Disneyland Preview — Week of August 19

by on August 18, 2017

Filed under: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland (CA), Disneyland Park, Trip Planning, Weather, Weekly Preview

Time for another Disneyland preview! I know I discussed this at length last week, but we are now at your very last, no take-backs, opportunity to see the Main Street Electrical Parade.  If you want to see it before it goes dark forever, the time to do so is NOW.  Like, literally, right now. Stop reading, and get yourself to Disneyland Park to stake out a spot, and then open the article again to read the rest of it while you wait. Time’s a-wastin’!

OK, you back?  Read on for more about what to expect at Disneyland this week!

Special Events and Notes

Photo: Brian Pinsky

Did you know that the Main Street Electrical Parade had its first showing on June 17, 1972? While it has not been running continuously over the more than 45 years since it first ran, it has run for significant periods of time at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and is a familiar part of Disney visits for generations of park-goers on both coasts. After this incredible run, the Main Street Electrical Parade is coming to a close this week, with its final showing on Sunday, August 20 at 10:45 p.m.  It will run twice on each evening this weekend, at 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. on both days. Make sure you plan accordingly if you’d like to see it before it goes away for good. As an aside, no replacement has been announced as of yet, but we’ll let you know if and when that happens.

Also worthy of note is that headliner Space Mountain will go down for its annual refurbishment to add the Ghost Galaxy overlay for the Halloween season.  Its last day of operation will likewise be August 20, and it is scheduled to return on September 16.

Two other special promotions continue this week. For those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, Disney’s California Adventure will stay open one hour later to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Also, the Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure; check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

Crowds

Expect a slightly busier week this week than last — Annual Passholder blockouts are lifted on Monday, August 21 for some folks that have been unable to use their passes all summer, and you can expect that they’re going to want to head back to the parks to, among other things, check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction. Note that some blockouts are again in effect as of Friday, and the crowds predictably dip back down on that day.

Also, with the Main Street Electrical Parade coming to the end of its run on Sunday, don’t be surprised if there are sizable numbers of people at Disneyland Park that evening — even if they don’t end up having a big impact on wait times at attractions (we’re only predicting level 6 crowds that day, which is based upon expected waits).

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

Weather

Unlike Florida, which still sees oppressive heat and humidity this time of year, temperatures in Southern California continue to get more mild as we near the end of the summer. Highs are in the low 80s and upper 70s, and there is no significant chance of rain. There’s frankly nothing here that should move the needle for you one way or the other — as of right now, the weather should be very pleasant regardless of when you go.

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.

Shows

The main attraction this week is the Main Street Electrical Parade, which is showing twice a night through Sunday.  World of Color will be showing twice every night at Disney’s California Adventure, and Fantasmic! will run twice a night at Disneyland Park. At Disneyland, the Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will take place over Sleeping Beauty Castle once a night, and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade will run once each day. At Disney’s California Adventure, however, the Pixar Play Parade will only run Saturday and Sunday this week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony, can be found here.

Admission and Hours

Good news for Southern California Select and Southern California Annual Passholders — summer blockouts are finally coming to an end! If you have a Southern California Select Annual Passport, you’ll be able to visit the parks Monday through Thursday, and if you have the Southern California Annual Passport, you can also go on Friday. 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) for Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.

Disneyland Park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at midnight on Saturday, will be open 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, and will be open 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. the remainder of the week. Disney’s California Adventure will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. every other day except for Wednesday, when it doesn’t open until 10:00 a.m.

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.

Refurbishments

You know the bad news — Main Street Electrical Parade and Space Mountain are both going away as of August 20 (although Space Mountain will only be gone for a bit) — but the good news is that most everything is going to be open for business. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is returning from its quick tune-up and is already back in service at Disneyland Park as this goes to press. With that said, the Main Street Cinema will be closed from August 21 through September 30, and of particular interest to me, you will be unable to get the Best Corn Dog on Planet Earth from August 21 through September 10, as Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs will be down during that time as well. At Disney’s California Adventure, Character Close-Up  is still being replaced by Frozen’s Anna and Elsa.

Looking ahead, as previously mentioned, the Haunted Mansion will temporarily go down from August 28 through September 15, 2017 for the installment of its holiday overlay. Additionally, Soarin’ Around the World and Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! are undergoing brief refurbishments starting on September 5.  Soarin’ will return shortly thereafter on September 8, and Monsters will return on September 23.  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!

Posted on August 18, 2017
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