Disneyland Preview — Week of May 5, 2018

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This week, we see another Star Wars-themed Disneyland After Dark, and Bats Day in the Fun Park. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

This weekend brings the 20th Annual and final installment of Bats Day in the Fun Park. It is an unofficial (read: not Disney-sponsored) celebration that bills itself as “The Largest Dark Culture Event on the West Coast” and takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Because it is not Disney sanctioned, the best way to think about it is that it’s like Dapper Day, except for fans of goth culture. Expect to see lots of black, elaborate steampunk and classic Gothic outfits, and plenty of parasols. Like Dapper Day, it adds a unique energy to the parks. Check out pictures from past events to get a sense of what to expect.

Wednesday night is a repeat of tonight’s Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite, which will feature a meet and greet with Rey, the March of the First Order, Hyperspace Mountain, and other Star Wars-themed merriment. The hard ticket event runs from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am. As this goes to press, there are tickets remaining, but it sold out quickly last time, so don’t wait around if you’d like to attend. You can get tickets through Disney at this link.

Saturday the 5th and Friday the 11th are Grad Nite at Disney’s California Adventure. That park will host a private party after regular park hours, but expect more teenagers in the parks that day prior to the evening event as well.

It’s also still Pixar Fest! 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, though you’ll also encounter 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!

As is 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.

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


The weekend will see some pretty substantial, 8-level crowds, but the week should have roughly average (4-6) crowd levels. Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to have the lightest crowds.

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


With the exception of Saturday, which is predicted to be quite hot, you should see highs around 80 all week and lows near 60. No rain, either, so should be a great week!

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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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 9-9 8-11 8-12
California Adventure 9-9 8-10 10-9 10-9 10-9 9-9 8-9

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 list is thankfully pretty short right now. At Disneyland Park, Pirates of the Caribbean is closed to transition to the new auction scene. Over at California Adventure, the Boardwalk Games at Paradise Pier and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are closed during the area’s 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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