Disneyland News — Week of March 30, 2019 (with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Update)

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Easter’s getting closer, Grizzly River Run is back, and the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival and Get Your Ears on Celebration continue! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes


There are no special daily events going on this week, so that means that the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is the primary event going on right now — and we’re not complaining. It’s a great time, and it continues through April 23, 2019. This annual event includes culinary demonstrations and seminars as well as food kiosks featuring small bites and tastes, and is definitely worth a visit. There are several special events that take place during this event as well, including wine tastings, seminars, and special meals. For more details and information on how to make reservations (which are recommended), please check here.  As per usual, the Annual Passholder corner will be passing out commemorative buttons and have special photo opportunities for Passholders.

We just received a bunch of new information about how Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge crowds will be managed at Disneyland after the opening in a couple of months. The Orange County Register is reporting that during the first few weeks of opening — from May 31 through June 23 — only guests that have an advance reservation to enter the land (which is free) will be able to access it. There will be no standby access. While we don’t know exactly how the reservation system will work, we do know that all guests of official Disney hotels at Disneyland will be provided one reservation to Galaxy’s Edge during their stay, and there will be a limited number of reservations for day guests or guests staying elsewhere. The reservations will be time-limited, meaning that guests will only be able to stay in the land for a certain period of time, though there’s no word as of yet on how that will be enforced. Starting on June 24, reservations will no longer be necessary, and Disney will instead use a virtual queue system so that guests aren’t forced to physically stand in line while they are waiting for their opportunity to enter the land. Guests will receive a digital “boarding pass” that will allow them to enter as capacity permits. Also, there will be no restrictions upon how long guests can stay in the land as of that date.

Disneyland is continuing its sneak preview of the live-action remake of Dumbo at the Main Street Opera House. In addition to the movie preview itself, the exhibit includes a full-sized statue of Dumbo, plus costumes, concept art, and other related items.

Disney is also bringing back its Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt, just in time for Easter. Check out this post for more details.

Finally, 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!

News Flash: Disney has announced some new rules and restrictions on stroller size (including no stroller wagons allowed), smoking prohibitions (no more smoking areas in the parks or at Downtown Disney), and restrictions on ways to keep coolers/cooler bags chilled (no loose ice or dry ice). These restrictions take place May 1 for the stroller and smoking changes and today for the ice restrictions. You can read the official details here.


Crowds shouldn’t be too bad this week. Note that Cesar Chavez Day is celebrated in California on Sunday, but a lot of schools and businesses will be closed on Monday. Accordingly, we have it predicted as one of the busier days, but even the busiest days are only level 7, which is crowded but manageable.

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


Weather is kinda all over the place this week, with highs topping out at 87 on Sunday, but only rising to 69 on Wednesday. On the upside, there’s only a scant chance of rain on Thursday.

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 this week, with Mickey’s Mix Magic, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, World of Color, and Fantasmic! shown at least once a day each. 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 2 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
World of Color 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Admission and Hours

Deluxe, Southern California, and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, with Select and Southern California Passholders also blocked out on Sunday, and Select Passholders also blocked out on Friday. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Peak Price ($149/$141) every day.

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 8-11
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. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.


At Disneyland Park, Astro Orbiter and the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough remain offline for extended refurbishments, with Astro Orbiter scheduled to return on April 5.

Over at California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is finally back! The Silly Symphony Swings are still offline indefinitely — we’ll let you know when we have a projected end date.

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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