Disneyland Preview — Week of September 9

Well, it’s early September, which in Disney parlance means it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit in earnest.  Let’s get to this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

There’s not too much coming in the early part of the week, but the week ends in grand fashion with the kick-off of the Halloween season at Disneyland.  On September 15, Disneyland Park classic attractions return in holiday form for Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.

That same day, we’ll also get to see the debut of some new Halloween-themed overlays at Disney’s California Adventure.  Cars Land and Buena Vista Street will both be getting brand new holiday decor, and there will be lots of seasonal treats available on a limited-time basis. Check out Rikki’s preview for more information about what to expect.  Note that both parks will close fairly early on Thursday to prepare for the unveiling on Friday.

Also, we’ve been telling you about the Summer of Heroes at Disney’s California Adventure for quite some time now and this event is coming to an end on Sunday, September 10. If you want to experience it, get on over to the parks this weekend. Check out Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.

Finally, it’s worth noting that this is the last week in a while that there won’t be some sort of holiday party happening a few nights a week.  If you’re the sort of guest that likes to pop in on a whim, definitely time to start paying closer attention to the evening hours, because there will be early closures at Disneyland Park coming soon.


Labor Day is behind us, and in addition to whatever that means for your wardrobe, it also portends medium to low crowds all week long as kids head back to school and families wind down the summer vacation season.  Crowd Levels are 2-3 most of the week, with only Saturday being even average sized.  If you like light crowds, it’s a great time to visit the parks.

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


Well, it’s September in Southern California, and the weather is going to be… nice (of course). Highs in the mid-80s for the weekend and the first part of the week, slightly cooler towards the end of the week.  No significant chance of rain forecast all week long.

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 Resort has a full slate of shows on the weekend, and a very lean schedule on the other days. World of Color will show once a day except for Thursday, and Mickey’s Soundsational Parade  will happen twice on Saturday and Sunday, once every other day.  Fantasmic! will only run on Saturday, Sunday,  and Friday, and will run twice a night on those evenings at Disneyland Park. Similarly, the Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will only run on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and will run once on those days.  At Disney’s California Adventure, the Pixar Play Parade is currently dark and will not run at all. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony, can be found here.

Admission and Hours

Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, while Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. 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) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.

Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-11 9-11 10-9 10-9 10-9 9-8 9-12
California Adventure 8-9 9-10 10-8 10-8 10-8 9-5 9-10

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.


At California Adventure, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! is undergoing a brief refurbishment and will return on September 23.  Goofy’s Sky School is also currently closed, and Smokejumpers Grill will be unavailable from September 11-14 for a brief refresh.

At Disneyland Park, Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion remain closed until September 15 as they get fitted with their holiday overlays. The Plaza Inn will be unavailable from September 11-14. Additionally, River Belle Terrace will be closing on September 5, although no re-open date has been announced as of yet.

Looking ahead, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will be closing at Disneyland Park on September 18 and returning September 23, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters will be closing briefly from September 25-27. Big Thunder Mountain is also planning a refurbishment in early October. 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!

James Rosemergy

When not planning for or traveling to Walt Disney World with his beautiful wife and impossibly adorable daughter, James practices law in St. Louis. He also really likes cheese. He can be found on twitter at @jrtoastyman.

2 thoughts on “Disneyland Preview — Week of September 9

  • September 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Thank you for the update! What are the chances of rides with Halloween overlays opening earlier in the week? What about the decor? Do they put it all up Thursday night?

    • September 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      The decorations will definitely be up earlier in the week (some of it is already up right now)and some food locations will already have their seasonal items (food also often hangs around for a week or so after Halloween ends as they try to sell it all off). Sometimes the rides open a day or two early, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Comments are closed.