the countdown to The Ultimate Disney Fan Event happening next month in Anaheim. As announced on ABC’s Good Morning America, the sweepstakes features a lineup of extraordinary prizes exclusively for D23 Members.

D23 Honda Center
D23 The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – Honda Center

Headline Prizes:

  • 21 Royal Dining Experience: Enjoy a private, exclusive dining experience for up to 12 guests inside Disneyland Park.
  • New York ABC Shows Experience: Go behind the scenes with a tour of Good Morning America and attend live tapings of Live with Kelly and Mark and The View.
  • Aulani Resort Adventure: Win a four-night stay for four at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai‘i, complete with airfare and a $500 Disney Gift Card.
  • VIP Dancing with the Stars: Attend a live taping of Dancing with the Stars’ “Disney Night” in Los Angeles with a guest.
  • Disney on Broadway NYC Trip: Experience The Lion King and Aladdin on Broadway, with a backstage tour and more.
  • Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Treasure Maiden Voyage: Embark on the Maiden Voyage of Disney Treasure with up to four guests.
  • Plus many more prizes

The sweepstakes is open to D23 Members until August 11, 2024. For more details and to enter, visit fantasticprizes.d23.com.

Disneyland Drops Genie+ Service Name

Published June 26, 2024. Tell us you made a rebrand mistake without telling us you made a rebrand mistake. That’s what many Disney fans are saying following news that the Disney Genie+ name will be retired next month at Disneyland Resort. Starting July 24, 2024 Disneyland Resort will implement new names to ease confusion among park-goers.Jessica Happiest Blog Explains Disney Genie

The Disney Genie+ service will be rebranded as the Lightning Lane Multi Pass, while the individual Lightning Lane will become known as the Lightning Lane Single Pass.

For Disneyland Resort guests, it’s a fairly simple change. Guests will still use and purchase Lightning Lanes the same way they had before. Omitting the term “Disney Genie+” makes terminology clear and streamlined.

Now there is no need to explain that Disney Genie+ is the software system that allows guests to access Lightning Lanes. Lightning Lane now refers to the software system and queue for entry. 

At Walt Disney World, the options are much more detailed and complex. If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort, do no be confused. At Disneyland Resort you will not be able to book any type of Lightning Lanes prior to your arrival in the theme park. For more detailed information on purchasing, selecting, and using Lightning Lane passes, read our Simple Guide to Disneyland’s Lightning Lane.

Are Disneyland Entertainment Cuts Fueled by Union Negotiations?

Mickey Mouse float Magic HappensPublished June 11, 2024. In recent weeks, Disneyland guests have observed notable cuts to the entertainment schedule.

Most prominently, the live DJs and dancers at Club Pixar during Pixar Fest and the “Dr. Strange: Mysteries of the Mystic Art” show, a staple since the opening of Avengers Campus in 2021, have been eliminated. The Dr. Strange show will conclude on June 30, though the character will still be available for meet and greets in the area.

Additionally, while Club Pixar’s live performances are ending, fans can look forward to meeting new characters from Inside Out 2 at Pixar Pier later this month.

While it is common for Disneyland Resort to remove less popular entertainment options, the timing of these changes has sparked speculation. The recent cuts coincide with ongoing contract negotiations involving Disneyland performers’ new union, “Magic United,” formed under the Actors’ Equity Association. As parade, character, and other entertainment performers negotiate their contracts, questions arise about whether these entertainment cuts are a strategic response to the union’s formation.

Fans wonder—what will further entertainment cuts do to beloved character meet and greets and parades like Magic Happens? Is Disneyland truly as magical if Mickey Mouse is on strike?

Temporary Land Closure Begins July 9th

Explorer CanoesPublished May 30, 2024. As Disneyland Park nears the completion of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Critter Country and other area attractions will close on July 9, 2024. For the foreseeable future, Critter Country dining, pathways and attractions will be closed including:

  • Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Pathway into the west side of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Fantasyland and Frontierland entrances remain open)
  • Restrooms at Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Popcorn and Churro Carts in Critter Country

These closures are in addition to the previous closures of Splash Mountain during it’s retheme to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Pooh Corner and The Briar Patch.

Haunted Mansion also remains closed in nearby New Orleans Square with no anticipated opening date.

DisneylandForward gets the Green Light 

Disneyland main entrance May 2024Published May 8, 2024. Three years of collaborative efforts between Disneyland Resort, Anaheim City and community neighbors has resulted in a final nod of approval for the DisneylandForward initiative.

This decision pens the pages of the next chapter of the Disneyland Resort. To start, the massive $1.9 billion investment (entirely funded by the Walt Disney Company) is expected to be a significant economic driver for Anaheim.

The project is projected to take at least 10 years and generate increased revenues of about $15 million annually for the city from each $1 billion invested, supporting essential community services.

Disneyland Resort is putting Anaheim residents at the forefront by investing in various initiatives like affordable housing, city parks, traffic improvements, and workforce development programs.

