Disneyland Preview – Week of August 12

by on August 11, 2017 1 Comment

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

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.

Special Events and Notes

Photo: Brian Pinsky

The big news this week is that the loooooooong running (if you count its run at both coasts) Main Street Electrical Parade is coming to a close. It’s a pretty bittersweet thing — well, actually, probably just bitter for now, because no replacement has been announced — but by any standard it’s had an impressive run, and these things have to come to an end eventually. Its final day is August 20, so it will continue to run after this week, but this will be its last full week in operation. If you’d like to see it one more time, the time to get it done is NOW.

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.  Think of it as an attraction-specific Evening Extra Magic Hour, which happens on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Fair warning, 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, you can expect to have fewer people to compete against, and therefore a relatively shorter wait. I’ve had decent success avoiding oppressive waits for this attraction at the end of normal park closing, so fewer guests during that time should help shorten the wait even more.

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.


Disneyland crowds continue to trend downward as we approach the end of the summer.  The fact that two groups of Annual Passholders are blocked out is helping to keep them (relatively) down as well. Well, at least compared with a couple of weeks from now when more people will be able to use their passes again after a lengthy hiatus. We’re predicting the highest crowds of the week on Saturday, with them steadily declining thereafter. With that said, with the Main Street Electrical Parade coming to the end of its run, don’t be surprised if there are sizable numbers of people at Disneyland Park in the evenings — even if they don’t end up having a big impact on wait times at attractions.

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


As is typical for the Southern California preview, the weather this week looks to be fairly nice.  A little warm, with highs in the upper 80’s before cooling a touch to the mid-80s for the remainder of the week, with no serious chance of rain anywhere in the forecast.

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.


The main attraction this week is the Main Street Electrical Parade, which is showing twice a night every night this week.  World of Color will be showing twice every night at Disney’s California Adventure on the weekends, but it will only be shown once each night during the week. The Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will take place over Sleeping Beauty Castle once each night as well. Additionally, both parks will run their afternoon/early evening parades once each day, and Fantasmic! will run twice a night at Disneyland Park. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the Disneyland Band, can be found here.

Admission and Hours

Annual Passholder blockouts continue as they have the last few weeks. If you have a Southern California or Southern California Select Annual Passport, you’re unfortunately blocked out this entire week (and through August 20, in fact). If you have a Deluxe Annual Passport, only Saturday the 12th is blocked out. 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) the entire 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. on Friday. DCA has shorter hours during the week, running from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday, and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. 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.


Right now is a particularly good time to visit, because in addition to slightly smaller crowds, most everything is going to be open.  One notable exception is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which will have a brief refurbishment from August 14-17.  Character Close-Up at Disney’s California Adventure is still being replaced by Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame (as it has for several years now), but that’s hardly news at this point.

Looking ahead, as previously mentioned, the Main Street Electrical Parade will have its final performance on August 20, 2017, and both Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion will temporarily go down from August 28 (Haunted Mansion) and August 21 (Space Mountain) through September 15, 2017 for the installment of their holiday overlays. 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 11, 2017

One Response to “Disneyland Preview – Week of August 12”

  • My first day is August 20, so I got in just under the wire for both MSEP and Space Mountain. In Orlando my pattern has been that I get there and the refurbs started yesterday. Finally I beat the system.