Disneyland Weekly Preview — Week of October 21

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Thinking of visiting Disneyland this week?  Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

As you are likely aware, it is Halloween season at Disneyland, with holiday decor, treats, and attraction overlays. Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy returns, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a monster-themed overlay. Specifically, Mission Breakout transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark in the evenings, where the Collector’s Palace is overrun with monsters. Snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can, as lines can get long; the attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. Certainly worth a visit if you’ve not seen it already!

Mickey’s Halloween Party continues this week, and will be happening on Tuesday and Friday.  Make sure you check out Guy’s preview for all of the details, and to learn how to get the most out of it. Note that this week’s parties are sold out (as are all other parties this season). There is, of course, special merchandise available in conjunction with the parties.

Seasonal treats are in full force and effect at the moment. Guy has sampled them and has provided an excellent guide to the best of the best so you’ll to know where to direct your taste buds.

You MUST check out the Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure  — Cars Land goes through a complete metamorphosis for the season. Also, lots of your favorite characters are dressed up for the holiday, there’s many unique and fantastic PhotoPass opportunities, and of course there is plenty of Halloween merchandise you can buy. Check out Rikki’s preview for more information about what to expect.



A tale of two crowd calendars this week.  Weekends are crowded, week is not at all.  One of those rare occasions where we see red and green bars the same week.  Wednesday will see the lightest crowds, Saturday the highest by far.

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


Crowds may be light during the week, but the weather isn’t feeling the same sense of chill.  Scorching hot temperatures during the week, and  no precipitation in the forecast to cool things down. I’m sorry.

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.


Pretty light show schedule this week, apart from Saturday, when crowds will be at their apex. Note that special shows will run at Disneyland Park for evenings with the Halloween Parties; consult the daily schedules for Tuesday and Friday for more details on those shows.  Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
World of Color 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Remember, Dreams Come True Fireworks 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

Admission and Hours

Disneyland Park will be closing early on Tuesday and Friday for Mickey’s Halloween Party. All of those parties are sold out, so if you don’t already have tickets, be aware that you’re not going to be able to go to Disneyland Park on those evenings.  California Adventure, however, will be open on all nights and open late on Friday.

The same schedule that has been in place lately continues: Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, while Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110 adult/$104 child) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remaining days 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 9-11 8-6 9-11 8-11 8-7
California Adventure 8-11 8-11 9-8 8-9 9-8 8-8 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’s 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.


At Disneyland Park,  it’s a small world will be closed from October 23 through some time in November, and River Belle Terrace is indefinitely closed. At California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School is currently closed, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug! is also undergoing a brief closure from October 23-November 3.  Everything else is currently open.

Looking ahead, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy will be closed on November 1 only to remove the holiday overlay and restore it to its classic form. Keep those dates in mind if those attractions are an important part of your trip!

As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.

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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