Disneyland News — Week of January 12, 2019

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Crowds become more manageable, Mickey’s 90th celebration kicks off, and a new nighttime dance party premieres! 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 2019, and Disneyland is celebrating its Get Your Ears On Celebration, celebrating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Keep your eyes open for special menu selections, treats, character greetings, entertainment, and merchandise throughout the resort, starting this week.

On a related note, this Friday will feature the first installment of Mickey’s Mix Magic, which Disney describes as a “high-energy projection show celebrating the one and only Mickey Mouse.” It will include projections on the buildings of Main Street U.S.A., the small world facade, and on the mist screens over on Rivers of America.  It will occasionally include fireworks (and we unfortunately can’t really be more specific than that at this time–we suspect it’ll be weather-dependent), but it’s intended to be more of a big dance party than a traditional nighttime show, so keep that in mind.

Finally, if you enjoy the DJ’s Dance and Drive dance party at Disney’s California Adventure, you need to visit the parks as soon as possible. It’s going away for good on January 13, 2019, so this weekend will be your last chance to experience it.

Looking ahead, Disneyland’s Lunar New Year festival starts on January 25! More details to come, but go ahead and get that on your calendar now.


With the holiday season firmly in the rear-view mirror, you can expect crowds to drop off significantly compared to the previous few weeks. The highest crowds are still a very manageable level 7, and Tuesday is predicted to be very comfortable level 3 crowds.

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


It’s another week with a decent chance that you’re going to encounter some rainfall. There’s more of a chance during the week than the weekends, but it’s possible every single day, so make sure you check the most up-to-date forecast and bring rain gear if it looks like you’ll need it.

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.


The entertainment schedule is REALLY thin this week, with only Fantasmic! showing on the weekend, and nothing during the week at all.  On the upside, Mickey’s Mix Magic, a new projection show, will premiere on Friday, so keep your eyes open for that for sure. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
Disney’s Mix Magic 0 0 0 0 0 0 1


Admission and Hours

Only a couple of Passholder blackouts to be aware of this week. Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, and Select Passholders are likewise 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)  Saturday and Sunday, Value Price ($104/$98) Monday through Thursday, and Peak Price ($149/$141) on Friday.

Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:

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

Regarding 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, Haunted Mansion is offline until January 18 (when it returns to its normal format) and Astro Orbiter is down indefinitely. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough and the Sailing Ship Columbia will be starting refurbishments starting  this week, on January 17 and 19, respectively. Looking ahead, it’s a small world will remain open for another couple of weeks before its holiday overlay is removed, and is slated to be offline from January 22 through February 1. Fantasmic! will likewise be going offline as of January 22.

Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is undergoing its annual cool-weather refurbishment. 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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