Disneyland News — Week of March 23, 2019

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We’re fully in Spring Break season, and the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival and Get Your Ears on Celebration continue! How will they impact crowds? Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes


The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is the primary event going on right now, and it continues through April 23, 2019. This annual event includes culinary demonstrations and seminars as well as food kiosks featuring small bites and tastes, and is definitely worth a visit. There are several special events that take place during this event as well, including wine tastings, seminars, and special meals. For more details and information on how to make reservations (which are recommended), please check here.  As per usual, the Annual Passholder corner will be passing out commemorative buttons and have special photo opportunities for Passholders.

Also, Disneyland is currently running a sneak preview of the live-action remake of Dumbo at the Main Street Opera House. In addition to the movie preview itself, the exhibit includes a full-sized statue of Dumbo, plus costumes, concept art, and other related items.

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. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview and Guy’s rundown of the best snacks for more details on what to expect!


For a Spring Break week, crowds are surprisingly reasonable.  We’re predicting Monday as the highest day, but even that is only level 7, and we’re predicting Wednesday at level 4. It should be a great week to visit!

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


With highs in the 60s and 70s and only a scant chance of any rain, it looks like it should be a very pleasant week in Anaheim, if a little cool on a few days.

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 full slate of entertainment this week, with Mickey’s Mix Magic, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, World of Color, and Fantasmic! shown at least once a day each. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here.

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


Admission and Hours

Deluxe, Southern California, and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, with Select Passholders also blocked out on Sunday and Friday. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($149/$141) every day.

Regular park hours 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

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 and the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough remain offline for extended refurbishments, with Astro Orbiter scheduled to return on April 5.

Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is will be returning March 29. The Silly Symphony Swings are likewise offline indefinitely — we’ll let you know when we have a projected end date — and the Red Car Trolley is scheduled to begin refurbishment on April 1.

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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