Disneyland Preview — Week of October 27, 2018

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The Halloween season wraps up just in time for Disney to plunge directly into the Christmas season! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

This will be the last week for the Halloween season at Disneyland, so make sure you get all of your ghoulish delights in before it goes away until next year! Mickey’s Halloween Party. completes its run this week as well, with parties on Monday and Wednesday. Note that this event requires a special ticket and all remaining party dates are sold out. If you’re planning on going, be sure to check out our planning guide for the event.

Through Halloween, 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.

Also, the Dia de los Muertos celebration and Plaza de la Familia are coming to a close.  Dia de los Muertoa continues at Zocalo Park in Frontierland in Disneyland Park through Friday. 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; that concludes its run on Sunday, November 4.

Finally, Disney wastes no time in transitioning from one holiday season to another, and you can expect to see Christmas-y decor popping up more or less at the first strike of November (though the holiday festivities officially kick off on November 9). On a related note, Space Mountain will be down on November 1, reopening November 2, to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay and return to the normal version.


It should be a great week from a crowd standpoint, with crowds starting out relatively high on the weekend, and then trailing off to some really nice numbers for the week, ranging from level 4 all the way down to level 2 on Halloween. Take advantage of it if you can!

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


It looks like the work week in particular is going to be gorgeous — highs in the upper 70s, and not a rain cloud in sight. It should be a bit hotter on the weekend, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s, but still tolerable and dry.

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 Monday and Wednesday. 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 2
Fantasmic! 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
Fireworks 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Paint the Night 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Frightfully Fun Parade* 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
Hall’n Screams Fireworks* 0 0 1 0 1 0 0

*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) throughout 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 8-6 9-10 8-6 9-10 8-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 8-19 9-8 8-9 9-8 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, there are a few heavy hitters out of commission this week.  At Disneyland Park, the Matterhorn is down through November 17, and it’s a small world is offline through November 7 to install the holiday overlay. Finally, Space Mountain will be undergoing a very brief refurbishment on November 1 to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay, returning  the following day.  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.

*Note: an earlier version of the preview included pricing information that was based upon an earlier version of the pricing calendar. This now reflects the current pricing information.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Disneyland Preview — Week of October 27, 2018

  • October 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

    thanks for the update, I like these weekly summaries. Looks like single day tickets are regular price $117 all week and not value for some days, unfortunately.

    • October 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you for calling this to our attention. The article has been updated to reflect this.


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