Disneyland News — Week of December 1, 2018

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The holiday season at Disneyland continues, including the Candlelight Processional and the start of Hanukkah this week! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

The holidays are in full swing, which means there is festive decor throughout the resort, characters in seasonal attire, and other holiday fun. While Christmas is the most prevalent theme, you’ll also find decor, treats, and merchandise celebrating Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and other winter holidays. This week, Disneyland Park will also be hosting its annual Candlelight Ceremony and Processional, featuring celebrity narrators, the Disneyland Symphony Orchestra, a choir, and much more. It will take place early evening on Main Street U.S.A. on Saturday and Sunday. There should be two showings each night, but times have not yet been announced as this is being published; check in the park for details. Expect all showings to attract significant crowds.

There are also a couple of special holiday events at Disney’s California Adventure. Disney’s Festival of Holidays includes the Festive Foods Marketplace, a collection of kiosks serving small bites of all manner of seasonal food and drink. You can check out some edible highlights here.

Additionally, Disney’s ¡Viva Navidad! is a cultural holiday celebration leading up to Three Kings’ Day that includes authentic music, dance, decor, and food. Passholders, make sure you stop by the AP Corner for special freebies and opportunities as well!

Disney’s parades and evening shows also get a holiday overhaul, with A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… in Holiday Magic Fireworks taking place regularly throughout the season. Several attractions also get a seasonal overlay for the holidays.  This year, in addition to perennial favorites like Haunted Mansion Holiday and it’s a small world Holiday, a couple of Radiator Springs attractions get a transformation. You’ll find Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl along with the wonderful holiday decor in Cars Land.


Crowds start to tick back up this week, and we’re predicting the largest crowds on Saturday and Monday, the first day of Hanukkah.  Over the course of week, crowds will range between 5 and 7 resort-wide.

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


It will be notably cooler this week, with highs only reaching the low- to mid-60s. There is also a decent chance of some rain on Saturday and starting Wednesday. Make sure you check the updated forecast for the end of the week to find out if it’s worth bringing an umbrella or not.

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.


Disney has a full slate of shows on the weekend, and the holiday spectaculars will be showing every day throughout the week as well.  Fantasmic!, however, will only show on the weekends. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Disneyland Band can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Holiday Magic Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Admission and Hours

Passholder blockouts tick back up with the higher crowds this week; Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday, 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 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 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10

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.


It’s a great time to be at Disneyland! With the exception of World of Color at California Adventure, which remains offline until further notice with technical issues related to the redo, everything else that would normally be operating is operating. As always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.

That should do it for this week’s news. 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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