Disneyland News — Week of August 24, 2019

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D23 is here, and several limited-time special events are coming to a close! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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The D23 Expo continues this weekend at the nearby Anaheim Convention Center, running through Sunday, August 25.  It doesn’t have a huge impact upon wait times, especially during Expo hours, but there will obviously be a lot of Disney folks in the area. And, of course, there will be all sorts of news coming out of the event, so stay tuned to the blog. Above, concept art for Avengers Campus, coming to Disney California Adventure with a ride-through Spider-Man attraction and more.

There are several special events wrapping up at the end of this week, so this will be your last opportunity to experience them. Specifically, the original Soarin’ Over California is available to experience through August 31. 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.

The Main Street Electrical Parade has a bit longer — it continues its renewed run in the evenings through September 30.

Passholders have the opportunity to get special commemorative buttons just by mobile ordering food on the Disneyland app.  Each participating location will have its own button, so you collectors will have the chance to rack up quite a few. More details, including a list of participating restaurants, are available here.

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 and tickets 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.


This week shouldn’t be terrible from a crowd standpoint, with the maximum crowds predicted to be a medium-high but still manageable level 7 on a few days.  Friday is predicted to be the lightest day, at level 2.

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 will start out warm before getting slightly cooler as the week progresses. Also, there’s no serious chance of rain to worry about.

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 continue to be more variable, and are as follows this week:

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

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, more Passholder blackouts get lifted this week, with the Southern California AP being given more access than it had last week. Flex reservations are available all days as this goes to press.

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

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


At Disneyland Park, both Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain will be going offline on Monday to get their respective holiday overlays.  Space Mountain should be back within a couple of day, while Mansion will remain dark until September 6. Over at California Adventure, Golden Zephyr will be offline for the week for a quick refurbishment, and 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.

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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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