In the theme parks and resort-wide, guests can look forward to more immersive experiences like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, further shopping and entertainment options and more. Expansion options are open to tell the stories of favorite Disney franchises like Frozen, Tangled and classics like Mary Poppins. DisneylandForward opens the gates for future lands and worlds of experiences.

DisneylandForward will also make in impact on job creation with over 4,500 operational jobs anticipated at Disneyland Resort, along with nearly 9,000 construction jobs within the first 10 years.

Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock adds, “I’m grateful the city council agrees and voted to work with us on this legacy project that will set up Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim for an incredibly bright future.”

For more information on how DisneylandForward will affect your future visit, keep an eye on The Happiest Blog on Earth annual and monthly guides to Disneyland Resort.

Oogie Boogie Bash Party Dates Announced 

Ernesto de la cruz Oogie Boogie Bash

Published May 6, 2024. Disneyland revealed dates for the annual Halloween Party—Oogie Boogie Bash. After hours parties will be hosted on select nights in August, September and October in California Adventure Park.

Ticket prices range from $134 to $189 and will go on sale at a later date.

The 2024 Halloween Season begins earlier than ever and kicks off in late August. As such, Oogie Boogie Bash will run more nights than ever since debuting in 2019. 

Tickets often sell out almost immediately after going on sale and guests report significant online waits for a chance to purchase tickets.

Oogie Boogie Bash is covered in detail here, along with entrance times, special entertainment options avaialble only to party guests, costumes, trick or treat trails and more.

Summer Disneyland Ticket Offer Unveiled 

Disneyland castle summer

Published May 2, 2024. Excited to plan your summer vacay? Well, hold onto your Mickey ears because we’ve got some thrilling news for you! Get ready to embark on a magical adventure at Disneyland Resort without breaking the bank, thanks to an exclusive 3-Day Disneyland Ticket Offer set to launch soon.

Starting May 29, 2024, Disneyland enthusiasts can snag a steal of a deal with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket, available for visits from June 10 through September 26, 2024.

And here’s the kicker – for as little as $50 per child (ages 3-9) and $83 per adult, per day, you and your crew can immerse yourselves in the wonder of Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park on weekdays (Monday – Thursday).

These value-packed tickets aren’t just a one-time deal! With the flexibility to spread out your visits over separate dates during the season, you can enjoy the magic of Disneyland on your own terms. Plus, upgrades are available including weekend visits, Park Hopper tickets for added park-hopping fun, or even adding the Disney Genie+ service for enhanced convenience and enjoyment.


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And the savings don’t stop there! Dive deeper into a summer to remember with special hotel offers designed to make your Disneyland Resort experience even more unforgettable.

With multi-day visits, you’ll have ample time to explore everything the resort has to offer, from the return of Pixar Fest to the mesmerizing “Fantasmic!” show and the eagerly anticipated Halloween Time and Plaza de la Familia festivities.

But that’s not all –for guests seeking to extend the magic, special savings await at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. From the Craftsman-style elegance of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to the enchanting nostalgia of the Disneyland Hotel, there’s a perfect retreat for every taste and preference.

As summer beckons and the magic of Disneyland Resort awaits, it’s time to rediscover old favorites and create wonderful new memories. Don’t miss out on the summer of a lifetime – come join the celebration and let the magic begin!

Tourism Month Spotlight: Hilton Anaheim

Hilton Anaheim exterior

 Published May 2, 2024. As the tourism spotlight shines brightly on California and Disneyland Resort this May, we are  featuring Hilton Anaheim, located right by the Anaheim Convention Center and of course, just moments away from the enchantment of Disneyland Resort.

Positioned as Orange County’s largest hotel, the Hilton Anaheim enjoys prime proximity to a host of iconic attractions including Disneyland, the Anaheim Convention Center, Angels Stadium, and the picturesque Orange County beaches.

With Disneyland less than a mile away, guests can anticipate easy access to the magic, whether by a leisurely stroll or a quick shuttle ride.

The hotel’s commitment to providing guests with an unforgettable stay extends far beyond its Convention Center location. From culinary delights to family-friendly amenities, the Hilton Anaheim ensures that every aspect of the guest experience is meticulously curated for maximum enjoyment.

Guests can start their day with kid and kid-at-heart favorites like Mickey Waffles at the MIX Restaurant. MIX serves a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Want something a little more grown up? The MIX Lounge beckons with an extensive selection of beer and wines, providing the perfect setting to unwind after a day of adventure.

Hilton Anaheim PoolFamilies are spoiled with the hotel’s expansive pool area, complete with a Kid’s Splash Zone and the Pool Bar & Grill, offering relaxation and recreation for guests of all ages.

Moreover, the Hilton Anaheim goes the extra mile to cater to young guests, with a variety of weekly activities including arts and crafts sessions and enchanting visits with beloved characters such as Ariel and Captain Hook.

Whether embarking on a magical Disney adventure or exploring the vibrant attractions of Orange County, the Hilton Anaheim serves as the perfect home base for unforgettable experiences. The Hilton Anaheim awaits your visit, ready to turn dreams into reality and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.