Disneyland News — Week of November 23, 2019

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It’s Thanksgiving at Disneyland Resort! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes


Thanksgiving week brings big crowds and special dining opportunities. There are several restaurants doing special menus for the occasion, headlined by a Thanksgiving buffet at the Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel. You’ll also find special menus at Goofy’s Kitchen and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel, Napa Rose and Storyteller’s Cafe at the Grand Californian, and PCH Grill at Paradise Pier. Call 714-781-DINE for reservations.

The winter holiday season ushers in the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure, the celebration of holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment! New this year is Mickey’s Happy Holidays, a twice daily parade/dance party of characters. Over at Disneyland Park, in addition to holiday decor galore, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks are now running nightly, and holiday merchandise is available for sale in the parks as well. In addition to the Festival and the special holiday shows, make sure you check out the ¡Viva Navidad! celebration featuring traditional costumes, music, and entertainment, and a street party with the Three Caballeros. Some attractions are also getting into the holiday spirit — in addition to Haunted Mansion Holiday, which continues, Cars Land favorites transform to Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, and its a small world gets its annual holiday overlay. Finally, there’s a new Let It Glow tree display distributed throughout the Downtown Disney District. You can find more information about all of the holiday offerings here.

Frozen is now in theaters, but guests experiencing Frozen — Live at the Hyperion will still have an opportunity to check out a sneak peek of Frozen 2.


Thanksgiving means kids are out of school, which in turn means higher crowd levels.  You’re going to want to target this weekend if you’re able to minimize crowds.


For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.


The weather this week is frankly looking a little dicey.  The start of the week looks nice, with highs in the low to mid 70s, but expect it to get much cooler the latter part of the week, including a decent chance of rain. Plan accordingly!

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.


From an entertainment standpoint, the main attractions are Disneyland’s holiday shows, like the new Mickey’s Happy Holidays parade at Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Park’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Disneyland Band, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Believe… Holiday Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Mickey’s Happy Holidays 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
World of Color 2 2 2 2 2 2 2


Admission and Hours

For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets during the week are Peak pricing ($149/$141) every day this week. 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 8-11 8-11 8-11 8-10 8-11 8-10 8-11

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.

Passholder blockouts are significant this week. Flex reservations are required every day this week and are available for every day except for Friday at Disneyland Park as this goes to press; check here for the most up-to-date information.

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

Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual Passport: FX: Flex


Fall refurbs have largely concluded, and everything is showing open this week at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley 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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