Disneyland Preview — Week of April 21, 2018

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Dapper Day is here, Pixar Fest continues, and Disneyland celebrates Earth Day! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

The weekend kicks off with Dapper Day! Dapper Day, as the name suggests, is an unofficial event at Disneyland where folks show up to the park looking, well, dapper. Expect gentlemen in suits, bow-ties, and hats, and ladies in dresses and hats of their own, typically with a vintage, throwback vibe. It will add to the crowds, but it also brings a fun, unique energy to the parks.  It should more appropriately be referred to as Dapper DAYS, however, as it’s actually a two-day event, running both Saturday and Sunday, which includes an Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  There is no extra cost to attend the parks during Dapper Days (again, it’s not an official event), but the Expo, which includes bands, dancing, and the opportunity to add some dapper-ness to your wardrobe does require tickets (which are $10 for the weekend). Expo tickets and more information can be found on the official Dapper Day site.

Cap-TIN Phasma (Photo © Disney)

Sunday is Earth Day, and in celebration of the event, Disneyland has had its cast members create recycled works of art. You can see and vote for the the finalists here, and they are also on display now at the Redwood Creek Challenge trail until Earth Day, when they will be displayed in Downtown Disney. Keep your eyes open for other events on Earth Day as well, primarily in the Downtown Disney area.

Pixar Fest continues!  During this festival, which runs through September 3, you’ll find Pixar-themed fireworks and the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland Park, and the return of Paint the Night at Disney California Adventure, in addition to other Pixar-focused activities and opportunities.  There will also be special dining opportunities available, as one would expect, and the Alien Pizza Planet will be launching at Disneyland Park for the occasion.  Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview of the Festival!

As if often the case for these events, there is a special area for Passholders. Stop by the AP Corner for Pixar decals (new ones rotating in every two weeks) and themed photo locations.  The AP Corner can be found at Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure and runs through June 8.

Remember, the Cove Bar is currently open again through the end of May for its last hurrah, if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!


Crowds won’t be terrible this week — busiest during the weekend, and average to slightly above average during the week. Saturday is predicted to have the largest crowds.

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


Another gorgeous week in Southern California! Highs in the 70s and low 80s, and no rain anywhere in the forecast.  Sadly, the hottest days will also be the days people are wearing more than normal for Dapper Days, but it should still be tolerable.

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 has a special slate of shows running for a bit for Pixar Fest, with the evening fireworks at Disneyland Park being replaced by Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular (featuring a flying Buzz Lightyear!) and World of Color being replaced by the Paint the Night parade at DCA. Also, the Pixar Play Parade joins the daytime schedule at Disneyland Park.  Fantasmic! will continue to run, but only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like Jambalaya Jazz, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Pixar Play Parade 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
Pixar Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Paint The Night 2 2 1 1 1 1 2

Admission and Hours

Blockouts are really only an issue on the weekends this time of year. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, whereas Deluxe and Southern California Passholders are only blocked out Saturday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular Price ($117/$110) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value Price ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.

Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:

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

As per usual, 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.


The refurbishment schedule is not horrible at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, Dumbo is closed through April 27, and Pirates of the Caribbean is closing on April 23 to transition to the new auction scene. Over at California Adventure, the boardwalk games at Paradise Pier and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier and World of Color is dark during Pixar Fest, but the remainder of the park is all up and running. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.

Looking ahead, Disney recently announced that a bug’s land would be closing to make way for more Marvel attractions at California Adventure.  It will be going away for good towards the end of the summer, so make sure you plan ahead if you’d like to see it before it disappears.

That should do it for this week’s preview. 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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