Disneyland Preview — Week of September 30

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It’s a great time to be at Disneyland Resort! Halloween decor is up all over the resort and the festivities are in full swing.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.

Special Events and Notes

Photo: James Rosemergy

Halloween season is upon us at the Disneyland Resort now, and if you’re a fan of all things spooky, now is a great time for a visit. As per usual, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy are available this week and through the end of October, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout has received a Halloween makeover as well. In the evenings, it transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark. Expect long lines in the evenings for this attraction, and snag a FastPass timed for the end of the night if you can.  The attraction will remain in its normal mode during the day.

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.

Have you had a chance to check out the new Halloween-themed overlays at Disney’s California Adventure or  the seasonal treats? The Haul-o-Ween overlay in Cars Land is extremely well done — the land really goes through a complete transformation for the season. The lighting effects on the rockwork at Radiator Springs Racers, in particular, are incredible. Also, lots of your favorite characters are dressed up for the holiday, there’s lots of 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.

The week closes with the start of Gay Days at Disneyland Resort. Gay Days is not an official, Disney-run event, so there are no special activities or merchandise provided by Disney, it’s simply a way for members of the LGBT community to get together with their friends and families and enjoy a few days at the parks. Disneyland Park is the designated park for Friday at Gay Days, so expect more participants at that park on that day. With that said, we’re not expecting a huge impact on crowds on Friday; expect a larger impact on crowds next weekend. For more information, check out the official website for Gay Days Anaheim.


Crowds at Disneyland are higher than they’ve been in recent weeks this week, but still very manageable.  Saturday will see the highest crowds, with Wednesday having the lowest.

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


Good, if unsurprising news — no rain in the forecast for the week at all.  Temperatures should be fairly pleasant all week long as well, with highs hovering the upper 70s and low 80s.

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.


Disneyland Resort has a full slate of shows on the weekend, and a very lean schedule on the other days. 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 stage shows like Mickey and the Magical Map, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 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 is open unusually late on Friday.

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) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($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 8-11 8-11 8-9 8-8 8-8 8-9 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.


It’s a pretty good time to be at Disneyland, as most attractions are open for business! At Disneyland Park, Big Thunder Mountain is closing for refurbishment October 2-20, and River Belle Terrace remains closed,  but everything else is up and running.   At California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School is currently closed.

Looking ahead, it’s a small world will be closed from October 23 through some time in November. 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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