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!
Special Events and Notes
Last week was pretty busy out in Anaheim, between the return of Fantasmic! to Disneyland Park, the launch of MaxPass, and a little thing called the D23 Expo, which featured a ton of announcements about the future of Disneyland Resort. Rikki has been dutifully covering all of the news coming out of D23, make sure you check out her recent articles for more details on all of the announcements throughout the Disney universe.
Speaking of MaxPass, it is now officially live. Our very own Guy Selga has an excellent write-up explaining what MaxPass is and how to use it. Absolutely check his article out before your next visit to Disneyland Resort.
After such a significant week, it’s no surprise that this week is comparatively quiet. The Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure (check out Derek Burgan’s excellent overview of what to expect if you’ve not been before), but it’s otherwise more or less business as usual at Disneyland.
As you would expect in the middle of summer, crowds are going to be consistently high all week long. We’re predicting the heaviest day on Thursday — level 9 crowds resort-wide — with all other days being level 8.
Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.
Guess what? Southern California in the summer is hot, and this week is no exception. Highs will be in the mid-80s, trending hotter at the start and end of the week, but largely pretty consistent. There’s a slight (10-20%) chance of some precipitation on Monday and Tuesday, but probably not enough that it should deter you — in fact, the slightly lower highs those days might make them days to target:
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 has a full slate of shows this week to go with the large crowds. World of Color will be showing twice every night at Disney’s California Adventure, the Main Street Electrical Parade will have two showings a night at Disneyland Park, and the Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will take place over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle every night as well. Additionally, both parks will run their afternoon/early evening parades once each day, and Fantasmic! will run three times per night at Disneyland Park on the weekend, and twice per night during the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the Dapper Dans, can be found here.
Admission and Hours
There are several Annual Passholder blockouts to keep in mind this time of year. If you have a Southern California or Southern California Select Annual Passport, you’re unfortunately blocked out this entire week. If you have a Deluxe Annual Passport, Saturday the 22nd is blocked out, but you’re otherwise good to go. 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 Peak cost on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday ($124 adult/$118 child) and Regular ($110 adult/$104 child) the remainder of the week.
Disneyland Park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at midnight every day this week, and Disney’s California Adventure will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day. 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.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (aka Star Wars Land) construction continues, and that means that the Railroad and most Rivers of America activities are still closed. Here’s a complete list of attractions that will be closed for all or part of the next week:
- Disneyland Railroad (all stations)
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
Disney’s California Adventure
- Character Close-Up
- Sorcerer’s Workshop
Looking ahead, the Railroad and all of the Rivers of America attractions will be open as of July 29, 2017 — indeed, I’ve seen them testing the Railroad lately, so you’re likely to see it running as they prepare for it to reopen — and the Main Street Electrical Parade inches closer to the permanent end of its run on August 21, 2017, so keep those dates in mind if those attractions are an important part of your trip!
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!