Disneyland News — Week of October 26, 2019

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The final Halloween parties are this week, as the spooky season concludes and we get ready for the winter holidays! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.

Special Events and Notes

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If you want to experience Halloween at the Disneyland Resort, the time to do so is NOW! Just a few days left in October, and we’re approaching the last Oogie Boogie Bash of the season. That party will be taking place Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at California Adventure, with the Thursday (Halloween) party being the last one of the season. 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 “treats” you to 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 also 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.

Have you been having trouble getting into Oga’s Cantina?  You can now book reservations 60 days in advance.

Finally, 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.


Crowds this week are unremarkable for this time of year, with large crowds on the weekend, and much smaller crowds during the week.

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


It’s predicted to be another dry week in Anaheim, with temperatures that are a little cooler (thankfully) than we’ve seen lately.

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 until Halloween, though only select nights include fireworks (others are just projections).  Fantasmic! is being shown at least once per night. Note that California Adventure shows Villainous rather than World of Color on party nights. Finally, note that Mickey’s Mix Magic returns at the end of the week for a very brief run until the Winter holiday shows arrive next week. 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 0
Fantasmic! 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
Mickey’s Mix Magic 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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.  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 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-11
California Adventure 8-10 8-6 8-8 8-6 8-8 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.

Passholder blockouts remain the same this week. Flex reservations are available (where needed) all days as this goes to press. Reservations are unnecessary Monday through Friday of this week

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

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


Fall refurbs have largely concluded, but there are still a couple of brief refurbishments to be aware of this week.  it’s a small world will be down from October 21 through November 8 to receive its holiday makeover, and Matterhorn Bobsleds is projected to remain down through November 2. Mark Twain Riverboat will also be down briefly this weekend, returning on November 2 as well. 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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