Disneyland Preview — Week of September 15, 2018

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Halloween is in full swing, and Mickey’s Halloween Party returns! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Halloween has arrived at Disneyland!  Obviously, 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 several rides have holiday-themed overlays including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween, Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark (note that the latter transforms in the evening only). For more information, make sure you check out our preview here.

Mickey’s Halloween Party makes its return this week as well! These parties do sell out, so get tickets as soon as possible if you’d like to go in the weeks ahead. If you’re planning on going, be sure to check out our planing guide for the event. If not, be aware that Disneyland Park will close early on party days. This week, the party will take place on Wednesday and Friday.

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.


If you can deal with abbreviated hours and show schedules, this is a great time to visit from a crowd standpoint. Crowds are forecast at level 3 all week except Saturday, and even that is a very reasonable level 5. Yom Kippur is Wednesday, and should not impact crowds in a significant way.


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


The weather in southern California tends to be consistently pleasant this time of year, and this week is no different. Highs in the 80s, lows in the 60s, and not a drop of rain to be seen. Enjoy!


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.


There’s a light entertainment schedule during the week — for example, neither the fireworks nor Fantasmic! will be shown at all during the week — with regular schedules only on the weekends. Note that there are special shows, including a parade and fireworks, that run during Mickey’s Halloween Party. 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 0 0 0 0 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 0 2 0 2
Hall’n Screams Fireworks* 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

*Requires ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Admission and Hours

Passholder blockouts stay steady this week; Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, and 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 at Regular Price ($117/$110) on 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 8-12 8-11 9-8 9-9 8-6 9-9 8-7
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 9-8 9-8 8-8 9-8 8-11

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 Enchanted Tiki Room continues its refurbishment through October 3, the Main Street Cinema is offline through September 27, and the Matterhorn is down indefinitely; we’ll let you know when Disney announces its anticipated return.  The Mark Twain Riverboat will also not be running during the week, just on the weekends.

Over at California Adventure, Golden Zephyr will be undergoing a brief refurbishment through the end of the weekend (September 17).  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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