The Churro Challenge comes to an end, and Pixar Fest and Grad Nite continue at Disneyland this week! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.
Special Events and Notes
This is the final week for Annual Passholders to take part in the Churro Challenge, which ends 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,” which, per reader Andrea D, is a Mike and Sulley commemorative button (thanks Andrea!). Button notwithstanding, there are worse ways to spend a day than eating a bunch of churros. Get more details, including where to get your maps, here.
Pixar Fest continues! 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.
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 Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Finally, it’s late in the week, but Pirates of the Caribbean returns on Friday, June 8. If you’d like to be among the first to check out the new auction scene in person, make sure you get down there early and prepare yourself to see a LOT of Disneyland bloggers who will no doubt be doing the same.
Crowds are not terrible this week, as we have a bit of calm before the summer really kicks in in earnest. We are predicting level 6 crowds most days, with only Saturday and Thursday being the low and high outliers, respectively.
Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.
It’s starting to warm up, with highs in the 80s this week, and lows in the 60s. No rain in the forecast at all, so should be a nice week in the parks!
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 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.
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Admission and Hours
Regarding blockouts, Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Friday, and Deluxe Passholders are blocked out on Friday only. 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) all week.
Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:
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.
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 (at least through June 21), 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.