Last Week at Disneyland Resort (1/6/2013 – 1/12/2013)

by on January 14, 2013

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The first full week of the new year has come and gone at Disneyland, and with it went the record-setting holiday crowds. If you visit the Anaheim resort on weekdays between now and mid-February, you should find some of the mildest lines of the year, but be aware; a bevy of attractions boarded up for refurbishment may make up for the short waits.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Thursday 1/10 was a 2 out of 10 at the resort, with 2.5 at Disneyland, and 1.1 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Sunday 1/6 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.3 at Disneyland, and 5.5 at DCA.

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

  • As part of the the Limited Time Magic campaign, the New Orleans Bayou Bash returns on January 18, bringing Mardi Gras food and music to Disneyland on weekends through February 12.
  • The “holiday village” of merchandise and snack vendors and the ice skating rink in Downtown Disney ceased operating on 1/6 until next holiday season.
  • Disneyland Resort is now taking photos of all guests holding multi-day tickets. This results in slow entry procedures; be prepared to arrive extra early (at least 45 minutes pre-opening) to be one of the first people into the park.
  • The Blue Sky Cellar near Cars Land is currently receiving new exhibits previewing the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park.
  • A new online special currently offers a 3-Day Disneyland Park Hopper for $220, a $30 savings. Tickets must be purchased online by February 27 and used by March 11.
  • Branding by long-time sponsor Kodak has finally vanished from Disneyland park maps, following the company's bankruptcy.
  • One of the movie screens at Downtown Disney AMC has been upgraded to IMAX.
  • On January 25, Elton John will perform a private concert at DCA's Hyperion Theatre for attendees of the NAMM music industry convention.
  • A meet-up with runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus was announced for 1/18 ahead of Disneyland's Tinker Bell Half Marathon; all spots were quickly filled. A variety of race-related merchandise is also now available for sale at the resort.

Openings, Closings, and Refurbishments

  • Construction continues on the new Princess Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland Theatre.
  • MuppetVision 4D returned to DCA on 1/7 after being replaced with the Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 3-D short film for the holiday season.
  • Big Thunder Mountain is closed 1/7 through 10/30 for a major refurbishment of the track and scenery.
  • Big Thunder Ranch is closed 1/7 through 1/17 for holiday decor removal.
  • Haunted Mansion is closed 1/7 though 1/17 for holiday decor removal.
  • Fantasmic! will not be performed 1/7 through 2/14.
  • The Mark Twain Riverboat is closed 1/7 through 3/28 for refurbishment.
  • Grizzly River Run is closed 1/7 through 2/28 for refurbishment.
  • Silly Symphony Swings are closed 1/7 through 2/17 for refurbishment.
  • The Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar is closed 1/7 though 1/18 to install a new exhibit.


Posted on January 14, 2013
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