Disneyland News — Week of April 20, 2019

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Easter is here, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival wraps up, and the Get Your Ears on Celebration continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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Sunday is Easter, and in addition to seasonal decor, character greeting opportunities, and merchandise, several hotel restaurants are running special menus or events for the occasion, including PCH Grill and Storytellers Cafe. Disneyland Hotel is holding an Easter Egg Hunt from 8 am to 11 am for its guests; you can register with Guest Services if you’re staying there and would like to participate. Also, Sunday will be your last chance to experience Disney’s Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt, which concludes on Easter Sunday. Check out this post for more details, and let us know in the comments what you’ve thought of it if you’ve already done it!

If you haven’t had a chance to experience the Disney California Adventure’s Food & Wine Festival yet, the time to do so is now — the event concludes on April 23, 2019. Disneyland is continuing its Get Your Ears On Celebration, however, 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. As part of that, Disney has announced that Philharmagic, the long-running show at Magic Kingdom, will be debuting this month at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. Keep your eyes open for it soon.

Finally, Disney is running a preview for its upcoming live-action Aladdin remake with Will Smith and Mena Massoud at the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland Park. You can find more details here.

As a reminder, Disney has announced some new rules and restrictions on stroller size (including no stroller wagons allowed), smoking prohibitions (no more smoking areas in the parks or at Downtown Disney), and restrictions on ways to keep coolers/cooler bags chilled (no loose ice or dry ice). These restrictions take place May 1 for the stroller and smoking changes, while the ice restrictions are already in effect. You can read the official details here.


Crowds are once again predicted to be much higher during the week than on the weekend, with Tuesday through Thursday all predicted to have level 9 crowds. Easter weekend should be relatively low, with 5 level crowds on both days.

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


Anaheim will have yet another week of pretty variable weather, with highs ranging from a chilly 69 on Saturday up to a fairly warm 85 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. Only Saturday presents a chance of rain, and it’s pretty remote at 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.


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

As you might expect, there are plenty of Passholder blockouts for Easter weekend. Southern California, Southern California Select Passholders, and Deluxe Passholders are all blocked out on Saturday, Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are also blocked out on Sunday, and Select Passholders can’t go on Friday, either. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($149/$141) on Saturday and Sunday, and Regular Price ($129/$122) every other day.

Regular park hours are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-11 8-11 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, the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough remains offline as the castle remains under a scrim for renovations.

Over at California Adventure, the Silly Symphony Swings are still offline through May 24. Also, the Red Car Trolley is remains dark until next spring.

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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