Disneyland News — Week of August 17, 2019

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Some Annual Passholder blackouts are lifted, and Disneyland gets ready for D23! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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The big news this week isn’t Disneyland-specific, but the D23 Expo will be taking place at the nearby Anaheim Convention Center, and it starts this Friday, August 23.  We are actually expecting that to be a fairly low day at the parks at least from a wait time standpoint, with a lot of the superfans over at the Expo. That said, there will obviously be a lot of Disney folks in the area. Tickets are no longer available, as an aside.

The Main Street Electrical Parade continues its renewed run in the evenings through September 30, and the 25th Anniversary of The Lion King continues at Disney California Adventure through September 2, which includes storytellers, African song, dance, artwork, crafts, and more at the Palisades Stage. Check here and your in-park times guide for more details. The Pop Up Disney exhibition likewise ends on September 2. Also, the original Soarin’ Over California is available to experience through August 31. Lots to do between now and Labor Day weekend!

Looking ahead, tickets are now available for Disney’s new Halloween Party at California Adventure this fall — the Oogie Boogie Bash — including a dance party, treat trails, and special presentation of World of Color called “Villainous.” More details are available here.

Finally, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge continues to be the primary “special event” at Disneyland this summer. You can stay abreast of ALL of our Galaxy’s Edge coverage by bookmarking this link.


As has been the case lately, Sunday is predicted to be the best day to visit from a crowd standpoint, though Friday, the first day of D23, is also expected to be relatively light. Passholder blackouts are lifted as of Monday, as reflected in the higher crowds.

Adjustments to the crowd calendar will be ongoing throughout the summer. For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.


This week definitely trends warmer as it progresses, with highs in the 90s by the time Wednesday arrives. As per usual, there’s only a slight chance of rain, which is over the weekend.

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 shows running all week long! Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Disneyland Forever 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Main Street Electrical 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

For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($149/$141) all week long.  Regular park hours are changing a bit from the schedule that’s been in place most of the summer, and is as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-12 9-12 8-12 8-11 8-11 8-11 8-11
California Adventure 8-9 9-9 8-9 8-9 8-9 8-9 8-9

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. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.

Finally, we’re starting to see some of the Passholder blackouts that have been in place all summer get lifted. Flex reservations are available all days as this goes to press.

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
California Adventure SL SC SL SC SL

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


At Disneyland Park, everything is scheduled to be open all week long. 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.

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Jamie 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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