Disneyland News – Week of May 4, 2019

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It’s Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Bats Day, 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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I know you’re all excited about the arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge later this month, but you can whet your appetite for all things from a galaxy far, far away early as this week kicks off with May the Fourth, a/k/a Star Wars Day! First and foremost, Disneyland will be bringing back the fantastic Hyperspace Mountain for a limited time. May the Fourth will also see the return of Captain Phasma’s March of the First Order through Tomorrowland, special photo and merchandise opportunities (head to Little Green Men Store Command), and Star-Wars-inspired food and drink at Galactic Grill and Alien Pizza Planet. With all of the excitement surrounding the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it’s sure to be a great event!

On a related note, Disney recently released a brief video to help you prepare for and get the most out of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens.  Check it out here!

There was an indication last year that it might be going away, but I’m happy to report that it looks like Bats Day in the Fun Park is returning this Sunday, May 5. This unofficial celebration of goth culture means that you can expect to see lots of people donned in everything from simple black t-shirts to elaborate steampunk attire. Think of it as an edgier version of Dapper Day, and it really adds a unique, fun energy to the parks.

Cinco de Mayo is also, you guessed it, May 5, and while there’s nothing special specifically on the calendar for it, you should nevertheless keep your eyes open for special food and drink opportunities throughout the parks.

Over at Downtown Disney, a new art installation/selfie extravaganza has opened called Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration. It showcases Mickey-themed art over the years, and also provides dozens of unique photo opportunities spread over numerous different backgrounds — kinda like the Magic Kingdom’s Purple Wall on overdrive. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here. Make sure you sharpen those elbows before you go to fend off any overly aggressive Instagrammers!

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. As part of that, Disney launched Philharmagic, the long-running show at Magic Kingdom, at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. It just opened this last week, and the digital projection has been really well-received.

Finally, Friday is the first of several 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.



Any week where the highest crowd level is a 5 is a great week to visit, and this week even features a level 2 crowd on Thursday! It should be a great week to experience the parks.

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


It’s going to be another very pleasant week in Anaheim from a temperature standpoint, with highs hovering right around 70 all week long.  There is a slight chance of rain most days, so make sure you check the updated forecast before you head out each day to get a sense of whether it’s something you need to worry about.

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 scales back its entertainment this week, with Fantasmic! dark and only one parade 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

Passholder blockouts are the same this week as last. Southern California, Southern California Select Passholders, and Deluxe Passholders are all blocked out on Saturday, and Southern California Select Passholders are also blocked out on Sunday and Friday. 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 9-11 9-11 9-11 8-12 8-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-9 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, the Storybook Land Canal Boats are both down for refurbishment from 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.

One thought on “Disneyland News – Week of May 4, 2019

  • May 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I stumbled upon Hyperspace Mountain last year and it was AWESOME. Glad it’s back! If you ask me (which you didn’t,), they should leave it that way all the time. I can do without the dark and screaming of the Halloween overlay… and the original is great but not Hyperspace great.


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