Disneyland News — Week of May 11, 2019

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Mother’s Day is here, we’re one week closer to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the Get Your Ears on Celebration continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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Sunday is Mother’s Day! If you’re celebrating with Mom at the parks, be aware that there are several special dining opportunities on Sunday. Storyteller’s Cafe, PCH Grill, and Goofy’s Kitchen are all offering brunch buffets, with Goofy’s and PCH also offering a dinner buffet. It’s also common for in-park restaurants like Blue Bayou to feature special menu items for the occasion. Reservations are a good idea on Sunday regardless of where you’re eating.

As you may have heard, we are now officially less than one month away from the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Remember, you’ll need a reservation to enter the area between its opening at the end of the month and June 23; for details on how to obtain them (to the extent they are available), check here.

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, it’s time for Grad Nites at Disney’s California Adventure. The events themselves are after hours and shouldn’t seriously impact crowds, but you might well see more grads-to-be in the hours leading up the event. This week, Grad Nites will be held on Saturday and Friday.



It’s yet another week with very nice numbers on the crowd calendar. Saturday, the highest day, is only a level 5, and Wednesday is predicted to be level 2.

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


It’s spring in Southern California, and that generally means that the weather will be very pleasant. There is a chance of rain every day, but the temperatures should be wonderful.

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 continues its practice of having a full entertainment schedule only on the weekend, with Fantasmic! dark in the week and only one parade per day during the week. 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 1 1 1 1 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
World of Color 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Admission and Hours

Regarding Passholder blockouts, Southern California, Southern California Select Passholders, and Deluxe Passholders are all blocked out on Saturday, Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are also blocked out on Sunday, and  Select Passholders and  blocked out on Friday as well. 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) every other day.

Regular park hours are as follows this week:

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

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, Casey Jr. Circus Train and the Storybook Land Canal Boats are both down for refurbishment from now through May 24. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough will open shortly thereafter on May 28.

Over at California Adventure, the Silly Symphony Swings are still offline through May 24. Also, the Red Car Trolley is remains dark until next spring.

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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