Disneyland Preview — Week of March 10, 2018

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It’s once again time for the 2018 Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Photo: Guy Selga, Jr.

The Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure is back!  Through April 12, the festival will give you an opportunity to sample a wide variety of food and drinks, in addition to special entertainment and seminars. Also, there special dinners and other culinary events that require reservations; check out Disney’s site for more details and to make reservations.  Finally, make sure you check out Guy’s run-down of the top 6 must-try items from this year’s festival!

The Cove Bar will be going away to make way for the Lamplight Lounge come this summer, but it is reopening this week for a brief period so guests can have one more opportunity to visit.  Check it out March 16 through the end of May if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!


Crowds are predicted to be notably higher than last week and fairly consistent — 8s and 7s all week long.  With that in mind, if you have flexibility in your schedule, park hours and weather are probably going to be your biggest driving factors for what days to target.

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


Weather is definitely worth paying special attention to this week.  Lots of rain in the forecast, with only Monday and Tuesday not seeing a significant chance of showers, and temperatures on the cooler side.

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 ratchets up its show schedule this week, plus the nightly fireworks are scheduled to return starting on Thursday. 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 2 2 2 2 2
Fireworks 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
World of Color 2 1 1 2 1 1 1

Admission and Hours

Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, while Southern California Passholders are only blocked out on Saturday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular price ($117/$110) for most of the week, with only Friday set at Peak ($135/$127) price.

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 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10

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.


Refurbishments are thankfully becoming more scarce, though both Splash Mountain and Dumbo remain out of service for the time being.  In a bit of good news, the Main Street construction wraps up this week, so that area should be clear as of Thursday.

Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier. With that said, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail reopens on March 11, and the Cove Bar is back (briefly) as of March 16.  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.

One thought on “Disneyland Preview — Week of March 10, 2018

  • March 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the info (as always!). FYI, Splash Mountain is set to reopen on April 14 per the Disneyland website and Guest Services. I noticed it still says “uncertain” on your refurbs page :).


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