Disneyland Preview — Week of August 5

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Happy Friday!  Yet another good-looking summer week at Disneyland is upon us!  Read on for more details in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Disneyland Monorail
Photo: Disney

As the summer winds down, Disney is ratcheting back its special events, so there’s not that much to report for the upcoming week.  With that said, for those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, Disney is running a special promotion where Disney’s California Adventure will stay open one hour later to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.  Think of it as an attraction-specific evening Extra Magic Hour, which happens on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Is this going to save you a ton of time? Not really, primarily because there will be plenty of people in line by the time of regular park closing hours to ensure a healthy wait for this very popular attraction. With that said, particularly if you’re showing up to experience the attraction towards the end of the extra time, you can expect to have fewer people to compete against, and therefore a relatively shorter wait.

Also, the Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure. As always, you should read Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.


We’re at that time where Disneyland crowds are slowly starting to trickle down as summer comes to a close. Part of that, however, is that for the next couple of weeks, two groups of Annual Passholders are completely blocked out. So this is, in a sense, the relative clam before the storm, as you can expect to see an increase in crowds once the blockout dates are lifted in a couple of weeks. Here’s what this week looks like — Monday and Tuesday should be the busiest days, but you’re still dealing with summer crowds regardless:

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


It’s Southern California, so the weather is predicted to be, umm, nice.  Mid-80s all week, with no serious chance of rain anywhere in the forecast:

Weather data via www.weather.com

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.


Disneyland continues its full slate of shows this week to go with the large crowds, although this week sees a decline in the World of Color showings. World of Color will be showing twice every night at Disney’s California Adventure on the weekends, but it will only be shown once during the week, at 9:00pm each night. The Main Street Electrical Parade will have two showings a night at Disneyland Park, and the Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will take place over Sleeping Beauty Castle every night as well. Additionally, both parks will run their afternoon/early evening parades once each day, and Fantasmic! will run twice a night at Disneyland Park. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the Disneyland Band, can be found here.

Admission and Hours

Annual Passholder blockouts and park hours continue as they have the last couple of weeks. If you have a Southern California or Southern California Select Annual Passport, you’re unfortunately blocked out this entire week (and through August 20, in fact). If you have a Deluxe Annual Passport, only Saturday the 5th is blocked out. 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 Peak cost on Saturday and Sunday ($124 adult/$118 child) and Regular ($110 adult/$104 child) the remainder of the week.

Disneyland Park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at midnight every day this week, and Disney’s California Adventure will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Wednesday sees DCA open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday has hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  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.


Good news! Everything you would expect to be open is currently open! Character Close-Up at Disney’s California Adventure is still being replaced by Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame (as it has for several years now), but everything else is open for business.

Looking ahead, the Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run on August 21, 2017, and both Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion will temporarily go down from August 28 (Haunted Mansion) and August 21 (Space Mountain) through September 15, 2017 for the installment of their holiday overlays. Additionally, Big Thunder Mountain has a short refurbishment coming up from August 14-18. Keep those dates in mind if those attractions are an important part of your trip!

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!

James 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.

3 thoughts on “Disneyland Preview — Week of August 5

  • August 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Do you have any other advice for visiting Disneyland this week? What should I expect? First time at Disneyland, so I’d appreciate any tips/guidance!!!

    • August 8, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Oh boy, that’s a lot to cover! In all seriousness, the good news is that Disneyland, particularly as compared to WDW, doesn’t require near the same level of planning. It’s designed to be able to go on a moment’s notice and still enjoy it, so you should be able to do exactly that. The same general rules apply, though — if you want to get a lot done, there’s no substitute for getting there prior to park opening, hitting the headliners before the crowds get there, and making liberal and shrewd use of FastPass. Remember, there’s no FastPass+ there, you still visit kiosks to get your FastPasses (although you can pay extra for a service called MaxPass and get them on your phone) and don’t pre-reserve 3 at a time like you do in Orlando. Learn more about MaxPass here:


      Also, while this is a little outdated (for example, TSMM DOES offer FastPass now), it should give you an idea of what to expect:


      One tip — I’ve noticed both Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion offering FastPasses that start more or less immediately even when the wait is 30-40 minutes lately. You can usually ride them fairly late in the day with very little wait, so prioritize other headliners, like Space Mountain, over those in the morning.

      Let me know if you have specific questions. Above all, have fun!

  • August 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much for the tips! Definitely will be very helpful. I’m a pretty big fan of WDW, so I’m super excited for Disneyland!


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