Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

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Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration is upon us!  Between that, (mostly) low crowds and (mostly) pleasant weather, it’s a great week to visit.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

The Year of the Dog is upon us, and Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration is now officially underway at Disney’s California Adventure. You can of course expect special food and drinks, and there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners decorating the park. Additionally there are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;
  • Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (basically a pre-show* to World of Color);
  • Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,
  • The Lucky Wishing Well.

For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules.



As is common this time of year, we’ll see low to modest crowds most of the week, with slightly higher crowds on the weekend.  Saturday is the only day with above average crowds, and Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be very pleasant 2-level crowds.

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


Sunday and Monday bring a bit of a hot streak for this time of year, even cresting 90 degrees on Monday, but the rest of the week looks to be very pleasant, with high temperatures hovering in the upper 70s and low 80s. With that said, even on the days that get pretty hot, lows in the evenings will dip into the 50s, so make sure you plan accordingly. As per usual, no rain in the forecast.


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 — no nightly fireworks at Disneyland Park at all. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
World of Color 2 2 1 1 1 1 2

Admission and Hours

The only Passholder blockouts to worry about are on the weekend this week:  Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, while Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday only. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110/$104) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder 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 10-9 10-9 10-9 9-9 9-12
California Adventure 8-11 8-11 10-9 10-9 10-9 9-9 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 it’s a small world are being refurbished.  There is also a project underway to replace the tracks for the Main Street Vehicles that significantly impacts Main Street U.S.A. Those vehicles are not operating, but the whole area is a bit of a disaster. Check out Guy’s recent post on the topic for more.  Looking ahead, both the Storybook Land Canal Boats and the Casey Jr. Circus Train will be undergoing refurbishments starting on February 5.

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.

*Note: an earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Hurry Home as a temporary replacement for World of Color.

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.

4 thoughts on “Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

  • January 27, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Hey James, I think you have a mistake in here. I believe that Hurry Home is a pre-show tacked on to the beginning of World of Color, not a replacement. Please let me know if you have reason to believe otherwise, because I have tickets to a WoC dessert party next week, and I’m gonna be PO’d to find out I’ve paid $75/person for a 6-minute non-WoC show.

    • January 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      I had the same question (we’ll be there next week) and found this on the Disneyland website (emphasis mine): “Please note that Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration is scheduled nightly *with* the first performance of World of Color.”

      • January 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

        Yeah, I saw the same thing. Also, if you search it on YouTube or Google, you see people referencing it as a pre-show. It’s only 6 minutes; it really wouldn’t make sense to replace WoC with it for this relatively small seasonal event.

        Thanks for confirming! 🙂

  • January 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for flagging this, looking at it again, I see that I misinterpreted Disney’s description, you are correct. I’ll make sure it’s changed going forward, at a minimum.


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