Disneyland settles in to its new post-Star Wars existence, Disneyland Forever is back, as is Soarin’ Over California! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.
Special Events and Notes
So, we’ve now got a week under our belts with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge open for business, and reviews have largely been positive so far. If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to check out a sampling of our coverage of the opening:
- The Opening Experience at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Opening Day Walkthrough: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- SATURDAY SIX: The Do’s and Don’t of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — Opening Day + Video
- Video Tour of Nighttime at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
It’s worth a reminder that between now and June 23, the only people that will be allowed to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are those that have reservations. At this point, all reservations to the general public are booked; if you want one, you’ll have to have a reservation at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, which automatically entitles you to one reservation per person during your stay. Starting on June 24, however, you will no longer need a reservation, and Disneyland will instead utilize a virtual queue system.
One noteworthy point of order: the reservation system actually works really, really well, and as a result, the chaos a lot of people were expecting has been minimal. There’s a huge rush of people at park opening flowing into the area (going from Launch Bay in Tomorrowland through Fantasyland and into the entrance at Frontierland just before park opening), but the area is large and has lots of areas to absorb people, so many areas don’t feel super crowded once you get in there. The exceptions are Oga’s Cantina (which is packed from open to close and uses its own in-land first come/first serve reservation system) and extra experiences (like building your own lightsaber or droid). Believe it or not, the accompanying picture was taken shortly after 9 a.m. during normal business hours during opening week. Moreover, if you’re not in the Star Wars area, Disneyland Park has been pretty quiet.
In non-Star Wars-related news, the 25th Anniversary of The Lion King at Disney’s California Adventure continues this week. You’ll see storytellers, African song, dance, artwork and crafts, and more at the Palisades Stage. Check here and in-park times guides for more details.
Ever feel nostalgic for the original Soarin’ Over California? Well, I have some great news for you — it’s back for a limited time! Get yourself over to California Adventure to breathe in some orange-scented air for old times’ sake between now and June 30.
Finally, Grad Nites continue at Disney’s California Adventure. The events themselves are after hours and shouldn’t seriously impact crowds, but you might well see more grads-to-be in the hours leading up the event. This week, Grad Nites will be held on Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Crowds are high this week, as you would expect during the summer months, but still reasonable, ranging from 6 to 8. Friday is predicted to have the lowest crowds this week.
Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.
As we get deeper into the summer months, the temperature continues to climb, but with highs topping out in the low 80s, it’s still very tolerable. Also, there’s no rain in the forecast at all this 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.
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As a quick side note, Mickey’s Mix Magic will be going away on June 6, so if you haven’t seen it yet, or want to see it again before it disappears, make sure you see it soon!
Admission and Hours
For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($149/$141) all week long. Regular park hours are as follows this week:
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. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not available during early entry and remains governed by the reservation system. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.
Here are this week’s Passholder blockouts:
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Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual Passport
At Disneyland Park, literally everything is open this week. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley is remains dark until next spring. As always, however, 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.