Disneyland Preview — Week of October 20, 2018

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More of Mickey’s Halloween Party and spooky decor as the Halloween season continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

It’s October, and that means that Disneyland is all decked out for the Halloween season! It also means that the park is closed a couple of nights a week for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Note that this event requires a special ticket and all remaining party dates are sold out. If you don’t have tickets already, be aware that Disneyland Park will close early on party days. This week, the party will take place on Tuesday and Friday. If you’re planning on going, be sure to check out our planning guide for the event.

Even if you’re not going to the parties, however, the parks will be decked out in Halloween decor (take a look at some pics from the parks here), there will be plenty of unique seasonal treats, characters wear costumes on their costumes, and the following rides have holiday-themed overlays:

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
  • Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween
  • Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark (evening only).

For more information, make sure you check out our preview of the season here.

Finally, the Dia de los Muertos celebration continues at Zocalo Park in Frontierland in Disneyland Park. Stop by there, and nearby Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, for photo opportunities, face painting, and treats like Pumpkin Flan. In a similar vein, Plaza de la Familia activities are taking place over at Paradise Gardens Park, including Coco-inspired entertainment, special food options, and exhibits.


Crowds will be higher on the weekend (this weekend marks the tail end of the period when Utah students are off of school), with lower crowds as the week continues. Crowds are predicted to be quite low on Tuesday in particular, as Disneyland Park closes early for Mickey’s Halloween Party that day.

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


It’s predicted to be a hot weekend, with more moderate temperatures (highs in the low 80s) the remainder of the week. Also, no rain in the forecast at all. Should be a nice 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.


With the exception of Party nights, the entertainment schedule is lighter during the week, with no fireworks and fewer parades. There are, however, special shows, including a parade and fireworks, that run during Mickey’s Halloween Party on Tuesday and Friday. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Straw Hatters can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Pixar Play Parade 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Fantasmic! 2 2 2 0 2 2 0
Fireworks 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paint the Night 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Frightfully Fun Parade* 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Hall’n Screams Fireworks* 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

*Requires ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Admission and Hours

Passholder blockouts remain the same this week; Southern California Select Passholders and Southern California Passholders are both blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. 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) all week long.

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 8-11 8-6 9-11 8-12 8-7
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 8-19 8-9 9-9 8-10 8-12

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.


Virtually everything is up and running at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, the Matterhorn is down through November 17, and it’s a small world is slated to go down from October 22 through November 7.  Everything else is scheduled to be online.

Similarly, at California Adventure, only 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, 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.

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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