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Disneyland Preview — Week of September 2

by on September 1, 2017

Sooooo, you’re heading to Disneyland Resort for Labor Day and beyond — or you’re considering it — and you’re wondering what you’re in for. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get to this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

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This week kicks off with a holiday weekend — Labor Day — and things start with a bang (or starting pistol, if you prefer), as the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is already in full swing! There are races both Saturday and Sunday morning, and the runner’s expo continues throughout the weekend at the Disneyland Hotel.

With the holiday and the races, you can expect larger crowds than typical for this time of year. They aren’t oppressive, but it will be significantly different on the weekend than the rest of the week from a crowd standpoint. You can get more detail on the crowds below.

Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and it’s still going on, but it is nearing the end of its run, with just a couple of weeks remaining. If you want to experience it, start making plans now. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Halloween Time Expands to Cars Land and Buena Vista Street in Fun Ways

by on August 31, 2017

Disney California Adventure is absolutely getting in on the Halloween fun this year. With the brand new mission on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, as well as fun new decor for both Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, it’s sure to be a spooktacular time! With Halloween Time rapidly approaching (it starts on September 15), we have a brief glimpse at what Guests will be able to expect this year.

First, the main entryway for Disney California Adventure will be seeing some already announced Nightmare Before Christmas themed decor, but that’s not all. There will also be a new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow! He will be holding his jack-o’-lantern head and will haunt Carthay Circle. If you’re a character fan, you’ll want to catch Mickey Mouse dressed as a bat, Goofy as a ghost, and Daisy Duck dressed as a witch. There will also be new, themed background music that further creates the appropriately eerie, but still fun, mood.

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark to Debut at Disney California Adventure for Halloween

by on August 25, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark

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Things are getting exciting at the Disneyland Resort with all the new fall offerings that are being introduced at Disney California Adventure, including Cars Land’s Haul-O-Ween, Buena Vista Street getting the Oogie Boogie treatment, and more. Well, it was announced that the park’s newest attraction is also going to be getting in on the fun. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! has been a fun addition, but during the fall, when the sun goes down, things are about to get even more interesting.

Mission: BREAKOUT! will be transformed nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. With Mission: BREAKOUT!,  Rocket finds his Guardians of the Galaxy pals trapped in the Fortress of The Collector, Taneleer Tivan, and during the day, Guests assist Rocket with a daring escape plan. During Monsters After Dark,  the action picks up moments after. Rocket has discovered that in the hurry to free his friends, they have accidentally left Groot behind. Now Rocket needs to distract all the monsters he has unleashed inside the Fortress, enlisting you, the Guest, to help while he rescues his friend.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of August 26

by on August 25, 2017

Hey all, it’s once again time to look towards the week ahead and see what’s going on at Disneyland Resort. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Last week, Space Mountain went down for its Ghost Galaxy overlay, and this week, it’s the Haunted Mansion‘s turn as it prepares for Haunted Mansion Holiday. Its last day of operation this week is Sunday, August 27.

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The end of this week marks the kickoff of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend! Races start on Friday morning, but the event begins with the runner’s expo on Thursday at the Disneyland Hotel.

For those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, there’s still a little bit of time left to take advantage of the extra hour at the end of the night at Disney’s California Adventure to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. You’ll be able to use this on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, but the promotion ends at that time. Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and it’s still going on, but it is nearing the end of its run. After this week, you’ll have a couple of weeks left before it goes away, so if you want to experience it, start making plans now. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of August 19

by on August 18, 2017

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!

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Disneyland Preview – Week of August 12

by on August 11, 2017

Hey everyone, and welcome to Friday! Yet another good-looking summer week at Disneyland is upon us. Read on for more details in this week’s Disneyland preview.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of August 5

by on August 4, 2017

Happy Friday!  Yet another good-looking summer week at Disneyland is upon us!  Read on for more details in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Disneyland Monorail

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As the summer winds down, Disney is ratcheting back its special events, so there’s not that much to report for the upcoming week.  With that said, for those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, Disney is running a special promotion where Disney’s California Adventure will stay open one hour later to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.  Think of it as an attraction-specific evening Extra Magic Hour, which happens on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Is this going to save you a ton of time? Not really, primarily because there will be plenty of people in line by the time of regular park closing hours to ensure a healthy wait for this very popular attraction. With that said, particularly if you’re showing up to experience the attraction towards the end of the extra time, you can expect to have fewer people to compete against, and therefore a relatively shorter wait.

Also, the Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure. As always, you should read Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

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Disneyland Preview — Week of July 29

by on July 28, 2017

Hey everyone, lots of classic attractions coming back in this week’s Disneyland Preview!  Let’s see what’s on tap this week at the Happiest Place on Earth!

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Disneyland Preview — Week of July 22

by on July 21, 2017

Hey folks, it’s once again time for this week’s Disneyland Preview, so you’ll know what you’re in store for when you head to the parks! Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with New Event at Disney California Adventure

by on July 17, 2017

Disney California Adventure will be celebrating the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead, with a new seasonal offering from September 15 through November 2. This immersive celebration will include special entertainment including musicians and dancers, interactive activities, like a representation of Mexican folk art and special décor and food inspired by this Mexican celebration of family.

Día de los Muertos at Disney California Adventure

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