Disneyland Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

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Memorial Day weekend is here, and Pixar Fest continues at Disneyland this week! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Grad Nite continues to be hosted at Disney California Adventure on the regular at this time of year. 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 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.

Speaking of Annual Passholders, there is now a Churro Challenge for you taking place for Pixar Fest through June 8! Grab an event map for $5, and then head out on a scavenger hunt throughout the resort to eat churros and collect what Disney calls “a cool, commemorative surprise.” Anyone done it and know what it is yet?  Let us know in the comments below.  Either way, though, there are worse ways to spend a day than eating a bunch of churros. Get more details, including where to get your maps, here.

Finally, this weekend marks the end for the Cove Bar. Last call!

Crowds

Despite the holiday weekend, we’re predicting reasonable crowds most of the week, with Memorial Day still only predicted as a level 7. Friday is predicted to have the lowest crowds.

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

Weather

You’re not going to believe this, but the weather in Anaheim is going to be. . . just kidding. It’s going to be nice, of course, as it usually is in Anaheim this time of year. Highs in the mid- to upper-70s most days, lows in the upper 50s, and no rain.

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, with two shows nightly all week. 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 2 2 2 2 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Pixar Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Paint The Night 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Admission and Hours

There are a few more blockouts than normal this week with the holiday weekend. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Friday, Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and Deluxe Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak Price ($135/$127) Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and Regular Price ($117/$110) 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 9-11 9-11 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-11
California Adventure 9-9 9-10 8-10 8-9 8-9 8-10 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 through June 8 to transition to the new auction scene. Over at California Adventure, the Boardwalk Games at Paradise Pier, Carousel and Pixar Pal-A-Round (f/k/a 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.

2 thoughts on “Disneyland Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

  • May 25, 2018 at 12:34 pm
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    Yay – heading for a short trip Weds-Friday. Is Hyperspace Mountain still a thing? It’s the one iteration I haven’t experienced…

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    • May 27, 2018 at 4:57 am
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      Yes. The Hyperspace Mountain overlay of Space Mountain returned earlier this year.

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