Disneyland Preview — Week of July 21, 2018

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Another week of Pixar Fest at Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

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You know it’s a slow news week when you’re trumpeting about a hot dog, but this month’s offering at the White Water Snacks at the Grand Californian — the Cubano Dog — is intriguing enough to warrant special mention. Anyone try it yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

The only special event to speak of this week is the continuation of Pixar Fest, which is the primary summer offering at Disneyland this year. It continues through September 3. 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, including Alien Pizza Planet at Disneyland Park. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview of the Festival!

A couple of re-imagined attractions and the opening of Pixar Pier have given the festival a mid-summer upgrade.  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 going to be pretty consistently medium-high all week long, with 8s during the week, and 7s on the weekend.  In other words, it will be crowded, but not oppressive.

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


The temperature is going to start creeping back up this week, with highs in the upper 80s to mid-90s.  As per usual, there’s very little chance of rain, so at least there’s that.

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 remain in place this week and mirror last 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.


Big Thunder Mountain is in the midst of a brief refurbishment, which will continue through the end of 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. All other attractions are currently operational, but 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, Matterhorn and Tiki Room will be going down indefinitely on July 30 and August 5, respectively. Also, 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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