Disneyland Preview — Week of August 25, 2018

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Summer (and Pixar Fest) comes to a close, and bug’s land goes away for good! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

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We’ve known it’s coming for a while, but we’re finally at the end — a bug’s land is at the end of its run, and this child-focused land will be closing for good on September 4 to make way for future Marvel attractions. If you want to give it one last visit, make sure you make it by this week, and you can obviously expect those attractions to be a bit busier than they would ordinarily be.

Additionally, the CHOC/Disneyland 5k Walk will be taking place on Sunday, August 26 to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. You can get more information on this event here. The event is early in the day (Opening Ceremonies being at 6:15), but it can still have an impact upon transportation, parking, and crowds, particularly during that early portion of the day. Additionally, formal CHOC Walk festivities continue at Downtown Disney after the walk itself, so expect more activity than normal there on Sunday.

It’s also the last week for Pixar Fest, which runs through September 3. This festival includes Pixar-themed fireworks (Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular) and the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland Park, and the return of Paint the Night at Disney California Adventure, in addition to other Pixar-focused activities and opportunities, like character greetings and so on. There will also be special dining opportunities available, including Alien Pizza Planet at Disneyland Park. You can find more information here. It’s been going all summer so hopefully you’ve had a chance to take it in, but if you haven’t, or you want to experience it one more time before it goes away, this week will be your final chance.

The Annual Passholder Corner continues for this final week of the festival.  It’s located at Paradise Gardens, so make sure you passholders stop by for your Incredibles-themed decals and a special photo opportunity.


It should be a great week from a crowd standpoint with many kids back in school. Only Saturday has crowd levels higher than a 5 (it’s a level 6), and all told, the week should be very manageable. Look for crowds to trend slightly upward as we approach the holiday weekend.

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


There’s a minimal chance of rain the early part of the week, but by and large it will be warm and dry, and trending warmer towards the end of the week.

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.


With lower crowds, Disneyland will begin the pull back on entertainment offerings during the week — for example, Fantasmic! will drop down to one show during the week.  Disneyland continues its special Pixar Fest shows, 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. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Straw Hatters 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 1 1 1 1 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 continue to taper down this week. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, with Southern California Passholders 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) Saturday and Sunday, Peak Price ($135/$127) on 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 8-12 10-12 9-10 9-10 9-10 9-10 9-12
California Adventure 8-10 10-10 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-9 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.


There are a handful of refurbishments to keep in mind this week and looking ahead. The Enchanted Tiki Room is in the midst of a refurbishment through September 21, the Main Street Cinema is offline through September 27, and the Haunted Mansion will be down through September 7 to switch over to Haunted Mansion Holiday.  Also, the Matterhorn is down indefinitely; we’ll let you know when Disney announces its anticipated return.

Over at California Adventure, Turtle Talk with Crush, Sorcerer’s Workshop, and the Animation Academy are going on brief refurbishments starting on August 27, returning at the end of the month. World of Color remains offline until further notice — we’ll let you know when we have a better idea of when it will return as well, but we are not anticipating it back until the latter part of the year. All other attractions are currently operational, but as always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.

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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