Disneyland Preview — Week of October 28

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Halloween season comes to a close, and Disneyland wastes no time in getting into the Christmas spirit! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Just a few more days in the Halloween season at Disneyland, so if you want to enjoy the seasonal treats and decor (like the incredible Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure), you need to get over there soon!  Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy runs through Tuesday and will be down on Wednesday to remove the overlay and return to the classic version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will continue its very popular monster-themed overlay — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark — through Tuesday as well. In fact, while it normally only runs in the evenings, it will be in monster-mode all day on Halloween to give everyone plenty of time to get in one or two more rides for the season. Expect long lines and snag a FastPass if you can.

Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. The movie opens on Friday, so it’s a great time to get in and check it out! The preview lasts about 15 minutes.

Mickey’s Halloween Party wraps up this week, with the final (and only remaining) party Tuesday.  Anyone lucky enough to have tickets (it’s sold out) should check out Guy’s preview before going.

It’s also the last opportunity to check out the Halloween treats. Guy has sampled them and has provided an excellent guide to the best of the best so you’ll to know where to focus your attention with the clock running down.

Finally, Halloween is Tuesday, which believe it or not means that Christmas decor should be up as soon as Wednesday. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more holiday happenings are announced!


As per usual, the weekends see the highest predicted crowds, with the week much lighter.  On the whole, though, it looks like a great week from a crowd standpoint — even the “big” crowds on the weekends are still very manageable.

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.


Weather is MUCH more temperate this week after last week’s punishing heat.  The weekend is pretty warm, but the week is going to be very pleasant, with cooler temperatures and only the shadow of a chance of rain.

As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.


Pretty light show schedule during the week, with a full battery of shows on the weekend. Note that special shows will run at Disneyland Park for Tuesday for the Halloween Party. Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
World of Color 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
Remember, Dreams Come True Fireworks 1 1 0 0 0 0 1

Admission and Hours

Disneyland Park will be closing early on Tuesday for Mickey’s Halloween Party. It’s sold out, so if you don’t already have tickets, be aware that you’re not going to be able to go to Disneyland Park that night. California Adventure, however, will be open as normal.

The same schedule that has been in place lately continues: Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, while Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110 adult/$104 child) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remaining days of the week.

Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-12 8-12 9-10 8-6 9-9 9-9 9-12
California Adventure 8-11 8-11 10-8 9-9 10-8 10-8 9-10

As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.


At Disneyland Park, Space Mountain will be down on Wednesday to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay, it’s a small world is closed from October 23 through some time in November, and River Belle Terrace is indefinitely closed. At California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School is currently closed, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug! is also undergoing a brief closure from until November 3.  Everything else is currently open.

As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.

That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike! Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments!

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Jamie Rosemergy

When not planning for or traveling to Walt Disney World with his beautiful wife and impossibly adorable daughter, James practices law in St. Louis. He also really likes cheese -- and loathes kale. He can be found on twitter at @jrtoastyman.

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  • October 31, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Monday October 30,3017 was 9/10 crowd level for the entire day including until closing time with very long wait times and an inability to move freely in any area of the park.


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