Disneyland News — Week of July 13, 2019

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Christmas in July is so passé–start getting ready for Halloween! This week we look at the new Haunted Mansion exhibit at the Disney Gallery and the details of the Halloween events at the resort this fall. Oh, and Disney announced the opening date for Rise of the Resistance…

Rise of the Resistance Opening Date

Good News: Rise of the Resistance has an opening date set!

Bad News: It opens January 17, 2020.

Stay tuned to Touring Plans for more updates and news on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Rise of the Resistance.

Special Events and Notes

A new special exhibit in the Disney Gallery has materialized for the Haunted Mansion’s 50th Anniversary. Located in Main Street, the Disney Gallery is displaying concept art, models, and artwork from the incredible Disneyland attraction. The Haunted Mansion celebrates its golden anniversary on August 9, 2019; the ghosts are just dying to celebrate.

Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary exhibit at Disney Gallery. Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Resort announces their spooky plans for their Halloween events, running September 6 – October 31. Disneyland’s popular Haunted Mansion Holiday returns along with special decorations around the park. At night “Halloween Screams” special effects and projection show will perform, with fireworks on select nights. Notably missing is the “Ghost Galaxy” overlay for Space Mountain, which has not been confirmed to return. Disneyland’s halloween offerings are included with price of admission.

At California Adventure the decorations on Buena Vista Street return with batty new effects on Carthay Circle. Haul-o-ween at Carsland features characters in halloween costumes, decorations, and special haunted versions of Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-oWeen. In Hollywood, Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters after Dark roars back to life. The music of Coco comes to life to celebrate The Day of the Dead with the Plaza de la Familia in Paradise Gardens Park. These offerings at California Adventure are included with admission to the park.

New this year is Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure, a hard-ticketed event on select nights. All of California Adventures’ regular Halloween festivities are included plus scary treats, grave-raising dance parties, transformed trails, creepy character meet and greets, and a brand new version of World of Color – Villainous. Unlike during the daytime costumes are encouraged during the event. Visit Disneyland’s website for costume guidelines. The event runs on select nights September through October. Event tickets start at $100 per person plus tax and are on sale now.

We continue to be surprised by the low crowds at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is now open to the masses. Whether it is passholder blockouts, people waiting to visit until Rise of the Resistance opens, or even people trying to avoid what they assume will be crazy big crowds, the crowds continue to be very light at Disneyland — we’ve seen nothing but level 1 and 2 crowds since Star Wars opened. Stat wiz Fred Hazelton wrote this past week about these abnormal crowds and how it affects our Crowd Calendar.

Make sure you check out our recap of the general opening for more info. Also, check out Rikki’s recent post on the entry process (though the boarding group system hasn’t been necessary of late). You can stay abreast of ALL of our Galaxy’s Edge coverage by bookmarking this link.

Disney continues to attempt to draw as many guests without unblocking passes by announcing a new daytime “procession”. Running July 18 – August 1 the famous Disneyland Band will march through the parade along with your favorite characters. Disney is also promising rarely seen characters that will change daily. The new parade delightful procession will run twice daily during the time Mickey’s Soundsational is mothballed and before the Main Street Electrical Parade returns.


Under normal circumstances, we’d be seeing level 7 and 8 crowds this time of year at Disneyland Resort. Of course, there’s nothing normal about the crowds we’re seeing this year and we are actively working to incorporate this new information into our predictions. Since Galaxy’s Edge opened to the general public, we have consistently seen level 1 and 2 crowds, which is well below normal for summer. We are currently expecting that trend to continue throughout the summer. Put another way, it’s a fantastic time to visit Disneyland!

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


Anaheim is heating up this week as temperatures reach into the 90s. Make sure to hydrate, rest, and ride Splash Mountain (which is celebrating it’s 30th birthday this summer)! Temperatures will cool off by the end of the week and there is no rain forecast for the week. Gotta love LA summers.

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 entertainment 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
Soundsational 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 as follows this week:

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

There continue to be significant Passholder blockouts in effect this week:

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

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 open while at California Adventure the Red Car Trolley remains dark. 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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