Disneyland Preview — Week of June 23, 2018

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Pixar Pier opens and Paint the Night gets a new Incredibles Float! Read on to find out about these and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

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Pixar Pier is here! That means the opening of the Incredicoaster (f/k/a California Screamin’) and Pixar Pal-A-Round (f/k/a Mickey’s Fun Wheel). There’s even more, though — Paint the Night is getting an upgrade in the form of a new Incredibles Float.  Expect these attractions and events to be extra popular in the short term as locals welcome back some refreshed and rethemed versions of old favorites, and check out the latest addition to Paint the Night.

Pixar Fest also continues to go along with the opening of Pixar Pier. 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!


This time of year, passholder blockouts on the weekends mean that the week tends to be busier than the weekends. This week, we’re predicting the steady level 7 crowds Sunday through Thursday, with Saturday and Friday relatively lower.

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


Pretty nice week in Southern California! Highs right around 80, and lows dipping into the low 60s. No rain at all in the forecast. Enjoy!

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 the Paint the Night parade reappearing at DCA with a new Incredibles float. 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

Passholder blockouts ramp back up this week. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out the entire week, Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Friday, and Deluxe passes are blocked out on Saturday. 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 Friday, 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 9-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 9-12
California Adventure 9-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 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.


Really, with the opening of Pixar Pier, all attractions are currently scheduled to be operational this week. Unfortunately, World of Color has seen some “technical difficulties” with its refurbishment and will still be dark for the foreseeable future. Refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so 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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