Disneyland additions expand agents' options

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Agents now have a larger destination resort to sell because of the Disneyland Resort's expansion, according to Claire Bilby, the firm's vice president of sales and travel operations.

The newest additions to the Anaheim park are Disney's California Adventure theme park, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Downtown Disney.

Bilby said that agents now have the option of recommending a visit to Disneyland as a stand-alone vacation with a three-night minimum stay or as a visit in conjunction with other California points such as San Diego.

Nor is it unrealistic to use Anaheim as a base for visiting Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California on a motorcoach tour or fly-drive itinerary, she added.

In addition, agents handling a business client in Los Angeles could suggest he or she bring the family and try the new Disneyland experience.

Bilby said that although agents tend to book their clients into Los Angeles Airport, Walt Disney Travel Co. also has air blocks into Ontario and John Wayne (Orange County) airports, which also are convenient to Disneyland.

Disney Travel has blocked air space to California with American, Continental, Delta, United and Alaska airlines.

With the opening of the Grand Californian, Disney controls some 2,200 rooms, Bilby said. The other hotels are the 502-room Disney's Paradise Pier and the 990-room Disneyland Hotel.

In addition to Walt Disney Travel Co., the following tour operators have rights to sell Disney's room inventory in Anaheim: Alaska Vacations, All About Tours, American Airlines Vacations, Certified Vacations, Gala Tours, Gogo Worldwide Vacations, Kingdom Vacations, Leisure Co., Mark Travel, MLT Northwest World Vacations and Travel Connection.

In other news:

  • For the first time Walt Disney Travel Co. is including a single-use, preissued Fastpass with its Disneyland packages.
  • Clients enter the Fastpass line at any California Adventure or Disneyland participating attraction, Bilby said, minimizing their wait on line.

    At California Adventure, Fastpass is offered at California Screamin', It's Tough to be a Bug, Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D, Soarin' Over California and Mulholland Madness.

  • Entry to the new park is not guaranteed unless clients are guests at a Disney hotel. If they are staying elsewhere -- even at a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel -- they must possess a three-day FlexTicket (included in most packages or sold separately).
  • With the three-day FlexTicket, clients are guaranteed at least one day's admission to California Adventure.

    The ticket is good for 13 days.

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