Disneyland Preview — Week of September 29, 2018

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October arrives as the Halloween season continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Halloween time at Disneyland ushers in Mickey’s Halloween Party and lots of other Halloween fun! These parties, which require a special ticket, 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 planning 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 Tuesday and Friday.

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. Oh, and if you’re an Annual Passholder, make sure you stop by the AP Corner, located near Stage 17 in Hollywood Land, to snag your commemorative button.

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 continue to trend up and will be fairly consistent this week, ranging from 4 to 6.  Unsurprisingly, the party days, Tuesday and Friday, will see the lowest crowds.

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


The weather is going to be a little cooler (though still quite pleasant), and there’s actually a decent chance of some morning showers in the middle of the 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 — for example, the fireworks will not be shown at all during the week — with regular schedules only on the weekends. 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 as last; 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 8-12 8-12 8-6 8-11 8-12 8-7
California Adventure 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-9 8-10 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.


The Enchanted Tiki Room continues its refurbishment through October 3 and the Matterhorn is down indefinitely; we’ll let you know when Disney announces its anticipated return.

Over 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, 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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