Disneyland News — Week of December 21, 2019

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It’s Christmas week at Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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It’s Christmas week, which means you can expect much larger crowds and full entertainment schedules. Also, be on the lookout for special holiday menus throughout the resort (and special dining engagements at the resort hotel restaurants) on Christmas Day.

Setting aside Christmas Day for a moment, the Festival of Holidays continues at Disney California Adventure, which is a celebration of holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment! New this year is Mickey’s Happy Holidays, a twice daily parade/dance party of characters. Over at Disneyland Park, in addition to holiday decor galore, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks are now running nightly, and holiday merchandise is available for sale in the parks as well. In addition to the Festival and the special holiday shows, make sure you check out the ¡Viva Navidad! celebration featuring traditional costumes, music, and entertainment, and a street party with the Three Caballeros. Some attractions are also getting into the holiday spirit — in addition to Haunted Mansion Holiday, which continues, Cars Land favorites transform to Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, and its a small world gets its annual holiday overlay. Finally, there’s a new Let It Glow tree display distributed throughout the Downtown Disney District. You can find more information about all of the holiday offerings here.

Gingerbread house artists can learn more about building these displays this week at Downtown Disney. Ralph Brennan’s is hosting their annual workshop on gingerbread house building and decorating, which includes a lunch buffet. This week’s workshop is on Saturday, December 21, with the buffet starting at 11:00 a.m. You should definitely get advance reservations if you’d like to attend.

Crowds

With the kids out of school, crowds ratchet sharply up, with almost every day a level 8 or higher.

 

For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.

Weather

We’re expecting a wet week by California standards, with almost every day having some chance of rain and cooler temperatures.

 

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.

Shows

From an entertainment standpoint, the main attractions are Disneyland’s holiday shows, like the new Mickey’s Happy Holidays parade at Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Park’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks. 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 2 2 2 2 2
A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Believe… Holiday Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mickey’s Happy Holidays 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
World of Color 2 2 1 1 1 1 2

 

Admission and Hours

For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak pricing ($149/$141) all week long. 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 8-12
Price PEAK PEAK PEAK PEAK PEAK PEAK PEAK
Early Entry DL DCA DCA DL DCA DL DCA

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.

Passholder blockouts are substantial this week. Flex reservations are unavailable, and all but the top-tier passholders are blocked out.

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX
California Adventure SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SLSL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX SL SC DX SG  FX

Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual Passport: FX: Flex

Refurbishments

Everything is showing open this week at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley 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.

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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