Disneyland Preview — Week of November 10, 2018

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It’s Christmastime at Disneyland, plus Veterans Day is this weekend! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Sunday is Veterans Day at Disneyland. Expect higher than normal crowds for this time of year, particularly on Sunday and Monday, and keep your eyes open for special opportunities to honor our veterans that may present themselves. The Flag Retreat Ceremony takes place in the square at Main Street U.S.A. at 4:30; it’s a wonderful presentation if you’ve not seen it before, and a great salute to the men and women who have served the country.

The Christmas season is upon us, which means holiday decor throughout the resort, characters in seasonal attire, and a couple of special events at Disney’s California Adventure. Disney’s Festival of Holidays includes the Festive Foods Marketplace, a collection of kiosks serving small bites of all manner of seasonal food and drink. Additionally, Disney’s ¡Viva Navidad! is a cultural holiday celebration leading up to Three Kings Day that includes authentic music, dance, decor, and food. Passholders, make sure you stop by the AP Corner for special freebies and opportunities as well!

Disney’s parades and evening shows get into the holiday spirit as well, with A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… in Holiday Magic Fireworks taking place regularly throughout the season. Several attractions also get a seasonal overhaul for the holidays.  This year, in addition to perennial favorites like Haunted Mansion Holiday and it’s a small world Holiday, a couple of Radiator Springs attractions get a transformation. You’ll find Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl along with the wonderful holiday decor in Cars Land.

Finally, Author Jeff Kurtti will be hosting a book signing to launch his new book, From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card at Disneyana Shop at Disneyland Park from 9 to 11 a.m., and again at Off the Page from 2 to 4 p.m. at DCA on Saturday, November 10.


We’re expecting elevated crowds for Veterans Day weekend on Sunday and Monday.  The remainder of the week should be very manageable, with crowd levels ranging from 3 to 5.

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


Guess what, it’s going to be nice in Anaheim this week! Surprise! Highs will be around 80, though lows will dip down around 50, so make sure you plan accordingly if you’re going to be there after the sun goes down.

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.


The entertainment schedule is much lighter during much of the week, but Disney will be running the full collection of shows on Monday. There are, however, special seasonal shows, including a parade and fireworks, that run starting on Thursday. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Straw Hatters can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
Holiday Magic Fireworks 1 1 1 1 1 1 1


Admission and Hours

More Passholder blockouts for the holiday weekend; Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, while Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday only. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular Price ($117/$110)  on Saturday and Sunday, Peak Price ($135/$127) on Friday, and Value ($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 8-12 8-12 8-12 8-11 9-10 8-12 8-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-8 9-8 8-9 8-10

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.


While most attractions are operational, the Matterhorn is down at Disneyland Park through November 16, and the Mark Twain Riverboat will undergo a brief refurbishment from the November 12-17.   Everything else is scheduled to be online.

At California Adventure, World of Color remains offline until further notice — we’ll let you know when we have a better idea of when it will return as well. 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.

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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