Disneyland Preview — Week of September 8, 2018

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Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations kick off at Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

It might be just past Labor Day on the calendar, but that means it’s Halloween time at Disneyland!  In addition to lots and lots of Halloween decor, you can expect characters to be in special costumes (including the Cars cast, which is fantastic), plenty of unique seasonal treats, and several rides with holiday-themed overlays. This year sees the return of perennial favorites Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and last year’s new Halloween makeovers at California Adventure — Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-Ween, Mater’s Graveyard Jamboree and Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark — will be back as well (note that the latter transforms in the evening only). For more information, make sure you check out our preview here.

This will be the last week before Disneyland Park sees early closures for Mickey’s Halloween Party, so make sure you take advantage of that this week. These parties do sell out, so get tickets as soon as possible if you’d like to go in the weeks ahead.

Finally, the Dia de los Muertos celebration is underway 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.


Low post-summer crowds continue this week, with only Saturday seeing even average level crowds — every other day is predicted to be level 3 or below. Rosh Hashanah should not alter this — Monday is predicted to have level 3 crowds.

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


The weekend is going to be HOT, with highs approaching 100 on Saturday, which is also the day we’re predicting to have the highest crowds. The work week will be slightly more moderate, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. As is normal this time of year, there’s no chance of rain to speak of.

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 Monday through Thursday — with regular schedules on the weekends (including 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 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

Admission and Hours

Passholder blockouts taper off a bit 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 9-12 8-12 9-10 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-12
California Adventure 9-10 8-10 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-5 9-10

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.


The Enchanted Tiki Room continues its refurbishment through October 3 (note, this is a revised date), 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 Sailing Ship Columbia will also not be running during the week, just on the weekends.

Over at California Adventure, Golden Zephyr will be undergoing a brief refurbishment from September 10-17.  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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James 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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