Disneyland Preview — Week of June 9, 2018

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Pirates is back, Pixar Fest continues, and Grad Nite wraps up at Disneyland this week! Read on to find out about these and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

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The refurbishment of Pirates of the Caribbean is complete, and you can now see the new version with the update to the auction scene. Expect it to be busier than usual these first few days as people line up to see the new version.

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!

Grad Nite will be hosted for the final time this year on Saturday, June 9, at Disney California Adventure.  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.


Crowds are predicted to be the highest on Sunday and Monday — level 8 both days — with the remainder of the week having roughly average crowds.

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


Summer is officially here, with highs in the 80s, and even approaching 90 on a few days. Thankfully, no rain in the forecast, 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.

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

The deeper we get into summer, the deeper the Passholder blackouts cut. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out all week long, Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Friday, and Deluxe Passholders are blocked out on Saturday 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:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 9-11 8-12 8-12 8-11 8-11 8-12 9-11
California Adventure 9-9 8-10 9-10 9-10 9-10 9-10 9-10

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, Indiana Jones Adventure is undergoing a brief refurbishment this week and will be down from Monday through Friday. 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.

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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