Disneyland Preview — Week of March 24, 2018

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This week at Disneyland, you can hunt for “eggs,” and the 2018 Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival continues. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

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Disney’s Egg-stravaganza continues this week at Disneyland resort as we get closer to Easter.  Pick up a map and stickers for $5.99, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the parks and Downtown Disney, and then drop it off when you’re done for what Disney calls “a special surprise.” Check out this article for more information.

The Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure marches on!  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 are special dinners and other culinary events that require reservations; check out Disney’s site for more details and to make reservations.

Annual Passholder?  Make sure you swing by the Hollywood Backlot outside Stage 17 for special photo opportunities, merch, and free stuff. Also check out Guy’s run-down of the top 6 must-try items from this year’s festival!

Finally, the Cove Bar, though not long for this world, is currently open again through the end of May if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!

Crowds

Another Spring Break week, which once again means heavy crowds all week long.  Slightly lower crowds on Sunday and Friday, but not dramatically different.  

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

Weather

The temperature is starting to warm back up as we usher in Spring, and this week will get progressively warmer as we go.  Also, no rain in the forecast, which will be nice as compared to the last couple of weeks!

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.

Shows

The fireworks are back, and Disneyland has a full slate of evening shows for the week.  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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
World of Color 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Admission and Hours

More substantial blockouts this week.  Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out all week long, whereas Deluxe Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, and Friday.  All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak ($135/$127) price all week long.

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 9-10 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

With the exception of the significant overhaul taking place at Disney’s California Adventure, the refurbishment schedule is not horrible at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain is closed until April 14. Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, but the remainder of the park is all up and running. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.

Looking ahead, Disney recently announced that a bug’s land would be closing to make way for more Marvel attractions at California Adventure.  It will be going away for good towards the end of the summer, so make sure you plan ahead if you’d like to see it before it goes away.

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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