Disneyland News — Week of January 19, 2019

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MLK weekend brings crowds, and Disneyland celebrates Valentine’s month and the Lunar New Year! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, so you can expect a fairly busy weekend and a more-busy-than-usual Monday.

Valentine’s month starts on January 22 at Disneyland Park, and Disney will be decorating the park accordingly, particularly on Main Street and near it’s a small world. Also, guests can participate in Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, which is a scavenger hunt throughout the park. Purchase your map and stickers, and then go on a hunt throughout the park for hidden valentines that Mickey has left for Minnie.

Disneyland’s Lunar New Year festival starts on Friday, January 25! This is the Year of the Pig, and you can join in this celebration of Asian culture from then until February 17 at Disney’s California Adventure. You’ll see special decor, entertainment (including the New Year’s procession led by Mulan and Mushu), food offerings, and, of course, themed merchandise. As per usual, there will be characters in special costumes, and since it’s the year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs will be out and about as well. The park looks great during this time, so make sure you check it out!

Finally, Disneyland is continuing its Get Your Ears On Celebration, commemorating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Keep your eyes open for special menu selections, treats, character greetings, entertainment, and merchandise throughout the resort.


Brace yourself for some pretty substantial crowds this weekend and Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. After that, crowds are much more manageable.

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


There’s a much drier week ahead than it’s been, with highs right around 70, and lows around 50.  Only Monday has any chance of rain forecast, though only 10%.

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.


On the entertainment front, both Fantasmic! and Mickey’s Mix Magic, a new projection show, will be shown throughout the holiday weekend (including Monday), though Fantasmic! will not be shown thereafter this week.  Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns on Friday after its holiday absence. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Disney’s Mix Magic 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Soundsational Parade 0 0 0 0 0 0 2


Admission and Hours

Regarding Passholder blackouts, Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday, and Select Passholders are also blocked out on Monday, but there are no other blockouts in effect for the remainder of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($149/$141) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; Regular Price ($129/$122)  on Friday; and Value Price ($104/$98) 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 8-11 8-11 9-9 10-8 10-8 10-8 9-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 9-9 10-8 10-8 10-8 9-10

For early admission, 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.


At Disneyland Park, Astro Orbiter, the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough and the Sailing Ship Columbia are currently offline, and it’s a small world is slated to be offline from January 22 through February 1. Fantasmic! will likewise be going offline as of January 22.

Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is undergoing its annual cool-weather refurbishment. World of Color also remains dark until further notice.

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.