Disneyland News — Week of October 12, 2019

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The holiday weekend brings big crowds, there’s a new FastPass procedure at Disneyland Park, and the Halloween season continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes


First and foremost, many schools are out on Monday for Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day, so we’re expecting higher crowds than we’ve seen for the long weekend. Check below for more details.

Disney is trying out a new way to distribute FastPasses at Disneyland Park. Starting in mid-October, you’ll be able to get FastPasses for Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and Star Tours from a centralized kiosk in front of the Tomorrowland Theater. You can find more details on the new program here. If it is well-received, look for this concept to spread to other parts of the resort as well.

Halloween continues at the Disneyland Resort, including Disney’s newest Halloween event, the Oogie Boogie Bash. That party will be taking place Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at California Adventure. The party includes a dance party, treat trails, and special presentation of World of Color called “Villainous.” Check out our planning guide before you go, and more details and tickets are available here. Halloween also ushers in several seasonal experiences, including:

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday, where the Haunted Mansion receives a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed overlay;
  • Guardians of the Galaxy’s makeover every evening with its Monsters After Dark overlay;
  • Special fireworks on select nights;
  • Cars Land getting into the spirit with amazing Halloween decorations and themed attractions;
  • Special character costumes;
  • And of course, ample opportunities to purchase Halloween-themed treats and merchandise, including a new refillable cauldron popcorn bucket for Passholders.

You can find more details about Disneyland’s Halloween offerings here, and make sure you check out our preview before you go!

Disney is celebrating Dia de los Muertos from now through November 3. Swing by the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park for special music, food, and photo opportunities with Miguel from Coco. As always, there is a display over near Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Park as well.

Disney currently has a strolling magician performing sleight of hand aboard the Mark Twain, in the Golden Horseshoe, and roaming the streets of Frontierland. Later this fall, the Golden Horseshoe will be hosting some dueling piano fun. You can find more details about both offerings here.

In non-Halloween-related news, Passholders still have the opportunity to get special commemorative buttons just by mobile ordering food on the Disneyland app.  Each participating location will have its own button, so you collectors will have the chance to rack up quite a few. More details, including a list of participating restaurants, are available here.


This week will be MUCH busier than it’s been lately, as people take advantage of the long weekend for Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day to visit Disney. Tuesday is the only day without high crowds.

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


Another dry week in Anaheim with highs hovering within a few degrees of 80 all week long. Should be a nice week to be at Disney!

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.


Halloween Screams — A Villanous Surprise in the Skies is the season’s nighttime spectacular at Disneyland Park, and it will be shown every night this week, though only select nights include fireworks (others are just projections).  Fantasmic! is returning to being shown at least once per night. Note that California Adventure shows Villainous rather than World of Color on party nights. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Halloween Screams Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 1 1 1 2
World of Color 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
Frightfully Fun Parade 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Villainous 0 2 0 2 0 2 0


Admission and Hours

For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular pricing ($129/$122) during the week, and Peak pricing ($149/$141) on the weekend, including Friday.  Note that California Adventure will close early on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday for the Oogie Boogie Bash; regular park hours are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-10 8-10 8-11 8-11
California Adventure 8-10 8-6 8-10 8-6 8-10 8-6 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.

There are a few Passholder blockouts to be aware of this week. Flex reservations are available all days as this goes to press.

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

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


Fall refurbs have concluded for now, and everything is scheduled to be 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.

One thought on “Disneyland News — Week of October 12, 2019

  • October 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Any idea why the crowd calendar for Disneyland and DCA for Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 was so off?


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