Disneyland News — Week of February 2, 2019

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Love is in the air as Disneyland celebrates Valentine’s month (including a special After Hours event) and the Lunar New Year celebration rolls on! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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You may be aware that there is a Football Game That Shall Not Be Named taking place this Sunday. I can’t imagine that many people go to Disneyland for the purpose of watching that game, but if you’re going to be there and want to watch, your best bets are going to be the bars and lounges in Downtown Disney or the in the resort hotels. With ESPN Zone gone, there’s not really an obvious central gathering spot, and there are no special events planned for the event, but it’s a safe bet that if you’re in a lounge with TVs, it will be on. The more important reason I mention the game is that depending upon the outcome, the following day could be MUCH busier than we would otherwise predict. If the Los Angeles Rams win, for instance, it’s likely that Disneyland will be hosting a parade as part of the celebration. If the Patriots win, Walt Disney World is probably a more likely destination, and Disneyland crowds will be unaffected. Keep an eye on local announcements for details.

Disneyland’s Lunar New Year festival is also in full swing! This is the Year of the Pig, and you can join in this celebration of Asian culture until February 17 at Disney’s California Adventure. You’ll see special decor, entertainment (including the New Year’s procession led by Mulan and Mushu), food offerings, and, of course, themed merchandise. As per usual, there will be characters in special costumes, and since it’s the year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs will be out and about as well. The park looks great during this time, so make sure you check it out!

Valentine’s month is underway at Disneyland Park, the parks are amorously decorated for the occasion, particularly on Main Street and the it’s a small world mall area. It will surprise no one that Disney has lots of special edible treats for the occasion, and you can take a look at what to expect here. Also, guests can participate in Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, which is a scavenger hunt throughout the park. Purchase your map and stickers, and then go on a hunt throughout the park for hidden valentines that Mickey has left for Minnie.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Disneyland Park is hosting another Disneyland After Dark event on Thursday, February 7, and this month, it’s themed for the holiday — Sweethearts’ Nite. As with any After Hours event, you can expect special Photopass opportunities, character meet and greets, and special merchandise and food themed to the event. Check out some of our reviews of past events to get a sense of what to expect.

Disneyland is continuing its Get Your Ears On Celebration, commemorating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Keep your eyes open for special menu selections, treats, character greetings, entertainment, and merchandise throughout the resort. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview and Guy’s rundown of the best snacks for more details on what to expect!

Finally, looking ahead, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner, and will be running from March 1 through April 23, 2019. There are several special events that take place during this event as well, including wine tastings, seminars, and special meals. For more details and details on how to make reservations (which are recommended), please check here.


This should be a pretty good week to visit, with low crowds during the week, and higher-but-still-manageable crowds on the weekend. As discussed above, however, be wary of the impact post-Super Bowl events may have on crowds on Monday, particularly if the Rams win.

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.


Brace yourself for a cool and wet weekend, with significant rain forecast and highs only reaching 60.  The latter part of the week will give you much more to look forward to, however, with no rain in the forecast and cool, but relatively pleasant, 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.


Mickey’s Mix Magic, a new projection show, is being shown this week, and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is back in the regular rotation.  As a quick reminder, Fantasmic! is currently dark, as is World of Color. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Disney’s Mix Magic 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Soundsational Parade 2 2 2 2 2 1 2


Admission and Hours

Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday, and Select Passholders are also blocked out on Sunday, but there are no other blockouts in effect for the remainder of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular Price ($129/$122) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value Price ($104/$98) the remainder of the week.

Regular park hours are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-12 8-11 9-8 9-8 9-8 9-8 9-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 9-8 9-8 9-8 9-8 9-10

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.


At Disneyland Park, Astro Orbiter, the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, Fantasmic! and the Sailing Ship Columbia are currently offline for extended refurbs.

Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is undergoing its annual cool-weather refurbishment, and Golden Zephyr will be returning from a quick refresh on February 3. World of Color also remains dark until further notice.

As always, be aware that 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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