Disneyland News — Week of December 7, 2019

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Disneyland Resort welcomes the Candlelight Processional this weekend. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

Apart from the normal holiday festivities, this weekend is the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland. This very popular event features (surprise) celebrity narrators, the Disneyland Symphony Orchestra, a choir, and much more. It will take place early evening on Main Street U.S.A. on Saturday and Sunday. There should be two showings each night, but times have not yet been announced as this is being published; check in the park for details. Note that seating is mostly for VIPs and is very limited, so be prepared to stand. Keep in mind that the relatively modest predicted crowd levels on those days are largely a function of time you spend in line for attractions, which does not include this show; expect all showings to attract significant crowds.

Speaking of holiday festivities, the Festival of Holidays is in full swing 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.

Frozen-mania returns as Frozen 2 continued to chug along at the box office. You can join in the fun with character greetings and various other Frozen-themed offerings at the parks.  You can find more details here.

Finally, if you’re going to be at Disneyland this weekend, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. The U.S. Marines will be there between  10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. near the Downtown Disney District LIVE! stage to accept the donations.  More details are available here.


Crowds remain pretty low this week, especially during the work week. As noted above, these crowd levels are directed to the time you’ll wait in line for attractions. We are expecting very high demand for the Candelight Processional on Saturday and Sunday. even if they don’t have a huge impact upon wait times.

crowd chart


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


The forecast calls for more relatively cool weather this week, with a fairly significant chance of rain on Saturday.


weather chart

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.


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. The Candlelight Processional is a special holiday show happening this week only at Disneyland Park that always draws large crowds. 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 0 0 0 0 2
A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Believe… Holiday Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Candlelight Processional 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
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 during the week are Peak pricing ($149/$141) on the weekends (including Friday) and Regular Price ($129/$122) the remaining days. Regular park hours are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-11 8-12 8-12 8-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-11 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.

Passholder blockouts are similar this week to last. Flex reservations are required on Saturday, Sundays, and Friday, and are unavailable for Saturday at Disneyland Park as this goes to press; check here for the most up-to-date information.

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

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


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.

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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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