This Month at Disneyland Resort: November 2012

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The Halloween cobwebs haven't even been swept away yet, and already Christmas decor is cropping up around the Disneyland Resort. If you don't mind a little aesthetic overlap in your seasonal surrounding, and finding a number of favorite attractions off-limits for refurbishment, then the next couple weeks are an ideal time for crowd-free touring. Then, buckle up for a blockbuster Thanksgiving, as Disney California Adventure approaches its first peak holiday period since Cars Land's summer debut.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Most weekdays this month (with the exception of Thanksgiving Week) should see light crowds. Tuesday 11/13 is predicted at only 1 out of 10 resort-wide, with a 1.1 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 2.7 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Crowds will be at a maximum from 11/20 through 11/25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday 11/23 is the month's predicted peak at 10 out of 10, with a 10.0 in Disneyland, and 9.2 at DCA.

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

  • Disneyland's Holiday Time seasonal celebration kicks off on 11/12, and runs through 1/6.
  • The Holiday Time at Disneyland Park guided tour is available 11/12 through 1/6. The 3 hour tours are offered daily during that period, and cost $68 per person (plus admission).
  • Dining packages and annual Passholder registration for the popular Candlelight Ceremony (which expands to December 1-20 this year) will be available by mid-November.
  • A temporary ice skating rink has been set up in Downtown Disney for the holiday season; admission costs $15, plus skate rental.
  • Holders of 4 and 5 day tickets are now being asked to enter Disneyland Resort parks through specially marked turnstiles and show ID, in an effort to reduced resale fraud.
  • The annual Disney holiday parade is expected to be filmed in Disneyland for later broadcast on November 3, with November 4 as the rain backup day. Expect crowding and intermittent attraction closures during the taping day.
  • The upcoming motion picture Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, will be filming at Disneyland on November 6-7.

Openings, Closings, and Refurbishments

  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed through 12/7/12 for a much needed refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Circus Train: Closed through 11/15/12.
  • Construction continues through 2013 on the new Princess Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland Theatre.
  • “it's a small world”: Closed 10/22 to 11/8 for holiday overlay installation.
  • Big Thunder Ranch: Closed 11/1 to 11/8 to remove Halloween decor.
  • Space Mountain: Closed 11/5 to remove “Ghost Galaxy” overlay.
  • Donald's Boat: Closed 11/12 to 11/15 for refurbishment.
  • Mic key's Fun Wheel: Closed 11/26 to 12/6 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed 10/22 to 11/8 for refurbishment.
  • Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney is now in soft-open, and officially opens on 11/2.


Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

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