Disneyland Preview — Week of July 14, 2018

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It’s Disneyland’s birthday this week! Also, Pixar Fest, Disneyland’s summer offering, continues. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, and while Disney doesn’t really promote it, you can expect sort of an unofficial birthday celebration on this day. Expect to see guests dressed up a la Dapper Day for the occasion, and keep your eyes open for special food and merchandise opportunities.

Pixar Fest continues through September 3, which is the primary summer offering at Disneyland this year. This festival includes 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 is open at Disneyland Park for the occasion. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview of the Festival!

The recent opening of Pixar Pier and a couple of re-imagined attractions has definitely enhanced the festival. The Incredicoaster (f/k/a California Screamin’) and Pixar Pal-A-Round (f/k/a Mickey’s Fun Wheel) are both back in their updated forms, along with the boardwalk games and other diversions around the pier. Staying with the Pixar theme, Paint the Night received an upgrade in the form of a new Incredibles Float.  Make sure you check out Guy’s recent review of the new area.



Crowds are predicted to be average to above average all week, though nothing is in the super-busy category. The work week will have the highest crowds, with Saturday and Sunday having the lowest crowds (levels 5 and 6).

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


In the wake of punishing heat, including a recent day that appears to be the hottest day recorded in any Disney park, anywhere in the world, ever, this week’s highs in the mid- to upper 80s is going to feel balmy. There’s only a minor chance of rain on Monday, so you should be good on that front.

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 the Paint the Night parade reappearing at DCA with a new Incredibles float. Also, the Pixar Play Parade joins the daytime schedule at Disneyland Park. Fantasmic! will continue to run, with two shows nightly all week. 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 2 2 2 2 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Pixar Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Paint the Night 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Admission and Hours

Significant passholder blockouts continue this week. Southern California Select Passholders and Southern California Passholders are blocked out all week long, and Deluxe passes are blocked out on Saturday. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular price ($117/$110) Monday through Thursday, and Peak price ($135/$127) 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 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-12 9-12
California Adventure 9-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10 9-10

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.


There are no refurbishments of currently operational attractions scheduled this week. World of Color remains offline until further notice on account of some “technical difficulties” with its refurbishment — we’ll let you know when we have a better idea of when it will return, but we are not anticipating it back until the latter part of the year. As always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so 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 on September 4, 2018, 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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