Disneyland News — Week of June 29, 2019

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The summer of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge continues, and it’s the 4th of July! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes


Thursday is of course the 4th of July, and Disney will be doing a special fireworks show for the occasion. You should also keep you eyes open for special character greetings, merchandise opportunities, military band performances, and treats for the holiday.

As you’ve probably seen, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open to the masses, and suffice it to say that the crowds have been far more manageable than what anyone was expecting. Whether it’s passholder blockouts, people waiting until Rise of the Resistance opens to make their trips to Disneyland, or even people trying to avoid what they assume will be crazy big crowds, the crowds have been very light at Disneyland this week. In fact, you’ll notice that we’ve adjusted our crowd calendar downward for the week to reflect this (though it’s still a holiday week, so we are expecting larger crowds than we’ve been seeing over the past few weeks). 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. You can stay abreast of ALL of our Galaxy’s Edge coverage by bookmarking this link.

The 25th Anniversary of The Lion King continues at Disney’s California Adventure through September 2. You’ll see storytellers; African song, dance, artwork, and crafts; and more at the Palisades Stage. Check here and your in-park times guide for more details.

The return of the original Soarin’ Over California has been extended through August 31, AND on Thursdays through July 31, Passholders will get an extra hour at the end of the night to experience it.

Also, recall that 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 are available here.


We’re expecting higher crowds this upcoming week than what we actually saw last week on account of the holiday week, but they should still be very manageable. With that said, crowd predictions are very much in flux right now in light of the surprisingly light Star Wars crowds, and we are refreshing them as we get more information and update our models. Make sure you check the Crowd Calendar for the most up-to-date crowd information.

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


Temperatures will be warmer this week, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. As is common this time of year, there’s no rain in the forecast.

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

*Thursday’s fireworks will be Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

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 are significant Passholder blockouts in effect this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
California Adventure SL SC SL SC SL SL SL 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, literally everything is open this week. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley is 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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