Disneyland Preview — Week of January 13, 2018

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This week presents two wildly different experiences — busy holiday weekend, followed by some of the lowest crowds you’ll see all year. Also, the first Disneyland After Dark is this week!  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

In large part, this is a “regular” week at Disneyland. The holidays are over, no festivals are running, and operations are more or less normal.  With that said, Disney is doing its first “Disneyland After Dark” after-hours event this week on Thursday, January 18.  It is a hard-ticket event (i.e., your regular park tickets or Annual Passes will not get you in), and it costs $95 per person.  The event runs from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., though your ticket will get you admission to the park as early as 6:00 p.m.

This first installment will be “Throwback Nite” (making it very appropriate that it’s being held on a Thursday), and it will have a 1950s/1960s theme. Guests are encouraged to dress the part (think: Dapper Day). There will be jazz and swing music, special photo opportunities (along with unlimited PhotoPass downloads), characters, and exclusive food and drinks. Also, you’ll be able to see the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show, which first ran in 1958, that you can typically only see on New Year’s Eve. You can find more details here and here. As this goes to press, there are still tickets available, but we nevertheless recommend getting tickets sooner than later if you’re sure you’d like to attend.


Crowds are high for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, but drop off sharply immediately thereafter.  Seven and eight level crowds for the weekend, and nothing higher than a three the rest of the week.

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


Temperatures will start out relatively high for this time of year — low 80s — and trend downward the rest of the week, wrapping up with a high of 66 on Friday.  Evenings will be in the 50s and even 40s towards the end of the week, so make sure you have something warm if you’re going to be at the parks after dark.  Slight chance of rain (20%) on Friday, but otherwise dry.


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.


Very light show schedule this week, with only Fantasmic! and World of Color running with the exception of the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks for Disneyland After Dark on Thursday. 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 2 1 1 1 2
Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks (DLAD) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
World of Color 1 2 1 1 1 1 2

Admission and Hours

A few Passholder blockouts for the holiday weekend only this week:  Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak cost ($124/$118) Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Regular ($110/$104) on Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.  Remember that Disneyland After Dark on Thursday night requires a separate $95 ticket not covered by your regular admission or annual pass.

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 8-11 10-9 10-9 10-8 9-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-11 9-10 10-8 10-8 10-10 9-11

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.


There are a significant number of attraction closures in effect at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, and Haunted Mansion are being refurbished (though the Mansion is returning on January 19).  Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, with additional closures to Grizzly River Run and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.  Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.

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.

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