Disneyland Preview — Week of March 31, 2018

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It’s Easter at Disneyland!  Not just that, but there’s still time to take in 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

Sunday is Easter, and you can expect there to be plenty of special Easter-themed treats and whatnot floating around the resort this weekend, including the Easter Bunny himself.  If you’re looking for a place for your Easter meal, there will be a buffet at the PCH Grill; get reservations here. Disney’s Egg-stravaganza also continues; 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.

Not only that, the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure continues this week!  As always, 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.  The festival goes through April 12, so make sure you visit soon if you want to check it out!

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

Spring Break continues for some schools this week, so crowds are fairly high.  With that said, most students are back, and that means that we’re predicting slightly lower crowds than we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks.  Remember that this is one of the odd times of the year when the weekends are predicted to be less busy than the week.    

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

Weather

Great looking week from a weather standpoint.  Highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid to upper 50s, and only a slight chance of rain the latter part of the week.  Should be a nice one!

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 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, and Dumbo is closed through April 27. 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, the Matterhorn will be going down for a brief refurbishment from April 16-20, and Pirates will be closed starting April 23 to transition to the new auction scene. Also, 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 disappears.

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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