Disneyland Preview — Week of May 12, 2018

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This weekend is a great time to take Mom to Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

©Rikki Niblett

Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re taking mom to Disneyland for the day, there will be a few special food offerings on tap. Mother’s Day Brunch will be served at Storyteller’s Cafe, PCH Grill, and Goofy’s Kitchen. A dinner buffet for mom will be offered at PCH Grill and Goofy’s, and you can expect special menu items across the resort, including Carnation Cafe, Blue Bayou, and Steakhouse 55 (which will feature a $55 prix fixe dinner). Call 714-781-DINE (3463) between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 pm or email dine@disneyland.com for reservations.

It’s that time of year when Grad Nite is hosted at Disney’s California Adventure on the regular. That park will host a private party after regular park hours, but expect more teenagers in the parks that day prior to the evening event as well. This week, Grad Nite will fall on Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

It’s also still Pixar Fest! During this festival, which runs through September 3, you’ll find Pixar-themed fireworks and the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland Park, and the return of Paint the Night at Disney California Adventure, though you’ll also encounter other Pixar-focused activities and opportunities. There will also be special dining opportunities available, as one would expect, and the Alien Pizza Planet is open at Disneyland Park for the occasion. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview of the Festival!

As is often the case for these events, there is a special area for Passholders. Stop by the AP Corner for Pixar decals (new ones rotating in every two weeks) and themed photo locations. The AP Corner can be found at Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure and runs through June 8.

Finally, Cove Bar remains open through the end of May for its last hurrah, if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!

Crowds

It should be a pretty reasonable week from a crowd standpoint. Saturday is predicted to have the highest crowds, at level 7, but the rest of the week should be 5s and 6s. Very manageable.

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

Weather

Very temperate weather this week, starting with highs in the upper 60s and slowly moving towards the upper 70s as the week progresses. There’s only a slight chance of rain on Saturday and Wednesday, but it will be chilly in the evenings.

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

Disneyland has a special slate of shows running for a bit for Pixar Fest, with the evening fireworks at Disneyland Park being replaced by Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular (featuring a flying Buzz Lightyear!) and World of Color being replaced by the Paint the Night parade at DCA. Also, the Pixar Play Parade joins the daytime schedule at Disneyland Park. Fantasmic! will continue to run, but only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like Jambalaya Jazz, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Pixar Play Parade 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
Pixar Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Paint The Night 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Admission and Hours

Blockouts are really only an issue on the weekends this time of year. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, whereas Deluxe and Southern California Passholders are only blocked out Saturday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular Price ($117/$110) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value Price ($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 9-12 8-12 9-12 9-10 9-10 9-12 8-12
California Adventure 9-9 8-10 10-9 9-9 9-9 10-9 8-9

As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney 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

The refurbishment list is thankfully pretty short right now. At Disneyland Park, Pirates of the Caribbean is closed to transition to the new auction scene. Over at California Adventure, the Boardwalk Games at Paradise Pier and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are closed during the area’s conversion to Pixar Pier, and World of Color is dark during Pixar Fest, 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 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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